Senator’s son dies
The U.S. Secretary of Defense on Monday confirmed the death of U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe’s son, 52-year-old Dr. Perry Inhofe, who was killed in a weekend plane crash in northeast Oklahoma.
Col. Steve Warren, a Pentagon spokesman, said that Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel “was informed of Sen. Inhofe’s son’s death.”
Perry Inhofe, an orthopedic surgeon, died when the small plane he was piloting crashed Sunday near Owasso, a Tulsa suburb.
Perry Inhofe, who worked at Central States Orthopedics in Tulsa, was one of four children of Oklahoma’s senior U.S. senator.
Toronto mayor remains defiant
A defiant Toronto Mayor Rob Ford declared Monday that he intends to stay in office despite immense pressure to step aside after admitting he smoked crack cocaine.
“I’m not going anywhere, guaranteed,” Ford told a supporter as he walked back to city hall after giving a speech during Remembrance Day ceremonies honoring veterans.
Later, Ford told reporters, “Let’s get it on,” in response to a question about a motion filed by a city council member, Denzil Minnan-Wong, who wants the mayor to step aside. A vote on the motion is likely Wednesday.
Police probe report of Gotti stabbing
Authorities are investigating a report that John “Junior” Gotti was stabbed outside a Long Island pharmacy Sunday night.
That’s the word from Shams Tarek, a spokesman for Nassau County prosecutors. He says police and prosecutors are investigating Gotti’s possible stabbing.
A Nassau County police spokeswoman says officers did receive a report of a stabbing Sunday night. But she would not release the victim’s name. Police said the victim was in stable condition.
The victim declined to discuss details with police. It reportedly happened in the parking lot of a CVS store.
Gotti’s attorney did not immediately return a telephone message.
Charge: Man tried to join militants
A North Carolina man is facing federal charges that he sought to join an al-Qaida-linked militant group fighting the regime of Syrian President Bashar Assad.
Basit Javed Sheikh, 29, of Cary, is charged in a federal criminal indictment with attempting to provide material support to a foreign terrorist organization. He was arrested Nov. 2 before boarding the first of a series of flights that would take him to Lebanon.
Sheikh told an FBI informant he was going to join the group called the Nusrah Front in Syria, an FBI agent said in a sworn affidavit obtained by The Associated Press.
College to review policy on guns
Gonzaga University will review its weapons policy as two students who used a pistol to scare off an intruder appeal their probation for having guns in their university-owned apartment.
Executive Vice President Earl Martin said Monday the university will try to turn the incident into a teachable moment by re-examining its no-weapons policy.
“We will consider the scope of the policy, but always guided by what is in the best interest of student safety,” Martin said. He could not predict how long the process may take.
Bans on firearms in university-owned buildings and residences are common across the country, Martin said.
Gonzaga, a Jesuit university known for its basketball program, is a school of about 8,000 students near downtown Spokane.