Swiss say would shield Snowden from 'political' extradition to U.S
ZURICH (Reuters) - Former intelligence contractor Edward Snowden could be granted safe passage in Switzerland if he helped a potential criminal inquiry into U.S. spying there, the Swiss public prosecutor's office said on Monday. He would probably not be extradited to the United States if Washington asked, but it was also unlikely that he would be granted political asylum, according to a document laying out Switzerland's legal options if Snowden were to visit...
U.S. to help train people to spot potential violent extremists
"Today, few threats are more urgent than the threat posed by violent extremism," Attorney General Eric Holder said in a video announcing the program. The Department of Justice, the White House, and other agencies are starting a series of pilot programs to bring together community leaders, law-enforcement officials, and others to develop a strategy to counter the threat, Holder said. While existing programs have focused on community leaders, the new programs will also include teachers and mental health and social services professionals to provide more support and develop ways to spot potential extremists, an official familiar with the program said...
South Carolina congressman Sanford, ex-wife head to mediation
By Harriet McLeod CHARLESTON S.C. (Reuters) - South Carolina U.S. congressman Mark Sanford and his former wife have agreed to go to mediation over the latest spat arising from their divorce in 2010 after his extramarital affair while serving as the state's governor, a judge said on Monday. Sanford and his former wife, Jenny, had been due to appear in court in Charleston, South Carolina, on Monday after she asked a judge to require the congressman to undergo a psychiatric exam and take parenting and anger management classes...
New Mexico sheriff enters plea in disputed stop
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Faced with a new indictment in a rapidly evolving case, a northern New Mexico sheriff pleaded not guilty Monday to federal charges stemming from an off-duty traffic stop that authorities say left a driver injured.
One killed, dozens rescued in Detroit-area senior housing fire
(Reuters) - A fire killed one person and injured as many as a dozen others when it swept through a Detroit-area senior citizen housing complex early Monday morning, a fire department official told local media. Rescue workers were called at about 5 a.m. to the fire at the Leo Paluch Senior Apartments in Allen Park, Michigan, about 12 miles southwest of Detroit, Allen Park Fire Chief Douglas LaFond said...
Governor vows capture of trooper's killer
Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett says investigators won't rest until they capture the gunman who ambushed two state police troopers outside their barracks, killing one.
Judge sees confession tape in '79 missing boy case
NEW YORK (AP) — After the videotape clicks on, the 53-year-old calmly tells investigators how he choked 6-year-old Etan Patz in the basement of a Manhattan convenience store on May 25, 1979. He describes putting the boy, who was still alive, into a plastic bag, then putting the bag inside a box and dumping it nearby.
UN withdraws many peacekeepers from Golan Heights
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The United Nations said Monday it has withdrawn its peacekeepers from many positions on the Golan Heights because of escalating fighting in the war between Syrian government forces and opposition fighters.
Tampa woman can pursue part of lawsuit over Petraeus scandal leak
By Aruna Viswanatha WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A Tampa, Florida woman can proceed with part of an invasion of privacy lawsuit against the U.S. government over leaks to the media about her connection to a scandal over former CIA Director David Petraeus' extramarital affair, a federal judge ruled on Monday. Last year, Tampa socialite Jill Kelley and her husband Scott sued the FBI, the Department of Defense (DOD) and several government officials, saying they willfully leaked damaging and false information about the couple...
Oklahoma trooper jailed on sex assault complaints
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The Oklahoma Highway Patrol says a state trooper has been arrested on complaints of kidnapping, rape and other crimes after three women alleged the officer sexually assaulted them during traffic stops.
Back to school _ even in Texas immigration prison
KARNES CITY, Texas (AP) — In one classroom monitored by security cameras, third and fourth graders read in Spanish from a short story about mice. In another, an algebra teacher reminds high school students to always fully distribute both sides of an equation before solving it.
Media seeks camera coverage of Arias retrial
PHOENIX (AP) — Video footage of Jodi Arias' Sept. 29 penalty phase retrial should be allowed to be broadcast 30 minutes after the end of each day's proceedings to afford the public their constitutional right to witness criminal trials, a media lawyer argued Monday.
Powerful Washington lobbyist Boggs dies at 73
CHEVY CHASE, Md. (AP) — Thomas Hale Boggs Jr., a son of congressional royalty who evolved into a top-tier lobbyist and prolific Democratic fundraiser and embodied what it meant to have Washington clout, died Monday at his home outside Washington, D.C. He was 73.
Urban Outfitters apologizes for Kent State red-splattered sweatshirt
By Kim Palmer CLEVELAND (Reuters) - Teen apparel retailer Urban Outfitters apologized on Monday after criticism for selling a vintage Kent State University sweatshirt that appeared to be splattered with blood-red dye in a look reminiscent of an infamous 1970 campus shooting. Images of the sweatshirt quickly circulated online and drew immediate response from Kent State University and survivors of the 1970 shooting by National Guard soldiers, who said the retailer was exploiting a tragedy for publicity and profit...
Agency urges science demo changes after Reno fire
RENO, Nev. (AP) — A federal agency is calling on museums and schools to change the way they do science demonstrations in light of a fire that injured 13 people, most of them children, earlier this month at a Reno museum.
Three dead in Corpus Christi shooting spree
By Lisa Maria Garza (Reuters) - A 63-year-old man was arrested after three adults were killed and a child was wounded in a shooting spree at a trailer park in Corpus Christi, Texas, police said on Monday. Sammuel Everett Toomey was charged with three counts of capital murder and one count of aggravated assault in connection with the Sunday evening shootings of two women, one man and a 10-year-old boy, according to a news release...