Iowa crime victims can now keep tabs on jail and prison inmates using a new mobile app. The app is called VINEMobile. It lets victims anonymously monitor inmates in Iowa correctional facilities and some county jails. Another handy tool with the app are the notifications when an inmates custody status changes due to transfer or release. The app is available for Android and Apple devices. Continue Reading
The number of Americans who signed contracts to buy homes ticked up in April to the highest level in three years. The increase points to further strength in home sales in the coming months. The National Association of Realtors says its seasonally adjusted index for pending home sales rose 0.3 percent to 106. That’s the highest since April 2010, when a homebuyer tax credit inflated sales. Signed contracts have jumped 10.3 percent in the past 12 months. Continue Reading
The U.S. economy grew at a modest 2.4 percent annual rate from January through March, slightly slower than initially estimated. Consumer spending was stronger than first thought, but businesses restocked more slowly and state and local government spending cuts were deeper. The Commerce Department says economic growth in the first quarter was only marginally below the 2.5 percent rate originally estimated. That’s still much faster than the 0.4 percent growth during the October-December quarter. Economists believe growth is slowing to around a 2 percent rate in the April-June quarter, as the economy adjusts to federal spending cuts, higher taxes and further global weakness. Continue Reading
A Chechen man who was fatally shot by an FBI agent last week during questioning about one of the Boston bombing suspects was reportedly unarmed. One law enforcement official who spoke on condition of anonymity told the Washington Post on Wednesday that Ibragim Todashev, 27, lunged at an agent and overturned a table prior to being shot. The official said Todashev did not have a gun or a knife, echoing a second law enforcement official with knowledge of the ongoing investigation. At the time of the May 22 shooting, Todashev was being interviewed about his possible connection to a triple murder in Waltham, Mass., on Sept. 11, 2011. Continue Reading
A woman has been charged with prostitution in Connecticut after calling police to complain about how she was being treated by a pimp. Police say they did not find the pimp when they arrived at a Super 8 Motel in West Haven on Sunday, but they did find 35-year-old Jennifer Lowery with a man they describe as a customer. Police charged Lowery with prostitution and 60-year-old Ricard Burford of New Haven with patronizing a prostitute. Police say Lowery told them she thought it would take police longer to show up, so she decided to conduct some business while waiting. Attempts to reach the pair for comment Thursday morning were unsuccessful. Continue Reading
Staff Sgt. Robert Bales was “crazed” and “broken” when he slipped away from his remote southern Afghanistan outpost and attacked mud-walled compounds in two slumbering villages nearby. Next week, Bales will recount what happened next — the slaughter of 16 villagers in one of the worst atrocities of the Afghanistan war. He’ll give specific details in open court as he pleads guilty to the massacre to avoid being put to death. His attorney, John Henry Browne, told The Associated Press that although his client’s state of mind should be considered in sentencing, it didn’t rise to the level of a legal insanity defense. Continue Reading
ATLANTIC, Iowa (AP) _ A 57-year-old western Iowa man who fatally shot a dog has
been given a year of probation and a two-year suspended prison sentence.
Station KJAN reports that Charles Cutler, of Marne, was sentenced on Tuesday. He was convicted in April of misdemeanor animal abuse.
Authorities say Cutler used a shotgun to blast a 1-year-old chocolate Labrador
retriever named Wrigley. The dog belonged to Stacey Ernat, a teacher from Denver
who had stopped in Marne with her boyfriend to visit her boyfriend’s brother on
Dec. Continue Reading
CHICAGO (AP) _ Workers at a downtown Chicago hotel are making an
“unconditional” offer to return to work after spending nearly a decade walking
a picket line.
Hotel attorney Peter Andjelkovich says he didn’t know the
offer was coming until union president Henry Tamarin gave him a letter Wednesday
saying that the Congress Hotel’s striking workers had decided to abandon their
He says if the hotel accepts the deal, the workers would return under the terms
of the contract that expired a year before the June 2003 strike.
If the union’s offer is accepted, many questions remain. That includes how many
of the 130 workers on a list of striking employees are still available to return
and how many jobs remain after the hotel hired replacement workers. Continue Reading
TRUXTON, N.Y. (AP) _ Authorities say the seven people killed in upstate New
York when their minivan was hit by a trailer include four young children and
three adults in their early 20s.
Cortland County Coroner Whitney Meeker tells The Associated Press Thursday
morning that all seven victims, including four children under 10, were local
They were killed and a man was injured when their van was hit by a trailer that
broke away from a truck on Route 13 around 6 p.m. Wednesday in the rural town of
Truxton, about 25 miles south of Syracuse.
Meeker says the children were from two different families, including one from
Authorities haven’t released the victims’ names. Continue Reading