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Memorial held for policeman slain after Boston Marathon bombing
By Daniel Lovering CAMBRIDGE, Massachusetts (Reuters) - More than 1,600 people gathered at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology on Friday for a memorial service for a popular campus police officer shot to death a year ago in the aftermath of the Boston Marathon bombing. MIT police officer Sean Collier, 27, was shot multiple times in his car in an apparent confrontation with the bombing suspects days after the blast, which left three people dead and more than 260 injured when two homemade bombs exploded near the race's finish line. Collier was killed in an unsuccessful attempt to steal his gun, authorities said. Police officers, government officials, students and faculty joined members of Collier's family at the outdoor service under a tent a short distance from where Collier was killed, a place marked by a temporary memorial planted with flowers.

Reports of gunman at Los Angeles Times building: police
Reports that an unidentified person had threatened to open fire on the third floor of the building came in after 7 p.m. local time, said Los Angeles Police Department spokesman Gus Villanueva. The Los Angeles Times newspaper, which has its headquarters in the building, said on social media website Twitter that a witness told one of its reporters a man "who allegedly made threats at Times building worked for a firm that rents space from the newspaper." The Times said on Twitter the suspect worked for Vxi Global Solutions and was believed to be in his 20s.

Suspect in Kansas City highway shootings faces 18 felony counts

Mohammed Pedro Whitaker is seen in an undated photo released by the Kansas City Police Department in Kansas City, MissouriBy Kevin Murphy KANSAS CITY, Missouri (Reuters) - A man who went on a weeks-long shooting spree on Kansas City, Missouri, highways has been charged with 18 felony counts, including firing into vehicles and striking occupants, prosecutors said on Friday. Mohammed P. Whitaker, 27, arrested on Thursday at his home, is believed to have acted alone in the string of shootings, said Jackson County Prosecutor Jean Peters Baker. In a series of seemingly random attacks that left the Kansas City area on edge, Whitaker is accused of opening fire at cars in a dozen incidents on highways in and around Kansas City, 11 of them from March 18 to April 6. Armed with a .380 caliber handgun, Whitaker appears to have opened fire from his own vehicle by positioning it in the blind spots of his targets, prosecutors said.


10 Things to Know: This Week's Takeaways

Pro-Russian activists sit at a barricade in downtown Slovyansk, Eastern Ukraine, Friday, April 18, 2014. Ukraine is hoping to placate Russia and calm hostilities with its neighbor even as the U.S. prepares a new round of sanctions to punish Moscow for what it regards as fomenting unrest. (AP Photo/Efrem Lukatsky)Looking back at the stories to remember from the past week:


Shedding light on Clinton's health overhaul flop

Former President Bill Clinton speaks at the 25th Anniversary Rainforest Fund benefit concert at Carnegie Hall on Thursday, April 17, 2014 in New York. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP)WASHINGTON (AP) — Thousands of pages of documents from President Bill Clinton's White House affirm a longtime adage: The more things change, the more they stay the same.


'Lost Class' Found: Columbine Survivors Discover New Purpose

In July 2012, the Monday after a gunman opened fire on a crowded Aurora, Colo., movie theater, Jennifer Hammer tapped a text message to a friend.







Woman Pinned by Pickup in Grocery Store Crash Caught on Camera

A crash sent a pickup careening into a storefront, pinning a shopper and injuring a total of five people afternoon in Chicago.








Boy Electrocuted in Florida Swimming Pool Laid to Rest

The seven-year-old boy who died while swimming in a North Miami pool was laid to rest Friday.








Wind-Driven Fire Destroys Jersey Shore Homes

At least five beachfront homes burned to the ground Friday in a wind-whipped fire on the Jersey Shore.








Burglary Suspect's Creepy Act Goes Viral

A man accused of lurking over a child's crib after breaking into a family's home has been charged. KPRC's Joel Esienbaum reports.


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