By Kevin Murphy OLATHE, Kan (Reuters) - A Kansas police officer testified on Monday about finding a young boy and his grandfather shot in the head outside a Jewish community center, the first witness of many planned for a hearing in the case of a white supremacist charged with killing three people in a Kansas City suburb last April. As many as 22 witnesses could be called to testify in the case against Frazier Glenn Cross Jr., 74 as a judge weighs whether or not he should stand trial. Cross was known to law enforcement as a former senior member of the Ku Klux Klan who had repeatedly expressed hatred for Jewish people when he showed up in the Kansas City suburb of Overland Park on April 13 and went on a shooting spree. Cross, also known as Glenn Miller, is charged with capital murder in the killings of Reat Underwood, 14, and his grandfather William Corporon, 69, outside the Jewish center, and first-degree premeditated murder in the killing of Terri LaManno, 53, who was shot to death outside the nearby Village Shalom Jewish retirement home.
Winter's relentless battering was poised on Monday to hit northern states across the nation with more snow and ice as the season's bitter weather stretched its reach into the early days of March. Icy travel conditions are expected in St. Louis, Chicago, Indianapolis, Cincinnati, Pittsburgh, Philadelphia, New York and Boston, the weather website said. Three to four more inches of snow is likely with the next storm in Connecticut and Massachusetts, the National Weather Service said. Boston, which posted its coldest February on record and its second-snowiest ever, was likely to see two to four inches of new snow on top of the more than 102 inches recorded so far this winter.
The U.S. Justice Department could release as soon as this week a report criticizing police in Ferguson, Missouri for unfairly targeting black residents with tickets and arrests in the years before an officer killed teenager Michael Brown, according to The New York Times. The police department's behavior created a tense racial environment and culture of animosity between black residents and police in Ferguson, the newspaper said, citing several officials who have been briefed on the report's conclusions. The Justice Department launched a pair of investigations into the police department after the shooting. Attorney General Eric Holder said after visiting Ferguson last year that many black residents expressed mistrust and fear of police.
A jury in Phoenix is due to resume deliberating on Monday whether Jodi Arias should be put to death for murdering her ex-boyfriend in 2008, after a penalty phase retrial ended last week in the closely watched case. Arias, a 34-year-old former waitress from Salinas, California, was convicted of the murder in 2013, but jurors at the original trial deadlocked on whether she should be executed. A new jury was seated in October. The defense pleaded with jurors for Arias' life at closing arguments last week, saying she was remorseful, has had a long struggle with mental illness and was emotionally and physically abused as a child.
DETROIT (AP) — When Alison Norris couldn't find work in Detroit, she searched past the city limits, ending up with a part-time restaurant job that's 20 miles away but takes at least two hours to get to via separate city and suburban bus systems.