Feds: More time needed to indict Tsarnaev

Federal prosecutors say they’ll ask for more time to indict Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev (joh-HAHR’ tsahr-NEYE’-ehv). Prosecutors said Friday they will not indict Tsranaev within the 30-day period prescribed the Federal Speedy Trial Act. Sunday marks 30 days since Tsarnaev was arrested following the April 15 bombing. Prosecutors didn’t specify under which exception they’d seek an extension. Earlier Friday a judge denied a request from Tsarnaev’s attorneys seeking to take periodic photos of him while he recovers from wounds sustained prior to his arrest. Continue Reading

DA to retry Central Texas man in deadly '86 fire

Prosecutors plan to retry a Central Texas man whose 25-year-old conviction for setting a fire that killed his two young stepsons was set aside due to issues raised later with the science used to find him guilty. Ed Graf’s murder conviction was set aside in March by the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals. His case is one of several flagged by a state panel that’s examining possible problems with arson investigations in criminal cases. McLennan County District Attorney Abel Reyna said Friday that he intended to pursue another trial against Graf. Reyna said prosecutors would not seek the death penalty. Continue Reading

Longtime girlfriend of James "Whitey" Bulger has 8-year sentence upheld in Mass.

The longtime girlfriend of reputed gangster James “Whitey” Bulger lost her bid to reduce the eight-year prison sentence she received for helping Bulger during his 16 years as a fugitive. A three-judge panel of the 1st U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said Friday that it found no basis to change the sentence that Catherine Greig received after she pleaded guilty to conspiracy to harbor a fugitive, identity fraud and conspiracy to commit identity fraud. The panel included retired U.S. Supreme Court Justice David Souter. Bulger, the former leader of the Winter Hill Gang, fled Boston in late 1994 and remained a fugitive until he and Greig were captured together in Santa Monica, Calif., in 2011. Prosecutors say Greig helped Bulger in multiple ways while he was hiding from law enforcement. Continue Reading

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Midwest Gas Prices Spike

As the Memorial Day weekend approaches, so do higher gas prices. The reason midwest residents are seeing a spike in gas prices today can be blamed on outages and maintenance at several oil refineries. This means for shortages that will boost the price all around the region. It’s so far affected Iowa, Minnesota, Missouri, North Dakota, South Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, and Wisconsin. Iowa drivers today are paying around $3.67 for regular gas. Continue Reading

1 sailor dead, others injured in training accident

Officials say one U.S. Navy sailor was killed and several others were hurt in a training exercise at Fort Knox in Kentucky. Fort Knox spokesman Ryan Brus said Friday morning that the accident happened Wednesday night and involved members of a Naval branch at the post in central Kentucky. Brus had no other details and referred calls to U.S. Navy Lt. David Lloyd. Lloyd did not immediately return a call to The Associated Press. Fort Knox is about 50 miles southwest of Louisville and is home to about 14,000 military personnel, including active duty members and reserves. Continue Reading

Florida man accused of staging home invasion in attack on wife

A central Florida man is in jail after deputies say he wore a disguise while slashing his wife’s face, then made up a story about a home invasion to cover up his actions. But Volusia County Sheriff’s investigators say 29-year-old Timorthy Hunter confessed after they confronted him with inconsistencies in his story. He remained in the Volusia County Jail without bond on Friday. The Daytona Beach News-Journal reports deputies found Kristin Sottosanti with multiple cuts on her face after she called 911 Wednesday night. She told them a masked man had come into her house and slashed her face. Continue Reading

Birth of anteater has Conn. zoo staff puzzled

An anteater has given birth at a Connecticut conservation center, prompting officials there to wonder how the mother conceived. Officials at the LEO Zoological Conservation Center tell the Greenwich Time (http://bit.ly/14wsum4 ) they had removed the only male anteater from the enclosure in August, long before the six-month gestation period for baby Archie would have begun. They feared that male, Alf, would kill another baby in the pen. That left the mother Armani, and the young female, Alice, in the enclosure. But little Archie was born in April anyway. Continue Reading

Arias cries as sister of murdered victim calls him 'glue' of family during emotional impact statement

Jurors deciding whether convicted murderer Jodi Arias will get the death penalty heard the victim’s brother describe Thursday how he was hospitalized for ulcers, lost sleep and separated from his wife after his brother was killed. Travis Alexander’s younger brother Steven paused to choke back tears and regain his composure as he recounted the phone call he got from his sister the day his brother’s body was found. “She told me, `Steven, Travis is dead,”‘ he said. “I thought I was dreaming.” The same jury convicted Arias of first-degree murder last week after about 15 hours of deliberations. Continue Reading

Wife who can't load shotgun uses it to club bear attacking husband

A Wisconsin woman saved her husband from an attacking black bear outside of their cabin by hitting the animal with a gun, authorities said. Fox 11 reports that Gerre Ninnemann initially saw the bear running after his dog, Maddy, on Wednesday. He then went outside the Silver Cliff cabin to summon the 8-year-old yellow lab inside, but the bear chased and tackled Ninnemann, biting and clawing at his back. “I came running out into the yard here, shouting, waving my arms at the bear, thinking that would care him away,” the retired financial planner told the station. “But it didn’t. Continue Reading