12 Dead in Damascus University Cafeteria Bombing

DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — Mortar shells have hit a cafeteria at Damascus University in Syria.  

And according to state media and a Syrian official, at least 12 people have been killed, with 20 others wounded. Rebels began firing shells at the capital earlier this year, and the attacks have become increasingly common in recent weeks. A government-run TV station showed footage of tables and chairs turned upside down, shattered glass and blood on the floor. Continue Reading

U-S Says Nuke-Ready Bombers Complete S. Korean Training

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — The U.S military says two nuclear-capable B-2 bombers have completed a training mission in South Korea amid threats from North Korea that include nuclear strikes on Washington and Seoul.  

The statement Thursday by U.S. Forces Korea is an unusual confirmation. It follows an earlier U.S. announcement that nuclear-capable B-52 bombers participated in ongoing U.S.-South Korean military drills. The U.S. says the B-2 stealth bombers flew from a U.S. air base and dropped munitions on a South Korean island range before returning home. The announcement will likely draw a strong response from Pyongyang. Continue Reading

Warrants Released in Newtown Shooting Reveal Arsenal

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) — Warrants released in the investigation of the Newtown school shooting reveal that an arsenal of weapons including guns, a gun safe with shotgun shells, a bayonet and several swords were found in the home of the gunman.  

Investigators also found articles on other shootings and a holiday card containing a check made out to Adam Lanza for the purchase of a firearm, authored by his mother, Nancy Lanza. And investigators found books about living with autism and Asperger’s syndrome, as well as an NRA guide to pistol shooting. Twenty-year-old Adam Lanza killed his mother inside their Newtown home on Dec. Continue Reading

U of IL and Building, Food Service Workers Reach Tentative Deal

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) — The union representing about 800 building and food service workers who went on strike at the University of Illinois this month says it has reached a tentative deal with the school.  

Adam Rosen is a spokesman for the Service Employees International Union. He said yesterday the union’s bargaining committee recommended that employees approve the four-year offer from the university. A vote is set for today and tomorrow. Continue Reading

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Girl Scout Camp Closure, Sale Proposal on Hold for Now

DUBUQUE, Iowa (AP) — A decision on whether to close four Girl Scout camps in eastern Iowa is off the table after heavy community backlash.  

The Girl Scouts of Eastern Iowa and Western Illinois announced Wednesday it will not vote on whether to sell the camps in Scott County, Dubuque County, Des Moines County and Allamakee County. Citizens reacted to the possibility of the camps closing by filing an injunction against letting the organization vote on the matter. The group’s board will now meet Thursday for a collaborative work session to review the issue. A new recommendation will later be given. Continue Reading

Worker denies drinking old whiskey at Pa. mansion

The former live-in caretaker of a southwestern Pennsylvania mansion is denying he drank 52 bottles of well-aged whiskey, saying it wouldn’t have been safe to drink and “evaporated” instead. The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review (http://bit.ly/16jQrhx ) reports 63-year-old John Saunders issued that denial outside a district judge’s courtroom on Wednesday. It came after his preliminary hearing on theft and other charges was postponed until May 15 so he could apply for a public defender. Owner Patricia Hill found the Old Farm Pure Rye Whiskey in a century-old Georgian mansion she bought last year and says an expert appraised it at more than $102,000. Scottdale police charged Saunders with stealing the whiskey — by drinking it — after his DNA was found on some empty bottles. Continue Reading

Bail raised for teen accused of hate-crime attack

Bail has been raised nearly sevenfold to $520,000 for a teenager facing hate crime allegations in the brutal beating of a Northern California man. Prosecutors on Wednesday detailed the injuries, including a fractured skull, suffered by Lawrence “Mikey” Partida in the early hours of March 10 in Davis. The Sacramento Bee reports (http://bit.ly/10fYoiy ) 19-year-old Clayton Daniel Garzon is accused of using anti-gay slurs during the alleged attack. Garzon appeared in Yolo Superior Court on felony battery and threat charges with hate crime enhancements. Prosecutors argued Garzon is a danger to the community and a risk to flee. Continue Reading

Fire engulfs Wash. house during standoff with man

Fire has engulfed at a house on the coast of Washington state where a standoff has been under way since Wednesday with a man suspected of shooting and injuring a police officer. Video from KOMO and KIRO TV showed the home in Hoquiam on Grays Harbor was fully engulfed in flames before dawn Thursday as firefighters arrived. Video also showed police withdrawing a robot that had been used in the standoff. There’s no immediate word on the man who was holed up on the second floor of the home. Police say he shot an officer who attempted to arrest him Wednesday on an outstanding warrant. Continue Reading

Washington home catches fire during standoff with shooting suspect

Fire has engulfed at a house on the coast of Washington state where a standoff has been under way since Wednesday with a man suspected of shooting and injuring a police officer. Video from KOMO and KIRO TV showed the home in Hoquiam on Grays Harbor was fully engulfed in flames before dawn Thursday as firefighters arrived. Video also showed police withdrawing a robot that had been used in the standoff. There’s no immediate word on the man who was holed up on the second floor of the home. Police say he shot an officer who attempted to arrest him Wednesday on an outstanding warrant. Continue Reading

Woman accused of providing gun used to kill Colorado prisons chief

The Colorado Bureau of Investigation agents on Wednesday arrested a woman accused of illegally transferring the gun authorities say was used to kill Colorado’s prisons chief. Investigators believe Stevie Marie Vigil, 22, of Commerce City, legally bought the firearm from a licensed dealer in the Denver suburb of Englewood and transferred it to Evan Ebel, who was a felon who couldn’t legally possess a firearm, the CBI said. Ebel is suspected in the shooting deaths of Colorado Department of Corrections head Tom Clements on March 19 and of Nathan Leon, who was shot March 17 while working as a pizza delivery driver in the Denver area. Ebel died after a shootout in Texas last week. El Paso County, Colo., sheriff’s investigators have said the gun Ebel used in the shootout was the same weapon used to kill Clements when he answered the front door of his home. Continue Reading