Gun show causes offense
Some Colorado fans are upset after musician and performer Madonna used guns during a concert. Madonna started her show on Thursday night at the Pepsi Center in Denver with a gun scene, which she has used in previous performances. According to KUSA-TV the station received several calls on Friday from concertgoers saying they were offended she used guns and violence as part of her show in light of recent events in the state that included a mass shooting at a theater during a Batman movie on July 20 that left 12 people dead. Madonna and her agent could not be reached for comment.
Plane row man kept in jail
A judge has ordered a Ukrainian man accused of disrupting a Delta Air Lines flight to remain in custody, after prosecutors said that he is a flight risk and a danger to the community. Testimony during a detention hearing on Friday alleged that 46-year-old Anatoliy Baranovich twice attempted to bribe officers to release him and was found with 19 passports. Baranovich is accused of damaging and disabling an aircraft and interfering with a crew aboard the Boston-to-Salt Lake City flight on Monday. Authorities said Baranovich woke up during the plane’s descent and began yelling because he believed the wing of the airplane was on fire. He was restrained by passengers. A criminal complaint said Baranovich was visiting family in the Ukraine and got drunk for 50 days. He was headed to Portland, Oregon. Officials said when they searched his luggage they found the passports — 16 for women, ranging in age from 20s to early 30s and three for men.
Bear abusers fined for cruelty
A shocking photo of firefighters and civil defense personnel holding down a young, bound bear and pulling its ears has sparked outrage in Mexico and prompted fines for those involved. The environmental crimes prosecutor for the northern border state of Coahuila says the three-year-old bear survived the incident, though it suffered wounds to its paws and mouth. Prosecutor Javier de Jesus Rodriguez says a prolonged drought has led increasing numbers of bears into urban areas. Rodriguez said Friday that emergency personnel will be fined about 30,000 pesos (US$2,300) for animal abuse and failure to follow department rules. Rodriguez said the bear will be released and that special dogs are being imported to handle the problem by driving away the bears.
Alleged jihadist extradited
There is enough evidence to extradite a Canadian man to the US to face charges that he helped coordinate Tunisian jihadists believed responsible for separate suicide attacks in Iraq in 2009 that killed five US soldiers outside a US base and seven people at an Iraqi police complex, a judge ruled. Sayfildin Tahir Sharif, who holds dual Canadian/Iraqi citizenship, was arrested last year on a US warrant and has been fighting extradition to New York. The prosecution said intercepted telephone and Internet conversations show Sharif helped jihadists contact members of a terror network as they made their way from Tunisia to Iraq to make the attack. Justice Adam Germain of Edmonton Court of Queen’s Bench said on Friday the recorded phone calls and e-mails went far beyond religious enthusiasm. The case will go to Justice Minister Rob Nicholson for a final decision on whether the 40-year-old will be sent to New York to face trial.