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WASHINGTON (AP) — The FBI director says investigators believe the couple who carried out the San Bernardino shootings had discussed jihad and martyrdom as early as 2013, a year before they got married. James Comey tells the Senate Judiciary Committee that the two were clearly inspired by a foreign terror organization, but investigators don't know whether their online courtship was arranged by such a group or developed naturally on its own.
BALTIMORE (AP) — A Baltimore police officer charged with manslaughter in the death of Freddie Gray says Gray showed no physical signs of injury while riding in a police van and gave no reason to call for a medic. Taking the stand in his own defense, William Porter was questioned about the van stop where prosecutors say Gray suffered a spinal injury that eventually killed him. Asked whether Gray said he couldn't breathe, Porter replied, "absolutely not."
CENTRAL ISLIP, N.Y. (AP) — A former New York police chief has been arrested on charges he attacked a man suspected of breaking into the officer's SUV and stealing a duffel bag. James Burke was arrested by the FBI and federal agents at his Long Island home early today. Prosecutors have charged him with violating a man's rights by assaulting him and conspiring to cover up the incident. Burke led the Suffolk County Police Department until his resignation in October.
ROCHESTER HILLS, Mich. (AP) — A woman described as a "sharpshooter" has been sentenced to 18 months of probation for firing a gun at a getaway car as suspected shoplifters fled a Home Depot in suburban Detroit. Tatiana Duva-Rodriguez said she heard a scream and feared the incident was worse than a theft. She told the judge she "made a decision in a split second" while trying to help. Her gunfire flattened a tire on the getaway SUV on Oct. 6 at a Home Depot in Auburn Hills. No one was hurt.
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama says the 13th Amendment's abolishment of slavery was freedom for all. The president joined congressional leaders on Capitol Hill today to mark the 150th anniversary of the ratification of the amendment to the Constitution. Obama said slavery shaped the nation's politics and nearly tore it apart in the Civil War. He says the scars are still with Americans today.
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