NEW ORLEANS – Police identified a 19-year-old man as a suspect in the shooting of nearly 20 people during a Mother’s Day parade in New Orleans, saying several people had identified him as the gunman.
Police Superintendent Ronal Serpas said they were looking for Akein Scott. He said it was too early to say whether he was the only shooter.
The mass shooting showed again how far the city has to go to shake a persistent culture of violence that belies the city’s festive image. Earlier, police announced a $10,000 reward and released blurry surveillance camera images.
High court: Hoosier violated seed patent
The Supreme Court has sustained Monsanto Co.’s claim that an Indiana farmer violated the company’s patents on soybean seeds that are resistant to its weed killer.
The justices, in a unanimous vote Monday, rejected the farmer’s argument that cheap soybeans he bought from a grain elevator are not covered by the Monsanto patents, even though most of them also were genetically modified to resist the company’s Roundup herbicide.
Monsanto has a policy to protect its investment in seed development that prohibits farmers from saving or reusing the seeds once the crop is grown. Farmers must buy new seeds every year.
Minnesota poised to OK gay marriage
Minnesota is set to become the 12th U.S. state where gay couples can get married after a final legislative vote Monday that will let the weddings start on Aug. 1.
Democratic Gov. Mark Dayton scheduled a ceremony today on the front steps of the Capitol in St. Paul to sign the bill.
Minnesota is now the first state in the Midwest to legalize gay marriage by legislative vote, and the third nationwide in just 10 days, joining Rhode Island and Delaware.
Feds appeal to delay morning-after pill
The Obama administration on Monday filed a last-minute appeal to delay the sale of the morning-after contraceptive pill to girls of any age without a prescription.
The legal paperwork asked the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Manhattan to postpone a federal judge’s ruling that eliminated age limits on the pill while the government appeals that overall decision.
Government attorneys warned that “substantial market confusion” could result if U.S. District Court Judge Edward Korman’s ruling was enforced while appeals are pending.
Castro’s brothers have no sympathy
The two brothers of the Cleveland man accused of holding three women captive for about a decade say they have no sympathy for him. One called him a “monster” who he hopes “rots in jail.”
Onil and Pedro Castro told CNN that they want Amanda Berry, Gina DeJesus and Michelle Knight to know how sorry they are for their ordeal.
“I’m just grateful they are home and out of that horrible house, and I’d just tell them I’m sorry for what Ariel done,” said Pedro Castro, 50.
The brothers were initially taken into custody but released after investigators said there was no evidence against them.
Onil Castro, 50, said he wanted Ariel to “suffer in that jail to the last extent.”
“I don’t care if they even feed him,” Onil Castro said. “The monster’s a goner.”
Psychologist, author Joyce Brothers dies
Joyce Brothers, the pop psychologist who pioneered the television advice show in the 1950s and enjoyed a long and prolific career as a syndicated columnist, author, and television and film personality, has died. She was 85.
Brothers first gained fame as a contestant on “The $64,000 Question” game show in 1955 and went on to publish 15 books and make cameo appearances on popular shows including “Happy Days” and “The Simpsons.”
Pressure cooker tale gets Saudi arrested
A Saudi man was arrested at Detroit Metropolitan Airport after federal agents said he lied about why he was traveling with a pressure cooker, but his nephew said Monday that it was all a misunderstanding.
Two pressure cookers were used in last month’s Boston Marathon bombings.
Hussain Al Khawahir was being held in Detroit on allegations of lying to Customs and Border Protection agents and of using a passport with a missing page.
His nephew, Nasser Almarzooq, told The Associated Press that he had asked his uncle to bring him the pressure cooker so he could make lamb. The college student said two pressure cookers he bought in the U.S. were “not good at all,” and said the ones available in Saudi Arabia are higher quality.
Myanmar president visits US next week
Myanmar’s reformist President Thein Sein will visit the White House next week, the first such trip by a Myanmar head of state in almost 47 years.
Myanmar state television announced the U.S. visit Monday, saying it comes at the invitation of President Obama. It gave no exact date, but congressional staffers in Washington who were briefed on the upcoming trip said Thein Sein would meet Obama on Monday.
The last Myanmar leader to visit the White House was the late dictator Ne Win in 1966. Democracy activist Aung San Suu Kyi visited the U.S., including a stop in Fort Wayne, in September.