The Latest: Witness describes arrest of UK terror suspect

LONDON (AP) -- The Latest on the arrest of a man with knives near Britain's Parliament (all times local): 6:30 p.m. A witness to the arrest by counterterror police of a man near Britain's Parliament says that he saw several knives on the ground. Chris Kacyk says that he had just arrived to the area when he saw the suspect "standing with his back toward the public and his face against the wall.

Life sentences sought for 30 with ties to Turkish newspaper

ISTANBUL (AP) -- A Turkish court accepted a criminal indictment demanding life imprisonment for 30 people with ties to a newspaper linked to a Muslim cleric whom the government accuses of masterminding a coup attempt. Turkey's official Anadolu news agency said the defendants, including former managers and columnists for the Zaman newspaper, were charged with "membership in an armed terror organization" and "attempting to overthrow" the country's government, Parliament and constitutional order.

UK anti-terror police detain man with knives near Parliament

LONDON (AP) -- Armed police carrying out a counterterrorism operation Thursday swooped in on a man they said was carrying knives in a bag near Britain's Parliament and arrested him on suspicion of planning terrorist acts. A European security official familiar with the individual said the suspect was known to British security agencies and was thought to have been inspired by the Islamic State group.

Man charged after shovel attack leads to skull fracture

CASSATT, S.C. (AP) -- Authorities say a man has been arrested on charges of assaulting another man with a shovel. The State reports ( 26-year-old Thomas Richard Johnson Jr. of Cassatt turned himself in and was charged Wednesday in connection with the attack April 15. Kershaw County Sheriff Jim Matthews says in a news release that Johnson "nearly killed" the victim.

LSU backup offensive lineman suspended after arrest

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) -- A Louisiana State University backup offensive tackle has been arrested by authorities in connection with a theft and suspended indefinitely by the team's coach. News outlets reports 20-year-old Adrian Magee was arrested Wednesday on one count of felony simple burglary. LSU Head Coach Ed Orgeron suspended him indefinitely the same day. Baton Rouge Police spokesman Don Coppola Jr.

Reports: German soldier planning attack arrested

BERLIN (AP) -- German police say they have arrested a German soldier who had posed as a Syrian refugee, on suspicion he was planning an attack that would be blamed on foreigners. The dpa news agency reported Thursday that Frankfurt prosecutors confirmed the arrest of the 28-year-old on charges of preparing an act of violence. Prosecutors weren't immediately available by telephone but planned a news conference later in the day.

Thai prosecutors to seek arrest warrant for Red Bull heir

BANGKOK (AP) -- An heir to the Red Bull fortune failed to show up Thursday to face charges over an alleged hit-and-run that killed a Thai police officer almost five years ago, as prosecutors declared they would now seek a warrant for his arrest. Prayuth Petchkhun, a deputy spokesman for the attorney general's office, told The Associated Press that Vorayuth "Boss" Yoovidhya failed to meet a 4 p.m. deadline.

Texas House OKs 'sanctuary city' ban with tough jail penalty

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) -- The Republican-controlled Texas House approved a strict ban on "sanctuary cities" early Thursday, empowering local law enforcement to enforce federal immigration law against anyone they detain and threatening police chiefs and sheriffs who refuse to do so with jail. The vote came just before 3 a.m. and followed 15-plus hours of heated, sometimes tearful debate, much of it from outnumbered Democrats.

Activists: Mexican who sought refuge in US church detained

DENVER (AP) -- A Mexican man who once sought sanctuary from deportation in a Colorado church was detained by federal immigration agents Wednesday morning as he went to a warehouse to get tile to install on a job, his wife said Wednesday. Arturo Hernandez has one daughter who is a U.S. citizen and a second protected from deportation under an Obama administration program for people brought to the country illegally as children.

Police: Woman accused of spraying teacher with lighter fluid

DURHAM, N.C. (AP) -- A North Carolina woman has been arrested and accused by police of spraying a teacher with lighter fluid and threatening to burn her. Durham police told local media organizations that 30-year-old Shequella Sheala Leonard went to her child's school for a meeting Monday with the teacher. Police said the woman became irate over accusations about her son's behavior and that the principal asked her to leave.

13 Louisiana-Lafayette players arrested, suspended

LAFAYETTE, La. (AP) -- Louisiana-Lafayette has indefinitely suspended 13 players facing charges of criminal conspiracy to commit felony theft. The suspended players are tight end Matthew Barnes, defensive ends Joe Dillon and Jarvis Jeffries, offensive linemen Robert Hunt and D'Aquin Withrow, linebacker Terik Miller, defensive backs Denarius Howard, Damar'ren Mitchell, Simeon Thomas and Levarious Varnado, defensive tackle LaDarrius Kidd and running backs Trey Ragas and Jordan Wright.

Texas poised to pass 'sanctuary city' ban with jail penalty

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) -- Texas Republicans were poised Wednesday to take a big step toward banning "sanctuary cities" in their state, debating a bill through which police chiefs and sheriffs could even be jailed for not cooperating fully with federal immigration authorities. Although Democrats don't have the votes in the Republican-controlled Legislature to stop the bill from going to Republican Gov.

Turkey: 1,000 detained over suspected links to Gulen

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) -- Turkey on Wednesday detained more than 1,000 people with suspected links to U.S.-based cleric Fethullah Gulen and later temporarily suspended some 9,000 personnel from its police force in one of the largest operations in recent months against the movement that is blamed for last summer's failed military coup.

On a North Carolina island, chase ends at dock with arrest

OCRACOKE, N.C. (AP) -- Authorities say a woman led police on a high-speed chase on a North Carolina coastal island but found out it's hard to elude the law when the only highway leads to a ferry dock. The Hyde County Sheriff's Office says deputies were called last weekend about a motorist driving recklessly on tiny Ocracoke Island in North Carolina's Outer Banks. Capt. Jason Daniels says 34-year-old Tara E.

Police: Man grew pot because he thought it'd be legal soon

ST. ALBANS, Vt. (AP) -- Vermont police have arrested a man who acknowledged growing marijuana to prepare for possible statewide legalization of the drug. St. Albans police say they came across Michael Marshall while investigating a hunting violation. Marshall fled into a house after a confrontation with police, and then consented to a search of the residence. Police say they then found and seized 13 full-grown marijuana plants and 27 smaller plants.

Woman faces 27 counts of animal cruelty for caging dogs

BLOUNTS CREEK, N.C. (AP) -- A woman has been charged with 27 counts of animal cruelty after 27 dogs were found caged in her home last month. WITN-TV reports ( that Julianne Harris was arrested Tuesday. Beaufort County Animal Control Chief Billy Lassiter says the dogs were penned up for 23 hours a day and at least three may have been stolen.

Deputy fired after charges of harassing estranged wife

PICKENS, S.C. (AP) -- A Pickens County Sheriff's deputy has been arrested and fired for stalking and threatening his estranged wife and her boyfriend. News outlets report the Pickens County Sheriff's Office said in a police report that Deputy First Class Michael McClatchy was originally put on administrative leave pending the outcome of an investigation but was fired after Easley police filed two counts of harassment against him Tuesday.

Police in North Carolina make arrest in hit and run death

DURHAM, N.C. (AP) -- Police in North Carolina have made an arrest in a hit and run death. Durham police said in a news release Wednesday night that 38-year-old Justin Roger Poindexter of Durham was arrested and charged with felony hit and run. It was not known if Poindexter has an attorney yet. Police spokeswoman Kammie Michael said 72-year-old Phillip Shaw of Durham was struck and killed around 11:30 p.m. Tuesday.