Bells toll in Blacksburg for victims of massacre
BLACKSBURG, Va. - A sea of people clad in maroon and orange, some with heads tearfully bowed, others with arms interlocked, paid tribute Wednesday to the victims who died a year ago in the nation's worst mass shooting in modern history.
The accomplishments of each of the 32 people echoed across the drill field, a litany of what they had done and planned to do before a student gunman killed them in classrooms and a dormitory.
Austin Cloyd had an iron will. Caitlin Hammaren loved playing the violin. Emily Hilscher was a skilled horsewoman. Ryan Clark was a collector of friends. Daniel Alejandro Perez Cueva dreamed of bringing people together and making the world peaceful.
Man at center of ricin case arrested, charged
LAS VEGAS - An unemployed graphic designer who authorities believe was nearly killed by ricin was arrested Wednesday on federal charges that he possessed the deadly toxin as part of an 'exotic idea,' never carried out, to poison his enemies.
Roger Bergendorff, who authorities allege began making ricin a decade ago, was arrested upon his release from the hospital where he had been treated since Feb. 14.
He is charged with possession of a biological toxin and two weapons offenses stemming from materials authorities said were found Feb. 26 and Feb. 28 in his room at an extended-stay motel several blocks off the Las Vegas Strip.
Nearly 300 arrested in immigration raids at poultry plants
IRVING, Texas - More than 290 people have been arrested in immigration and identity theft raids at Pilgrim's Pride poultry plants in five states.
U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials said Wednesday's raids were part of a long-term investigation. The Texas-based company said it cooperated fully and faces no charges.
More than 100 people were arrested on immigration violations in Chattanooga, Tenn., and Moorefield, W.Va.
Forty-five people were arrested in Mount Pleasant, Texas, on charges of false use of Social Security numbers.
Deadlocked jury forces 2nd mistrial in terrorism case
MIAMI - A federal judge declared another mistrial Wednesday against six men accused of plotting to spark an anti-government war by toppling Chicago's Sears Tower and bombing FBI offices.
U.S. District Judge Joan Lenard ordered a mistrial when jurors reported they were deadlocked after 13 days of deliberation in the case of the so-called 'Liberty City Seven.' The first trial ended in a mistrial in December because of a hung jury for the same six defendants and the acquittal of a seventh.
Lenard set an April 23 hearing on whether a third trial would occur.
Ex-Newark mayor, mistress convicted in corruption trial
NEWARK, N.J. - Former Mayor Sharpe James and his ex-mistress were convicted Wednesday of corruption charges centered on her cut-rate purchase of city land.
The verdicts were a stunning rebuke to James, who was mayor of the state's largest city for 20 years and took credit for redevelopment that included a pro hockey arena.
James, 72, was convicted of all five charges he faced, including fraud and conspiracy.
His former girlfriend, Tamika Riley, was convicted of those charges and eight others, including evading taxes and cheating to obtain subsidized housing assistance for herself.
Derbygoers can pay $1,000 for all-Ky. mint julep
LOUISVILLE, Ky. - The priciest cocktail in town on Derby day this year will be made from ingredients found only in Kentucky.
Woodford Reserve is offering only 99 of its $1,000 mint juleps in an online sale that began this week.
It's the third year for the costly cocktail, which in years past has been made with ingredients from far-flung locations like the South Pole, Australia and Africa. This year, the sugar, mint and ice - along with the Woodford Reserve bourbon - all come from Kentucky.
Judge upholds calories-on-menus law in New York City
NEW YORK - New York City health officials won a big victory Wednesday when a federal judge upheld a regulation requiring some chain restaurants to post calories on menus.
U.S. District Judge Richard Holwell rebuffed a challenge from the New York State Restaurant Association, a trade group that argued the rule violates the First Amendment by forcing restaurants to 'convey the government's message regarding the importance of calories.'