Shia LaBeouf’s Case to be Dismissed if he Avoids Arrest

NEW YORK (AP) — A judge has told actor Shia LaBeouf that a disorderly conduct case against him will be dismissed and sealed if he avoids being arrested in the next six months. A prosecutor told Manhattan Criminal Court Judge Ann Scherzer on Friday the “Transformers” star has completed a treatment program following a June arrest at a Broadway show. Authorities charged LaBeouf with a violation after he smoked cigarettes, yelled at actors on stage and cursed at security guards while watching a “Cabaret” revival. Representatives for the 28-year-old actor have said he’s been treated for an alcohol problem. LaBeouf said nothing to reporters as he climbed into a black SUV following his brief court appearance. Continue Reading

Truck Hauling 30,000 Pounds of Lobster Overturns in Maine

BENTON, Maine (AP) — Authorities say a tractor-trailer hauling 30,000 pounds of live Canadian lobster has overturned on an interstate in Maine. Maine state troopers say truck driver Horst Puff, of Greenfield, Nova Scotia, reported that he swerved early Wednesday to avoid striking a car that had spun out in front of him on Interstate 95 in Benton. Puff’s truck ended up on its side in the median, but he wasn’t hurt. State police spokesman Steve McCausland says the fate of the lobsters is not immediately clear. A crane was dispatched to hoist the truck upright so the cargo could be inspected. Continue Reading

Air Force Vet Pleads Not Guilty to Federal Terrorism Charges

NEW YORK (AP) — A U.S. Air Force veteran who authorities say wanted to join the Islamic State group in Syria has pleaded not guilty to federal terror charges in New York. Former airplane mechanic Tairod Nathan Webster Pugh entered the plea before Judge Nicholas Garaufis in a Brooklyn federal courthouse Wednesday. He appeared in court with an attorney and was wearing a short-sleeved, blue prison-issued shirt. Prosecutors say the 47-year-old man’s last known U.S. address was in Neptune, New Jersey. They say he was stopped at a Turkish airport in January with a laptop containing information on border crossings into Syria. Continue Reading

President…Trump? Millionaire Forms Presidential Exploratory Committee

WASHINGTON (AP) — Donald Trump is forming a presidential exploratory committee. In a Wednesday statement announcing the move, the Republican businessman and reality television star declared, “I am the only one who can make America truly great again.” The move is a step short of a formal campaign launch, but allows him to begin raising money and hiring staff. Trump says he’s already hired political aides in Iowa, New Hampshire and South Carolina, which host the first three contests on the presidential nominating calendar. The outspoken Republican has long hinted at presidential aspirations, but he appears more serious this time. Continue Reading

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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