ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — A Minneapolis man was charged Friday with threatening law enforcement officials and writing on Twitter that a "massacre" would happen if authorities did not free six men who were arrested earlier this week and accused of trying to travel to Syria to join the Islamic State group.
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Hundreds of survivalists and "preppers" are gathering in the Salt Lake City suburb of Sandy for the first PrepperCon, featuring demonstrations of underground bunkers, food storage and armored vehicles.
By Steve Gorman LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Truckers who haul freight from the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach will vote on Saturday whether to go on strike, organizers said, in a move that could revive labor tensions at the nation's busiest cargo hub as it recovers from a crippling dockworkers dispute. Picket lines could go up as early as Monday at various terminal yards, rail yards and other locations around the twin ports, said Teamsters union spokeswoman Barb Maynard, whose group does not represent the drivers but backs their efforts. The outcome has implications for hundreds of companies and thousands of truckers in Southern California serving the twin ports, which handle 43 percent of containerized goods entering the United States. Roughly 500 port truckers have filed wage claims with the California Department of Industrial Relations, accusing the companies of illegally misclassifying them as freelancers and charging them to lease the trucks they drive.
(Reuters) - An Alaska commuter airline routinely failed to inform pilots of shifting weather conditions and other hazards leading up to a 2013 crash in western Alaska that killed four people, the National Transportation Safety Board said on Friday. The Cessna 208B, a single-engine turboprop, had been heading from Bethel to Mountain Village in deteriorating winter weather and crashed about a mile (1.6 km) southeast of St. Mary's Airport in southwestern Alaska. Prior to the crash, Hageland Aviation Services Inc had failed to follow its own risk assessment plan, and on the day the plane went down the flight coordinators on duty had not been trained properly in those procedures, according to NTSB crash investigation documents released on Thursday. "The hardest thing is to get this company to police itself," Dale Hansen, a Federal Aviation Administration manager in Anchorage, told NTSB investigators.
TOWN OF PIEHL, Wis. (AP) — A Wisconsin teen accused of killing her mother and stepfather carried out the slayings the same day they warned her 22-year-old boyfriend to stay away from her, according to court documents made public Friday.
By Tim Ghianni NASHVILLE, Tenn. (Reuters) - Licensed handgun owners are allowed to carry their weapons in parks throughout Tennessee under a bill signed by Governor Bill Haslam on Friday, even if local governments would like to ban the practice. Haslam, a Republican, said he had reservations about an early version of the bill, but signed the final measure that made it clear that guns are not allowed at school-related activities taking place in parks. Nashville Mayor Karl Dean and other local leaders strongly opposed the bill. "Therefore, most simply stated, I believe that allowing guns in Nashville's parks is a very bad idea." Haslam said in a letter to legislative leaders he was concerned local leaders may find it difficult to manage their parks safely and effectively due to events not anticipated in drafting the law, and urged that they work together to assess its impact.
(Reuters) - A Michigan woman was charged with murder on Friday in the death of her newborn son who was found sealed in a plastic bag and stored in a tote near her desk in March, the Wayne County Prosecutor's Office said. Kimberly Pappas, 25, of Wyandotte, is charged with felony murder, premeditated murder and first-degree child abuse in the death of the newborn, prosecutors said. Prosecutors said she gave birth to a full term infant in the bathroom at her workplace in Redford, Michigan, on March 31. An employee alerted the Redford Fire Department, which attempted to resuscitate the child, who was pronounced dead at a local hospital.
By Barbara Liston ORLANDO, Fla. (Reuters) - Three former members of the Florida A&M University marching band were found guilty on Friday on charges of manslaughter and felony hazing in the death of a drum major in a 2011 incident that drew attention to dangerous college hazing practices. Champion, 26, died after he ran down the aisle of the band's bus while being kicked, punched and struck by band members in the seats. Percussionist Dante Martin, described by prosecutors as the ringleader in the assault, was convicted in January and sentenced to more than six years in prison. The Florida A&M band, which has performed at the Super Bowl, the Grammy Awards and presidential inaugurations, was suspended by the school for more than a year after Champion's death.
OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — Nearly two decades after voters passed a medical marijuana law that often left police, prosecutors and even patients confused about what was allowed, Gov. Jay Inslee signed a bill Friday attempting to clean up that largely unregulated system and harmonize it with Washington's new market for recreational pot.
LAS VEGAS (AP) — Elaine Wynn failed Friday to win re-election to the board of Wynn Resort Ltd. — the casino-hotel company she co-founded with ex-husband Steve Wynn — a development that ended a feud over the issue.
LAPEER, Mich. (AP) — The owners of two dogs that got loose and killed a jogger in Michigan pleaded no contest Friday to a reduced charge.
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — The last three defendants in the death of a Florida A&M drum major were convicted of manslaughter and hazing Friday, ending a 3-year-old case that shined a light on ritualized hazing within the school's famed marching band.
Prosecutors have launched an investigation of possible criminal conduct in the case of a 14-year-old girl mistakenly sent to the U.S. to live with a woman who claimed to be her mother, authorities said Friday.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Is ice cream safe to eat? Federal officials say yes, even amid recalls by two ice cream companies after the discovery of listeria bacteria in their frozen confections.
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A U.S. Border Patrol agent who killed a teenager when he fired across the border from Texas into Mexico cannot be sued in U.S. courts by the Mexican teen's family, a federal appeals court ruled Friday.
NEW YORK (AP) — These are pivotal times for transgender Americans, as they gain in visibility yet remain buffeted by bias and misunderstanding.
A California man accused of abducting his girlfriend's 15-year-old daughter, marrying her and holding her captive for a decade of physical and sexual abuse was ordered to stand trial on Friday on kidnapping and rape charges. Isidro Medrano Garcia, 41, was set to be tried on five counts of forcible rape, kidnapping to commit rape and lewd acts on a minor after an Orange County Superior Court judge found that prosecutors had presented sufficient evidence against him to proceed.
By Ian Simpson BALTIMORE (Reuters) - An investigation into the death of a black man in Baltimore police custody is still trying to figure out what happened, the police commissioner said on Friday as the city braced for a major protest over the incident. Police Commissioner Anthony Batts said police would release surveillance camera photos involving the death of Freddie Gray, 25, who died on Sunday a week after being arrested. More than 1,000 protesters are expected in Baltimore for a march from the site of his arrest to City Hall on Saturday, police said. Batts said Gray was put in a police van for transport to a police station and he was not buckled in at any time, as regulations required.
VALDOSTA, Ga. (AP) — Student demonstrators who walked on an American flag to protest racism sparked a countermovement, prompting a south Georgia university to cancel classes Friday ahead of a rally that drew a large crowd to Valdosta.
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Droves of Native American and other indigenous performers and spectators have converged in New Mexico for the 32nd annual Gathering of Nations, North America's largest powwow. Here are some things to know about the event: