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By Ian Simpson WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A man accused of killing a Washington businessman, his wife, son and housekeeper held them captive until the executive handed over $40,000, then killed them and set fire to the house, court documents showed on Friday. The suspect, Daron Wint, 34, of Lanham, Maryland, has been charged with first-degree murder while armed in the death of Savvas Savopoulos, 46, the owner of a construction materials company and a Washington social figure. Wint will be arraigned Friday afternoon in District of Columbia Superior Court, a spokesman for the U.S. Attorney's Office said.
A magnitude 5.4 earthquake struck Nevada on Friday close to the small town of Caliente, northeast of the tourist hub of Las Vegas, the U.S. Geological Survey said. It said the epicenter of the quake, which was quite shallow at a depth of only 12 miles (19.4 km), was 24 miles from Caliente, a town of just over 1,000 people, close to the border with Utah. A dispatcher with the Lincoln County Sheriff's Department, near the quake's epicenter, said it had been felt widely across the county, but that there were no immediate reports of damage.
(Reuters) - A federal judge on Thursday reaffirmed her earlier ruling that same-sex couples in Alabama have a right to wed under the Constitution, but she put the ruling on hold until the U.S. Supreme Court issues a landmark decision on gay marriage. U.S. District Judge Callie Granade in January overturned the state's ban on same-sex marriage, in a ruling that went into effect the following month and led probate judges throughout much of the state to begin issuing licenses to the couples. In March, the Alabama Supreme Court ordered probate judges to stop issuing marriage licenses.
A Chicago area woman whose 18-year-old son was killed in an alleged drunk-driving crash after his high-school prom last weekend wore his cap and gown at his graduation in a tribute to him. Along with Dunigan's father, she received a special plaque with his diploma, awards and a graduation ticket. "She got a standing ovation, a lot of tears, a great deal of cheers," said Dwayne Evans, principal of the school in the south Chicago suburb of Calumet City.
Two Southern California men were charged on Friday with conspiring to travel to the Middle East to join the militant group Islamic State, U.S. prosecutors said after one of the men was arrested at the Los Angeles airport. Anaheim residents Muhanad Badawi and Nader Elhuzayel, both 24, were arrested on Thursday, said FBI spokeswoman Laura Eimiller. On May 3, Elhuzayel tweeted his support for an attack by two men who that day attacked an exhibit of caricatures of the Prophet Mohammed in Garland, Texas, and who were shot to death by police, the U.S. Attorney's Office said in a statement.