National Guard Called in to Quell Baltimore Riots

BALTIMORE (AP) — National Guard troops fanned out through Baltimore, shield-bearing police officers blocked the streets and firefighters doused still-simmering blazes early Tuesday as a growing area of the city shuddered from riots following the funeral of a black man who died in police custody. The violence that started in West Baltimore on Monday afternoon — within a mile of where Freddie Gray was arrested and put in a police van earlier this month — had by midnight spread to East Baltimore and neighborhoods close to downtown and near the baseball stadium. It was one of the most volatile outbreaks of violence prompted by a police-involved death since the days of protests that followed the death of Michael Brown, an unarmed black man who was fatally shot by a white police officer in Ferguson, Missouri, last summer. Continue Reading

Man Admits Setting Fire after Ferguson Grand Jury Decision

ST. LOUIS (AP) — A St. Louis County man could face up to 10 years in prison after admitting to setting fire to a Ferguson business following a grand jury announcement that officer Darren Wilson would not be indicted in the fatal shooting of 18-year-old Michael Brown. Antonio Whiteside pleaded guilty Friday to one count of attempted arson for the fire that broke out Nov. 24 inside Ferguson Supermarket. Continue Reading

Harley-Davidson Recalls 46,000 Motorcycles

DETROIT (AP) — Harley-Davidson is recalling nearly 46,000 motorcycles in the U.S. because they could stay in gear due to clutches that won’t fully disengage. The recall covers certain Electra Glide, Ultra Limited, Police Electra Glide, Street Glide, Road Glide and Road King models from the 2014 and 2015 model years. Harley says in documents that gas bubbles can cause the clutch master cylinder to lose its ability to fully disengage the clutch, especially if the bike has been parked for a long time. This could cause a rider to lose control of the motorcycle if it’s started in gear. The problem was found through customer complaints. Continue Reading

With Bird Flu Spreading, USDA Starts on Potential Vaccine

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The U.S. Department of Agriculture is working on a potential vaccine in response to the current outbreak of a deadly strain of bird flu that has cost turkey and chicken producers more than 6.7 million birds since early March. A pure “seed strain” would target the H5N2 virus and some other highly pathogenic viruses in the H5 family that have been detected in other parts of North America. If the USDA decides the vaccine is necessary, it will provide the seed strain to private drug manufacturers. Officials and poultry producers would also have to decide which birds will get the vaccine, look at how it might affect exports and gauge whether it’d be effective. Experts say it isn’t clear how much a vaccine would add to the cost of producing birds. Continue Reading

Double Amputee Testifies in Tsarnaev Trial

A woman who lost her legs in the Boston Marathon bombing is the first witness to testify in the penalty phase of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev’s trial. Celeste Corcoran on Tuesday recalled being thrown into the air and landing hard on the sidewalk after the first bomb exploded. She says: “I remember hearing just blood-curdling screams.” She says the pain was so great that she felt like she wanted to die, but she quickly regained her resolve to live when she thought of her family. Corcoran says she learned only after her legs were amputated that her 17-year-old daughter, Sydney, had also been seriously hurt and almost bled to death. Continue Reading

Kansas City Man Pleads Not Guilty to Terrorism Charges

KANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) — A 20-year-old Kansas man has pleaded not guilty to federal charges accusing him of trying to bomb an Army installation for a terrorist group. John T. Booker Jr. appeared Tuesday in U.S. District Court in Kansas City, Kansas, wearing an orange jumpsuit and his legs in shackles. The Topeka Capital-Journal (http://bit.ly/1OChysl ) reports Booker politely responded to Judge James P. O’Hara’s questions as he entered his plea. He’s charged with attempting to use a weapon of mass destruction, attempting to damage property by means of an explosive and attempting to provide material support to the Islamic State group. Continue Reading

Sheriff: Ex-NFL Star Aaron Hernandez is a Master Manipulator

The sheriff who had former New England Patriots player Aaron Hernandez in custody for more than 18 months says he’s a master manipulator and will probably do fine in prison now that he has been sentenced to life for murder. Bristol County Sheriff Thomas Hodgson said Tuesday that Hernandez knows how to use his charm and manipulate better than anyone he has ever seen. But he calls disrespect a “hot-button” issue for Hernandez. Hernandez was convicted last week of the 2013 killing of Odin Lloyd, who was dating the sister of Hernandez’s fiancee. He will ultimately end up at the maximum-security Souza Baranowski state prison. Continue Reading

Aaron Hernandez. Credit: Fox News

Former Patriots Star, Aaron Hernandez, Found Guilty of First Degree Murder

Former New England Patriots player Aaron Hernandez has been found guilty of first-degree murder. A Massachusetts jury on Wednesday found Hernandez killed Odin Lloyd on June 17, 2013. Lloyd was dating the sister of Hernandez’s fiancee. He was found shot six times in an industrial park less than a mile from Hernandez’s home. At the time, Hernandez had a $40 million contract with the Patriots. Continue Reading

Anthem Subsidiaries Face Missouri Lawsuit Over Data Breach

ST. LOUIS (AP) — A Missouri lawsuit seeking class-action status accuses three insurance agencies of failing to safeguard consumer data from hackers who recently breached health insurer Anthem’s computer networks. A lawsuit first filed in February in St. Louis County on behalf of a Richmond, Missouri, woman was amended Tuesday to add three plaintiffs who allege personal data stolen during the breach is responsible for fraudulent tax returns filed in their name. Hackers in December or January broke into an Anthem database that included names, employment details and Social Security numbers. Continue Reading