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Pit bull kills 2-month-old baby in bouncing seat at Dallas home

Pit bull kills 2-month-old baby in bouncing seat at Dallas home

DALLAS, TEXAS (BNO NEWS) — A 2-month-old Texas boy was killed Sunday after the family’s pit bull turned on him when his father briefly stepped outside to turn on a sprinkler system, a police spokeswoman said. The child’s mother arrived home during the…

Rapper Nelly arrested in Tennessee on felony drug charges

Rapper Nelly arrested in Tennessee on felony drug charges

NASHVILLE, TENNESSEE (BNO NEWS) — American rapper Nelly was arrested Saturday and charged with felony possession of drugs after the bus he was traveling on was pulled over in Tennessee, the highway patrol said. A convicted felon carrying a handgun was…

Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev found guilty, could face death penalty

Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev found guilty, could face death penalty

BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS (BNO NEWS) — One of two Chechen brothers accused of carrying out the Boston Marathon bombings in 2013 has been found guilty on all counts and now waits to hear whether he will face the death penalty.

Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, 21, was f…

South Carolina cop charged with murder in shooting of unarmed man

South Carolina cop charged with murder in shooting of unarmed man

WASHINGTON, D.C. (BNO NEWS) — A South Carolina police officer was arrested Tuesday and charged with murder after a shocking video surfaced that showed him repeatedly shooting an unarmed man in the back as he tried to flee.

Michael Thomas Slager, 33, …

ISU coach among 7 dead in Illinois plane crash after NCAA tournament final

ISU coach among 7 dead in Illinois plane crash after NCAA tournament final

WASHINGTON, D.C. (BNO NEWS) — A private plane returning from the NCAA tournament final in Indianapolis crashed in a field in central Illinois on early Tuesday, killing all seven people on board, including two members of Illinois State University’s Athletics department staff, officials said.

The incident was first reported at 12:15 a.m. CT when air traffic control notified the Bloomington-Normal Airport Authority in Illinois that it had lost radar contact with a private plane that had departed Indianapolis in Indiana a little after midnight ET. Airport Authority staff responded to the Central Illinois Regional Airport in Bloomington to see if the plane had arrived there, but it was determined not to have landed.

Emergency officials then launched a coordinated search and rescue operation, after which a Bloomington Police Department officer located the plane’s wreckage at about 3:15 a.m. CT in a field close to the airport, according to a news release from the McLean County Sheriff’s Department. Rescue personnel determined that none of the seven people on board the plane had survived.

Illinois State University confirmed that two of its Athletics department staff members were killed in the crash. The university identified the victims as Torrey Ward, the associate head coach of the Redbirds men’s basketball team, and Aaron Leetch, the deputy director of Athletics for external operations.

“The Redbird family and the Bloomington-Normal community has suffered a terrible loss today,” said Larry Lyons, Illinois State Director of Athletics. “Our hearts go out to the families and loved ones of those involved. There is no play in the playbook for times like these. We will miss Aaron and Torrey deeply, and we will support their families in any way that we can.”

It was not immediately known what had caused Tuesday’s accident.

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Church ceiling collapses during Easter service in New Jersey, injuring at least 12

Church ceiling collapses during Easter service in New Jersey, injuring at least 12

RAHWAY, NEW JERSEY (BNO NEWS) — A dozen people were injured Sunday afternoon when a roof came down during an Easter service at a church in New Jersey, county officials said, though a local media report said as many as fifteen people were hurt. One of …

Aide to U.S. Senator Ayotte (R-NH) resigns after arrest in prostitution sting

Aide to U.S. Senator Ayotte (R-NH) resigns after arrest in prostitution sting

MANCHESTER, NEW HAMPSHIRE (BNO NEWS) — An aide to U.S. Senator Kelly Ayotte, a Republican from New Hampshire, has resigned after he was caught in a prostitution sting, according to a statement released by her office.

Ayotte’s state director, 62-year-…

World’s oldest person dies in Japan at age 117 – newspaper

World’s oldest person dies in Japan at age 117 – newspaper

TOKYO, JAPAN (BNO NEWS) — Misao Okawa, born at a time when Meiji ruled the Japanese Empire and sixteen years before the outbreak of World War I, died at her residence in Japan on Wednesday, local media reported. She was 117 years old and had been reco…

Washington governor bans state-funded travel to Indiana over controversial law

Washington governor bans state-funded travel to Indiana over controversial law

OLYMPIA, WASHINGTON (BNO NEWS) — Washington Governor Jay Inslee said Monday that he will impose an administration-wide ban on state-funded travel to Indiana over a controversial religious rights bill there that opponents say could give businesses the right to refuse to serve gay people.

“I find Indiana’s new law disturbing, particularly at a time when more and more states and people in America are embracing civil rights for everyone. Washington will join other states and cities in opposing this law and I will impose an administration-wide ban on state funded travel to Indiana,” Inslee said in a statement released by his office.

“Indiana’s law appears to legalize private discrimination,” the governor added, referring to Indiana’s Senate Bill 101. “We in Washington stand for equality. I applaud those companies and organizations that have spoken out against the law and said they would not locate or expand operations in Indiana.”

Senate Bill 101 was signed into law by Indiana Governor Mike Pence last week and takes effect on July 1. The bill specifies that the state’s government cannot “substantially burden” a person’s exercise of religion, unless the government can demonstrate that doing so would further a “compelling governmental interest” and is the least restrictive means of doing so.

Condemnation of the bill has grown over the past few days amid fears that the bill will allow businesses to refuse to service gay people.

Earlier on Monday, Connecticut Governor Dannel Malloy banned all state-funded and state-sponsored travel to states that have enacted legislation to protect religious freedom but which do not prohibit discrimination for classes of citizens. The only exception is for travel necessary for the enforcement of state law, to meet contractual obligations or for the protection of public health, welfare and safety.

Malloy said his executive order applied to the state of Indiana, but he did not specify which other states were included. NBC News reported earlier that 19 states across the country have so-called religious freedom laws, all except for Indiana’s which were enacted before same-sex marriage was legalized across much of the United States.

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U.S. Senator Robert Menendez (D-NJ) to be charged with corruption within days – WSJ

U.S. Senator Robert Menendez (D-NJ) to be charged with corruption within days – WSJ

TRENTON, NEW JERSEY (BNO NEWS) — The U.S. Justice Department is preparing to file corruption charges against U.S. Senator Robert Menendez of New Jersey as early as this week, the Wall Street Journal reported on Sunday, citing people familiar with the …