School shooter appeals life term
A teenager who wore a T-shirt with “killer” scrawled across it and gestured obscenely at his sentencing has appealed his life prison term for killing three students in a school cafeteria.
The court-appointed attorney for T.J. Lane, 18, filed the appeal Thursday with the 11th Ohio District Court of Appeals challenging his sentence handed down in Chardon last month. The brief filing also cited the decision moving his case to adult court.
Lane was 17 at the time of the shooting rampage in February 2012.
Anthony Weiner back on Twitter
Former congressman Anthony Weiner is back on Twitter.
The Democrat, who resigned in disgrace two years ago after tweeting a lewd picture of himself, has launched a new Twitter account: @anthonyweiner.
Weiner’s first post Monday was decidedly tame: a link to a 20-page policy statement outlining “64 Ideas to keep New York City the Capital of the Middle Class.” By late afternoon, he had a few thousand followers.
Weiner, 48, confirmed by email Monday that the new Twitter account is his.
China disaster response improves
The tent village that sprang up in two days to house quake survivors in mountain-flanked Lushan is no ordinary refugee camp. China’s full range of disaster response is on display: trucks with X-ray equipment, phone-charging stations, bank tellers-on-wheels — even a tent for insurance claims.
The efforts underway in mountainous Sichuan province after a quake Saturday that killed at least 192 people showed that the government has continued to hone its disaster reaction — long considered a crucial leadership test in China — since a much more devastating earthquake in 2008, also in Sichuan, and another one in 2010 in the western region of Yushu.
Taliban capture 11 foreigners
The Taliban took 11 civilians prisoner, including eight Turks and a Russian, after their cargo helicopter made an emergency landing in eastern Afghanistan, officials said Monday, in the first large-scale capture of foreigners there in nearly six years.
Security forces dispatched to the remote area retreated after engaging in firefights with the insurgents but failing to secure the area or retrieve the captives.
2nd man arrested in rape of Indian girl, 5
A second suspect was arrested Monday in the rape of a 5-year-old girl who New Delhi police say was left for dead in a locked room, a case that has brought a new wave of protests against how Indian authorities handle sex crimes.
The men are accused of abducting, raping and attempting to murder the 5-year-old, who went missing April 15 and was found two days later by neighbors who heard her crying in a locked room in the New Delhi building where she lives with her family. The girl was alone when she was found, having been left for dead by her attackers, police say.
The girl was in critical condition when she was transferred Thursday from a local hospital to the largest government-run hospital in the country. D.K. Sharma, medical superintendent of the hospital in New Delhi where the girl was being treated, said Monday that she was responding well and that her condition had stabilized.