Police say homeless man sets California man on fire

Police say a homeless man set a 63-year-old California man on fire outside a 7-Eleven store by throwing a flammable substance inside the man’s parked SUV. Long Beach Sgt. Aaron Eaton says the man suffered severe burns in the Friday evening attack. Bystanders helped douse the flames and 38-year-old Raymond Sean Clark was arrested a block away. Eaton says the attacker and victim apparently didn’t know each other and the motive was murky. Continue Reading

Ex-AP writer McArthur, who covered Vietnam, dies

Former Associated Press foreign correspondent George McArthur, who reported all over the world and spent years in Saigon covering the Vietnam war, has died. He was 88. His wife, Eva Kim McArthur said he died Friday night in a hospice in Fairfax County, Va., of complications from a stroke. Born in the Deep South, McArthur was one of several youthful AP staffers first dispatched to Seoul after communist North Korea’s invasion of South Korea in 1950. He later reported from Paris, Cairo and Manila, serving as AP bureau chief at the latter two posts. Continue Reading

North Texas man charged with 'terroristic threat'

Kaufman County authorities say the former justice of the peace has been charged with making a “terroristic threat.” A Kaufman County Jail spokesperson said Saturday that Eric Williams is in custody and is scheduled to go in front of a judge Saturday morning, where bond will be set. Federal and local authorities had searched Williams’ home on Friday as part of an investigation into the March 30 slayings of District Attorney Mike McLelland and his wife, Cynthia. Two months earlier, assistant DA Mark Hasse was fatally shot as he was leaving work in Kaufman, about 30 miles southeast of Dallas. Williams hasn’t been named as a suspect in any of the deaths. Continue Reading

Kerry: US, China pledge to work together on NKorea

U.S. and Chinese leaders said Saturday that their countries are committed to finding a peaceful way to ensure a nuclear-free Korean peninsula. “We are determined to make that goal a reality,” U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said after talks with Chinese officials and before having dinner with China’s foreign policy chief, Yang Jiechi. “China and the United States must together take steps in order to achieve the goal of a denuclearized Korean peninsula. And today we agreed that further discussions to bear down very quickly with great specificity on exactly how we will accomplish this goal,” America’s top diplomat told reporters. Yang, speaking through an interpreter, said China was “firmly committed to upholding peace and stability and advancing the denuclearization process on the Korean peninsula. Continue Reading

3 found fatally shot in Topeka home, Kansas police search for person of interest

Police say three people have been found shot to death inside a home in Topeka, Kan. Topeka police Lt. Scott Gilchrist says officers and emergency medical responders arrived after getting a 911 call around 9:15 p.m. local time Friday from a woman at the home reporting that several people had been shot. He declined to give any identifying information about the three people who were found dead, including whether they lived in the house. Gilchrist tells the Topeka Capital-Journal that police were searching for a person of interest. He says the person isn’t believed to be a threat to the general public. Continue Reading

Workers at Philly abortion clinic saw few options

They say they were just doing what the boss trained them to do. But eight former employees of a run-down West Philadelphia abortion clinic now face prison time for the work they did for Dr. Kermit Gosnell. Three have pleaded guilty to third-degree murder. And Gosnell, 72, is on trial in the deaths of a patient and seven babies allegedly born alive. In testimony at the capital murder trial this past month, an unlicensed doctor and untrained aides described long, chaotic days at the clinic. Continue Reading

NWS Confirms Twisters in Six States, Three in Missouri

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — The National Weather Service has confirmed that a powerful spring storm system spawned 12 tornadoes in six states in recent days.  

Forecasters confirmed three tornadoes in Missouri, including two in the St. Louis area; three each in Arkansas and Alabama; and one each in Louisiana, Mississippi and Georgia. Emergency officials said three people were killed in the storms, which unleashed tornadoes and winds strong enough to peel the roofs from homes in the Deep South and heaped snow and ice on the Midwest, leaving thousands without power. Continue Reading

Local Districts to Get More Power over Delinquent P-S Parents

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A bill approved by the Legislature and headed to Gov. Terry Branstad would give school districts more authority in dealing with parents who enroll their children in the state’s voluntary preschool program but then fail to bring the youths to class.  

The measure would allow school districts to require that children enrolled in preschool attend regularly. School boards could designate the number of days preschoolers must attend and reprimand parents of chronically absent children. Supporters say the measure is needed because many districts have waiting lists for preschool. If parents enroll their children but don’t bring them to school, they’re still taking spots that could go to others. Continue Reading

Pope Appoints Panel of Nine for Advice on Reform

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis has named nine cardinals to advise him on running the church and reforming the Vatican bureaucracy.  

The Vatican announced Saturday the members of the advisory panel and said they would hold their first meeting Oct. 1-3. They include current Vatican officials but more importantly cardinals from Europe, the Americas, Australia and Asia. In the run-up to the conclave, a reform of the Vatican bureaucracy was a constant drumbeat, as well as calls for making the Vatican more responsive to the needs of bishops around the world. Continue Reading