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Marathon Bombing Probe Ongoing; U-S Agents in Dagestan

MAKHACHKALA, Russia (AP) — A team of U.S. investigators is speaking with the parents of the two Boston bombing suspects in southern Russia.  

A U.S. Embassy official said the Americans traveled from Moscow to the predominantly Muslim province of Dagestan “because the investigation is ongoing, it’s not over.” The official, who spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak to the media, said Wednesday that the team is working with the Russian security services, the FSB. The mother of Tamerlan and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev is being interviewed Wednesday in the FSB building in Makhachkala, the capital of Dagestan. The official said one positive development from the Boston tragedy might be closer cooperation with the Russian government on security issues. Continue Reading

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Boylston St. Reopens in Wake of Marathon Bombings

BOSTON (AP) — The area near the Boston Marathon finish line is reopening to the general public.  

Traffic was allowed to flow all the way down Boylston Street on this morning for the first time since two explosions on April 15 killed three spectators and sent more than 260 to the hospital. Delivery trucks made their way down the street under a heavy police presence. Workers at some businesses and hotels in the area were allowed to return to their jobs on Tuesday to prepare for reopening. Some stores directly affected by the blasts are still boarded up. Continue Reading

US Customs plane helps stop 3,300 lbs of cocaine

U.S. customs officials say they helped law enforcement in Panama intercept more than 3,300 pounds of pure cocaine this past weekend. U.S. Customs and Border Protection reports a P-3 aircraft crew was patrolling the open waters near Panama City, Panama, Saturday. They detected a speedboat carrying four suspects, fuel barrels and multiple packages. The crew notified Panama law enforcement and directed three Panamanian interceptors to the speedboat’s location. Panamanian law enforcement fired warning shots, causing the speedboat to stop. Continue Reading

Mormon bishop with Samurai sword runs off attacker

A Samurai sword-wielding Mormon bishop helped a neighbor woman escape a Tuesday morning attack by a man who had been stalking her. Kent Hendrix woke up Tuesday to his teenage son pounding on his bedroom door and telling him somebody was being mugged in front of their house. The 47-year-old father of six rushed out the door and grabbed the weapon closest to him — a 29-inch high carbon steel Samurai sword. He came upon what he describes as a melee between a woman and a man. His son stayed inside to call 911 while he approached the man along with other neighbors who came to help. Continue Reading

Lion cage where California intern died worked properly, USDA says

The enclosures at a Central California wild animal park where a lion killed an intern were working properly at the time of her death, federal officials said. A spokeswoman for the U.S. Department of Agriculture said Tuesday that the agency’s investigation on the day after the mauling in March found no violations of the federal Animal Welfare Act at Project Survival’s Cat Haven. USDA investigators looked at whether proper enclosures were in place, and whether they were in good working order, among other things. “We looked at anything and everything that could have contributed to that incident, including enclosures, the employee training program, procedures for cleaning enclosures and feeding the animals, and we did not find any violations,” said USDA spokeswoman Lyndsay Cole. The federal agency’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service sent two people — an inspector and a big cat specialist — from its office in Fort Collins, Colo., after the attack that killed Dianna Hanson, 24, of Seattle. Continue Reading

Missouri soccer coach accused of secretly recording his players changing

A 41-year-old Missouri man is facing charges after police say he secretly recorded underage girls changing at his home, reported. Joel D. White, of Lee’s Summit, was arrested in Colorado on suspicion of theft of sports memorabilia and jerseys. During the arrest, police say they discovered several cameras and media memory cards with images and videos of young girls. Two of the girls seen on the videos were on the soccer team White coaches, reported, citing the girls’ parents. During questioning, White also admitted to inappropriately touching one of the girls while she was sleeping and recording it, police say. Continue Reading

Ex-CIA director David Petraeus to be New York college professor

Ex-CIA director David Petraeus is replacing one kind of intelligence work with another. Macaulay Honors College at City University of New York said Tuesday the retired four-star general has been named a visiting professor for public policy. He starts Aug. 1. Petraeus has a doctorate from Princeton University and has written widely on international relations, military strategy and tactics and national security issues. Continue Reading

Obituaries Tuesday April 23rd

Robert D. “Bob” Bell    Age 71    of    Sperry
Died    4/21/13    Where    Deceased’s Residence    Sperry
He is survived by his wife, Jan Bell    Sperry    IA
Son    Kevin Robert Bell
Son    Brian Keith Bell
Daughter    Terri Lynn (Kent) Luetger
Step Daughjter – Seanne (Wally) West
Step Son – David Hausner
8    Grandchildren    8    Great-Grandchildren
Sister    Joann (Doug) Smith
Sister    Sharon (Bill) Phillips
Sister    Vickie (Eddie) Steward
Brother    Terry (Bonnie) Bell
Family will receive friends    Noon until time of service on Friday
Memorial Funeral Service    1:30 p.m. Friday, April 26th, at Lunning Chapel.  

Tammy L. Howell, 55, of Burlington, died at 9:30 PM Sunday, April 21, 2013, at the Great River Hospice House in West Burlington.  

Born January 7, 1958, in La Harpe, IL, she was the daughter of Walter and Mildred Davis Hoskins.  

Tammy had worked as a shipping clerk for Borghi and later at Goodwill.  

She received her associates degree from Southeastern Community College. Continue Reading

Nike yanks Boston Massacre T-shirts

Nike Inc. says it has pulled from the market T-shirts emblazoned with the words “Boston Massacre” in the aftermath of last week’s bombing during the Boston Marathon that killed three people and left dozens injured. The athletic company, based in Portland, Ore., said Monday that it took immediate action last week to remove the products. The shirts were sold primarily at its factory store outlets. “We conducted this process as quickly as possible and are confident the product has been removed from distribution,” Nike spokeswoman Mary Remuzzi said in a statement emailed to The Associated Press. The shirts, which featured blood-splattered lettering, were designed for New York Yankees fans. Continue Reading

Utah high school teacher charged in student rape

A former Utah high school math teacher was arrested Friday on charges of raping a 17-year-old female student, reports. Courtney Jarrell, 22, who also coached the Riverton High School girls’ basketball team, resigned shortly after she was charged by prosecutors. Jarrell appeared to be well-liked at the school. She now, however, faces two felony charges of object rape and forcible sexual abuse for a non-consensual sexual encounter that allegedly occurred at the teacher’s residence. Salt Lake County District Attorney Sim Gill said, “they allege contact between January and March of 2013, within that three-month period.” Continue Reading