(Reuters) - A judge on Thursday told a man who pleaded guilty to being part of a mob assault on a motorist in Detroit that he had needed a father "to beat the hell out of you" and then sentenced the defendant to six months in jail. Latrez Cummings, 19, was the last of four defendants who pleaded guilty in Wayne County Circuit Court as adults to assaulting motorist Steven Utash, who had accidentally struck a child on April 2. Judge James Callahan sentenced Cummings to three years probation, the first six months of it to be served in jail, citing in part a lack of a father's presence. Cummings had told the judge his father was not in his life.
NEWKIRK, N.M. (AP) — A medical helicopter flying to pick up a patient crashed into an eastern New Mexico mesa early Thursday, bursting into flames and killing all three crew members on board, authorities said.
SEATTLE (AP) — The driver of a motorboat has been arrested after a deadly collision with a sailboat that killed a young woman and injured two others on Seattle's Lake Washington, police said Thursday.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Microsoft announced the biggest layoffs in its history Thursday, saying it will cut 18,000 jobs as it streamlines its Nokia mobile device business to focus on using the Windows Phone operating system.
WALDWICK, N.J. (AP) — A police officer checking for speeders in an unmarked car was killed when a tractor-trailer rear-ended him in northern New Jersey early Thursday morning, making him the second New Jersey officer to die in the line of duty this week.