Maine hermit due in court on burglary charges

A man charged with stealing food, clothing and other items from lakeside camps during his 27 years of living as a hermit in Maine is due in court on new burglary and theft charges. Forty-seven-year-old Christopher Knight is to appear in Kennebec County Superior Court on Tuesday afternoon by video from the county jail. Other issues that could come up include appointment of his legal counsel and his bail. Officials want to raise Knight’s bail from $5,000 to $250,000, saying high bail is appropriate to prevent people interested in the case from exploiting him. Police say Knight admitted to hundreds of burglaries over the years to obtain supplies for his makeshift camp in the woods in Rome. Continue Reading

Duke University evacuates building for bomb threat

Police are checking a bomb threat reported at the student center at Duke University in Durham. Duke spokesman Mike Schoenfeld said Durham police received an anonymous call early Tuesday and notified campus police. Police evacuated the Bryan Center and are searching the building. Schoenfeld says nothing has been found and the building is expected to be declared safe soon. He says only a few people were in the building when the threat was made. Continue Reading

Former New England Patriots guard assisted Boston Marathon bombing victims

A former New England Patriots guard who once joined his three New York City firefighter brothers during a ceremony heralding the return of football following the Sept. 11 terror attacks witnessed another tragedy on Monday — and selflessly began helping those injured at the Boston Marathon. Joe Andruzzi, who won three Super Bowl rings with the Patriots during five seasons, attended Monday’s race to support runners raising money for his foundation supporting cancer research, reports. Andruzzi, who was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma in 2007, sprang into action following the bombings and appeared in a viral photograph on Twitter carrying a victim to safety. “Jen and I are safe,” Andruzzi posted on Twitter on Monday, reassuring people who were concerned for him and his wife. Continue Reading

US consumer prices drop 0.2 pct. on cheaper gas

U.S. consumer prices declined last month as the cost of gas fell sharply and food prices were unchanged. The tame reading is the latest evidence that the sluggish economy is keeping inflation in check. The Labor Department says the consumer price index declined a seasonally adjusted 0.2 percent in March, after jumping 0.7 percent in February. Gas prices fell 4.4 percent, reversing part of February’s 9.1 percent gain. Except for February’s large increase, consumer prices have declined or been unchanged in four of the past five months. Continue Reading

Florida girl, 2, who lost both legs in mower accident 'doing well' after surgery

The 2-year-old Florida girl who lost both legs in a lawn mower accident last week is in stable condition after surgery Monday morning and doctors say her outlook is good, reports. Ireland Nugent lost both her legs and part of her hand after she ran in front of a lawnmower her father was driving. She will be kept sedated until Tuesday morning. “Before she was being sedated on the lawn at our house, she was asking, where her legs were, so she knew at that time she didn’t have legs,” Nicole Nugent, the girl’s mom, said. Authorities tell the girl’s father was driving his riding lawnmower when the child ran towards him. Continue Reading

Iran-Pakistan Border Area Suffers Major Quake; More Than 40 Dead

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iranian state TV says at least 40 people have been killed by a major earthquake near the Iran-Pakistan border.  

Press TV gave no further details on the extent of damage in the sparsely populated areas. But the quake shook buildings as far away as New Delhi and Gulf cities of Dubai and Bahrain. Iran’s seismological center said the 7.5 magnitude earthquake was centered near Saravan, about 26 miles from the Pakistani border. The U.S. Geological Survey put the preliminary magnitude at 7.8 and at a depth of nine miles. Continue Reading

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Police Search Revere Apartment for Clues After Bombings

REVERE, Mass. (AP) — Police have been seen carrying several large bags from a suburban Boston apartment that authorities say was searched in connection to the Boston Marathon bombing.  

Boston area television stations are reporting that the bags were removed from an apartment in Revere, Mass., just north of Boston at about 2 a.m.

Police did not disclose what was in them and calls to federal and state authorities were not immediately returned. Massachusetts State Police confirm that a search warrant was served Monday night but have provided no further details. The Revere Fire Department wrote on its Facebook page that firefighters responded to the scene for a search for “a person of interest.” Continue Reading

Amtrak Takes Security Measures in Wake of Boston Bomb Blasts

CHICAGO (AP) — Passengers getting on and off trains at Chicago’s Union Station can see for themselves security measures that Amtrak is taking in the wake of Monday’s bombing at the Boston Marathon.  

Bomb-sniffing dogs and security officers have been deployed to the station Tuesday. Amtrak is telling customers to be extra careful not to leave their bags unattended and to report to police or Amtrak any unattended bags near the trains, vehicles or the station. Amtrak spokesman Marc Magliari says Amtrak security has been beefed up at all its stations. He also says that trains are running on schedule. Continue Reading

History of US bombings, failed attempts

Here is a list of some of the worst bombings in the U.S. dating to the 1800s, including some famous attempts that failed: — April 15, 2013: Two bombs explode in the packed streets near the finish line of the Boston Marathon, killing two people and injuring more than 80. — Jan. 17, 2011: A backpack bomb is placed along a Martin Luther King Day parade route in Spokane, Wash., meant to kill and injure participants in a civil rights march, but is found and disabled before it can explode. White supremacist Kevin Harpham is convicted and sentenced to 32 years in federal prison. — May 1, 2010: Pakistani immigrant Faisal Shahzad leaves an explosives-laden SUV in New York’s Times Square, hoping to detonate it on a busy night. Continue Reading