3 bodies found in Miss. believed to be missing family
The bodies of a man, woman and young boy believed to be members of a family that went missing were found Tuesday in Mississippi, not far from where investigators found their burned car over the weekend, authorities said.
Sheriff Harold Jones in Mississippi’s Copiah County said the bodies were discovered in an abandoned house about a mile from where the family’s vehicle was located Saturday in a remote area southwest of Jackson.
Jones says the man who led authorities to the bodies, 42-year-old Timothy Lydell Burns, is being charged with arson of a vehicle. The sheriff said other charges are likely.
Teen arrested in case of passenger set on fire on bus
Police in Northern California arrested a teenager Tuesday on suspicion of setting a man on fire while riding on a bus during rush hour.
Oakland Police investigators and school police officers took a 16-year-old boy into custody Tuesday afternoon, police spokeswoman Officer Johnna Watson said.
The teen, who is being questioned by investigators, could face possible charges including assault with a deadly weapon, Watson added. His name has not been released.
“This is a horrific crime when a human being thinks it’s OK to set another on fire,” said Watson, who called it a “senseless act.”
Man seeks overturn of terror conviction
An Australian who trained with al-Qaida in Afghanistan and ended up a prisoner in Guantanamo Bay sought Tuesday to walk back the plea deal that got him home, filing an appeal to overturn his terrorism conviction by a military court.
David Hicks was the first Guantanamo prisoner to be convicted of war crimes, pleading guilty in March 2007 to providing material support for terrorism.
The deal got him out of the U.S. base in Cuba, with most of his seven-year sentence suspended, and he was freed by the end of that year.
His lawyers have now filed an appeal on his behalf, arguing that a ruling in another Guantanamo case that struck down the charge of providing material support for terrorism should now be applied to Hicks.
They say his plea deal was an involuntary act of desperation after more than five years in custody.
Colombia says Russian bombers violated air space
Colombia’s president says his government is sending a protest note to Russia over the violation of his country’s air space by two long-range bombers on a flight from Venezuela to Nicaragua.
The overflight Friday was first disclosed by Colombian media Tuesday.
President Juan Manuel Santos says the Russian planes should have asked for permission to enter Colombian airspace but didn’t.
He says the bombers also returned to Venezuela through Colombian airspace and were intercepted by two Colombian Kfir jet fighters. He hasn’t released any further details.
Russia’s Defense Ministry said Oct. 28 that two Tu-160 supersonic bombers had flown to Venezuela as part of a military exercise. The planes are capable of carrying nuclear missiles.