CHICAGO (Reuters) - An Illinois man received four life sentences for bludgeoning to death four people including a toddler during a weeklong, two-state crime spree in 2008, the state attorney general said on Monday. Rock Island County Judge Jeffrey O'Connor handed down the sentences for Nicholas Sheley, who was convicted in May of beating to death Kilynna Blake, 20, her 2-year-old son Dayan, Brock Branson, 29, and Kenneth Ulve, 25, in an apartment in Rock Falls, Illinois. Authorities said Sheley chose his victims at random and bludgeoned or hacked them to death. ...
ALBANY, Ga. (AP) — A Georgia food processor linked to a deadly salmonella outbreak shipped thousands of pounds of peanut products after learning its products were contaminated and cheated on testing, a former plant manager testified Monday.
By Ted Siefer MANCHESTER N.H. (Reuters) - A New Hampshire judge is expected to rule on Tuesday whether to compel a man found guilty last month of raping and murdering a college student to attend a hearing this week where he will face a mandatory sentence of life in prison without parole. An attorney for Seth Mazzaglia, 31, filed a motion in Strafford County Superior Court late last week asserting "his constitutional right to waive his presence" at the hearing. Prosecutor Peter Hinckley argued that the request was "vastly outweighed by the countervailing interests of ... the court system, the prosecution, the victims of the defendant's crimes, and society as a whole." Last month, Mazzaglia was found guilty of first-degree murder in the death of Elizabeth Marriott, who was a 19-year-old student at the University of New Hampshire, after a month-long that featured lurid details of the occult, sadomasochism and romantic betrayal. Mazzaglia was accused of having his girlfriend, Kathryn McDonough, lure Marriott to their apartment so he could have sex with her.
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Britain has proposed a draft U.N. resolution aimed at punishing recruitment and financing of foreign fighters for the Islamic State militant group now controlling a swath of Syria and Iraq, and all other terrorist groups associated with al-Qaida.
(Reuters) - A 15-year-old Utah girl died after being run over by a pickup truck while she lay sunbathing in the driveway of her home, police said on Monday. Marli Hamblin, a cheerleader from Syracuse, Utah, who had recently made her high school's squad, was listening to music through her headphones and likely did not notice when her older sister began to reverse the Chevrolet truck towards her, Syracuse police and the family's Facebook page said. The sister told investigators that she did not spot her sibling as she backed out of the home's garage, police spokeswoman Erin Behm said. ...
By Keith Coffman DENVER (Reuters) - A Colorado woman accused of conspiring to provide support to Islamist insurgents waging war against the governments of Syria and Iraq has reached a plea deal with federal prosecutors, the U.S. Attorney's Office said on Monday. Shannon Maureen Conley, 19, has been in custody since her arrest in April for allegedly planning to join the Sunni Muslim militant group Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, otherwise known as ISIS or ISIL, which has shortened its name to Islamic State. "A notice of disposition is generally filed by the defense to notify the court that an agreement between the prosecution and the defense has been reached, where the defendant has agreed to plead guilty," Jeff Dorschner, spokesman for U.S. Attorney John Walsh, said in a statement. Conley was charged by federal prosecutors with one count of providing material support to a "designated foreign terrorist organization," according to a criminal complaint filed in U.S. District Court.
NEW YORK (AP) — Al-Jazeera America marks its first anniversary on the air next week, and if you haven't watched much, you're not alone.
(Reuters) - A Maryland nanny who stole $431,542 from her employers to gamble and buy a house in Africa pleaded guilty on Monday to federal charges, prosecutors said. Kadiatu Sahid Kamara, 50, of Gaithersburg, had access to checks linked to a married couple's money market account while she was caring for their children, the Maryland U.S. Attorney's Office said in a statement.
A Canadian man facing extradition to the United States on charges he helped orchestrate two deadly bombings in Iraq may appeal to Canada's top court after a lower court on Monday supported government efforts to deport him. In a unanimous decision, the Alberta Court of Appeal rejected Faruq Khalil Muhammad 'Isa's bid to overturn an 2011 extradition order that would send the naturalized Canadian citizen to the United States. Nathan Whitling, one of Isa's lawyers, said he had not yet spoken to his client, but expects the ruling to be challenged. "We just got the decision a short time ago but we expect we will get instructions to do that." The United States accuses Isa of being part of a network behind the 2009 suicide bombings of an Iraqi police station that killed seven and a U.S. military base that killed five American soldiers and an unspecified number of Iraqis.
MIAMI BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Juan Carlos Gil likes the feeling of independence the sport of rowing gives him.
A woman punched repeatedly by a California Highway Patrol officer during an arrest that was caught on video has said in television interviews that she felt the officer was trying to beat her to death. Marlene Pinnock, 51, who has filed a federal civil rights lawsuit against Highway Patrol officials over the arrest, said she suffers slurred speech from the punches to the head she suffered by the side of a freeway near downtown Los Angeles. "It was hard bangs, like he was just trying to beat me to death, like he was trying to kill me," Pinnock told Los Angeles broadcaster KABC on Sunday, speaking to the media for the first time since the July 1 incident. California Highway Patrol commissioner Joe Farrow has pledged his agency's probe will be completed within weeks, and the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office and the local U.S. Attorney's Office also are looking at the incident, said Highway Patrol spokesman Officer Edgar Figueroa.
DALLAS (AP) — FBI Director James Comey said Monday that he doesn't know how many Americans have tried to join Islamic insurgents fighting in Syria, but that they represented an urgent threat to the United States.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — The woman whose videotaped beating by a California Highway Patrol officer sparked outrage says she believes the officer was trying to kill her.
BOSTON (AP) — U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts, speaking at the American Bar Association's annual meeting Monday, said lawyers should play a key role in mitigating the "sharp partisan divides" that have shaken public faith in government.
Delaware State Police have filed additional charges after a trooper was shot in his body armor during the execution of a search warrant last week.
HONOLULU (AP) — A container ship crew has rescued three people from a sailboat that was stranded in waters roiled by Hurricane Julio off the Hawaii Coast.
(Reuters) - A TV news van was robbed in Washington while its crew was reporting on a smartphone crime app that rates bad neighborhoods, the station reported. CBS affiliate WUSA parked a news van in northwest Washington late on Friday to report on the new iPhone app SketchFactor. When the crew returned to the van, the lock was gone, along with electronics, phones, computers and cameras, WUSA said. The news crew tracked down some of the gear in two dumpsters using an iPhone device, the station reported over the weekend.
By Gary Robertson RICHMOND Va. (Reuters) - Virginia Governor Robert McDonnell gave a personal pitch to a state healthcare official for the dietary supplement at the heart of the former governor’s trial on corruption and bribery charges, the official testified on Monday. Sara Wilson, director of the Virginia Department of Human Resource Management, said McDonnell pulled out a bottle of the product, Anatabloc, at a meeting she and her boss had with him in March 2012 to discuss healthcare. McDonnell and his wife Maureen face 14 counts of corruption and bribery in connection with allegedly accepting $165,000 in loans and gifts from Jonnie Williams Sr., the former chief executive officer of the company, now called Rock Creek Pharmaceuticals Inc, that makes Anatabloc. Martin Kent, McDonnell’s former chief of staff, testified in U.S. District Court that the governor's use of Williams’ Ferrari hurt the feelings of state police guards.
By Amanda Orr HOUSTON (Reuters) - A teenager, his parents and uncle were among six people killed when a speeding vehicle pursued by police slammed into their car outside Houston, killing both drivers and their passengers, police said. The Sunday night incident near Dickinson, about 25 miles southeast of Houston, started when police tried to pull over a Dodge Durango sports utility vehicle that was swerving and driving without headlights. The driver sped up to about 100 mph (160 kph) when the officer activated his emergency lights, Dickinson Police Captain Jay Jaekel said. The driver of the SUV was Juan Garcia Ahuezoteco, 23, who had an outstanding felony warrant for driving while intoxicated, police said.
DENVER (AP) — A 19-year-old suburban Denver woman accused of trying to go to Syria to help ISIS plans to plead guilty in the case.