Suspect in Colorado clinic shooting told he faces murder charge
The man accused of killing three people and wounding nine in a shooting rampage at a Planned Parenthood clinic in Colorado Springs was told he faces first-degree murder charges during his first court appearance on Monday. Robert Lewis Dear, 57, appearing by video link from jail, spoke only to tell a judge he understood and had no questions. Police records from North Charleston, South Carolina, showed that Dear was charged with rape there in 1992, although Reuters could not determine in court records how the case was resolved.
Chicago officer, charged with murdering black teen, posts bond
By Mary Wisniewski CHICAGO (Reuters) - A judge on Monday set a $1.5 million bond for a white Chicago police officer charged with murder after a patrol car's dashboard camera video showed him shooting a black teenager 16 times. Officer Jason Van Dyke, who appeared in shackles, must post 10 percent of the total amount. The police union president said after the hearing that union members can help Van Dyke's family meet the amount.
U.S. tightens visa waiver program in wake of Paris attacks
By Roberta Rampton and Mark Hosenball WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The White House announced changes to the U.S. visa waiver program on Monday so that security officials can more closely screen travelers from 38 countries allowed to enter the United States without obtaining visas before they travel. Under the new measures, which were prompted by the Nov. 13 attacks in Paris by Islamic State militants, the Department of Homeland Security would immediately start to collect more information from travelers about past visits to countries such as Syria and Iraq, the White House said.
Good Samaritan dies in car accident less than 24 hours after paying for a stranger's groceries
New Mexico lawmakers address backlog of untested rape kits
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) ? An estimated 5,000 untested rape kits are in New Mexico's crime labs and warehouses, and it could take five years to work through the backlog, state officials said Monday.
2 firefighters, resident injured in Olney garage fire
Ex-frat officer testifies against brothers in pledge's death
STROUDSBURG, Pa. (AP) ? A former Pennsylvania college fraternity president testified that he and four others charged in a pledge's death during a hazing ritual in the Poconos tried to "cover it all up" when they met weeks later.
Kobe Bryant stops at favorite cheesesteak shop, "feels good to be back"
Samsung replaces mobile chief as smartphone lead dwindles
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) ? Samsung is replacing its mobile president at Samsung Electronics for the first time in six years.
Ohio college student killed in skiing accident at Bear Mountain resort