By Letitia Stein TAMPA Fla. (Reuters) - Family and friends of a Florida teenager who says he was beaten by Israeli police while in detention describe him as a typical U.S. high school student. Tariq Khdeir, 15, recently finished his freshman year at the Universal Academy of Florida, a private Islamic school where he played on the soccer team. He earned the summer trip to visit relatives by receiving good grades in all of his classes, said his aunt, Sanah Abu Khdeir. His cousin, Mohammed Abu Khudair, 16, was abducted and killed in Jerusalem last week, sparking violent protests and calls from Palestinians for a new uprising against Israel.
MISSOULA, Mont. (AP) — Boeing is deciding what to do with six new commercial airplane bodies that fell off a train in western Montana, including three that slid down a steep riverbank, a company spokeswoman said Monday.
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A sixth person has died from injuries suffered in a fiery, head-on collision that occurred during one of the deadliest Fourth of July weekends of the past two decades in Utah, authorities said Monday.
DETROIT (AP) — A judge on Monday sentenced one man to prison and a second to probation for their involvement in a brutal mob attack on a motorist who accidentally struck a boy with his pickup truck in Detroit.
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Documents show the wife of a Utah police officer who killed her, their two children, his mother-in-law and then himself had sent him text messages threatening to leave him for drugging and raping her.
By Dave Sherwood BOWDOINHAM Maine (Reuters) - Two Maine companies and a labor recruiter are being sued for allegedly mistreating Haitian migrant workers during the state's wild blueberry harvest in 2008. The suit, filed in U.S. District Court in Bangor last week, alleges that a contractor for Coastal Blueberry Service and Hancock Foods lured 18 workers from New Jersey's blueberry fields and elsewhere without contracts. Many workers made the trip crammed three to a seat and in the aisle of an old bus, often without luggage, according to the suit filed by the non-profit Pine Tree Legal Assistance. One man slept in an abandoned vehicle while working in Maine, a woman opted to sleep in a car rather than share a bedroom with several men and others stayed in pest-infested bunkhouses, the lawsuit said.
NEWPORT BEACH, Calif. (AP) — A veteran Southern California lifeguard died over the holiday weekend after jumping from a rescue boat to save a distressed swimmer. Pop culture often depicts the lifeguard as a kid with a tan lounging in a tall chair, but the job can be dangerous and, in some places, a lifelong profession.
By Elizabeth Barber BOSTON (Reuters) - A Massachusetts judge agreed on Monday to transfer former National Football League star Aaron Hernandez to a state jail near Boston and closer to his lawyers as he prepares for two trials where he will face charges of murdering three men. Prosecutors raised no objection to moving Hernandez from the Bristol jail, which is about 50 miles (80 km) south of Boston.