Boston courthouse evacuated following bomb threat

Workers have returned to a Boston federal courthouse that was evacuated because of a bomb threat amid reports of a breakthrough in the marathon bombings investigation. Nikki Credic-Barrett, a spokeswoman for the U.S. Marshals Service in Washington, says a security sweep was conducted because of the bomb threat. Court workers got back inside the building about an hour after the evacuation. Crowds of reporters are gathered outside. The FBI and the U.S. attorney’s office in Boston say no arrests have been made in the marathon bombing. Continue Reading

Man asks court to toss 1979 NYC child-killing case

A man who confessed to killing a long-missing New York City boy is asking a judge to throw out the murder case against him. His lawyer says the confession was false and there’s not enough evidence to support it. The dismissal request was filed Wednesday in one of the nation’s most notorious child disappearances. Six-year-old Etan Patz (AY’-tahn payts) vanished en route to school in May 1979. Maple Shade, N.J., resident Pedro Hernandez was arrested last year after police got a tip. Continue Reading

Military court: Manning documents not its decision

The U.S. military’s highest court says it isn’t the right place for a dispute over public access to documents in the court-martial of Pfc. Bradley Manning. The New York-based Center for Constitutional Rights had sued seeking access to documents in the ongoing case. The center was seeking timely access to transcripts, motions, court orders and other documents in the case of Manning, who is charged with giving classified information to the secret-spilling website WikiLeaks. Three of the five judges for the United States Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces who heard the case, however, said the court doesn’t have the authority to consider the question of access. Continue Reading

Wife of ex-judge arrested in slain Texas DA case

North Texas authorities have arrested the wife of a former justice of the peace who was charged with making a terroristic threat in connection with the killings of a district attorney and his wife. Kim Lene Williams was arrested early Wednesday. Online jail records do not list charges against her. Officials in Kaufman County wouldn’t immediately comment on the reason for her arrest. A law enforcement official has said authorities are trying to build a case against her husband, Eric Williams, in the deaths of Kaufman County District Attorney Mike McLelland and his wife, Cynthia, who were found slain March 30. Continue Reading

California dad dies after fight with teen daughter, cops say

Police say a 50-year-old man died three days after suffering a heart attack during a physical fight with his daughter, and the teenage girl has been booked on suspicion of manslaughter. The San Jose Mercury News reports the man, Hoang Tran, was shoved to the ground during the altercation at his home April 6. Responding paramedics found him unresponsive. He died April 9 at a hospital. On Friday, Tran’s 17-year-old daughter was arrested and booked into Santa Clara County Juvenile Hall on suspicion of involuntary manslaughter. Continue Reading

3 sisters to recount WWII island journey in POW uncle's footsteps

Three Bronx-born sisters are returning to the borough to discuss their journey to a remote South Pacific island where their uncle was imprisoned by the Japanese and killed at the end of World War II. Andrea Talbutt of Rockland County, Susan Nishihira of Seattle and Marcy Hanigan of Los Angeles will be speaking Wednesday night at the Huntington Free Library about last year’s trip to the island where their uncle spent the last months of his life as a POW. Marine fighter pilot Moszek “Mike” Zanger of the Bronx bailed out of his damaged plane in December 1944, was taken prisoner and killed by his captors in 1945. The sisters visited the jungle crash site and identified wreckage with the help of Justin Taylan of Hyde Park, founder of the Pacific Wrecks website. Click for more from PacificWrecks.com. Continue Reading

Police: Upstate NY man's bad idea results in crash

It turns out coasting an SUV with no brakes downhill to a scrap yard isn’t a good idea after all. Police say a 28-year-old man found that out Tuesday evening when he attempted to drive an SUV to a scrap yard in Jamestown, 60 miles south of Buffalo. Officers tell The Post-Journal of Jamestown (http://bit.ly/12m2F8K ) that the man told them he had disconnected the battery before coasting down a hill to get to a nearby scrap yard. Police say he also told them the 1995 Chevrolet Tahoe had no brakes. Officials say he was unable to stop at an intersection and collided with another vehicle. Continue Reading

Rice: Terrorist acts test presidential leadership

Former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice says terrorist attacks like the one that rocked the Boston Marathon present presidents with a leadership dilemma. While presidents typically wants to comfort the nation, Rice says, it can be difficult for them to do this while saying or doing nothing that would compromise a crime investigation. Rice tells “CBS This Morning” President Barack Obama “wants to reassure the American people that the government is on the trail.” But she also says he “has to be very careful not to give out information prematurely here and they have to be sure they aren’t tipping off the people who are responsible.” Rice was President George W. Bush’s national security adviser when terrorists attacked the World Trade Center and Pentagon on Sept. Continue Reading

Maryland landlord pleads guilty to spying on tenants

A Montgomery County landlord has pleaded guilty to using a hidden surveillance camera to spy on female tenants engaged in sexual acts. Dennis Van Dusen, of Chevy Chase, faces up to 18 months in prison after pleading guilty in Circuit Court on Tuesday. Sentencing was scheduled for July 2. Van Dusen admitted to three counts of using a camera in a private home with a prurient intent. A tenant reported the 54-year-old Van Dusen to police last fall, saying she had found a hidden surveillance camera inside a smoke detector in a room that she was renting. Continue Reading