A woman and a police officer were stabbed and the suspect was fatally shot following a domestic dispute and police chase in Allentown, Pa.
A thief briefly struggled with a 10-year-old Girl Scout outside a California supermarket and snatched her troop's cookie sale cash box, but officers tracked down the suspect and then bought up the rest of the cookies, authorities said on Monday. Cody Gintz, 23 of San Jose, was arrested for investigation of robbery and held on $50,000 bail at Santa Clara County Jail, according to San Jose Police spokesman Officer Albert Morales. He said the Girl Scouts had been selling cookies at a table outside a San Jose supermarket on Sunday afternoon when Gintz grabbed the cash box away from the girl, who initially didn’t let go. He took the money." The girl, Sophia Contos, told Bay Area television station KNTV that the box contained about $600 the troop was planning to use on a water conservation project.
By Lisa Anderson NEW YORK (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - The United States Department of State on Monday named its first-ever special envoy to advocate globally for the human rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people. Randy Berry, an openly gay senior diplomat, has served as U.S. Consul General in Amsterdam since 2012. "Defending and promoting the human rights of LGBT persons is at the core of our commitment to advancing human rights globally--the heart and conscience of our diplomacy," said U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry in announcing the groundbreaking appointment.
SPRINGFIELD, Ore. (AP) — A pickup truck hit and killed three children and critically injured a woman in the same busy Oregon intersection where a pedestrian was fatally struck two months ago and then carried on the roof of the fleeing car for 11 blocks.
CHICAGO (AP) — In a city where the voters like tough-talking politicians, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel's pugnacious style is being put to the test Tuesday as he tries to win a second term without having to go through a runoff.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A veteran San Francisco police officer who was convicted of stealing money and property from criminal suspects has been sentenced to more than three years in federal prison.
ATLANTA (AP) — Politicians of all ideologies have failed American workers in an era of rising corporate profits and declining wages, the nation's top labor leader said Monday, vowing to pressure candidates running for president in 2016 to address the issue.
By Jon Herskovitz STEPHENVILLE, Texas (Reuters) - The Texas trial of a man charged with fatally shooting former U.S. Navy SEAL Chris Kyle, whose best-selling autobiography was turned into the blockbuster movie "American Sniper, was halted on Monday due to an ice storm. Eddie Ray Routh, 27, is accused of shooting Kyle and Kyle's friend Chad Littlefield multiple times at a gun range about 70 miles (110 km) southwest of Fort Worth in February 2013 and then fleeing in Kyle's pickup truck. Defense attorneys are trying to have Routh declared innocent by reason of insanity. A psychiatrist called by the defense testified last week that Routh had paranoid schizophrenia and showed signs of psychosis that could not be faked, media reports said.
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov implicitly accused the United States on Monday of violating U.N. principles by bombing Syria, occupying Iraq "under false pretenses" and manipulating a Security Council mandate to destroy and create chaos in Libya.
SEATTLE (AP) — A Seattle firefighter working to extinguish a furnace fire at a metal-production facility accidentally stepped into a 2-foot-deep pit filled with boiling water and suffered burns to his legs.
One person is dead and two others are injured after a car collided with an ambulance in Magnolia, New Jersey.
BANGOR, Maine (AP) — A man accused of luring a 15-year-old girl to her death with a fake Facebook page was at home with his family the night of the killing, his attorneys said Monday, accusing the prosecution of making "big mistakes" in their case.
By Colleen Jenkins WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (Reuters) - A single mother said she is eager to give her four children a more comfortable life after North Carolina lottery officials confirmed on Monday that she had presented one of the tickets worth a third of the $564.1 million U.S. Powerball jackpot. Dressed in a beige pant suit, Marie Holmes, 26, smiled as confetti fell at a Raleigh news conference where a lottery official handed her a ceremonial big check. The other winning tickets were purchased in Puerto Rico and Princeton, Texas, in what was the third largest Powerball jackpot and one of the largest lottery jackpots in the United States. A winner who wished to remain anonymous has come forward in Puerto Rico but no one has presented the winning ticket in Texas, according to the Multi-State Lottery Association.
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — A U.S. Marine who vanished a decade ago in Iraq was convicted Monday of desertion for leaving his post there and then fleeing to Lebanon after a brief return to the U.S.
In surgery lasting more than 24 hours, a Texas hospital medical team has separated nearly 1-year-old twins who were joined at the abdomen and shared a liver, diaphragm, pelvis, intestines and the lining of the heart, officials said on Monday. The girls, Knatalye Hope Mata and Adeline Faith Mata, born in April 2014, were separated on Feb. 17 at Texas Children's Hospital, with a team including 12 surgeons, six anesthesiologists and eight surgical nurses. "This surgery was not without its challenges with the girls sharing several organ systems," said Dr. Darrell Cass, pediatric surgeon and co-director of Texas Children's Fetal Center. He said this was the first successful separation surgery for conjoined twins with this particular configuration.
By Natasja Sheriff NEW YORK (Reuters) - Jurors in the case of a New York boy missing for over three decades watched videotape on Monday of the man accused of his murder saying he choked the boy but that the child was still alive when he was stuffed in a bag and dumped in an alley. The videotape was played by prosecutors in the trial of Pedro Hernandez, 54, charged with the kidnapping and murder of 6-year-old Etan Patz. In a videotape made by police, Hernandez, who worked in a deli near the boy's home, says he offered Patz a soda and that he and the boy went downstairs to the store's basement. The videotape played on Monday, one of three made by police, was made after more than six hours of questioning of Hernandez.
A California university student has been diagnosed with a bacterial infection related to meningitis, authorities said, days after a student in Oregon succumbed to the sometimes deadly disease that can be prevalent on college campuses. The student at the University of California, Davis, is receiving care at a local hospital for meningococcal disease, a bacterial infection that can affect the bloodstream or be a precursor to meningitis. Last week, University of Oregon freshman Lauren Jones, 18, died of meningococcal infection, a Lane County Public Health official said.
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — An estranged Florida couple's yearslong fight over whether to circumcise their son appeared near an end Monday with the father attempting to schedule the procedure amid last-minute legal maneuvers and promises of protests.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Aiming to undercut Apple's latest hit service, Google is teaming up with three major U.S. wireless carriers to prod more people into using its mobile wallet.
CHICAGO (AP) — Frequent sauna baths may help you live longer, a study of Finnish men suggests. It would be welcome news if proven true — in Finland where hot, dry saunas are commonplace, and for Americans shivering in a snowy Nordic-like winter.