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Ex-KPMG partner hit with civil, criminal charges

It has shades of a Hollywood crime story. An accountant and a jeweler are longtime friends and golf partners. But then the down-on-his-luck jeweler convinces the accountant to pass along private information about clients, and uses the insider information to play the stock market and win big. Bags of cash swap hands in alleys. Then the feds get wind of the scam. Continue Reading →

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Honolulu court screeners find pet duck in bag

Officials are reminding the public that animals aren’t allowed into courthouses after Honolulu security screeners had to turn away a defendant’s pet duck. Department of Public Safety spokeswoman Toni Schwartz says Michael Hubbard reluctantly revealed to guards that his pet was inside his bag when X-ray screeners noticed something was moving inside. Schwartz says there was also another contraband item inside the bag: a bottle of beer. Screeners told Hubbard that the duck and beer wouldn’t be able to go with him into Circuit Court for his appointment Monday. Hubbard left and then returned to ask the screeners to look after his belongings. Continue Reading →

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Zimmerman attorney wants deal unsealed

Former neighborhood watch leader George Zimmerman wants to know the details of an agreement between the parents of the teen he fatally shot last year and the homeowners association of the Florida subdivision where Trayvon Martin was killed. A Zimmerman attorney filed a motion Thursday asking that the documents be unsealed. An attorney for Trayvon Martin’s parents filed that paperwork last week and requested that it be kept confidential. Zimmerman’s attorney says the agreement could show whether Martin’s parents have a bias, if they are called as witnesses. A month-and-a-half delay in Zimmerman’s arrest led to nationwide protests in the racially charged case. Continue Reading →

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Medal of Honor soldier killed in Korean War to receive hero's burial

The remains of a soldier awarded the Medal of Honor after being killed in the Korean War will be returned to his relatives for burial with full military honors more than 62 years after his death, officials announced Wednesday. Army Lt. Col. Don C. Faith Jr., of Washington, Ind., will be buried April 17 in Arlington National Cemetery, officials from the Department of Defense POW/Missing Personnel Office said. Faith, a veteran of World War II who continued to serve in the Army during the Korean War, was seriously injured by shrapnel on Dec. 1, 1950, and died a day later from those injuries. Continue Reading →

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No bond for US couple accused of kidnapping kids

The Florida parents charged with kidnapping their boys and fleeing to Cuba by sailboat after losing custody were ordered Thursday to remain in jail without bond and to have no contact with their two young sons. Joshua and Sharyn Hakken made their first court appearance Thursday morning in Tampa. Judge Walter Heinrich ordered them to have no contact with any of the victims or witnesses in the case. They’ll face a judge during a pretrial detention hearing on Monday on charges of kidnapping, child neglect, false imprisonment, burglary and interference with custody. Judge Walter Heinrich told the couple that they could be ordered to remain in jail without bond until their cases are resolved, depending on the evidence presented at Monday’s hearing. Continue Reading →

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March retail revenue figure inches up

U.S. retailers are reporting modest sales gains for March as consumers held back due to cold weather during the month and continued worry about the economy. Overall, 14 retailers reported on Thursday that revenue at stores open at least a year — a key indicator of retail health — rose an average of 0.6 percent. That number comes from the research firm Retail Metrics. L Brands, formerly Limited Brands Inc., the parent of Victoria’s Secret and Bath and Body Works, says the revenue figure was flat, above analyst expectations for a drop, according to Thomson Reuters. Costco Wholesale Corp.’s revenue figure rose 4 percent in March, short of expectations for a 5.2 percent rise. Continue Reading →

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Bullet hits man in belt buckle at Philly store

Investigators say a man was saved by his belt buckle when he was hit by a stray bullet during a shootout outside a Philadelphia grocery store. WPVI-TV reports (http://bit.ly/Yn1t4N ) it happened in the city’s Grays Ferry section around 4 p.m. Wednesday. Police say a man was shot in the stomach on the street and a bullet also hit an employee inside 8 Brother’s Supermarket. The 38-year-old employee, Bienvenido Reynoso, says he was about to take a hand truck outside when shots started flying. He hit ground and surveillance video shows a snack cake being shot off the shelf above his head. Continue Reading →

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Cheaper oil pushes down US import prices 0.5 pct.

Prices paid by U.S. importers fell last month after two straight increases, driven down by cheaper oil. Falling import prices helps keep inflation in check. The Labor Department says import prices dropped 0.5 percent in March after a 0.6 percent gain the previous month. The cost of fuel imports declined 1.9 percent. Excluding fuel, import costs fell 0.2 percent. Continue Reading →

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Hawaii-based Coast Guardsman being charged with desertion

The Coast Guard is charging a Hawaii-based rescue swimmer with desertion after he went missing for three months. Spokesman Chief Warrant Officer Gene Maestas says Wednesday that Petty Officer 1st Class Russell Matthews faces three other charges including being absent without leave. The other two charges are wrongful use and possession of a controlled substance and causing the Coast Guard to conduct a search when there was no need to do so. The 36-year-old showed up at his home in mid-January more than three months after his wife reported him missing. Police found the guardsman’s car abandoned at a remote area of Oahu next to the ocean. Continue Reading →

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Judge in Los Angeles refuses to release 86-year-old accused in handyman's death

A judge on Wednesday refused to order the release of an 86-year-old blind man suffering from dementia who was charged with killing an apartment handyman four years ago, overruling a probate court decision that said Nattie Kennebrew should be released to his son’s custody. Judge Norman Shapiro asked Los Angeles County mental health officials to return in a month with alternative plans for supervising Kennebrew, who uses a wheelchair in addition to his other disabilities. In 2009, Kennebrew was ordered to stand trial for the shooting death of handyman Gerardo Ramos, who was fixing his sink. But Kennebrew’s attorney successfully argued his client wasn’t competent to stand trial. Kennebrew has since been held in state mental facilities. Continue Reading →

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