Rare 1913 nickel fetches more than $3.1M at auction

A rare century-old U.S. nickel that was once mistakenly declared a fake has sold at auction for more than $3.1 million. The 1913 Liberty Head nickel is one of only five known to exist. But it’s the coin’s back story that adds to its cachet: It was surreptitiously and illegally cast, discovered in a car wreck that killed its owner, declared a fake, forgotten in a closet for decades then declared the real deal. It was offered for sale by four Virginia siblings at a rare coin and currency auction in the Chicago suburb of Schaumburg on Thursday, and sold for well over the expected $2.5 million. The winning bidders were two men from Lexington, Ky., and Panama City, Fla., who bought the coin in partnership. Continue Reading

Rare 1913 nickel fetches over $3.1M at auction

A rare century-old U.S. nickel that was once mistakenly declared a fake has sold at auction for more than $3.1 million. The 1913 Liberty Head nickel is one of only five known to exist. But it’s the coin’s back story that adds to its cachet: It was surreptitiously and illegally cast, discovered in a car wreck that killed its owner, declared a fake, forgotten in a closet for decades then declared the real deal. It was offered for sale by four Virginia siblings at a rare coin and currency auction in the Chicago suburb of Schaumburg on Thursday, and sold for well over the expected $2.5 million. The winning bidders were two men from Lexington, Ky., and Panama City, Fla., who bought the coin in partnership. Continue Reading

Marathon Bombings Suspect Now in Federal Medical Detention

BOSTON (AP) — The surviving Boston Marathon bombings suspect has been released from a civilian hospital and transferred to a federal medical detention center in central Massachusetts.  

The U.S. Marshals Service says Dzhokhar Tsarnaev  left Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center overnight and was taken to the Federal Medical Center Devens, about 40 miles west of Boston. The facility, on the decommissioned Fort Devens U.S. Army base, treats federal prisoners and detainees who require specialized long-term medical or mental health care. Tsarnaev is recovering from a gunshot wound to the throat and other injuries suffered during his attempted getaway. Continue Reading

I’ll Give You This Nickel if You Give Me $3.1-Million

SCHAUMBURG, Illinois (AP) — A rare century-old U.S. nickel that was once mistakenly declared a fake has sold at auction for more than $3.1 million.  

The 1913 Liberty Head nickel is one of only five known to exist. But it’s the coin’s back story that adds to its cachet: It was surreptitiously and illegally cast, discovered in a car wreck that killed its owner, declared a fake, forgotten in a closet for decades then declared the real deal. It was offered for sale by four Virginia siblings at a rare coin and currency auction in the Chicago suburb of Schaumburg on Thursday, and sold for well over the expected $2.5 million. The winning bidders were two men from Lexington, Kentucky and Panama City, Florida, who bought the coin in partnership. Continue Reading

It May Take a Little More Work to Get into WIU in 2014

MACOMB, Ill. (AP) — Western Illinois University says it is toughening its admissions standards.  

The Macomb school announced Thursday the new standards will take effect with the fall 2014 semester. The school will increase the necessary high school grade point average and ACT composite score. Specific standards will be announced in September at Illinois Association of College Admissions Counseling conferences statewide. Continue Reading

Motorcycle cop in Hawaii helps deliver baby on freeway for second time

Honolulu police Officer Stephen Keogh jokes that he didn’t receive any training in obstetrics while in the academy, but he’s been getting a lot of practice delivering babies. Keogh, a traffic motorcycle officer with seven years on the force, delivered a baby girl during Thursday morning’s rush-hour commute on Honolulu’s H-1 freeway. It was his second delivery on the freeway: he helped with a birth last year. The 39-year-old, who is single and has no children of his own, said the latest birth was a little girl who “came out right in the front seat of that pick-up truck.” The baby’s father had pulled up behind Keogh on an east-bound, center median near the Middle Street exit, saying he didn’t think they would make it to the hospital in time. Continue Reading

Protesters rally against Air Force officer's transfer after sex assault conviction overturned

Protesters rallied outside a Tucson military base Thursday to denounce the Air Force’s decision to transfer a lieutenant colonel to Arizona after his sexual assault conviction was overturned by a commander, adding to the growing criticism of the military justice system. The 45-minute demonstration by about 50 people was led by outraged family members of Lt. Col. James Wilkerson’s accuser. They questioned why the military would transfer Wilkerson to Davis-Monthan Air Force Base on the southern edge of Tucson, where roughly half the woman’s family lives. The protest came amid a congressional uproar over the Wilkerson case, and follows heavy criticism of the military’s handling of another case involving sex-crime allegations in California. Continue Reading

California man suspected in kidnapping back in US after being detained in Mexico

A phone tip and a Superman tattoo led to the Mexico arrest and return to the U.S. of a fugitive charged with abducting and sexually assaulting a 10-year-old Los Angeles girl. Tobias Summers, 30, a fugitive for nearly a month, was arrested in a Mexican village where he had checked into a drug and alcohol treatment center, authorities said. Summers appeared in court in Los Angeles County court on Thursday, but his arraignment was postponed until May 2. He had been charged in his absence with kidnapping, burglary and nearly three dozen counts of sexual assault.

The FBI had received a phone tip Tuesday night that Summers was at the treatment center and alerted Mexican authorities, who identified him Wednesday by the Superman logo tattooed on his chest, FBI Special Agent in Charge Tim Delaney told a news conference. The girl’s family released a statement thanking and praising police and FBI agents. Continue Reading

Senate passes bill to end FAA furloughs

With flight delays mounting, the Senate approved hurry-up legislation Thursday night to end air traffic controller furloughs blamed for inconveniencing large numbers of travelers. A House vote on the measure was expected as early as Friday, with lawmakers eager to embark on a weeklong vacation. Under the legislation, the Federal Aviation Administration would gain authority to transfer up to $253 million from accounts that are flush into other programs, to “prevent reduced operations and staffing” through the Sept. 30 end of the fiscal year. In addition to restoring full staffing by controllers, Senate officials said the available funds should be ample enough to prevent the closure of small airport towers around the country. Continue Reading