Stolen Jesus statue returned to Detroit church
DETROIT - A Detroit woman has found Jesus ... in an alley.
The pastor of a church in the city says its stolen 8-foot Jesus statue was recovered from bushes in an alley about two blocks away.
Patricia Bowers says she notified the church late Wednesday that she had seen the statue the previous day after she had gotten off a bus.
Bowers says she didn't realize the green-hued, plaster statue had been stolen until seeing news reports Tuesday night.
The Rev. Barry Randolph says the only damage to the statue is a broken hand. The cross it was attached to suffered major damage.
Mass. senator not seeking re-election amid sex case
BOSTON - A state senator accused of attempting to grope one woman and of making lewd comments to another said Thursday he would not seek re-election in the fall.
James Marzilli's staff 'will continue to respond to the needs of constituents within the district' until his term expires in January, the Democrat said in a statement.
Marzilli wrote that he and his wife 'ask for your continued good wishes and support during this very difficult time.'
The lawmaker was arrested Tuesday after a woman told police he approached her while she was sitting on a park bench and tried to grab her crotch.
Air Force leaders ousted in shake-up
WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Robert Gates ousted the Air Force's top military and civilian leaders Thursday, holding them to account in a historic Pentagon shake-up after embarrassing nuclear mix-ups.
Gates announced at a news conference that he had accepted the resignations of Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Michael Moseley and Air Force Secretary Michael Wynne - a highly unusual double firing.
Gates said his decision was based mainly on the damning conclusions of an internal report on the mistaken shipment to Taiwan of four Air Force electrical fuses for ballistic missile warheads.
3 bodies found on Wyo. reservation were teen girls
CHEYENNE, Wyo. - A coroner says the three people found dead on an Indian reservation were teenage girls.
The bodies were found in a Wind River Indian Reservation home Wednesday morning. The girls were ages 13, 14 and 15, but their identities have not been released.
Fremont County Coroner Ed McAuslan said Thursday that authorities aren't yet releasing information on the causes of death. He wouldn't say whether there was any trauma to the bodies or other signs of foul play.
The FBI and Bureau of Indian Affairs police are investigating.
'All-out manhunt' on for suspected killer in Tenn.
MONTEAGLE, Tenn. - A deputy just two weeks out of law enforcement training was shot to death and another officer was wounded Thursday as they tried take a suspect into custody on a probation violation warrant. The suspect was still at large.
Federal, state and local authorities launched an 'all-out manhunt' for 29-year-old tattoo artist Kermit Bryson.
Officers had been looking for Bryson for six to eight months when they found him about 3 a.m. Thursday at a mobile home in Monteagle, a town of 1,200 people along Interstate 24 about 35 miles northwest of Chattanooga.
Video shows bystanders ignoring victim
HARTFORD, Conn. - A 78-year-old man is tossed like a rag doll by a hit-and-run driver and lies motionless on a busy city street as car after car goes by. Pedestrians gawk but appear to do nothing. One driver stops briefly but then pulls back into traffic. A man on a scooter slowly circles the victim before zipping away.
The chilling scene - captured on video by a streetlight surveillance camera - has touched off a round of soul-searching in Hartford, with the capital city's biggest newspaper blaring 'SO INHUMANE' on the front page and the police chief lamenting: 'We no longer have a moral compass.'
Spacewalking astronauts toil outside lab
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. - Spacewalking astronauts worked on the outside of Japan's shiny new science lab Thursday, installing cameras and removing covers.
Dressed head to toe in white, Michael Fossum and Ronald Garan Jr. looked like puffy dolls against the 37-foot-long, 14-foot-wide lab, which is now the biggest room at the international space station.
It was their second spacewalk in three days at the shuttle-station complex, orbiting 210 miles above Earth.