Roundup of news from across the nation

Massachusetts

More time sought

for bomb indictment

Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev won’t be indicted within the 30-day period prescribed under the Federal Speedy Trial Act but prosecutors said Friday they would ask for more time.

Sunday marks 30 days since Tsarnaev was arrested following the April 15 twin bombing that killed three people and injured more than 260. Tsarnaev, 19, is charged with using a weapon of mass destruction in the April 15 bombings. He could face the death penalty if convicted.

U.S. Attorney Carmen Ortiz’s office did not specify the exception under which they would seek more time, but those available to prosecutors include delays related to the defendant’s physical capacity. Tsarnaev remains in a prison hospital after being badly wounded in a gun battle with police before his arrest.

Earlier Friday, a judge denied a request from Tsarnaev’s attorneys that they be allowed to take periodic photos of the 19-year-old to document “his evolving mental and physical state” and whether his statements to authorities after his arrest were made voluntarily.

— Associated Press

Texas

Missing accounted for

after deadly tornado

All missing persons from Wednesday night’s tornado have been accounted for and the death toll in the Rancho Brazos Estates subdivision remains at six, officials said Friday.

Six people, all adults, were killed, and dozens more injured, some of whom remain hospitalized in Fort Worth and Granbury.

Residents from the subdivision, which sits southeast of Granbury, have not been allowed back in, but officials say they are working with utility companies to restore water and electricity to Rancho Brazos.

Many of the 110 homes in Rancho Brazos were constructed by Habitat for Humanity, a faith-based nonprofit that provides housing to low-income families.

— Associated Press

Arkansas

Abortion ban blocked

by legal challenge

A state law banning most abortions past 12 weeks into a woman’s pregnancy won’t take effect while a legal challenge is pending, a federal judge ruled Friday.

U.S. District Judge Susan Webber Wright granted a request for a preliminary injunction against the ban, which was set to take effect in August. The state’s Republican-led Legislature overrode a veto from Democratic Gov. Mike Beebe to enact the law in March.

Weeks later, attorneys for the American Civil Liberties Union of Arkansas and the Center for Reproductive Rights sued the state on behalf of two Little Rock abortion providers. Those groups also want Wright to block the law permanently, saying it’s unconstitutional and clearly contradicts the U.S. Supreme Court’s landmark 1973 Roe v. Wade decision.

— Associated Press

Sailor killed, 7 hurt in training accident A U.S. sailor was killed and seven people were injured Wednesday when a Humvee overturned during a training exercise for Navy SEAL forces in Fort Knox, Ky., officials said Friday. The dead sailor was identified as Special Warfare Operator 3rd Class Jonathan H. Kaloust, assigned to an East Coast-based Navy SEAL team out of Joint Expeditionary Base Little Creek, Fort Story, Va., officials said. Seven other service members sustained minor injuries and were treated and released, officials said.

Col. sheriffs sue over gun
restrictions
Colorado sheriffs upset with gun restrictions adopted in the aftermath of last year’s mass shootings filed a federal lawsuit Friday, challenging the regulations as unconstitutional. The lawsuit involves sheriffs from 54 of Colorado’s 64 counties, most representing rural, gun-friendly areas of the state. The filing targets Colorado laws that limit the size of ammunition magazines and expand background checks. The regulations passed the Legislature this spring and are set to take effect July 1.

 
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