White House Won’t Say if President Obama Has Private Email

WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House is declining to say whether President Barack Obama has a private email account like one used by former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton that has sparked a political furor. White House spokesman Eric Schultz said Tuesday aboard Air Force One en route with Obama to Atlanta that the White House doesn’t discuss Obama’s email account publicly to guard the security of the president’s communications. He said, however, that anything Obama sends or receives is preserved, including his emails with Clinton. Schultz says Obama understands the scholarly value of such material and says the White House abides by rules requiring that email communications be archived. Obama, in an interview with CBS news Saturday said his emails, including those he receives on his Blackberry, are records that are archived. Continue Reading

Wisconsin Chief Treading Carefully after Fatal Shooting

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The police chief in Wisconsin’s capital city is treading carefully to try to avoid destructive protests after one of his officers killed an unarmed black man. Chief Mike Koval has said Officer Matt Kenny, who is white, opened fire after he was assaulted by 19-year-old Tony Robinson on Friday. Koval told the Wisconsin State Journal newspaper in September that he felt confident that if his department was in a similar situation it wouldn’t repeat the missteps of Ferguson that contributed to riots in that Missouri city after a white officer shot an unarmed black man. Koval is striking a conciliatory tone, acknowledging people are angry and says he’s sorry a young person lost his life. Continue Reading

Doctor Describes Pulling Harrison Ford from Plane Wreckage

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The doctor who helped treat Harrison Ford after his vintage plane crash-landed on a golf course says he found the actor slumped over in the cockpit but conscious. Spinal surgeon Sanjay Khurana was golfing next to Santa Monica Airport when he saw the plane “belly flop” and rushed to the fairway where it came to rest. He tells TV stations in Los Angeles that aside from worrying about Ford’s injuries from the impact, he saw fuel leaking out of the World War II-era plane. He and other golfers pulled Ford from the wreckage. Others threw dirt on the fuel so it wouldn’t catch fire. Continue Reading

Ohio Man Calls 911, Reports that his Wife ‘Stole his Cocaine’

ALLIANCE, Ohio (AP) — Police say a northeast Ohio man called 911 to report that his wife stole his cocaine and was then arrested himself. The Review newspaper in Alliance reports officers responding to the Wednesday night call discovered the man had a marijuana pipe and was wanted on a warrant for failing to pay hundreds of dollars in costs in an earlier court case. The man, 39-year-old Robert D. Collins of Alliance, was charged with two misdemeanor counts alleging improper use of the 911 system and possession of drug paraphernalia. Alliance Municipal Court records online didn’t list an attorney for him Friday. The Repository in nearby Canton reports Collins’ jail records didn’t indicate whether police located the reportedly stolen cocaine or his wife. Continue Reading

Jodi Arias Won’t be Sentenced to Death after Jury Deadlocks

PHOENIX (AP) — Convicted murderer Jodi Arias has been spared the death penalty after jurors deadlocked on whether she should be executed or sent to prison for life for killing her lover in 2008. The decision in a Phoenix courtroom Thursday means the judge will sentence Arias on April 13 to either life in prison or a life term with the possibility of release after 25 years. Family members of victim Travis Alexander wept when the judge announced that jurors couldn’t reach a decision after deliberating for about 26 hours over five days. Arias’ 2013 trial became a sensation with its tawdry revelations about her relationship with Alexander and that she shot him in the head and slit his throat so deeply that he was nearly decapitated. Continue Reading

Cleveland to Host 1st GOP Presidential Primary Debate

CLEVELAND (AP) — The head of the Republican National Committee says its first primary debate for the next presidential election will be in Cleveland. The RNC previously announced plans to have nine primary debates, starting in Ohio in August. Chairman Reince Priebus confirmed the location in an interview with Cleveland television station WKYC  on Wednesday. The city also is slated for other big visits from the Republicans during the candidate selection process. It is hosting the RNC summer meeting this August and the Republicans’ presidential nominating convention in July 2016. Continue Reading

Three Dead in Southeast Virginia Plane Crash

NORFOLK, Va. (AP) — Three people have been killed in an airplane crash at Norfolk Botanical Garden in southeastern Virginia. Officials tell local media outlets that the plane was approaching the nearby airport and was one or two miles away when the tower lost contact about 4:30 a.m. Wednesday. Searchers found the plane around 7:20 a.m. in the garden’s Enchanted Forest Section. State police say three bodies were recovered from the plane’s wreckage. Continue Reading

Salt Lake City: Hospital Checks 9 Firefighters after Station Catches Fire

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Nine Salt Lake City firefighters who escaped a fire that erupted at their own station have been taken to a hospital to be checked for smoke inhalation. Authorities say the building caught fire early Tuesday. Fire Department spokesman Jasen Asay says in a statement that the nine firefighters fled the building and then quickly returned with a truck to fight the blaze. Two dozen additional firefighters soon joined them. When the fire was extinguished, the nine were taken to a hospital to be evaluated for smoke inhalation. Continue Reading

Could Have Fooled Anyone: Nebraska Police Find Pot Inside Container Labeled ‘Not Weed’

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — A man in Lincoln, Nebraska, has been cited for possessing pot inside a container that had been slapped with a label reading: “Not Weed.” The Lincoln Journal Star reports that Lancaster County deputies stopped the man’s vehicle around 9 p.m. Saturday. Officers found the plastic sour cream container during a search of his car, and the driver acknowledged that the pot belonged to him. He was arrested on suspicion of drunken driving and cited for having less than an ounce of marijuana. Continue Reading