Report scrutinizes new Border Patrol punishments

A widely touted Border Patrol initiative to send migrants back to Mexico from distant border cities to discourage them from trying again may be one of its least effective methods. That finding comes in a study that offers a detailed assessment of how the agency’s new enforcement strategies are working. The so-called lateral repatriations aim to make it more difficult for migrants to reconnect with smugglers. The Congressional Research Service finds those migrants are among the most likely to get caught again. The study also finds that criminal prosecutions appear to be the most effective deterrents. Continue Reading

Jodi Arias back in jail after suicide watch

Jodi Arias has been transferred back to a Phoenix jail after spending the weekend on suicide watch at another facility. Maricopa County Sheriff’s officials say Arias is back at the Estrella Jail where she will be housed until her trial has concluded. Arias was convicted of first-degree murder on Wednesday in the June 2008 killing of her one-time boyfriend. She claimed she killed Travis Alexander in self-defense after he attacked her, but authorities said it was a planned murder fueled by jealousy. She returns to court Wednesday as jurors determine whether the death penalty should be an option for sentencing. Continue Reading

MidAmerican to Boost Prices

Iowa residents may soon be paying more for their energy. MidAmerican is asking the state utilities board for it’s first base-rate increase since 1995. If approved, customers can expect to pay almost three-dollars more a month starting in August.  It’ll be eight-dollars more a month by 2016, compared to the current rate. MidAmerican officials are reassuring people that the rate hike has nothing to do with last week’s announcement of the nearly 2-billion dollar investment in building wind turbines. Continue Reading

Death Toll Now 1,127 in Bangladesh Garment-Factory Collapse

SAVAR, Bangladesh (AP) — Nearly three weeks after a Bangladesh garment-factory building collapsed, the search for the dead is over at the site of the worst accident in the industry’s history. The death toll: 1,127.  

The army turned over the site to civilian officials after going about a day without finding more bodies from the April 24 collapse. Amazingly, a survivor was pulled out on Friday as some of the last of the dead were being recovered. Bulldozers and other vehicles have been removed from the building site, which will be fenced with bamboo sticks. Continue Reading

Pennsylvania man charged in daughter-in-law's 1999 death

State police have charged a central Pennsylvania man with criminal homicide in the death of his former daughter-in-law who has been missing since 1999. Huntingdon County District Attorney George Zanic declined to comment on the charges filed Monday, but says he’ll discuss them at a news conference later in the day. The defense attorney for 65-year-old Kenneth Leighty, of Altoona, wasn’t immediately available for comment. Zanic has previously said Leighty owns land where crews have searched for Sherry Leighty’s remains since April 20. A search warrant shows investigators believe Leighty killed the woman and buried her there and Zanic confirmed some human remains and clothing were found there earlier this month. Continue Reading

Business frets at terrorism tag of Boston Marathon attack

A declaration by President Barack Obama that the Boston Marathon bombings were an act of terrorism could make it difficult for many affected businesses to be reimbursed for losses. Federal law enacted after the 9/11 terrorist attacks requires the government to certify whether an act of terrorism has occurred for businesses to determine liability for losses. If a business did not buy specific terrorism coverage an official designation could make it harder to get reimbursed. The Boston Globe reports that many small businesses on Boylston Street did not buy terrorism coverage. Most business losses resulted from closing Boylston Street as a crime scene, not from the fatal explosions on April 15. Continue Reading

9 life terms for convicted robber in Texas

A 20-year-old Fort Worth man who pleaded guilty to an armed robbery spree in 2011 is headed to prison with nine life sentences. Karrington Braziel entered his plea to nine counts of aggravated robbery but left his punishment to a Tarrant County jury. The Fort Worth Star Telegram reported Saturday prosecutors provided evidence of Braziel’s record, including assault on a public servant while he was a juvenile and that he’d been a problem in jail while awaiting trial. The robbery charges were based on a series of holdups over about a two-week span in November 2011. He was caught after a witness got his license number following a convenience store heist. Continue Reading

Suspect in 4 Kan. farm deaths to appear in court

The man charged with killing four people on an eastern Kansas farm is set to appear in court Monday afternoon. Twenty-seven-year-old Kyle Flack is being held on $10 million bond. He is charged with capital murder and first-degree murder in the deaths of 18-month-old Lana Leigh Bailey, her mother, 21-year-old Kaylie Bailey, and 30-year-old Andrew Stout. He also is charged first-degree murder in the death of 31-year-old Steven White. Flack was picked up for questioning early Wednesday in Emporia, where officers found the car that Bailey had been driving when she was last seen. Continue Reading