Former President Hosting Student Leaders Conference in St. Louis

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Former President Bill Clinton is hosting more than 1,000 college student leaders from across the nation and abroad this weekend at Washington University in St. Louis. The Clinton Global Initiative University is an outgrowth of the former president’s philanthropic foundation. Featured speakers are to include Chelsea Clinton, the ex-president’s daughter: television host Stephen Colbert; actress Jada Pinkett Smith; and Twitter creator Jack Dorsey, a St. Continue Reading

California college student body president is sex offender

When flyers appeared at Riverside City College on April Fool’s Day saying the student body president was a sex offender, students were stunned by the cruel prank. They were even more stunned when they learned it was true. “I was flabbergasted,” said Amanda Waring, a theater arts major who works for the school newspaper. “At first people thought it was a joke.” Doug Robert Figueroa, 40, who was elected to a one-year term as student body president in May, pleaded guilty in 2005 to kidnapping and lewd and lascivious acts with a boy under 14, the Riverside Press Enterprise reported. Continue Reading

Charter bus crash in eastern Virginia kills 1

Virginia State Police are investigating a fatal crash involving a charter bus in Southampton County. State Police Sgt. Michelle Anaya says the accident occurred about 7:05 a.m. Friday on U.S. Route 58 in Capron. She says one person was killed. Anaya says the bus carrying eight passengers was headed from Chapel Hill, N.C., to Hampton. Continue Reading

Shop that sold gun to Newtown shooter's mom loses license

A Connecticut shop that sold a gun to the Newtown school shooter’s mother has lost its federal firearms license. The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives revoked the license of Riverview Gun Sales in East Windsor, about 15 miles north of Hartford, in December. The agency didn’t disclose why. It was first reported Thursday by The Journal News of White Plains, N.Y.

Authorities raided the store for undisclosed reasons shortly after the December school shootings. Around the same time, a man was arrested for stealing a rifle from the shop. Continue Reading

Lockup recommended for man who sneaked into jails

A man who repeatedly used phony credentials to gain entry into New York City’s jails may get his wish to do more time. Prosecutors told a judge on Thursday that they want Matthew Matagrano to be locked up for 10 years. Matagrano, a former inmate, pleaded not guilty to felony burglary in Manhattan Supreme Court. The judge doubled his bail to $100,000 and ordered him to get medical attention. The New York Post (http://bit.ly/ZbNv0w ) reports that according to police statements released in court, Matagrano said he repeatedly sneaked into jails because the people inside were “nice” and made him “feel important.” Continue Reading

Dad's truck found abandoned in Florida as search for kidnapped boys continues

The 2006 GMC pickup truck owned by the father of two boys kidnapped from their grandparents’ house has been found abandoned in a parking garage in the Tampa Bay area. The Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office says detectives are processing the vehicle, found late Thursday in Madeira Beach. They’re searching for clues to help them find 4-year-old Cole Hakken and his 2-year-old brother Chase. Authorities say the children’s father, 35-year-old Joshua Michael Hakken, and his 34-year-old wife, Sharyn Patricia Hakken, are prime suspects. Investigators are considering the couple armed and dangerous, MyFoxTampaBay.com reported. Continue Reading

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Branstad’s Plan for Low-Income Health Care Now in Bill Form

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — More details are available on Republican Governor Terry Branstad’s health proposal for low-income residents. Legislation for Branstad’s Healthy Iowa proposal came out Thursday. The plan would cover an estimated 89,000 residents with incomes below the poverty line. According to the bill, participants would have access to a primary care doctor within 30 minutes or 30 miles of their home. Branstad has proposed this plan because he opposes the Medicaid expansion permitted under President Barack Obama’s health care overhaul. Continue Reading

Building Under Construction in India Collapses; More than 40 Perish

MUMBAI, India (AP) — Rescue workers with sledgehammers, gasoline-powered saws and hydraulic jacks continue their struggle to break through a tower of rubble in a search for possible survivors of a building collapse in India that has killed at least 41 people.  

The building which fell in a suburb of India’s financial capital, Mumbai, was being constructed illegally and was already partially occupied. Authorities say more than 50 people were injured. Officials say more than 20 people are missing and three sandwiched floors of the building must still be searched. Police say the dead include at least 11 children. Continue Reading