• Ferguson mulls removing Brown shrine from middle of street

    Updated: 14 min ago

    FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) — To some, a makeshift shrine in the middle of the Ferguson street where Michael Brown was killed last summer is a hallowed symbol of a new civil rights movement over race and policing. To others, it has served its purpose and is now more of an eyesore and a road hazard. Within hours of Brown's Aug. 9 shooting death by a white police officer, people began placing stuffed animals, candles and other tributes in the middle of Canfield Drive, where the unarmed black 18-year-old's body lay for about four hours before it was removed.

  • Woman accused of cutting baby from womb will stand trial

    Updated: 18 min ago

    BOULDER, Colo. (AP) — A judge determined Tuesday that a Colorado woman charged with cutting an unborn baby from a stranger's womb will stand trial in a case that has reignited the debate on the legal rights of fetuses. Colorado does not have a fetal homicide law. On Monday, a bill that would have allowed prosecutors to file murder charges for killing a fetus was killed in the Legislature. Dynel Lane, who appeared in court for her preliminary hearing in Boulder, is charged with attacking Michelle Wilkins and removing her 8-month-old fetus after Wilkins responded to a Craigslist ad for baby clothes. Wilkins, 26, survived the March 18 attack at the Longmont home, but the baby girl did not.

  • Man admits pointing laser at aircraft near New York airport

    Updated: 19 min ago

    NEW YORK (AP) — A man who aimed a laser pointer at planes near LaGuardia Airport pleaded guilty to a new federal charge on Tuesday. Elehecer Balaguer entered the plea in Manhattan federal court to a count of aiming a laser pointer at an aircraft. Though the charge carries a potential penalty of up to five years in prison, Balaguer is likely to receive leniency at his September sentencing after describing his crime and his history of mental illness. A plea agreement called for a sentence of between 2 and 2 1/2 years in prison. U.S. District Judge Jed Rakoff, noting Balaguer's psychiatric history and apparent lack of wrongful intent, told defense lawyers and prosecutors, "This is not going to be a routine sentence.

  • Virgin Islands police suspect US man in slaying of parents

    Updated: 21 min ago

    KINGSTON, Jamaica (AP) — A 24-year-old Massachusetts man is suspected of fatally stabbing his parents during a family vacation in the U.S. Virgin Islands and then fleeing the three-island Caribbean territory, investigators said Tuesday. Acting police Commissioner Delroy Richards said police officers found the bloody bodies of Kenneth and Jane Young of Sudbury, Massachusetts, on Monday at a rental condominium in a resort complex of the U.S. dependency's main island. Territory authorities issued an arrest warrant for their son, Mikhail, and he was detained by police in Sudbury, a wealthy town outside Boston. Authorities in the U.S. Virgin Islands said there were no other suspects.

  • Trial of NY nursing home employees in patient death begins

    Updated: 22 min ago

    RIVERHEAD, N.Y. (AP) — Five employees of a suburban New York nursing home are defending themselves against charges they disregarded alarms for more than two hours, leading to the death of a 72-year-old bedridden patient who was not connected to a ventilator. Opening statements in the complicated double-jury trial began Tuesday in state Supreme Court in Riverhead, on eastern Long Island. The five defendants are among nine workers at the Medford Multicare Center for Living Inc. charged in the October 2012 death of Aurelia Rios of Central Islip. Two of the nine have pleaded guilty, while two others are expected to face trial this summer. The corporate entity that runs the nursing home also is facing charges in the woman's deat

  • Tech executive mourned by Silicon Valley luminaries

    Updated: 25 min ago

    PALO ALTO, Calif. (AP) — Tech industry luminaries and friends gathered Tuesday for a memorial service honoring David Goldberg, a popular business leader whose marriage to Facebook executive Sheryl Sandberg made them one of Silicon Valley's most prominent couples. U2 vocalist Bono sang before an audience that included Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, film director George Lucas and a host of tech company founders, executives and financiers. Afterward, mourners emerged teary-eyed from Stanford University's Memorial Auditorium, many wearing Minnesota Vikings paraphernalia to commemorate the NFL team loved by Goldberg, a Minneapolis native. The 47-year-old Goldberg died Friday while on a family vacation at a villa near Puerto

  • Doubts raised about Islamic State's claim in Texas attack

    Updated: 29 min ago

    PHOENIX (AP) — The Islamic State group claimed responsibility Tuesday for the assault on a Texas cartoon contest that featured images of the Prophet Muhammad, but counterterrorism experts said IS has a history of asserting involvement in attacks in which it had no operational role. That suggests the two gunmen could have carried out their own lone wolf-style strike before they were shot and killed at the scene of Sunday's shooting in the Dallas suburb of Garland. Federal officials identified the pair as Elton Simpson and Nadir Soofi, both Americans who lived in Phoenix. Rep.

  • Macau death plot raised during casino mogul testimony

    Updated: 31 min ago

    LAS VEGAS (AP) — Casino mogul Sheldon Adelson found himself answering questions in a Las Vegas courtroom on Tuesday about what he knew about a plot to behead employees in Macau and if Chinese government promises were broken as Las Vegas Sands Corp. developed properties on the lucrative Cotai Strip. The billionaire chairman of Sands and Venetian resorts in Las Vegas, Macau and Singapore testified at proceedings that mostly focused on jurisdiction for the wrongful termination lawsuit filed by ousted Sands China Ltd. chief Steven Jacobs. With reporters and Nevada gambling regulators taking notes, Adelson, the top Republican party donor in the U.S., found himself characterizing a dispute with China about obtaining permits for a

  • SEC lawsuit accuses company of fraud in 'man camp' projects

    Updated: 31 min ago

    FARGO, N.D. (AP) — A company that sold investments in housing developments for workers in the North Dakota oil patch ran an illegal fraud scheme that bilked investors out of millions of dollars, state and federal authorities said Tuesday. The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission filed a lawsuit in federal court in North Dakota against North Dakota Developments LLC and its owners, Robert Gavin and Daniel Hogan, accusing them of raising more than $62 million in a Ponzi-like scheme that centered on stakes in so-called "man camps." The suit seeks to recoup money from the alleged scheme and impose fines against the defendants. In addition, North Dakota Securities Commissioner Karen Tyler on Tuesday ordered the defendants to s

  • Funeral set for NYPD officer who died in the line of duty

    Updated: 32 min ago

    BETHPAGE, N.Y. (AP) — The body of a New York City police officer who died after being shot in the head was accompanied by a dozen police vehicles and saluted by officers looking on as it was taken to a Long Island funeral home on Tuesday. About 50 people, including colleagues from Officer Brian Moore's Queens precinct, waited as a procession carrying his body arrived at Frederick J. Chapey and Sons Funeral Home in Bethpage, on Long Island. The 25-year-old Moore died Monday, two days after he was shot as he stopped a man suspected of carrying a handgun. He had been in a coma after undergoing brain surgery. Visitation is planned at the funeral home on Thursday from 2 to 4:30 p.m. and 7 to 9:30 p.m. Moore's funeral is planned

  • New Las Vegas resort-casino to rise at Stardust site by 2018

    Updated: 34 min ago

    LAS VEGAS (AP) — The developer of a sprawling Chinese-themed resort on the Las Vegas Strip says the hotel-casino is expected to open by mid-2018 on the former site of the Stardust Hotel. Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval and officials from Malaysia-based Genting Group placed golden shovels into hard dirt Tuesday afternoon at the 88-acre site next to Circus Circus, signaling the start of construction for Resorts World Las Vegas. Genting Group first promised a 2016 opening when it bought the site from Boyd Gaming in 2013 for $350 million. Boyd Gaming had partially built its proposed Echelon casino-hotel on the site before it stopped construction in 2008 as the economic downturn took hold.

  • Topeka man charged with conspiracy in Fort Riley bomb plot

    Updated: 35 min ago

    WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — A Topeka man has been charged with conspiracy in a plot to bomb the Fort Riley military base, according to a court document unsealed Tuesday. Alexander E. Blair, 28, of Topeka is accused of conspiring with another Topeka man in the planned attack. Blair previously had only been charged with knowing about the plot but failing to report it to authorities. His attorney, Christopher Joseph, acknowledged the new conspiracy charge is more serious, but declined further comment on the case. The charge comes in an unsealed criminal information that initially was filed on April 23. Such documents, which can be filed when a suspect waives indictment by a grand jury, are done with a defendant's consent.

  • Texas Muslims on edge amid protests, contest attack

    Updated: 36 min ago

    DALLAS (AP) — When an outspoken opponent of radical Islam sought to mock Muhammad in Texas, home to one of the nation's largest Islamic communities, local Muslims were encouraged to ignore her, and they did. No one protested when Pamela Geller's cartoon contest attracted about 200 people to suburban Dallas Sunday, even though some Muslims in Texas were already feeling aggrieved and fearful over growing anti-Islamic sentiment in the state. Then, two men with attack rifles drove in from Arizona and opened fire on officers guarding the conference center in Garland. Both were shot dead, an officer was shot in the leg, and from the other side of the world, the Islamic State group made an unproven claim of responsibility.

  • Monmouth Park close to breaking even fiscally

    Updated: 42 min ago

    OCEANPORT, N.J. (AP) — Three years after taking over Monmouth Park, the operators of the New Jersey shore thoroughbred racetrack believe the facility either will break even this year or make a profit. Speaking at the track's season opening news conference on Tuesday, Dennis Drazin said the track has reversed recent losing trends, seen increases in betting handle and attendance the past two years and is now self-sufficient. Drazin continues to be optimistic about the future of racing in New Jersey, saying the struggling industry will be on the verge of a turnaround if either sports betting is legalized or the state legislature approves the expansion of casinos outside of Atlantic City. State Sen.

  • Ill-fated Wyoming antler hunt likely will lead to review

    Updated: 47 min ago

    CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — National park rangers and other federal law enforcement officers kept watch without intervening as dozens of antler hunters in western Wyoming gathered for what turned out, for some, to be an ill-fated rush to cross an ice-cold raging mountain river at night. Hands-off as it was, it was standard policy on Western federal lands whenever foolishness committed by the public falls short of, say, harassing a 3,000-pound bison. "We don't try to restrict people's access or activities unless it's obviously dangerous," Grand Teton National Park spokeswoman Jackie Skaggs said. "And I don't think there was any assumption by the rangers that some of these people were trying to do something that was inordinately da

  • Capital murder indictment returned in U.Va. slaying case

    Updated: 49 min ago

    CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) — The man accused of abducting and killing a University of Virginia student has been charged with capital murder and a prosecutor said Tuesday she will seek the death penalty if the case goes to trial. The indictment accusing Jesse L. Matthew Jr. of capital murder in the death of Hannah Graham is based on new forensic evidence, Albemarle County Commonwealth's Attorney Denise Lunsford told reporters after a hearing in which new defense attorneys with experience in death penalty cases were appointed. She declined to elaborate on the evidence. Matthew, a former hospital worker and taxi driver, already was charged with first-degree murder and abduction with intent to defile and is being held without bo

  • Mets pay tribute to slain NYPD officer before game

    Updated: 1 hr ago

    NEW YORK (AP) — The New York Mets wore NYPD hats and held a moment of silence before Tuesday night's game against Baltimore to honor a police officer who was shot and killed this week while on duty. Officer Brian Moore died Monday, two days after he tried to stop a man suspected of carrying a handgun. "It's part of what we think is important and certainly, honoring Officer Moore is important today and so we are wearing them and wearing them with pride," Mets manager Terry Collins said. The Mets and Orioles lined up for the tribute. Police officers stood next to the teams and Moore's picture was shown on the scoreboard. The 25-year-old Moore was the son, nephew and cousin of police officers.

  • Man accused of shooting Idaho officer, stealing patrol car

    Updated: 1 hr ago

    SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — A man has been charged with attempted murder in the shooting of a Coeur d'Alene, Idaho, police officer. 26-year-old Jonathan Renfro made his initial court appearance Tuesday afternoon and was charged with attempted murder, theft of a police vehicle, theft of an officer's gun and being a felon with a gun. He faces up to life in prison and was ordered held on $2 million bail in the Kootenai County Jail in Coeur d'Alene. Renfro is charged in connection with the wounding of police Sgt. Greg Moore early Tuesday morning.

  • Attorneys argue about Cleveland cop's role in fatal shooting

    Updated: 1 hr ago

    CLEVELAND (AP) — Depending on who addressed the court, a patrolman charged in the deaths of two unarmed people in a 137-shot barrage of police gunfire was either a brutish killer or a selfless hero on the night of Nov. 29, 2012. Attorneys gave closing arguments Tuesday in the voluntary manslaughter trial of Cleveland patrolman Michael Brelo. He faces a maximum sentence of 22 years in prison if convicted. Thirteen officers fired at a car and its occupants — Timothy Russell and Malissa Williams — after a high-speed chase involving 62 police cruisers and more than 100 officers. It began when officers standing outside police headquarters mistook the sound of Russell's beat-up Chevrolet Malibu backfiring as a gunshot.

  • Christie says he would testify if called in bridge trial

    Updated: 1 hr ago

    FLOWOOD, Miss. (AP) — New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie says he would have no problem testifying in a trial of former allies who face criminal charges for their alleged roles in politically-motivated traffic jams that caused long delays in 2013 over the George Washington Bridge connecting his state to New York. Christie, a Republican who's considering a run for president, traveled to Mississippi and Louisiana on Tuesday to raise money for Republicans in those states. During a stop in a suburb of Mississippi's capital city, he spoke to reporters for the first time since three former allies were charged in connection with the traffic jams near the George Washington Bridge. "Listen, if they want to subpoena me, that's fine,