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Man being deported after transit officer asked about status

Sat, 27 May 2017 19:43:01 UT

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A light-rail passenger seen in a video being questioned by a Minneapolis Metro Transit Police officer about his immigration status is now in deportation proceedings. After video of the May 14 incident was posted on Facebook by another passenger, police Chief John Harrington said it's not his department's policy to question riders about their immigration status.



Virginia police special agent fatally shot; suspect arrested

Sat, 27 May 2017 18:59:16 UT

(AP) — A man fatally shot a Virginia State Police special agent in a Richmond public housing project before fleeing on foot, sparking an overnight manhunt that ended with his arrest on Saturday, authorities said. Walter was shot after he and a city of Richmond police officer approached a car in Mosby Court, a public housing community in Virginia's capital city that has been plagued by gun violence, police said. The Philadelphia native was promoted to special agent in 2010 and was working in drug enforcement in the state police's Bureau of Criminal Investigation's Richmond field office. Ball then took off after the shooting, sparking an overnight manhunt by eight local, state, federal law enforcement agencies. Ball has an extensive criminal record, including convictions for assault and battery and cruelty to animals, court records show. Special Agent Walter was one of our brave men and women in uniform who risk their lives every single day to protect their fellow Virginians. The last trooper to be killed was Chad Dermyer, who was shot in March 2016 by a gunman at a Greyhound bus station while police were holding a counterterrorism training exercise.



Police: Woman locked her kids in car trunk while she shopped

Sat, 27 May 2017 18:55:40 UT

RIVERDALE, Utah (AP) — A 39-year-old Utah woman has been arrested after she allegedly locked her two young children in her car's trunk while she went inside a Wal-Mart store to shop.



Police: Suspect in Portland stabbings ranted about Muslims

Sat, 27 May 2017 18:42:46 UT

(AP) — A man who police say fatally stabbed two people who tried to stop him from yelling anti-Islamic slurs on a Portland light-rail train spent time in prison for robbery and kidnapping charges years ago, according to court records and a defense attorney. Jeremy Joseph Christian, 35, was being held in the Multnomah County Jail on Saturday on suspicion of aggravated murder, attempted murder, intimidation and being a felon in possession of a weapon. Two people died Friday night and another was hurt in the stabbing after police say Christian yelled racial slurs at two young women, one of whom was wearing a Muslim head covering. The assailant on the train was ranting on many topics, using "hate speech or biased language," according to a statement from police. In 2002, Christian, then 20, was arrested and charged with first-degree robbery and second-degree kidnapping after he rode to a convenience store on his bike and held up employees there with a gun, according to court records and his court-appointed defense attorney at the time, Matthew Kaplan. Christian was sentenced to more than seven years in prison after striking a plea deal that eliminated coercion and weapons charges. [...] the attorney suspected the onset of mental illness to explain his actions and worried about how he would deal with a long prison sentence.



Pollster pioneer Bendixen has died in Miami

Sat, 27 May 2017 18:42:00 UT

MIAMI (AP) — Sergio Bendixen, a pioneer in public opinion polling of Latinos who also was the first Hispanic to run a U.S. presidential campaign, has died. In 1984, Bendixen became the campaign manager for then-Democratic presidential candidate Alan Cranston, the U.S. senator from California.



At JFK's centennial, book chronicles presidency, day-by-day

Sat, 27 May 2017 18:19:45 UT

John F. Kennedy was born 100 years ago Monday, and a new book recounts his brief but eventful presidency — and the style and wit with which he shaped the hopes of a generation — through day-by-day reports drawn from coverage at the time, right up to his assassination in November 1963. Kennedy's 1,036 days in office saw many crises, including the failed Bay of Pigs invasion of Cuba, the Soviet Union's menace to West Berlin and, most dangerously, the Cuban missile crisis of 1962. Kennedy sought legislation, but it would not come on his watch. Besides touching on reports from the fraught, history-making days of his presidency, the book includes lighter dispatches, including reports of the three birthdays Kennedy celebrated as president: NEW YORK — Fifteen thousand people attended President Kennedy's birthday celebration at Madison Square Garden last night — and 15,000 jaws dropped to the floor during a performance by Marilyn Monroe. Wearing a skintight, flesh-colored, rhinestone-studded dress, America's most popular sex symbol sang "Happy Birthday" with a breathy, sultry delivery, concluding, "Happy birthday, Mr. President, happy birthday to you." In the evening, the president was joined by the first lady, brothers Robert and Edward, and about 20 of his closest friends and associates on board the presidential yacht Sequoia. Civil rights issues remained at the top of Kennedy's agenda, as he organized a meeting with business leaders to sit down and discuss the difficulties minorities face with regard to equal employment and access to public facilities and services. A Daily Chronicle of the White House Years, a comprehensive look at all 1,036 days of his presidency, in words, recollections of correspondents and AP photos.



Police search for 2 in DC shooting that left 1 dead, 7 hurt

Sat, 27 May 2017 17:34:16 UT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Police in Washington are searching for two suspects in connection with a shooting early Saturday that left one person dead and seven people injured. The Metropolitan Police Department said in a statement that 32-year-old Algernon Harvey Jones died of multiple gunshot wounds Saturday.



Guard to face trial for ignoring inmate's threat of suicide

Sat, 27 May 2017 17:21:23 UT

(AP) — A judge has ordered a prison guard to stand trial in the death of a Michigan inmate who killed herself. Dianna Callahan of Flint appeared in court near Ann Arbor on Thursday on charges of involuntary manslaughter and willful neglect of duty.



Poor land deals pushed Dallas pension fund toward insolvency

Sat, 27 May 2017 17:18:57 UT

The deals account for a significant portion of the half-billion-dollar losses the fund has endured in recent years because of bad bets on real estate and private equity. Earlier fund managers intended to build sprawling housing developments, but the plans were ruined when the housing bubble burst. The ventures are examples of the risky investment strategies that, along with overly generous benefits, led the pension to the brink of insolvency, The Dallas Morning News reports . [...] by 2007, the demand for real estate was vanishing, just as the pension had ramped up its investments in Idaho and elsewhere past $900 million, equivalent to more than a quarter of its $3.4 billion net worth at the time. The Texas Legislature this month agreed on a fix to the fund that will deeply cut benefits and require city taxpayers and first responders to pay millions more each year to fill the financial hole left by the risky investments in prior years.



Town leader to step down 5 years after Sandy Hook shooting

Sat, 27 May 2017 17:06:41 UT

(AP) — The woman in Newtown's highest elected office announced she will step down, five years after she helped lead the community through the Sandy Hook school shooting. The 75-year-old Republican said her love of the job never waned, even when the town was devastated and overwhelmed after 20 children and six educators were killed at Sandy Hook Elementary School on Dec. 14, 2012. Since Llodra announced her retirement Thursday, praise has poured in from a variety of sources.



The Latest: Oregon train killing suspect has criminal record

Sat, 27 May 2017 16:49:02 UT

The 35-year-old Oregon man identified by authorities in the fatal stabbing of two people on a Portland light-rail train has a criminal record that includes stints in prison. Court records located by The Associated Press on Saturday show that Jeremy Joseph Christian was convicted of robbery, kidnapping and a weapons charge in 2002. Police say two people died Friday and another was hurt in the stabbing after a man yelled racial slurs at two young women who appeared to be Muslim, one of whom was wearing a hijab. Police say two people died Friday and another was hurt in the stabbing after a man yelled racial slurs at two young women who appeared to be Muslim, one of whom was wearing a hijab.



4 ordered to trial in beating death of Somali cab driver

Sat, 27 May 2017 16:46:38 UT

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Four men have been ordered to stand trial in Pennsylvania in the death of a Somali immigrant cab driver in Pittsburgh. Prosecutors allege the group wanted to rob a pizza delivery driver on the night of Feb. 21 but due to the late hour opted for a cab driver. At a preliminary hearing Friday, District Judge Armand Martin ordered all four suspects held without bond on charges of homicide, robbery and conspiracy. Moore testified Friday that he worked a shift at a fast-food restaurant that evening and he and the others decided later to lure someone to the neighborhood to rob them.



Woman chained in container to get $25,000 cold case reward

Sat, 27 May 2017 16:39:02 UT

SPARTANBURG, S.C. (AP) — A sheriff says a woman chained in a shipping container for two months by a serial killer will get the $25,000 reward for helping solve a quadruple slaying after nearly 13 years.



$10,000 reward offered after fireworks set ablaze in store

Sat, 27 May 2017 16:20:57 UT

ATLANTA (AP) — Authorities are offering a $10,000 reward in hopes of catching teenagers suspected of igniting a fireworks display inside a grocery store in Atlanta, sending shoppers fleeing and filling the store with smoke. Investigators tell WSB-TV (http://2wsb.tv/2qhRD91 ) that two teens were caught on surveillance video using a lighter to set fire to the display inside the Publix on the city's south side Thursday night, prompting everyone inside to be evacuated.



Officials: Tennessee man dies in police shooting, car crash

Sat, 27 May 2017 16:15:13 UT

(AP) — Tennessee authorities say a man has died after he drove at police officers during a traffic stop. The agency says the man didn't immediately stop when two Scott County sheriff's deputies and one Oneida police officer tried to pull him over.



California bills target private business to help immigrants

Sat, 27 May 2017 16:13:13 UT

(AP) — California Democrats are expanding their efforts to resist President Donald Trump's crackdown on immigrants in the country illegally with bills aimed at limiting how much private businesses can cooperate with federal immigration authorities. Immigration is among their key issues, but most legislation so far has been aimed at limiting what police can do to help immigration authorities and providing additional state services and support to immigrants in the country illegally. A measure that would bar landlords from disclosing tenants' immigration status or reporting them to immigration officials passed the chamber. Ann Morse, who tracks immigration bills for the National Conference of State Legislatures, said the California measures are the only ones she knows of that aim to limit landlords and private businesses' cooperation and communication with immigration enforcement. Jith Meganathan, a policy advocate for the Western Center on Law and Poverty, said that following Trump's victory last fall, organizations that provide legal assistance to low-income Californians began receiving more reports of landlords threatening tenants over their immigration status.



The Latest: Slain agent leaves behind wife and 3 children

Sat, 27 May 2017 16:10:28 UT

A Virginia State Police special agent who was fatally shot in Richmond is survived by a wife and three children. Authorities say 45-year-old Special Agent Michael T. Walter was shot Friday after he and a City of Richmond police officer approached a vehicle parked on a street in a public housing project. Gov. Terry McAuliffe says Virginia will forever be grateful for the service and sacrifice of a slain state police special agent. Authorities say a suspect is in custody after the fatal shooting of a Virginia State Police special agent. Officials tell The Richmond Times-Dispatch (http://bit.ly/2qppQzl ) that the shooting happened after a state trooper special agent and Richmond police officer approached the car within a public housing development. State Police spokeswoman Corinne Geller says officers "were just having a conversation with the individuals when the state police special agent was shot."



Police officer kills man at event center outside Atlanta

Sat, 27 May 2017 15:58:01 UT

The Georgia Bureau of Investigation said in a Saturday statement that a Cobb County police officer was responding to a fight in progress at the Elegant Point Event Hall in Austell around 2:30 a.m. Saturday. State investigators say the police officer encountered a man with a gun who fired multiple times, and the officer then shot him.



With new law, Lyft, Uber set to return to Texas capital city

Sat, 27 May 2017 15:35:31 UT

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Ride-hailing giants Uber and Lyft, which left Texas's tech-savvy capital city a year ago over local fingerprint requirements for drivers, are set to return after state lawmakers intervened. Both companies say they'll be rolling on Austin's streets again Monday, when Gov. Greg Abbott is expected to sign into law a bill that puts the state — not local governments — in charge of regulating the ride-hailing industry. Austin became the chosen battleground as similar debates cropped up in similar large cities around the country, and the companies spent about $9 million on the campaign before they were rejected by the city's voters. Texas' Republican-controlled Legislature saw the vote as liberal Austin stepping on free enterprise, and within hours of the Austin vote, lawmakers announced plans to pass a statewide regulations bill even though the legislative session was still months away.



US agency won't let company resume drilling for gas pipeline

Sat, 27 May 2017 15:28:54 UT

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A federal agency has told a company building a high-pressure natural gas pipeline it cannot resume drilling beneath creeks in southeast Ohio and northern West Virginia. The state agency says at least eight violations are under review, including mud spills from drilling, storm water pollution and open burning.



Coast Guard calls off search for missing boaters off Georgia

Sat, 27 May 2017 15:23:53 UT

The Coast Guard said in a statement that it suspended the search Friday evening after searching the ocean waters northeast of Georgia's Tybee Island for more than 72 hours. An emergency beacon Tuesday evening had alerted the Coast Guard, which found the 47-foot (14-meter) fishing boat, Miss Debbie, overturned in the water.



Defense secretary references Manchester in West Point speech

Sat, 27 May 2017 15:13:15 UT

WEST POINT, N.Y. (AP) — The deaths of 22 people at a concert hall in Manchester, England, this week shows the need for institutions like the U.S. Military Academy to produce soldiers willing to battle those who would commit terrorism, U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said Saturday. "Manchester's tragic loss underscores the purpose of your years of study and training at this elite school," Mattis told the 950 graduating cadets at West Point. Authorities say the 22-year-old bomber who struck the Ariana Grande concert was known to security services because of his radical views and had strong links to Libya.



Supporters of Roosevelt National Park seek to block refinery

Sat, 27 May 2017 14:38:45 UT

MEDORA, N.D. (AP) — When Meridian Energy Group set out to develop "the cleanest refinery on the planet," it chose a spot in western North Dakota's oil patch near highways, railroads and a picturesque national park named for a former president revered for his conservation advocacy. [...] the longtime former leader of Theodore Roosevelt National Park, the state's top tourist attraction drawing a record 760,000 visitors last year, is among those urging officials to deny a permit for the 700-acre refinery due to pollution concerns. The proposed Davis Refinery would process up to 55,000 barrels of Bakken crude per day into a variety of fuels while creating 500 construction jobs and permanent jobs for 200 people in the area, and generating millions of dollars in property taxes for the county each year. Because of its proximity to the national park, it must meet more stringent air quality standards, which the company says it will achieve through the most modern emissions control technology. The park is home to spectacular scenery and a wide variety of wildlife, from prairie dog towns to wild horses and bison. Besides taking in the scenery, visitors can hike, bike, camp and fish.



Kansas legislators to reopen debate over guns at hospitals

Sat, 27 May 2017 14:24:02 UT

(AP) — Kansas legislators are facing a midsummer deadline to approve costly security upgrades for state hospitals and mental institutions in order to keep in place a four-year-old ban on concealed weapons inside the facilities. Even Republican Gov. Sam Brownback and GOP lawmakers who are strong supporters of concealed carry don't want the exemption for hospitals to disappear, fearing the prospect of guns around mental patients or in areas with specialized equipment. Absent a change in existing state law, universities, state and other public hospitals, mental health centers, some nursing homes and other facilities must allow concealed weapons in their buildings starting in July unless they provide "adequate" security such as guards or metal detectors. [...] Republican legislative leaders also are facing pressure from other lawmakers and advocates who want a broader debate on keeping concealed guns off of university campuses as well. Travis Couture-Lovelady, a National Rifle Association lobbyist, said gun-rights supporters are willing to allow the health care facilities to keep weapons out of secured areas or even areas requiring a badge for entry.



In opioid crisis, a new risk for police: accidental overdose

Sat, 27 May 2017 14:21:02 UT

Carfentanil came to mind because just hours earlier, Phillips' boss, Harford County Sheriff Jeffrey Gahler, sent an email to deputies saying the synthetic opioid so powerful that it's used to tranquilize elephants had, for the first time ever, showed up in a toxicology report from a fatal overdose in the county. Carfentanil and fentanyl are driving forces in the most deadly drug epidemic the United States has ever seen. Because of their potency, it's not just addicts who are increasingly at risk — it's those tasked with saving lives and investigating the illegal trade. Other changes for Harford deputies include carrying bigger doses of Narcan — four milligrams instead of single-milligram doses. Because synthetic opioids are so potent, more of the antidote is necessary to reverse an overdose. Todd Edwards, a spokesman for the Drug Enforcement Administration in Baltimore, said drug users and officers are encountering fentanyl and carfentanil because the substances can be easily ordered over the internet, and dealers only need to mix a tiny amount into a batch of heroin in order to significantly stretch their supply. Edwards said agents are working with medical examiners' offices, police and community organizations to increase awareness.



2 officers suffer minor injuries in South Carolina shooting

Sat, 27 May 2017 13:57:57 UT

CAYCE, S.C. (AP) — Authorities say two police officers are recovering from minor injuries after they were shot chasing a driver who ran from a traffic stop in South Carolina. The city of Cayce said in a Facebook post that its officers tried to stop the driver in the city, but he drove over the bridge into Columbia before pulling over around 12:30 a.m. Saturday.



Henry David Thoreau's desk heads to NY for exhibit

Sat, 27 May 2017 13:40:54 UT

The green wooden desk and 18 other Thoreau artifacts have been loaned by the Concord Museum to New York's Morgan Library & Museum for a new exhibit about the 19th century philosopher and naturalist called This Ever New Self: Concord Museum curator David Wood says the desk was made in 1838 by a cabinetmaker who charged Thoreau about a dollar.



Authorities say suspect is in custody following manhunt in fatal shooting of Virginia state police special agent

Sat, 27 May 2017 12:47:20 UT

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Authorities say suspect is in custody following manhunt in fatal shooting of Virginia state police special agent.



Pilot's remains back on US soil from Vietnam after 52 years

Sat, 27 May 2017 07:12:00 UT

SAN DIEGO (AP) — Deborah Crosby touched her father's flag-draped casket as her three brothers hugged her in a tearful embrace on the tarmac at the San Diego airport Friday — ending a more than half century search to find and bring home the remains of Lt. Cmdr. Frederick P. Crosby, shot down as a Navy pilot in the Vietnam War. Crosby and her grandmother made a pact to someday bring home her father's remains and bury him in his hometown of San Diego. According to the National League of Families of American Prisoners and Missing in Southeast Asia, 969 missing service members have been accounted for since the end of the Vietnam War in 1975, while the whereabouts of 1,611 remain a mystery. Decades passed and her mother and grandmother both died before investigators got a breakthrough on their third trip to the area when they met Pham Van Truong, a lifelong resident of Nam Ngan ward in Thanh Hoa City. According to a 50-page report given to Deborah Crosby, the 89-year-old man told investigators he couldn't recall the month or year, but he remembered during the war that he was cooking limestone to reinforce his house when he heard gunfire and ran to the nearby levee to investigate. When they emptied it bucket by bucket, they found bones, pieces of fabric from the pilot's uniform, his chrome lighter and wedding band.



Mortuary chief: John Glenn's remains weren't disrespected

Sat, 27 May 2017 06:02:10 UT

DOVER, Del. (AP) — As Air Force officials investigate allegations that inspectors were invited to view the remains of astronaut and former U.S. Sen. John Glenn at Dover Air Force Base, a military mortuary chief said that Glenn's remains were treated with "impeccable care." Air Force officials are investigating concerns raised about management of the mortuary and allegations that inspectors who visited the facility this spring were invited to look at Glenn's remains, which they declined to do. Despite repeated requests, the Defense Department on Friday refused to release a memo describing the alleged incident. In a May 11 memo obtained by the Military Times, Deborah Skillman, the Defense Department's director of casualty and mortuary affairs, described Zwicharowski's actions as "clearly inappropriate and personally shocking." A few days after the inspection, however, Lt. Col. Chip Hollinger, deputy commander of Air Force Mortuary Affairs Operations, told Zwicharowski the inspection team mentioned that they didn't think it was appropriate to invite them to see Glenn's body. Zwicharowski and two colleagues received public servant awards from the U.S. Office of Special Counsel in 2012 for pointing out problems at the mortuary.