Navy, FBI divers join bridge collapse victim search
MINNEAPOLIS - An elite team of Navy divers joined the search for victims of the interstate bridge collapse Tuesday, bringing to the job lessons learned from such disasters as TWA Flight 800 and the loss of space shuttle Columbia.
The team of 15 divers and a five-member command crew arrived hours before dawn Tuesday, and several divers immediately entered the Mississippi River even though local officials encouraged them to wait until daybreak.
'Two in the morning, they dove into the water,' Minneapolis Police Capt. Mike Martin said, calling them 'the best divers in the world.'
2 men accused in Conn. burglary, slayings make court appearance
NEW HAVEN, Conn. - Two suspects in a burglary and arson that left three people dead and rocked a suburban town last month faced a slew of charges Tuesday in a heavily secured courthouse.
Family members of the victims - the wife and daughters of a prominent doctor, who survived the attack - filled two rows in the packed courtroom. A man was escorted from the courtroom after he yelled 'Killer!' as Joshua Komisarjevsky faced the judge. Otherwise, the brief hearing was quiet.
Komisarjevsky, 26, and Steven Hayes, 44, did not enter pleas and spoke only to answer yes or no questions. Department of Corrections special operations team members wearing fatigues and heavy, black vests kept watch on the two.
Testimony ends in Padilla terror trial
MIAMI - The defense rested its case Tuesday in the trial of Jose Padilla and two other men charged with supporting terrorism, with Padilla's lawyers calling no witnesses or putting on any evidence.
After the defense rested, prosecutors called only one additional witness and then ended their case, earlier than had been anticipated.
The actions, coming on day 53 of the trial, clear the way for closing arguments, likely next week. Jurors could begin deliberations next week as well.
Thousands sign up for emergency alerts at U. Va.
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. - More than 6,400 people have signed up for the University of Virginia's new emergency notification system and the school said Tuesday organizers hope to have 10,000 registered by the end of September.
The system will send text messages, limited to 125 characters, to those who register and also will be displayed on a dozen computer displays throughout campus, which were planned for installation before the April 16 shootings at Virginia Tech.
Motorcyclist earns spot on Michigan sheriff's fame wall
REESE, Mich. - A motorcyclist arrested whizzing through town at 137 mph told police he was just trying to be punctual, authorities said Tuesday.
The 37-year-old claimed he was 'late for work.'
A police officer stopped the biker at 3:35 a.m. about 80 miles northwest of Detroit. Authorities said the man had earned a spot on their bulletin board.
'We have a 'Wall of Fame' here in the report room, and when anybody arrests someone traveling over 100 mph, we mark it down,' Tuscola County Sheriff's Lt. James Giroux said.
Judge: Wrongfully deported man found at border crossing
LOS ANGELES - A U.S. citizen who was wrongly deported in May was found at a border crossing and could be reunited with his family soon, an American Civil Liberties Union spokesman said Tuesday.
Superior Court Judge Carlos Chung ordered Pedro Guzman's release at a hearing Tuesday in Lancaster.
Guzman, 29, was expected to rejoin his family later in the day, according to ACLU Southern California spokesman Michael Soller.
Guzman was jailed on a misdemeanor trespassing violation and deported to Mexico on May 11, according to authorities.
Boyfriend of woman found dead at NYU sought by police
NEW YORK - Authorities want to question the boyfriend of a professor's daughter whose decomposing body was found wrapped in a sheet in the bedroom of a New York University faculty apartment, an investigator said Tuesday.
Two other tenants of the apartment had reported a foul odor coming from the locked bedroom, police said.
The 20-year-old victim, an NYU faculty member's daughter, was identified as Boitumelo McCallum, said a law enforcement official who spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the investigation is still under way.