Nation in brief

Couple booted from United flight

HOUSTON (AP) — A couple flying to Costa Rica for their wedding later this week were removed from a United Airlines flight in Houston for not following crew instructions.

Passenger Michael Hohl tells Houston television station KHOU that he and his fiance moved to empty seats because another passenger was asleep Saturday in their ticketed seats. They insisted they complied with a flight attendant to return to their proper seats, but a federal air marshal came aboard the flight and asked they get off. They were rebooked on another flight Sunday.

The airline said in a statement the couple repeatedly tried to sit in upgraded seats they didn’t buy and wouldn’t move.

United has been under fire for the contentious removal of a doctor from a plane in Chicago last week.

Police: Man showed

slaying on Facebook

CLEVELAND (AP) — Cleveland police say they are searching for a homicide suspect who broadcast the fatal shooting of another man live on Facebook.

Police say the man broadcast another video of himself later on the social media network claiming he had killed other people. Sgt. Jennifer Ciaccia tells cleveland.com that police haven’t verified any slayings besides the one Sunday afternoon in the city’s Glenville neighborhood.

The video of the killing was posted on Facebook for about three hours before it was removed.

She says police are seeking a man named Steve Stephens. His Facebook page apparently was deactivated later Sunday afternoon.

Police say he should be considered armed and dangerous. No information about the victim has been released.

Ohio club shooters

still on the loose

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Police in Ohio’s capital city appealed Sunday for witnesses to come forward to help them identify suspects in an early morning club shooting that wounded nine people.

An argument erupted into gunfire shortly after 3 a.m. Sunday in the J&R Party Hall, an after-hours venue, Columbus police said. Five females and four males were shot, their ages ranging from 20 to 33. Investigators weren’t sure how many people fired shots.

Two people were initially hospitalized in critical condition, but police said Sunday afternoon that none of the wounded had life-threatening injuries.

Police have interviewed victims and other witnesses, but they say they haven’t been helpful and some have refused to cooperate.

“This happens too often,” a police statement said of the lack of cooperation.

Home targeted where 3 slain

BOULDER, Colo. (AP) — A home in the foothills northwest of Denver where three people were found slain was specifically targeted, investigators said Sunday.

Deputies conducting a welfare check at the request of a worried acquaintance found two men and a woman dead in the house Saturday, and investigators quickly ruled out murder-suicide as a possibility.

Cmdr. Mike Wagner with the Boulder County Sheriff’s Office said someone targeted the home and there is no general threat to the public. No information about a suspect or a possible motive has been released.

The sheriff’s office has identified the victims, but the coroner will not release their names or say how they were killed until their families are notified. Investigators earlier said the bodies showed signs of trauma.

The home southwest of Boulder is set about 100 feet back from the road in a remote and wooded area. No immediate neighboring homes are within view.

Hawaii shark attack

costs man his leg

HONOLULU (AP) — A man who witnessed a Hawaii shark attack says the victim is a French surfer who had part of a leg amputated but is in remarkably good spirits.

Mac Pigott tells KHON-TV he visited the victim on Saturday in a hospital on the island of Kauai following the attack at Davidson’s Beach.

Pigott did not identify the French man by name, but he provided KHON-TV with a picture of him smiling from his hospital bed.

Pigott says doctors amputated one of the man’s legs just below the knee.

He says the victim is setting goals so he can compete one day in the Paralympic Games.

Use of forced labor alleged in lawsuit

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A Guatemalan man and two of his former co-workers have filed a federal lawsuit against a Tennessee landscaping company, accusing the firm of trafficking immigrants for forced labor.

The Tennessean reports that Mynor Chox says he was treated like a servant and threatened with deportation if he complained about working conditions at Outdoors Unlimited landscaping company in Murfreesboro, about 35 miles southeast of Nashville.

Chox got a temporary visa known as the H2-B that allowed him to work legally in the United States. In the lawsuit, the three men say they were forced to live in a trailer with 10 others, worked six days a week and were cheated out of their wages.

An attorney for the company declined to comment. In legal filings, the company has denied any wrongdoing.

By Chad Fleck

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