Amanda Knox sometimes 'paralyzed' with anxiety

Amanda Knox says in a new interview that she’s sometimes “paralyzed” with anxiety stemming from the death of her roommate in Italy and the trial that saw her convicted, then acquitted, in a case that made headlines across the globe. Knox recently spoke to People magazine over several days at her in mother’s home in Seattle. Last month, Italy’s highest criminal court overturned her acquittal in the 2007 slaying of British student Meredith Kercher and ordered a new trial. Italian law cannot compel Knox to return for the new legal proceeding. Knox tells People she is still dealing with difficult emotions. Continue Reading

Storm woes range from sinkhole to snow to twisters

Nature is throwing all it has at Middle America, from snow in the north to tornadoes in the Plains, and enough rain in Chicago to cause a sinkhole that swallowed cars. National Weather Service watches and warnings are in place across the region Thursday. Up to a foot of snow is forecast for parts of Minnesota and the Dakotas. Downpours are causing rivers to bust their banks in Missouri, Iowa and Illinois. Tornadoes caused scattered damage in Oklahoma. Continue Reading

Georgia detective allegedly pulls gun in McDonald's drive-thru

A metro Atlanta police sergeant accused of pulling a gun on a customer in a McDonalds drive-thru as been arrested. Forsyth County sheriff’s spokesman Courtney Spriggs Wednesday said DeKalb County police Sgt. Scott Biumi has been charged with aggravated assault after authorities say he pointed a gun at a man during an argument on April 9. Sheriff’s officials say surveillance footage from inside the restaurant shows the 48-year-old sergeant step between the man’s car and the drive-thru window. Authorities say he pointed the weapon into the car as he leaned into the driver’s side window. Continue Reading

US unemployment aid applications rise to 352K

The number of Americans seeking unemployment benefits increased just 4,000 last week to a seasonally adjusted 352,000. The slight gain kept applications at a level consistent with solid hiring and suggests March’s sluggish hiring may be temporary. The Labor Department report released Thursday also noted that the four-week average, a less volatile measure, rose to 361,250. Applications are a proxy for layoffs. They jumped three weeks ago to a four-month high, but then plummeted the following week. Continue Reading

Moderate earthquake rattles town in northwest Iran

Iran’s state TV says a moderate, magnitude 5.2 earthquake rattled a small town in the country’s northwest. The TV says the quake shook the town of Tasooj at 3:09 p.m. (10:39 GMT) on Thursday. The town is about 600 kilometers (370 miles) northwest of the capital, Tehran. There were no immediate reports about any damage or casualties. The U.S. Geological Survey put the magnitude of the quake at 4.8. Continue Reading

California man says he was 'murdered' night wife allegedly cut off his penis

The estranged husband of a woman charged with severing his penis said it was as though his life ended the evening of the attack. “She murdered me that night,” the man said Wednesday on the first day of the trial of Catherine Kieu, 50. Orange County Deputy District Attorney John Christl said in his opening statement that Kieu, angry because her husband was dating a former girlfriend, laced his food with sleeping pills on July 11, 2011, then tied him to a bed, severed his penis and put it in the garbage disposal. “I will never have a sex life again,” said the husband, who had surgery that allows him to urinate. The penis could not be reattached. Continue Reading

Mich. husband charged in executive wife's death

A man accused of forcing a handyman to strangle his wife was charged with first-degree murder Wednesday, 15 months after the discovery of her body in a Detroit alley stirred fear that she was a victim of a random abduction from a comfortable suburb. The charges against Robert Bashara were not unexpected. Nonetheless, it was another extraordinary turn in the death of Jane Bashara, a 56-year-old marketing executive from Grosse Pointe Park. “I don’t know if I’d use the word strange,” Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy said when asked to sum up the investigation. “I would use the word different, and certainly a case that has a lot of tentacles.” Continue Reading

Wyo. inmate out on bond on DNA evidence, new trial

A Wyoming man who was granted the state’s first retrial based on DNA evidence has been released from jail on bond after more than 23 years in prison. A stepdaughter of 63-year-old Andrew J. Johnson says he posted $10,000 bond Wednesday. Johnson previously had been transferred to the Cheyenne jail from the Wyoming State Penitentiary in Rawlins. Johnson was convicted of raping a Cheyenne woman in her apartment in 1989. He was sentenced to life in prison because he had previous convictions. Continue Reading

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