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Toddler dies in Spokane fire, his dog huddled at his side

Sat, 22 Oct 2016 22:35:38 UT

SEATTLE (AP) — A toddler who died in a house fire was found with his dog and teddy bear next to him and authorities believe the dog tried to protect the boy, a spokesman for Spokane's fire department said Saturday. The dog stayed behind in an attempt to protect the boy, firefighters believe, and the fire was so intense that it melted the metal on the frame of the boy's bed, Schaeffer said.

Riders do annual roundup of Utah bison herd

Sat, 22 Oct 2016 20:37:00 UT

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Riders on horseback are nudging bison on Utah's Antelope Island in an annual roundup of one of the country's largest and oldest public herds. Hundreds of bison are being pushed into corrals near Whiterock Bay so they can eventually be given health checkups, vaccinations and even a small external computer chip to store health information.

Father sentenced to 1,503 years in prison in daughter's rape

Sat, 22 Oct 2016 19:45:19 UT

(AP) — A Fresno man was sentenced to 1,503 years in prison for raping his teenage daughter over a four-year period. In announcing the punishment, Judge Edward Sarkisian Jr. told the man he is a "serious danger to society" and noted that he had never shown remorse and has blamed his daughter for his predicament. The man's daughter was first sexually abused by a family friend but instead of protecting her, he turned her into "a piece of property," prosecutor Nicole Galstan said. Instead the judge handed down a 30-year suspended sentence after the man pleaded guilty to incest and ordered him to spend 60 days in jail, giving him credit for 17 days already served.

UC Berkeley Greek parties banned amid sexual assault reports

Sat, 22 Oct 2016 00:24:05 UT

(AP) — Fraternities and sororities at the University of California, Berkeley have taken a bold stance against sexual violence, voluntarily banning all parties following reports of two sexual assaults last week at off-campus frat functions. Interfraternity Council President Daniel Saedi called it "relatively unprecedented" for the Greek system to suspend its own parties but said Friday that fraternities and sororities agreed to pause social events to figure out how to keep them safe. Saedi and Panhellenic Council president Divya Thomas, who oversees the school's 12 sororities, announced the suspension this week in a Facebook post, saying they would "suspend all social events until we can reevaluate our risk management practices." According to the university's crime statistics, 22 rapes were reported on-campus or in student housing in 2015 and four rapes were reported off-campus. [...] typically, the university administration is the one to impose bans on fraternities or sororities for hazing, drinking, sexual misconduct or other disciplinary matters.

Phoenix police: Woman runs over 2 men, killing 1 after fight

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 20:39:15 UT

PHOENIX (AP) — An intoxicated 29-year-old woman has been arrested after driving over her boyfriend and another man, killing the other man, as the two men fought in a parking lot, Phoenix police said Friday Keller was jailed on suspicion of second-degree murder and aggravated assault.

Bombardier to cut 7,500 jobs globally over the next 2 years

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 15:46:54 UT

The company said the job losses will be partially offset by more than 3,700 strategic hirings as Bombardier ramps up production of its CSeries commercial jet and new Global 7000 business aircraft, along with rail contracts. The manufacturer has been struggling because of heavy spending on new aircraft, a slowdown in business jet demand and production challenges for its railway products. In February, Bombardier announced plans to cut 7,000 positions by the end of next year as it struggled to sell its signature CSeries passenger jet in the face of competition from global rivals.

3 Canadians identified as Pennsylvania plane crash victims

Wed, 19 Oct 2016 13:11:35 UT

(AP) — Police have identified three Canadians as the victims of a Pennsylvania plane crash. Police say the plane crashed in a steep, rugged and wooded area and crash debris was found scattered for several hundred yards.

Man admits rape charges in broadcast sex assaults of boy, 6

Wed, 19 Oct 2016 09:41:25 UT

(AP) — A Pennsylvania man has admitted he sexually assaulted a 6-year-old boy after authorities say they intercepted an internet broadcast of him raping the child and later discovered 10 other recorded assaults of the boy. Authorities say Task didn't wear protection despite knowing he had been HIV positive since 1994.

WestJet flight from London to Toronto diverts to Greenland

Tue, 18 Oct 2016 23:01:09 UT

TORONTO (AP) — A WestJet flight from London to Toronto carrying 250 passengers and nine crew members was diverted to Greenland because of a mechanical issue. WestJet spokesman Robert Palmer said Tuesday that the Boeing 767 landed without incident. Passengers will fly to Toronto on Wednesday morning on two WestJet 737s that are being sent to Greenland. Palmer says there was a potential mechanical issue involving the cooling system for the aircraft's avionics.

Virginia-to-Canada plane crashed in Pennsylvania, killing 3

Tue, 18 Oct 2016 14:24:16 UT

(AP) — The wreckage of a small plane that lost contact with flight controllers as it was flying from Virginia to Canada has been found in Pennsylvania, with all three occupants dead, a coroner said Tuesday. The Civil Air Patrol released information on Monday afternoon concerning the aircraft, prompting a search near Route 155 in Keating Township. McKean and Potter county emergency officials were joined by volunteer fire departments, the state Department of Conservation and Natural Resources and the Pennsylvania State Police.

Police seek suspect who shot Alaska police officer

Mon, 17 Oct 2016 23:27:13 UT

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — The armed assailant who opened fire on an Alaska police officer struck him five times, including once in the chest, police said Monday. In a press briefing that lasted about five minutes Monday afternoon, Acting Fairbanks Police Chief Brad Johnson said dispatchers shortly after midnight took witness calls reporting shots fired and a man screaming. Brandt drove east on Seventh Avenue and his dashboard camera records him slowing down as a man on the near sidewalk, wearing a cap and a heavy winter coat, approaches with his hands at his side. The dash cam shows the suspect again walking in front of the patrol car, illuminated by vehicle's headlights. Body armor protected Brandt from the shot to the chest but bullet fragments struck his eye.

The Latest: Alaska officer was shot 5 times, returned fire

Mon, 17 Oct 2016 22:49:04 UT

A Fairbanks, Alaska, police officer was shot five times by an assailant early Sunday but managed to return fire before the man drove off in his patrol car. Brandt's dashboard camera shows the patrol car stopping, the suspect reaching toward his pocket and then running around the front of the car with both hands on a handgun. Sgt. Allen Brandt, an 11-year-veteran of the Fairbanks Police Department, was shot early Sunday as he patrolled in a squad car in a residential neighborhood east of downtown. A dashboard video shows Brandt's patrol car stopping as a man walks in the opposite direction.

Did the look of the car draw gunfire? Vegas police not sure

Mon, 17 Oct 2016 22:27:49 UT

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Authorities have identified a woman who was killed by gunfire in a shooting during the weekend on Interstate 15 in Las Vegas, where a family member tells a television station she believes the fatal shots were fired because the car looked like a police vehicle. [...] other vehicles were struck, including a tractor-trailer and a Kia SUV, and the Saturday morning shootings could have been random, Las Vegas police Lt. Dan McGrath said Monday. Thomas Donahue, who was driving the Ford, told investigators he didn't know what prompted the shooting, that he'd never met the man who was later arrested, and there was no road-rage confrontation, McGrath said.

Latest: Truck plunges off bridge killing 2 men, 2 women

Sun, 16 Oct 2016 06:01:56 UT

Authorities say two men and two women were fatally crushed by a pickup truck that flew off the San Diego-Coronado Bridge onto people gathered at a festival at a park below. The CHP says 25-year-old Richard Anthony Sepolio lost control of a GMC pickup truck with Texas license plates while driving onto the bridge, struck a guardrail and plunged about 60 feet onto a vendor booth set up for a motorcycle festival at Chicano Park. Police say a member of the U.S. Navy was driving a pickup truck that flew off the San Diego-Coronado Bridge and fatally killed four people who were at a festival at a park below. Authorities say 25-year-old Richard Anthony Sepolio, who suffered major injuries in Saturday's crash, was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence. The California Highway Patrol said Sepolio lost control of a GMC pickup truck with Texas license plates while driving onto the bridge, struck a guardrail and plunged about 60 feet onto a vendor booth set up for a motorcycle festival at Chicano Park. Authorities say four people were killed after an out-of-control pickup truck plunged off the San Diego-Coronado Bridge and plowed into a crowd gathered at a festival below Saturday. California Highway Patrol officials say he was taken to the hospital for treatment, and will be arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence causing deaths and injuries. A pickup truck plunged off the San Diego-Coronado Bridge and plowed into a crowd gathered at a park below, leaving four people dead and at least eight injured.

Truck plunges off San Diego bridge into crowd below; 4 dead

Sun, 16 Oct 2016 05:28:48 UT

SAN DIEGO (AP) — Four people were killed and nine were injured Saturday afternoon after an out-of-control pickup truck plunged off the San Diego-Coronado Bridge and nose-dived into a crowd gathered at a festival below, authorities said. The truck driver, who was alone in the vehicle, struck a guardrail and fell 60 feet onto a vendor's booth at Chicano Park, California Highway Patrol Officer Jake Sanchez said. Authorities identified him as Richard Anthony Sepolio, 25, a U.S. Navy member stationed at the naval base on Coronado Island across the bay from San Diego. Witnesses said the GMC pickup truck with Texas license plates landed on a vendor's booth set up for La Raza Run, a motorcycle ride that ends with a celebration at the park and typically draws hundreds of participants.

Storm brings down trees, powerlines in Northwest

Sun, 16 Oct 2016 03:43:43 UT

The National Weather Service said winds gusted above 50 mph in the Portland area, and strong winds and heavy rain squalls were hitting the Seattle area Saturday night. The Quinault Indian Nation, on the coast of Washington's Olympic Peninsula, fretted that the storm would bring a swell that would breach the sea wall that separates its main village from the Pacific Ocean, but the wall was holding Saturday amid 30-foot seas, the tribe said. The weather service urged people to finish any chores requiring power — such as charging cell phones — and to fill prescriptions and secure loose yard items before the worst winds hit. Officials also warned residents to keep off the roads, closed parks and zoos, and even halted visiting hours at state prisons as the storm approached.

The Latest: Trees, power lines come down in Northwest storm

Sun, 16 Oct 2016 01:12:29 UT

A windstorm bearing remnants of a Pacific typhoon is reaching the Seattle area after leaving a swath of downed trees and powerlines in Oregon and southwest Washington. Police in Tigard, Oregon, said a driver and passenger escaped with minor injuries when a tree crushed their moving car. Tualatin (too-uh-LAY'-tin) Valley Fire and Rescue posted a photograph of a tree that crushed the new car and part of the home of a family in North Plains, Oregon, near Portland. A Native American tribe on the coast of Washington state says a sea wall that separates its main village from the Pacific Ocean is holding amid a powerful storm. The tribe says it was very concerned that Saturday's storm, formed from the remnants of a Pacific typhoon, would bring a storm swell that would breach the sea wall. Meteorologist Tyree Wilde says gusts along the central Oregon coast are already reaching 63 mph, and they could hit upward of 80 mph Saturday afternoon.

Manson follower denied parole for 1969 murder

Fri, 14 Oct 2016 21:41:34 UT

(AP) — California officials said Friday that they have again denied parole for a follower of cult leader Charles Manson who is serving a life sentence for a murder he committed 47 years ago. Parole officials decided that Robert Beausoleil, 68, should remain in prison for the 1969 death of musician Gary Hinman. Los Angeles County District Attorney Jackie Lacey said in a statement that Beausoleil should remain imprisoned because of the heinous nature of the crime and because he remains dangerous. In January, Gov. Jerry Brown reversed the parole board and blocked the release of Bruce Davis, 74, who was convicted in the slayings of Hinman and stuntman Donald "Shorty" Shea.

Ex-Alberta premier Prentice dies in plane crash

Fri, 14 Oct 2016 20:46:11 UT

Prentice was among former Conservative Prime Minister Stephen Harper's most trusted cabinet ministers. Prentice, a moderate conservative who voted for same sex marriage before many of his Conservative colleagues, was widely respected by many including aboriginal Canadians who say he genuinely worked for them. Transportation Safety Board spokesman Bill Yearwood said a Cessna Citation aircraft with four people on board went down at about 10:30 p.m. Thursday after taking off from Kelowna on a flight to Springbank, outside Calgary. Dan Moskaluk said police were alerted when the private business-style jet lost radar contact and officers are secured the scene.

California man pleads not guilty to murder of police

Fri, 14 Oct 2016 02:54:35 UT

(AP) — A California gang member pleaded not guilty Thursday to murder charges in the killing of two Palm Springs police officers in what authorities called an ambush during a domestic dispute call. John Hernandez Felix entered the pleas in a Riverside County courtroom, where he appeared with shackles on his legs and was ordered held without bail. Felix, 26, also pleaded not guilty to three attempted murder charges and a pair of weapons charges. Felix is charged with killing Officers Jose "Gil" Gilbert Vega, 63, and Lesley Zerebny, 27, and wounding a third officer when they came to his family home on Saturday in response to a call involving a domestic disturbance.