Utah 'mountain man' reportedly disliked hunters, made threat against them, sheriff says

The elusive Utah ‘mountain man’ police say confessed to dozens of break-ins and thefts over a six-year span, apparently disliked hunters because of their ATVs and guns, Fox13Now.com reported. “He didn’t like all the money they spent on their ATVs and guns and different things like that,” Sevier County Sheriff Nate Curtis told the station. “He basically told us he’d rather they have a bow made out of their own hands. So he really, in particular, expressed that he did not like hunters.” Knapp, 45, told detectives he lived in the wilderness to be away from society, the station reported. Continue Reading

Where US economy has, and hasn't, yet recovered

From household wealth to spending at stores, many of the U.S. economy’s vital signs have recovered from the damage done by the Great Recession. Home foreclosures and layoffs have dropped to pre-recession levels. Economic output has rebounded. And the Dow Jones industrial average is in record territory. So is the economy back to full health? Continue Reading

Parents outraged that Mass. kids were denied lunch

School officials say as many as 25 students at a Massachusetts school were denied lunch this week because they either could not pay or their pre-paid accounts did not contain enough money. Outraged parents say some students at Coelho Middle School in Attleboro cried when they were told by a worker they could not eat on Tuesday. Superintendent Pia Durkin tells The Sun Chronicle (http://bit.ly/10yXr6y ) that a worker for the contractor that provides lunch service at city schools has been suspended. She has also scheduled a meeting with officials at the company, Whitson’s. Meanwhile, workers have been told not to deny any child a meal. Continue Reading

2 white supremacist gang members sought in Colorado prisons chief death

Authorities investigating the death of Colorado’s prisons chief have issued an alert seeking two members of a white supremacist prison gang. El Paso County sheriff’s Lt. Jeff Kramer said Wednesday that deputies are seeking 47-year-old James Lohr and 31-year-old Thomas Guolee in connection with the death of Tom Clements. He says their names surfaced during the investigation and the men could be headed to Nevada or Texas. The Denver Post reports both men are members of the white supremacist prison gang 211 Crew. That’s the same gang whose members included Evan Ebel, who is suspected in the fatal shootings of Clements on March 19 and of a pizza delivery driver two days earlier. Continue Reading

Shooting reported at Fort Knox military post

A spokesman for the Fort Knox Army post in central Kentucky says a shooting has occurred there, but he had no immediate word on whether anyone was injured. Kyle Hodges says the shooting Wednesday afternoon was near the post’s human resources center. He was on his way back to the post after receiving word of the shooting. WAVE-TV reported the post was on a heightened security alert. Via: Fox News Continue Reading

US missile defense shield to counter NKorea threat

The Pentagon said Wednesday it was deploying a missile defense shield to Guam to protect the U.S. and its allies in the region in response to increasingly hostile rhetoric from North Korea. The North renewed its threat to launch a nuclear attack on the United States. The threat issued by the General Staff of the Korean People’s Army capped a week of psychological warfare and military muscle moves by both sides that have rattled the region. On Wednesday, the Pentagon announced it will deploy a land-based, high-altitude missile defense system to Guam to strengthen the Asia-Pacific region’s protections against a possible attack. Pyongyang, for its part, said that America’s ever-escalating hostile policy toward North Korea “will be smashed” by the North’s nuclear strike and the “merciless operation” of its armed forces. Continue Reading

Suspect sought after civilian worker killed in shooting at Fort Knox

An Army civilian employee died after a shooting at Fort Knox in Kentucky Wednesday afternoon in a parking lot outside the base’s Human Resources Command headquarters. The victim, who was a human resources employee, was transported by ambulance to Ireland Army Community Hospital where he was pronounced dead. “Special Agents from the U.S. Army Criminal Investigation Command are investigating a personal incident and not a random act of violence,” spokesperson for the independent Army investigative agency Chris Grey said. The victim’s name is being withheld until 24 hours after the family is notified. Police are looking for a possible suspect who may be using a Yamaha motorcycle for transportation. Continue Reading

Man shot dead at home of Colo. prosecutor, deputy

Authorities in Colorado say a Michigan man who died after an altercation outside the home of a sheriff’s deputy and a prosecutor was shot multiple times. Grand County coroner’s officials said Wednesday that 32-year-old Joshua Lee Stevens, of Coral, Mich., died of gunshot wounds to the torso. Authorities say a deputy district attorney for Colorado’s 14th Judicial District called 911 late Monday to report a stranger behaving erratically outside her home. Shots were fired after the person tried to force his way in. The prosecutor and her husband, who is a sheriff’s deputy, had minor injuries. Continue Reading

US home prices rose in February by most in 7 years

U.S. home prices jumped in February by the largest amount in seven years, evidence that the housing recovery strengthened ahead of the all-important spring-buying season. Home prices rose 10.2 percent in February compared with a year earlier, CoreLogic, a real estate data provider, said Wednesday. The annual gain was the biggest since March 2006. Prices have now increased on an annual basis for 12 straight months, underscoring the recovery’s steady momentum. The gains were broad-based. Continue Reading