Family, 2 missing Florida boys in Cuba

Officials believe a Florida couple suspected of kidnapping their two sons from the woman’s parents are in Cuba. The Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office reports that it received information Monday that the Hakken family had arrived on the island nation. Investigators say they’re working with the FBI and the U.S. State Department to verify their reports. Authorities say Joshua Michael Hakken entered his mother-in-law’s house north of Tampa early Wednesday, tied her up and fled with his young sons. Authorities had been searching by air and sea for a boat Hakken recently bought. Continue Reading

Syrian TV Reports 15 Killed, 50+ Injured in Suicide Car Bombing

DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — State-run Syrian TV says at least 15 people have been killed in a suicide car bombing in central Damascus.  

It says more than 50 others were hurt in the blast, which rocked a busy residential and commercial district and sent a huge cloud of black smoke billowing over the capital’s skyline. The explosion came as U.N. chief Ban Ki-moon (bahn kee-moon) said inspectors were ready to deploy within 24 hours to Syria to investigate reports of chemical weapon attacks but have not yet received permission from President Bashar Assad’s government. It was the latest in a series of car bombs and suicide bombings to hit the Syrian capital in recent months as the two-year civil war becomes increasingly chaotic. The U.N. says the conflict has killed more than 70,000 people. Continue Reading

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Margaret Thatcher, the Iron Lady, Dies at 87

LONDON (AP) — Former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, whose conservative ideas made an enduring impact on Britain, has died. She was 87.  

Her former spokesman says Thatcher died this morning of a stroke. Thatcher, the country’s first female prime minister, re-made Britain’s economic landscape after coming into office in 1979 with a free-market philosophy and the goal of privatizing state industries. And she would wage some hard-nosed battles with the country’s labor unions. Continue Reading

Florida boy, 7, dies after attack by bulldogs

A 7-year-old boy has died a week after he was attacked by two bulldogs while riding his bicycle after school. Bay County Sheriff’s Office officials told the News Herald of Panama City that Tyler Jett was pronounced dead Sunday afternoon at a Pensacola hospital. He suffered a punctured carotid artery. The child was attacked April 2 by an Alapaha blood bulldog named Fat Boy and a brindle bulldog named MJ. Authorities say the dogs belonged to Edward Daniels Jr.

Family members came to Jett’s aid and chased the dogs back to Daniels’ home. Continue Reading

Montana man wants to be reimbursed by feds after dog eats $500

A Montana man whose 12-year-old golden retriever ate five $100 bills hopes to be reimbursed by the federal government. Wayne Klinkel tells the Independent Record that his dog Sundance ate the bills while he and his wife were on a road trip to visit their daughter. Klinkel says he carefully picked through the dog’s droppings, and his daughter recovered more when snow melted. He says he washed the remnants of the bills and taped them together and sent them to the Treasury Department’s Bureau of Engraving and Printing with an explanation of what happened. The bureau’s website says an “experienced mutilated currency examiner” will determine if at least 51 percent of a bill is present and eligible for reimbursement. Continue Reading

Montana pet owner to feds: The dog ate my money

A Montana man whose 12-year-old golden retriever ate five $100 bills hopes to be reimbursed by the federal government. Wayne Klinkel tells the Independent Record (http://bit.ly/143rwRZ ) that his dog Sundance ate the bills while he and his wife were on a road trip to visit their daughter. Klinkel says he carefully picked through the dog’s droppings, and his daughter recovered more when snow melted. He says he washed the remnants of the bills and taped them together and sent them to the Treasury Department’s Bureau of Engraving and Printing with an explanation of what happened. The bureau’s website says an “experienced mutilated currency examiner” will determine if at least 51 percent of a bill is present and eligible for reimbursement. Continue Reading

Man who took hostages from Clinton office found and arrested in NH after escape

Authorities say a New Hampshire man who took hostages at a Hillary Rodham Clinton presidential campaign office in 2007 has been arrested after he walked away from a minimum-security correctional facility. State Department of Corrections spokesman Jeff Lyons says Leeland Eisenberg was arrested by Manchester police without incident Monday. The 52-year-old Eisenberg was missing from his room during a head count Sunday at the Calumet Transitional Housing Unit in Manchester. He was sentenced in 2010 to 3 1/2 to 7 years for probation violations. He would have been eligible for parole in August. Continue Reading

Man convicted of taking hostages at Clinton office in New Hampshire arrested after escape

A New Hampshire man who took hostages at a Hillary Rodham Clinton presidential campaign office six years ago has been arrested after he walked away from a minimum-security correctional facility, authorities said. Leeland Eisenberg, 52, was arrested by Manchester police without incident on Monday, state Department of Corrections spokesman Jeff Lyons said. He will be charged with escape, MyFoxBoston.com reports. Eisenberg was missing from his room during a head count Sunday at the Calumet Transitional Housing Unit in Manchester. In 2010, he was sentenced to up to 7 years for probation violations. Continue Reading

Man who took hostages from Clinton office in 2007 missing from unit

A man who took hostages at a Hillary Rodham Clinton presidential campaign office in 2007 escaped from a minimum-security correctional facility on Sunday, authorities said. Leeland Eisenberg was discovered missing during an afternoon head count at the Calumet Transitional Housing Unit in Manchester, state Department of Corrections spokesman Jeff Lyons said. Eisenberg was sentenced in May 2010 to 3 1/2 to 7 years for probation violations. The 52-year-old would have been eligible for parole in August. Once he is found, he will be charged with escape, a felony punishable by 3 1/2 to 7 years in prison, Lyons said. Continue Reading