Police: Gunman surrenders at Nevada Walmart
RENO, Nev. -- A gunman who police said was about to be fired surrendered Friday after shooting three co-workers at a Walmart store in Nevada in a possible retaliation attack, authorities said.
The surrender came after police negotiators spoke for two hours by telephone with 45-year-old John Dennis Gillane as he was holed up in the back of the store.
Gillane was taken into custody and will be charged with three counts of attempted murder, Reno police Lt. Mohammad Rafqat said.
No shots were fired after the three victims, including a manager, were wounded shortly after 8:30 a.m., police said.
Ariz. beheading raises fears of drug violence
CHANDLER, Ariz. -- The gruesome case of a man who was stabbed and beheaded in a suburban Phoenix apartment has police investigating whether the killing is potentially the most extreme example of Mexican drug cartel violence spilling over the border.
Martin Alejandro Cota-Monroy's body was found Oct. 10 in a Chandler apartment -- his severed head a couple feet away. One man suspected in the killing has been arrested, and a manhunt is under way for three others.
Detectives are focused on whether the men belong to a Mexican drug cartel, and they suspect that Cota-Monroy's killing was punishment for stealing drugs.
Airplane lands safely after hole opens in fuselage
DALLAS -- Investigators are looking into what caused a hole to rip open in the fuselage of an airline jet as it cruised at 31,000 feet, causing a loss of cabin air pressure and forcing the pilot to make an emergency landing.
The 1-foot-by-2-foot hole opened in the roof shortly after American Airlines Flight 1640 took off from Miami bound for Boston on Tuesday night.
A man aboard the plane said passengers panicked after oxygen masks were released and the pilot put the jet into a sharp descent.
"It was pretty chaotic and confusing. It just was kind of surreal. We kind of looked at each other when the masks came from the ceiling and thought, 'This is it,'" said Edward Croce, 34, of Braintree, Mass.
Croce tried to send a goodbye text message to his son back home, but his hands were shaking uncontrollably.
The pilot guided the Boeing 757 back to Miami, and none of the 154 passengers and six crew members were injured, according to American.
Mob turncoat is sentenced in NYC to time served
NEW YORK -- Mobster Salvatore Vitale had a hand in at least 11 murders, including that of a fellow gangster in the fallout from the infamous Donnie Brasco case.
But he was spared a life term Friday, sentenced instead to time served after federal prosecutors said the admitted killer deserved a break for delivering a crippling blow to his brethren.
The evidence against the Bonanno organized crime family provided by the 63-year-old turncoat since his arrest in 2003 ''has been devastating to the very Mafia to which he once swore allegiance, and particularly to the Bonanno family,'' prosecutors wrote in court papers.
Vitale admitted to 11 killings between 1976 and 1999. He pleaded guilty in April 2003 to racketeering conspiracy and murder-in-aid of racketeering, and has served nearly eight years behind bars.
Death of gaunt tot ruled homicide; mother charged
NEW YORK -- The death of an emaciated 4-year-old girl found in her New York City home last month has been ruled a homicide.
The city medical examiner's office said Friday that Marchella Pierce died of child abuse syndrome, including acute drug poisoning, blunt impact injuries, malnutrition and dehydration.
Her mother, Carlotta Brett-Pierce, has been charged with assault, endangering the welfare of a child and drug possession. Prosecutors say additional charges could be added.
Wildfires cause evacuation of Colorado homes
BOULDER, Colo. -- Two wildfires burning in Colorado on Friday prompted the evacuations of the homes of 1,700 people as well as more in neighboring foothills where dozens of houses were burned in a blaze last month.
Three subdivisions in the Boulder County foothills were evacuated Friday morning shortly after the wildfires were first reported, and authorities issued emergency phone calls to 181 numbers. Officials later ordered evacuations for a portion of Boulder.