Monday, April 27
Riot and looting prompt state of emergency, curfew in Baltimore amid outrage over man's death
BALTIMORE (AP) — Rioters have plunged part of Baltimore into chaos, torching a pharmacy, setting police cars ablaze and throwing bricks at officers.
The violence hours after thousands mourned Freddie Gray, who died from a severe spinal injury he suffered in police custody.
Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan governor has declared a state of emergency and called in the National Guard to restore order. Meanwhile, Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake has declared a weeklong, daily curfew beginning Tuesday from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m.
Police say 15 officers have been injured in the Baltimore riots and two are still in the hospital. More than two dozen people have been arrested after people looted stores, set cars on fire and threw bricks at police.
Officers wearing helmets and wielding shields occasionally used pepper spray to contain the rioters. For the most part, though, they relied on line formations to keep protesters at bay.
But efforts to restore calm have been repeatedly thwarted. Firefighters trying to put out a blaze at a CVS store were hindered by someone who sliced holes in a hose connected to a fire hydrant, spraying water all over the street and nearby buildings.
Baltimore mayor vows city will not be "destroyed by thugs"
BALTIMORE (AP) — Baltimore's mayor says, "Too many people have spent generations building up this city for it to be destroyed by thugs."
Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake is a lifelong resident of the city. As rioters hurled bricks at police, set cars on fire and looted stores, she imposed a weeklong curfew calling the violence and destruction "senseless" and saying it would have a negative impact on the community for years.
The rioting and looting came hours after the funeral for Freddie Gray, who died from injuries he suffered while in police custody.
Attorney Billy Murphy says the family has been shocked by the violence and was lying low Monday evening. He says they are calling for calm and hope to organize a peace march later in the week.
Gray's fatal encounter with officers came amid a national debate over police use of force, especially when black suspects are involved. Gray was African-American.
SUSPECT DIES-BALTIMORE-THE LATEST
UPDATE: Massive fire related to riot
BALTIMORE (AP) —A massive fire has broken out in a building that was under construction and the Baltimore mayor's spokesman says it's related to the riots.
Spokesman Kevin Harris confirmed that the fire is related to the riots and that it's burning the Mary Harvin Transformation Center, described online as a community-based organization that supports youth and families.
A CVS pharmacy was also set on fire earlier in the day. Businesses have been looted and at least 15 officers were injured in the chaos.
The riots started after the funeral for Freddie Gray, who died of a mysterious injury after being arrested.
UPDATE: 'Batman' trial tries to look inside Colorado shooter's mind
CENTENNIAL, Colo. (AP) — Lawyers have presented two versions of the unstable mind of James Holmes.
Jurors must decide whether Holmes was able to know right from wrong when he slipped into a Colorado movie theater on July 20, 2012, unleashed tear gas and opened fire on the crowd, killing 12 people and wounding 70. He's charged with first-degree murder, attempted murder, an explosives offense and committing an act of violence for the mayhem he caused.
In his opening statement, the lead prosecutor described Holmes as a sinister but sane killer who methodically planned and carried out the mass murder to make himself feel good and be remembered.
Defense attorneys said Holmes suffers from schizophrenia and mental illness runs through both sides of his family. They told jurors Holmes' mental illness "revved up" in his 20s and by grad school, his "psychosis bloomed."
Holmes has pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity. His defense hopes jurors will agree and have him indefinitely committed to a mental institution. Under Colorado law, prosecutors must prove Holmes was sane in order to have him executed or spend the rest of his life in prison.
BOSTON MARATHON BOMBING
Defense focuses on older brother
BOSTON (AP) — The mother-in-law of Tamerlan Tsarnaev (TAM'-ehr-luhn tsahr-NEYE'-ehv) has testified Monday for the defense in the federal death penalty trial of Tamerlan's younger brother, Dzhokhar (joh-HAHR').
Judith Russell says she and her husband were not happy when their daughter, Katherine, began dating Tamerlan Tsarnaev and tried to encourage her to break off their relationship after she learned Tamerlan had cheated on her.
Russell says Tamerlan didn't have a job and the only thing he seemed interested in was boxing.
Tamerlan later married Katherine, and they had a daughter together.
Russell cried while recounting to a jury how she found out that Tamerlan was one of the Boston Marathon bombers. Russell says she and other relatives went to Cambridge the day Tamerlan was killed to get Katherine and her granddaughter. She called the bombing "horrific" and says she just wanted her daughter out of there.
Tamerlan and his younger brother, Dzhokhar, committed the 2013 bombings. Tamerlan died after a gun battle with police, and Dzhokhar was found guilty of all charges against him. A jury will decide whether to sentence him to death.
Other countries pour aid into Nepal
KATHMANDU, Nepal (AP) — The death toll from Nepal's earthquake has climbed past 4,000, with more than 7,000 injured. But the numbers are expected to rise significantly with rescue workers still struggling to reach mountain villages.
The United Nations says an estimated 8 million people have been affected by the quake and more than 1.4 million need food assistance. Thousands of families are spending a third night outdoors despite the chilly Himalayan temperatures for fear of more powerful aftershocks.
Aid workers and officials are pleading for food, shelter and medicine for survivors. Help has been pouring in from across the world, as countries big and small sent in medical and rescue teams to provide disaster relief following Saturday's deadly earthquake. A Nepal army spokesman says rescue workers and medical teams from at least a dozen countries are in Nepal helping local police and army rescuers.
But it's been a chaotic scene at the small airport in the country's capital, and some flights earlier today were forced to turn back.
Kerry, Zarif meet for first time since Iran framework pact
NEW YORK (AP) — Secretary of State John Kerry is meeting with his Iranian counterpart for the first time since they agreed to a framework for a nuclear deal earlier this month.
Kerry and Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif sat down today in New York at the Upper East Side home of Iran's ambassador to the United Nations. Kerry and Zarif are both in New York to attend a United Nations conference on nuclear non-proliferation.
Their meeting comes as negotiators are trying to meet an end-of-June deadline for a comprehensive agreement that would put curbs on Iran's nuclear program in exchange for sanctions relief.
WEST AFRICA-BOKO HARAM
Niger army retakes control of island from Boko Haram
NIAMEY, Niger (AP) — Niger's government says its military has retaken control of the island of Karamga in Lake Chad after an attack by Boko Haram on its positions there.
In a statement Monday, Niger's government said its security and defense forces have cleared the enemies from the island. Suspected Nigerian Islamic extremists attacked an army base on the island last week, Niger's defense ministry had said Saturday night.
Niger joined a regional offensive in January that has been credited with retaking large swaths of territory from the Nigeria-based militant group Boko Haram. A February attack on Karamga killed seven Nigeran soldiers, and Niger towns bordering Nigeria have also been targeted.
Military forces started retaking towns in February from Boko Haram, whose fighters had months of gains.
COLD CASE ARREST
Arizona firefighter charged with murder in 3 cold cases
TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — A high-ranking firefighter in southern Arizona has been charged with murder in the cold case slayings of his ex-wife, her mother and a third woman.
Police say all three deaths stemmed from a child custody battle between Tucson Fire Department Capt. David Watson and his ex-wife, Linda Watson.
Linda Watson disappeared 15 years ago. Her mother, Marilyn Cox, and Cox's friend, Renee Farnsworth, were fatally shot in 2003.
The Pima County Sheriff's Department says Watson has been a suspect all along.
A fire department spokesman says Watson is on unpaid leave.
He was arrested Saturday and was being held on a $2 million bond.
It was not immediately clear whether he had a lawyer who could comment on the charges.
BOY FATALLY STABBED
California teen confesses to fatally stabbing 9-year-old boy
DISCOVERY BAY, Calif. (AP) — A newspaper says a Northern California teenager has confessed to stabbing to death a 9-year-old boy.
The Contra Costa Times reported Monday (http://tinyurl.com/m2xyu7g) that 18-year-old William Schultz said he killed the sleeping boy because he wanted to know what it felt like to murder someone before the world ended. The Times interviewed Schultz in jail.
Schultz was arrested Sunday after spending the night in the boy's home in Discovery Bay. Schultz said his family has been concerned with his mental health.
Schultz was briefly hospitalized Saturday. He said a doctor discharged him and sent him in a cab to his mother's home.
After fighting with his mother, he spent the night at the victim's home.
The Schultz family couldn't be reached for comment. A county spokeswoman didn't return a call.
JEWISH SITE SHOOTINGS
APNewsBreak: Miller to plead guilty in Jewish site shootings
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — A white supremacist accused of killing three people near two Kansas Jewish centers says he's ready to plead guilty to all charges to avoid a lengthy trial.
Frazier Glenn Miller told The Associated Press in a phone call from jail on Monday that he doesn't have long to live and wants to have his day in court.
The 74-year-old from Aurora, Missouri, is charged with capital murder in the April 2014 shooting deaths of 69-year-old William Lewis Corporon and his 14-year-old grandson, Reat Griffin Underwood, at the Jewish Community Center of Greater Kansas City in Overland Park, Kansas. He also is accused of killing 53-year-old Terri LaManno at a nearby Jewish retirement home.
Miller told the AP he executed the attacks but wasn't aware none of the victims were Jewish.
GAY PRIDE SHIRTS
Kentucky judge rules for printer that refused gay pride job
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — A judge in Lexington has ruled in favor of a shop that refused to print gay pride festival T-shirts.
The ruling Monday by Fayette County Circuit Judge James Ishmael overturns a decision by the city's Human Rights Commission. The commission had ruled in 2014 that the print shop, Hands On Originals, violated a city law that bans discrimination based on a person's sexual orientation. The shop says it has refused several jobs because of its Christian beliefs.
Ishmael said the Human Rights Commission went beyond its statutory authority in siding with the Gay and Lesbian Services Organization. The judge said that the print shop's refusal in 2012 was based on the message of the gay group and pride festival and "not on the sexual orientation of its representatives or members."
Bush donors see him lay out contours of 2016 campaign
MIAMI BEACH, Florida (AP) — Donors say Jeb Bush's super PAC is raising eye-popping sums in a multi-pronged effort to define the former Florida governor for Republican presidential primary voters before his rivals can.
The likely candidate met more than 300 of his top donors near Miami Beach's glamorous South Beach on Sunday and Monday, and began laying out what a 2016 campaign would look like, introducing advisers and outlining issues he would stress.
Ever mindful of the public's supposed aversion to political dynasties, Bush's team sees it as a priority to cast the brother and son of former presidents as his own man, according to several who attended the meeting.
Bush has headlined more than 60 fundraisers since opening the Right to Rise PAC and super PAC in January.
UPDATE: NWS: At least 8 tornadoes touched down in Texas Sunday
DALLAS (AP) — A band of tornadoes that swept across parts of rural Texas over the weekend flattened buildings, tore the roofs off other structures and forced people to rush for shelter.
National Weather Service meteorologist Matt Bishop confirmed Monday that at least eight tornadoes touched down in an area southwest of Fort Worth late Sunday.
No injuries have been reported.
The storm system also brought large hail and several inches of rain that caused flash flooding and inundated roadways.
Part of the Waxahachie police headquarters south of Dallas flooded as water several inches deep rushed into the building.
Other parts of Texas were lashed by heavy rains, including the Houston area.
Jayne Meadows, actress and TV personality, dies at 95
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Actress and TV personality Jayne Meadows, who often teamed with her husband Steve Allen, has died.
Meadows' son, Bill Allen, says she died Sunday in her home in the Encino area of Los Angeles.
A spokesman said Monday that Meadows was 95 and died of natural causes.
The red-haired Meadows was best known as Allen's wife and the sister of "Honeymooners" star Audrey Meadows. But Jayne Meadows also appeared on Broadway and in movies, won three Emmy nominations for TV acting and was a staple of game shows such as "I've Got a Secret."
She frequently teamed with Allen on his various talk shows. They married in 1954 and were together until his death in 2000.