Times Square driver tried to ‘kill them all’
A man charged with slamming his speeding car into pedestrians in Times Square, killing a teenager and injuring nearly two dozen people, said he wanted to “kill them all” and police should have shot him to stop him, a prosecutor said. Richard Rojas, 26, also said he had smoked marijuana laced with PCP sometime before plowing into frightened tourists, according to a criminal complaint. Officials are awaiting toxicology results. Rojas appeared subdued during a court appearance where prosecutors detailed murder and attempted murder charges.
Cop acquitted in man’s death to return to duty
A white Oklahoma police officer acquitted in the killing of an unarmed black man last year will be allowed to return to the force — although she won’t be allowed on patrol, Tulsa’s police chief said. Betty Jo Shelby has been on unpaid leave since being charged Sept. 22 with first-degree manslaughter in the shooting of 40-year-old Terence Crutcher.
Police arrest 27 at a gay men’s gathering
Police in Bangladesh raided a monthly gathering of gay men at a community center on the outskirts of Dhaka and arrested 27 men on suspicion of drug-related offenses, officials said. The men, mostly college and graduate students in their 20s, were found with drugs, condoms and lubricant, but because they were not observed to be engaging in sex, police did not charge them with homosexuality, which is a crime in Bangladesh. Police also arrested the owner of the community center.
Terrorism suspect won’t take the stand
The first CIA captive subjected to harsh interrogation after the Sept. 11 attacks did not testify about conditions inside the Guantanamo Bay detention center after a late-night discussion with his lawyers, who did not want him to take the stand. It would have been the first time terror suspect Zayne Abu Zubaydah had spoken publicly since he was captured in 2002. He has never been charged. In August 2003, he was subjected to 83 rounds of waterboarding, an interrogation practice that simulates drowning.
Fighter jets flew too close to U.S. aircraft
Two Chinese fighter jets flew too fast and too close to a U.S. military aircraft patrolling the East China Sea, prompting a formal protest to the Chinese government, the U.S. Air Force said. The incident involved a U.S. WC-135 Constant Phoenix aircraft and two Chinese SU-30 jets that both flew in an “unprofessional” and dangerously close way, according to a spokeswoman for the Pacific Air Forces. The “speeds and proximity” of the two Chinese planes, coupled with the “maneuvers” of one of the pilots, raised the concerns, she said.
Russia condemns U.S. strike on convoy
Russian and Syrian officials on Friday strongly condemned a U.S. airstrike on pro-Syrian government forces in southern Syria a day earlier, calling it an act of aggression and rejecting the United States’ justification for the attack. “It is illegitimate, it is unlawful,” Russia’s foreign minister, Sergei Lavrov, said. After the airstrike, which U.S. officials said was defensive in nature, Pentagon officials said they were working with Russia to prevent similar ground incidents in the future, much as the two countries have done for months to avoid accidents in the skies over Syria.