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Memorial held for policeman slain after Boston Marathon bombing

By Daniel Lovering CAMBRIDGE, Massachusetts (Reuters) - More than 1,600 people gathered at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology on Friday for a memorial service for a popular campus police officer shot to death a year ago in the aftermath of the Boston Marathon bombing. MIT police officer Sean Collier, 27, was shot multiple times in his car in an apparent confrontation with the bombing suspects days after the blast, which left three people dead and more than 260 injured when two homemade bombs exploded near the race's finish line. Collier was killed in an unsuccessful attempt to steal his gun, authorities said. Police officers, government officials, students and faculty joined members of Collier's family at the outdoor service under a tent a short distance from where Collier was killed, a place marked by a temporary memorial planted with flowers.


Suspect in Kansas City highway shootings faces 18 felony counts

Mohammed Pedro Whitaker is seen in an undated photo released by the Kansas City Police Department in Kansas City, MissouriBy Kevin Murphy KANSAS CITY, Missouri (Reuters) - A man who went on a weeks-long shooting spree on Kansas City, Missouri, highways has been charged with 18 felony counts, including firing into vehicles and striking occupants, prosecutors said on Friday. Mohammed P. Whitaker, 27, who was arrested on Thursday at his home, is believed to have acted alone in the string of shootings, said Jackson County Prosecutor Jean Peters Baker. In a series of seemingly random attacks that left the Kansas City area on edge, Whitaker is accused of opening fire at cars in a dozen incidents on highways in and around Kansas City, 11 of them from March 18 to April 6. Armed with a .380 caliber handgun, Whitaker appears to have opened fire from his own vehicle by positioning it in the blind spots of his targets, prosecutors said.



Security threat reported on Detroit-Denver Delta flight

(Reuters) - A Delta Airlines flight that landed at a Denver airport was directed to a remote airfield location after an unspecified "potential Security threat" and passengers were ushered off the plane and were being interviewed by authorities, officials said. Delta Airlines flight 1500, a Boeing 737 with 151 passengers and six crew members on board, landed roughly on time at Denver International Airport from Detroit Metropolitan Airport at about 4:40 p.m. Mountain Time, airline spokesman Russell Cason said. The airport said on its Twitter feed that the precautions were taken "due to potential security threat." (Reporting by Eric M. Johnson in Seattle;


Plane spotted in Iran is registered to Utah bank

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) ? An airplane that mysteriously ended up in Iran is registered to a Utah bank under an arrangement for aviation ownership that has prompted two warnings from a government watchdog in the past year.


California farmers to get more water

Cattle graze in the Sites Valley, the location of a proposed reservoir, near Maxwell, Calif. Democratic Rep. John Garamendi and Republican Rep. Doug LaMalfa have proposed legislation for a federal study of the costs of building the Sites Reservoir in the valley that is about an hour's drive north of Sacramento. California's drought has sparked a new push by federal lawmakers to create or expand a handful of reservoirs around the state.(AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)FRESNO, Calif. (AP) ? Drought-stricken California farmers and cities are set to get more water as state and federal officials ease cutbacks due to recent rain and snow, officials announced on Friday.



UN says 58 killed in attack on UN base in SSudan

UNITED NATIONS (AP) ? An attack on a U.N. peacekeeping base in South Sudan where some 5,000 members of an ethnic minority had sought shelter killed 58 people and injured about 100 others, a U.N. official said Friday.


US senator: Metro-North fined $552,000 past decade

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) ? Metro-North, the nation's second-largest commuter railroad, has been fined $552,000 over the past decade for safety violations and defects, U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal said Friday.


Autopsy: Border Patrol agent shot man twice

SAN DIEGO (AP) ? A Mexican man who was killed by a U.S. Border Patrol agent in a remote mountainous area was shot twice in the chest after allegedly pelting the agent with rocks, according to an autopsy report released Friday.


Dutch man's case linked to Amanda Todd

Carol Todd fights back tears as she listens during a Royal Canadian Mounted Police news conference in Surrey, British Columbia, on Thursday, April 17, 2014. A 35-year-old man alleged to be involved with the online extortion of Todd's 15-year-old daughter, who committed suicide in 2012, has been arrested in the Netherlands. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Darryl Dyck)VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) ? Canadian police confirmed an arrest has been made in the Netherlands in the case of a Canadian teenager who was blackmailed into exposing herself in front of a webcam. The 15-year-old later committed suicide after detailing her harassment on a YouTube video watched by millions around the world.



Officials probe potential threat on Delta flight

DENVER (AP) ? Officials say a Delta Air Lines plane on a flight from Detroit to Denver reported an unspecified potential security threat and taxied to a remote area after landing safely at Denver International Airport.