Protesters rally against Air Force officer's transfer after sex assault conviction overturned

Protesters rallied outside a Tucson military base Thursday to denounce the Air Force’s decision to transfer a lieutenant colonel to Arizona after his sexual assault conviction was overturned by a commander, adding to the growing criticism of the military justice system. The 45-minute demonstration by about 50 people was led by outraged family members of Lt. Col. James Wilkerson’s accuser. They questioned why the military would transfer Wilkerson to Davis-Monthan Air Force Base on the southern edge of Tucson, where roughly half the woman’s family lives. The protest came amid a congressional uproar over the Wilkerson case, and follows heavy criticism of the military’s handling of another case involving sex-crime allegations in California. Continue Reading

Motorcycle cop in Hawaii helps deliver baby on freeway for second time

Honolulu police Officer Stephen Keogh jokes that he didn’t receive any training in obstetrics while in the academy, but he’s been getting a lot of practice delivering babies. Keogh, a traffic motorcycle officer with seven years on the force, delivered a baby girl during Thursday morning’s rush-hour commute on Honolulu’s H-1 freeway. It was his second delivery on the freeway: he helped with a birth last year. The 39-year-old, who is single and has no children of his own, said the latest birth was a little girl who “came out right in the front seat of that pick-up truck.” The baby’s father had pulled up behind Keogh on an east-bound, center median near the Middle Street exit, saying he didn’t think they would make it to the hospital in time. Continue Reading

Central IL Shooter’s Victims Named; Motive Unclear

MANCHESTER, Ill. (AP) — Authorities say the five people found shot to death inside a home in a tiny central Illinois community were two young brothers, their parents and their great-grandmother.  

Illinois State Police identified the victims Thursday as 1-year-old Brantley Ralston and 5-year-old Nolan Ralston. Their slain parents are 29-year-old James Roy Ralston and 23-year-old Brittney Luark, who was also pregnant. The fifth victim is Luark’s grandmother and great grandmother of the boys, 67-year-old Jo Ann Sinclair. Continue Reading

Barge Hits Mississippi River Bridge; Second Time in One Week

CARUTHERSVILLE, Mo. (AP) — For the second time in less than a week, a Mississippi River bridge has been struck by a barge.  

The latest incident on the flooded river happened Thursday morning when a barge struck the bridge at Caruthersville, Mo. The bridge carries Interstate 155 traffic between southern Missouri and Tennessee. Nichole Lawrence of the Tennessee Department of Transportation says one barge struck the bridge, forcing a temporary closure. Continue Reading

Marathon Bombers’ Father Coming to U-S; Mother Not Sure

MAKHACHKALA, Russia (AP) — The father of the Boston Marathon bombing suspects says he will leave Russia for the United States in the next day or two.  

But the suspects’ mother says she’s still thinking it over. She was charged with shoplifting while she was in the United States last summer, but says she’s been assured by lawyers that she would not be arrested. She says she wishes she’d never moved her family members to the United States, claiming that the U.S. failed to protect them. The Tsarnaev family emigrated to the U.S. a decade ago, but both parents returned to Russia last year. Continue Reading

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Bush Presidential Library Ceremony Underway

DALLAS (AP) — The dedication ceremony for the George W. Bush Presidential Center has begun.  

After a performance of “God Bless America,” former Commerce Secretary Don Evans gave welcoming remarks. He chairs the George W. Bush Foundation. Bush and President Barack Obama, along with former Presidents Bill Clinton, Jimmy Carter and George W. Bush’s father, George H.W. Bush, are all expected to give remarks on the stage flanked by American flags in front of the entrance to the library. The center on the campus of Southern Methodist University includes the presidential library and museum along with the 43rd president’s policy institute. Continue Reading

Obituaries Thursday April 25th

Wilbur Darrell Weigert, 85, of West Burlington, passed away at 3:05 AM Tuesday, April 23, 2013 at the Great River Hospice House in West Burlington. Born February 22, 1928, in West Point, IA, he was the son of Theodore R. Weigert and Margaret C. Helm. In 1929, the family moved to New London, IA, where Wilbur attended the New London school system and graduated from the New London High School in 1945. Wilbur married Vivian LaVonne Ryan in 1949 in Mt. Pleasant, IA. Continue Reading

Wyoming reporter may be forced to testify about bank robbery suspect she interviewed

A Wyoming newspaper is trying to prevent one of its reporters from being forced to testify about a bank robbery suspect she interviewed. U.S. District Judge Alan B. Johnson is scheduled to hold a hearing on the issue in Cheyenne Thursday. Jackson Hole News & Guide reporter Emma Breysse interviewed Corey Allan Donaldson, who is charged with robbing more than $140,000 from bank in Jackson. She reported that Donaldson told her that he robbed the bank so he could give money to the poor. Newspaper publisher Kevin Olson says forcing her to testify would have a chilling effect on newsgathering. Continue Reading

2 men shot with 1 bullet, New Mexico police say

Navajo police say an Arizona man is facing charges after he shot a father and a son with one bullet. The Gallup Independent reports that Richard Cooke was arrested for the death of Elvin Tachine and his son, Leveil Natoni, who were shot last month. A criminal complaint says Elvin Tachine and Cooke started fighting after Tachine’s goats wandered onto Cooke’s property. The complaint says Tachine threw Cooke to the ground and walked off. Authorities say Cooke then shot one of the men twice. Continue Reading

Man who helped end Los Angeles school busing dies

A man who helped end forced busing for integration in the Los Angeles Unified School District has died. Tom Bartman was 67. His wife, Eleanor, tells the Los Angeles Times ( ) that Bartman died of cancer on Monday at his Beverly Hills home. The nation’s second-largest school district began court-ordered busing in 1978. The compulsory program affected about 58,000 students. Continue Reading