8 injured, two critical in vehicle pileup on I-64 bridge in West Virginia

Eight people have been hurt, two critically, after more than three dozen vehicles were involved in an early-evening pileup on an Interstate 64 bridge. Amy Shuler Goodwin, a spokeswoman for Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin, said the wrecks occurred Thursday evening on a bridge crossing the Kanawha River at St. Albans, near Charleston. She said eight people were taken to area hospitals. While authorities were still trying to determine the cause, a sudden rain squall had hit the area at the time of the accident. Continue Reading

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Ottumwa Men’s Shelter Closing

After 10 years of operation, the men’s shelter in Ottumwa is closing their doors. The Ottumwa Courier reports that the Ottumwa Community Outreach Ministry will be serving it’s last meal tomorrow. The shelter has been serving 50-100 meals a day. The decision to close the center was based on inability to maintain an active board of directors as well as dwindling financial resources. Continue Reading

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Metropolis, IL. Hopes to Break Superman Record

The southern Illinois city of Metropolis is attempting to set a Superman record. Organizers of the yearly festival honoring Superman, hope to enter the record books for having the most people dressed up as Superman at one time. The mark now stands at 437, but there’s competition. Yesterday 566 people were dressed as the superhero in Chicago. The event was tied to the new Superman movie. Continue Reading

'Emotionally disturbed' man stabs self on 'Today' show plaza, police say

An ‘emotionally disturbed’ man was taken into custody and transported to a New York hospital Thursday morning after he began to stab himself outside the Rockefeller Center studios of NBC’s “Today” show, police said. The man was described as an Asian male in his 50s. The incident occurred 7:50 a.m.

A “Today” show tweet confirmed he used a knife to harm himself, The New York Post reported. The show opened their 8 a.m. segment inside the studio, and host Matt Lauer explained what happened outside, The Post reported. “There was an incident out on the plaza,” Lauer told viewers. Continue Reading

William Cartwright, rescuer of Watts Towers, dies

William T. Cartwright, an Emmy-winning filmmaker who helped save the landmark Watts Towers in Los Angeles, has died at age 92. The Los Angeles Times (http://lat.ms/ZQANLv ) says Cartwright died Saturday at an LA hospice. His son, William Jr., says the cause was mainly old age. The soaring mosaic-encrusted towers were created by Simon Rodia over several decades but had been neglected and faced demolition when Cartwright first saw them in 1959. He and Nicholas King bought the property for $3,000 and formed a nonprofit group to fight City Hall and preserve them. Continue Reading

Made-up names appear in NY high school's yearbook

Officials at a small school district in upstate New York say an “honest mistake” led to students being identified in the yearbook as “Creepy smile kid” and “Some tall guy.” The labels appear in photo captions of the high school yearbook at Hoosick Valley, a rural district 20 miles northeast of Albany. Acting Superintendent Amy Goodell tells the Troy Record (http://bit.ly/122a274 ) that a “non-intentional, honest mistake” resulted in some members of the track and field team being labeled with made-up names such as “Isolation kid.” Several students were identified simply as “Someone.” Goodell says corrections are being made and the parents of students whose names weren’t published correctly have been contacted. Continue Reading

Pennsylvania prison guard allegedly buys stereo from inmate

An Erie County Prison guard has been suspended indefinitely after allegations that he bought a car stereo and a big-screen television from an inmate who was trying raise bond money. Authorities say 29-year-old Brent Carr was suspended without pay on May 30 after an investigation. The Erie Times-News reports Thursday that Carr says he understands what he did was wrong. Carr says he was trying to help a friend who lives in Detroit and that he purchased the items from the inmate’s girlfriend. Prison officials claim that Carr both called and sent text messages to the girlfriend to arrange the purchases, and also discussed the purchases with the inmate at the prison. Continue Reading

Massachusetts men reportedly sue New York Post over Boston Marathon bombing portrayal

A Massachusettsteenager and his 24-year-old friend have reportedly filed a defamation lawsuit against the New York Post, alleging the newspaper falsely portrayed them as suspects in the Boston Marathon bombings. The Boston Globe reports that the lawsuit filed in Suffolk Superior Court said the photographs and articles published three days after the April 15 bombings made it appear that FBI agents were pursuing Salaheddin Barhoum and Yassine Zaimi, avid runners watching the Marathon. Later that evening, authorities released photographs of the suspected bombers, Tamerlan and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev. Barhoum and Zaimi’s photograph appeared on the cover of the newspaper’s April 18 edition beneath the headline, “Bag Men.” According to the complaint, attorneys for Barhoum, 16, and Zaimi, a part-time college student who also works full time, accused the New York Post of libel, negligent infliction of emotional distress, and invasion of privacy. Continue Reading

Al-Qaida: Sunni Muslims Must Overthrow Syrian President, Set Up Islamic Rule

 BEIRUT (AP) _ Al-Qaida’s leader has urged Sunni Muslims to spare no effort to
join the battle in Syria, overthrow President Bashar Assad and set up Islamic
rule in the country.  
 Ayman al-Zawahri called on Sunnis everywhere to devote their lives, money and
expertise for the fight and prevent a U.S.-allied government from taking over in
post-Assad Syria.  
 He urged Sunnis to “rise above their differences” and fight expanding Shiite
influence in Syria.  
 The message came in a new audio recording posted on Thursday on the Internet. Its authenticity could not be independently confirmed but the message was posted
on a militant website commonly used by al-Qaida. Continue Reading

Administration Defends NSA Phone Record Collection

WASHINGTON (AP) _ The Obama administration is defending the National Security
Agency’s need to collect telephone records of U.S. citizens.  
 Britain’s Guardian newspaper is reporting that the NSA has been collecting the
telephone records of millions of Verizon customers under a top secret court
order. A senior administration official would not confirm the report but did
call such information “a critical tool in protecting the nation from terrorist
threats.”
 
 The Guarding reports the order was granted by the secret Foreign Intelligence
Surveillance Court on April 25 and is good until July 19. It requires Verizon on
an “ongoing, daily basis” to give the NSA information on all telephone calls
in its systems, both within the U.S. and between the U.S. and other countries.  
 The administration official says the order as reported by the newspaper would
“not allow the government to listen in on anyone’s calls.”
 
 The administration official spoke on condition of anonymity because the
official was not authorized to publicly discuss classified matters. Continue Reading