No credible threat to schools, police say
Police who investigated threats to hurt students and teachers at schools in the state's second largest district concluded Monday that they weren't credible and that schools will reopen Tuesday. The threats to the Nashua school district were made by e-mail to an administrator Sunday and were specific enough for officials to shut down all the public schools.
Baltimore cop will be retried next June
A Baltimore police officer will not be retried until June 13 on four charges including manslaughter in the death of Freddie Gray, a 25-year-old black man who died in April of a spinal cord injury that prosecutors say he suffered in police custody. The decision apparently eliminates the possibility that the officer will testify against other officers charged in the death. Officer William G. Porter's trial last week ended in a hung jury.
Poachers kill elephants at an alarming rate
The slaughter of elephants in Cameroon has reached "disturbing proportions," a wildlife official said after poachers killed 20 endangered forest elephants in Cameroon in the past week. The elephants were killed between Dec. 14 and 19 in the forests of southeast Cameroon, said Nicolas Tamaffo Nguel, an official at the Forestry and Wildlife Department in east Cameroon. The government sent its military to protect national parks in the north after nearly 2,000 elephants were lost to poachers between 2012 and 2013.
Rapist will not have sentence extended
A day after a man convicted as a minor in a brutal 2012 gang rape and murder in New Delhi was released from detention, India's Supreme Court rejected appeals to extend his sentence in a case that has sparked a passionate debate over juvenile justice. The man, who was shy of his 18th birthday when convicted, was released Sunday after completing a three-year term in a reform home, the maximum sentence allowed under Indian law. On Monday, India's highest court dismissed a petition filed by the Delhi Commission of Women, a government body, arguing that the man should be returned to custody.
E.U. extends Russian sanctions for 6 months
The European Union extended sanctions against Russia for six months, achieving unity among 28 member nations despite rising divisions over how long to press a major trading partner on its annexation of Crimea and fueling of a separatist war in Ukraine. The decision, given preliminary approval by E.U. leaders last week and due to go into effect on Tuesday, lengthens until next year a laundry list of economic measures against Russia. In tandem with U.S. sanctions, the effort has contributed to a painful economic slowdown in Russia that will continue next year.