Sharpton calls for inquiry in NYPD assault

NEW YORK - Saying that police brutality is not an issue of color, the Rev. Al Sharpton on Saturday joined the cause of a white man who claims that a group of officers sodomized him with a walkie-talkie.

Sharpton called for a thorough, independent investigation of Michael Mineo's allegation that five officers tackled him in a subway station, then violated him with a radio antenna after his baggy pants either fell down or were pulled off.

Mineo, 24, was hospitalized for four days after the Oct. 15 incident. He was back in the hospital this weekend being treated for what his lawyers said was continued bleeding, problems urinating and severe pain.

'Many of the critics say I only fight for black causes,' Sharpton said at his Harlem headquarters. He dismissed that perception as misinformed, and said it didn't matter to him that Mineo was white and the group of accused officers was racially mixed.

Two arrested in Newark drive-by shootings

NEWARK, N.J. - Two men have been arrested in connection to a series of drive-by shootings believed to have been targeted attacks in which two people were killed and one was wounded.

Newark Police Director Garry McCarthy said the men were arrested in Newark late Friday.

The men were not charged with the killings or shootings but were being held on miscellaneous charges. Police would not specify what those charges were and did not give their names.

The attacks occurred Friday afternoon during a 45-minute period. A 21-year-old man and 24-year-old woman were killed and a 27-year-old man was wounded in one elbow.

NJ teen shot in chest, drives self to hospital

TRENTON, N.J. - Police in Trenton, N.J., say a teenager drove himself to a hospital after being shot in the chest by a masked man.

The teen is expected to survive after undergoing emergency surgery.

Trenton police said the unidentified 19-year-old was shot early Friday as he was walking along a downtown street after parking his car.

Officers said he heard a gunshot and felt a burning sensation in his chest, then jumped into his car and drove to nearby Capital Health System-Fuld Campus hospital.

Police said the shooter is described only as a black man who wore a dark mask.

Police dog shot by friendly fire to be honored

PLYMOUTH MEETING, Pa. - A memorial service will be held for a police dog accidentally killed by friendly fire during a search for bank-robbery suspects in a Philadelphia suburb.

Plymouth Township police said the dog, a German shepherd named Andy, had been let loose to track a suspect Wednesday when an officer from another department joined the search.

Police said Andy saw the officer's gun and bit him. The officer accidentally fired his weapon, and the bullet hit Andy and his handler, Officer Louis Layfield.

Layfield was protected by his bulletproof vest.

Three suspects were later arrested.

Female robber hits three banks in one week

COLUMBUS, Ohio - Police and the FBI said a female robber hit three Ohio banks in one week - a rare short-term streak of robberies and even rarer for a woman criminal.

Authorities said the woman handed a note to a teller at a credit union in the Columbus area Thursday saying she had a gun and wanted a lot of cash.

Investigators said the same woman robbed two banks earlier in the week, both in the Columbus area.

FBI Special Agent Harry Trombitas said three bank robberies by the same person in a week is rare for anyone, male or female.

Bush urges patience with economy

WASHINGTON - Now is not the time for countries to abandon open market policies or make changes that would threaten free enterprise, President Bush said Saturday.

Bush used his weekly radio broadcast to address anxiety about the financial meltdown, which Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan told Congress this week had left him in a 'state of shocked disbelief.'