Autopsy: Child in NJ hostage-taking situation was stabbed in chest, died same day as his mom
May 14, 2013 6:02 PM CDT
A child whose body was found in a New Jersey home following a dramatic 37-hour standoff this weekend died from stab wounds on the same day as his mother nearly three weeks earlier, authorities said Tuesday. The Mercer County Prosecutor's Office said autopsy results on 12-year-old Quavon Foster indicated his death was a homicide. Foster suffered multiple stab wounds to the chest and died less than two weeks before his birthday. Authorities initially said Foster was 13 years old. The prosecutor's...
USA Today founder Al Neuharth says goodbye himself on video shown at Fla. memorial
May 14, 2013 5:57 PM CDT
USA Today founder Al Neuharth posthumously addressed mourners at his Florida memorial service Tuesday with a video he taped before his death last month. Neuharth joked that "there are some people who wished this event had taken place long ago." The founder of USA Today and the Newseum was honored Tuesday at the headquarters of Florida Today newspaper in Melbourne. In the video, Neuharth recounted a "love affair" with Florida's Space Coast that began during a first visit in 1943. Speakers included...
Drunk Arizona State Univ. student left at hospital with Post-it note saying he'd been drinking
May 14, 2013 5:50 PM CDT
An Arizona State University student who passed out and was left in a wheelchair in a hospital lobby with a Post-it note to tell doctors that he had participated in a drinking competition apparently put back about 20 shots of tequila. Police are considering citing the student for underage drinking in what is the latest alcohol-related incident to involve ASU students in recent months. The 19-year-old student was found early Saturday in the emergency room lobby of St. Luke's Hospital, according...
25-year report card says despite progress toward cleanup, Great Lakes still have big problems
May 14, 2013 5:33 PM CDT
A decades-old effort to nurse the battered Great Lakes to health has made progress toward reducing toxic pollution and slamming the door on invasive species, but the freshwater seas continue to face serious threats, a U.S.-Canadian agency said Tuesday. The International Joint Commission, which advises both nations on issues affecting shared waterways, said their governments had compiled a mixed record in restoring the Great Lakes, which for much of the 20th Century were fouled by industrial and...
US Indian affairs official to attend SD summit on tribal children placed in foster care
May 14, 2013 5:30 PM CDT
President Barack Obama's top official on tribal issues was expected to attend a summit this week in South Dakota aimed at sorting out allegations that the state regularly violates federal law by removing American Indian children from their homes and placing them in foster care with non-Indian families. Kevin Washburn, the U.S. Interior Department's assistant secretary for Indian affairs, planned to meet with leaders from South Dakota's nine Indian tribes for the three-day summit starting Wednesday...
6 current, former San Francisco school employees charged with embezzling millions of dollars
May 14, 2013 5:15 PM CDT
Six current and former San Francisco school district employees were charged Tuesday with embezzling about $15 million in grant money from the district, officials said. The suspects face multiple felony grand theft and embezzlement counts for diverting federal and state grant money into hidden slush fund accounts through several nonprofits over a 10-year period, district attorney George Gascon and San Francisco Unified Schools Superintendent Richard Carranza announced at a news conference. A three-year...
Police: SC woman fatally shoots her 2 kids, wounds husband; she's now in hospital
May 14, 2013 5:14 PM CDT
A woman charged with shooting and killing her two young children and seriously wounding her husband at their northwestern South Carolina home told a nurse at the hospital she wanted to kill herself, but just couldn't do it, according to arrest warrants. Suzanna Simpson was found hurt in a wrecked pickup truck outside her family's home in Pickens County around 6 a.m. Tuesday, deputies said. She told paramedics "OK, OK, I shot my whole family," which sent officers rushing to the house, authorities...
80-year-old South Carolina amputee in wheelchair dies of injuries after being attacked by dogs
May 14, 2013 5:06 PM CDT
An 80-year-old South Carolina double-amputee has died from his injuries after he was dragged from his wheelchair and attacked by four dogs, authorities said Tuesday. Carlton Freeman of Harleyville was driving his motorized wheelchair on May 8 when he was attacked, said Maj. John Garrison, a spokesman for the Dorchester County Sheriff's Department. An incident report said Freeman told authorities that he was pulled from his wheelchair during the attack in the community about 50 miles northwest...
Father of NJ boy, 4, who shot and killed playmate, 6, is accused of having unsecured guns
May 14, 2013 5:02 PM CDT
A New Jersey man whose 4-year-old son shot and killed a 6-year-old playmate has been criminally charged and is due in court later this week. Prosecutors say Anthony Senatore had multiple unsecured weapons accessible to children in his Toms River home. Authorities say Senatore's son took a loaded .22-caliber rifle from a bedroom on April 8 and fired a shot, fatally wounding neighbor Brandon Holt while they were playing outdoors. Officials say four shotguns were found close to ammunition and accessible...
NJ man charged with faking documents to sell scrapped and rejected airplane engine parts
May 14, 2013 4:48 PM CDT
A New Jersey man has been charged with running a scheme to sell airplane parts that had been scrapped or rejected. The U.S. attorney's office says Edgewater resident Gideon Vaisman and others bought scrapped airplane engine parts and created fake paper trails to hide the fact the parts had been rejected by licensed repair facilities. Authorities say the parts were cleaned and sanded at a facility in Suffern, N.Y., and were sold to aircraft owners. It's unknown if any of the parts contributed...
FBI, National Archives return to rightful owners 10,000 items stolen by well-known collector
May 14, 2013 4:44 PM CDT
At a table in the library of the Maryland Historical Society, an investigator with the National Archives pulls file folder after file folder from a cardboard box and hands them to library director Patricia Dockman Anderson. An FBI agent sits nearby. Item No. 451: an invitation to meet Vice President Hubert Humphrey in Hawaii in 1966. Item No. 1695: a ticket stub to the 1912 Democratic National Convention. Item No. 1332: a program linked to President Abraham Lincoln's 1865 funeral. Until recently,...
A look at the case of Kermit Gosnell, Philadelphia abortion doctor convicted of 3 baby deaths
May 14, 2013 4:41 PM CDT
Longtime Philadelphia abortion provider Dr. Kermit Gosnell was found guilty of first-degree murder in the deaths of three babies who prosecutors said were delivered alive and killed, and guilty of involuntary manslaughter in the drug-overdose death of a patient who had undergone an abortion. He agreed to give up his right to appeal the convictions and, in exchange, prosecutors said he would be spared the death penalty. A look at key facts in the case: ___ THE INVESTIGATION In 2010, federal...
Virginia Tech president announces retirement; reflects on his tenure and handling of massacre
May 14, 2013 4:22 PM CDT
The president of Virginia Tech announced his retirement Tuesday, satisfied he had elevated the university's reputation and acknowledging that the worst mass shooting in modern U.S. history on his campus would be a part of his legacy. Charles Steger, 65, continues to be a central figure and criticized for the way the Blacksburg campus responded on April 16, 2007, when a student-gunman killed 32 students and faculty before killing himself. "It's part of our legacy, it's part of history," Steger...
Fire marshal, ATF to release findings from probe into Texas plant explosion this week
May 14, 2013 4:17 PM CDT
State and federal agents will release this week the findings of an investigation into a deadly explosion at a Texas fertilizer plant. The State Fire Marshal's Office and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives will announce their findings on Thursday. Investigators have spent nearly a month combing a 93-foot-wide crater to try to pinpoint what caused the fire and the massive blast at the West Fertilizer Co. last month that killed 14 people. They have focused on ammonium nitrate,...
Powerball jackpot climbs to $360 million; a look at the top 10 world record lottery jackpots
May 14, 2013 4:02 PM CDT
The Powerball jackpot is climbing again, and fast. In just a few short weeks, the jackpot has ballooned to $360 million, making it the third largest Powerball jackpot and the seventh largest jackpot ever. Here's a look at the top 10 world record lottery jackpots. 1. $656.0 million, Mega Millions, March 30, 2012 (3 tickets from Kansas, Illinois and Maryland) 2. $587.5 million, Powerball, Nov. 28, 2012 (2 tickets from Arizona and Missouri) 3. $390.0 million, Mega Millions, March 6, 2007 (2 tickets...
Citing federal cap, judge cuts landmark $240M verdict for mentally disabled workers to $1.6M
May 14, 2013 3:52 PM CDT
A judge has slashed a landmark $240 million verdict to $1.6 million for 32 mentally disabled workers who suffered years of abuse by their caretakers. U.S. Senior Judge Charles Wolle entered judgment Tuesday against Henry's Turkey Service of Goldthwaite, Texas. Wolle says he must limit the judgment to $50,000 per employee, the cap included in the Americans with Disabilities Act for businesses with fewer than 101 workers. Jurors found May 1 that Henry's discriminated against the men, who were hired...
Prosecution lists 3,500 potential witnesses for trial of Colorado theater shooting suspect
May 14, 2013 2:57 PM CDT
Court documents say prosecutors in the Colorado theater shootings have listed about 3,500 potential witnesses they could call during the trial of defendant James Holmes. The estimate was in a motion filed Tuesday. None of the witnesses have been publicly identified. Lawyers also say nearly 40,000 pages of documents about evidence have been filed. Holmes is accused of killing 12 and injuring 70 in the July 20 shooting at an Aurora movie theater. He's charged with multiple counts of murder and...
$300,000 damage in Port Angeles bulldozer rampage; 3 houses destroyed, property crushed
May 14, 2013 2:40 PM CDT
Damage is estimated at $300,000 at a subdivision near Port Angeles where a man destroyed three houses with a bulldozer, damaged another home and crushed two sheds, a pickup truck, lawn mower, fences and other property in a dispute with a neighbor. No one was injured in Friday's rampage, and 51-year-old Barry Swegle is held on $1 million bail for possible charges of assault and malicious mischief. He's due in Clallam County Superior Court on Wednesday when an arraignment may be set. The Peninsula...
Airlines took in more than $6 billion in baggage and reservation change fees in 2012
May 14, 2013 2:36 PM CDT
U.S. airlines collected more than $6 billion in baggage and reservation change fees from passengers last year _ the highest amount since the fees became common five years ago. Passengers shouldn't expect a break anytime soon. Those fees _ along with extra charges for boarding early or picking prime seats _ have helped return the industry to profitability. Airlines started charging for a first checked suitcase in 2008 and the fees have climbed since. Airlines typically charge $25 each way for...
HIV-infected southwestern Illinois teacher's aide accused of sexually assaulting student
May 14, 2013 2:26 PM CDT
An Illinois special-needs teaching assistant accused of molesting a teenage student in school while knowingly infected with HIV remained jailed Tuesday as police investigated another claim of similar misconduct by the man involving a different student. Prosecutors in St. Clair County east of St. Louis charged Mario L. Hunt, 35, on Monday with felony counts of criminal sexual assault, aggravated criminal sexual abuse and "transmitting" HIV through intimate contact during the first half of 2011,...
Teacher removes suspicious package from Colorado school that was found to be explosive device
May 14, 2013 1:35 PM CDT
A teacher removed a suspicious package left inside a northern Colorado school that was later determined to be an active explosive, authorities said Tuesday. However, police in Lafayette were cautious about calling the teacher a hero. "That would not be a recommended protocol for the safety of the person carrying it," police Cmdr. Gene McCausey said. "Whether it was a smart thing to do or the teacher's a hero, that would be left up to the reader." Still, he said, "If my kid was in that school...
US appeals court in Va. weighs conviction of Somali man called biggest US piracy catch
May 14, 2013 1:24 PM CDT
In the violent world of piracy, Mohammad Saaili Shibin was a multilingual negotiator based in lawless Somalia, working his cellphone to negotiate multimillion-dollar ransoms for merchant ships and sailors that dared to venture into pirate-infested international waters off Africa. Does that make him guilty of piracy? The question was the central argument Tuesday as a federal appeals court debated with an attorney seeking to overturn Shibin's piracy conviction and a government prosecutor arguing...
Correction: Kenya-Sandal Animals story
May 14, 2013 12:36 PM CDT
In a story May 8 about artisans in Kenya who turn old sandals into art objects, The Associated Press included two paragraphs that closely paralleled the wording of an earlier story on the subject by the Voice of America. Inclusion of such material should have been attributed to VOA. A corrected version of the story is below: Kenya co. turns old sandals into colorful objects Kenyan company turns old sandals into colorful array of toys and safari animals By JOE MWIHIA Associated Press NAIROBI,...
Experts differ on whether screams on 911 calls are of murder defendant or Trayvon Martin
May 14, 2013 12:35 PM CDT
Audio experts differ on whether screams for help captured on 911 calls are those of defendant George Zimmerman or of shooting victim 17-year-old Trayvon Martin, according to reports released Tuesday. One New Jersey-based audio expert said in a report that the screams came from Martin, while another Florida-based audio expert said the shouts were a mix of Martin and Zimmerman. Attorneys prosecuting Zimmerman on a charge of second-degree murder hired the audio experts to compare samples of Zimmerman's...
Bankrupt $200M Columbia River ethanol plant in Oregon now used to store, ship North Dakota oil
May 14, 2013 12:17 PM CDT
An ethanol plant on the Columbia River that was built with the help of $36 million in Oregon state loans and tax credits is now being used to store and ship crude oil from North Dakota. The Oregonian reports ( http://bit.ly/12xgC1M ) the plant's switch came with little public notice. It was built at a cost of $200 million for Cascade Grain at the Port of St. Helens' Port Westward Industrial park near Clatskanie. The owner filed for bankruptcy in 2009, less than a year after startup. It produced...
Indictment: NY woman lied about being Conn. school shooting victim's kin to get donors' money
May 14, 2013 11:48 AM CDT
New York City prosecutors say a woman has been charged with fraud for posing as the aunt of a Connecticut school shooting victim and soliciting donations. Nouel Alba was indicted Tuesday on identity theft and fraud charges in the Bronx. Prosecutors say she pretended to be the aunt of 6-year-old victim Noah Pozner. She was accused of using her Facebook account, telephone calls and text messages to seek donations for what she called a "funeral fund." Alba was first arrested in December on charges...
Prince Harry ends tour of storm-damaged New Jersey shore with Gov. Chris Christie as his guide
May 14, 2013 11:23 AM CDT
Britain's Prince Harry is heading to New York City after finishing a tour of two New Jersey towns hard hit by Superstorm Sandy. Gov. Chris Christie led the prince along the rebuilt boardwalk in Seaside Heights, where the MTV reality show "Jersey Shore" was taped. The prince also saw the roller coaster that Sandy tossed into the sea. The two played a game of chance, tossing plastic balls at a hole and giving the prizes to children who they were teamed with. Earlier, Harry and Christie shook...
Washington state bulldozer rampage destroys 3 houses, other property; does $300,000 in damage
May 14, 2013 10:54 AM CDT
A man unhappy with a neighbor's fence is accused of using a bulldozer to destroy three houses, damage another home and crush two sheds, a pickup truck, lawn mower, fences and other property. No one was injured in the rampage that caused an estimated $300,000 damage. Suspect Barry Swegle is held on $1 million bail for possible charges of assault and malicious mischief. The 51-year-old is to appear Wednesday in Clallam County Superior Court when an arraignment may be set. The Peninsula Daily...
Honda to produce new version of Acura NSX sports car in central Ohio
May 14, 2013 10:47 AM CDT
Honda's new version of its Acura NSX sports car will be produced at a new plant inside one of the automaker's former facilities in central Ohio, Honda said Tuesday. The new $70 million plant, called the Performance Manufacturing Center, will be inside the former North American Logistics facility and adjacent to Honda's existing factory in Marysville. The new factory is expected to employ about 100 skilled workers drawn from existing Ohio operations, with mass production expected to begin in 2015....
Federal judge: MIT can black out some names, information in documents related to Swartz case
May 14, 2013 10:19 AM CDT
The Massachusetts Institute of Technology can black out the names of university officials when releasing documents related to the investigation into free-information activist Aaron Swartz, a federal judge has ruled. U.S. District Judge Nathaniel Gorton wrote in the decision Monday that disclosure could expose MIT employees, law enforcement officials and others to harassment and retaliation. Swartz, 26, hanged himself in New York City in January as he faced trial on charges he hacked into the...
3 arrested on drug charges, prostitution allegations at New Jersey senior housing complex
May 14, 2013 8:00 AM CDT
Authorities have arrested three people following allegations of prostitution and drug use at a senior citizen housing complex in northern New Jersey. Authorities have charged 75-year-old James Parham and 66-year-old Cheryl Chaney with possessing drug paraphernalia and maintaining a drug nuisance at the Vincente Tibbs Senior Citizen Building in Englewood. Detective Capt. Timothy Torell tells The Record ( http://bit.ly/19mKnVh ) newspaper Parham also admitted providing prostitutes to some of his...
Caroline Kennedy selected to sit on NYC jury for trial of man accused of dealing crack
May 14, 2013 7:53 AM CDT
Caroline Kennedy will sit on a New York City jury for the trial of a man accused of dealing crack cocaine. She was selected Monday to serve as a juror at the trial of Nelson Chatman in state Supreme Court in Manhattan. The only surviving child of President John F. Kennedy and Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis didn't mention whether any member of her family had been a victim of a crime. When asked if she or a family member had close ties to law enforcement, Kennedy said her brother once worked as an...
Police search for 19-year-old man shooting, wounding of 19 at New Orleans Mother's Day parade
May 14, 2013 7:38 AM CDT
New Orleans police and federal authorities were searching early Tuesday for a young man who is suspected of opening fire at a Mother's Day parade in New Orleans, wounding 19. Police Superintendent Ronal Serpas identified the suspect late Monday as Akein Scott, 19, of New Orleans. Referring to blurry surveillance camera images of the mass shooting, Serpas said police have "multiple identifications of Akein Scott as the shooter" seen in the film. Serpas said officers would be searching all night...
10 Things to Know for Today
May 14, 2013 6:53 AM CDT
Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today: 1. CONGRESS INVESTIGATING IRS SCANDAL A House committee is holding hearings this week on the IRS' targeting of tea party and conservative political groups. 2. JUSTICE DEPARTMENT OBTAINS AP PHONE RECORDS The AP's CEO called the seizure of two months of records for more than 20 phone lines a "massive and unprecedented intrusion" into news operations. 3. ANGELINA JOLIE HAS DOUBLE MASTECTOMY...
Quotations of the day
May 14, 2013 4:26 AM CDT
"If, in fact, IRS personnel engaged in the kind of practices that had been reported on and were intentionally targeting conservative groups, then that's outrageous and there's no place for it." _ President Barack Obama. ___ "What it boils down to is this: If you electrocute an eagle, that is bad, but if you chop it to pieces, that is OK." _ Tim Eicher, a former U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service enforcement agent, after an AP investigation determined the Obama administration doesn't prosecute wind-energy...
Vermont poised to join 3 other states allowing lethal meds for terminally ill patients
May 14, 2013 1:31 AM CDT
Vermont is poised to join three other states permitting doctors to prescribe lethal doses of medication to terminally ill patients after the state House approved a compromise bill similar to Oregon's 1997 law. The bill, approved on Monday, now goes before Gov. Peter Shumlin, a strong supporter of the legislation. It marks the first time a state has granted legislative approval to such a measure. By a 75-65 roll call vote, the House concurred with a Senate version of the bill that largely mirrors...
Vermont House passes bill allowing doctors to help patients die, goes to governor next
May 13, 2013 11:28 PM CDT
The Vermont House approved a measure Monday night that would allow doctors to provide lethal medication to terminally ill patients seeking to end their own lives. If Gov. Peter Shumlin _ a strong supporter of the bill _ signs on, Vermont will join Oregon, Washington and Montana as states allowing physicians to provide deadly doses of medication to dying patients who seek it. The vote was a reversal of the defeat of similar legislation in the House in 2007 and marked the first time any legislature...
9th Circuit: Order on misconduct probe of US district judge 'moot' following resignation
May 13, 2013 10:56 PM CDT
An order from a panel of federal judges on the findings of a misconduct investigation into U.S. District Judge Richard Cebull is moot because the judge resigned, the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said Monday. Cebull retired on May 3 after the 9th Circuit's Judicial Council completed an investigation into his conduct in forwarding a racist email involving President Barack Obama. Cebull, who was the Montana chief federal judge based in Billings, announced his resignation in a March 29 letter,...
Subsidiary of Indian drug maker agrees to pay record $500 million US penalty for impure drugs
May 13, 2013 10:32 PM CDT
A subsidiary of India's largest pharmaceutical company has agreed to pay a record $500 million in fines and penalties for selling adulterated drugs and lying to federal regulators in a case that is part of an ongoing crackdown on the quality of generic drugs flowing into the U.S. Federal prosecutors say the guilty plea by Ranbaxy USA Inc. represents the largest financial penalty against a generic drug company for violations of the Federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act, which prohibits the sale of...
Calif. man who told police zombies were chasing him pleads guilty to assault, vehicle theft
May 13, 2013 9:49 PM CDT
A Tennessee man who stole a big-rig truck in California, caused several accidents and told investigators he was fleeing zombies when he did it has pleaded guilty to several felonies. U-T San Diego ( http://bit.ly/17Yg8VO ) reports Jerimiah Hartline pleaded guilty Monday to assault with a deadly weapon, hit-and-run causing death or injury, and vehicle theft. He could get five years in prison. The California Highway Patrol says Hartline stowed away in the truck in Tennessee and stole it when the...
4 kids, 2 adults die in Pa. house fire on Mother's Day; mom was at friend's home doing laundry
May 13, 2013 9:36 PM CDT
Fire tore through a family's home on Mother's Day, authorities said, killing four young children, their father and another relative while their mother was across the street doing laundry at a friend's house. The blaze broke out around 11:55 p.m. Sunday at the single-family home in Pottsville, in eastern Pennsylvania. Firefighters later found all of the bodies on the third floor of the building, which sits on a steep hillside not far from the D.G. Yuengling & Son brewery in Pennsylvania's...
Wis. boy tells Biden nation would be safer with chocolate bullets, gets handwritten response
May 13, 2013 9:14 PM CDT
It might not be unusual for schoolchildren to write to the president or vice president. But one Wisconsin boy got an unexpectedly personal response. The 7-year-old, second-grade student at Downtown Montessori Academy wrote a letter to Vice President Joe Biden and other officials a few months ago with a simple idea for making the world safer. His teacher Jenny Aicher says his letter suggested that if guns shot chocolate bullets, no one would get hurt. The student _ and the rest of the school...
Ohio State greenhouse awaits corpse flower's rare stinky bloom, with odor of rotted flesh
May 13, 2013 9:08 PM CDT
Researchers at an Ohio State University greenhouse are awaiting a rare second bloom by a rainforest plant known as a corpse flower because of its unpleasant odor. The university says the nearly 6-foot titan arum is expected to open this week, releasing another round of its rotting-flesh smell a little more than two years after it first flowered. A second corpse flower opened briefly at the greenhouse last May. A university spokeswoman tells The Columbus Dispatch ( http://bit.ly/15FLGSU ) cultivators...
Limo driver who took Chicago teens to prom charged with drunken driving; denies allegations
May 13, 2013 8:26 PM CDT
Authorities say a limousine driver who erratically drove more than 20 suburban Chicago teenagers to a prom had an alcohol level nearly three-times the legal limit. Richard L. Madison says he wasn't intoxicated and that mechanical problems caused his erratic driving Saturday as he took the teenagers from Oswego East High School to their prom at a banquet hall near Glen Ellyn. But a DuPage County sheriff's report says a Breathalyzer test indicated Madison's blood-alcohol level was 0.22 percent....
Highly flammable gas acetylene explodes at W.Va. distributor; 2 workers injured
May 13, 2013 8:16 PM CDT
Two workers were injured Monday when highly flammable gas used in welding exploded at a West Virginia industrial site, officials said. Fire crews were sent at about 3:20 p.m. to Airgas, a distributor of specialty gases in Poca, outside of Charleston. Putnam County emergency management director Frank Chapman said the explosion involved about 50 tanks of acetylene that were at Airgas waiting to be refilled. What caused the tanks to explode wasn't known. Chad Jones, a firefighter with the Bancroft...
US won't let ambassador attend UN Conference on Disarmament when Iran takes over presidency
May 13, 2013 8:12 PM CDT
The United States said Monday it will refuse to send its ambassador to any meeting of the U.N. forum where nuclear disarmament is negotiated when it's chaired by Iran because countries under U.N. sanctions shouldn't be allowed to hold such positions. Erin Pelton, spokesperson for the U.S. Mission to the United Nations, said in a statement that a country "in flagrant violation" of U.N. Security Council and International Atomic Energy Agency obligations stemming from its suspect nuclear program...
Amtrak unveils new locomotives that will replace aging fleet on busy Northeast Corridor
May 13, 2013 8:09 PM CDT
Amtrak has unveiled at a plant in California the first of 70 new locomotives, marking what the national passenger railroad service said it hopes will be a new era of better reliability, streamlined maintenance and more energy efficiency. On a broader scale, the new engines displayed Monday could well be viewed as emblematic of the improving financial health of Amtrak, which has long been dependent on subsidies from an often reluctant Congress. More than 31 million passengers rode Amtrak in the...
10 Things to Know for Tuesday
May 13, 2013 8:01 PM CDT
Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about Tuesday: 1. WHY THE WHITE HOUSE IS ON THE DEFENSIVE Simultaneous investigations into the IRS targeting conservative political groups and last year's attacks in Libya are threatening to overtake Obama's second-term agenda. 2. JUSTICE DEPARTMENT OBTAINS AP PHONE RECORDS "There can be no possible justification for such an overbroad collection of the telephone communications," CEO Gary Pruitt says....
Western Colo. coroner: Remains found in partially buried car are from man missing since 1987
May 13, 2013 6:53 PM CDT
Authorities in western Colorado say a human skeleton found in a partially buried car belongs to a man who was reported missing 26 years ago. The Grand Junction Daily Sentinel reports ( http://bit.ly/13VWmIK ) the Mesa County Coroner's Office identified the man on Monday as 65-year-old Ronald Vasey. He went missing in 1987. The sheriff's department says someone hiking near John Brown Canyon Road, near Gateway, called 911 at about 6 p.m. Thursday to report a crashed vehicle below a cliff. The...
Man accused of killing 4 on eastern Kansas farm makes court appearance
May 13, 2013 6:31 PM CDT
A man charged with killing three adults and a toddler on an eastern Kansas farm made a brief appearance in a packed courtroom Monday, but showed little emotion while a judge set a new court date. Kyle Flack, 27, has been held on $10 million bond in the Franklin County jail since he was charged Friday with capital murder in the deaths of 18-month-old Lana Leigh Bailey; her mother, Kaylie Bailey, 21; and Andrew Stout, 30. Flack is also charged with multiple counts of first-degree murder in those...
Autopsy: NJ hostage-taker shot in head, woman had been stabbed; teen son's autopsy next
May 13, 2013 6:29 PM CDT
The woman whose decomposing body was pulled from a New Jersey home following a tense, 37-hour standoff died from stab wounds and blunt force trauma, authorities said Monday. Police identified the woman as Carmelita Stevens on Sunday _ the same day officers stormed her South Trenton home to rescue three of her children from a registered sex-offender who had held authorities at bay since Friday. The standoff ended when officers entered the home and shot 38-year-old Gerald Tyrone Murphy _ the man...
Convicted murderer Jodi Arias back in jail after spending weekend on suicide watch
May 13, 2013 5:39 PM CDT
Jodi Arias has been transferred back to a Phoenix jail after spending the weekend on suicide watch at another facility. Maricopa County Sheriff's officials say Arias is back at the Estrella Jail where she will be housed until her trial has concluded. Arias was convicted of first-degree murder on Wednesday in the June 2008 killing of her one-time boyfriend. She claimed she killed Travis Alexander in self-defense after he attacked her, but authorities said it was a planned murder fueled by jealousy....
RI estate lawyer says he's innocent in death fraud; asking to change guilty plea to not guilty
May 13, 2013 5:34 PM CDT
An estate planning lawyer who pleaded guilty mid-trial to using the identities of terminally ill people to illegally obtain tens of millions of dollars is trying to persuade a federal judge to let him change his plea back to not guilty. Joseph Caramadre appeared before U.S. District Judge William Smith on Monday in the continuation of a dayslong hearing on whether he will be allowed to vacate the guilty plea he entered in November. "I'm 100 percent innocent of all the charges, and I feel I'm entitled...
Suburban Dallas middle school teacher who has cancer inspires students while teaching science
May 13, 2013 5:32 PM CDT
Susan Templer wasn't supposed to make it to 2012 or 2013. But the suburban Dallas middle school science teacher fought back against pancreatic cancer for close to two years and reached a milestone _ 25 years on the job. When doctors diagnosed her with cancer in August 2011, her students and colleagues rushed to support her. Templer says work kept her going, and she loves nothing more than teaching science. Richardson North Junior High Principal Philip Bates says Templer is the strongest person...
Emergency manager reveals Detroit is nearly broke; city may have no choice except bankruptcy
May 13, 2013 5:23 PM CDT
The first report by Detroit's emergency manager declares that the city is broke and at risk of running completely out of money _ a financial meltdown that could mean employees don't get paid, retirees lose their pensions and residents endure even deeper cuts in municipal services. If Detroit cannot avert disaster by reducing its debt payments, the only remaining option appears to be bankruptcy, a threat that looms large over Kevyn Orr's urgent efforts to make deals with creditors and debt holders....
Federal government poised for tough 2013 wildfire season; budget cuts mean fewer firefighters
May 13, 2013 4:56 PM CDT
After another dry winter across much of the West, fire officials are poised for a tough wildfire season that will be even more challenging because federal budget cuts mean fewer firefighters on the ground, Interior Secretary Sally Jewell said Monday. Jewell, who is just five weeks into her new job, said automatic budget cuts mandated by Congress will force fire managers to make choices as they prioritize resources. They also will have fewer resources to use on strategies designed to reduce...
Dogs join Northern California search for man accused of killing wife, 2 young daughters
May 13, 2013 4:54 PM CDT
Authorities hunting for a Northern California man suspected of killing of his wife and two young daughters have brought in dogs trained to search for cadavers. While investigators have said they have no indication Shane Franklin Miller may be dead, the canines are part of a larger search through California's rugged and remote North Coast terrain. More than 70 law enforcement officers from multiple jurisdictions are scouring the area for Miller, 45, suspected of killing his family last Tuesday...
Philadelphia abortion doctor guilty of murder in deaths of 3 babies, could face execution
May 13, 2013 4:43 PM CDT
An abortion doctor was convicted Monday of first-degree murder and could face execution in the deaths of three babies who were delivered alive and then killed with scissors at his grimy, "house of horrors" clinic. In a case that became a grisly flashpoint in the nation's abortion debate, Dr. Kermit Gosnell, 72, was also found guilty of involuntary manslaughter in the overdose death of an abortion patient. He was cleared in the death of a fourth baby, who prosecutors say let out a whimper before...
NJ roller coaster that fell into sea during Sandy to be removed more than 6 months after storm
May 13, 2013 4:35 PM CDT
This time next week, perhaps the most famous symbol of Superstorm Sandy's devastation at the Jersey shore will be gone. Demolition work is to start Tuesday on the remnants of the Jet Star, the roller coaster that plunged off an amusement pier in Seaside Heights during the Oct. 29 storm. It should take about four days to remove the ride, said Maria Mastoris, a spokeswoman for Casino Pier. "We are thrilled about this," she said. "We've been waiting for this for a long time. It shows we're making...
Prosecutors: Trayvon Martin's pot smoking, previous troubles irrelevant at Zimmerman trial
May 13, 2013 4:34 PM CDT
Florida prosecutors say Trayvon Martin's troubles at school and his marijuana smoking should not be talked about at a trial for neighborhood watch volunteer George Zimmerman. Prosecutors asked a judge on Monday to block Zimmerman's attorneys from presenting this evidence as well as information about Martin getting into a fight and wearing fake gold teeth. Prosecutors also want to keep out of the trial any social media screen names Martin used, the contents of his text messages and his school records....
Marine officer faces court-martial; those in his command urinated on Taliban corpses
May 13, 2013 4:24 PM CDT
A Marine officer in charge of snipers shown in a 2011 video urinating on the corpses of Taliban fighters Afghanistan will be court-martialed. The U.S. Marine Corps announced Monday that Capt. James V. Clement will be tried for dereliction of duty, conduct unbecoming an officer and failure to stop misconduct by those under his command. The charges were referred for trial following an evidentiary hearing held last month at Camp Lejeune, N.C. A date for the upcoming court-martial has not been set....
Hospitals could lose $500M in federal money to pay for uninsured in 2014
May 13, 2013 4:22 PM CDT
Hospitals nationwide could lose half a billion dollars in federal funding meant to offset the cost of covering the uninsured next year. The loss that will be especially felt in states where lawmakers have decided against expanding Medicaid coverage. According to rough estimates released Monday by federal health officials, cuts could jump to $4 billion in 2020, Hospitals around the country that treat a large number of uninsured residents rely on federal funds to offset costs. But the Affordable...
A look at the case of Kermit Gosnell, Philadelphia abortion doctor convicted of 3 baby deaths
May 13, 2013 4:07 PM CDT
Longtime Philadelphia abortion provider Dr. Kermit Gosnell was found guilty Monday of first-degree murder in the deaths of three babies prosecutors said were delivered alive and killed, and guilty of involuntary manslaughter in the drug-overdose death of a patient who had undergone an abortion. He was acquitted in the murder of a fourth baby. A look at key facts in the case: ___ THE INVESTIGATION In 2010, federal agents raided Gosnell's clinic in search of drug violations but instead stumbled...
Insurance giant buys out SW Ohio women's home after 2-year court battle over historic property
May 13, 2013 4:04 PM CDT
An insurance company has bought out a nonprofit home for struggling women in Cincinnati in a deal announced Monday, ending a bitter two-year court battle over the historic property in a picturesque downtown neighborhood. Western & Southern Insurance Group bought the 104-year-old Anna Louise Inn for $4 million, according to a joint news release issued by the formerly acrimonious pair. The settlement clears the way for Western & Southern to turn the property into a boutique hotel after...
Bankruptcy court approves Revel's restructuring plan; Chapter 11 exit for casino seen soon
May 13, 2013 4:03 PM CDT
Revel will be getting a new start soon _ with new owners. A bankruptcy court judge on Monday approved the Atlantic City casino's Chapter 11 reorganization plan that wipes out most of its debt and provides new money for it to operate. Judge Judith Wizmur gave the OK to Revel's plan to grant an 82 percent ownership stake to lenders in return for canceling $1.2 billion worth of debt. "The confirmation of our plan is the last major milestone of the restructuring process," Revel's interim CEO Jeffrey...
Good news for NYC newsstands? They could get to add items under proposal to raise price cap
May 13, 2013 3:44 PM CDT
The newsstands that dot the city's sidewalks would be able to stock cellphone chargers, offer more batteries and, perhaps most importantly, upgrade their umbrellas under a proposal broached Monday to double a price cap on their wares. Newsstand operators and supporters say the City Council proposal to lift the more than decade-old limit from $5 to $10 would help the venerable businesses keep up with the times. "With $5, what can you get?" asks Jay Patel, 63, who has run a newsstand a few blocks...
Brother of young killing suspect says family shocked, saddened by arrest in death of sister
May 13, 2013 3:02 PM CDT
The adult brother of a 12-year-old California boy accused of killing his 8-year-old sister said Monday the family was in shock and extremely sad about the arrest of the boy. "We're just in a fog," Justin Fowler, 19, told The Associated Press. The arrest of the boy on Saturday in the stabbing death of Leila Fowler was the latest twist in the case that stunned the Central California community of Valley Springs. The boy told investigators last month that he saw a tall man with gray hair flee...
Newspaper carrier in central Florida shoots, wounds suspected attacker
May 13, 2013 3:00 PM CDT
A newspaper deliveryman in central Florida shot and wounded a man he says shot at him first. Winter Haven police say a man and woman were delivering copies of the Ledger around 3 a.m. Sunday when they noticed a car following them. When the carriers stopped their truck, police say the car's driver, 23-year-old by Brian Scott Dickey II, approached and fired four shots. When Dickey began banging on the window with his gun, the deliveryman pulled his registered gun and fired through the window....
Wash. woman goes to husband's aid and stabs intruder to death in struggle at North Bend home
May 13, 2013 2:54 PM CDT
As her husband fought with an intruder in their home early Monday, a woman grabbed a knife and stabbed the stranger to death, investigators said. The couple had no significant injuries from the fatal fight, but a detective said they were likely sore because it was "quite a struggle," said King County sheriff's Sgt. Cindi West. The intruder apparently was the same man who robbed the woman in the North Bend home Sunday _ just 12 hours earlier _ but investigators said they don't know who is, why...
Memphis educator who pleaded guilty to helping teachers cheat on tests sentenced to 7 years
May 13, 2013 2:53 PM CDT
A federal judge in Memphis has sentenced a longtime Memphis educator to seven years in prison in a test-taking fraud scheme. Clarence Mumford Sr. pleaded guilty in February to leading a 15-year scheme to help teachers cheat on qualification exams. The passing scores were then used to help people get jobs in public schools. Prosecutors say teachers in Tennessee, Mississippi and Arkansas paid Mumford $1,500 to more than $3,000 to have ringers take the Praxis certification tests for them. The 59-year-old...
AP PHOTOS: OJ Simpson over the years, back in court in bid for new trial in 2008 conviction
May 13, 2013 2:21 PM CDT
O.J. Simpson is back in court, asking for a new trial in the armed robbery-kidnapping case that sent him to prison in 2008. Simpson wore shackles and blue prison garb Monday, his appearance contrasting with the fancy clothing he wore during his acquittal in his historic, high-profile 1995 murder trial in Los Angeles. The suit he wore then is now part of the Newseum collection in Washington, D.C. The former football star is 65, and serving a minimum nine-year prison term. He will be in court all...
Biden tells Pennsylvania graduates: Don't listen to cynics who claim the US is in decline
May 13, 2013 2:17 PM CDT
Today's college graduates are well-positioned to lead America in the 21st century and shouldn't listen to cynics who say the nation is in decline, Vice President Joe Biden told thousands of new degree holders at the University of Pennsylvania on Monday. "It's never, ever, ever been a good bet to bet against America," Biden said. "You're the most competent, capable, caring generation this country has ever produced." His speech at Penn's commencement came after a few lighthearted comments about...
Man charged with killing 3 in Las Vegas Strip shooting and fiery crash is arraigned
May 13, 2013 2:17 PM CDT
A self-described pimp accused of killing three people in a shooting and fiery crash on the Las Vegas Strip pleaded not guilty to 11 counts against him Monday, after initially telling the judge he wanted to plead guilty. Ammar Asim Faruq Harris, 27, was arraigned in Clark County District Court on murder, attempted murder and shooting charges filed after the Feb. 21 crash. After Harris indicated he wanted to plead guilty and dismiss his lawyer, the attorney said that would be a mistake and suggested...
Adult brother of 12-year-old murder suspect says family 'shocked, saddened' by arrest
May 13, 2013 2:08 PM CDT
The adult brother of a 12-year-old California boy accused of killing his 8-year-old sister says the family is "in a fog" over the boy's arrest. On Monday, 19-year-old Justin Fowler told The Associated Press that his father and the rest of the family are shocked and saddened by the latest twist in a case that rocked the Central California foothill community of Valley Springs. Last month's stabbing death of Leila Fowler southeast of Sacramento set off an intense manhunt. Her 12-year-old brother...
Boston marathon bombing survivor in post-explosion photo wants other victims to be remembered
May 13, 2013 2:06 PM CDT
The image showed James "Bim" Costello staggering away from the Boston Marathon bombing, his jeans shredded and blackened, his body so burned that he was left needing pig skin grafts on most of his right arm and right leg. Costello had plucked two rusty roofing nails from his stomach and was trying to walk toward any help he could find following the explosions, his ears ringing, his body pebbled with shrapnel, and his mind reeling from the thought moments earlier that he might be dying. Kenshin...
4 S. California youths could be charged with attempted murder for beating man with skateboards
May 13, 2013 1:39 PM CDT
Southern California authorities say a man remains in critical condition after he was beaten nearly to death by skateboard-wielding attackers. Huntington Beach police Lt. Mitchell O'Brien says the 25-year-old man suffered life-threatening head injuries during Friday night's attack and four teenagers could face attempted murder charges. All four are on probation for previous crimes. O'Brien says the man and his girlfriend intervened in a fight between two groups at a crowded skate park. The skateboarders...
Mass. funeral director says Boston Marathon bombing suspect's Virginia burial was legal
May 13, 2013 1:32 PM CDT
The director of the Massachusetts funeral home where Boston Marathon bombing suspect Tamerlan Tsarnaev's body was held for days said Monday that his family had the right to bury the body as they did, even if he didn't agree with their methods. Peter Stefan, of Graham Putnam & Mahoney Funeral Parlors in Worcester, said he had received about 20 calls from Virginia residents complaining about Tsarnaev's secret burial there last week. But Stefan said Massachusetts law gives families the right...
SC man accused of stealing his grandmother's electric wheelchair, cash, other valuables
May 13, 2013 1:21 PM CDT
Investigators say they have arrested a South Carolina man, accusing him of stealing money from his grandmother, along with her electric wheelchair. Orangeburg County sheriff's deputies say 43-year-old Richard Fleener II will have a bond hearing Monday. He is charged with abuse of a vulnerable adult. Authorities say Fleener was living with his 78-year-old grandmother from November until February, when he stole so much money from her that her power was shut off for several days. Investigators...
Boy, 10, dies at scene after being run over by North Texas school bus on morning route
May 13, 2013 12:59 PM CDT
A 10-year-old boy has died after being run over while trying to catch the school bus in North Texas. The Department of Public Safety says the accident happened Monday morning near Springtown, about 20 miles northwest of Fort Worth. Trooper Gary Rozzell (roh-ZEL') identified the victim as Haven (HAY'-ven) Lee Norton of Springtown. Rozzell says the Springtown Independent School District bus stopped to pick up some children. The bus was pulling away when the boy tripped and fell as he tried to...
Insanity plea by Colo. theater shooting suspect would hold risks for defense, prosecution
May 13, 2013 12:50 PM CDT
One of James Holmes' lawyers asked a judge on Monday to change his plea to not guilty by reason of insanity in the Colorado theater shootings. Such a plea is seen as his best hope of avoiding the death penalty in the killings of 12 people at a packed midnight showing of "The Dark Knight Rises" in Aurora. Changing the plea still carries risks for Holmes but moving in that direction now allows them to challenge some of the problems they see with Colorado's laws on insanity and the death penalty....
Casey Anthony says judge's remarks show she can't get fair defamation trial in Orlando
May 13, 2013 12:44 PM CDT
Comments made by the judge who presided over Casey Anthony's criminal trial raise questions about whether she can get a fair defamation hearing in state court in Orlando, her attorneys said in filings for her bankruptcy case. Anthony's attorneys filed motions last Friday in her bankruptcy case in Tampa suggesting that Circuit Judge Belvin Perry's remarks may have "trampled" principles judges are supposed to follow. Perry told NBC's "Today" show last week that he believes there was enough evidence...
Ex-W.Va. sheriff involved in 2010 beating of bank robbery suspect gets 1 year in prison
May 13, 2013 12:36 PM CDT
A former West Virginia sheriff will spend a year in federal prison for his role in the December 2010 beating of a robbery suspect. Robert Shirley was sentenced Monday in federal court in Wheeling. U.S. District Judge John Preston Bailey also ordered that the former lawman serve 18 months' probation and pay his victim restitution totaling $1,850. The sentence is less than the 33 months recommended under federal guidelines. At Shirley's sentencing, a retired state trooper and three community leaders...
Va. car salesman-turned-entrepreneur caught in political drama with governor, state AG
May 13, 2013 11:17 AM CDT
When Jonnie R. Williams believed he had discovered a way to make tobacco less harmful, the Virginia car salesman-turned-entrepreneur tried to sell his method to anyone who would listen. Persistent phone calls to the nation's top cigarette makers often started with the colorful venture capitalist, once dubbed a "super salesman" by a local newspaper, dropping names and promising the world. "He knew anybody and everybody and they were all endorsing his idea," said Chris Coggins, who ran the research...
Attorneys: Landmark $240M verdict for mentally disabled workers to be cut to $1.6M
May 13, 2013 10:44 AM CDT
A landmark $240 million verdict awarded to 32 mentally disabled Iowa plant workers who were subjected to years of abuse by their handlers will be reduced to just $1.6 million because of a federal cap, attorneys in the case agree. The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and Henry's Turkey Service agreed in legal briefs filed late Friday that under federal law, each plaintiff can only recover $50,000 apiece _ a far cry from the $7.5 million a jury awarded each worker earlier this month. On Monday,...
Demolish or preserve: Future of house where Cleveland women were held for a decade debated
May 13, 2013 10:29 AM CDT
An imposing, 10-foot privacy fence has been erected to guard the home of Cleveland rape and kidnapping suspect Ariel Castro, with windows and doors boarded shut to keep people out of the place that police say was once meant only to keep people in. Patrols cars were still parked across the entrances to the block on Monday to keep away onlookers. The run-down house has become a two-story piece of evidence in the abduction and imprisonment case of three women, but neighbors who remain shaken by...
NJ ex-trooper sentenced to probation for leading high-speed escort
May 13, 2013 10:25 AM CDT
A judge has sentenced a former New Jersey state trooper who led a high-speed escort of luxury sports cars to one year of probation. The judge on Monday also ordered former Sgt. First Class Nadir Nassry to perform 75 hours of community service. The 48-year-old Phillipsburg resident forfeited his job when he pleaded guilty to falsifying or tampering with records. The 26-year veteran admitted he used tape to change the license plate of his patrol vehicle to conceal his participation in last year's...
Mo. girl comes up with alternative to Westminster Dog Show; Mutt-minster Show raises $1,210
May 13, 2013 9:46 AM CDT
An 8-year-old southwest Missouri girl who was disappointed that her mutt couldn't compete in the Westminster Dog Show came up with an alternative. The Joplin Globe ( http://bit.ly/ZUENVR ) reports that the Mutt-minster Dog Show made its debut over the weekend at a Carthage park. It raised $1,210 for the Carthage Humane Society. That far surpassed Olivia Pierce's $300 fundraising goal. Her mother, Keegan Pierce, says donations came from a mix of corporate sponsors and competition entries. The...
NYC's largest cemetery, a Central Park model, is focus of museum exhibit for 175th anniversary
May 13, 2013 9:29 AM CDT
Decades before New York's Central Park was created, Green-Wood Cemetery's ponds, hills and winding paths provided not only a pastoral final resting place for the nation's elite but also a recreational spot for picnics and horse-drawn buggies. The still-active cemetery in Brooklyn was the largest cemetery in the world at the end of the 19th century. It was also the second most-visited tourist destination in New York behind the Niagara Falls. The 478-acre site is celebrating its 175th anniversary...
2 detention officers at San Antonio jail get in fight; 1 hurt, taken to hospital
May 13, 2013 8:07 AM CDT
Two detention officers at a South Texas jail have gotten into a fight, and one has been sent to the hospital. The Bexar (bayr) County Sheriff's Office says investigators are trying to determine what sparked Sunday's incident at the jail in San Antonio. Sheriff's spokesman Paul Berry says what started as a disagreement between the two officers escalated into a physical altercation. Other jailers broke up the fight. Authorities say the jailer who was hurt has injuries not believed to be life-threatening....
10 Things to Know for Today
May 13, 2013 5:01 AM CDT
Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today: 1. REPUBLICANS WANT TO DEPOSE OFFICIALS ON BENGHAZI Rep. Darrell Issa says he will seek testimony from the officials who cleared Hillary Rodham Clinton of blame in the September attack that killed a U.S. ambassador. 2. WHAT THE COST OF OBAMACARE DEPENDS ON The AP's Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar reports that where you live could make thousands of dollars a month's difference for cancer drugs and...
Quotations of the day
May 13, 2013 2:01 AM CDT
"I am so happy to be home, and I want to thank everybody for all your prayers. I just want time now to be with my family." _ A statement by Gina DeJesus, one of three women allegedly imprisoned and sexually abused for years inside a padlocked Cleveland house. ___ ""We knew where the responsibility rested ...They've tried to point a finger at people more senior than where we found the decisions were made." _ The diplomat who wrote a highly critical report on security at a U.S. outpost in Benghazi,...
Mother of Calif. boy arrested in sister's stabbing death says he would never hurt the girl
May 12, 2013 8:21 PM CDT
A day before a 12-year-old boy was arrested for the stabbing death of his 8-year-old sister, his mother described him as "protective" of his younger sibling. Leila Fowler's killing last month shook the quiet community of Valley Springs, southeast of Sacramento, and set off an intense manhunt. Her brother was in the home at the time and told police he saw a man run from the scene. Days later, the boy appeared with his father and stepmother at a vigil for his sister. On Friday, as speculation...
10 Things to Know for Monday
May 12, 2013 8:00 PM CDT
Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about Monday: 1. WHAT A STRONG VICTORY MEANS FOR PAKISTAN'S SHARIF A mandate that could make it easier to tackle the country's problems, including growing power outages, weak economic growth and shaky government finances. 2. WHY CLOTHING COMPANIES HAVE A HARD TIME LEAVING BANGLADESH It's one of the few places that has enough workers, capacity and experience to provide high volume, low prices, good quality...
Ex-Penn State President Spanier was highest paid public college president when forced out
May 12, 2013 6:53 PM CDT
Former Penn State President Graham Spanier became the highest paid public college president of 2011-12 when he was forced out over his handling of the sex abuse scandal involving former assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky, according to a survey released Sunday. The Chronicle of Higher Education's annual ranking of public college presidents' earnings said Spanier's $2.9 million pay, which included $1.2 million in severance and $1.2 million in deferred compensation, put him well ahead of his...
Bodies of woman, 13-year-old son found after NJ standoff; boyfriend killed, 3 kids safe
May 12, 2013 6:49 PM CDT
Police stormed a New Jersey home early Sunday and fatally shot a registered sex offender who had held his girlfriend's three children hostage, ending their 37-hour ordeal and recovering the bodies of the captives' mother and another sibling, authorities said. Officers initially went to the home in South Trenton Friday afternoon after a relative of 44-year-old Carmelita Stevens said she hadn't spoken to her in weeks and was worried, authorities said at a news conference Sunday. Upon further investigation,...
Ted Turner wins court challenge of Yellowstone bison transfer to his Montana ranch
May 12, 2013 6:27 PM CDT
Billionaire Ted Turner can keep his Yellowstone National Park bison calves. The Bozeman Daily Chronicle reports ( http://bit.ly/YDARva ) in a story published Sunday that Gallatin County Judge Holly Brown dismissed a request by a coalition of wildlife advocates to overturn an agreement Turner made with the Montana Department of Fish, Wildlife and Parks. The agreement transferred dozens of bison to Turner's private ranch near Bozeman to be taken care of for five years. In exchange, Turner gets...
3 women found in Cleveland house happy to be home, ask for privacy to reconnect with families
May 12, 2013 6:23 PM CDT
The three women allegedly imprisoned and sexually abused for years inside a padlocked Cleveland house asked for privacy Sunday, saying through an attorney that while they are grateful for overwhelming support, they also need time to heal. Amanda Berry, Gina DeJesus, and Michelle Knight remain in seclusion, releasing their first statements since they were found May 6 when Berry escaped and told a 911 dispatcher, "I'm free now." They thanked law enforcement and said they were grateful for the support...
4 found fatally shot in southern Indiana home were couple who lived there, 2 friends
May 12, 2013 5:38 PM CDT
Authorities said Sunday that four people found shot to death in a southern Indiana home were a couple who lived there and two of their male friends. Daniel Burton, the 27-year-old son of the woman who was killed, arrived home from work Saturday night and found two of the victims dead in the living room of his Waynesville home, Bartholomew County Sheriff Mark Gorbett said. He said Burton called police, who found the other two victims, including Burton's 53-year-old mother, Katheryn Burton....
10 highest paid public college leaders in 2011-12
May 12, 2013 5:23 PM CDT
Top 10 recipients, in total compensation, among public college leaders in 2011-12. 1. Graham Spanier (x), Pennsylvania State University, $2,906,271 2. Jay Gogue, Auburn University, $2,542,865 3. E. Gordon Gee, Ohio State University, $1,899,420 4. Alan Merten (x), George Mason University, $1,869,369 5. Jo Ann Gora, Ball State University, $984,647 6. Mary Sue Coleman, University of Michigan, $918,783 7. Charles Steger, Virginia Tech, $857,749 8. Mark Yudof, University of California, $847,149...
Huge ice sheets pushed ashore at Minnesota lake, creep up to people's doorsteps
May 12, 2013 4:40 PM CDT
Strong winds have pushed huge ice sheets ashore at a northern Minnesota lake and right up to people's doorsteps. WCCO-TV reports that the ice from Lake Mille Lacs (MILL LAX) reached the doors and windows at the Izatys (eye-ZEHT'-ees) Resort on Saturday morning. National Weather Service Meteorologist Shawn Devinny says 30 to 40 mile an hour winds pushed the water into the ice, driving it ashore. He says the winds were lighter Sunday and the shoreline got a reprieve. The Department of Natural...