Ex-officer pleads not guilty; bail set at $1M
A judge set bail at $1 million for the former University of Cincinnati police officer who shot and killed a motorist after a traffic stop over a missing license plate. The former officer, Ray Tensing, appeared briefly in court in Cincinnati, in gray-and-black striped jail garb, handcuffed behind his back, as his lawyer entered a plea of not guilty for him.
State surpasses water conservation goal
Water use in California dropped more than 27 percent last month, beating the mandatory 25 percent cutback ordered by Gov. Jerry Brown in what officials called an encouraging development for a state struggling through one of the worst droughts in its history. The cutback amounted to 27.3 percent in urban areas statewide over June in 2013, or 59.4 billion gallons.
Troubled detention center to close
Maryland’s governor announced plans to immediately shut down Baltimore’s state-run jail, where inmates and guards ran a criminal conspiracy inside vermin-infested walls and thwarted decades of attempted reforms. Gov. Larry Hogan said the state would save $10 million to $15 million a year by closing the Baltimore City Detention Center. A federal indictment in 2013 exposed a sophisticated drug-smuggling ring involving dozens of gang members and correctional officers at the jail.
Confederate flags laid outside MLK church
Police worked Thursday to identify two white males who were caught on surveillance camera laying Confederate battle flags neatly on the ground near the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.’s church. It was the latest provocative act involving the Civil War-era symbol since nine black church members were gunned down during Bible study in South Carolina last month. Atlanta police Chief George Turner said his agency has not determined what charges might be levied, and they have not ruled out a hate crime, though Georgia has no state hate crimes law.
Landslides in tourist area kill at least 33
Landslides set off by heavy rain struck several villages in Kaski, a popular tourist area in western Nepal, killing at least 33 people, a senior local official said. At least 10 other people were missing, and the death toll could rise, said the official, Krishna Bahadur Raut. Many houses were buried, he said.
Flooding kills at least 17, strands 1,500
Flooding in northern Vietnam has killed at least 17 people, with the continuing rain prompting concerns of landslides and of pollution from inundated coal mines reaching one of the country’s most famous sites of natural beauty. A Vietnamese navy vessel was sent to Co To Island, off the northeast coast, to rescue about 1,500 tourists who had been stranded since the weekend because of severe weather, Tuoi Tre News reported.
71 rescued from Boko Haram militants
Nigerian soldiers rescued 71 people, almost all girls and women, in firefights that killed many Boko Haram militants in villages near the northeastern city of Maiduguri, the military said. Some captives said they were in the clutches of the Islamic extremists for as long as a year.