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Attack on Toronto high school thwarted, 17-year-old arrested

Thu, 8 Dec 2016 00:29:27 UT

TORONTO (AP) — Police allege a 17-year-old boy plotted to attack on a Toronto high school that would have coincided with the 27th anniversary of an antifeminist rampage that left 14 women dead at a Canadian university campus. Police seized a machete, a hatchet, two swords, four knives and arrows after conducting a search warrant on a home Tuesday.

Canadian man in video of scuffle with Chicago policeman sues

Wed, 7 Dec 2016 22:39:13 UT

CHICAGO (AP) — A 61-year-old Canadian man who was arrested after a scuffle with an off-duty Chicago police officer is suing the officer. Terence Clarke of Baden, Ontario alleges in the excessive force lawsuit filed Wednesday that Officer Khaled Shaar instigated the 2015 fight and then conspired with other officers to cover it up.

Police: 3 kids killed, mother critically injured in shooting

Wed, 7 Dec 2016 03:14:18 UT

Police: 3 kids killed, mother critically injured in shooting ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Critically wounded, an Albuquerque mother struggled in vain to pull her three children to safety after a gunman shot them during a confrontation inside the family's home in what police described Tuesday as a violent and senseless act. Police Chief Gorden Eden confirmed during a news conference Tuesday that the children, who ranged in age from 5 to 9, were killed and that the mother remained in critical but stable condition following Monday night's encounter. Authorities said had Wechsler a criminal history, including an aggravated battery charge which included harassment and stalking. Officials with the Albuquerque school district said their crisis management team and other support staff were ready to help classmates of the victims and staffers.

Snow geese deaths from mine pit number in the thousands

Wed, 7 Dec 2016 02:29:07 UT

Witnesses said the pit looked like "700 acres of white birds," on Nov. 28, Thompson said Tuesday. [...] employees of MR and Arco have used spotlights, noise makers and other efforts to haze the birds off the water and try to prevent others from landing. Workers received some advance notice about the incoming flock from an off-duty Montana Resources employee about 25 miles away, who called to report there were about 25,000 geese in the air in Anaconda, Thompson said. University of Montana Western professor Jack Kirkley, who specializes in ornithology, told The Montana Standard that recent milder winters aren't encouraging birds to head south as early and in some cases, are causing some to stay in places where they've never stayed the winter before.

Audit points to causes of New Mexico's rape kit backlog

Wed, 7 Dec 2016 01:19:09 UT

"Protecting the public is one of the most basic functions of government, and we hope this audit provides a roadmap for our state to both clear the existing backlog and, once it's cleared, to ensure that it doesn't happen again," Keller told a room of reporters. State auditors conducted surveys of law enforcement agencies across the state to find out more about their policies for handling sexual assault evidence kits. The audit already has netted some progress as some kits from police departments and sheriff's offices in rural areas have been forwarded to the state crime lab, where they're awaiting testing. The audit also makes several recommendations, including requiring law enforcement agencies to submit for testing every kit for which a police report is filed, as required by law. State auditors said the Albuquerque lab doesn't have a plan for addressing the backlog, but police spokeswoman Celina Espinoza argued that the foundation has been laid and that civilian contractors were hired to help analyze and prioritize the untested kits.

Authorities hope new clue will identify serial killer victim

Wed, 7 Dec 2016 00:39:38 UT

SEATTLE (AP) — Authorities hope a facial reconstruction of a girl who was slain by a Seattle-area serial killer will help identify the victim. The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children created the reconstruction of the girl, who was one of Gary Ridgway's victims.

The Latest: Police name suspect in killing of 3 children

Wed, 7 Dec 2016 00:19:08 UT

Police in New Mexico have identified a man suspected of killing three children and critically wounding their mother before shooting himself. Albuquerque police say three children were killed and their mother is in critical condition after a gunman shot them when they arrived home Monday night. Police Chief Gordon Eden said during a news conference Tuesday that investigators believe the 45-year-old man forced his way into the home and waited for the mother and the children. Police spokesman Fred Duran says the violence erupted Monday evening in the Four Hills neighborhood. The Albuquerque Journal reports ( ) that details of the incident remain sketchy and police have not provided information about the four people, including about any injuries they might have suffered.

Maker of duck boat in Seattle crash to pay up to $1 million

Tue, 6 Dec 2016 21:58:04 UT

SEATTLE (AP) — The Missouri company that manufactured a duck boat involved in a deadly crash in Seattle last year has agreed to pay up to $1 million in civil penalties under a consent order, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration announced Tuesday. Ride the Ducks International violated federal motor vehicle safety laws when it failed to notify regulators of a safety defect in the front axle of amphibious tour vehicles and did not issue a full recall as required by law, the agency said. Ride the Ducks International didn't submit those service bulletins to the NHTSA, didn't report claims that a defect in its products caused a death, or notify the federal agency of the safety defect and didn't issue a full recall as required, according to the consent order. The NTSB ruled last month that mechanical failure and improper maintenance, as well as loopholes in federal oversight, were the probable cause for the Seattle crash.

Power line to link Canada, New England gets key US permit

Tue, 6 Dec 2016 00:09:05 UT

The company, which is owned by the New York-based Blackstone Group, said it hopes a key market for the power will be utilities in Massachusetts, where Republican Gov. Charlie Baker in August signed legislation calling for a request for power supply proposals that will close April 1. Vermont utilities already make extensive use of Canadian power, which originates at the massive power dams run by the provincial utility Hydro-Quebec and enters the state at Highgate, near the northern end of Lake Champlain. Sandra Levine, a senior attorney with the Conservation Law Foundation, said, "TDI-NE's buried transmission line in Vermont shows that the facilities needed to transport electricity can meet high environmental standards and be developed in a responsible, cooperative manner."

The Latest: Officials ID 7 warehouse fire victims

Mon, 5 Dec 2016 02:54:25 UT

Authorities have released the names of seven people who died in a warehouse fire during a dance party that has claimed at least 33 lives. The fire ripped through a converted warehouse known as the "Ghost Ship" about 11:30 p.m. Friday during an electronic dance music party. The fire ripped through a converted warehouse known as the "Ghost Ship" about 11:30 p.m. Friday during an electronic dance music party. Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf says prosecutors have sent a representative to the scene to make sure any evidence for a potential criminal probe is preserved during the recovery process. The fire ripped through a converted warehouse known as the "Ghost Ship" about 11:30 p.m. Friday during an electronic dance music party. A relative has confirmed one of the fatalities in a fire at a warehouse during a dance party that killed at least 33 people. The fire ripped through a converted warehouse known as the "Ghost Ship" about 11:30 p.m. Friday during an electronic dance music party. A former tenant of the warehouse where a deadly fire erupted at a dance party describes it as a "death trap" with illegal electrical cords and music equipment. Shelley Mack said Saturday she didn't know the dwelling was illegal when she lived there about two years ago, and was told to tell visitors it was a 24-hour workspace for artists. Officials have searched only 20 percent of the charred remains of the building where they now say 24 people died after a fire erupted during a dance party. Authorities say they have recovered more bodies from the charred remains of a building where at least 24 people died after a fire erupted during a dance party. The fire ripped through a converted warehouse known as the "Ghost Ship" about 11:30 p.m. Friday during an electronic dance music party. Officials have searched only 20 percent of the charred remains of a building where they now say 24 people died after a fire erupted during a dance party. T

Correction: Campus Stabbing-California story

Sun, 4 Dec 2016 19:32:53 UT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — In a story Dec. 3 about the fatal stabbing of a professor, The Associated Press misidentified the professor's school in the first paragraph in some versions. A graduate student arrested on suspicion of stabbing to death the professor who oversaw his work at the University of Southern California is being held on $1 million bail LOS ANGELES (AP) — A graduate student arrested on suspicion of killing the professor who oversaw his work at the University of Southern California was described by some of his fellow classmates as a quiet but seemingly normal young man while others say he was troubled and pegged as most likely to quit the group's rigorous doctoral program. David Jonathan Brown, a 28-year-old brain and cognitive science student, was arrested on a murder charge in the Friday attack on the Los Angeles campus. Brown, one of just five students who worked in the lab, was arrested without incident, police said, adding that the killing was targeted. Brenton Keller, who told The Associated Press that he and Brown were both fourth-year neuroscience students among a group of about 11, shared a lengthy Facebook post saying he had prayed Brown wasn't responsible when he first heard news of the stabbing. Irving Biederman, a neuroscience professor who was Brown's adviser for a couple months, said he had heard from colleagues that Brown was not doing well in school, though he said he didn't have firsthand knowledge of the student's work. Tjan joined USC in 2001, taught in the Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences, and served as co-director of the Dornsife Cognitive Neuroimaging Center. Authorities believe former student Mainak Sarkar killed his estranged wife in a Minneapolis suburb before driving across the country to Los Angeles and fatally shooting engineering professor William Klug and killing himself on June 1.

Death toll in warehouse fire rises to 24, with more expected

Sun, 4 Dec 2016 18:56:33 UT

(AP) — The death toll in a late-night dance party fire at a converted Oakland warehouse rose to 24 on Sunday as firefighters dug slowly through the charred remnants of the building in their search for what they expect will be more victims. Former residents said it was also a death trap with few exits, a rickety makeshift staircase, piles of driftwood and a labyrinth of electrical cords. The ground floor had five recreational vehicles and other nooks used as living spaces that were rented out to tenants, while the upstairs had space for concerts like the deadly party that drew up to 100 people Friday night. The couple charged tenants enough to cover the warehouse rent and used proceeds from parties to pay their own living expenses, Boudreaux said. Firefighters had to temporarily stop their search and rescue operations Saturday when they became too dangerous, taking time to shore up the structure, Oakland deputy fire chief Mark Hoffmann said. Oakland officials said they had opened an investigation just last month into the warehouse after repeated complaints from neighbors who said trash was piling up and people were illegally living in the building, which was zoned as a warehouse. Alastair Boone, 22, a University of California, Berkeley student arrived at the party with five friends around 11 p.m. and had just received a tour of the property and stepped outside before the fire broke out. A website for the warehouse showed pictures of a Bohemian, loft-like interior made of wood and cluttered with rugs, old sofas and a garage-sale like collection of pianos, paintings, turntables, statues and other items.

Warehouse gutted by blaze was home to Bohemian art space

Sun, 4 Dec 2016 03:16:16 UT

(AP) — The warehouse gutted by a blaze that killed at least nine people was home to musicians, painters, woodworkers, dancers and other artists who came together to make art and hold dance performances and parties. The building known as the "Ghost Ship" located in Oakland's Fruitvale neighborhood was not zoned for people to live in, but neighbors had filed complaints saying the warehouse packed with pianos, paintings, turntables, statues, beds, couches and even a "coffin," apparently was being used as a party venue and living quarters. Photos of the interior showed a hodgepodge Bohemian scene of Tibetan prayer flags, Christmas lights and scores of wooden statues of Buddha, the virgin Mary, Jesus Christ, elephants and dragons that sat atop pianos and turntables. A second-story mezzanine had been built without permits and could only be accessed through a makeshift stairwell of wooden pallets, Hoffman said. A Facebook page for the Satya Yuga collective, which also was housed at the 4,000-square-foot structure, described it as an unprecedented "earth home bomb bunker helter skelter spelunker shelters and Indonesian straw huts rolling into valleys and down alleys."

Toronto doctor charged with murdering his wife

Sat, 3 Dec 2016 23:56:10 UT

TORONTO (AP) — A Toronto neurosurgeon appeared in court Saturday to face a first-degree murder charge in the death of his wife, a family physician. Shamji is a neurosurgeon at Toronto Western Hospital and a faculty member at the University of Toronto.

The Latest: Police ID student arrested in professor's death

Sat, 3 Dec 2016 16:24:49 UT

Los Angeles Police say 28-year-old David Jonathan Brown of Los Angeles was booked on a charge of murder in the death of Professor Bosco Tjan, a psychology professor and neuroscientist. Though details of the motive weren't released, Los Angeles Police Officer Meghan Aguilar says Tjan was specifically targeted and that the attack wasn't random.

The Latest: Professor killed on Calif. campus identified

Sat, 3 Dec 2016 05:41:48 UT

The USC Department of Public Safety says in a statement that investigators believe the attack was not random and "was the result of a personal dispute." Los Angeles Police Officer Meghan Aguilar says the male student arrested in Tjan's killing was set to be interviewed Friday night and that his name would be released after he was booked. The University of Southern California's police department says the fatal stabbing of a professor on campus is not a random act of violence. The USC Department of Public Safety says in a statement that investigators believe the Friday afternoon stabbing "was the result of a personal dispute" and that there was no threat to the campus. Los Angeles Police Officer Meghan Aguilar says the suspect arrested in the death of the professor is a male student. A Los Angeles police spokeswoman says a man killed on the University of Southern California campus in Los Angeles was a professor and that the suspect arrested in his death is a male student.

Police: Man fatally stabbed at University of Southern California was professor; suspect is student

Sat, 3 Dec 2016 03:47:39 UT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Police: Man fatally stabbed at University of Southern California was professor; suspect is student.

Possible faculty member fatally stabbed on University of Southern California campus

Sat, 3 Dec 2016 02:20:45 UT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Possible faculty member fatally stabbed on University of Southern California campus.

2 rare Canada lynx shot dead in Maine; feds investigating

Fri, 2 Dec 2016 21:14:43 UT

TOWNSHIP 14 RANGE 7, Maine (AP) — Two rare Canada lynx have been shot dead, and state and federal wildlife authorities are investigating. Lynx, wild cats that are generally found in Alaska and Canada but also in Northern and Northeastern U.S. states, are listed as a threatened species under U.S. endangered species laws. Lynx look similar to bobcats, which are more common in the state and are the subject of a legal hunting season from Dec. 1 to Feb. 14.

2nd California fugitive inmate arrested after standoff

Thu, 1 Dec 2016 07:05:14 UT

(AP) — A second fugitive inmate who escaped last week from a county jail in California by rappelling down with a bedsheet was re-arrested Wednesday night, after a seven-hour standoff with police. Fernandez, who is on probation, was also arrested and is facing charges of resisting and obstructing an investigation, being a felon in possession of a firearm, and being an accessory to an escaped inmate. Santa Clara County Sheriff's Sgt. Mike Glennon said authorities received "numerous tips" that helped authorities locate Campbell after Sheriff Laurie Smith announced a $20,000 reward for information leading to the fugitives' recapture. Chavez was awaiting trial on several felony charges, including burglary, extortion, false imprisonment, resisting arrest and firearms violations. Chavez and Campbell eluded a massive manhunt the night of their escape and several subsequent raids of places the two were thought hiding, including a San Jose mobile home that heavily armed deputies surrounded early Tuesday with no success.