German president: Germanwings crash an 'unbelievable horror'

COLOGNE, Germany (AP) — The Germanwings crash last month was an “unbelievable horror” for the families of those killed, compounded by the apparent senselessness of the co-pilot’s actions in bringing down the plane, German President Joachim Gauck told hundreds of victims’ relatives and dignitaries at a memorial service Friday.

New York jury begins third day of deliberating 1979 Patz murder case

By Natasja Sheriff NEW YORK (Reuters) – Jurors began a third day of deliberations on Friday in the trial of a former New York deli worker accused of murdering 6-year-old Etan Patz, whose 1979 disappearance raised national awareness of missing and abducted children. The jury in state Supreme Court in Manhattan appear to have focused on the confession of Pedro Hernandez, 54, who told police in 2012 that he had

'Drop the death penalty,' say parents of Boston bombing victim

By Scott Malone BOSTON (Reuters) – The parents of the boy who was the youngest to die in the attack on the Boston Marathon asked federal prosecutors to abandon their effort to sentence the bomber to death, in a statement on the front page of the Boston Globe on Friday. Bill and Denise Martin, parents of 8-year-old Martin Richard, instead urged the U.S. Department of Justice to seek a deal

Oklahoma deputy apologizes for fatal shooting, says was trained

An Oklahoma reserve deputy, who fatally shot a man when he said he accidentally grabbed his gun instead of his Taser, apologized to the victim’s family on Friday and said his mistake could have happened to anyone. Volunteer deputy Robert Bates, in an interview on NBC’s “Today” show, also denied a report that he was not properly trained. “I’d like to apologize to the family of Eric Harris,” Bates, who

Paralyzed Olympic champion's 'amazing' road to recovery

You may remember swimmer Amy Van Dyken-Rouen from the 1996 and 2000 Summer Olympics, where she won six gold medals collectively. However, the biggest challenge of Van Dyken-Rouen’s life hasn’t been in a swimming pool. Just 10 months ago, her spinal cord was severed in an all-terrain vehicle accident, leaving her paralyzed from the waist down. Her amazingly positive attitude and a team of dedicated doctors have put her on

Ex-NFL star Hernandez's murder conviction poses legal challenge

By Scott Malone BOSTON (Reuters) – The intense publicity around Wednesday’s conviction of former National Football League star Aaron Hernandez for a 2013 murder will make it more difficult to seat an impartial jury in the next trial he faces, on charges of a 2012 double slaying. The jurors who found the 25-year-old former New England Patriots tight end guilty of murdering 27-year-old Odin Lloyd told reporters on Wednesday that

U.S. fast-food workers mark Tax Day demanding higher wages

By Sebastien Malo NEW YORK (Reuters) – Fast-food workers rallied in U.S. cities on Wednesday to demand higher pay, using the April 15 deadline for filing tax returns to publicize their claim that they cannot survive on the hourly wages paid by many U.S. corporations. The protests demanding pay increases to $15 an hour kicked off at dawn outside a McDonald’s Corp restaurant in New York with several hundred demonstrators.

Eugene awarded 2021 world athletics championships

The United States will stage the world athletics championships for the first time after Eugene was surprisingly named as the 2021 host on Thursday. Eugene, the second largest city in the state of Oregon, lost out to Doha for the right to host the 2019 championships at a secret ballot held in Monaco earlier this year. IAAF President Lamine Diack said the decision to skip the normal bidding process had