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2013-04-19T00:00:00Z Around the nationFrom Wire Reports From Wire Reports Arizona Daily Star
April 19, 2013 12:00 am  • 

Massachusetts

MIT cop shot dead; manhunt launched

CAMBRIDGE - A police officer for the Massachusetts Institute of Technology has been shot and killed at the campus outside of Boston, authorities said early today. No arrests had been made and a manhunt was on for the shooter.

The officer was responding to report of a disturbance Thursday night when he was shot multiple times, according to a statement from the Middlesex District Attorney's office and Cambridge police. It said there were no other victims.

MIT said on its website that police were sweeping the campus in Cambridge and urged people to remain indoors until further notice. People were urged to stay away from the Stata Building, a mixed-use building with faculty offices, classrooms and a common area.

Michigan

Honda recalls 205K vehicles to fix shifter

DETROIT - Honda is recalling nearly 205,000 minivans and SUVs in the U.S. and Canada to fix a problem with the automatic shifters.

The recall includes the Honda CR-V small SUV and Odyssey minivan from the 2012 and 2013 model years. Also covered is the 2013 Acura RDX SUV.

Honda says the device that stops drivers from shifting out of park without a foot on the brake may not work properly. The problem occurs in below-freezing temperatures.

The company says no complaints, crashes or injuries have been reported due to the problem. It was discovered during an internal investigation.

Honda will notify owners in mid-May and will make repairs free of charge.

California

2 campuses searched for bombs; none found

LOS ANGELES - When a 911 caller told Southern California police Thursday that there were bombs at two state universities, one campus decided to evacuate thousands of students while the other quietly conducted searches, allowing business to continue as usual.

The El Monte Police Department in suburban Los Angeles received 911 calls at 10:37 a.m. and 10:45 a.m. from pay phones about a mile apart in the center of city, said Sgt. Roger Cobian, a spokesman for the department.

"The caller in each said there were bombs at both Cal State L.A. and 'Cal State Berkeley,' " Cobian said.

The department informed officials at California State University-Los Angeles and the University of California, Berkeley, of the threats, and the investigation was turned over to the Los Angeles Police Department.

Cal State L.A.'s president decided to evacuate the campus as a precaution at about noon. A bomb squad was dispatched, but nothing was found, and the search was called off at about 2:30 p.m., LAPD spokesman Richard French said.

About 350 miles away, in the San Francisco Bay Area, UC Berkeley officials decided the threat was "pretty low-risk," said Lt. Eric Tejada, a spokesman for the campus Police Department. Officers conducted some searches of the campus but chose not to evacuate.

Oregon

Juror texting in trial is given time in jail

SALEM - A judge in Oregon noticed an unexpected glow on a juror's chest while the courtroom lights were dimmed during video evidence in an armed-robbery trial.

The juror, it seemed, was texting.

Marion County Circuit Judge Dennis Graves cleared the courtroom and excused all jurors except 26-year-old Benjamin Kohler.

According to a news release from the Marion County Sheriff's Office, Kohler had no explanation for his actions.

Jurors in Oregon are given explicit instructions at the outset of each trial not to use cellphones in court.

Graves held Kohler in contempt, and Kohler spent most of Tuesday and Wednesday in the county jail. He was released Wednesday night.

An alternate juror took his place. Sheriff's spokesman Don Thomson said the trial ended Thursday with the defendant found guilty.

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