VIRGINIA: Student expelled in election uproar
A student has been expelled and three others are being punished for their roles in a racially charged uproar on the campus of Hampden-Sydney College the night of President Barack Obama's re-election, the school said Thursday. They were among about 40 students who gathered outside the Minority Student Union on the night of Nov. 6 minutes after Obama won a second term. Some shouted racial slurs, tossed bottles, set off fireworks and threatened physical violence. No one was injured in the house; some left the building to confront the crowd peacefully, as did other students. The four were found guilty by a student court of violating the college's student code of conduct, the school said. Chris Howard, the all-male school's first African-American president, condemned the students' actions as a "harmful, senseless episode" in an email to parents after the incident.
ALABAMA: Worker kills self in courthouse
A federal court worker went through an employee entrance Thursday to avoid a security check that could have caught his gun and killed himself in the courthouse, the U.S. Marshals Service said. It said the worker used an access card to enter the Hugo L. Black U.S. Courthouse in Birmingham. The card system is being used at times while renovation work is done on the main entrance. The man, identified as building services director David Lee Williams, 50, of Birmingham, shot himself once in the head in a first-floor clerk's office, police said. No one else in the building was threatened.
WISCONSIN: Life in killing of woman, fetus
A Milwaukee woman who confessed that she tried to steal a baby by killing a pregnant woman and cutting out the full-term fetus was sentenced Thursday to life in prison with no chance of parole. Annette Morales-Rodriguez, 34, was convicted in September of first-degree intentional homicide in the deaths of Maritza Ramirez-Cruz, 23, and her fetus. Trial testimony showed Morales-Rodriguez had been distraught over her inability to give her boyfriend a son, had pretended to have had two miscarriages and was faking a third pregnancy.