Thu, 29 Sep 2016 01:49:37 UTTOWNVILLE, S.C. (AP) — A teenager killed his father at their home Wednesday before going to a nearby elementary school and opening fire with a handgun, wounding two students and a teacher, authorities said. The teen was apprehended within minutes of the school shooting in this rural town about 110 miles northeast of Atlanta. Before the shooting at Townville Elementary about 1:45 p.m., the teen gunned down his 47-year-old father, Jeffrey Osborne, at their home about 2 miles from the school, authorities said. The teen, crying and upset, called his grandmother's cellphone at 1:44 p.m., Anderson County Coroner Greg Shore said. Sheriff John Skipper said the shooter pulled into the school parking lot and immediately started firing as he got out of the vehicle and moved toward the school. The shooter never entered the school building, though, and was apprehended by firefighter Jamie Brock, a 30-year veteran of the Townville Volunteer Fire Department, according to Anderson County sheriff's Lt. Sheila Cole. Greenville Health System spokeswoman Sandy Dees said the other student, Jacob Hall, remained in critical condition Wednesday evening.
Thu, 29 Sep 2016 01:38:49 UTAuthorities say the grandparents of a teenager suspected of opening fire outside an elementary school in South Carolina found their son dead after receiving a call from the teen. A Greenville hospital has identified the student in critical condition after a teen opened fire at a South Carolina elementary school playground. The teen who police believe fatally shot his father and then opened fire at an elementary school was never actually able to get inside the school building. Anderson County Sheriff's Lt. Sheila Cole said the teen was apprehended Wednesday by veteran firefighter Jamie Brock, and she confirmed news reports that the shooter was never able to make it inside the school. AnMed Health spokeswoman Juana Slade had earlier told The Associated Press that the hospital had received one adult female and one male child, and that both were in good condition. Authorities say they believe the teenage male who was taken into custody following a shooting at a South Carolina elementary school first fatally shot his father. Asked about shooting victims brought to AnMed Health, spokeswoman Juana Slade told The Associated Press that the hospital had received one adult female and one male child, and that both were in good condition. A coroner says that the injuries of two students from a shooting at a South Carolina elementary school do not appear to be life-threatening. A law enforcement officer says that a shooting at a South Carolina elementary school has left two students and a teacher wounded. Anderson County emergency services director Taylor Jones says the shooting took place at the Townville Elementary School in Townville, South Carolina, on Wednesday, and that all other students are safe and being evacuated to a nearby church.
Thu, 29 Sep 2016 01:26:29 UTCOUNCIL BLUFFS, Iowa (AP) — Unmoved by harsh debate reviews, a defiant Donald Trump renewed his attacks against a former Miss Universe winner on Wednesday, showing no sign of making big changes to his message or debate preparation before his second faceoff with Hillary Clinton. Specifically, Trump is likely to spend more time working on specific answers and sharpening his attacks after spending much of the first meeting on defense, said that person, who spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss internal campaign strategy. Throughout his outsider presidential bid, Trump has refused to deviate from a strategy hinged on an ambitious travel schedule packed with massive rallies that draw overwhelmingly white crowds. President Barack Obama hammered the billionaire over his business practices and treatment of women in an interview aired on Steve Harvey's radio show, which is particularly popular among black audiences. Hoping to broaden her appeal among "millennials," Clinton joined her primary rival, Vermont Sen. Sanders, on the trail for the first time since they held a "unity" rally in July in an attempt to heal divisions within the Democratic Party. [...] Clinton has struggled to win over young Americans who formed a critical pillar of the coalition that twice elected Obama. Flanked by campaign signs promoting Clinton's college affordability proposal, Sanders and Clinton touted a plan they developed to make college debt-free for millions of students from middle-class and low-income families.
Thu, 29 Sep 2016 01:22:07 UTSAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The national fight over sugary soda is bubbling up in the San Francisco Bay Area, where voters in November will consider a tax on the drinks that many health experts say contribute to diabetes, obesity and tooth decay. Backers of the campaign say a penny-per-ounce tax is needed in San Francisco, Oakland and tiny Albany to curb consumption of sweetened cola, sports drinks and canned teas that people gulp without thinking, adding empty calories. Opponents, however, say a "grocery tax" will lead to higher prices on other goods, hurting small businesses and customers struggling to survive in one of the country's most expensive places. Bay Area success this fall could tip the national conversation, said Lawrence Gostin, a global health law professor at Georgetown University and tax supporter. Tax proponents have fought back with their own nonstop ads, clarifying that voters would be approving a small tax on soda — not on everything else at the store — that will improve the health of children and families.
Thu, 29 Sep 2016 01:05:58 UTPresident Barack Obama has ordered all U.S. flags on federal property to be flown at half-staff in the memory of former Israeli President and Prime Minister Shimon Peres, who died Wednesday. Obama's order covers all federal buildings and grounds throughout the United States and its territories, as well as U.S. embassies, military bases and other facilities abroad. Obama said in a statement that Peres had changed the course of human history by expanding the "moral imagination" and forcing people to expect more from themselves. The Vatican released a text of a telegram Wednesday, in which Francis expressed deep sadness at Peres' death and offered heartfelt condolences to all the people of Israel. In that way, "his legacy will truly be honored and the common good for which he so diligently labored will find new expressions, as humanity strives to advance on the path toward enduring peace." Italy's foreign minister, recalling Shimon Peres as a "tireless supporter" of a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, is hailing the late Israeli leader as a "symbol of peace." Peres, a former president and prime minister whose political career spanned seven decades, died early Wednesday after suffering a massive stroke earlier this month. The Palestinian president is expressing his sadness over the death of Shimon Peres. In a statement, Mahmoud Abbas said he has sent a condolence letter to Peres' family expressing "sorrow and sympathy." Knesset spokesman Yotam Yakir says an honor guard will accompany parliament speaker Yuli Edelstein as the flags are lowered Wednesday. Israeli officials are feverishly preparing security arrangements and logistics to host an array of world figures arriving in Israel for Peres' funeral Friday. The Palestinian militant group Hamas expressed happiness at the death of former Israeli President Shimon Peres. A spokesman for the group, Sami Abu Zuhri, tells The Associated Press
Thu, 29 Sep 2016 01:02:21 UTA teenager kills his father at their home in rural South Carolina before going to the nearby school and opening fire with a handgun, injuring two students and a teacher. Investigators conclude that a missile that destroyed the jet over Ukraine, killing 298 people, was fired from rebel-controlled territory by a mobile launcher that was trucked in from Russia. The Arab world — where many saw Peres' vision of peace as all talk — declines to join the expressions of admiration for the Israeli leader. Congressional leaders clear the way for a spending bill needed to keep the U.S. government running until December. OPEC nations reach a preliminary agreement to curb oil production for the first time since the global financial crisis eight years ago.
Thu, 29 Sep 2016 00:54:25 UTLOS ANGELES (AP) — Agnes Nixon, the creative force behind the edgy and enduring TV soap operas "One Life to Live" and "All My Children," died Wednesday. Nixon created, wrote and produced the long-running ABC daytime serials, which were canceled in 2011 as the network bowed to the reality that soaps had faded as a daytime TV force. Social issues including child abuse, AIDS, alcoholism and gay rights made their way into the series' story lines. "The theme of 'All My Children' from the beginning is the belief that, as God's children, we are all bound to each other by our common humanity, despite our many personal differences," Nixon told The Associated Press at the time. In the late 1960s, while raising a family and serving as head writer for "The Guiding Light," Nixon created a "bible" detailing "All My Children."
Thu, 29 Sep 2016 00:24:02 UT(AP) — 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. Some protesters said he was shot while his hands were raised in the air, though police disputed that and produced a single frame from the cellphone video to back their account. The single photo is all police released depicting the incident that sparked angry protests by demonstrators demanding more information and wanting to know how police could shoot an unarmed man. The fatal shooting happened less than two weeks after black men were shot and killed by police in Tulsa, Oklahoma, and Charlotte, North Carolina, where violent protests broke out. Experts said it was too early to conclude whether the California shooting was justified or could have been prevented, though it does raise questions about how police deal with mental illness, which officers are increasingly confronting nationwide. A distraught woman who identified herself as Olango's sister said in a video in the aftermath of the shooting that she had called police three times to help her brother, whom she described as mentally ill. The population is 69 percent white and 6 percent black, according to 2010 census figures. Because of the diversity and new arrivals, Wells said the police force is more culturally aware than others in the region.
Thu, 29 Sep 2016 00:10:23 UTA dump. [...] plans announced this week that would widen concourses, raise ceilings and create a sparkling, light-filled waiting area across the street were greeted with cautious approval — and skepticism about whether the long-talked-about effort at the nation's busiest train station would come to fruition. The hall, to be named the Daniel Patrick Moynihan Train Hall in honor of the late U.S. senator, would have dining and retail options and office space. While it won't be possible to bring in natural light, Cuomo said, the ceilings would be raised to 18 feet, and LED screens looking like a cloud-filled blue sky would be installed. Penn Station has 650,000 daily passengers, three times the number it was designed for, on Amtrak, Long Island Rail Road and New Jersey Transit train lines. Yolanda Flores, of Babylon, on Long Island, has no intention of still living in the area by the time of the station project's expected opening. [...] after 39 years living in New York, she still didn't entirely believe it would happen.
Wed, 28 Sep 2016 23:32:24 UTBOSTON (AP) — A 22-year-old man rescued from a life raft after a fishing trip that left his mother missing and presumed dead had been a suspect in the still-unsolved 2013 slaying of his rich grandfather, adding to the multitude of questions swirling around him and what happened at sea. Coast Guard officials interviewed Carman, and police searched his home in Vermont as part of an investigation into the ill-fated trip. According to court documents, Carman came under suspicion in the slaying three years ago of his maternal grandfather, 87-year-old John Chakalos, a wealthy real estate developer who was found shot to death in his Windsor, Connecticut, home. A 2014 search warrant obtained by the AP said that Carman was the last person known to have seen Chakalos alive; that Carman had bought a rifle consistent with the one used in the crime; and that he discarded his hard drive and GPS unit used around the time of the shooting. According to court papers, police submitted an arrest warrant to a prosecutor, but it was returned unsigned with a request for more information. In the course of investigating the killing, authorities said in court papers that they learned from family members that Carman had a history of violence as a child, including one incident in which he allegedly held another child "hostage" with a knife.