Newtown Voters Reject Added Security Budget for Schools

NEWTOWN, Conn. (AP) — Newtown residents have rejected a budget that included money for extra school security in the wake of the December school shootings.  

Voters turned down the $72 million school budget by 482 votes and rejected the $39 million town government budget by 62 votes Tuesday. Nearly 4,500 residents voted on the plans, which would have increased spending by 4.7 percent next fiscal year. Officials put an extra $1 million in the school and town budgets to hire extra police officers and unarmed security guards to put in each of Newtown’s seven schools. Continue Reading

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Marathon Bombing Probe Ongoing; U-S Agents in Dagestan

MAKHACHKALA, Russia (AP) — A team of U.S. investigators is speaking with the parents of the two Boston bombing suspects in southern Russia.  

A U.S. Embassy official said the Americans traveled from Moscow to the predominantly Muslim province of Dagestan “because the investigation is ongoing, it’s not over.” The official, who spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak to the media, said Wednesday that the team is working with the Russian security services, the FSB. The mother of Tamerlan and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev is being interviewed Wednesday in the FSB building in Makhachkala, the capital of Dagestan. The official said one positive development from the Boston tragedy might be closer cooperation with the Russian government on security issues. Continue Reading

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Boylston St. Reopens in Wake of Marathon Bombings

BOSTON (AP) — The area near the Boston Marathon finish line is reopening to the general public.  

Traffic was allowed to flow all the way down Boylston Street on this morning for the first time since two explosions on April 15 killed three spectators and sent more than 260 to the hospital. Delivery trucks made their way down the street under a heavy police presence. Workers at some businesses and hotels in the area were allowed to return to their jobs on Tuesday to prepare for reopening. Some stores directly affected by the blasts are still boarded up. Continue Reading

Ex-CIA director David Petraeus to be New York college professor

Ex-CIA director David Petraeus is replacing one kind of intelligence work with another. Macaulay Honors College at City University of New York said Tuesday the retired four-star general has been named a visiting professor for public policy. He starts Aug. 1. Petraeus has a doctorate from Princeton University and has written widely on international relations, military strategy and tactics and national security issues. Continue Reading

Missouri soccer coach accused of secretly recording his players changing

A 41-year-old Missouri man is facing charges after police say he secretly recorded underage girls changing at his home, Fox4KC.com reported. Joel D. White, of Lee’s Summit, was arrested in Colorado on suspicion of theft of sports memorabilia and jerseys. During the arrest, police say they discovered several cameras and media memory cards with images and videos of young girls. Two of the girls seen on the videos were on the soccer team White coaches, Fox4KC.com reported, citing the girls’ parents. During questioning, White also admitted to inappropriately touching one of the girls while she was sleeping and recording it, police say. Continue Reading

Lion cage where California intern died worked properly, USDA says

The enclosures at a Central California wild animal park where a lion killed an intern were working properly at the time of her death, federal officials said. A spokeswoman for the U.S. Department of Agriculture said Tuesday that the agency’s investigation on the day after the mauling in March found no violations of the federal Animal Welfare Act at Project Survival’s Cat Haven. USDA investigators looked at whether proper enclosures were in place, and whether they were in good working order, among other things. “We looked at anything and everything that could have contributed to that incident, including enclosures, the employee training program, procedures for cleaning enclosures and feeding the animals, and we did not find any violations,” said USDA spokeswoman Lyndsay Cole. The federal agency’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service sent two people — an inspector and a big cat specialist — from its office in Fort Collins, Colo., after the attack that killed Dianna Hanson, 24, of Seattle. Continue Reading

Mormon bishop with Samurai sword runs off attacker

A Samurai sword-wielding Mormon bishop helped a neighbor woman escape a Tuesday morning attack by a man who had been stalking her. Kent Hendrix woke up Tuesday to his teenage son pounding on his bedroom door and telling him somebody was being mugged in front of their house. The 47-year-old father of six rushed out the door and grabbed the weapon closest to him — a 29-inch high carbon steel Samurai sword. He came upon what he describes as a melee between a woman and a man. His son stayed inside to call 911 while he approached the man along with other neighbors who came to help. Continue Reading

US Customs plane helps stop 3,300 lbs of cocaine

U.S. customs officials say they helped law enforcement in Panama intercept more than 3,300 pounds of pure cocaine this past weekend. U.S. Customs and Border Protection reports a P-3 aircraft crew was patrolling the open waters near Panama City, Panama, Saturday. They detected a speedboat carrying four suspects, fuel barrels and multiple packages. The crew notified Panama law enforcement and directed three Panamanian interceptors to the speedboat’s location. Panamanian law enforcement fired warning shots, causing the speedboat to stop. Continue Reading

New-homes sales rise 1.5 percent in March to 417K

U.S. sales of new homes rebounded in March to the second fastest sales pace in three years, adding to evidence of a sustained housing recovery at the start of the spring buying season. The Commerce Department says sales of new homes increased 1.5 percent in March to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 417,000. Sales had reached a pace of 445,000 in January. New-home sales are still below the 700,000 pace considered healthy by most economists. But they have risen 18.5 percent from a year ago. Continue Reading