Quadruple-murder suspect faces arraignment in Washington
By Ian Simpson WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A man accused of killing a Washington businessman, his wife, son and housekeeper faced arraignment on Friday after authorities tracked him down overnight in the U.S. capital. The suspect, Daron Wint, 34, of Lanham, Maryland, has been charged with first-degree murder while armed. Members of the Capital Area Regional Fugitive Task Force had tracked Wint to a Howard Johnson hotel in College Park, Maryland, near Washington, late on Thursday, only to see him leave as they arrived.
Fri, 22 May 2015 12:37:23 -0400
FBI identifies two California men arrested for seeking to help militants
The FBI has identified two Southern California men arrested on suspicion of conspiring to provide material support to militants and they were expected to appear in court on Friday. Anaheim residents Muhanad Badawi and Nader Elhuzayel, both 24, were arrested on Thursday, FBI spokeswoman Laura Eimiller said in an email. NBC News, citing unnamed sources, reported the two men were planning to travel abroad to join the militant group Islamic State.
Fri, 22 May 2015 14:05:55 -0400
NY can ban 'Choose Life' license plates as DMV program upheld
A divided federal appeals court gave New York wide authority to regulate the content of custom license plates, and reversed a lower court ruling ordering the state to let an adoption advocacy group put the words "Choose Life" on its own plates. By a 2-1 vote, the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said the commissioner of the state Department of Motor Vehicles had "broad discretion" to decide which plates to permit, and did not violate the First Amendment free speech rights of the Children First Foundation in rejecting the "Choose Life" plates. Writing for the majority, Circuit Judge Rosemary Pooler said the content of custom plates was "private speech" and the plates themselves a "nonpublic forum." She said it followed that the DMV's uniform policy of excluding controversial, politically sensitive messages from plates, which the agency said stemmed from highway safety concerns, was "reasonable and viewpoint neutral, which is all that the First Amendment requires." The 2nd Circuit ruled as the U.S. Supreme Court prepares to decide whether Texas violated the First Amendment by rejecting a custom plate bearing the Confederate flag, on concern the plate and others like it might offend people.
Fri, 22 May 2015 13:39:37 -0400
Dallas girl sentenced to 40 years for drowning baby
By Lisa Maria Garza DALLAS (Reuters) - A 14-year-old Dallas girl was sentenced by a juvenile court judge on Friday to 40 years in custody, the maximum punishment available, after admitting to drowning an infant in January, court officials said. The teenager will begin serving her sentence in state custody of the Texas Juvenile Justice Department. Child Protective Services had placed the infant in the home of the teenage girl's mother at the request of the baby's mother, according to police.
Fri, 22 May 2015 14:44:05 -0400
Houston firefighter dies in apparent murder-suicide
By Amanda Orr HOUSTON (Reuters) - A firefighter who served 12 years with the Houston Fire Department and his girlfriend have been found dead in an apparent murder-suicide at their suburban Houston home, officials said on Friday. Firefighter Richard Deluna, 40, died from a likely hanging and his girlfriend, Caroline Minjares, had been fatally stabbed multiple times in the incident discovered by police on Thursday night, police said. Houston police responded to the home when relatives told them that Minjares did not pick up her children from a babysitter, according to local media reports.
Fri, 22 May 2015 14:38:29 -0400
Mother stands in at graduation of son killed in prom night crash
A Chicago area woman whose 18-year-old son was killed in an alleged drunk-driving crash after his high-school prom last weekend wore his cap and gown at his graduation in a tribute to him. Along with Dunigan's father, she received a special plaque with his diploma, awards and a graduation ticket. "She got a standing innovation, a lot of tears, a great deal of cheers," said Dwayne Evans, principal of the school in the south Chicago suburb of Calumet City.
Fri, 22 May 2015 14:31:20 -0400
Washington state officials urge calm following police shooting
By Victoria Cavaliere SEATTLE (Reuters) - Officials in Washington state's capital, Olympia, urged calm on Friday after protests turned heated between police and demonstrators over the shooting of two unarmed black men suspected of trying to steal beer from a supermarket. Authorities in Thurston County have promised a thorough and unbiased investigation of the Thursday incident in which two step-brothers, 24-year-old Andre Thompson and 21-year-old Bryson Chaplin, were shot and wounded by a white Olympia police officer who said they attacked him with a skateboard. It deeply saddens me that we have two young people in the hospital as the result of an altercation with an officer of the law," Olympia Mayor Stephen Buxbaum said in a statement.
Fri, 22 May 2015 14:25:07 -0400
Clinton: GOP threatening small-business jobs
HAMPTON, N.H. (AP) Republicans in Congress and GOP presidential hopefuls are threatening tens of thousands of small business jobs by seeking to cut a little-known government agency that guarantees loans to help U.S. exporters, Hillary Rodham Clinton said Friday.
Fri, 22 May 2015 14:22:35 -0400
Correction: Air Force Station-Crash story
HONOLULU (AP) In a story May 20 about the death of a second Marine during a training exercise in Hawaii, The Associated Press, relying on information from the 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit, erroneously reported the hometown of Lance Cpt. Matthew Determan. He was from Ahwatukee, Arizona, not Maricopa.
Fri, 22 May 2015 14:22:31 -0400
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