Etan Patz’s mom testifies about suspect defense hints is real killer


The mother of Etan Patz, a 6-year-old boy who vanished on his way to school more than 35 years ago, retook the witness stand Tuesday in the case of her son’s accused killer as the lengthy trial neared its end and prosecutors began presenting witnesses to rebut the defense’s case.
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Ferguson activists say suspect in police shootings was not a protester


A 20-year-old man has confessed to shooting and wounding two police officers during a demonstration outside the Ferguson Police Department last week, officials said Sunday, but it isn’t clear whether he was aiming at the police or at someone in the crowd of demonstrators over a personal…
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Plight of child abuse suspect Shanesha Taylor tugs at public’s heart


After the single mom was charged with leaving her kids in a hot car during an Arizona job interview, a stranger raised more than $ 100,000 to support her. PHOENIX — Depending on the point of view, Shanesha Taylor is either a negligent mom who deserves being charged with child abuse or an overwhelmed single mother who made a mistake while trying to provide for her children. Nation - latimes.com Read more [...]

Suspect held in Kansas City freeway shootings


The arrest is the biggest development in the case since a series of shootings began last month. None of the attacks has been fatal, but they have puzzled authorities and set motorists on edge. KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Since the bullets began to fly on freeways here, Taylor Stevens has stuck to the back roads. Rikki Rohret keeps her eyes on the overpasses. Behind the wheel, Joe Miller tries not to think about being an anonymous gunman's next victim. Nation - latimes.com Read more [...]

Pennsylvania school stabbing suspect ‘doesn’t fit the mold’


Nobody seems able to explain what might have driven the accused, Alex Hribal, to snap. There's disagreement over whether he was bullied at the Murrysville, Pa., high school.MURRYSVILLE, Pa. — A teenager charged in a high school stabbing rampage "just doesn't fit the mold" of someone who could be harboring such rage, his lawyer said Thursday as the boy's classmates fought to recover from life-threatening wounds and thanked the friends who came to their aid. Nation - latimes.com Read more [...]