A 20-year-old California man has been arrested near the Canadian border in Washington state and charged with attempting to travel to Syria to fight alongside Islamist extremists, federal prosecutors said Monday.
Nicholas Teausant, of Acampo, Calif., an unincorporated area near Lodi, was taken off a northbound Amtrak bus just short of the border overnight. A criminal complaint filed in federal court in Sacramento described him as a student at San Joaquin Delta College in Stockton and a member of the National Guard who is being discharged for not meeting basic academic requirements.
Teausant, who was charged with a single count of attempting to provide material support to a foreign terrorist organization, was due to appear in U.S. District Court in Seattle on Monday afternoon.
The complaint said he had been planning since October to support the efforts of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, which has been fighting in Syria’s civil war and is designated by the State Department as a terrorist organization. Investigators said Teausant discussed his scheme at length with a person who turned out to be a paid FBI informant.
— Associated Press
About 1 million spectators, mostly dressed in green, streamed into New York on Monday for its St. Patrick’s Day Parade, even as the city’s mayor and beer companies that previously sponsored the event dropped out amid concerns that organizers were refusing to allow gay groups to march openly in the parade.
Parade organizers in New York and Boston have long excluded openly gay marchers, saying that including them would conflict with the group’s Roman Catholic heritage.
Protests over the exclusion came to a head this year, with newly elected mayors Bill de Blasio (D) of New York and Marty Walsh (D) of Boston skipping their cities’ parades in protest. On Sunday, the brewery Guinness said it would join Heineken in dropping sponsorship of the New York parade.
On the sidelines of the New York parade, gay rights groups staged a small but fervent protest on Monday urging people to boycott marching in the parade or watching it.
Ariz. woman to face new sentencing hearing in killing: An Arizona judge on Monday set a September court date to try again to determine whether convicted murderer Jodi Arias will be put to death for killing her ex-boyfriend nearly six years ago, court officials said. Arias was convicted by a jury in May 2013 of murdering Travis Alexander in June 2008. He had been stabbed multiple times and shot in the face, and his throat was slashed. But the jury deadlocked on whether the former California waitress should be executed or face life in prison.
Former La. governor plans run for Congress: Former Louisiana governor Edwin Edwards (D), who had served an eight-year prison term on racketeering charges, said Monday that he will seek election to Congress. Edwards, 86, who was released from prison about three years ago, will campaign for the seat held by Republican Rep. Bill Cassidy, who is running for the Senate.