A judge has ordered a 23-year-old El Paso man to spend 18 months in a state jail facility for urinating on the Alamo. Daniel Athens had pleaded guilty to felony criminal mischief in February in exchange for a deal that capped his possible punishment at 18 months. The San Antonio Express-News reports that Athens was also ordered to pay $4,000 in restitution -- the cost of repairing the damage done to the facade of the 250-year-old building.
The sentence is in for Italy's former center-right prime minister Silvio Berlusconi in his tax fraud conviction: He must visit a center for the elderly at least once a week, a court has ruled. The 77-year-old media magnate — who left office dogged by a host of corruption and sex scandals — also will not be allowed to leave the region he lives in, except for twice-weekly trips to Rome. It's not immediately clear if he'll be able to campaign for his party ahead of elections next month.
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Survivors of last year's Boston Marathon bombings spoke at a tribute at the Hynes Convention Center, NECN reported. More than 2,000 people attended the event Tuesday, where several survivors spoke. "We should have never met this way, but we are so grateful for each other," said Patrick Downes, who lost his lower left leg in the bombing. "We have shared our despair, sense of loss and challenges, as well as our hope, gratitude and triumphs."
A shortage of whitefish in the Great Lakes region resulting partly from the winter deep freeze is coming at an inconvenient time for Jewish families: the Passover holiday, when demand is high because it's a key ingredient in the traditional recipe for gefilte fish.
Authorities searching a man passing through John F. Kennedy International Airport found nearly two pounds of heroin -- worth more than $70,000 on the street -- in his underwear. Bernard Charles, a Trinidad and Tobago citizen, was arrested and turned over to Homeland Security Investigations following the April 1 incident. He had traveled to JFK from Port of Spain, Trinidad, authorities said.
The government in Kiev is amassing Ukrainian military units and special forces in the country's eastern region as part of an anti-terror operation against pro-Russia separatists, NBC News reported. Ukraine's interim president, Oleksander Turchinov, said on Tuesday that Ukrainian forces had retaken control
of the Karamatorsk airfield. Heavy gunfire was heard in the area, although no deaths have been confirmed. Separatists continue to defy orders by Turchinov to leave the country's east or surrender, sparking fears that violent clashes between the two sides could escalate. Russian President Vladimir Putin told U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in a phone call on Tuesday that he expects the U.N. to condemn Ukraine's use of force
, calling its actions "anti-constitutional."
The City of Detroit has made a deal on pension cuts for retired police officers and firefighters, NBC News reported. The move should help the struggling city, which received more good news Friday when a U.S. Bankruptcy Court judge approved the city's attempt at settling expensive interest-rate swap agreements with investment banks UBS and Bank of America. Detroit filed for bankruptcy last July, making it the largest U.S. municipality in history to become insolvent.
Oscar Pistorius said Tuesday he was so "overcome with sadness" that he didn’t scream after discovering girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp dying after firing shots through a bathroom door, NBC News reported. After questioning Pistorius on his reaction to Steenkamp's body, prosecutor Gerrie Nel said that the position of her jeans, which were found inside out on the bathroom floor, suggested she removed them quickly during an argument. Nel also said Pistorius’ version of events was “not only untruthful but it’s so improbable that it cannot be reasonable.”
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Five people in their late teens and early twenties were fatally stabbed early Tuesday at a backyard house party to mark the final day of classes at the University of Calgary in Canada, NBC News reported. Police detained a suspect in his early 20s near the property.
A Chicago man didn’t want to pay the 22-cent tax on his $1.79 two-liter of Pepsi this weekend, so he pulled a .22-caliber semi-automatic handgun out of his Gucci satchel in the convenience store where they tried to make him pay it and threatened to kill everyone there, authorities said. This “is my neighborhood, I’m tax-exempt!” he would later allegedly tell the cops, the Chicago Sun-Times reported. “Man, you know what, I’ll keep it real. I had to put them in their place.”
The first "blood moon," or lunar eclipse, of 2014 lit up the sky early...
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Could low blood sugar make you so "hangry" you'd be more prone to abusing your spouse? That's what a new study tried to find out. Its methodology: Monitoring married couples' blood sugar levels, asking the couples to stick pins in voodoo dolls representing their spouses and making them play a game that involved blasting obnoxious noises into each other's ears. "Low glucose levels might be one factor that contributes to intimate partner violence," the study's authors wrote of their findings.
Police seized a wooden block knife holder with two knives missing from the home of the Pennsylvania high school stabbing suspect, an affidavit released Monday revealed. Alex Hribal, 16, was allegedly holding two knives in the attack at a suburban Pittsburgh high school. The affidavit of probable cause also said that Hribal made threats against two students the night before 21 students and a security guard were stabbed.
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A Bible that has been part of ceremonies at a Southern California Elks Lodge for more than 100 years was saved from a fire early Tuesday at the iconic building.
A male western Pennsylvania police officer has been dressing as an Amish woman -- along with a female officer from a neighboring department -- hoping to scare off a man suspected of exposing himself to Amish children.