Friday, March 27, 2015 08:58

Zeid: IS may be more open to diversity than some states
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. human rights chief told the Security Council on Friday that in a "most terrible irony," the Islamic State group may be more accepting of the ethnic diversity of its members than some states are about ethnic differences among their own citizens.
Ski lift firm issues safety warning after chairlift accident
PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A chairlift company is warning U.S. ski resorts to check about 170 lifts for potential problems after engineers announced that a design flaw likely contributed to a weekend accident that injured seven skiers in Maine.
Comedy group accountant named employee of month stole $240K
An accountant for a famous Princeton University musical-comedy group who was once named by Esquire magazine as an "employee of the month" has admitted embezzling $240,000.
Blaze on New York's Fire Island ruins gay resort landmarks
MINEOLA, N.Y. (AP) — An early morning blaze on New York's Fire Island has destroyed several structures, including two well-known landmarks in a historic gay resort.
Toilets, lingerie, shacking up: Some of Florida's odd bills
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Florida legislators filed more than 1,700 bills for consideration during their two-month session that ends in May. Some are routine, some deal with high-profile issues such as abortion and guns, and some are just odd. Here's a look at a few that fall into the last category:
Texas interstate reopens after deadly tractor-trailer wreck
SALADO, Texas (AP) — An interstate in Central Texas has fully reopened after a deadly accident involving a tractor-trailer that slammed into a bridge beam in a construction zone.
Police seek two people reportedly missing after New York explosion
By Ellen Wulfhorst NEW YORK (Reuters) - Two people were reportedly missing on Friday in the wake of an apparent gas explosion that destroyed four New York apartment buildings and injured 19 people, police said. The blast appeared to have been gas-related, New York Mayor Bill de Blasio said at a news conference. Private gas and plumbing work had been going on in one of the buildings, and Con Edison utility inspectors on the scene an hour earlier had determined the work was not satisfactory...
Woman charged with scamming Boston bombing victims fund
(Reuters) - A Boston woman has been indicted with fraudulently obtaining $8,000 from the fund set up for victims of the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing, and thousands more from other fundraising, officials said on Thursday. Investigators found that Joanna Leigh, 41, was at the Boston Marathon on April 15, 2013 when two bombs exploded, killing three people and injuring more than 260, but they argued that she was not injured, the Boston Police Department said in a statement...
White supremacist to be arraigned in Kansas Jewish center killings
By Kevin Murphy KANSAS CITY, Kan. (Reuters) - A Missouri white supremacist is scheduled to be arraigned on Friday afternoon on charges that he fatally shot three people outside two Jewish centers in a Kansas City suburb last April. Frazier Glenn Cross Jr., 74, is expected to enter a plea to three charges of capital murder and three charges of attempted murder in a shooting spree April 13 in Overland Park, Kansas...
Mom of toddler found dead in backpack in creek pleads guilty
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The mother of a 1-year-old Maryland boy found dead inside a backpack in an Ohio creek has pleaded guilty to involuntary manslaughter and tampering with evidence.
Body of boy missing since Sunday found in septic tank
DUBLIN, Va. (AP) — Virginia authorities on Friday were investigating the death of a 5-year-old boy whose body was found in a septic tank near his home.
Pennsylvania toddler shoots self in leg while adults shower
MONTOURSVILLE, Pa. (AP) — Police say a 2-year-old Pennsylvania boy found a handgun on a bed and shot himself in the leg while his mother and her boyfriend were showering.
Neighbors say trouble in home preceded fatal double stabbing in Bridesburg
Philadelphia police say a son fatally stabbed his mother and stabbed his grandmother, critically injuring her.
NYC police to determine if 6 missing are connected to blast
NEW YORK (AP) — New York City police say they are trying to determine whether six other people reported missing are connected to the apparent gas explosion in the East Village.
AP PHOTOS: NYC firefighters battle huge fire after explosion
NEW YORK (AP) — A powerful blast in Manhattan's East Village sent flames soaring, launched debris into the air and caused the collapse of three five-story buildings.
Death of baby cut from womb doesn't lead to murder charge
DENVER (AP) — A Colorado woman accused of cutting the baby from an expectant mother's belly will not face murder charges in the gruesome attack that revived the highly charged debate over when a fetus can legally be considered a human being.
Federal charge for ex-cop in confrontation with Indian man
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — A former Alabama police officer has been charged with violating the civil rights of an Indian man who was injured during a violent confrontation in February, authorities said Friday.
Swiss bankers avoid prison, get probation for tax fraud
ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) — Two former Swiss bankers avoided jail time Friday for their roles in a tax fraud scheme that helped U.S. customers hide billions of dollars in assets.
Senate's Harry Reid announces he won't seek re-election
WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Democratic Leader Harry Reid, the wily Nevadan who dominated the Senate for a decade from the minority to the majority and back again, announced Friday he will retire after five terms.
AccuWeather: Rainy Morning Today, Colder Saturday
Meteorologist David Murphy says wind chills in the 30s and flurries are part of the Saturday weather story.