Virginia woman fights to keep Renoir painting she allegedly purchased for $7 at flea market

A federal judge will seek to unravel an art mystery and determine the rightful owner of a napkin-sized painting by French impressionist Pierre-Auguste Renoir that a Virginia woman says she bought at a flea market for $7. The ownership is in dispute after documents were uncovered showing a Baltimore museum reported the painting stolen more than 60 years ago. The painting has been seized by the FBI, and the federal government filed an action last month in U.S. District Court in Alexandria asking a judge to determine who should keep the painting. Among the contenders is a Lovettsville woman, Marcia “Martha” Fuqua, who has told the FBI that she bought the painting at a West Virginia flea market in late 2009 for $7 and stored it in a plastic trash bag for two years before having it authenticated as a genuine Renoir. Last year, Fuqua planned to have the painting sold at auction, where it was expected to fetch at least $75,000. Continue Reading

New York City man falls on broken glass, bleeds to death

Police say a man bled to death outside a Brooklyn restaurant after he fell on a broken bottle during an argument. The incident happened at 4 a.m. Saturday in the borough’s Flatbush section. Witnesses tell police two men were involved in a dispute inside the eatery, and then got into an altercation outside. When officers arrived on the scene, they found one of the men bleeding from a cut on his arm. The victim was in his 20s. Continue Reading

US delays missile test as tensions rise, source says

Amid mounting tensions with North Korea, the Pentagon has delayed an intercontinental ballistic missile test that had been planned for next week at Vandenberg Air Force Base in California, a senior defense official told The Associated Press on Saturday. The official said Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel decided to put off the long-planned Minuteman 3 test until sometime next month because of concerns the launch could be misinterpreted and exacerbate the Korean crisis. Hagel made the decision Friday, the official said. The test was not connected to the ongoing U.S.-South Korean military exercises that have been going on in that region and have stoked North Korean anger and fueled an escalation in threatening actions and rhetoric. North Korea’s military warned earlier this week that it was authorized to attack the U.S. using “smaller, lighter and diversified” nuclear weapons. Continue Reading

Hundreds of Texas educators take free concealed handgun class

A concealed handgun training class envisioned by former Navy SEAL Chris Kyle before his death drew hundreds of educators toa Texas school auditorium Saturday. More than 700 teachers and administratorsattended the all-day session on gun laws and safety at Kennedale High School in Dallas-Fort Worth area, The Dallas Morning News reported. The free class was organized by Dalworthington Gardens Police Chief Bill and Kyle, who was fatally shot at a North Texas shooting range in February. “It went from 20 to 30 teachers to the more than 700 we have here today. It just exploded with Chris’ involvement,” Dalworthington Gardens Police Chief Bill Waybourn told the paper. Continue Reading

13 injured after Metrolink train collides with truck in Los Angeles

Authorities say a Metrolink commuter train has collided with a dump truck in Los Angeles, leaving 13 people with minor injuries. Fire Department spokesman Shawn Lenske says nine of 190 passengers on the train were taken to the hospital Saturday for treatment. The truck driver was treated at the scene and released. Metrolink spokesman Jeff Lustgarten says the truck was on the tracks when the collision occurred around 2:30 p.m. in Pacoima in the San Fernando Valley. The impact of the crash caused the truck to overturn. Continue Reading

First Amendment issues involved in Fox News reporter's case

FoxNews.com reporter Jana Winter is facing jail time for not giving up her sources in an exclusive story on a notebook allegedly kept by James Holmes, the accused shooter in Aurora, Colo., movie theater shooting in July 2012. Susan Estrich, a professor of law and political science at the University of Southern California Law School, said Saturday on “America’s News HQ” that if a reporter cannot protect the anonymity of their sources, people are not going to tell them things. “In a government where we really believe that the check on power is a free press, you don’t want to stifle the ability of reporters such as Jana and others to get to the bottom of important stories and provide us with true and accurate information,” she said. Estrich added that the notion that Holmes is not going to get a fair trial because he does not know the name of Winter’s sources seems “very much of a stretch.” Click for more on Fox News’ First Amendment fight. Continue Reading

US delays missile test as tensions rise, source says

Amid mounting tensions with North Korea, the Pentagon has delayed an intercontinental ballistic missile test that had been planned for next week at Vandenberg Air Force Base in California, a senior defense official told The Associated Press on Saturday. The official said Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel decided to put off the long-planned Minuteman 3 test until sometime next month because of concerns the launch could be misinterpreted and exacerbate the Korean crisis. Hagel made the decision Friday, the official said. The test was not connected to the ongoing U.S.-South Korean military exercises that have been going on in that region and have stoked North Korean anger and fueled an escalation in threatening actions and rhetoric. North Korea’s military warned earlier this week that it was authorized to attack the U.S. using “smaller, lighter and diversified” nuclear weapons. Continue Reading

AP source: US delays missile test as tensions rise

A senior U.S. defense official says the Pentagon has delayed an intercontinental ballistic missile test for next week at Vandenberg Air Force Base in California amid mounting tensions with North Korea. The official says Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel delayed the long-planned Minuteman 3 test because of concerns the launch could be misinterpreted and exacerbate the current Korean crisis. The official was not authorized to speak publicly and requested anonymity. North Korea’s military has warned that it was authorized to attack the U.S. using “smaller, lighter and diversified” nuclear weapons. South Korean officials say the North moved at least one missile with “considerable range” to its east coast, suggesting a launch could be imminent U.S. and South Korean military exercises have been ongoing, with warships and bombers in the region. Continue Reading

A dual tale of love and sacrifice

Nothing says spring like a good love story — and nothing says love like the life shared by Ian Ralston and Nicole Sanders. This June marks one year since the couple wed in an outdoor ceremony in Waterloo, Iowa — a celebration that would have seemed impossible back when Ralston, a 27-year-old U.S. Army soldier, was wounded by an improvised explosive device in Iraq, leaving him a quadriplegic. Sanders, wearing a vintage-looking gown, walked down the aisle to Frank Sinatra’s, “The Way You Look Tonight,” meeting her groom, wheelchair-bound and hooked up to a breathing tube, at an altar adorned with blue and cream hydrangeas. “It was euphoric … watching her come down the aisle,” said Ralston, a former combat medic whose neck was struck by a ball bearing when an IED exploded underneath an over pass in Iraq in 2009. Continue Reading