Chicago Sun-Times Latest news from the Chicago Sun-Times Online en-us (Editor) Newspapers Chicago Sun-Times 84 34 30 Copyright 2014 <![CDATA[ Defense says bombing suspect’s family key to case ]]> Lead story image

Lawyers for Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev said Wednesday that understanding Tsarnaev’s family is key to their case, offering a glimpse of the defense strategy as they prepare to defend him against charges that carry the possibility of the death penalty. ]]> Wed, 16 Apr 2014 17:12:00 -0500 <![CDATA[ Denver police eye 911 response time after killing ]]> Lead story image

Authorities were investigating Wednesday whether Denver police responded quickly enough to a woman who was fatally shot at least 12 minutes into a 911 call in which she said her husband was hallucinating and asking her to shoot him. ]]> Wed, 16 Apr 2014 17:08:00 -0500 <![CDATA[ Round 2: Court takes up Oklahoma gay-marriage case ]]> Lead story image

Lawyers for a couple challenging Oklahoma’s ban on gay marriage and the clerk who refused to grant them a license head to a federal appeals court Thursday with the rare opportunity to build on arguments the judges heard in a similar case just a week earlier. ]]> Wed, 16 Apr 2014 16:46:00 -0500 <![CDATA[ Experts say video doesn’t show Earhart wreckage ]]>

Experts retained by an aircraft preservation group say underwater video shot in the South Pacific shows no evidence of the wreckage of the missing plane piloted by aviation pioneer Amelia Earhart. ]]> Wed, 16 Apr 2014 16:42:01 -0500 <![CDATA[ US judge overturns 6-week abortion ban ]]> Lead story image

A federal judge on Wednesday overturned a North Dakota law that bans abortions when a fetal heartbeat can be detected, which can be as early as six weeks into pregnancy and before many women know they’re pregnant. ]]> Wed, 16 Apr 2014 16:38:01 -0500 <![CDATA[ Portland plans reservoir flush after teen cited ]]>

Once again, Portland officials are preparing to flush millions of gallons of treated water because a young person urinated into a city reservoir. ]]> Wed, 16 Apr 2014 16:30:00 -0500 <![CDATA[ Death toll in Washington mudslide hits 39 ]]> Lead story image

The death toll from the massive mudslide that hit the Washington town of Oso last month has risen to 39, officials said Wednesday. ]]> Wed, 16 Apr 2014 16:28:00 -0500 <![CDATA[ Boston police investigate 2 backpacks, clear area ]]>

BOSTON (AP) — Police say they’ve taken a man into custody in connection with two unattended backpacks found at the Boston Marathon finish line. Police spokesman Dave Estrada says the backpacks were discovered Tuesday evening, a year after two bombs in backpacks exploded at the end of the marathon and killed three people. The bomb squad is checking the backpacks found Tuesday. Police have cleared the area. Trains are bypassing the nearby Copley Square station. The police department has tweeted asking people to avoid the area. Survivors, first responders and relatives of those killed in last year’s Boston Marathon bombing … ]]> Tue, 15 Apr 2014 19:52:41 -0500 <![CDATA[ Court nixes conviction based on man’s green tongue ]]>

A police officer who stopped a driver for a defective taillight acted unlawfully when he asked to see the man’s tongue, then used its green hue as the basis for a marijuana arrest, the New Hampshire Supreme Court ruled Tuesday. ]]> Tue, 15 Apr 2014 14:04:00 -0500 <![CDATA[ Tributes mark Boston Marathon bombing; man with rice cooker in backpack arrested ]]> Lead story image

Survivors, first responders and family members of those killed came together Tuesday to mark the anniversary of the Boston Marathon bombing with solemn ceremonies. ]]> Wed, 16 Apr 2014 00:47:38 -0500 <![CDATA[ Death toll in Washington mudslide rises to 37 ]]>

One more victim has been recovered from the mudslide that hit the town of Oso, raising the death toll to 37, the Snohomish County medical examiner’s office said Tuesday. The person’s name has not been released. ]]> Tue, 15 Apr 2014 14:00:00 -0500 <![CDATA[ Supremacist faces murder charges in Kansas deaths ]]> Lead story image

Kansas prosecutors filed state-level murder charges Tuesday against the white supremacist accused in shootings that left three people dead at two Jewish community sites in suburban Kansas City. ]]> Tue, 15 Apr 2014 13:44:01 -0500 <![CDATA[ Latest storm breaks snow records in Detroit, Flint ]]> Lead story image

The National Weather Service says Detroit and Flint, Mich., have experienced their snowiest winters on record. ]]> Tue, 15 Apr 2014 13:40:00 -0500 <![CDATA[ DNA, digital X-rays used to ID school remains ]]>

A researcher from the University of South Florida said Tuesday that a team of forensic experts is using DNA, skeletal analysis and digital X-rays to identify the remains from a former reform school on the Panhandle. ]]> Tue, 15 Apr 2014 13:38:00 -0500 <![CDATA[ Arraignment delayed in California killings case ]]> Lead story image

Arraignment has been postponed for two convicted sex offenders accused of raping and killing four women in Southern California. ]]> Tue, 15 Apr 2014 13:34:00 -0500 <![CDATA[ Alleged gunman at Jewish centers in Kan. had no record of violence ]]> Lead story image

OVERLAND PARK, Kan. — Never one to keep his hatred to himself, Frazier Glenn Cross for decades sought out any soapbox to espouse his white-supremacist beliefs, twice running for federal office with campaigns steeped in anti-Semitism. Yet there’s scant evidence the Army veteran and retired trucker with Ku Klux Klan links ever resorted to violence before Sunday, when authorities say he opened fire with a shotgun and pistol outside a Jewish community center and retirement complex near Kansas City. None of the three people killed turned out to be Jewish. ]]> Mon, 14 Apr 2014 17:28:56 -0500