Man shot dead at Florida shooting range

Authorities are awaiting the autopsy results for a man fatally wounded at a central Florida shooting range. The Polk County Sheriff’s Office says Larry Simpson of Clermont died of a single gunshot wound to the chest while shooting clays with a friend at the Tenoroc Mine Shooting Range in Lakeland. According to detectives, Jaime Gonzalez of Orlando said he was at the shooting station and Simpson was operating the remote control for the clay machine. Gonzalez told detectives that he heard a shot directly behind him, and he turned around to find Simpson with a gunshot wound to his chest. Simpson’s gun was lying beside him. Continue Reading

2 dead, 5 hurt in Texas shooting

A Texas gunman opened fire Sunday, killing one and wounding five, including the sheriff of Concho County, before the suspect was killed in a shootout with police, Reuters reported. The 23-year-old suspect, said to be from North Carolina, randomly opened fire from his pickup truck at about 4:30 a.m. near Eden, according to Reuters. A statement from the Texas Department of Public Safety identified the dead victim as 41-year-old Alicia Torres, who was shot dead in her car. A search of the suspect’s vehicle reportedly uncovered an assault rifle, a handgun and hundreds of rounds of ammunition. After wounding five others, including Concho County Sheriff Richard Doane, the gunman was killed in a shootout with a Highway Patrol trooper and game warden who arrived to assist Doane, Reuters reported. Continue Reading

Police arrest suspect in murder of missing New York dad

A daughter’s refusal to give up on finding her father has led to an arrest in the missing man’s murder. Last September, Florida businessman Charles Butler disappeared after spending time at his girlfriend’s Brooklyn, N.Y., apartment. Butler was excited to be back in New York, his hometown, to be closer to his daughter, Molly, and his new love, Anna Lioznov, who Charles Butler met on the Internet months earlier. “Somebody doesn’t just disappear,” Molly Butler told WABC-TV in an interview this month. “They can’t find his cellphone; they can’t find a body. Continue Reading

'Spellbound' star reflects on a Spelling Bee life

Of the 85 kids who have won the National Spelling Bee, only one became an instant movie star. For the millions who watched back in 1999, her face is frozen in time. She’ll always be the 14-year-old girl from Tampa, Fla., with the glasses and dark shoulder-length hair, her arms raised while leaping for joy. But that was a half-life ago for Nupur Lala. Like all bee winners, she’s since had to deal with the perks, drawbacks and stereotypes that come with the title — all magnified because she won the same year the competition was featured in an Oscar-nominated documentary. Continue Reading

Young mom gives birth to 13-pound baby girl in California

A young mother in California has given birth to a 13-pound, 10-ounce baby girl. Yvette Camberos Hernandez delivered the healthy newborn, Kaelyn Hernandez, Friday through a C-section. The infant was nearly twice the size of the average newborn, setting a hospital record, according to a report. News crews snapped pictures of the sleepy baby before the family took their daughter home to meet her two older siblings. Click for more from Continue Reading

87-year-old Ohio man skydives to support sick great-grandson

An 87-year-old World War II veteran has parachuted from a plane in an Ohio to support his ailing great-grandson. Clarence Turner of Fairfield made the jump Saturday with an instructor. He says he wanted to generate attention for the plight of 10-month-old Julian Couch, who suffers from a lung disease that could require a transplant. WLWT of Cincinnati reports that Julian is hospitalized in Columbus. A fundraiser is planned for June 2. Continue Reading

1 dead, 10 hurt after car, party bus collide in California

A 36-year-old woman is dead, her husband hospitalized in critical condition and nine other people were hospitalized after a crash early Sunday on a San Francisco Bay Area highway involving a car driven by a man police say had been drinking and a party bus. In the 2 a.m. crash, a Honda coupe driven by 43-year-old Raul Padilla appears to have slammed into the center divider of Highway 101, then came to a stop facing oncoming traffic, California Highway Patrol Officer Art Montiel said. After the Honda stopped, the front end of a party bus, with 18 people on board, hit the disabled car. Two other cars were also involved in the collision. “We’re still trying to figure out who came into contact with what,” Montiel said. Continue Reading

3 tickets split $50M Powerball jackpot

Florida has its second Powerball winner in a week, but this one will split a much smaller jackpot with winners in Louisiana and Delaware. Each winner will get a third of the estimated $50 million jackpot. A week ago, a ticket bought in Zephyrhills, Fla., won $590 million over 20 years or a cash prize estimated at $376.9 million. Lottery officials in Louisiana and Florida said Saturday’s winning tickets were bought in New Orleans and Tampa. Delaware’s lottery website did not say where that state’s winner was bought. Continue Reading

Schumer: Group of senators to look at media leaks

Sen. Chuck Schumer said Sunday a group of eight senators will look at setting rules on how leaks about government secrets are investigated. “We’ll be announcing that we have four Democrats and four Republicans … another Gang of Eight,” Schumer said Sunday on CBS’ “Face The Nation.” Schumer said in mid-May that he and Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., will reintroduce the so-called media shield bill pursued unsuccessfully four years ago. The New York Democrat said Sunday that before the government asks a news organization to divulge sources it first must go to a judge. Continue Reading