Fire at Santa Monica gunman's family home was intentionally set, official says

An official close to the investigation says the fire at the Santa Monica house where a gunman began his killing rampage last week was intentionally set. The official, who requested anonymity because the information had not yet been publicly released, said Wednesday that fires were started in a front living room and atop one of two twin beds in a room of the house. Several boxes of matches were also found in the bedroom. Firefighters found the bodies of the gunman’s father and brother in a bedroom that was uninvolved in the blaze. The coroner’s office says the father of John Zawahri died of multiple gunshots and his brother died from a shot to the chest. Continue Reading

2 adult passengers arrested after Louisiana police pull over 10-year-old driving SUV

Kenner police say officers responding to a call about a sport utility vehicle being driven recklessly on Interstate 10 found a 10-year-old boy behind the wheel when they pulled the vehicle over later on a city street. Two women in the vehicle were arrested. Police said both allegedly said that they told the10-year-old to drive because they were intoxicated. The child’s grandmother, 54-year-old Brenda Byrd, was arrested Wednesday morning, along with 48-year-old Sheila Joiner. They were booked with contributing to the delinquency of a juvenile and allowing an unlicensed driver to operate a motor vehicle. Continue Reading

NYC nanny denies she killed 2 kids in her care

A New York City nanny accused of killing two children in her care says someone else did it and the charges against her “are all lies.” Yoselyn (YOH’-sih-lihn) Ortega tells the Daily News (http://nydn.us/12I320F ) in a jailhouse interview that she didn’t kill 2-year-old Leo Krim and his 6-year-old sister, Lucia. The children were found dead in the bathtub of their Upper West Side apartment on Oct. 25, 2012. The Krims’ third child, 4-year-old Nessie, wasn’t home at the time. Continue Reading

Bulger trial to feature surveillance video, photos

Jurors at the racketeering trial of James “Whitey” Bulger can expect to see more surveillance video of the mobster meeting with various organized crime figures. Testimony in Bulger’s trial began Wednesday with a retired state police lieutenant on the witness stand describing a series of photographs and video taken of Bulger in 1980 at an auto repair garage in Boston’s North End. Prosecutors say Bulger used the garage as a meeting place. Lt. Robert Long is expected to continue his testimony Thursday. Retired state police Col. Continue Reading

Toddlers falling from windows in Anchorage

Anchorage police say two toddlers fell from second-story windows Tuesday. Police say a 2-year-old fell out of a second-story window just after 9:30 p.m. at an Eagle River home on Regency Drive. Officers who investigated found a window screen in the driveway. The child suffered face injuries. About 10 minutes later, police took a call of another 2-year-old falling from a second-story window on Eagle Place Loop in Eagle River. Continue Reading

Wendy's reportedly investigating picture showing employee with mouth on ice cream machine

Weeks after a picture of a Taco Bell employee licking a stack of hard-shell tacos went viral, a new picture surfaced online that appears to show a worker at Wendy’s eating ice cream directly from a store machine’s nozzle. The fast-food chain told The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel that should the picture be true, it would be “totally inexcusable.” The spokesman promised an investigation, the paper reported. Few other details were immediately provided about the picture, which was originally posted Wednesday morning on Reddit, titled: “I was going to buy a frosty from Wendy’s until I saw this employee do this.” Click for more from JSonline.com Via: Fox News Continue Reading

IL Storms Concentrated West, South of Chicago

 CHICAGO (AP) _ Thunderstorms that punched through northern Illinois overnight caused significant wind damage, mainly in rural areas west and south of Chicago.  
 The National Weather Service says intense winds estimated to have reached 70-80 mph in some areas snapped large trees at their trunks or uprooted them entirely.  Barns were destroyed in northern Kankakee County.  
 The storms that began Wednesday afternoon produced hail and heavy rain that
caused some flash flooding. There were also reports of possible tornados from
police and trained storm observers, including in the village of Paw Paw in Lee
County and to the north in the Rockford area.  
     Nearly 11,000 customers were still without power Thursday. Continue Reading

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Several Tornadoes, Some Damage, No Derecho

BELMOND, Iowa (AP) _ Weather officials say multiple tornadoes touched ground late yesterday(wed) afternoon and early last(wed) nite in northern Iowa, causing damage to homes and businesses. The National Weather Service says spotters reported yesterday at least two tornados on the ground alongside one another near Hampton in Franklin County. Another tornado was reported near Belmond in nearby Wright County…and there were funnel clouds sighted near Winthrop, Durango, Key West, St. Donatus and Peosta…all in Iowa…and near Galena and Hanover in northwest Illinois. Continue Reading

Pennsylvania girl's double-lung transplant a success, family says

A 10-year-old Pennsylvania girl who battled for an organ donation successfully underwent a double lung transplant Wednesday and her family said doctors were “pleased” at her progress and prognosis. Sarah Murnaghan, who suffers from severe cystic fibrosis, received new lungs from an adult donor in surgery at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, spokeswoman Tracy Simon said. The Murnaghan family said it was “thrilled” to share the news that Sarah was out of surgery. “Her doctors are very pleased with both her progress during the procedure and her prognosis for recovery,” the family said in a statement. During double-lung transplants, surgeons must open up the patient’s chest. Continue Reading