National Briefs: NYC mayor cheered for settlement in wrongful conviction case

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NEW YORK -- One of the five men wrongfully convicted in the 1989 rape of a female jogger in New York City's Central Park cheered for Mayor Bill de Blasio at a joyful rally Saturday, the first remarks by one of the men since reports emerged they had reached a $40 million settlement with the city.

Speaking at a rally, Korey Wise, who was 16 when convicted and spent 13 years in prison before his exoneration, also thanked the murderer and serial rapist Matias Reyes for admitting to the brutal attack in 2002.

"For the new mayor," Mr. Wise said, referring to Mr. de Blasio, "Yes!" He pumped the air with his fist and lead the crowd in a chant: "Yes! Yes! Yes!"

Police: Shooting not random

DENVER -- A shooting involving rapper ScHoolboy Q after a concert at the historic Red Rocks amphitheater west of Denver likely was not a random act of violence, authorities said Saturday.

The rapper was not hurt in Thursday night's shooting, but three other people in the vehicle he was in sustained non-life threatening injuries. One of the victims was released from the hospital Friday morning.

No arrests have been made, but Jacki Kelley, a spokeswoman for the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office, said investigators have received numerous tips and are trying to determine a motive for the attack in a parking lot at the outdoor venue, where the Beatles and Grateful Dead have performed and U2 filmed "Under a Blood Red Sky."

Mt. Rainier search suspended

MOUNT RAINIER NATIONAL PARK, Wash. — Rescuers at Mount Rainier on Saturday suspended their search for a well-known, 70-year-old outdoors writer who hadn’t been seen since she separated from her hiking partner Wednesday.

Karen Sykes was reportedly working on a story when she and her partner encountered snow about 5,000 feet. Her partner stayed as she went on, with the idea that they’d reconvene, but she never turned up.

The partner, who made it safely back to the trailhead, reported her missing at 10:30 p.m. Wednesday.

Ms. Sykes is well known in the Northwest hiking community and has written numerous hiking stories for online publications and newspapers. She is also a photographer and has written a book about hikes in western Washington.

Her disappearance came weeks after six climbers are believed to have fallen to their deaths while attempting to climb a challenging route to the summit of the 14,410-foot peak southeast of Seattle.

Protests oppose police

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. -- Protesters advocating for drastic changes within a police agency criticized by the U.S. Justice Department over its use of force put the embattled police chief "on trial" during a rally Saturday.

Dozens of protesters, including some who brought children, marched from Roosevelt Park with signs and a makeshift coffin inscribed with names of people killed by Albuquerque officers in recent years.

The Police Department is under scrutiny for over 40 police shootings -- 26 of them fatal -- since 2010, and the Justice Department has issued a harsh report over the agency's use of force.

The protesters marched peacefully Saturday before returning to the park to continue the rally.

The mock trial outlined how police Chief Gorden Eden has failed to stop his officers from using excessive force, said David Correia, one of the protest's organizers.

Chief Eden said in a statement that police talked to protest organizers and officers would provide traffic escorts for the marchers.

-- Compiled from news services


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