TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — Police say an armed man with multiple hostages is barricaded inside a Trenton home in a standoff that has lasted approximately 12 hours.
Trenton Police Lt. Stephen Varn said a man has been holed up in a house in South Trenton since late Friday afternoon with “multiple hostages.” Varn declined to give any details on the number of people being held, their ages or relationship to the armed man. He said shortly before 5 a.m. Saturday that negotiations continued between police and the man. Earlier, authorities said police were called to the home mid-afternoon Friday on reports of a barricaded suspect. Continue Reading
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — A top U.S. diplomat has begun meetings in Kabul today to hammer out the details on a key pact governing the future of the U.S. commitment to Afghanistan, signed a year ago.
The talks between U.S. Deputy Secretary of State William Burns and Afghanistan’s foreign minister are the second round of negotiations over the provisions of the Strategic Partnership Agreement, a set of principles and general commitments signed in May 2012 by President Barak Obama and Afghan President Hamid Karzai. Delegates met in Washington in October. The agreement defines Washington’s commitment to Afghanistan over the next 10 years as well as its expectations of Kabul, including free and fair presidential elections next year. Sticking points may include the amount of funds the U.S. provides to Afghan security forces. Continue Reading
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama says Congress must give more homeowners the chance to refinance their mortgages to save money.
Obama says more than 2 million people are saving about $3,000 a year after restructuring their loans under his administration but that more deserve the same chance. In his weekly radio and Internet address, Obama also calls on the Senate to confirm “without delay” his choice of Democratic Rep. Mel Watt to lead the Federal Housing Finance Agency, which oversees government-controlled mortgage lenders Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. Obama says the North Carolina congressman helped enact rules to protect consumers from dishonest lenders. In the Republican address, Alabama Rep. Martha Roby discusses legislation passed by the GOP-controlled House to give private-sector workers the right to trade overtime pay for additional time off. Continue Reading
RICHMOND, Ill. (AP) — A shootout between FBI agents and three suspects allegedly intending to rob a northern Illinois bank ended with the death of one suspect and the arrest of two others.
The shootout occurred Friday outside an Associated Bank branch in Richmond, a small town near the Illinois-Wisconsin state line. Joan Hyde, a special agent in the FBI’s Chicago office, says agents were in Richmond as part of an ongoing investigation. She said agents stopped the suspected robbers before they entered the bank. Continue Reading
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Last year’s drought combined with the wettest April in Iowa in more than 140 years is causing a significant washing out of fertilizer from farmland and it’s ending up in the rivers used by many cities for drinking water.
The Des Moines Register reports the Des Moines and Raccoon rivers have reached record nitrate levels forcing the city Water Works to switch on its $4 million nitrate removal equipment for the first time since 2007. The Environmental Protection Agency allows up to 10 milligrams per liter in drinking water. Untreated, the Raccoon River is running at 24 and the Des Moines River at 18. The problem is worse because drought-stunted crops absorbed less nitrogen fertilizer last fall leaving it in soil. Continue Reading
A task force of elected officials in Newtown on Friday recommended tearing down Sandy Hook Elementary School, the school where 20 first-graders and six educators were killed in December, and rebuilding on the same site. The group of 28 town elected officials voted unanimously in favor of a plan that would construct a new building in the same location. The proposal now goes to the local school board, which has final authority. The panel had narrowed a list of choices to renovating or rebuilding on the school site or building a new school on property down the street. Each would cost between about $48 million and $60 million. Continue Reading
A Southeast Texas woman is facing a felony charge for allegedly delaying hospital treatment of her teenage son’s gunshot wound until she researched treatment options online. The incident happened Tuesday evening at the family’s home in Santa Fe, about 30 miles southeast of Houston. Police say a friend of the 14-year-old son was playing with a handgun and pointed it at him when it went off, wounding the boy in the thigh. Police say the boy and his mother, Deborah Tagle, delayed seeking hospital treatment for hours until she researched gunshot wounds on the WebMD website. He’s now stable condition at Memorial Hermann Hospital in Houston. Continue Reading
Two of three inmates who walked away from a northeast Kansas prison are in custody in northwest Missouri. The Platte County (Mo.) Sheriff’s Office says the men emerged from a rural home late Friday afternoon after hours of negotiations. Capt. Erik Holland says 31-year-old Allen M. Hurst and 49-year-old Scott A. Gilbert walked out from under a back deck and surrendered without incident. The pair had holed up in the house Friday morning, sometime after escaping Lansing Correctional Facility in Kansas early Friday. The whereabouts of the third escaped inmate, 57-year-old Randy A. Ridens Sr., remain unknown. Continue Reading
A 27-year-old convicted felon was charged Friday in the deaths of a woman and two men whose bodies were found at an eastern Kansas farm home earlier this week, according to a criminal complaint. Kyle Flack also faces charges in the death of the woman’s young daughter, whose body hasn’t been found. Authorities say they presume 18-month-old Lana Leigh Bailey is dead based on evidence they have and that the search for her remains continues. Flack was charged with capital murder in the deaths of 21-year-old Kaylie Bailey, Lana Bailey and 30-year-old Andrew Stout, according to the complaint. He was charged with multiple counts of first-degree murder in the deaths of those three as well as 31-year-old Steven White. Continue Reading