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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.


Man under evaluation for alleged gun threat at L.A. Times building

By Brendan O'Brien (Reuters) - A man who allegedly threatened to open fire in the building that houses the Los Angeles Times' headquarters was being held in custody for a mental evaluation, police said on Saturday.


Miss America defends student suspended for asking her to prom

By Chris Francescani NEW YORK (Reuters) - Miss America has suggested officials at a Pennsylvania high school reconsider their decision to suspend a student for approaching her at a school assembly and asking her to be his prom date, the beauty queen said on Saturday. The disciplinary action taken by school administrators in York against the 18-year-old senior made national headlines, and generated sympathy for the young man on social media. A video of Central York High School senior Patrick Farves approaching 2014 Miss America Nina Davuluri on Thursday at a school assembly was posted on a local newspaper's website. It shows Farves walking up to Davuluri bearing a plastic flower and ask her to his prom, as the crowd of students erupts in laughter and cheers.


San Francisco probe leading to entrapment claims

FILE - In this Aug. 6, 2006 file photo, Raymond "Shrimp Boy" Chow smiles after being sworn in as the "Dragon Head" of the Chee Kung Tong in Chinatown in San Francisco. Chow, a central figure in a sweeping San Francisco organized crime and public corruption case, pleaded not guilty. The FBI spent many millions of dollars and used more than a dozen undercover operatives posing as honest businessmen and Mafia figures alike during its seven year organized crime investigation centered in San Francisco?s Chinatown. Now, an increasing number of the defendants caught up in the probe that has ensnared a state senator and an aide are arguing that the FBI and its undercover agents are guilty of entrapment, luring otherwise honest people to go along with criminal schemes hatched by federal officials. (AP Photo/Sing Tao Daily, File)SAN FRANCISCO (AP) ? The FBI used millions of dollars, liquor and cigarettes seized in other cases and more than a dozen undercover operatives in an elaborate, seven-year sting operation targeting a San Francisco Chinatown association thought to be a front for a notorious organized crime syndicate.



Man detained after threats at LA Times building

LOS ANGELES (AP) ? A man suspected of making threatening statements about a shooting and forcing the lockdown of the Los Angeles Times building was being held Saturday for a mental health evaluation, police said.


Hate crime charge in NYC attack on Sikh professor

NEW YORK (AP) ? A man accused of pulling the beard of a Sikh professor in an attack where young men called the professor "Osama" and a "terrorist" has been arrested and charged with a hate crime, police in New York City said Saturday.


Hate crime charge in NY attack on Sikh professor

NEW YORK (AP) ? A man accused of pulling the beard of a Sikh professor before a group of young men who had called the professor "Osama" and a "terrorist" attacked him, has been arrested and charged with a hate crime, police said Saturday.


Man detained after LA Times building lockdown

LOS ANGELES (AP) ? Police say a man who allegedly made threatening statements, forcing the lockdown of the Los Angeles Times building, is being held for a mental health evaluation.


Body found by highway is missing Massachusetts boy

Massachusetts State Police stand along Interstate 190 where police said a child's body was found Friday, April 18, 2014, near Sterling, Mass. Worcester County District Attorney Joseph Early Jr., said the body has not been positively identified as Jeremiah Oliver, of Fitchburg, but that the height and weight of the body was consistent with Oliver's size. Jeremiah Oliver was last seen by relatives in September 2013 but wasn't reported missing until December. His mother Elsa Oliver and her boyfriend Alberto Sierra are both charged in the case. (AP Photo/Worcester Telegram & Gazette, Tom Rettig)WORCESTER, Mass. (AP) ? The body of a small boy apparently cast off the side of a highway has been confirmed as a missing 5-year-old, authorities said Saturday.



Accident caused Tennessee ammunition plant blast, U.S. agency says

By Tim Ghianni NASHVILLE (Reuters) - An explosion at a central Tennessee ammunition plant that killed one man and injured three other people this week resulted from an industrial accident, a federal official said on Saturday. The blast on Wednesday at Rio Ammunition plant in McEwen occurred in an area of the plant that fed smokeless powder into a hopper, said Michael Knight, spokesman for the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF). ATF investigators have deemed the incident as non-criminal in nature and called it "an industrial accidental explosion," Knight said. One man died on Wednesday after being airlifted to Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville, which is about 50 miles east of McEwen.