Mother of bomb suspects found deeper spirituality

In photos of her as a younger woman, Zubeidat Tsarnaeva wears a low-cut blouse and has her hair teased like a 1980s rock star. After she arrived in the U.S. from Russia in 2002, she went to beauty school and did facials at a suburban day spa. But in recent years, people noticed a change. She began wearing a hijab and cited conspiracy theories about 9/11 being a plot against Muslims. Now known as the angry and grieving mother of the Boston Marathon bombing suspects, Tsarnaeva is drawing increased attention after federal officials say Russian authorities intercepted her phone calls, including one in which she vaguely discussed jihad with her elder son. In another, she was recorded talking to someone in southern Russia who is under FBI investigation in an unrelated case, U.S. officials said. Continue Reading

Michigan mother vanishes during late shift at gas station

Michigan police investigating the mysterious disappearance of a mother who works at a gas station are now calling it an abduction case, while her family is pleading for her return. Jessica Heeringa, 25, vanished Friday night around 11:15 p.m. during her late shift at the ExxonMobil gas station in Muskegon. Her purse, belongings and vehicle were left behind, and police were notified after a customer called 911 and said no employees were at the station, Fox 17 reports. “She’s a good mom. She loves her family…she wouldn’t just leave,” April Dyer, Heeringa’s future sister-in-law, told the station. Continue Reading

Hundreds of cell doors simultaneously unlock at Maryland jail, but no escapees

A computer glitch at a Maryland prison made hundreds of jail cell doors simultaneously unlock – but not a single inmate escaped. In two incidents on Saturday and Tuesday, a computer-controlled system in the Montgomery County Correctional Facility, which allows officers to unlock all cells in case of a fire, malfunctioned, Fox 5 reports. None of the 650 inmates at the jail ran out of their cells and there was no disturbance, authorities said. However, police officers in the region were called to surround the building in case of any emergency. Arthur Wallenstein, the county’s director of corrections, told Fox 5 that all the jail cells were later manually locked within an hour of the Saturday incident, but technicians have not been able to figure out the source of the computer glitch. Continue Reading

Man stabs 4 people at church in Albuquerque

Police say a 24-year-old man stabbed four people at a Catholic church in Albuquerque as a Sunday mass was nearing its end. Police spokesman Robert Gibbs says Lawrence Capener jumped over several pews at St. Jude Thaddeus Catholic Church around noon Sunday and walked up to the choir area where he began his attack. The injuries to the four church-goers weren’t life-threatening. All four were being treated at hospitals. Continue Reading

Driver charged in killing of Orthodox Jewish couple says 'accidents happen'

The hit-and-run ex-con charged with mowing down a young Orthodox Jewish couple in New York last month, killing them and their unborn child, said “accidents happen,” in his first remarks about that death-filled day. Julio Acevedo, 44, told WABC in a jailhouse interview he was deeply sorry, but insisted he was not speeding down a Brooklyn street, as alleged — and that the cabbie ferrying Nachman Glauber and his pregnant wife Raizy Glauber on March 3 ran a stop sign and thus deserves an equal measure of fault in the tragedy. “I can’t bring ’em back; it was an accident,” Julio Acevedo reportedly said, “I apologize deeply.” “I’m made out to be the monster in all this . . Continue Reading

Russia caught bomb suspect on wiretap

Russian authorities secretly recorded a telephone conversation in 2011 in which one of the Boston bombing suspects vaguely discussed jihad with his mother, officials said Saturday, days after the U.S. government finally received details about the call. In another conversation, the mother of now-dead bombing suspect Tamerlan Tsarnaev was recorded talking to someone in southern Russia who is under FBI investigation in an unrelated case, officials said. The conversations are significant because, had they been revealed earlier, they might have been enough evidence for the FBI to initiate a more thorough investigation of the Tsarnaev family. As it was, Russian authorities told the FBI only that they had concerns that Tamerlan and his mother were religious extremists. With no additional information, the FBI conducted a limited inquiry and closed the case in June 2011. Continue Reading

Fatal stabbing of girl, 9, prompts Northern California manhunt

The Calaveras County Sheriff’s office says early Sunday that authorities are still searching for an intruder who killed a 9-year-old girl at her house. The Sheriff’s office says that the man was considered armed and dangerous, and authorities are warning residents in the Northern California town of Valley Springs to lock their doors. The office on Saturday declined to release details on the slaying. KCRA-TV says the victim’s 12-year-old brother encountered an intruder in his home and saw the man run away. The boy went to check on his sister and found she had been stabbed. Continue Reading

Mississippi man charged in suspicious letters case

The arrest of a 41-year-old Mississippi martial arts instructor in a probe of poison-laced letters sent to President Barack Obama and others capped a week in which investigators initially zeroed in on a different man. Federal authorities arrested James Everett Dutschke (DUHS’-kee) early Saturday at his home in Tupelo. He is charged with making and possessing the poisonous ricin for use as a weapon. Dutschke is expected to appear Monday in U.S. District Court in Oxford. He faces up to life in prison, if convicted. Continue Reading

Pennsylvania music store owner fatally shoots intruder, police say

Police in western Pennsylvania say a man was shot to death after reportedly brandishing a wooden club in an attack on the owners of a Pittsburgh-area music store. Police Chief John Mackey told reporters that the 32-year-old man entered Armen’s House of Music in Bethel Park shortly before noon Saturday but left after two or three minutes. Mackey said he went outside to his car and then returned carrying the club, which the chief said he used to strike the wife of the store owner. Mackey said the owner came to his wife’s defense and was also attacked, and the two struggled briefly before the owner pulled a revolver and shot and killed the attacker. The store owner and his wife were taken to UPMC Mercy for treatment of unspecified injuries. Continue Reading