Monthly Archives: April 2013

Pennsylvania music store owner fatally shoots intruder, police say

Police in western Pennsylvania say a man was shot to death after reportedly brandishing a wooden club in an attack on the owners of a Pittsburgh-area music store. Police Chief John Mackey told reporters that the 32-year-old man entered Armen’s House of Music in Bethel Park shortly before noon Saturday but left after two or three minutes. Mackey said he went outside to his car and then returned carrying the club, which the chief said he used to strike the wife of the store owner. Mackey said the owner came to his wife’s defense and was also attacked, and the two struggled briefly before the owner pulled a revolver and shot and killed the attacker. The store owner and his wife were taken to UPMC Mercy for treatment of unspecified injuries. Continue Reading →

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Mississippi man charged in suspicious letters case

The arrest of a 41-year-old Mississippi martial arts instructor in a probe of poison-laced letters sent to President Barack Obama and others capped a week in which investigators initially zeroed in on a different man. Federal authorities arrested James Everett Dutschke (DUHS’-kee) early Saturday at his home in Tupelo. He is charged with making and possessing the poisonous ricin for use as a weapon. Dutschke is expected to appear Monday in U.S. District Court in Oxford. He faces up to life in prison, if convicted. Continue Reading →

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Fatal stabbing of girl, 9, prompts Northern California manhunt

The Calaveras County Sheriff’s office says early Sunday that authorities are still searching for an intruder who killed a 9-year-old girl at her house. The Sheriff’s office says that the man was considered armed and dangerous, and authorities are warning residents in the Northern California town of Valley Springs to lock their doors. The office on Saturday declined to release details on the slaying. KCRA-TV says the victim’s 12-year-old brother encountered an intruder in his home and saw the man run away. The boy went to check on his sister and found she had been stabbed. Continue Reading →

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Russia caught bomb suspect on wiretap

Russian authorities secretly recorded a telephone conversation in 2011 in which one of the Boston bombing suspects vaguely discussed jihad with his mother, officials said Saturday, days after the U.S. government finally received details about the call. In another conversation, the mother of now-dead bombing suspect Tamerlan Tsarnaev was recorded talking to someone in southern Russia who is under FBI investigation in an unrelated case, officials said. The conversations are significant because, had they been revealed earlier, they might have been enough evidence for the FBI to initiate a more thorough investigation of the Tsarnaev family. As it was, Russian authorities told the FBI only that they had concerns that Tamerlan and his mother were religious extremists. With no additional information, the FBI conducted a limited inquiry and closed the case in June 2011. Continue Reading →

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Memphis mayor says police union's 'danger' billboards hurting city's image

The mayor of Memphis said billboards put up by the Memphis Police Association are hurting the city’s image and calls the message, “selfish.” The police union billboards feature the warning, “DANGER: Enter at your own risk; This city does not support public safety,” MyFoxMemphis.com reported. Mike Williams, the president of the MPA, said the billboards are meant to target city leaders and are about protecting union’s jobs and benefits. “I think it’s self-centered, I think it’s selfish,” Memphis Mayor A C Wharton said. “I think it has no place in our city.” Continue Reading →

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Moody's, S&P settle lawsuits over debt ratings

Ratings agencies Standard & Poor’s, Moody’s and investment bank Morgan Stanley have settled two lawsuits dating back to the financial crisis that accused them of hiding risky investments. The lawsuits from King County in Washington state and Abu Dhabi Commercial Bank claimed that the ratings agencies and Morgan Stanley hid the risk of investing in a fund that purchased bonds backed by subprime mortgages. Judge Shira Scheindlin dismissed the lawsuits on Friday, in federal court in New York, with prejudice, which means they can’t be filed again. Spokesmen for the McGraw-Hill Cos., which owns S&P, Moody’s Corp. and Morgan Stanley confirmed the settlements but did not disclose terms. McGraw-Hill spokesman Jason Feuchtwanger said the cases were settled without any admission of liability or wrongdoing. Continue Reading →

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Russia had wiretap on Boston Marathon bombing suspect, US officials say

Russian authorities secretly recorded a telephone conversation in 2011 in which one of the Boston bombing suspects vaguely discussed jihad with his mother, officials said Saturday, days after the U.S. government finally received details about the call. In another conversation, the mother of now-dead bombing suspect Tamerlan Tsarnaev was recorded talking to someone in southern Russia who is under FBI investigation in an unrelated case, officials said. The conversations are significant because, had they been revealed earlier, they might have been enough evidence for the FBI to initiate a more thorough investigation of the Tsarnaev family. As it was, Russian authorities told the FBI only that they had concerns that Tamerlan and his mother were religious extremists. With no additional information, the FBI conducted a limited inquiry and closed the case in June 2011. Continue Reading →

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Attorneys in Trayvon Martin case address media

The attorneys in the Trayvon Martin shooting say social media gives people a way to stay engaged in high profile cases that was not possible years ago. Speaking were Benjamin Crump, the attorney for Trayvon Martin’s parents, and George Zimmerman’s defense attorney, Mark O’Mara. They were talking Saturday at the Florida Associated Press Broadcasters Banquet in Orlando. O’Mara says he would prefer to “do away with all media” in a criminal case, but “that’s a fantasy that is 40 years ago.” Crump says social media has given people who normally would not have a voice a way to be engaged in the case. Continue Reading →

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Part found near World Trade Center from Boeing jet

A rusted piece of airplane landing gear discovered wedged between a mosque and an apartment building and believed to be from one of the hijacked planes that destroyed the nearby World Trade Center on Sept. 11 has been confirmed as coming from the type of Boeing jet used in the attacks. Police said Saturday that detectives had been in contact with officials at Chicago-based Boeing Co. who confirmed the wreckage was from a Boeing 767. Police have said the landing gear had a clearly visible Boeing identification number. Continue Reading →

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Man with Tourette's syndrome reportedly denied flight after saying 'bomb'

A man with Tourette’s syndrome says he wasprevented from boarding a flight from Washington to San Juan, Puerto Rico, Thursday after he said the word “bomb.” MyFoxDC.com reports thatMichael Doyle was reportedly denied access to the JetBlue flight because of the outburst, despite having alerted airline and TSA officials about his condition. “With all the stuff in the news about the Boston bombings and stuff, I started ticking ‘bomb.’ Because that when I get nervous and anything on my mind will come out,” Doyle told the station. Doyle said he wasplanning to attend a Revolutionary War reenactment in San Juan with a friend. Continue Reading →

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