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Arizona
Man arrested after firing fake gun in Tombstone

TOMBSTONE, Ariz. (AP) - A man who shot several rounds from a prop gun outside a saloon in the historic Arizona town of Tombstone faces disorderly conduct and other charges.

Tombstone Marshal John Houston says the man was in the Dragoon Saloon early Tuesday when he got into a fight with his girlfriend. He broke a pool cue, then went outside, pulled out a prop 9 mm pistol and began firing into the air.

His friends confronted him, not knowing the gun was fake, and the man stormed off.

Houston says deputy marshals, Cochise County sheriff's deputies and federal Border Patrol agents tracked down and arrested the man.

Authorities say 30-year-old Monte Ross of Tombstone has been booked into jail on suspicion of aggravated assault and being an ex-convict in possession of a weapon.

Washington
Suspect in 1996 Khobar Towers bombing arrested

WASHINGTON (AP) - A man suspected in the 1996 bombing of the Khobar Towers residence at a U.S. military base in Saudi Arabia has been captured, a U.S. official said Wednesday.

Ahmed al-Mughassil, described by the FBI in 2001 as the head of the military wing of Saudi Hezbollah, is suspected of leading the attack that killed 19 U.S. service personnel and wounded almost 500 people. The June 25, 1996, bombing at Khobar Towers, a military housing complex, was the deadliest such attack targeting U.S. forces since the 1983 bombing of the U.S. Marines' barracks in Beirut that killed 241 American servicemen.

Saudi paper Asharq Alawsat, which first reported the development, said he was arrested in Beirut and transferred to Riyadh.

Al-Mughassil, also known as Abu Omran, is one of 13 people named in a 2001 indictment in Alexandria, Virginia, in connection with the bombing. Charges include murder of federal employees and bombing resulting in death. None of the 13 has yet been brought to court to face charges, according to court documents.

The lead prosecutor listed in court records from 2001 is James Comey, now the FBI director.

In the Khobar attack, militants parked a fuel trailer truck just outside the shallow perimeter of the apartment complex, 85 feet away from one of the eight-story buildings. The blast demolished one side of the building, leaving a massive crater.

A U.S. federal grand jury indictment named 13 Saudis and one Lebanese man in connection with the bombing, saying they were part of the Saudi Hezbollah extremist group.

The 2001 indictment placed heavy blame on Iran for nurturing the attack but stopped short of mentioning any Iranians by name or linking them directly to Khobar. However, in 2006, U.S. District Judge Royce C. Lamberth ruled the Iranian government financed the bombing, ordering it to pay $254 million to the attack's victims. Iran repeatedly has denied being involved.

Massachusetts
Cops: Suspect tried to collect reward for tip

LOWELL, Mass. (AP) - Prosecutors say a Massachusetts man suspected of assaulting a woman went into a police station to try to collect a reward for offering a tip on the crime.

Middlesex District Attorney Marian Ryan's office says 31-year-old Kevin Suarez was arraigned Monday on charges of assault with intent to rape, and other offenses.

Police say the 18-year-old woman was walking in Lowell early Sunday when Suarez grabbed her from behind.

Police say the Methuen man repeatedly assaulted her before someone confronted him and interrupted the attack.

Capt. Timothy Crowley says Suarez walked into a station Monday to give a tip about the assault and receive a reward. He was arrested after questioning.

He is due in court Aug. 31 for a dangerousness hearing. His attorney couldn't immediately be reached for comment.

Massachusetts
Lawyers to appeal ruling in slaying of teacher

SALEM, Mass. (AP) - A lawyer for a Massachusetts teen charged with killing his high school math teacher is refusing to comply with a judge's order to turn over to the prosecution raw data of psychological testing performed on the suspect.

Sixteen-year-old Philip Chism is charged with murder as an adult in the October 2013 slaying of Danvers High School teacher Colleen Ritzer. Chism was 14 at the time.

Prosecutors have filed a motion to compel the defense to turn over the materials to state experts so they know which tests were given and can begin their own testing. The judge had ordered that the materials be turned over.

The Salem News reports that Chism's defense lawyer said in court Tuesday she is appealing the judge's order.

Chism's trial is scheduled to start Oct. 7.

New York
Copper heiress estate loses battle over $4M

NEW YORK (AP) - The estate of a copper heiress has lost a battle to recover over $4 million in donations she gave a New York City hospital where she lived for two decades.

A Manhattan Surrogate Court judge ruled the statute of limitations had expired to argue that the hospital had manipulated Huguette Clark into donating.

A Mount Sinai Beth Israel lawyer told The New York Times it was gratified by the dismissal.

Clark died at 104. Her father was Montana copper baron and U.S. Sen. William A. Clark, who founded Las Vegas. She had elected to spend her last 20 years in a hospital despite homes in three states.

The city's public administrator, which controls the estate, said in court papers that Clark suffered from mental illness and was easily manipulated.

Louisiana
Sentencing date set in burned body case

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - A former New Orleans police officer convicted for burning the body of a man shot to death by another officer after Hurricane Katrina will learn in November whether he will get a reduction in his 17-year sentence.

Gregory McRae must be re-sentenced because one of the charges on which he was convicted was tossed out in July by a federal appeals court. Two convictions were upheld.

A Nov. 12 sentencing date was set on Tuesday.

McRae burned a car containing the body of Henry Glover. Glover had been shot by Officer David Warren as police guarded a strip mall four days after Katrina flooded New Orleans in 2005.

Warren eventually was acquitted after testifying that he thought he saw a gun in Glover's hand as Glover ran toward the building.

Published: Thu, Aug 27, 2015

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