LAS VEGAS (AP) — Apologies didn't sway a Nevada judge who sentenced a man on Monday to four to 10 years in prison for setting fire to a pet shop where 27 puppies and dogs were rescued after sprinklers doused flames.
By Barbara Liston ORLANDO, Fla. (Reuters) - A Florida Islamic group announced on Monday it has filed a formal notice with the FBI that it plans to sue the agency for $30 million in the death of Ibragim Todashev, a friend of one of the Boston Marathon bombing suspects. Todashev, 27, a Muslim Chechen immigrant, was killed in an Orlando apartment in May 2013 during FBI questioning about his links with the Boston suspects. The FBI said the agent shot Todashev after he attacked him. The notice was filed by the Council on American-Islamic Relations Florida (CAIR-Florida), a civil rights group, on behalf of Todashev's parents who accused the FBI in a statement on Monday of killing their son "in cold blood." Thania Diaz Clevenger, civil rights director for CAIR Florida, said the group was "seeking answers and justice for someone who was shot seven times by an FBI agent in his own home after hours of interrogation." An FBI spokesman said Monday the agency does not comment on pending litigation.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Hewlett-Packard is buying wireless networking company Aruba Networks for about $2.7 billion, in what amounts to HP's first major acquisition since its disastrous purchase of a British software company in 2011.
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (Reuters) - A North Carolina district attorney's office will seek the death penalty against a man indicted in the shooting deaths of three young Muslims in Chapel Hill last month, television station WTVD reported on Monday. Craig Hicks, 46, is charged with three counts of first-degree murder in the deaths of a newlywed couple who were his neighbors and the wife's sister at a condominium complex, killings that drew international attention. The Durham County District Attorney's Office could not be immediately reached for comment on Monday about plans to pursue the death penalty against Hicks should he be convicted. WTVD tweeted a photo of the office's notice of intent to seek the death penalty, which was dated Feb. 25.
By Laila Kearney NEW YORK (Reuters) - New York City's 1.1 million public school students were allowed for the first time in years to take their cellphones to school on Monday, when a controversial ban on them was lifted. Mayor Bill de Blasio said in January that he would seek to end the ban, which was imposed under his predecessor, Michael Bloomberg, and was in effect since at least 2006. "I think it's way past time for this ban to be lifted," said Mona Davids, who heads the New York City Parents Union. Davids and other parents have complained that New York's old policy endangered students by making it difficult for them to call for help in emergency situations and to connect with their parents before and after school.