TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - Florida State University alumnus and attorney who shot three people at the school's library early Thursday believed the government was targeting him for persecution, detailing his thoughts in a journal and in videos detectives obtained, authorities said.
STOCKHOLM - A Swedish appeals court upheld the detention order on Julian Assange on Thursday, dismissing a challenge by the WikiLeaks founder who is wanted by prosecutors in an investigation of alleged sex crimes.
Confirming a ruling by a lower court, the Svea appeals court said there is no reason to lift the detention order just because it can't be enforced at the moment. Assange has avoided being extradited to Sweden by taking shelter in the Ecuadorean Embassy in London since 2012.
SAO PAULO - The 44-year-old son of soccer great Pele has been released from jail and will remain free while he appeals a conviction in a money laundering case that involved a drug gang.
Edson Cholbi do Nascimento, known as Edinho, was released late Wednesday, a day after he was taken into custody in the coastal city of Santos. A judge had said he had to stay in jail during the appeal process, but his lawyers obtained a petition to free the former goalkeeper.
Edinho was handed a 33-year prison sentenced this year after being found guilty of laundering money to a drug gang.
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. - Arkansas prosecutors have charged champion middleweight boxer Jermain Taylor in a shooting at his home.
The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reports (http://bit.ly/11xp2v1 ) the 36-year-old Little Rock native was charged Wednesday with first-degree battery and first-degree terroristic threatening. If convicted, he faces up to 26 years in prison.
SANTA MARIA, Calif. - Lunchtime fights at a Central California high school Wednesday ended with police swarming onto campus, school closed and six students under arrest, authorities said.
No major injuries were reported, however.
The trouble began when two girls began fighting at Righetti High School and two boys got into a second fight, said Kenny Klein, spokesman for the Santa Maria Joint Union High School District.
During the fight, food was thrown.
SANTA BARBARA, Honduras - The dark-haired beauty was to have flown to London Wednesday to compete in the Miss World pageant — the high point of her reign as Miss Honduras. But the beauty queen and her sister were found shot dead on a remote river bank, and police said the sister's boyfriend confessed to killing them in a jealous rage over his girlfriend dancing with another man.
CHARLOTTE, N.C. - The NBA has suspended Charlotte Hornets forward Jeffery Taylor for 24 games without pay after he pleaded guilty last month to misdemeanour domestic violence assault and malicious destruction of hotel property.
Taylor will get credit for the 11 games he has missed, and will sit out an additional 13, which is slightly more than one-fourth of the league's 82-game schedule.
LOS ANGELES, Calif. - Debra Tate, whose pregnant sister Sharon was slain in 1969 by the murderous followers of Charles Manson, has spent much of her life trying to divert attention from the cult leader and keep him in prison.
Her job got tougher with the news that Manson, now 80, plans to marry a 26-year-old woman who moved from the Midwest years ago to be near him.
Debra Tate calls the development "ludicrous" and "insane," but says she is not surprised.
ROGERS, Ark. - A woman who admitted she impersonated singer Alison Krauss to swindle money from a 75-year-old Fayetteville man has been returned to Arkansas after being arrested in New Mexico.
KHOG reports (http://bit.ly/1vpDlyS ) that Peggy Sue Evers pleaded not guilty to a failure to appear charge in Washington County Circuit Court on Wednesday.
Prosecutors say an arrest warrant was issued for Evers after she missed a court date. She was later arrested in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
KABUL - Four Taliban militants who attacked a compound housing foreign workers in the Afghan capital were killed Wednesday night in a failed assault there, police said, the latest violence targeting foreigners in the country.
One attacker died when he detonated a vehicle packed with explosives near the gate of the Green Village compound in eastern Kabul, police chief Gen. Mohammad Zahir said. Police officers killed the other three attackers in a shootout, Zahir said.
"There were no civilian or military casualties," Zahir said.