Groups aim to stop part of Ariz. law
A civil rights coalition asked a federal appeals court Friday to prevent the most contentious part of Arizona's immigration law from taking effect while they appeal a ruling that sunk their earlier bid to bar police from enforcing the provision. The opponents asked the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco for an order preventing police from enforcing a requirement that officers, while enforcing other laws, question the immigration status of those they suspect are in the country illegally. Police have been barred from enforcing the questioning requirement, dubbed by critics as the "show me your papers" provision, since July 2010. But a U.S. Supreme Court decision in June upheld the provision and cleared the way for officers to enforce it.
Conviction in 1957 murder of girl
Fifty-five years after Maria Ridulph vanished at the age of 7 from a small Illinois town, her friends and family let out a deafening cheer Friday as a judge pronounced a former neighborhood teen — now a 72-year-old man — guilty of the kidnapping and murder. It was one of the oldest unsolved crimes in the United States to make it to trial. Jack McCullough, who was 17-year-old John Tessier at the time, showed no hint of emotion.
Va. man gets 30 years for D.C. bomb plot
An Alexandria, Va., man was sentenced to 30 years in prison Friday for plotting a suicide bombing at the U.S. Capitol in Washington using explosives he thought were given to him by al-Qaida. Amine Mohammed El Khalifi, 29, was arrested in February as he headed toward the Capitol with what he believed were an explosive-laden vest and an automatic weapon.
Neil Armstrong is buried at sea
The first man to walk on the moon has been buried at sea. NASA says Neil Armstrong's cremated remains were buried in the Atlantic Ocean on Friday during a ceremony aboard the USS Philippine Sea. The space agency didn't give the location of the ceremony. The ship's homeport is Mayport.
Eruption turns into a tourist attraction
A terrifying eruption of one of the world's most active volcanoes tapered off Friday into a draw for delighted tourists, who snapped photos from a neighboring colonial city and made plans to take night hikes to see glowing rivers of lava. Villagers were returning to their homes on the flanks of the Volcano of Fire as it wound down its largest eruption in nearly four decades.
2 men arrested after swallowing $80,000
Colombian police on Friday said they had arrested two men at an airport in Medellin after discovering they were smuggling $80,000 in cash hidden in their stomachs. Authorities said they could be charged with money laundering. Their names were not released.
Wal-Mart project in NYC suffers a setback
The prospect that Wal-Mart, the world's largest retailer, would open its first big-box store in New York City experienced a setback Friday, with the company saying it would not be a part of a mall being constructed in Brooklyn. Some City Council members and community groups had raised alarms at the idea of the national retailer gaining a foothold in the city. "Wal-Mart's withdrawal from Gateway II shows that when New Yorkers join arms, even the world's richest retailer is no match for them," said Stephanie Yazgi, a spokeswoman for Walmart Free NYC.