EL CAJON, Calif.

Officer fatally shoots refugee

The fatal police shooting of a Ugandan refugee who drew something from his pocket and extended his hands in a “shooting stance” happened about a minute after officers in a San Diego suburb arrived at the scene where a mentally unstable man was reportedly walking in traffic, a police spokesman said Wednesday. It took police more than an hour to respond because of other calls, El Cajon Lt. Rob Ransweiler said. Officers arrived at a parking lot next to a Mexican fast-food restaurant at about 2:10 p.m. and the man was shot about a minute later. Police said Alfred Olango refused to comply with instructions to remove a hand from his pants pocket and paced back and forth before rapidly drawing an object from the pocket. Police later said it was an electronic smoking device. Some protesters said he was shot while his hands were raised in the air, though police disputed that and produced a cellphone video to back their account.

PHILADELPHIA

Professor, wife sentenced

A university professor in Pennsylvania has been sentenced to a year and a day in prison on a conviction of defrauding NASA by letting graduate students and researchers do all the work on a $700,000 project. U.S. District Court Judge Harvey Bartle III also ordered Yujie Ding on Wednesday to pay a fine of $3,000 and restitution of $72,000. His wife, Yuliya Zotova, was sentenced to three months in prison. Authorities said the Lehigh University engineering professor and his wife told NASA that their startup company ArkLight would develop a sensor used to track climate change. Instead, prosecutors alleged, they used the company “as a front to funnel federal grant money to themselves for research performed by students and others.”

MINNEAPOLIS

FBI: Extremism was influence

FBI Director James Comey said Wednesday that the man who stabbed and wounded 10 people in a Minnesota mall before he was shot and killed by an off-duty police officer appears to have been inspired by extremist ideology. While testifying for hours before the House Judiciary Committee in Washington, Comey was asked whether authorities had confirmed that the attack earlier this month in a mall in St. Cloud was an act of terrorism. Comey responded that the FBI is “still working on it,” but that it looks like Dahir Ahmed Adan, 20, appears to have been motivated “by some sort of inspiration from radical Islamic groups.” Investigators are not sure which groups may have inspired Adan.

Compiled from wire reports