N.Y.: Lawsuit over recruiting list

The Defense Department is violating the privacy of millions of high school students’ nationwide with a detailed database it uses for military recruitment, a federal lawsuit filed Monday claims. The New York Civil Liberties Union sued on behalf of six high schoolers. Military officials have said they have about 30 million names in the database that includes such information as the students’ Social Security numbers, gender and race.

Kansas: Teens charged in plot

Five teenage boys were charged in Columbus on Monday with threatening to carry out shootings at their high school last Thursday on the anniversary of the Columbine bloodbath. Each was charged with incitement to riot and making a criminal threat. The incitement charge carries to seven to 23 months in jail; the criminal threat charge is punishable by five to 17 months behind bars.

Maryland: Boy charged in slayings

A 12-year-old boy accused of beating and stabbing to death his mother and younger brother in District Heights was charged as a juvenile Monday with two counts of first-degree murder. The boy will remain in custody until his next hearing May 15. Neighbors described the 12-year-old boy as a bully.

Maine: More sex offenders visited

A Canadian man suspected of killing two people on the state’s online sex offender registry appears to have visited the homes of other sex offenders during a five-hour gap between the killings, police said Monday. The information about Stephen Marshall’s travels was based on global positioning software contained on his laptop, The Canadian Press reported. Marshall, 20, killed himself that evening when police stopped the bus he was riding on near Boston’s South Station, investigators said.

Florida: Homeless beating sentence

Four Daytona Beach teenagers who pleaded guilty to beating a homeless man to death last spring each received prison sentences Monday. Jeffrey Spurgeon, 19, and Chris Scamahorn, 15, were each sentenced to 35 years in prison. Justin Stearns, 18, will serve 27 years, and Warren Messner, 16, was sentenced to more than 22 years. The teens pleaded guilty to second-degree murder and conspiracy to commit first-degree murder in the death of Michael Roberts, 53.

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