Man falls to his death from Los Angeles port crane after police standoff

Man falls to his death from Los Angeles port crane after police standoffA man fell to his death on Wednesday at the Port of Los Angeles after he led police on a chase before he climbed a crane where he stripped, danced and did acrobatics during a hours-long standoff, local media reported. Police began chasing a SUV that was reported stolen near the Los Angeles suburb of Mid-City at about 3:50 p.m. and then through Long Beach and into the Wilmington neighborhood, an local ABC news affiliate reported. The driver bailed from the vehicle at the Port of Los Angeles and then climbed a crane.

Virginia rally victim's message 'magnified,' mother tells memorial

Virginia rally victim's message 'magnified,' mother tells memorialWith tears and defiant tributes, hundreds of purple-clad people packed an historic Charlottesville theater on Wednesday to remember the 32-year-old woman killed when a suspected white nationalist crashed his car into anti-racist demonstrators. Heather Heyer, a paralegal whom colleagues said was devoted to social justice, was killed after clashes on Saturday between white nationalists attending a “Unite the Right” gathering and counter-protesters. You just magnified her,” Heyer’s mother Susan Bro said to long and loud applause from those gathered at the city’s 1930s-era Paramount Theater.

Truck driver formally indicted for 10 immigrant deaths in Texas

Truck driver formally indicted for 10 immigrant deaths in TexasA truck driver accused of smuggling immigrants inside a packed and sweltering tractor-trailer through Texas, 10 of whom died, was formally indicted by a federal grand jury on Wednesday on charges that can carry the death penalty, prosecutors said. James Bradley Jr., 60, was given a five-count indictment that included charges of transportation of undocumented aliens resulting in death and conspiracy to transport aliens resulting in death. If convicted on these charges, he could face up to life in prison or death, the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Western District of Texas said.

Possession of small amounts of narcotics now minor offense in Oregon

Possession of small amounts of narcotics now minor offense in OregonThe bill, passed by the state legislature last month and signed into law on Tuesday, reduces to a misdemeanor offense the possession of small quantities of drugs that an individual has for personal use. Oregon joins at least nine other states that have reduced penalties or the class of offenses for possession of non-marijuana drugs, according to data compiled by the National Conference of State Legislatures. Oregon already allows the use of both medical and recreational marijuana.

Violence prompts U.S. Congress to discuss militant threats

Violence prompts U.S. Congress to discuss militant threatsA U.S. congressional panel next month will hold a hearing on violent extremism, including threats from domestic militants, following a white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, that turned deadly. The chairman of the U.S. House of Representatives Homeland Security Committee, Republican Michael McCaul, announced the Sept. 12 hearing in a letter to the panel’s top Democrat, Bennie Thompson. The committee holds a hearing once a year, around the anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks, to discuss worldwide threats.

Violence prompts U.S. Congress review of militants

Violence prompts U.S. Congress review of militantsViolent extremism, including threats from domestic militants, will top the agenda at a Sept. 12 U.S. congressional hearing, following a white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, that turned deadly. The U.S. House of Representatives Homeland Security Committee chairman, Republican Michael McCaul, announced the hearing in a letter to the panel’s top Democrat, Bennie Thompson. The committee once a year meets to discuss militant threats, with the focus usually on abroad, but a committee aide said the Charlottesville protests had raised interest in domestic threats.

Maryland judge reaffirms life sentences for D.C. sniper Malvo

Maryland judge reaffirms life sentences for D.C. sniper MalvoSix life sentences for a man convicted in a deadly Washington area sniper spree when he was 17 have been allowed to stand after a Maryland judge found that he had not been given mandatory life terms, which the U.S. Supreme court has ruled unconstitutional for juveniles. Lee Boyd Malvo, now 32, was one of two men found guilty in the 2002 shootings that left 10 people dead and three others wounded. Malvo has appealed his sentences in Maryland and in Virginia, where he is serving three life terms.

New York Times editor testifies in Sarah Palin's defamation lawsuit

New York Times editor testifies in Sarah Palin's defamation lawsuitJames Bennet testified at a hearing before U.S. District Judge Jed Rakoff in a Manhattan federal court that he meant to link Palin to an “overall climate” of incitement to political violence, but not to say she caused the shooting. Palin, the former Alaska governor who was Republican presidential candidate John McCain’s running mate in an unsuccessful 2008 campaign, is seeking in excess of $75,000 for compensatory, special and punitive damages.