Prosecutors weigh options in fatal shooting by Alec Baldwin
SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A Santa Fe district attorney is prepared to announce whether to press charges in the fatal 2021 film-set shooting of a cinematographer by actor Alec Baldwin during a rehearsal on the set of the Western movie “Rust.” Santa Fe District Attorney Mary Carmack-Altwies says a decision will be announced Thursday in a statement and on social media platforms. Cinematographer Halyna Hutchins died shortly after being shot during setup for a scene at a filmset ranch on the outskirts of Santa Fe on Oct. 21, 2021.
Prosecutors: New Mexico candidate is a danger to community
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Prosecutors say a failed GOP candidate accused of orchestrating a series of drive-by shootings at the homes of Democratic elected officials in New Mexico’s largest city is a danger to the community and should be detained pending trial. They filed a motion Wednesday, asking that Solomon Peña be held without bond. A judge will decide in the coming weeks on whether to grant the request. The 39-year-old Peña made his initial court appearance Wednesday on charges that include multiple counts including shooting at a home, aggravated battery with a deadly weapon, conspiracy and being a felon in possession of a firearm.
Actor Julian Sands missing in Southern California mountains
RANCHO CUCAMONGA, Calif. (AP) — Authorities say actor Julian Sands, who starred in the Oscar nominated film “A Room With a View," has been missing for five days in the Southern California mountains. The San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department said Wednesday that crews are using helicopters and drones to search for Sands. He was reported missing Friday on a trail on Mt. Baldy. The ground search has been suspended since Saturday because of dangerous conditions, and will be resumed when it's safe. Sands starred opposite Helena Bonham Carter in the 1989 British romance “A Room With a View,” and had major roles in the films “Arachnophobia," “Naked Lunch” and “Leaving Las Vegas.”
Chris Ford, champ as player, coach with Celtics, dies at 74
Chris Ford, a member of the Boston Celtics 1981 championship team, a longtime NBA coach and the player credited with scoring the league’s first 3-point basket, has died at the age of 74. His family announced his death in a statement issued by the Celtics. No official cause was given, but the statement said Ford died Tuesday. The Press of Atlantic City reported he died in Philadelphia after suffering a heart attack earlier this month. Ford was voted the team’s MVP in his first season with Boston. He retired following the 1981-82 season and was an assistant coach for the Celtics for seven seasons from 1983 to 1990, helping coach former teammates Larry Bird, Kevin McHale and Robert Parish to two titles in 1984 and 1986.
Prosecutor: Brian Walshe looked up how to dispose of body
A prosecutor says the husband of a Massachusetts woman who's been missing since New Year’s Day went online to look up ways to dismember and dispose of a body, and clothes and other items belonging to the woman were found at a trash processing facility. The details were given Wednesday at his arraignment on murder and other charges. Not guilty pleas were entered on behalf of 47-year-old Brian Walshe. He was held without bail in Quincy District Court at Wednesday's arraignment. He did not speak except to tell the judge he understood the charges. His attorney did not contest bail but in the past has said her client has cooperated with investigators.
Lesion removed from Jill Biden's eyelid was non-cancerous
WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House says a lesion removed by surgeons last week from first lady Jill Biden’s left eyelid was a non-cancerous growth. Dr. Kevin O’Connor, physician to President Joe Biden, said in a memo released Wednesday by the White House that a biopsy showed that the legion was seborrheic keratosis, a “very common, totally harmless, non-cancerous growth.” Surgeons last week also removed a cancerous lesion above Jill Biden’s right eye and one on her chest. Those lesions were both confirmed to be basal cell carcinoma, a common but curable form of cancer.
World’s oldest known person, a French nun, dies at 118
PARIS (AP) — A French nun who was believed to be the world’s oldest person has died shortly before her 119th birthday. The spokesperson for her nursing home in southern France, David Tavella, said she died in her sleep early Tuesday. Lucile Randon, known as Sister André, was born in the town of Ales, southern France, on Feb. 11, 1904. She was also one of the world’s oldest survivors of COVID-19. Sister André tested positive for the coronavirus in January 2021, a few weeks before her 117th birthday, but she had so few symptoms that she didn’t even realize she was infected. Her survival made headlines both in France and beyond.
Art professor sues after firing over Prophet Muhammad images
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — An adjunct art professor is suing the Minnesota university that dismissed her for including depictions of the Prophet Muhammad in a global art course. Erika López Prater alleges in a lawsuit that Hamline University subjected her to religious discrimination and defamation after a Muslim student objected when she included a 14th-century painting depicting the Prophet Muhammad in a lesson on Islamic art. Her attorneys say in a news release that the firing has cost Lopez Prater her job and damaged her professional and personal reputation. Hamline, a small, private school in St. Paul, did not immediately return messages seeking comment.
Twitter auctions off blue bird memorabilia, pricey furniture
When Elon Musk wants to make a point, it can often be blunt. On the day he took over Twitter last fall, he walked into the San Francisco company’s headquarters carrying a sink. He tweeted “let that sink in.” Get it? Twitter has gotten rid of most of its workforce, and has fallen behind on rent and contract obligations. Now it is auctioning off memorabilia, fancy office furniture and professional kitchen equipment from its San Francisco offices, where large spaces now sit empty and free meals are a relic of the past.
Escaped tiger in South Africa found and euthanized
JOHANNESBURG (AP) — A tiger that escaped from a private farm in South Africa and attacked a man and killed two dogs and a pig while on the loose for days has been euthanized. The 8-year-old female tiger named Sheba was shot in the early hours of Wednesday morning. It escaped from her enclosure on Saturday and was finally located near a number of homes near where she was kept as a pet in the Walkerville region south of Johannesburg. Officials said it was impossible to safely capture the big cat and its owner gave the go-ahead for it to be euthanized.