TIME Crime

Oklahoma Sheriff Apologizes to Family of Man Shot By Reserve Deputy

Eric Harris (R) poses with his brother Andre in this undated photo.
Andre Harris/Smolen, Smolen & Roytman, PLLC—AP Eric Harris (R) poses with his brother Andre in this undated photo.

"We are sorry Eric was taken from you"

An Oklahoma sheriff offered an apology on Monday to the family of Eric Harris, the unarmed man who was shot and killed by a reserve deputy who says he confused his gun for a Taser.

“We are sorry Eric was taken from you,” said Sheriff Stanley Glanz of Tulsa County. “My sympathy goes out to that family.”

The sheriff said his department was still trying to find all the training records for the reserve deputy, Robert Bates, a 73-year-old former insurance executive who volunteered with the department.

But the sheriff told reporters that it was proper for Bates to have…

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TIME Parenting

Hundreds Attend 10-Year-Old’s Birthday Party After Mom’s Facebook Plea

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At least 500 people showed up to the party Saturday while the Shakopee, Minn. Mayor Brad Tabke proclaimed it "Mackenzie Moretter Day"

A Minnesota mother was so distraught when all of the girls invited to her daughter’s birthday party said they wouldn’t be there that she took matters into her own hands and got an incredible turnout.

Ten-year-old Mackenzie Moretter has a developmental disorder called Sotos syndrome, which causes children to grow at a faster rate but often delays their social and intellectual skills.

“Kids are friendly to her, but she doesn’t have friends. No one calls and talks to her. I’ll show up at her school and she will be playing alone,” her father, Matthew Moretter, told NBC affiliate KARE.

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TIME celebrities

Ben Affleck Asked PBS to Not Reveal Slave-Owning Ancestor, Leaks Shows

Ben Affleck
Bill Clark—AP Ben Affleck, actor, filmmaker and founder of the Eastern Congo Initiative, testifies during the Senate Appropriations Committee State, Foreign Operations and Related Programs Subcommittee hearing on "Diplomacy, Development, and National Security" on March 26, 2015.

The information didn't air, as the host said other ancestors were highlighted

Ben Affleck requested that the PBS documentary series “Finding Your Roots” not reveal he had a slave-owning ancestor, according to emails published online by whistleblower site WikiLeaks, and the information never appeared on the program.

PBS and Harvard scholar Henry Louis Gates, host of the show that traces the ancestry of well-known guests, said in separate statements that they didn’t censor the slave-owner details. Instead, more interesting ancestors of the actor emerged and Gates chose to highlight them in October’s segment featuring Affleck, they said in the statements posted on the PBS website…

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TIME Crime

Police Rescue Puppies Strapped to the Roof of a Car in a Cage

The driver said there wasn't room for the dogs in the car

A police dash-cam video shows officers rescuing four scared puppies from a cage strapped to the roof of a van traveling on an Ohio highway Friday.

Akron police pulled over the driver and his family after receiving multiple 911 calls about the dogs, who were wind-battered but didn’t have any injuries, Sgt. Kris Beitzel told NBC affiliate WKYC.

“I did ask him why the dogs were not riding in the car, and he said he had far more important things to put in the car, meaning his children, and there wasn’t room,” Beitzel said.

The family of six, who was…

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TIME Environment

Will California’s Drought Mean More Expensive Jeans?

California is a big producer of high-end cotton

Drought and water shortages could push California’s cotton acreage to its lowest levels since the early 1930s, and that could become a problem for yet another industry that the state currently dominates—high-end apparel manufacturing.

California accounts for most of the U.S. production of an economically important, high-end type of cotton called Pima. A reduction in the crop could spell trouble for the local apparel makers—many of them in Los Angeles—that are already bracing for the state’s first mandatory water reductions.

“There’s going to be some major impacts into our company, primarily as a result of the water problems that…

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TIME Crime

Oklahoma Deputy Robert Bates Says He Had ‘No Desire to Take Anyone’s Life’

Robert Bates. The 73-year-old Oklahoma reserve sheriff's deputy, who authorities said fatally shot a suspect after confusing his stun gun and handgun, was booked into the county jail on a manslaughter charge in Tulsa, Okla. on April 14, 2015.
Tulsa County, Oklahoma, Sheriff's Office /AP Robert Bates. The 73-year-old Oklahoma reserve sheriff's deputy, who authorities said fatally shot a suspect after confusing his stun gun and handgun, was booked into the county jail on a manslaughter charge in Tulsa, Okla. on April 14, 2015.

Bates has been charged with second-degree manslaughter in the shooting death of Eric Harris

The Oklahoma reserve sheriff’s deputy who says he mistook his gun for a Taser offered an apology on Friday to the family of the unarmed man he shot and killed last week.

“I rate this as No. 1 on my list of things in my life that I regret,” the reserve deputy, Robert Bates, told TODAY in his first public remarks since the deadly encounter April 2.

Bates has been charged with second-degree manslaughter in the shooting death of Eric Harris, who bolted from a car after he allegedly tried to sell a semiautomatic pistol to an undercover cop during a sting…

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ESPN Reporter Britt McHenry Suspended After Foul-Mouthed Rant

ESPN confirmed Thursday had suspended McHenry for a week

ESPN suspended reporter Britt McHenry after a video of a foul-mouthed rant went viral on Thursday.

“I’m in the news sweetheart, I will f***ing sue this place,” McHenry can be seen telling a worker at Advance Towing in Arlington, Va., after her car was impounded.

The 28-year-old also criticized the woman’s appearance telling her to “lose some weight, baby girl,” and asking, “Maybe if I was missing some teeth they would hire me, huh? Cause they look so stunning … Cause I’m on television and you’re in a f***ing trailer, honey.”

The Washington, D.C.-based reporter also accused the attendant of being stupid…

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TIME Crime

Copter Pilot to Be Charged With Violating Restricted Airspace

Gyrocopter lands at US Capitol
Bill Clark—AP A man was arrested after landing a gyrocopter on the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol on April 15, 2015.

Douglas Hughes flew an aircraft onto the U.S. Capitol lawn on Wednesday

Douglas Hughes, the pilot who flew an aircraft onto the U.S. Capitol lawn, will be charged with operating an unregistered aircraft and violating restricted airspace, federal authorities said Thursday.

The first charge carries up to three years in prison, the second charge up to one year. Hughes was released on bond and ordered back to court May 8.

Hughes, a mail carrier who wanted to protest money in politics, flew the aircraft, an open-cockpit contraption known as a gyro-copter, onto the West Lawn of the Capitol on Wednesday afternoon…

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TIME Crime

Ohio Man Said to Train in Syria Charged With Plotting U.S. Attack

Authorities said he received training on breaking into houses

Federal charges have been filed against an Ohio man, accusing him of going to Syria to get terrorist training, then returning to the United States with the intention of killing police or soldiers.

Authorities accuse Abdirahman Sheik Mohamud, 23, of Columbus, of leaving the U.S. in April 2014 “for the purpose of training and fighting with terrorists in Syria.”

They say Mohamud, a naturalized citizen, got a passport and bought a one-way ticket to Greece. He did not take a connecting flight from Istanbul to Athens and instead “completed pre-arranged plans to travel to Syria,” they alleged.

Once there…

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TIME Colorado

TSA Officers Fired for Scheme to Grope Men at Denver Airport

Two Transportation Security Administration employees have been fired and two others reassigned after they allegedly set up a system to allow a male screener to pat down attractive men going through security at Denver International Airport, authorities said.

The employees were not identified, and there will be no criminal charges because no victims have come forward, according to a police report.

Denver Police got involved in March, after a tipster brought it to the attention of the TSA in November, which conducted an investigation and contacted police.

The male screener would give a signal to a female employee when a male passenger arrived that he thought was attractive …

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