Symbol of the 2nd Vigilance Committee
On May 15, 1856, angered by the shooting of a prominent journalist, San Franciscans form their second vigilance committee to combat lawlessness. The need for vigilance committees in San Francisco was obvious. Only two years after gold was discovered at Sutter's Mill in 1848, San Francisco had grown from a sleepy little village with 900 inhabitants to a booming metropolis with more than 200,000 residents.
May 13, 2013 USA Today
VALLEY SPRINGS, Calif. — Investigators worked more than 2,000 hours to solve the stabbing of an 8-year-old girl in her home here last month.
Now that officials have zeroed in on Leila Fowler's 12-year-old brother as the suspected killer, the next question is what happens to the preteen.
The boy, who has not been identified because of his age, will be charged with homicide, Calaveras County Sheriff Gary Kuntz has said. Leila's brother is in custody now.
Barney Fowler, the father of the boy, told The Associated Press on Monday that the family is standing behind the boy "until they have the proper evidence to show it's my son."
His case likely will play out in the Juvenile Division of Calaveras County Superior Court because of his age. In California, children as young as 14 may be tried as adults but cannot receive the death penalty, according to the Pacific Juvenile Defender Center in San Francisco, which was created in 1999 by the American Bar Association to support juvenile trial lawyers.
May 14, 2013 Associated Press
PHILADELPHIA — A Philadelphia abortion doctor convicted of killing three babies born alive at his grimy clinic was spared a possible death sentence Tuesday in a deal with prosecutors.
Dr. Kermit Gosnell gave up his right to appeal and in return will spend life in prison. Gosnell, 72, was found guilty Monday of first-degree murder in a case that became a flashpoint in the nation's abortion debate.
Former clinic employees testified that Gosnell routinely performed illegal abortions past Pennsylvania's 24-week limit, that he delivered babies who were still moving, whimpering or breathing, and that he and his assistants dispatched the newborns by "snipping" their spines, as he referred to it.
Prosecutors had sought the death penalty because Gosnell killed more than one person, and his victims were especially vulnerable given their age. But Gosnell's own advanced age had made it unlikely he would ever be executed before his appeals ran out.
May 14, 2013 Reuters
MOSCOW - Russia expelled a U.S. diplomat on Tuesday after saying he had been caught red-handed with disguises, special equipment and wads of cash as he tried to recruit a Russian intelligence agent to work for the CIA.
Apparently detained in an incongruous-looking blond wig, with props reminiscent of a schoolboy's spy kit, U.S. Embassy Third Secretary Ryan Fogle hardly looked like a Cold War secret agent.
But the announcement still came at an awkward time for Washington and Moscow as they try to improve relations and bring the warring sides in Syria together for an international peace conference. Nevertheless, there was little sign that either country wanted to escalate the affair beyond a minimum response.
The Russian Foreign Ministry summoned U.S. Ambassador Michael McFaul to discuss the case on Wednesday and released a statement ordering Fogle to leave Russia.
"Such provocative actions in the spirit of the Cold War will by no means promote the strengthening of mutual trust," it said.
On May 14, 1948, three-year-old June Devaney is kidnapped from her room at Queen's Park Hospital in Blackburn, England. The child had been recovering from a recent bout of pneumonia. Nurses discovered her missing at 1:20 a.m. the next day, and police were immediately summoned to investigate.
Pope John Paul II is shot
On May 13, 1981, Pope John Paul II is shot and seriously wounded while passing through St. Peter’s Square in an open car. The assailant, 23-year-old escaped Turkish murderer Mehmet Ali Agca, fired four shots, one of which hit the pontiff in the abdomen, narrowly missing vital organs, and another that hit the pope's left hand.
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