BOSTON (AP) — A friend of Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev told a string of lies to investigators, a prosecutor told a jury Tuesday, but a defense lawyer said the defendant was a frightened 19-year-old who couldn't remember certain details because he had smoked marijuana for at least 12 hours straight.
The Islamic Front, an alliance of militant groups in Syria, released a video on October 20, described as showing “special operations” unit training camp. The unit, dubbed War Lions, are filmed undergoing vigorous exercises. A fighter being interviewed in 1’00" says that main reason they come to the training camp is to defeat militias from different countries that have recently entered Syria. The video states that a number of unit leaders were killed in battle in Aleppo. Credit: YouTube/Islamic Front
A 6,000-year-old temple holding humanlike figurines and sacrificed animal remains has been discovered within a massive prehistoric settlement in Ukraine. It was a "two-story building made of wood and clay surrounded by a galleried courtyard," the upper floor divided into five rooms, write archaeologists Nataliya Burdo and Mykhailo Videiko in a copy of a presentation they gave recently at the European Association of Archaeologists' annual meeting in Istanbul, Turkey. A platform on the upper floor contains "numerous burnt bones of lamb, associated with sacrifice," write Burdo and Videiko, of the Institute of Archaeology of the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine. The floors and walls of all five rooms on the upper floor were "decorated by red paint, which created [a] ceremonial atmosphere." [See Photos of the Prehistoric Temple & Animal Remains]
Moscow (AFP) - Russian and French experts were investigating Tuesday a plane crash at a Moscow airport which killed the CEO of French oil giant Total, Christophe de Margerie, whose private jet struck a snowplough on takeoff.
By Laila Kearney NEW YORK (Reuters) - A New York man convicted of helping a debt-ridden motivational speaker commit suicide to make the death look like a robbery was sentenced to 12 years in prison on Monday, prosecutors said. Kenneth Minor, 42, pleaded guilty to manslaughter last month in the stabbing death of Jeffrey Locker in 2009, a spokeswoman with the Manhattan District Attorney's office said. Locker, a 52-year-old motivational speaker, hired Minor to help him kill himself and make it look like a robbery so his family could collect life insurance payouts, prosecutors said. ...
A database of all political giving for the last 30 years, which ranks the intensity of donors' liberalism or conservatism, shows Democrats get the lion's share of donations from tech company employees.
(Reuters) - Travelers entering the United States whose trips originated in Ebola-stricken Liberia, Sierra Leone or Guinea must fly into one of five airports that have enhanced screening in place, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security said on Tuesday. The restrictions, to take effect on Wednesday, will subject affected travelers to temperature tests among other protocols at New York's JFK, New Jersey's Newark, Washington Dulles, Atlanta and Chicago's O'Hare international airports. These airports account for 94 percent of the flights to the United States from the Ebola-hit nations. ...
By Daniel Lovering BOSTON (Reuters) - A friend of the Boston Marathon bombing suspect lied repeatedly to investigators before eventually confessing about his activities in the days after the attack, a federal prosecutor said on Tuesday. Defense lawyers have argued that Robel Phillipos, 21, was too intoxicated on marijuana to remember what he did the night of April 18, 2013, when prosecutors say he and two other men removed a backpack containing empty fireworks shells from the dorm room of bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev at the University of Massachusetts-Dartmouth. ...
It was the week of Chinese New Year, and Jian Zhen Huang was climbing her sister’s doorstep in Brooklyn with cups and other supplies for the celebration inside. Oakland, California, has less than 5 percent of New York’s population, yet law enforcement there verified 2,992 immigrants during the same period - more than twice as many.
GARY, Ind. (AP) — Police investigating the slayings of seven women whose bodies were found in northwest Indiana over the weekend said Monday they believe it is the work of a serial killer, and that the suspect has indicated there could be more victims going back 20 years.
Moscow (AFP) - The CEO of French oil company Total, Christophe de Margerie has died after a private jet crashed at a Moscow airport, Russian media reported Tuesday citing aviation and law enforcement sources.