Tupelo, Mississippi Man Charged with Trying to Poison Obama

BRANDON, Miss. (AP) — A Mississippi man who describes himself as a patriot with no grudges against anyone is expected to appear in a federal court today on charges that he sent ricin-filled letters to President Barack Obama and others.  

Authorities zeroed in on James Everett Dutschke after they had first arrested another man. The FBI arrested Dutschke at his house in Tupelo, Miss., on Saturday. He’s charged with making and possessing ricin for use as a weapon. Continue Reading

NY Jets Waive Tebow after Drafting Geno Smith

FLORHAM PARK, N.J. (AP) — Tim Tebow has been waived by the Jets, the end of an unsuccessful one-season experiment in New York.  

Coach Rex Ryan said in a statement put out by the team in announcing the move Monday morning: “Unfortunately, things did not work out the way we all had hoped.” The Heisman Trophy winner attempted just eight passes after his ballyhooed arrival in a trade from the Denver Broncos in March 2012. He threw for 39 yards and rushed 32 times for 102 yards. Meanwhile, starter Mark Sanchez struggled amid constant questions about Tebow’s playing time. Continue Reading

Branstad Says Fuel-Tax Hike “Could be Considered” This Session

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — With time running out in this legislative session, Gov. Terry Branstad still isn’t ruling out the possibility of increasing the state fuel tax, though lawmakers seem less optimistic.  

Branstad told reporters this week that if the Legislature approves proposed cuts to the commercial property tax, then a fuel tax increase “could be considered.” For years, legislators have debated increasing Iowa’s fuel tax — currently 22 cents per gallon of gasoline, including fees — but they haven’t taken action. The tax has not gone up since 1989. A commission appointed by Branstad in 2011 recommended an increase of 8 to 10 cents to support the state network of bridges and roads, many of which are considered deteriorating or deficient. Continue Reading

Osage Teen Accused of Killing Mom to Go on Trial

CLARION, Iowa (AP) — Jury selection in the trial of a 14-year-old Osage boy accused of fatally shooting his mother is scheduled to begin this week.  

The Mason City Globe Gazette reports jury selection is expected to begin Tuesday in Wright County District Court in Clarion. The trial was moved to Wright County from Mitchell County. A judge granted a change of venue request late last year after the boy’s attorneys cited negative pretrial publicity. Authorities say the boy was 13 when he shot his mother with a rifle in March 2012 at the family’s rural home. Continue Reading

Driver charged in killing of Orthodox Jewish couple says 'accidents happen'

The hit-and-run ex-con charged with mowing down a young Orthodox Jewish couple in New York last month, killing them and their unborn child, said “accidents happen,” in his first remarks about that death-filled day. Julio Acevedo, 44, told WABC in a jailhouse interview he was deeply sorry, but insisted he was not speeding down a Brooklyn street, as alleged — and that the cabbie ferrying Nachman Glauber and his pregnant wife Raizy Glauber on March 3 ran a stop sign and thus deserves an equal measure of fault in the tragedy. “I can’t bring ‘em back; it was an accident,” Julio Acevedo reportedly said, “I apologize deeply.” “I’m made out to be the monster in all this . . Continue Reading

Man stabs 4 people at church in Albuquerque

Police say a 24-year-old man stabbed four people at a Catholic church in Albuquerque as a Sunday mass was nearing its end. Police spokesman Robert Gibbs says Lawrence Capener jumped over several pews at St. Jude Thaddeus Catholic Church around noon Sunday and walked up to the choir area where he began his attack. The injuries to the four church-goers weren’t life-threatening. All four were being treated at hospitals. Continue Reading

Hundreds of cell doors simultaneously unlock at Maryland jail, but no escapees

A computer glitch at a Maryland prison made hundreds of jail cell doors simultaneously unlock – but not a single inmate escaped. In two incidents on Saturday and Tuesday, a computer-controlled system in the Montgomery County Correctional Facility, which allows officers to unlock all cells in case of a fire, malfunctioned, Fox 5 reports. None of the 650 inmates at the jail ran out of their cells and there was no disturbance, authorities said. However, police officers in the region were called to surround the building in case of any emergency. Arthur Wallenstein, the county’s director of corrections, told Fox 5 that all the jail cells were later manually locked within an hour of the Saturday incident, but technicians have not been able to figure out the source of the computer glitch. Continue Reading

Michigan mother vanishes during late shift at gas station

Michigan police investigating the mysterious disappearance of a mother who works at a gas station are now calling it an abduction case, while her family is pleading for her return. Jessica Heeringa, 25, vanished Friday night around 11:15 p.m. during her late shift at the ExxonMobil gas station in Muskegon. Her purse, belongings and vehicle were left behind, and police were notified after a customer called 911 and said no employees were at the station, Fox 17 reports. “She’s a good mom. She loves her family…she wouldn’t just leave,” April Dyer, Heeringa’s future sister-in-law, told the station. Continue Reading

Mother of bomb suspects found deeper spirituality

In photos of her as a younger woman, Zubeidat Tsarnaeva wears a low-cut blouse and has her hair teased like a 1980s rock star. After she arrived in the U.S. from Russia in 2002, she went to beauty school and did facials at a suburban day spa. But in recent years, people noticed a change. She began wearing a hijab and cited conspiracy theories about 9/11 being a plot against Muslims. Now known as the angry and grieving mother of the Boston Marathon bombing suspects, Tsarnaeva is drawing increased attention after federal officials say Russian authorities intercepted her phone calls, including one in which she vaguely discussed jihad with her elder son. In another, she was recorded talking to someone in southern Russia who is under FBI investigation in an unrelated case, U.S. officials said. Continue Reading

Boston bombing suspect confined to small cell with steel door

The Boston Marathon bombing suspect is being held in a small cell with a steel door at a federal medical detention center about 40 miles outside the city, a federal official said Saturday. Federal Medical Center Devens spokesman John Collauti described the conditions under which 19-year-old Dzhokhar Tsarnaev was being held in the Ayer facility after being moved there from a hospital Friday. Tsarnaev was injured during a police chase Thursday in which his brother, also a suspect in the bombing, was fatally wounded. Collauti said in a telephone interview with The Associated Press that Tsarnaev is in secure housing where authorities can monitor him. His cell has a solid steel door with an observation window and a slot for passing food and medication. Continue Reading