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New Orleans coroner says post-Katrina police shooting was a homicide

New Orleans' coroner has classified the death of a man shot by a police officer in the chaos after Hurricane Katrina as a homicide.

Coroner Jeffrey Rouse made the announcement Wednesday in the case of Henry Glover, whose body had been burned by one police officer after another officer shot him on Sept. 2, 2005.

The immediate legal implications are unclear. Officer David Warren was acquitted by a federal jury after saying he believed Glover was armed when he shot him.

Glover's family has called for state charges in the case. The New Orleans district attorney's office did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

An officer convicted in a separate trial for burning Glover's body is serving a 17-year federal sentence.

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The world's new oldest person: Gertrude Weaver, 116, of Arkansas

On the day Gertrude Weaver is said to have been born, the U.S. had just won a major victory in the Spanish-American War, and you could see a matinee show at the Los Angeles Theater downtown for 25 cents.

On Wednesday, nearly 117 years later, Weaver had her nails painted pink. Though the Arkansas native enjoys her regular manicures, this one was special: At 116, she's now believed to be the oldest person in the world.

“We did a little bit extra today,” said Mary Bennett, who is married to Weaver’s grandson. “She looks so pretty.”

With the death Wednesday morning of 117-year-old Misao Okawa of Osaka, Japan, previously named the world’s oldest living person, the title is expected to move now to Weaver and back to U.S. soil, where it will probably remain for a while. (The second- and third-oldest people in the world, both women, are Jeralean Talley, 115, of Michigan and Susannah Mushatt Jones, also 115, of New York.)

The daughter of Arkansas sharecroppers, Weaver moved to Los Angeles in...

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Mother of children found in Detroit freezer charged with murder, torture

The mother of two Detroit children whose bodies were found in a basement freezer last month was formally charged Wednesday with two counts of murder, prosecutors said.

Mitchelle Angela Blair, 35, has been charged with felony murder, premeditated murder and torture in the deaths of Stoni Ann Blair, 13, and Stephen Gage Berry, 9, according to Wayne County Prosecutor Kym L. Worthy.

A court bailiff discovered the children's bodies while serving an eviction notice at Blair's east Detroit home on March 24. She was arrested a short time later.

Blair's 17-year-old daughter told child services investigators that her mother killed Stephen in August 2012 and Stoni Ann in May 2013, according to a court filing made public by the Michigan Attorney General's Office last week. 

The court filing said that Blair's four children suffered years of abuse at their mother's hands. Blair forced her oldest daughter to place Stoni Ann's body in the freezer, according to the court filing, which also suggested...

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Indiana pizzeria owner: Gays are OK, but I won't cater their weddings

The owner of an Indiana small-town pizzeria that was thrust into the national spotlight after his daughter said they would refuse to cater a same-sex wedding celebration says his family has no problem with gay couples, but he maintained that he would not cater a same-sex wedding.

He fears he may now lose his business over what he considers a simple expression of his beliefs.

Kevin O'Connor, who owns Memories Pizzeria in Walkerton, Ind., with his two children, spoke with the Los Angeles Times on Wednesday, shortly after his daughter's comments to a local television reporter went viral and made his restaurant the latest battleground in the national dispute over Indiana's Religious Freedom Restoration Act. 

Critics have denounced the legislation, calling it an invitation for business owners in the conservative state to discriminate against gays and lesbians. 

Although he supports the legislation, O'Connor told The Times he did not make a public decree that he would not serve same-sex...

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Uber driver tried to burgle Denver home after airport drop-off, police say

An Uber driver in Colorado was arrested Tuesday after he tried to break into the home of a passenger he had dropped off at an airport, Denver police said.

Gerald Montgomery, 51, took the woman to Denver International Airport on Thursday, then returned to her home and “tried to break in through the back door with burglary tools,” said Sonny Jackson, spokesman for the Denver Police Department.

He said the woman’s roommate was home at the time and confronted Montgomery, who fled.

Montgomery was arrested on suspicion of attempted criminal burglary, a felony, Jackson said.

Uber said it took swift action.  

“Upon learning about this incident from our valued rider, we immediately deactivated the driver’s access to the platform, pending a full investigation,” Uber spokesman Taylor Patterson said in an email. “We remain committed to supporting Denver law enforcement in any way we can."

Since Uber's inception, a number of drivers for the popular ride-hailing service have been accused of...

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Missouri GOP aide's suicide adds intrigue to that of his former boss

A suicide note left by a media director for Tom Schweich, the Missouri state auditor who took his own life in February, was released Tuesday at the family’s request in an effort to quell speculation about his death.

Police found the body of Spence Jackson in his Jefferson City, Mo., apartment over the weekend after family members were unable to contact him.

“I’m so sorry, I just cannot take being unemployed again,” Jackson wrote in the suicide note, which was dated Friday.

His death came almost exactly one month after Schweich fatally shot himself. The death of Schweich, a prominent 2016 GOP gubernatorial candidate, stunned many of the state’s top elected officials, leaving the Missouri Republican Party rattled. Jackson’s suicide has only added to the political turmoil.

Jackson, 44, who police said died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head, was still employed by the Missouri auditor’s office. He had called in sick Thursday, the four-week anniversary of his boss’ death, and on...

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