A New Jersey police officer was killed and two more officers were critically injured when they drove the wrong way on to a highway early Friday morning and collided head-on with a tractor-trailor, police said. The Linden, N.J., police officers who were off-duty, were driving in a Honda Civic at about 4:50 a.m. when they entered an expressway in the New York borough of Staten Island heading north in its southbound lanes, the New York City Police Department said in a statement. New York police, who are investigating the crash, did not identify the men as officers, but other local police departments have sent tweets referring to the deceased as members of the Linden force. Police in Linden, a New Jersey suburb near Staten Island, were not immediately available for comment.
A portion of the Atlantic City Expressway was shut down after a fiery crash on Friday afternoon.
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Brown University's president is denying suggestions a male student accused of drugging two female students was given preferential treatment because his father is on the board of trustees.
WASHINGTON (AP) — New federal grants will help 10 states test programs to help food stamp recipients find jobs, from using career coaches to quicker training courses to mental health assistance.
By Colleen Jenkins WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (Reuters) - North Carolina State University said on Friday it had suspended a fraternity after the discovery of a book filled with racially and sexually charged comments. Employees at a restaurant near the school's campus in Raleigh discovered the book, which the university said appears to be a fraternity pledge book and is now in its possession as school officials investigate which individuals are responsible for its contents. “N.C. State does not condone intolerant behaviors directed at any members of the community, and the content in the book that surfaced Thursday night is deeply troubling," said Mike Mullen, vice chancellor for academic and student affairs at the university. The suspension halts all social and formal activities for the fraternity, including community service, fundraising and recruitment, a university spokesman said.
WASHINGTON (AP) — A key lawmaker raised questions about air travel security after a convicted felon and former member of a domestic terrorist organization was able to use an expedited airport security line.
BOSTON (AP) — An admission by Dzhokhar Tsarnaev that he bombed the Boston Marathon has vastly accelerated the pace of his federal death penalty trial. While the trial was originally expected to last three to four months, it could be over in about half that time. Prosecutors could rest their case in the guilt phase as early as next week. With a relatively brief case expected from the defense, the trial could soon move to the penalty phase, when the same jury will decide whether Tsarnaev is sentenced to death or spends the rest of his life in prison.
A Maryland police officer has been suspended after being indicted for allegedly putting his gun to a man's head and mouth, police said on Friday. Prince George's County Police Officer Jenchesky Santiago was indicted by a grand jury on Thursday on first-degree assault and other charges stemming from the May 2014 incident, the department said in a statement. "These actions are not indicative of the high standards we expect of our officers," Prince George's County Police Chief Mark Magaw said.
(Reuters) - Rape charges have been filed in Las Vegas against five-time NFL Pro Bowl defensive back Darren Sharper, who is in jail in California on sexual assault charges, court records showed on Friday. Sharper, 39, is accused of sexually assaulting two women who were "physically incapable of resisting or understanding the nature of the defendant's conduct," according to a previously sealed criminal complaint filed in Las Vegas this week. The 14-year National Football League veteran, who played with Green Bay, Minnesota, and New Orleans, also faces sexual assault charges in Louisiana and Arizona. Sharper, who helped the New Orleans Saints win the Super Bowl following the 2009 season, faces charges in California of drugging four women and raping two of them and is being held without bail in a Los Angeles jail.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Los Angeles Police Department has released the names of a sergeant and two officers who shot and killed a homeless man on Skid Row in a videotaped confrontation that prompted several protests.
By Jim Forsyth SAN ANTONIO (Reuters) - Lucy Coffey, the oldest living female U.S. military veteran, has died at the age of 108. Coffey, who served with the Women's Army Auxiliary Corps in the Pacific Theater during World War Two and retired after nearly three decades of military-related service, died on Thursday morning in Texas, the Bexar County Veterans Service Office said. She was working at an A&P grocery store in Dallas in 1943 when she joined the newly formed Women's Army Auxiliary Corps, according to her Department of Defense biography. President Barack Obama, who met Coffey last year at the White House, said on Friday, "it was clear that the passage of time never dampened her patriotic love of country or her pioneering spirit.
PALO ALTO, Calif. (AP) — Police say a man who lived at a senior housing complex in Silicon Valley fatally shot a fellow resident before killing himself.
By Michael Fleeman LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - A judge set bail on Friday at $25 million for Suge Knight in a murder case, agreeing on the amount requested by prosecutors who had described the rap mogul in court papers as being "incapable of stopping his violent criminal behavior." Knight, 49, is accused of running down two men with a pickup truck at a Los Angeles area burger stand on Jan. 29, killing one of them, following an argument on the set of a commercial for the film “Straight Outta Compton.” The Death Row records co-founder had been held without bail on charges of murder, attempted murder and two counts of hit-and-run with an added allegation of committing a violent felony while free on bail in another case. At a bail-review hearing, Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Ronald Coen also set a preliminary hearing for April 13.
By Jon Herskovitz AUSTIN, Texas (Reuters) - A year's suspension for a Texas death row defense lawyer as punishment for submitting documents late was unwarranted and will interfere with his work for others awaiting execution, a petition signed by about 300 lawyers submitted this week said. According to the petition, filed in the Supreme Court of Texas, the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals overstepped its bounds when it punished attorney David Dow and is seeking his reinstatement. In handing out its penalty, the appeals court said it had admonished Dow before and its decision to suspend him from practicing before the court was warranted given the nature of the rules violation, according to court papers. The petition questioned whether Dow filed the documents late, saying he met the mandated 7-day advance filing term in the case of Miguel Paredes, who was executed in October.
BANGOR, Maine (AP) — A Maine man charged with killing his girlfriend and her two children has pleaded not guilty to three counts of murder.
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Thousands of Ohio adoptees are hoping to learn more about their history, including family medical information, thanks to a new law granting them access to their adoption files and birth certificates.
By John Clarke WASHINGTON, D.C. (Reuters) - A former FBI agent used heroin seized in drug busts in the Washington, D.C., area for his personal use and tampered with evidence, resulting in the dismissal of several drug-trafficking cases, prosecutors said on Friday. Matthew Lowry, 33, of Upper Marlboro, Maryland, was charged in the U.S. District for the District of Columbia with 20 counts of obstruction of justice, 18 counts of falsification of records, 13 counts of conversion of property, and 13 counts of possession of heroin, according to court documents. Lowry's attorney, Robert Bonsib, said his client will plead guilty to all charges. Lowry tampered with heroin evidence seized during several investigations in 2013 and 2014, often keeping the seized heroin in his car for personal use before returning it to the evidence locker after adding fillers to make up for the weight difference, according to prosecutors.
By Andrea Shalal WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Navy included 12 Boeing Co F/A-18 Super Hornet fighter jets and eight Lockheed Martin Corp F-35s on a list of "unfunded priorities" prepared for Congress, defense officials and other sources familiar with the matter told Reuters. The Navy's list was reviewed by senior Pentagon officials and the Joint Chiefs of Staff this week, and should be sent to U.S. lawmakers in coming days, said the sources, who asked not to be named because the vetting is still under way. Top Pentagon officials are skeptical about the weapons wish lists, and worry they help lawmakers "cherry pick" specific weapons programs to fund, while crowding out bigger priorities. The total value of the additional 12 Boeing jets is around $1 billion, while the eight extra Lockheed jets would be just over $1 billion, the sources said.
By Luc Cohen NEW YORK (Reuters) - U.S. coffee roasters, still reeling from a sudden price spike a year ago, took advantage of the recent tumble in the arabica market to fix prices farther into the future than they have in more than three years, roasters and traders said. The extensive forward coverage reflects a new, more cautious buying strategy from roasters amid increasingly volatile futures prices as farmers in top grower Brazil prepare to harvest a crop many fear has been hurt by last year's drought, according to interviews with seven U.S. roasters and eight U.S. traders. Steve Kessler, Anodyne's director of wholesale operations, said the company hedged about a quarter of its annual needs late last month. Earlier this month, prices hit $1.288 per lb, their weakest in just over a year, after a month-long drop as speculators exited long positions on reports of rain in Brazil.
Philadelphia police opened fire on a man who allegedly pointed a shotgun at officers in North Philadelphia early Friday morning.