Shots break up pot fest
Gunfire erupted at a Denver park Saturday, injuring two people and sending tens of thousands gathered for an annual pot celebration fleeing the area, police said. A crowd of marijuana smokers expected to swell to 80,000 had gathered at the park to mark the counterculture holiday known as 4/20 on the first celebration since Colorado and Washington made pot legal for recreational use. The shooting happened around 5 p.m., shortly after pot smokers shared hugs and joints in a mass 4:20 p.m. smoke-out. Police spokesman Sonny Jackson confirmed two people had been shot, and both were taken to a hospital with injuries that did not appear to be life-threatening. The gunshots quickly dispelled the festive atmosphere, with police swarming the scene.
Four fishermen missing
The U.S. Coast Guard used boats, a helicopter and airplanes Saturday to search for four fishermen who went missing off the Texas Gulf Coast after their boat sank. The Coast Guard received a distress signal from the 50-foot vessel at 3:30 a.m. Friday, Petty Officer Richard Brahm said. The boat began sinking about 115 miles southeast of Galveston, not far from the Texas-Louisiana border. Weather conditions were bad at the time, Brahm said. Sustained winds were strong, at 33 mph, and there were gusts of up to 40 mph, he said. The water was 50 degrees, and sea swells were between 10 feet and 15 feet, which was enormous for the 50-foot boat the men were in, he added.
Teen held in terror sting
An Illinois teenager who was friends with a man charged last year with trying to bomb a Chicago bar was arrested at an airport on his way to try to join a terrorist group in war-torn Syria, the FBI said Saturday. Abdella Ahmad Tounisi, 18, was arrested Friday night as he attempted to board a flight from Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport to Turkey, which borders Syria, the FBI said. Authorities said that he had hoped to join Jabhat al-Nusrah, an al-Qaida-affiliated group fighting Syrian President Bashar Assad’s regime in a bloody civil war.
Compiled from wire reports.