Police: Shots fired at Col. pot gathering; 1 person shot in leg, 1 down with unknown injuries
Apr 20, 2013 6:46 PM CDT
Denver police say one person has been shot in the leg and another is down with unknown injuries after shots were fired at a marijuana celebration held to mark the counterculture holiday 4/20. Witnesses say they heard three or more shots about 20 minutes after 4:20 p.m. Police swarmed the scene, and crime tape was around the pavilion where the celebration was being held. Aerial footage showed the massive crowd frantically running from the park. The pot celebration Saturday was the first since...
FBI arrests Chicago-area man accused of planning to join al-Qaida-linked militants in Syria
Apr 20, 2013 6:19 PM CDT
An Illinois teenager who was friends with a man charged last year with trying to bomb a Chicago bar was arrested at an airport on his way to try to join a terrorist group in war-torn Syria, the FBI said Saturday. Abdella Ahmad Tounisi was arrested Friday night as he attempted to board a flight from Chicago's O'Hare International Airport to Turkey, which borders Syria, the FBI said. He hoped to join Jabhat al-Nusrah, an al-Qaida-affiliated group fighting Syrian President Bashar Assad's regime in...
In small Texas towns, people live close to fertilizer plants with limited safety regulation
Apr 20, 2013 4:54 PM CDT
There were no sprinklers. No firewalls. No water deluge systems. Safety inspections were rare at the fertilizer company in West, Texas, that exploded and killed at least 14 people this week. This is not unusual. Small fertilizer plants nationwide fall under the purview of several government agencies, each with a specific concern and none required to coordinate with others on what they have found. The small distributors _ there are as many of 1,150 in Texas alone _ are part of a regulatory system...
Coast Guard searching for 4 fishermen missing off Texas Gulf Coast; 1 man has been rescued
Apr 20, 2013 4:53 PM CDT
The U.S. Coast Guard used boats, a helicopter and airplanes Saturday to search for four fishermen who went missing off the Texas Gulf Coast after their boat sank. The Coast Guard received a distress signal from the 50-foot vessel at 3:30 a.m. Friday, Petty Officer Richard Brahm said. The boat began sinking about 115 miles southeast of Galveston, not far from the Texas-Louisiana border. Weather conditions were bad at the time, Brahm said. Sustained winds were strong, at 33 mph, and there were...
Bid to land new FBI headquarters triggers regional fight between communities in DC area
Apr 20, 2013 4:51 PM CDT
The FBI's announcement that it needs a new home has touched off a virtual real estate beauty contest, with communities around the region jockeying for the opportunity to attract the law enforcement agency _ and attendant economic benefits _ to their neighborhoods. The pursuit has turned congressmen from neighboring states into competing pitchmen, spurred newspaper op-eds and even required a public apology from an economic development official who disparaged another community bidding for the headquarters....
Iowa letter carrier who sent dud bombs, signed threats 'The Bishop' tells judge he's sorry
Apr 20, 2013 4:28 PM CDT
A former Iowa letter carrier who sent threatening letters and dud pipe bombs to investment firms has apologized in a federal courtroom in Chicago, telling a judge that he is ashamed of what he did. John Tomkins, known as "The Bishop" bomber because he signed his notes with that moniker, made the apology at a pre-sentencing hearing Friday, the Chicago Sun-Times reported ( http://bit.ly/Z6L0Cg ). "Let me start by saying how incredibly sorry I am," Tomkins told the judge. "There are no words to...
AP PHOTOS: With manhunt for Marathon bomber over, scenes from the past two days
Apr 20, 2013 3:50 PM CDT
For a time, it seemed like the dragnet that had shut down a metropolitan area of millions while legions of police went house to house looking for the suspected Boston Marathon bomber had failed. But then there were cheers of jubilation as the suspect, who had been holed up in a boat in Watertown, was driven away by police, captured at last. The manhunt was over. Here is a gallery of photos looking back at the past two days in the search for the Boston Marathon bombers.
Across Midwest, river cities bracing for possible floodwaters; 2 deaths blamed on flash floods
Apr 20, 2013 3:02 PM CDT
The fast-rising Mississippi River was making travel difficult Saturday, both on the river and for those simply trying to get across it. The Mississippi, Missouri and other Midwestern rivers in at least six states have surged since torrential rains drenched the region over the last few days. At least two deaths are blamed on flash flooding and a third was suspected, while crews in Indiana were searching for a man whose car was swept away. The National Weather Service predicted what it characterizes...
Uncle of bombing suspects says he had falling-out with older nephew over commitment to Islam
Apr 20, 2013 3:01 PM CDT
An uncle of the Boston Marathon bombing suspects says he had a falling-out with one of his nephews because of the man's increased commitment to Islam. Ruslan Tsarni says he grew concerned about Tamerlan Tsarnaev (tsahr-NEYE'-ehv) when he told him in a 2009 phone conversation that he had chosen "God's business" over work or school. Tsarni said he then contacted a family friend who told him Tsarnaev had been influenced by a recent convert to Islam. Tsarni says their relationship ended after that...
A look at the bombing at the Boston Marathon finish line, investigation into the 2 suspects
Apr 20, 2013 3:00 PM CDT
Two explosions near the finish line of the Boston Marathon on April 15 killed three people and wounded scores. Authorities launched a massive manhunt for two suspects seen on surveillance video. A look at the basics of the case: ___ NEW DEVELOPMENTS Bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev was hospitalized Saturday in serious but stable condition after having been found wounded and bloody the night before hiding in a boat parked behind a home in Watertown, a Boston suburb authorities had shut down...
West official: Texas town safe, some residents allowed to return to area impacted by explosion
Apr 20, 2013 2:20 PM CDT
A town official says the area impacted by a fertilizer plant blast is safe and some residents will be allowed to return to their homes. City Council member Steve Vanek says the first wave of residents will be allowed in beginning later Saturday. They will be subject to a curfew. The West Fertilizer Co. exploded Wednesday, killing 14 people and injuring dozens of others. Swaths of the town were leveled, and dozens of homes damaged. Earlier Saturday officials had said there were gas tanks leaking...
Federal public defenders will represent Boston Marathon bombing suspect
Apr 20, 2013 2:08 PM CDT
Federal public defenders have agreed to represent the suspect in the Boston Marathon bombings. Miriam Conrad, the federal defender for Massachusetts, says her office expects to represent Dzhokhar Tsarnaev (joh-KHAR' tsahr-NEYE'-ehv) after he is charged. Tsarnaev remained hospitalized Saturday after being wounded in a firefight with police Friday. His brother was killed. Conrad says she believes Dzhokhar should have a lawyer appointed as soon as possible because there are "serious issues regarding...
Governor says Boston bombing suspect seriously hurt but stable, likely can't communicate yet
Apr 20, 2013 1:58 PM CDT
Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick says the surviving suspect in the Boston Marathon bombings is in serious but stable condition and likely can't communicate yet. Patrick spoke outside Fenway Park after appearing in a pregame ceremony at Saturday afternoon's Red Sox game. Two bombs exploded at the finish line of Monday's Boston Marathon, killing three people. A Massachusetts Institute of Technology police officer was killed during Thursday night's manhunt. More than 180 people were injured in the...
Oregon sheriff says high winds forced cancellation of search flight for missing Oklahoma man
Apr 20, 2013 1:41 PM CDT
The sheriff heading up the search for a young Oklahoma man missing in the wilds of southeastern Oregon has cancelled a planned search flight because of high winds. Weather forced cancelled searches on Friday and Saturday. Nineteen-year-old Dustin Self has been missing a month since setting out from his family home outside Oklahoma City to test himself against the wilderness. He also planned to check out churches that practice a South American religion that uses a hallucinogenic tea as a sacrament....
Paramedic tells West residents that new gas leaks at blast site are causing small fires
Apr 20, 2013 12:55 PM CDT
Officials are telling residents displaced by the massive fertilizer plant explosion in Texas that tanks on site are leaking gas and causing small fires. They say the fires are contained, but they are preventing those who live nearby from returning to their homes in the town of West. Paramedic Bryce Reed visited a hotel crammed with displaced residents on Saturday and gave a short briefing. Reed, who is also a spokesman for West, said there may be reports of "another explosion in West," but warned...
Across America, a rare and frightening week of chaos, horror _ and hope
Apr 20, 2013 12:40 PM CDT
Moment after nail-biting moment, the events shoved us through a week that felt like an unremitting series of tragedies: Deadly bombs. Poison letters. A town shattered by a colossal explosion. A violent manhunt that paralyzed a major city, emptying streets of people and filling them with heavily armed police and piercing sirens. Amid the chaos came an emotional Senate gun control vote that inflamed American divisions and evoked memories of the Newtown massacre. And through it all, torrential rain...
Column: As America deals with another tragedy, look for sports to provide a much-needed salve
Apr 20, 2013 11:52 AM CDT
In so many ways, sports can bring out the worst in us. The corruption. The greed. The destructive belief that winning isn't just the only thing, but something that must be achieved no matter the cost. Then, there are times like these. While Boston was locked down Friday, as authorities hunted for a suspect in the deadly bombing at what was supposed to be a joyous 26.2-mile run through the city's streets, we've already seen the cathartic effect of something so mundane as a hockey game. Thousands...
ACLU concerned about Boston Marathon bombing suspect's Miranda rights; US cites public safety
Apr 20, 2013 11:45 AM CDT
The American Civil Liberties Union says it's concerned the surviving Boston Marathon bombing suspect will be questioned by investigators without being read his Miranda rights. Dzhokhar Tsarnaev (joh-KAHR' tsahr-NY'-ehv) remained hospitalized Saturday after being wounded in a firefight with police Friday. His brother was killed earlier. U.S. officials say a special interrogation team for high-value suspects will question Tsarnaev without reading him his Miranda rights, invoking a rare public safety...