Man with Tourette's syndrome reportedly denied flight after saying 'bomb'

A man with Tourette’s syndrome says he wasprevented from boarding a flight from Washington to San Juan, Puerto Rico, Thursday after he said the word “bomb.” MyFoxDC.com reports thatMichael Doyle was reportedly denied access to the JetBlue flight because of the outburst, despite having alerted airline and TSA officials about his condition. “With all the stuff in the news about the Boston bombings and stuff, I started ticking ‘bomb.’ Because that when I get nervous and anything on my mind will come out,” Doyle told the station. Doyle said he wasplanning to attend a Revolutionary War reenactment in San Juan with a friend. Continue Reading

Illinoisans with Flood Damage May Get Loans

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Illinois residents suffering damage from recent flooding may be able to get low-interest loans for repairs.  

State Treasurer Dan Rutherfod is reminding residents of his office’s Disaster Recovery program. It helps lower interest rates for qualified borrowers with weather-related damage. Flood victims who expect insurance to cover their costs also can use the Disaster Recovery program as a bridge loan for a year until their reimbursement arrives. Continue Reading

Fort Doge Inmate Dies of Heart Disease

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — The Iowa Department of Corrections says a 57-year-old inmate has died after serving more than 24 years in prison.  

 

The department announced Friday that Larry Thomas Siemer died Wednesday at University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics, where he was being treated for complications from coronary artery disease. He had been assigned to the Fort Dodge Correctional Facility. Siemer was convicted of first degree kidnapping in Polk County and began serving his sentence in December 1988. KCCI-TV reports Siemer was convicted of charges that he forced his girlfriend’s 7-year-old son to life in a dark furnace room for months. Continue Reading

Fix for Flight Delays a Band-Aid: President Obama

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama says the fix for widespread flight delays is a “Band-Aid” solution to budget cuts.  

With Obama’s cooperation, Congress ended furloughs of air traffic controllers that have caused major flight delays. In his weekly Internet and radio address, Obama says the quick fix is not a lasting solution. He’s chiding Republicans in particular for reversing cuts that affected frequent travelers, including members of Congress, but doing nothing about cuts affecting government workers, preschoolers and the unemployed. Obama says Republicans claimed victory over the cuts, but have since decided they are a bad idea. Continue Reading

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Death Toll Rises to at Least 340 in Bangladesh Bldg. Collapse

SAVAR, Bangladesh (AP) — Rescue workers today brought another 19 survivors out of the rubble of a collapsed building in Bangladesh where at least 340 people died. They vow to keep working despite fading hopes.  

Meanwhile, police have detained five people in connection with the collapse of the shoddily-constructed building that housed garment factories. Among those taken into custody is the wife of the building owner, who is on the run, in an attempt to force him to surrender. Violent public protests continued sporadically. Continue Reading

Suspect indicted in Las Vegas Strip carnage

A self-described pimp was indicted Friday in Nevada state court on charges that could bring the death penalty if he is convicted in a fatal shooting and fiery crash that killed three people on the Las Vegas Strip in February. In an unexpected move, the Clark County District Court grand jury also indicted Ammar Asim Faruq Harris, 27, on a charge of robbery and three felony sex assault counts in a 2010 case that had been dismissed last year when the alleged victim refused to testify. Prosecutor David Stanton said the second indictment didn’t represent double-jeopardy under Nevada law because it was dismissed without prejudice before a preliminary hearing. That allows prosecutors to seek new charges after the alleged victim, who now lives in Texas, testified before the grand jury. The rape charges could put Harris in prison for a minimum of 10 years. Continue Reading

Details learned this week in Boston bombing probe

As the Boston Marathon bombings investigation continues, more information from authorities has emerged that clarifies some earlier reports from officials or provides more details on the suspected bombers, brothers Dzhokhar and Tamerlan Tsarnaev, and their backgrounds: ___ MIT OFFICER: Officer Sean Collier was shot inside in his patrol car late Thursday, April 18. Authorities initially said he was responding to a disturbance. Police now say there was no disturbance and he was in his parked car when he was shot by one of the bombing suspects. ___ NO ROBBERY ATTEMPT: Officials at first said that the suspects were pursued after they robbed a convenience store, where the younger one was seen on a surveillance camera. Authorities later corrected their statement to say the suspects were tracked down after they needed to stop for gas and a driver they had carjacked fled and called police. Continue Reading

Inmate missing since 1999 surrenders in Oklahoma

After 14 years on the run from the FBI and tips from witnesses in two countries, David Lee Kemp turned himself over to authorities in southwest Oklahoma early Friday morning, local authorities said. Kemp, of Lawton, Okla., was the only inmate to elude capture after escaping with eight other inmates on March 11, 1999, while awaiting trial on two first-degree murder counts in the killings of his ex-wife and her boyfriend. Comanche County Sheriff Kenny Stradley said Kemp told police he was done running. “He said that he was just tired basically of running and it was affecting his health,” Stradley told The Associated Press. Comanche County Jail records show Kemp was taken into custody at about 1:40 a.m. Friday on charges of felony first-degree murder and escaping from a county jail, a misdemeanor. Continue Reading

Iowa gov. grants commutation to Rasberry Williams

Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad has granted a commutation request for Rasberry Williams, offering a chance of parole for a man convicted of killing his neighbor outside a pool hall in 1974. Branstad on Friday commuted Williams’ sentence to life with the possibility of parole. The governor last month held an unusual public hearing on the case to hear from those who supported commutation. The victim’s family told Branstad they’ve forgiven the now 67-year-old Williams. The commutation now lets the Iowa Board of Parole consider Williams for work-release or parole. Branstad held the hearing to gather input from the community where Williams shot and killed 40-year-old Lester Givhan. Continue Reading