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Defense in Etan Patz murder trial in New York attacks confession
News ImageBy Natasja Sheriff NEW YORK (Reuters) - Mental illness sparked a false confession by the accused killer of Etan Patz and the real suspect in the 1979 disappearance of the boy in New York City is another man - a convicted child molester - a defense attorney told the jury on Friday. In his opening statement at the murder trial of Pedro Hernandez, the attorney said investigations both immediately after the boy vanished on May 25, 1979 and later in 2012 turned up nothing to connect the former delicatessen worker to the crime, except his own words in a 2012 confession to police. "He cannot distinguish between what is real and what is not," defense attorney Harvey Fishbein told the jury in a state court in Manhattan. Massive publicity surrounded the 6-year-old boy's disappearance while walking alone to a school bus stop for the first time in New York's Soho neighborhood, sparking a national movement to find missing children.
Fri, 30 Jan 2015 17:57:20 -0500
Obama, Dalai Lama due to attend U.S. prayer event February 5
News ImageBy David Brunnstrom WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Barack Obama and the Dalai Lama are scheduled to attend the U.S. National Prayer Breakfast in Washington next week, but it was unclear if they will have a private meeting like one last year that angered Beijing. The White House said Obama would deliver remarks at the Feb. 5 event about the importance of upholding religious freedom, and that the organizers had also invited the Dalai Lama. Asked if there was any plan for a private meeting with the Dalai Lama, White House spokeswoman Bernadette Meehan said: "As he has done in the past, the President will see many religious leaders at the event, but we don't have any specific meeting with the Dalai Lama to announce." White House deputy spokesman Patrick Ventrell said the president had "a great relationship with the Dalai Lama." "They have met three times, including just last February.
Fri, 30 Jan 2015 18:25:03 -0500
Rap mogul Suge Knight arrested in fatal hit-and-run in Los Angeles
News ImageBy Alex Dobuzinskis LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Rap mogul Marion "Suge" Knight was arrested on suspicion of murder on Friday after police said he ran over two people with a pickup truck at a fast food restaurant in the Los Angeles suburb of Compton, killing one and injuring the other before fleeing. Knight, the 49-year-old co-founder of Death Row Records, was booked at about 3 a.m. (1100 GMT) and was being held in lieu of $2 million bail, the department said. The Thursday afternoon incident took place after Knight drove up to a burger shop in Compton, south of downtown Los Angeles, and began arguing with two people outside, Los Angeles County Sheriff's Lieutenant John Corina said.
Fri, 30 Jan 2015 20:53:52 -0500
Parents of teen girl killed by Denver police demand federal probe
By Keith Coffman DENVER (Reuters) - The parents of a 17-year-old girl shot dead this week by Denver police while she was driving a stolen car have called for a U.S. Justice Department civil rights investigation into her death. The teen's parents, Jose Hernandez and Laura Rosales, said in a letter sent to U.S. Attorney John Walsh that Denver police have a history of conducting lengthy investigations that "serve only to exonerate its officers." "We believe that a federal investigation is the only way to uncover the truth because we have little confidence in the Denver Police Department's ability to conduct a fair and timely investigation," the letter said. Jessica Hernandez died on Monday when Denver police officers Daniel Greene and Gabriel Jordan fired multiple rounds into the vehicle, killing her. Fri, 30 Jan 2015 22:39:09 -0500
Serial home burglar sought in Bucks, Montgomery counties
News ImagePolice in Bucks and Montgomery counties are trying to catch a serial burglar who they believe to be behind at least 20 daytime home robberies.
Fri, 30 Jan 2015 22:01:15 -0500
Prison for NYC duo accused of abusing partly paralyzed woman
NEW YORK (AP) A New York City couple accused of battering a partially paralyzed woman and controlling her finances for more than a year has been sentenced to over a decade in prison. Fri, 30 Jan 2015 21:56:59 -0500
Rap music mogul 'Suge' Knight arrested in fatal hit-and-run
News ImageLOS ANGELES (AP) Marion "Suge" Knight, the impresario of gangster rap, has long been a perpetrator and victim of the violent life he promoted in song.
Fri, 30 Jan 2015 21:56:15 -0500
Father of 1st known surviving US quintuplets dies
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) Andrew Fischer was a stock clerk earning less than $100 a week in 1963 when a doctor explained why his pregnant wife's belly had grown so large: She was about to give birth to five babies, who would become the first known surviving quintuplets born in the U.S. Fri, 30 Jan 2015 21:49:01 -0500
US mulls Middle East-North Africa category for 2020 census
News ImageDETROIT (AP) The federal government is considering allowing those of Middle Eastern and North African descent to identify as such on the next 10-year census, which could give Arab-Americans and other affected groups greater political clout and access to public funding, among other things.
Fri, 30 Jan 2015 21:41:25 -0500
City will pay $3.9M in 2012 NY police shooting of Bronx teen
NEW YORK (AP) New York City agreed Friday to pay $3.9 million to the family of a black Bronx teenager shot to death by a white police officer in 2012. Fri, 30 Jan 2015 21:37:36 -0500
Air Force instructor gets 20 years in prison for rapes
SAN ANTONIO (AP) A military jury has sentenced a U.S. Air Force instructor to 20 years in prison for raping two women, including a recruit he was training two decades ago at Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio. Fri, 30 Jan 2015 21:32:04 -0500
Sheriff: Gun in City Hall shooting came from straw buyer
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) The shotgun used by a man who was killed in a confrontation with police outside a City Hall meeting in suburban Minneapolis was illegally channeled to him by a straw buyer, a sheriff said Friday night. Fri, 30 Jan 2015 21:09:38 -0500
Connecticut legislature approves NRA-opposed judge nominee
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) The Connecticut House and Senate have voted overwhelmingly to confirm a state judge nominee who was opposed by the National Rifle Association and other groups because she supported a gun control bill approved in the wake of the Newtown school shooting. Fri, 30 Jan 2015 21:02:31 -0500
Motorcycle crash victim meets donors whose blood saved him
News ImageLOS ANGELES (AP) Brandon Levine exchanged handshakes and hugs with nearly two dozen of his blood brothers and sisters Friday, people he had never met but knew had saved his life.
Fri, 30 Jan 2015 20:52:54 -0500
No charges in attempted carjacking of Homeland Security agent in Wilmington
News ImageAuthorities say no charges will be filed against a man taken into custody after an attempted carjacking of a Homeland Security special agent in Wilmington, Delaware.
Fri, 30 Jan 2015 20:49:30 -0500
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