Shot fired at Ohio high school, police say

Authorities say a shot has been fired at a Cincinnati area high school, injuring one person, while another person has been taken into custody. The Hamilton County sheriff’s office said there is no longer active shooter at La Salle High School, a private school west of Cincinnati. Authorities say one person was transported to a hospital. A shot was reported at the school Monday morning at around 9 a.m. The school then went into lockdown. The Associated Press contributed to this report. Continue Reading

Pending US home sales reach 3-year high in March

The number of Americans who signed contracts to buy homes rose in March to the highest level in three years. The National Association of Realtors says that its seasonally adjusted index for pending home sales rose 1.5 percent to 105.7. That’s the highest since April 2010, when a homebuyer’s tax credit boosted sales. It’s also above February’s reading of 104.1. Signed contracts are 7 percent higher than they were a year earlier. Continue Reading

Fingerprints, possible DNA collected in killing of 8-year-old California girl

Sheriff’s officials say investigators have collected fingerprints and what they believe is DNA from the home where an 8-year-old Northern California girl was stabbed to death. Calaveras County Sheriff’s Capt. Jim Macedo tells the Modesto Bee authorities hope to have lab results on the evidence in a week. Authorities have not identified a suspect in Saturday’s stabbing death of Leila Fowler at her home in Valley Springs, a small town about 60 miles southeast of Sacramento. They say Leila was found by her brother after he encountered a male intruder at the home. Authorities have only released a vague description of the suspect. Continue Reading

Search for Survivors Over in Bangladesh; Concentration Now on Bodies

SAVAR, Bangladesh (AP) — Crews are using heavy machinery to cut through what’s left of an 8-story building that collapsed five days ago in Bangladesh.  

At least 382 people were killed and officials expect more bodies to be found. They are no longer searching for survivors. The owner of the illegally-constructed building was arrested and brought to court in a bullet-proof vest. Continue Reading

Tupelo, Mississippi Man Charged with Trying to Poison Obama

BRANDON, Miss. (AP) — A Mississippi man who describes himself as a patriot with no grudges against anyone is expected to appear in a federal court today on charges that he sent ricin-filled letters to President Barack Obama and others.  

Authorities zeroed in on James Everett Dutschke after they had first arrested another man. The FBI arrested Dutschke at his house in Tupelo, Miss., on Saturday. He’s charged with making and possessing ricin for use as a weapon. Continue Reading

NY Jets Waive Tebow after Drafting Geno Smith

FLORHAM PARK, N.J. (AP) — Tim Tebow has been waived by the Jets, the end of an unsuccessful one-season experiment in New York.  

Coach Rex Ryan said in a statement put out by the team in announcing the move Monday morning: “Unfortunately, things did not work out the way we all had hoped.” The Heisman Trophy winner attempted just eight passes after his ballyhooed arrival in a trade from the Denver Broncos in March 2012. He threw for 39 yards and rushed 32 times for 102 yards. Meanwhile, starter Mark Sanchez struggled amid constant questions about Tebow’s playing time. Continue Reading

Branstad Says Fuel-Tax Hike “Could be Considered” This Session

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — With time running out in this legislative session, Gov. Terry Branstad still isn’t ruling out the possibility of increasing the state fuel tax, though lawmakers seem less optimistic.  

Branstad told reporters this week that if the Legislature approves proposed cuts to the commercial property tax, then a fuel tax increase “could be considered.” For years, legislators have debated increasing Iowa’s fuel tax — currently 22 cents per gallon of gasoline, including fees — but they haven’t taken action. The tax has not gone up since 1989. A commission appointed by Branstad in 2011 recommended an increase of 8 to 10 cents to support the state network of bridges and roads, many of which are considered deteriorating or deficient. Continue Reading

Osage Teen Accused of Killing Mom to Go on Trial

CLARION, Iowa (AP) — Jury selection in the trial of a 14-year-old Osage boy accused of fatally shooting his mother is scheduled to begin this week.  

The Mason City Globe Gazette reports jury selection is expected to begin Tuesday in Wright County District Court in Clarion. The trial was moved to Wright County from Mitchell County. A judge granted a change of venue request late last year after the boy’s attorneys cited negative pretrial publicity. Authorities say the boy was 13 when he shot his mother with a rifle in March 2012 at the family’s rural home. Continue Reading