2 men arrested in killing over iPad in Las Vegas

Two men have been arrested in the killing of a teenage boy over an iPad in Las Vegas, police said Sunday. Jacob Dismont, 18, and Michael Solid, 21, were booked Saturday into the Clark County jail on charges of open murder, robbery and conspiracy to commit robbery. According to investigators, Marcos Arenas, 15, was walking down a street with the iPad on Thursday when a passenger got out of a vehicle and tried to steal the device from him. Dismont is accused of trying to wrest the tablet away and dragging Arenas toward the SUV when the youth wouldn’t let go of the device. After Dismont re-entered the vehicle and Solid sped away, the teen was dragged until he fell. Continue Reading

OJ Simpson close to freedom? His lawyers think so

The latest high-stakes court hearing for O.J. Simpson in the glitzy capital of big gambles has come to a close with the former football star’s defense team feeling confident that their client is closer to getting out of prison. The last time Simpson was in a Las Vegas courtroom, he was convicted of kidnapping and armed robbery. Now, with a new team of attorneys on his side, he has mounted a cool, methodical case that his former lead lawyer botched the 2008 trial so badly that a new one should be granted. “He has a very good chance now,” said Ozzie Fumo, one of the attorneys who represented Simpson. “I don’t think the state was able to counter any of our issues.” Continue Reading

AP PHOTOS: College commencements across nation

In a commencement address at Atlanta’s historically black Morehouse College, President Obama said graduates should “find time to defend the powerless.” The president said his own success was due to “the special obligation I felt, as a black man like you, to help those who need it most, people who didn’t have the opportunities that I had — because there but for the grace of God, go I. I might have been in their shoes. I might have been in prison. I might have been unemployed.” In New Jersey, Rutgers University graduated the largest class in school history — an estimated 14,302 students. Continue Reading

Tornadoes hit Kan., Okla.; no injuries reported

Authorities say tornadoes have touched down in Wichita, Kan., and a suburb of Oklahoma City but there are no immediate reports of injuries or significant damage. Sedgwick County, Kan., emergency management director Randy Duncan says officials are “very grateful” about the few reports of damage from the tornado that touched down near Wichita Mid-Continent Airport shortly before 4 p.m. CDT Sunday. A tornado also reportedly grazed the Oklahoma City suburb of Edmond before heading toward a sparsely populated area. There were reports of debris but no injuries or traffic crashes. The National Weather Service described the tornado as “large, violent and extremely dangerous” and said it was moving northeast at 30 mph. Continue Reading

Officer shot in Marathon showdown wants to work

With a bullet still in his body, the police officer who survived a showdown with the Boston Marathon bombing suspects said Sunday he’s determined to return to duty. Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority Officer Richard Donahue has been recovering alongside victims injured in the April 15 attack by the marathon’s finish line since his transfer to Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital in Boston on Friday. The 33-year-old uses crutches to get around now, and is coping with nerve damage that makes it painful to walk and difficult to sleep. But sitting alongside his wife Kim Donahue, the transit officer said he’s getting stronger and healthier every day. Besides building strength to walk on his own, Donahue also is doing speech therapy and other exercises to prepare his mind and body to head home again. Continue Reading

Minneapolis police reopen 1996 cold case after receiving new tip

Minneapolis police have reopened a 17-year-old cold case of a woman found stabbed to death in the trunk of her car. Police say a tip in March prompted investigators to reopen the investigation into the death of 31-year-old Anne Dunlap. She was found Jan. 1, 1996, in a Kmart parking lot in south Minneapolis. At the time, she and her husband Brad Dunlap were living temporarily with her parents while the couple was building a home in the suburbs. Continue Reading

Medical emergency eyed in Virginia parade crash that left up to 60 injured

Witnesses described a frantic scene and close calls after an elderly driver plowed into dozens of hikers marching in a small Virginia mountain town’s parade. Investigators were looking into whether the motorist had suffered a medical emergency before the accident. About 50 to 60 people suffered injuries ranging from critical to superficial, but no fatalities were reported. Three of the worst injured were flown by helicopter to area hospitals. Their conditions weren’t immediately available. Continue Reading

Hofstra student was killed by police, authorities say

A Hofstra University student being held in a headlock at gunpoint by an intruder was accidently shot and killed by a police officer who had responded to the home invasion at an off-campus home, police said Saturday. Junior public relations major Andrea Rebello was shot once in the head early Friday morning by an officer who opened fire after the masked intruder pointed a gun at the officer while holding the 21-year-old student, Nassau County homicide squad Lt. John Azzata said. In a tense confrontation with the officer, gunman Dalton Smith “menaces our police officer, points his gun at the police officer,” Azzata said. The officer opened fire, killing Smith and his hostage. Azzata said the Nassau County police officer fired eight shots at Smith, who police described as having an “extensive” criminal background. Continue Reading

Alaska volcano shoots lava up hundreds of feet

Alaska’s remote Pavlof Volcano was shooting lava hundreds of feet into the air, but its ash plume was thinning Saturday and no longer making it dangerous for airplanes to fly nearby. A narrow ash plume extends a couple hundred miles southeast from the volcano, which is 625 miles southwest of Anchorage, said Geologist Chris Waythomas of the Alaska Volcano Observatory. The eruption that began Monday seemed to be slowing on Saturday, but Waythomas said that could change at any time. “Things could ramp up quickly,” he said. There are no flight restrictions because of the eruption, but pilots are being told to use caution and pay attention, Waythomas said. Continue Reading