Magnitude-6.2 quake hits near Guatemala City

The U.S. Geological Survey is reporting that a magnitude-6.2 earthquake has struck near Guatemala City. Guatemalan authorities had no immediate reports of damage. The USGS said Monday that the earthquake was located 3 miles (6 kilometers) northwest of San Jose Pinula and had a depth of 200 kilometers (124 miles). Via: Fox News Continue Reading

Judge rules just 1 jury in Army sex charge trial

A judge has decided that just one jury will hear all charges against a U.S. Army general charged with sexual misconduct. The Fayetteville Observer reports (http://bit.ly/14jYCvG ) that lawyers for Brig. Gen. Jeffrey Sinclair said Monday they wanted to separate a trial over an alleged physical relationship he had with one woman from the charges of inappropriate, but non-physical, relationships he is accused of having with several other women. The lawyers said the jury might be overwhelmed. But a judge ruled the jury of all generals was highly educated and likely to follow instructions. Continue Reading

Police: At least 4 stabbed in Pa. Target store

Police say at least four people have been stabbed inside a Pittsburgh Target store, and a suspect has been arrested. Officers were called to the store in the East Liberty section of the city shortly after 5:30 p.m. Monday. Police say four or five people were injured, but the extent of the injuries isn’t immediately clear. KDKA-TV reports that some victims were stabbed multiple times, but none of the injuries were believed to be life-threatening. A man was arrested at the scene. Continue Reading

Somali terror-support suspect pleads guilty in NYC

A shadowy Somali citizen who was interrogated about his ties to international terrorism aboard an American U.S. warship nearly two years ago has pleaded guilty as part of a cooperation agreement, prosecutors said Monday. Ahmed Abdulkadir Warsame had been charged with providing material support to terrorist organizations, conspiring to teach and demonstrate the making of explosives and other charges. He entered the plea in December 2011 in a sealed proceeding in federal court in Manhattan. Prosecutors didn’t explain why they kept Warsame’s plea secret until now. They called his case a breakthrough in how it uncovered new clues about al-Qaida in Yemen and its relationship with al-Shabab in Somalia, but provided few details. Continue Reading

In interview, Sandusky speaks of Paterno, witness

Jerry Sandusky said in interview excerpts broadcast Monday that a key witness against him misinterpreted him showering with a young boy in Penn State football team facilities more than a decade ago. Sandusky told documentary filmmaker John Ziegler, in recordings played on NBC’s “Today” show, that he does not understand how Mike McQueary concluded “that sex was going on” when he witnessed Sandusky showering with a boy in 2001. “That would have been the last thing I would have thought about,” Sandusky said during what Ziegler described as 3½ hours of interviews. “I would have thought maybe fooling around or something like that.” McQueary, a graduate assistant in 2001, testified at trial that he heard “skin-on-skin smacking sound” and had no doubt he was witnessing anal sex. Continue Reading

African likely to get prison in child labor case

Prosecutors are seeking at least nine years in prison for an African man who was convicted of forcing children to work as slaves at his Ypsilanti home. The government also is asking a judge to order Jean-Claude Toviave to pay two of the children $60,000 each. Four victims last fall told jurors that Toviave, a native of Togo, forced them to perform household duties for nearly five years until January 2011. Toviave will be sentenced Monday in Detroit federal court. The four children emigrated from Togo in 2006 with fraudulent papers. Continue Reading

African likely to get prison in child labor case

Prosecutors are seeking at least nine years in prison for an African man who was convicted of forcing children to work as slaves at his Ypsilanti home. The government also is asking a judge to order Jean-Claude Toviave to pay two of the children $60,000 each. Four victims last fall told jurors that Toviave, a native of Togo, forced them to perform household duties for nearly five years until January 2011. Toviave will be sentenced Monday in Detroit federal court. The four children emigrated from Togo in 2006 with fraudulent papers. Continue Reading

Expert returns to stand in Jodi Arias murder trial

A defense expert who diagnosed Jodi Arias with post-traumatic stress disorder and amnesia returns to the witness stand for a sixth day of testimony. Arias faces a possible death sentence if convicted of first-degree murder in the 2008 killing of Travis Alexander in his suburban Phoenix home. Authorities say she planned the attack on her lover. Arias initially told authorities she had nothing to do with it then blamed it on masked intruders. She later said it was self-defense. Continue Reading

Newtown residents upset about NRA robocalls three months after school massacre

Some residents in Newtown, Conn., say they’re outraged at receiving robocalls from the National Rifle Association only three months after the Sandy Hook Elementary School shootings. Town residents say the automated calls from the NRA began last week and urge people to tell their state legislators to oppose gun control proposals. Lawmakers are debating whether to ban military-style assault weapons, prohibit high-capacity ammunition magazines and other measures in response to the school shootings. Dan O’Donnell lives in the Sandy Hook section of Newtown and told WVIT-TV that the robocalls are “ridiculous and insensitive.” Messages seeking comment were left with the NRA, which like other nonprofit groups is allowed to make robocalls under federal law. Continue Reading