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Police Describe Battling Boston Marathon Bombers in Escape Attempt

BOSTON (AP) — Three police officers have described an explosive confrontation with the Boston Marathon bombers as they tried to flee the area days after the attacks. The Watertown officers testified Monday in the federal death penalty trial of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev. They said they encountered Tsarnaev and his brother, Tamerlan, on a quiet residential street. The officers said the brothers threw several bombs at them, including pipe bombs and a pressure-cooker bomb similar to those used in the marathon attack. The officers say Tamerlan Tsarnaev fired at them until he ran out of bullets and was tackled by police. Continue Reading

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20 Year Old Arrested for Shooting of Two Police Officers in Ferguson

CLAYTON, Mo. (AP) — Authorities say the 20-year-old man charged in the shooting of two St. Louis area officers had been at the protest earlier that night. St. Louis County Prosecutor Robert McCulloch said 20-year-old Jeffrey Williams is charged with two counts of first-degree assault, one count of firing a weapon from a vehicle and three counts of armed criminal action. Continue Reading

Calm Prevails in Ferguson after Shooting of Police Officers

FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) — Protesters called for calm but vowed to keep pushing for change in Ferguson a day after the shooting of two officers in front of the city’s police department heightened tensions in the St. Louis suburb. Dozens gathered for a candlelight vigil Thursday night. They prayed for the officers and for peace as the city moves forward in the wake of a Justice Department report alleging racial bias in its law-enforcement practices. Continue Reading

Jurors in Boston Bombing Trial see Video of Carjack Victim’s Escape

BOSTON (AP) — Jurors in the trial of Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev have been shown a dramatic video of a carjacking victim escaping from Tsarnaev and his brother days after the attacks. The video shows Dzhokhar Tsarnaev going inside a gas station convenience store in Cambridge and filling his arms with drinks and snacks. Then the video shows a man bolting from a car parked at the gas pumps and running across the street. Seconds later, a man authorities say is Tamerlan Tsarnaev is seen going to the door of the store. Dzhokhar then runs to the counter and puts the snacks down, then runs quickly to the car. Continue Reading

1 Worker Killed, 1 Hurt in New Mexico Oil Field Explosion

HOBBS, N.M. (AP) — An explosion at a New Mexico oil field site has killed one worker and injured another. Authorities say preliminary information indicates the workers were loading material into perforated pipe being installed into a drilling pipe in southern Lea County when the blast occurred Wednesday. The sheriff’s office says metal debris from the explosion struck the victims.

It’s not yet known what caused the blast, and the sheriff’s department says an investigation is underway. There was no fire following the explosion. Continue Reading

Police Arrest St. Louis Man Suspected of Kidnapping

O’FALLON, Mo. (AP) — Police have arrested a man suspected of kidnapping a 10-year-old girl after he stopped at a suburban St. Louis checkpoint with the child in his vehicle. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that the girl was reported missing from her burglarized home around 5:25 a.m. Thursday. Continue Reading

Soldiers Presumed Dead After Army Helicopter Crash in Florida

PENSACOLA, Fla. (AP) — A military official says the seven Marines and four soldiers aboard an Army helicopter that crashed over waters off Florida during a training mission are presumed dead. The Pentagon official said Wednesday that the 11 service members are presumed dead and that the Coast Guard found debris in the water. The official spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the official wasn’t authorized to speak on the record. Andy Bourland, a spokesman for Elgin Air Force Base outside Pensacola, says the UH-60 Black Hawk from the Army National Guard was reported missing around 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, and crews found debris around 2 a.m.

The area was under a fog advisory Wednesday. Continue Reading

White House Won’t Say if President Obama Has Private Email

WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House is declining to say whether President Barack Obama has a private email account like one used by former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton that has sparked a political furor. White House spokesman Eric Schultz said Tuesday aboard Air Force One en route with Obama to Atlanta that the White House doesn’t discuss Obama’s email account publicly to guard the security of the president’s communications. He said, however, that anything Obama sends or receives is preserved, including his emails with Clinton. Schultz says Obama understands the scholarly value of such material and says the White House abides by rules requiring that email communications be archived. Obama, in an interview with CBS news Saturday said his emails, including those he receives on his Blackberry, are records that are archived. Continue Reading

Wisconsin Chief Treading Carefully after Fatal Shooting

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The police chief in Wisconsin’s capital city is treading carefully to try to avoid destructive protests after one of his officers killed an unarmed black man. Chief Mike Koval has said Officer Matt Kenny, who is white, opened fire after he was assaulted by 19-year-old Tony Robinson on Friday. Koval told the Wisconsin State Journal newspaper in September that he felt confident that if his department was in a similar situation it wouldn’t repeat the missteps of Ferguson that contributed to riots in that Missouri city after a white officer shot an unarmed black man. Koval is striking a conciliatory tone, acknowledging people are angry and says he’s sorry a young person lost his life. Continue Reading