Congress honors Martin Luther King
WASHINGTON - Congress marked the 40th anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr.'s death Thursday with tributes by House and Senate leaders and words of remembrance by lawmakers who once worked alongside the civil rights leader.
'Because of the leadership of this man we rose up out of fear and became willing to put our bodies on the line,' said Rep. John Lewis, D-Ga., a companion of King in the civil rights struggles of the 1960s.
Also speaking at ceremonies in the Capitol's Statuary Hall were Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, and House and Senate Republican leaders John Boehner and Mitch McConnell.
Reid noted that after King was assassinated in Memphis on April 4, 1968, his body was not bestowed the honor of lying in the Capitol Rotunda. 'Yet because our country dared to embrace his dream, his statue now stands there permanently, just steps from where we are.'
Police look for man who stole guitar
LEWISTON, Maine - Police are searching for a man accused of shoving an electric guitar in his pants and walking out of a store in Lewiston, Maine.
Police say the theft occurred last week and they're looking for three men. One of the men shoved a Fender Stratocaster in his pants and pulled a sweatshirt over the top. The other two acted as lookouts.
All three can be seen on footage from video surveillance.
Strangely enough, the music shop has seen the method before. A man did the same thing in 2006 but was caught as he tried to walk out.
Lawyer: Suspect in bomb threat was mentally ill
ORLANDO, Fla. - The former Iraq war contractor accused of trying to take bomb components on an airplane had a history of mental illness and was distraught over his mother's 2005 slaying, said a lawyer representing his family in the case.
Kevin Christopher Brown, 32, had been in and out of hospitals before his arrest Tuesday at Orlando International Airport, said H. Charles Johnson, who is representing the family in the murder case. Brown's mother was strangled almost three years ago, Johnson said.
'He was a bit unstable,' Johnson said. 'I think the mother's death would have been on his mind.'
Remains identified as missing mother
HAGERSTOWN, Md. - Human remains found in a crude grave have been identified as those of a Salvadoran immigrant missing since her husband killed their four children and himself more than a year ago, authorities said Thursday.
DNA tests confirmed that the skeletal remains were those of Deysi M. Benitez, Frederick County Sheriff Charles Jenkins said. He said she probably died of asphyxia.
'At this point, all indications are that this was domestic homicide,' Jenkins said.
Woman may need rabies shots after biting pit bull
MINNEAPOLIS - Amy Rice feared for her dog's life when a pit bull jumped over a fence into her yard and attacked her pooch. So she took matters into her own mouth.
Rice says she bit the pit bull on the nose Friday after trying to pull the dog's jaws off her Labrador retriever, Ella. The dog had jumped a fence to get into Rice's northeast Minneapolis yard, and Rice says she feared the pit bull would kill Ella.
'I didn't plan it, that's what happened. I broke the skin and had pit bull blood in my mouth,' said Rice, 38. 'I knew what happened, and I knew that it wasn't good.'
The pit bull was quarantined Wednesday by Minneapolis Animal Control officers while rabies tests were being completed. Rice's doctor will determine whether she needs shots for rabies.
Grand jury indicts cousin of man in ricin mystery
SALT LAKE CITY - The cousin of a man who may have been sickened by the deadly toxin ricin has been accused of failing to report that the substance was being illegally produced.
Thomas Tholen, 54, was indicted by a federal grand jury on the charge of misprision of felony - having knowledge of a crime but failing to report it.
'He knew more than he stated, and he misrepresented what he knew,' U.S. Attorney Brett Tolman said Wednesday.
The manufacture or possession of ricin, a biological agent, is prohibited by federal law.
Tholen's cousin, Roger Bergendorff, summoned an ambulance from his Las Vegas motel room Feb. 14, complaining of respiratory distress. He spent almost four weeks in a coma and has been treated for kidney failure, but it has not been determined if he was sickened by the ricin.