By Joseph Ax

Parole system questioned after murder of NBA star's cousin

By Joseph Ax (Reuters) - Two weeks before police say Derren Sorrells and his brother murdered basketball star Dwyane Wade's cousin in Chicago on Friday, he walked out of a state prison after serving less than four years of a six-year sentence for possessing...

Tuesday, August 30, 2016, 3:54 PM

Brooklyn D.A. to pay $15,000 fine for dining out on office funds

By Joseph Ax NEW YORK (Reuters) - The Brooklyn district attorney has agreed to pay a $15,000 fine to settle allegations that he violated New York City's conflicts of interest law by using office funds to pay for meals. The city's ethics watchdog,...

Thursday, August 25, 2016, 12:18 AM

Suspect in Alabama quintuple murder kidnapped girlfriend: police

By Joseph Ax (Reuters) - A 27-year-old Mississippi man murdered five people, including a pregnant woman, at a home in rural Alabama early on Saturday before kidnapping his estranged girlfriend and a 3-month-old, authorities said on Sunday. Derrick...

Sunday, August 21, 2016, 6:39 AM

Pennsylvania governor nominates replacement for convicted attorney general

By Joseph Ax NEW YORK (Reuters) - Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf on Thursday nominated the state's inspector general to serve as interim attorney general until November's election, temporarily replacing Kathleen Kane, who resigned the post earlier this week...

Thursday, August 18, 2016, 11:24 PM

Pennsylvania governor nominates replacement for convicted attorney general

By Joseph Ax NEW YORK (Reuters) - Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf on Thursday nominated the state's inspector general to serve as interim attorney general until November's election, temporarily replacing Kathleen Kane, who resigned the post earlier this week...

Thursday, August 18, 2016, 11:24 PM

Muslim family sues New York school, alleging forced 'terrorist' confession

By Joseph Ax NEW YORK (Reuters) - A 12-year-old Muslim student with learning disabilities was forced by New York school officials to sign a false confession stating he was a "terrorist," his family claimed in a $50 million federal lawsuit. Nashwan Uppal...

Wednesday, August 17, 2016, 10:58 PM

Washington D.C. police chief to become head of NFL security

By Joseph Ax (Reuters) - Cathy Lanier, who has served as Washington, D.C.'s first female police chief since 2007, announced on Tuesday she will step down next month to oversee security for the National Football League. As the NFL's chief security...

Wednesday, August 17, 2016, 1:03 AM

Washington D.C. police chief to become head of NFL security

By Joseph Ax (Reuters) - Cathy Lanier, who has served as Washington, D.C.'s first female police chief since 2007, announced on Tuesday she will step down next month to oversee security for the National Football League. As the NFL's chief security...

Tuesday, August 16, 2016, 10:06 PM

Lawsuit calls New Jersey stun gun ban unconstitutional

By Joseph Ax NEW YORK (Reuters) - A gun rights group filed a federal lawsuit on Thursday challenging a New Jersey law that bans private individuals from owning stun guns, Tasers and other electronic weapons as unconstitutional. The complaint, filed by...

Friday, August 12, 2016, 1:35 AM

Man who scaled Trump Tower in New York facing criminal charges

By Joseph Ax NEW YORK (Reuters) - The man who scaled Trump Tower in New York on Wednesday in a failed effort to meet the building's famous namesake will instead have a different sort of appointment: an arraignment in criminal court. Stephen...

Thursday, August 11, 2016, 8:43 PM

Ex-aide: Christie 'lied' about New Jersey 'Bridgegate' - filing

By Joseph Ax NEW YORK (Reuters) - A former aide to Chris Christie said in a text message that the New Jersey governor "flat out lied" when he said senior staff members were not involved in the "Bridgegate" scandal in 2013, according to a court filing on...

Wednesday, August 10, 2016, 11:40 PM

Ex-aide: Christie 'lied' about New Jersey 'Bridgegate' - filing

By Joseph Ax NEW YORK (Reuters) - A former aide to Chris Christie said in a text message that the New Jersey governor "flat out lied" when he said senior staff members were not involved in the "Bridgegate" scandal in 2013, according to a court filing on...

Wednesday, August 10, 2016, 8:43 PM

'Scary' Lucille Ball statue replaced in her New York hometown

By Joseph Ax NEW YORK (Reuters) - Lucille Ball fans can rest easy. A new statue honoring the "I Love Lucy" star was set to be unveiled on Saturday in Celoron, New York, on what would have been Ball's 105th birthday, after residents of her...

Saturday, August 6, 2016, 11:25 PM

Michigan man charged in grenade case may have followed al Qaeda - report

By Joseph Ax (Reuters) - U.S. authorities have found an apparent link between a Michigan man charged with illegally purchasing an arsenal of explosives and the radical U.S.-born al Qaeda recruiter Anwar al-Awlaki, the Detroit News reported on Saturday....

Saturday, August 6, 2016, 10:37 PM

Dozens hurt at Snoop Dogg concert in New Jersey as railing collapses

By Joseph Ax NEW YORK (Reuters) - More than 40 concertgoers were injured on Friday night when a railing collapsed at an amphitheater where rapper Snoop Dogg was performing in Camden, New Jersey, officials said. One person sustained serious injuries and...

Saturday, August 6, 2016, 10:09 AM

U.S. charges nearly 50 suspected mobsters in multistate sweep

By Joseph Ax NEW YORK (Reuters) - "Tony the Cripple, "Muscles" and "Mustache Pat" were among dozens of suspected Mafia members arrested on Thursday in a massive multi-state bust. U.S. authorities charged 46 people, ranging in age from 24 to 80, with...

Friday, August 5, 2016, 5:32 AM

U.S. charges nearly 50 suspected Mafia members

By Joseph Ax NEW YORK (Reuters) - "Tony the Cripple, "Muscles" and "Mustache Pat" were among dozens of suspected Mafia members arrested on Thursday in a massive multi-state bust. U.S....

Thursday, August 4, 2016, 8:18 PM

Pokemon no-go : New Jersey resident sues over trespassing players

By Joseph Ax NEW YORK (Reuters) - A New Jersey man has a message for the millions of players obsessed with the mobile game Pokemon Go: "Get off my lawn!" Jeffrey Marder of West Orange has filed a federal class action against the companies behind the...

Thursday, August 4, 2016, 12:02 AM

Pokemon no-go: New Jersey resident sues over trespassing players

By Joseph Ax NEW YORK (Reuters) - A New Jersey man has a message for the millions of players obsessed with the mobile game Pokemon Go: "Get off my lawn!" Jeffrey Marder of West Orange has filed a federal class action against the companies behind the...

Thursday, August 4, 2016, 12:02 AM

New York City Police Commissioner Bratton to retire

By Joseph Ax NEW YORK (Reuters) - New York City Police Commissioner William Bratton said on Tuesday he will retire in September, ending a four-decade career that...

Wednesday, August 3, 2016, 12:06 AM