CHICAGO — The Fourth of July holiday weekend brought an explosion of gunfire to Chicago, with 82 people shot and 14 killed, authorities said Monday.
The violence was widespread with dozens of separate shooting incidents in the nation’s third-largest city from Thursday evening through early Monday, police said.
At a news conference Monday morning, Chicago Police superintendent Garry McCarthy called the violence “unacceptable,” blaming it in part on a “proliferation of firearms.”
BOSTON — A college classmate of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev and other young men tried to protect him because he was a friend “who they knew was being investigated for the Boston Marathon bombings,” a prosecutor told a federal court jury Monday.
Azamat Tazhayakov went to Mr. Tsarnaev’s residence with two classmates at the University of Massachusetts at Dartmouth and removed a laptop and a backpack containing explosives-making materials, Assistant U.S. Attorney Stephanie Siegmann said as the first Marathon bombing-related trial started.
The alleged acts by Mr. Tazhayakov, 20, who’s charged with obstruction of justice in a terrorism investigation, came as authorities sought Mr. Tsarnaev three days after the April 2013 bombing that killed three people and injured 260.
Toddler death in hot car
ATLANTA — Police in suburban Atlanta are seeking medical and life insurance records for a toddler who died last month after his father left him in a hot car for more than seven hours, according to search warrants released Monday.
The family had $27,000 in insurance on the toddler, Cooper Harris, according to police court testimony last week.
NYC fare war for Uber
NEW YORK — Uber Technologies Inc., the car- sharing service that lets people order transportation via a smartphone, is temporarily cutting fares on its taxi-like option to step up competition with New York City cab services.
The startup reduced fares by 20 percent for its UberX service, making it cheaper than a city taxi, the company said Monday on its website. An UberX ride in the borough of Manhattan from Grand Central Station to the Financial District would cost $22 under the new fares, compared with $24 for a city taxi, Uber said. The lower prices will be in place for a limited time.
Lab gets $50M donation
NEW YORK — James Simons, a retired hedge fund titan who used mathematical strategies to become a billionaire, is financing a new medical research center that plans to apply similar strategies to investigate serious diseases.
Mr. Simons, along with his wife, Marilyn, has given $50 million to Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory to pay for the creation of the Simons Center for Quantitative Biology, according to an announcement on Monday. With experts in applied mathematics, computer science and theoretical physics, the center will use sophisticated algorithms to analyze biological data.
Senator asks probe
WASHINGTON — Sen. Robert Menendez is asking the Justice Department to pursue evidence obtained by U.S. investigators that the Cuban government concocted an elaborate plot to smear him with allegations that he cavorted with underage prostitutes, according to people familiar with the discussions.
In a letter sent to Justice Department officials, the senator’s attorney asserts that the plot was timed to derail the political rise of Mr. Menendez, D-N.J., one of Washington’s most ardent critics of the Castro regime.
— Compiled from news services