Lennon's killer denied parole
The man who gunned down Beatle John Lennon near the entrance to the star's home in New York was again denied parole on Friday. It was the eighth time that Mark David Chapman, 59, was denied parole for the 1980 slaying. The board based its ruling on multiple factors, including the belief that Chapman would not abide by the law if he were a free man, a news release said. Chapman, who pleaded guilty after the killing, began serving his sentence of 20 years-to-life on Aug. 25, 1981. Chapman will be eligible for parole again in August 2016.
Woman set fire for bored firefighters
A woman is to be sentenced next month for setting a wildfire on the Warm Springs Indian Reservation in central Oregon because her firefighter friends were bored and needed work. The Justice Department said Friday that Sadie Renee Johnson, 23, of Warm Springs, pleaded guilty in May to starting the fire. She was riding in a car in July 2013 and lit a small firework and threw it out the window. The fire spread to about 80 square miles and cost nearly $8 million to put out. The Justice Department said it released details of the case Friday, while the wildfire season is under way, to underscore the danger of such reckless actions, KTVZ-TV in Bend, Ore., reported.
Senator apologizes for Asian jokes
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., apologized Friday for jokes he made about Asians during a luncheon in Las Vegas. Reid was addressing the city's Asian Chamber of Commerce on Thursday when he told the audience, "I don't think you're smarter than anybody else, but you've convinced a lot of us you are." When another man was summoned to the podium, he grabbed the microphone and quipped, "One problem I've had today is keeping my Wongs straight." Both comments were met with laughter. Reid apologized, saying "Sometimes I say the wrong thing."