BOSTON (AP) — Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev arrived at the U.S. Penitentiary in Florence, Colorado, on Thursday, a day after he was sentenced to death. A spokesman for the U.S. Department of Justice confirmed that Tsarnaev was being held at the high-security facility. The penitentiary is in the same prison complex as the ADX, a Supermax prison, but is a different institution.
(Reuters) - Residents of two California towns were given mandatory evacuation orders on Thursday as a burgeoning wildfire swept through drought-parched mountains and aircraft battling the blaze could not take off after a drone was spotted in the area, officials said. The fire in the mountains of San Bernardino County east of Los Angeles was among scores of wildfires raging along the U.S. West Coast, from Alaska through California, in areas hit by drought and suffering record-low snowpack. The northern end of the Sacramento Valley in California was also unusually hot with 111 degrees Fahrenheit (43.9 Celsius) reported in Redding Thursday afternoon.
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — The Sons of Confederate Veterans knew an attack on their cherished symbols would come after seeing photos of the white man accused of killing nine black churchgoers displaying Confederate battle flags. They just didn't expect it from their right flank.
Police in New York City will begin focusing on neighborhood policing, spending more time in the community in a sweeping effort to improve relations with residents, officials said on Thursday. The plan focuses on basic policing principles that emphasize bridging gaps with communities, Mayor Bill de Blasio said. The plan includes dividing police precincts into sectors that align with neighborhood boundaries, training officers to identify and manage community concerns and dedicating time for them every day to be out in the community to build relationships, officials said.
A New York City program to create a nearly uniform fleet of taxis made by Nissan Motor Co survived a challenge by a taxi owners' trade group when the state's highest court ruled in the city's favor. The Court of Appeals in a unanimous decision said on Thursday the city's Taxi and Limousine Commission had the authority to tell taxi owners they had to purchase a specially designed vehicle, the Nissan NV200, instead of creating a general set of specifications that could apply to several different cars. In 2013 the Greater New York Taxi Association sued the city over its "Taxi of Tomorrow" program, which was designed to update the city's medallion fleet of yellow taxis and took effect that year.
By Phoenix Tso LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - The Los Angeles County transportation agency, facing a catastrophic drought that has led the state to issue its first ever mandatory cutbacks in urban water use, has decided to reduce its water consumption by 20 percent by 2017. The motion, which passed the Metropolitan Transportation Agency Board of Directors by a unanimous vote on Thursday, would limit landscape irrigation to two days a week and would remove or limit ornamental turf at MTA facilities. The measures also require a public database be put in place by October 2015 to disclose water use at all MTA facilities, partly by installing water meters.
The New Jersey Senate passed a $35.3 billion budget that includes a surcharge on business and high-wage earners and a $3.1 billion payment for the state's public pension Thursday before the Assembly planned to vote on the same spending blueprint.