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African marathoners tops at Boston two years after bombing
News ImageBy Scott Malone and Richard Valdmanis BOSTON (Reuters) - Ethiopian runner Lelisa Desisa finished first in the Boston Marathon on Monday, reclaiming the top spot in a race he last won two years ago when it was struck by a deadly bombing attack. Caroline Rotich of Kenya led the women's field, affirming African athletes' dominance at the race. "Strong Boston!" Desisa shouted after he crossed the finish line, in a version of the "Boston Strong" motto that became the city's rallying cry after the April 15, 2013, attack that killed three and injured 264. Security was high near the start line in Hopkinton, along the 26.2 mile (42.16 km) course and around the finish line in Boston, in recognition of the bombing, one of the most visible attacks on U.S. soil since Sept. 11, 2001.
Mon, 20 Apr 2015 14:39:03 -0400
Six Minnesota men charged with conspiring to support Islamic State
By David Bailey MINNEAPOLIS (Reuters) - U.S. authorities have charged six young Somali-American men from Minnesota with planning to join Islamic State and fight for the militant group in Syria, the U.S. attorney for Minnesota said on Monday. The six, all U.S. citizens, were part of a larger group of friends and relatives who had been conspiring for the past 10 months, many trying multiple times to leave the country, federal prosecutors alleged. Their arrests on Sunday capped a yearlong FBI investigation into would-be Islamic State recruits seeking to journey abroad, and there was no evidence the accused had plans to carry out any attacks inside the United States, prosecutors said. Dozens of people from the Minneapolis-St. Paul area, many of them young Somali-American men, have traveled or attempted to travel overseas to support Islamic State or al Shabaab, a Somalia-based militant group, since 2007, according to U.S. prosecutors. Mon, 20 Apr 2015 20:19:13 -0400
Oklahoma sheriff apologizes for fatal shooting by reserve deputy
News ImageBy Heide Brandes OKLAHOMA CITY (Reuters) - Tulsa County Sheriff Stanley Glanz apologized on Monday to the family of an unarmed black man who was shot and killed by a white reserve deputy who has said he mistakenly pulled his gun instead of a Taser. In a televised news conference, Glanz acknowledged his long-time friendship with reserve deputy Robert Bates, 73. He has been charged with second-degree manslaughter in the April 2 death of 44-year-old Eric Harris. Lawyers for the Harris family said on Monday they were not planning to file a lawsuit against the sheriffs office.
Mon, 20 Apr 2015 20:54:48 -0400
Water pricing to spur conservation ruled unconstitutional
News ImageLOS ANGELES (AP) An Orange County appeals court ruled Monday that San Juan Capistrano's tiered water rates are unconstitutional, potentially dealing a blow to agencies statewide that have used the pricing structure to encourage water conservation.
Mon, 20 Apr 2015 22:32:56 -0400
Undergound explosion in Wayne sends people running
News ImageFirefighters are investigating an underground explosion in Wayne, Delaware County that sent people running.
Mon, 20 Apr 2015 22:30:48 -0400
It's official: Tim Tebow signs 1-year deal with Eagles
News ImageTim Tebow has agreed on a 1-year deal with the Philadelphia Eagles, the team announced Monday afternoon.
Mon, 20 Apr 2015 22:28:17 -0400
Woman who designed "Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas" sign dies
News ImageLAS VEGAS (AP) The woman who came up with a neon sign that has welcomed countless visitors to "fabulous Las Vegas" since 1959 has died.
Mon, 20 Apr 2015 22:28:06 -0400
African marathoners top at Boston two years after bombing
News ImageBy Scott Malone and Richard Valdmanis BOSTON (Reuters) - Ethiopian runner Lelisa Desisa finished first in the Boston Marathon on Monday, reclaiming the top spot in a race he last won two years ago when it was struck by a deadly bombing attack. Caroline Rotich of Kenya led the women's field, affirming African athletes' dominance at the race. "Strong Boston!" Desisa shouted after he crossed the finish line, in a version of the "Boston Strong" motto that became the city's rallying cry after the April 15, 2013, attack that killed three and injured 264. Security was high near the start line in Hopkinton, along the 26.2 mile (42.16 km) course and around the finish line in Boston, in recognition of the bombing, one of the most visible attacks on U.S. soil since Sept. 11, 2001.
Mon, 20 Apr 2015 22:02:23 -0400
Body of woman discovered in Schuylkill River
News ImageThe body of a woman was recovered from the banks of the Schuylkill River Monday evening.
Mon, 20 Apr 2015 22:00:38 -0400
Los Angeles police officer charged with assault over videotaped arrest
By Alex Dobuzinskis LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - A Los Angeles police officer was charged on Monday with assault for his part in the videotaped arrest of a black man who contends he was kicked so hard he lost a tooth filling. The charge the Los Angeles District Attorney's Office brought against Officer Richard Garcia, 34, stems from an Oct. 16 arrest that has already resulted in a federal lawsuit against the city. In the latest high-profile incident, Baltimore police vowed on Monday to probe the death of a black man who suffered spinal injuries after white officers arrested him. Earlier in the day, he turned himself in to officers to be taken into custody, said Los Angeles police spokesman Lieutenant John Jenal. Mon, 20 Apr 2015 21:56:01 -0400
Bombing trial enters penalty phase amid life or death debate
News ImageBOSTON (AP) The guilt phase of Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev's trial was considered a slam dunk for prosecutors, especially after his lawyers bluntly admitted during opening statements that he participated in the deadly 2013 attack.
Mon, 20 Apr 2015 21:48:42 -0400
Tornado Watch extended until midnight for parts of our area
News ImageMeteorologist Cecily Tynan is tracking the potential for severe storms this evening.
Mon, 20 Apr 2015 21:43:09 -0400
Judge halts worker's comp claim for Ebola nurse Nina Pham
DALLAS (AP) A Texas district judge on Monday put on hold a hospital operator's efforts to seek a worker's compensation claim for a nurse who contracted Ebola while caring for the first U.S. patient to succumb to the deadly disease. Mon, 20 Apr 2015 21:35:54 -0400
Mother of Ukraine pilot jailed in Russia seeks global help
UNITED NATIONS (AP) The mother of a Ukrainian helicopter pilot imprisoned in Russia is on a global campaign seeking support from world leaders to pressure President Vladimir Putin to free her daughter. Mon, 20 Apr 2015 21:22:22 -0400
Judge approves settlement to prevent excessive force at L.A. jails
By Alex Dobuzinskis LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - A court-appointed panel will oversee a plan to prevent excessive use of force by Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department deputies at two large downtown jails, under a settlement of a federal lawsuit given final approval on Monday. The agreement approved by U.S. District Judge Dean Pregerson resolved a lawsuit brought in 2012 by the American Civil Liberties Union of Southern California against the Sheriff's Department. The suit accused former county Sheriff Lee Baca of having been aware of a pattern of beatings at the Men's Central Jail and the nearby Twin Towers jail and failing to take steps to stop the violence. The agreement requires the Sheriff's Department to revise its use of force policy and give further training to jail deputies to prevent excessive force, with a three-person panel of experts appointed to monitor that inmate rights are respected at the two jails. Mon, 20 Apr 2015 21:12:36 -0400
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