Banned Pennsylvania teen cited after trying to attend prom

A central Pennsylvania teenager has been cited for disorderly conduct after authorities say he swore at school officials who wouldn’t let him into his school prom, from which he’d been banned for failing to serve detention. State police say 18-year-old Colin Mitchell Ocker tried to go Saturday’s prom despite being told by Shippensburg Area High School officials he couldn’t attend. Pennlive.com reports officials say he cursed at school officials who wouldn’t let him in. State police say he also threatened to break in the back door at The Meadowlands Mall, where the prom was being held, and began tapping on the windows. Authorities say he knew he wouldn’t be able to attend because of the detention issue. Continue Reading

Small Florida town wonders who among them won $590.5 million Powerball jackpot

It could be an anxious wait of up to two months for people in a small Florida city to find out who won the highest Powerball jackpot in history: an estimated $590.5 million. The lucky ticket was bought sometime Saturday or earlier at a Publix supermarket in Zephyrhills, a city of about 13,000 people best known around the state for its brand of spring water with the same name. The winner has 60 days to claim the lump-sum cash option, estimated around $376.9 million, at the Florida Lottery’s office in Tallahassee. Under Florida law, lottery winners in the state cannot remain anonymous; their names and city of residence must be made publicly available to anyone who asks, according to the state’s lottery website. No one had come forward as of Sunday afternoon. Continue Reading

Man, 52, dies while rappelling in Ohio park

Authorities say a 52-year-old man died when he fell from a cliff while rappelling in southeastern Ohio over the weekend. The Ohio Department of Natural Resources said the man died in the fall Saturday in Hocking Hills State Park near Logan. Agency spokeswoman Mark Bruce said man — who is from Centerville, in the Dayton area — fell from the top of a 130-foot cliff. His name has not been released. Bruce said the man had accompanied a Boy Scout troop to the state park. Continue Reading

NYC lawmakers furious over 'ghetto tour' by Bronx bus company

Tourists are crowding onto a Bronx bus tour that promises “a ride through a real New York City ‘GHETTO’ ” — and local politicians are furious. Three times a week, Real Bronx Tours takes riders — mainly white Europeans and Australians — on a trip that includes stops at food-pantry lines and a “pickpocket” park. Last week, on the first stop of the $45 tour, guide Lynn Battaglia, from Pittsburgh, pointed out a housing project. She then mocked the Grand Concourse, modeled after a Parisian boulevard. “Do you feel like we’re on the Champs-Elysées?” Continue Reading

Cartel towns pose challenge for immigration reform bill in Congress

Just across the Rio Grande from Brownsville, Texas, stands a dormitory-style shelter filled with people recently deported from the U.S. and other migrants waiting to cross the border. The long rows of bunk beds offer immigrants a place to rest on their long journey. But the shelter is no safe haven in a town controlled by the Gulf cartel. Armed men once showed up and took away 15 men, who were probably put to work as gunmen, lookouts or human mules hauling bales of marijuana into the United States. As Congress takes up immigration reform, lawmakers may have to confront the reality of this place and others like it, where people say the current system of immigration enforcement and deportation produces a constant flow of people north and south that provides the cartel with a vulnerable labor pool and steady source of revenue. Continue Reading

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