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

Ohio Dad Charged in Tot’s Starvation Death Pleads Not Guilty

CINCINNATI (AP) — The father of a 2-year-old girl who weighed 13 pounds when she died of starvation and blunt-force injury has pleaded not guilty in Ohio to murder charges. Court documents show 32-year-old Glen Bates entered the plea Monday in Hamilton County to aggravated murder and child endangerment in Glenara Bates’ March 29 death. Bates was ordered jailed without bail. His attorney says he’s still in the early stages of investigating and evaluating his client’s case. The child’s mother is charged with the same counts. Continue Reading

Clinton Announces White House Run

WASHINGTON (AP) — Hillary Rodham Clinton says she’s running for president. The former first lady and secretary of state made her 2016 plans official on her campaign website Sunday. She says in a video that “everyday Americans need a champion. I want to be that champion.” Clinton is aiming to be the first female president. Continue Reading

Census Shooting Suspect Charged with Kidnapping, Assault

WASHINGTON (AP) — Authorities say a man accused of killing a Census Bureau guard before leading police on a car chase through Maryland and Washington has been charged with armed kidnapping and assault on a police officer. The Metropolitan Police Department said Ronald Anderson was charged Friday. He turned 48 Thursday, the day of the crime spree and chase. The chase ended with an exchange of gunfire that left him and an officer wounded. The department says Anderson remains hospitalized but did not comment on his condition. Continue Reading

Teacher Suspended after Class Write Notes to Convicted Police Killer, Mumia Abu-Jamal

ORANGE, N.J. (AP) — A New Jersey school district has suspended a teacher for asking her third-grade class to write “get well” letters to a hospitalized man convicted of killing a Philadelphia policeman. Orange School Superintendent Ronald Lee said in a statement Friday that school administrators “vehemently deny” any knowledge of Marilyn Zuniga’s assignment. Lee says preliminary inquiries found that Zuniga didn’t seek approval nor were parents notified. The letters were delivered to Mumia Abu-Jamal. The former Black Panther is serving life in prison for the 1981 murder of white Philadelphia Officer Daniel Faulkner. Continue Reading

Jury Convicts Boston Marathon Bomber; Will Decide On Death Penalty

BOSTON (AP) — Now that a jury has convicted Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, the same 12 people will decide whether he lives or dies. Tsarnaev was convicted on all 30 charges Wednesday. He was found responsible for the deaths of three people who died in the bombings and the killing of a Massachusetts Institute of Technology police officer gunned down days later. Beginning next week, the federal jury will hear evidence from prosecutors on aggravating factors they believe make death the appropriate punishment. Tsarnaev’s lawyers will present mitigating factors they hope will persuade the jury to instead sentence him to life in prison. Continue Reading