Posts from April 2013
posted Apr 30 2013 8:22AM
<VIDEO> A spaceship bankrolled by British tycoon Sir Richard Branson made its first engine-powered flight Monday. The test flight moves Virgin Galactic toward its goal of flying into space later this year.
posted Apr 30 2013 8:21AM
<VIDEO> FBI agents investigating the Boston Marathon bombings have visited the Rhode Island home of dead suspect Tamerlan Tsarnaev's in-laws and carried away several bags.
posted Apr 29 2013 6:41PM
WASHINGTON (AP) - The Food and Drug Administration says it will launch a new investigation into foods with added caffeine and their potential impact on the health of children and adolescents.
The FDA's new look at added caffeine is in response to a caffeinated gum introduced this week by Wrigley. Called Alert Energy Gum, it promises "The right energy, right now."
Michael Taylor, FDA's deputy commissioner of foods, said in a statement Monday that the proliferation of caffeine added to foods is "beyond anything FDA envisioned."
Taylor said the agency will look at the potential impact these "new and easy sources" of caffeine will have on children's health and will take action if necessary. The agency previously launched an investigation into the safety of energy drinks.
posted Apr 29 2013 6:40PM
BOSTON (AP) - Prominent death penalty lawyer Judy Clarke is joining the team representing the suspect in the Boston Marathon bombings.
The appointment of Clarke, based in San Diego, Calif., was approved Monday by U.S. Magistrate Judge Marianne Bowler.
Bowler denied a request from Dzhokhar Tsarnaev's (joh-HAHR' tsahr-NEYE'-ehv) public defender to appoint a second death penalty lawyer. Bowler says Tsarnaev's lawyers could renew their motion to appoint another death penalty expert if Tsarnaev is indicted.
The 19-year-old Tsarnaev has been charged with using a weapon of mass destruction during the April 15 marathon. Three people were killed and more than 260 injured when two bombs exploded near the finish line.
Clarke's clients have included Unabomber Ted Kaczynski; Susan Smith, who drowned her two children; and most recently Tucson, Ariz., shooter Jared Loughner. All received life sentences instead of the death penalty.
by WPIX-New York City
posted Apr 29 2013 9:12AM
<VIDEO> Exciting things are about to happen. 1 World Trade center is a step closer to becoming the tallest building in the Western Hemisphere. Hilary Whittier picks up the story from Gound
posted Apr 29 2013 9:06AM
<VIDEO> A man is in custody in Albuquerque, New Mexico, after allegedly stabbing four people in a church Sunday morning. The suspect is expected to face felony charges.
posted Apr 29 2013 9:04AM
<VIDEO> In this era of threatening superbugs, products for fighting hospital infections seem to be multiplying as fast as the germs themselves. Hospitals can now fight superbugs with devices that resemble Star Wars robots.
posted Apr 29 2013 9:03AM
<VIDEO> The man accused of sending ricin-laced letters to President Obama and others is due in court Monday. James Everett Dutschke was arrested Saturday. He denies all involvement in the case.
posted Apr 29 2013 9:00AM
<VIDEO> Residents of the most heavily damaged area of West, Texas can return to their homes this weekend, but not to stay. For some the homecoming will be bittersweet; of the one-hundred-56 homes in the neighborhood, only three are fit for habitation
posted Apr 26 2013 10:02AM
Former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice speaks with Jim Axelrod about why she thinks former President George W. Bush had such fierce critics. "When he cared deeply about something, he let it be known," Rice says.
posted Apr 26 2013 9:50AM
<VIDEO> Mobile application makers are creating new business opportunity for people in search of a job or just some extra cash. Small business and consumers are embracing this exciting new path
posted Apr 26 2013 9:48AM
<VIDEO> After any bomb attack, federal agents reconstruct the explosive, one piece at a time. The reconstruction is a part of the search for clues, and a key to prosecuting the case.
posted Apr 26 2013 9:43AM
<VIDEO> In his latest appeal, Kennedy cousin Michael Skakel launched a barrage of criticism against the attorney who represented him at his murder trial, saying that Michael Sherman failed to competently defend him.
posted Apr 26 2013 9:39AM
<VIDEO> Victims of last week's Boston Marathon bombing face huge bills as they begin healing. Heather Abbott of Newport, Rhode Island lost one of her lower legs. She said when the blasts occurred, thoughts of 9/11 raced through her mind.
posted Apr 26 2013 9:37AM
<VIDEO> U.S. intelligence has concluded with 'varying degrees of confidence,' that the Syrian government has twice used chemical weapons in its fierce civil war, the White House and other top administration officials said Thursday.
posted Apr 26 2013 7:46AM
<VIDEO> President Barack Obama on Thursday was consoling mourners of the first responders who died last week in a fertilizer plant explosion that killed at least 14 people and devastated a small Texas town
posted Apr 26 2013 7:44AM
<VIDEO> Explosions aboard two fuel barges that left three people with critical burns and forced the evacuation of a nearby cruise ship likely occured due to a spark as a crew was cleaning the barges, the Coast Guard said Thursday.
posted Apr 26 2013 7:41AM
<VIDEO> It's a day that brought the current president and the four living former presidents together for the dedication of the George W. Bush presidential library in Texas.
posted Apr 24 2013 9:40AM
<VIDEO> Three of eight murder charges were thrown out Tuesday against a Philadelphia abortion provider apparently because the judge had not heard sufficient evidence that the three babies were viable, born alive and then killed.
posted Apr 24 2013 9:39AM
<VIDEO> Charges were dropped Tuesday against the Mississippi man accused of sending ricin-laced letters to President Barack Obama and others, while authorities searched at another man's home in connection with the case.
posted Apr 24 2013 9:38AM
<VIDEO> A Minnesota school district where two students were killed in a 2003 shooting unveiled a new device Tuesday aimed at adding a last-ditch layer of safety for teachers and students: bulletproof whiteboards.
posted Apr 24 2013 9:22AM
<VIDEO> The mother of the suspected Boston bombers, Tamerlan and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev has asked the media to leave her alone as she grieves for her sons. She says she is trying to understand how they are implicated in the deadly blasts.
posted Apr 24 2013 9:21AM
<VIDEO> Communities Missouri fought Tuesday to hold back surging rivers swollen by days of drenching rain, even as an approaching storm system threatened new downpours.
posted Apr 24 2013 7:48AM
<VIDEO> A woman who works at a golf course in Miami Beach found a bag filled with $36,000 cash on the property but didn't keep it, local media reported. Instead she contacted police who discovered the money belonged to a 76-year-old man.
posted Apr 23 2013 1:05PM
<VIDEO> The FBI says they've arrested a former U.S. school teacher who was among the FBI's 10 most-wanted fugitives as a suspect in a child pornography investigation.
posted Apr 23 2013 1:04PM
<VIDEO> The Atlanta Public Schools Superintendent is addressing a teacher test-score cheating scandal with student remediation. School administrators say the scandal did a tremendous amount of damage to the quality of the students' education.
posted Apr 23 2013 12:41PM
<VIDEO> A group of U.S. Senators want the FAA to not close air traffic control towers around the country due to budget considerations. They also say air traffic controllers should keep working and not take forced time off because of forced budget cuts.
posted Apr 23 2013 8:23AM
<VIDEO> Law enforcement sources say Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, the surviving suspect in the Boston Marathon bombing, has indicated he and his brother acted alone in the attack. And, as Bob Orr reports, an FBI affidavit is providing new insight into the bombing, the manhunt and the capture.
posted Apr 23 2013 8:18AM
<VIDEO> At least an inch of rain is expected Tuesday from Oklahoma to Michigan. Huge spring floods are already inundating cities like Grand Rapids, Michigan, where the Grand River has already hit a record 21.85 feet.
posted Apr 23 2013 8:14AM
<VIDEO> Hospitals trying to curb costs have chartered flights to send sick, uninsured, undocumented immigrants back to their home countries. It's a process called medical repatriation, and critics say it amounts to unregulated deportation.
posted Apr 23 2013 8:12AM
<VIDEO> Police in Federal Way, Washington say the man who was fatally shot by police had killed his girlfriend and three other people. Federal Way Police Chief Brian Wilson describes the initial shooting as a domestic violence homicide.
posted Apr 23 2013 7:58AM
<VIDEO> Up to five inches of snow are forecast to hit the Denver area by Tuesday afternoon. The snow shut down parts of some major highways, and has been blamed for grounded flights.
posted Apr 23 2013 7:56AM
<VIDEO> A 23-year-old Boston University graduate student killed in the Boston Marathon bombing has been described at her memorial service as a sweet-hearted woman passionate about piano, her studies and loving life.
posted Apr 23 2013 7:42AM
<VIDEO> Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev was charged by federal prosecutors in his hospital room Monday with using a weapon of mass destruction to kill _ a crime that carries a possible death sentence.
posted Apr 23 2013 7:40AM
<VIDEO> Residents in Boston paused in the afternoon to observe a moment of silence at 2:50 p.m., the time of the first blast in last week's Boston Marathon bombing. Similar tributes were held elsewhere, including at the New York Stock Exchange
posted Apr 22 2013 7:50AM
<VIDEO> Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel says the sanctions on Iran are causing a tremendous amount of difficulty in that country. Hagel commented while visiting Israel on Monday.
posted Apr 22 2013 7:48AM
<VIDEO> Air travelers are concerned about flight delays and cancellations, with mandatory furloughs impacting air traffic controllers and other Federal Aviation Administration employees.
posted Apr 22 2013 7:46AM
<VIDEO> An attorney says federal authorities have asked to interview the wife of deceased marathon bombing suspect Tamerlan Tsarnaev. The attorney says he is discussing with authorities how to proceed.
posted Apr 22 2013 7:43AM
<VIDEO> Boston Police Commissioner Edward Davis said Sunday that bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev remains in critical condition adding that he his "not in the condition to be interrogated at this time."
posted Apr 22 2013 7:41AM
<VIDEO> Megann Prevatt, an emergency room nurse at Massachusetts General Hospital, describes what it was like treating the wounded from last week's twin bombings at the
posted Apr 22 2013 7:39AM
<VIDEO> Officials from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the Texas State Fire Marshal's Office gave a tour of the area near where a fertilizer plant exploded last week, killing 14 people.
posted Apr 22 2013 7:37AM
<VIDEO> Those fighting floods in several communities along the Mississippi River were mostly successful despite the onslaught of water, but an ominous forecast and the growing accumulation of snow in the upper Midwest tempered feelings of victory
posted Apr 22 2013 7:21AM
<VIDEO> Hundreds of rounds were exchanged in a deadly gun battle, a suspected terrorist's body was dragged under a stolen SUV and a bomb blast rattled residents said Watertown, Massachusetts Police Chief Edward Deveau
posted Apr 19 2013 3:02PM
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) - Massachusetts State Police are calling off a search for a green Honda Civic that has been linked to the suspects in the marathon bombings.
Authorities initially said the at-large suspect in the bombings may have been driving the 1999 Civic, but police said later Friday that the car is in their possession and they are no longer looking for it.
Authorities in Connecticut urged people earlier Friday to be on the lookout for a gray Honda CRV, but police later said that vehicle had been recovered in Boston.
Nineteen-year-old Dzhokhar Tsarnaev (JOH'-kahr tsahr-NY'-ev) is the target of a massive manhunt. His brother Tamerlan was also identified as a suspect in Monday's twin bombings and was killed in a night of violent clashes with police.
posted Apr 19 2013 11:55AM
MONTGOMERY VILLAGE, Md. (AP) - The uncle of a Boston Marathon bombing suspect is urging his nephew to turn himself in.
Ruslan Tsarni of Montgomery Village, Md., said Friday that 19-year-old Dzhozkar Tsarnaev should turn himself in to police and ask for forgiveness. Officials say Tamerlan Tsarnaev, a 26-year-old who had been known to the FBI as Suspect No. 1, was killed overnight.
The brothers came from a Russian region near Chechnya and lived together in Cambridge, Mass. Tsarni says he hasn't seen them for several years.
He says the family is ashamed. He says he loves the U.S. and respects this country.
posted Apr 19 2013 11:00AM
<VIDEO> No one is saying much at a mixed martial arts studio in a neighborhood of Boston where one of the Boston Marathon bombing suspects may have worked out. The presence there included an official from homeland security.
posted Apr 19 2013 10:58AM
<VIDEO> Deana Beaulieu, who went to high school with the marathon bombing suspect wearing the white hat, told reporters you have to be "careful with the quiet ones." Dzhokhar Tsarnaev is the target of a massive manhunt.
posted Apr 19 2013 10:56AM
<VIDEO> Texas Department of Public Safety Sgt. Jason Reyes says 12 bodies have been recovered following a massive explosion that leveled a fertilizer plant. Reyes also confirmed Friday that about 200 people were injured in the explosion.
posted Apr 19 2013 10:24AM
<VIDEO> Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick says all residents in Watertown and now Boston are being urged to stay in their homes as hunt for bomb suspect goes on.
posted Apr 19 2013 10:23AM
<VIDEO> All residents of Boston were ordered to stay in their homes Friday morning as the search for the surviving suspect in the marathon bombings continued after a long night of violence that left another suspect dead.
posted Apr 19 2013 7:54AM
<VIDEO> A doctor at Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital in Boston told reporters that the suspect in the Boston Marathon bombing who died overnight suffered a combination of blast and gunshot wounds.
posted Apr 19 2013 7:52AM
<VIDEO> Boston area authorities say one of the two Boston Marathon suspects is dead, after a shootout with police. An active manhunt is underway for the second suspect.
posted Apr 19 2013 4:31AM
WATERTOWN, Mass. (AP) - Police say one of two suspects in the shooting of a Massachusetts Institute of Technology police officer is dead and a massive manhunt is underway for another, who is believed to be tied to the Boston Marathon bombing.
Shortly after the MIT officer was shot dead Thursday night, police got a report of a carjacking in Cambridge, just outside Boston. One of the two suspects in that officer's shooting was killed. Police say of the at-large suspect, "We believe this to be a terrorist."
The FBI said it is working with local authorities to determine what happened.
The MIT shooting on the Cambridge campus Thursday night was followed by reports of violence in nearby Watertown, about 10 miles west of Boston.
State police spokesman David Procopio had said there was a "strong possibility" the incidents are related.
The MIT officer had been responding to report of a disturbance Thursday night when he was shot multiple times, according to a statement from the Middlesex district attorney's office and Cambridge police. It said there were no other victims.
In Watertown, witnesses reported hearing multiple gunshots and explosions at about 1 a.m. Friday. Dozens of police officers and FBI agents were in the neighborhood and a helicopter circled overhead.
State police spokesman David Procopio said, "The incident in Watertown did involve what we believe to be explosive devices possibly, potentially, being used against the police officers."
Boston cab driver Imran Saif said he was standing on a street corner at a police barricade across from a diner when he heard an explosion.
"I heard a loud boom and then a rapid succession of pop, pop, pop," he said. "It sounded like automatic weapons. And then I heard the second explosion."
He said he could smell something burning and advanced to check it out but area residents at their windows yelled at him, "Hey, it's gunfire! Don't go that way!"
MIT said right after the 10:30 p.m. shooting that police were sweeping the campus in Cambridge and urged people to remain indoors. They urged people urged to stay away from the Stata Building, a mixed-use building with faculty offices, classrooms and a common area.
Hours later, MIT, which has about 11,000 students, said the campus was clear but the shooter was still on the loose.
posted Apr 19 2013 4:29AM
<VIDEO> Witnesses in Watertown, Massachusetts report hearing explosions and a gunbattle as police converged on the area. Dozens of police officers and FBI agents are on the scene
posted Apr 19 2013 4:27AM
<VIDEO> Police have converged on a neighborhood outside Boston where there were reports of explosives being detonated and police are telling reporters to turn off their cell phones
by Associated Press
posted Apr 18 2013 5:37PM
BOSTON (AP) - The FBI has released photos of two suspects in the Boston Marathon bombings and is asking for the public's help in identifying them.
FBI Agent Richard DesLauriers (deh'-LOHR'-ee-ay) says one the suspects is believed to have planted the devices near the finish line of the race. He says both suspects are considered armed and extremely dangerous.
Within moments of the FBI releasing the images on its website, the agency's website crashed.
The explosions Monday killed three people and injured more than 180.
The images were released hours after President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama attended an interfaith service at a Roman Catholic cathedral in Boston to remember the victims, including an 8-year-old boy.
posted Apr 18 2013 10:12AM
<VIDEO> Crews in West, Texas searched through the night for survivors and victims of Wednesday's explosion. Early estimates say between five and 15 people were killed. Authorities say they are still conducting a search and rescue operation.
posted Apr 18 2013 9:12AM
<VIDEO> Witness Erick Perez says the fertilizer explosion near Waco, Texas was the worst thing he'd seen in his life. Perez videotaped the explosion with his cellphone.
posted Apr 18 2013 5:27AM
A witness caught the Texas fertilizer blast with his cellphone camera. Erick Perez, 21, of West, Texas stopped to record the fire while playing basketball.
posted Apr 18 2013 5:25AM
<VIDEO> DL Wilson of the Texas Department of Public Safety says it's unknown how many people may have died in a massive fertilizer explosion near Waco, Texas. He compared the destruction to situations in Iraq and the Oklahoma City bombing.
posted Apr 18 2013 5:23AM
<VIDEO> Dozens of people are injured after a massive fertilizer explosion near Waco, Texas. Emergency crews from around the state are responding to the disaster.
posted Apr 18 2013 5:22AM
<VIDEO> One official in West, Texas says a four block area around a fertilizer plant is 'totally decimated.' The plant exploded during a fire late Wednesday, killing an unknown number of people and hurting dozens.
posted Apr 17 2013 4:36PM
BOSTON (AP) - Police and reporters have converged on the federal courthouse in Boston -- amid conflicting reports on whether a suspect is in custody in the bombings that killed three people and wounded more than 170 at the Boston Marathon.
Several media outlets had reported earlier in the day that a suspect was identified from surveillance video taken at a Lord & Taylor store between the sites of the two bomb blasts.
A law enforcement official told The Associated Press that a suspect is in custody and that the suspect is expected in federal court. But the FBI and the U.S. attorney's office in Boston say no arrests have been made.
Today, investigators in white jumpsuits had fanned out across the streets, rooftops and awnings around the blast site in search of clues. They combed the debris still left in place from the aftermath of the bombing.
Hospitals in the Boston area report that dozens of people who were treated for injuries in the bombings have now been released.
posted Apr 17 2013 4:33PM
WASHINGTON (AP) - The Senate has rejected a bipartisan effort to expand federal background checks to more firearms buyers in a crucial showdown over gun control.
Wednesday's vote was a jarring blow to the drive to curb firearms sparked by December's massacre of children and staff at an elementary school in Newtown, Conn. President Barack Obama made broadened background checks the centerpiece of his gun control proposals.
The roll call was also a victory for the National Rifle Association, which opposed the plan as an ineffective infringement on gun rights.
The proposal would have required background checks for all transactions at gun shows and online. Currently they must occur for sales handled by licensed gun dealers.
The system is designed to keep criminals and people with mental problems from getting guns.
posted Apr 17 2013 12:17PM
<VIDEO> A doctor at Boston Medical Center talks about how patients are told limbs will have to be amputated in the wake of the Boston Marathon bombings, and he says the medical staff has 'taken out large quantities of pieces of things.'
posted Apr 17 2013 9:52AM
<VIDEO> Krystle Campbell is one of three victims of Monday's blasts at the Boston Marathon. Her former boss says he and his employees are devastated by the loss of the friendly, energetic 29-year-old.
posted Apr 17 2013 9:51AM
<VIDEO> An envelope addressed to Sen. Roger Wicker of Mississippi tested positive Tuesday for ricin, a potentially fatal poison, congressional officials said, heightening concerns about terrorism a day after a bombing at the Boston Marathon.
posted Apr 17 2013 9:47AM
<VIDEO> Trauma surgeon Dr. Babak Sarani says Boston bombing victims have injuries like soldiers attacked with an IED. He says doctors must quickly stop bleeding, clear wounds from blown-off limbs and decide which extremities can be saved
posted Apr 17 2013 9:45AM
<VIDEO> People sang, hugged, cried, and wrote messages of hope to remember those killed and wounded in Monday's bombing at the Boston Marathon finish line.
posted Apr 17 2013 9:43AM
<VIDEO> The bombs that ripped through the Boston Marathon crowd appear to have been fashioned out of ordinary kitchen pressure cookers, packed with nails and other fiendishly lethal shrapnel, and hidden in duffel bags left on the ground, sources said.
by WPEC - West Palm, FL
posted Apr 17 2013 9:37AM
posted Apr 16 2013 10:48AM
<VIDEO> Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick says no unexploded bombs were found at the Boston Marathon. He says the only explosives were the ones that went off Monday. Three people were killed, including an 8-year-old boy, and more than 150 injured.
posted Apr 16 2013 7:21AM
<VIDEO> A storm system that's expected to linger is creating travel delays in Colorado. As much as 15 inches of snow fell in some areas. Denver International Airport reported 5 inches as airlines canceled more than two dozen flights.
posted Apr 16 2013 6:50AM
<VIDEO> Massachusetts State Police investigating the marathon bombing searched an apartment just outside Boston, in Revere. Officers were seen leaving with bags full of material. There's no word of any suspects or motive in the attack.
posted Apr 16 2013 6:48AM
<VIDEO> Two bombs exploded near the finish line of the Boston Marathon on Monday, killing at least three people and injuring more than 140. WBZ-TV reported late Monday that police searched an apartment in nearby Revere.
posted Apr 16 2013 6:47AM
<VIDEO> Scores of people were still running the Boston Marathon when the race was stopped after Monday's bombing. One woman said she was at mile 21 when a wall of police in yellow jackets told everyone to get off the course.
posted Apr 16 2013 6:45AM
<VIDEO> The FBI is taking charge in the criminal investigation of the explosions at the Boston Marathon that killed three people and injured more than 130 others. An official said 'it is a potential terrorist investigation.
posted Apr 16 2013 6:44AM
<VIDEO> Ryan Hoyme captured video of the 2nd blast that struck the Boston Marathon. It was about 100 yards away from the 1st and nearly simultaneous
posted Apr 16 2013 6:42AM
<VIDEO> President Barack Obama, responding to the explosions at the Boston Marathon, says the United States does not know "who did this or why" but vowed that whoever is responsible "will feel the full weight of justice."
posted Apr 16 2013 5:23AM
<VIDEO> A witness near the site of bomb blasts at the Boston Marathon finish line captures the scene moments after the incident, as smoke rises and people rush to tend to the injured.
posted Apr 15 2013 4:27PM
BOSTON (AP) - One runner says he saw at least two dozen people with very serious injuries at the finish line of the Boston Marathon, after the twin explosions there. The runner, a Rhode Island state trooper, says the injuries included missing limbs.
Race organizers and police say two people were killed and nearly two dozen others were injured when two bombs exploded near the finish line, about three hours after the winners had completed the race.
Competitors and race volunteers were crying as they fled the chaos and as bloody spectators were carried to the medical tent that had been set up to care for fatigued runners.
Authorities went onto the course to carry away the injured. Those who hadn't yet finished the race were rerouted away from the area.
Smoke rose from the blasts, fluttering through the flags lining the route. TV helicopter footage showed blood staining the pavement in the popular shopping and tourist area known as the Back Bay.
posted Apr 15 2013 8:10AM
WASHINGTON (AP) - With the Senate set to begin debate on gun control legislation this week, a proposal to expand background checks for gun buyers picked up some key Republican support over the weekend.
But it may not be enough to ensure the measure is adopted.
Republican Sen. Susan Collins of Maine issued a statement Sunday saying that she'll vote for the compromise crafted by GOP Sen. Patrick Toomey and Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin.
The proposal requires background checks for people buying guns at gun shows and online, but exempts private gun sales.
Collins is taking a wait-and-see approach on the entire package.
The vote on the measure - expected as early as Wednesday - will be close.
posted Apr 15 2013 8:09AM
WASHINGTON (AP) - A congressional investigation finds that specialty pharmacies like the one that triggered a deadly meningitis outbreak last year have little state oversight.
The report being released Monday by House Democrats shows that most states do not track or routinely inspect compounding pharmacies and that pharmacy boards in nearly all 50 states lack the information and expertise they need.
Missouri and Mississippi were the only two states that require permits or licenses and also the only ones with complete data on how many facilities they had.
None of the states indicated that they track whether pharmacies sell compounded drugs across state lines or in large quantities. Twenty-two states said they do not keep histories of problems.
Compounding pharmacies mix customized medications based on doctors' prescriptions. There have been calls for more federal oversight.
by Associated Press
posted Apr 12 2013 7:42AM
HOUSTON (AP) - Officials say a man accused of stabbing more than a dozen people at a Houston-area college told investigators that he had fantasized about cannibalism and about cutting off people's faces and wearing them as masks.
According to a search warrant affidavit made public Thursday, Dylan Quick told an investigator that about week before the attack at Lone Star College in Cypress he had researched mass stabbings on his home computer.
The affidavit says Quick told the investigator that in preparing for the campus stabbing incident, he had sharpened things, including a hairbrush and pencils, to use as weapons.
The affidavit said investigators found several books about mass killings and serial killers in his home.
Quick is charged with three counts of aggravated assault.
by Associated Press
posted Apr 12 2013 7:39AM
WASHINGTON (AP) - The Senate turns to the heart of the battle over curbing gun violence next week when it considers a proposal to expand required federal background checks to gun shows and online firearms sales.
In a bipartisan 68-31 vote Thursday, senators rejected an effort by conservatives to block debate on Democrats' gun control legislation. Senators then formally opened debate on the bill, lawmakers' response to the mass shooting in December at an elementary school in Newtown, Conn.
Thursday's one-sided vote belied what looks like a difficult path for gun restrictions through Congress. Most Republicans and many moderate Democrats oppose or are wary of curbs they think go too far.
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid says he thinks the debate will last weeks. The Republican-controlled House is waiting for Senate action.
by Associated Press
posted Apr 12 2013 7:39AM
IRVING, Texas (AP) - Federal investigators are working to find what caused a charter bus crash loaded with elderly casino-goers near Dallas, killing two and injuring 41.
Among those killed was the organizer of the trip to an Oklahoma casino.
Witnesses say the Cardinal Coach Line bus with 45 people was heading north on the President George Bush Turnpike in Irving when it veered suddenly across the highway, struck two concrete barriers and toppled onto the center median.
The Texas Department of Public Safety identified the dead as 69-year-old Paula Hahn, of Fort Worth, and 81-year-old Sue Taylor, of Hurst, a Fort Worth suburb.
Family members say Taylor, known to passengers as "Casino Sue," had organized such trips for about 10 years.
The National Transportation Safety Board is investigating the crash.
by Associated Press
posted Apr 12 2013 7:38AM
WASHINGTON (AP) - A bipartisan immigration bill soon to be introduced in the Senate could exclude hundreds of thousands of immigrants here illegally from ever becoming U.S. citizens.
That's according to a Senate aide with knowledge of the proposals.
The aide said the bill would bar anyone who arrived in the U.S. after Dec. 31, 2011, from applying for legal status and ultimately citizenship. It also would require applicants to document that they were in the country before that date, have a clean criminal record and demonstrate employment or financial stability.
The aide said those requirements could end up excluding hundreds of thousands from the path to citizenship envisioned by the bill.
The aide spoke on condition of anonymity because the proposals have not been made public.
by Associated Press
posted Apr 11 2013 4:50PM
WASHINGTON (AP) - Supporters of tougher gun laws have won a key vote in the Senate -- but according to Majority Leader Harry Reid, "The hard work starts now."
Conservatives were defeated today in an attempt to block the gun proposals from coming to the floor for debate and a vote. Supporters needed 60 votes, and they were able to get 68. It represented an early burst of momentum for the efforts by President Barack Obama to push fresh gun limits through Congress.
But many Republicans and some moderate Democrats still say the proposals go too far, and supporters may still face an uphill battle to get any major restrictions approved.
As Reid spoke after the vote, relatives of victims of the Connecticut elementary school shooting watched from the visitors' gallery above the Senate floor. They wiped away tears and held hands, and some seemed to pray.
The legislation would subject more firearms buyers to federal background checks. It would strengthen laws against illicit gun trafficking and increase school safety aid.
Advocates say the measures would make it harder for criminals and the mentally ill to get weapons. Opponents say the restrictions are unconstitutional, and would be ignored by criminals.
Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell, speaking before the vote, called the bill "a clear overreach" that he said would mostly punish "our neighbors, friends and family."
by Associated Press
posted Apr 11 2013 5:12AM
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - Storms packing rain, snow and dangerous winds has raked the Midwest, spawning a possible tornado outside of St. Louis that prompted an emergency declaration from Missouri's governor.
To the north icy weather left thousands without power and prompted Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton to call out the state Nation Guard to aid residents as the state braced for another storm system that threatened to dump several inches of wet snow Thursday.
The most violent weather was centered near the St. Louis suburb of Hazelwood late Wednesday night. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported early Thursday that homes and vehicles were damaged in the area. There were no immediate reports of serious injuries.
National Weather Service officials said crews would be out Thursday to assess whether a tornado had struck.
by Associated Press
posted Apr 11 2013 5:11AM
WASHINGTON (AP) - The Senate is ready to begin debating new restrictions on guns, four months after the carnage at a Connecticut elementary school spurred lawmakers to address firearms violence.
Senators were to vote Thursday to reject an attempt by conservatives to block debate. There was little doubt that vote would succeed and senators would begin considering the legislation.
Congress' first roll call on the measure comes a day after two leading conservative senators - Democrat Joe Manchin of West Virginia and Republican Patrick Toomey of Pennsylvania - unveiled a compromise to extend federal background checks for firearms sales to gun shows and online transactions. Only noncommercial, personal transactions would be exempted.
The National Rifle Association, along with many Republicans and some moderate Democrats, opposes fresh gun curbs.
posted Apr 10 2013 9:04AM
<VIDEO> A Florida couple accused of kidnapping their two young sons and fleeing by boat to Havana were handed over to the United States, and were booked into a Florida jail, officials said Wednesday
by Ora TV
posted Apr 10 2013 7:22AM
<VIDEO> Twelve people were rushed to area hospitals after an attack on the campus of Lone Star College Cy-Fair in northwest Harris County. Two other people were treated for minor wounds at the scene. A male suspect was tackled on the campus and taken into custody. He is a student at Lone Star. Host @DavidBegnaud delivers breaking news and today's trending buzz in 45 seconds.
posted Apr 9 2013 10:23AM
<VIDEO>Tennessee authorities say a four year old boy picked up a loaded weapon and fatally shot the wife of a sheriff's deputy during a family cookout on Saturday. Investigators say the shooting appears to be a complete accident.
posted Apr 9 2013 10:20AM
<VIDEO> A Minneapolis airport employee is accused of stealing weapons and hundreds of other items from passengers' checked luggage. Authorities say 716 stolen items, valued at more than $84,000, were found in the man's apartment.
posted Apr 9 2013 10:18AM
<VIDEO> President Obama will bring Sandy Hook families to Washington on Air Force One following his speech in CT so they can meet with lawmakers about gun legislation. WH Spokesman Jay Carney said lawmakers "have an obligation" to victims vote.
posted Apr 9 2013 10:11AM
<VIDEO> Million-dollar, multi-armed robots assisted thousands of surgeons in OR's across the country this past year. But the FDA is now looking into reported problems and even deaths that may have resulted from surging use of these hi-tech helpers.
posted Apr 9 2013 9:05AM
<VIDEO> As senators return to work after a two week break, negotiations are underway on an agreement for expanded background checks for gun sales
posted Apr 9 2013 9:02AM
<VIDEO> President Obama warned Congress not to use delaying tactics against tighter gun regulations and told families of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting victims that he's "determined as ever" to honor their children with tougher laws.
posted Apr 9 2013 4:43AM
<VIDEO> Authorities on Monday recovered the bodies of two children who were buried when a wall of dirt fell on them while they were playing in a hole at a home construction site in Stanley, North Carolina.
posted Apr 9 2013 4:42AM
<VIDEO>Louisville's celebration following the Cardinals' 82-76 victory over Michigan for the NCAA championship eventually required riot police and an armored carrier to quell a disturbance early Tuesday.
by Associated Press
posted Apr 8 2013 4:45PM
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Authorities say a 4-year-old boy got ahold of a loaded gun at a family cookout and shot and killed the wife of a Tennessee sheriff's deputy.
Investigators say Wilson County Deputy Daniel Fanning on Saturday was showing his weapons to a relative in a bedroom of his Lebanon home when the toddler came in and picked up a gun off the bed. Sheriff Robert Bryan says the weapon discharged, hitting 48-year-old Josephine Fanning.
She was pronounced dead at the scene. The child is not related to her or her husband.
Bryan says the shooting was a terrible accident and that within seconds of Fanning placing the gun on the bed, the toddler picked it up.
The gun was not Fanning's service weapon and the sheriff says the deputy's weapons are normally stored in a safe.
posted Apr 8 2013 10:48AM
<VIDEO> Airline customer complaints surge in newest quality report, squeezed by shrinking seats, as well as fewer and overbooked flights.
posted Apr 8 2013 7:41AM
<VIDEO> Rescue Crews in North Carolina worked feverishly through the night, after two children were buried by dirt in a construction site accident. Crews say the two are feared dead
posted Apr 8 2013 7:39AM
<VIDEO> The arrest of 72-year-old Samuel Little for the murder of three Los Angeles women in the 1980s has triggered a major cold case review. Detectives say he may be connected to many more cases across the country
posted Apr 8 2013 7:36AM
<VIDEO> The parents of slain diplomat Anne Smedinghoff said the 25-year-old loved trying to make a difference in the world. Smedinghoff was killed in a suicide attack in Afghanistan on Saturday
posted Apr 5 2013 9:57AM
<VIDEO> US Soldier Marquinta E. Jacobs is charged with murder, after a Fort Knox civilian employee was shot dead on Wednesday. Jacobs was arrested in Tennessee
posted Apr 5 2013 9:48AM
<VIDEO> New Orleans Sheriff Marlin Gusman says a video of disturbing behavior and conditions in a New Orleans jail was recorded in 2009, in a now-closed facility. Gusman also questioned the video's accuracy.
posted Apr 5 2013 9:42AM
<VIDEO> Newly released documents say a psychiatrist warned police that accused Colorado theater gunman James Holmes had homicidal thoughts and was a danger to the public. Holmes is accused of killing 12 people on July 20th.
posted Apr 5 2013 9:39AM
<VIDEO> Police have identified the murder suspect who authorities say fatally shot a Jackson, Miss., police detective at the department's headquarters and who himself was killed.
posted Apr 5 2013 9:37AM
<VIDEO> Former Florida Lt. Gov. Jennifer Carroll said Thursday she had no idea law enforcement was investigating a veterans charity accused of running illegal slot machine-style casinos until two agents walked into her office last month.
posted Apr 5 2013 9:36AM
<VIDEO> An explosion at a natural gas compressor station in Logan County, Oklahoma has reportedly forced the evacuation of homes within one square mile of the incident. No injuries were immediately reported.
posted Apr 5 2013 9:32AM
<VIDEO> Search crews have rescued a second hiker who had been missing for days in a Southern California forest. 18-year-old Kyndall Jack was rescued by helicopter Thursday, hours after her companion was found.
by Associated Press
posted Apr 4 2013 6:59PM
DENVER (AP) - The new Colorado judge overseeing the theater shooting case has ordered the release of documents related to the arrest of James Holmes.
District Judge Carlos Samour (say-MOR') on Thursday said arrest and search warrant affidavits could be unsealed.
Prosecutors had said they were concerned about the privacy of victims and witnesses if the documents were released. Attorneys for shooting suspect James Holmes said they didn't want to hurt his chances for a fair trial.
But Samour said much of the information already is public.
Samour took over the case earlier this week after the previous judge, who had sealed the documents, took himself off the case.
Holmes could be executed if found guilty of killing 12 people at a midnight showing of the recent Batman movie last year.
by Associated Press
posted Apr 4 2013 6:51PM
SULPHUR SPRINGS, Texas (AP) - A capital murder suspect and a convicted drug offender who escaped an East Texas jail have been apprehended.
Authorities say Brian Allen Tucker and John Marlin King were caught Thursday in the town of Cooper, about 20 miles from the jail.
Hopkins County sheriff's Deputy Alvin Jordan says the inmates were being returned to the Hopkins County Jail in Sulphur Springs. He had no other details.
The inmates fled the jail Tuesday by scaling a fence or slipping through a gap in a perimeter fence the morning of April 2. Sulphur Springs is about 75 miles northeast of Dallas.
Tucker faces trial in the 2011 slaying of Bobby Riley of Mahoney.
King pleaded guilty in March to drug possession as a habitual offender. He was sentenced to 40 years.
by CBS Los Angeles
posted Apr 4 2013 11:44AM
<VIDEO> Police are asking for the public's help in identifying three tech-savvy criminals wanted for a series of car burglaries where they used an unknown device to gain keyless entry into vehicles. Amber Lee reports.
posted Apr 4 2013 11:02AM
<VIDEO> Thursday marks the 45th anniversary of the day that the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was killed in Memphis, Tennessee. King was shot dead at the Lorraine Motel. The motel is now part of the National Civil Rights Museum.
posted Apr 4 2013 11:00AM
<VIDEO> Connecticut lawmakers have approved wide-ranging legislation in response to last year's deadly school shooting in Newtown, including gun control measures that ban the sales of large-capacity ammunition magazines and more than 100 weapons.
posted Apr 4 2013 9:33AM
<VIDEO> Recent surveys show women hold about 15% of management roles in the top 500 U.S. companies. Since the release of Sheryl Sandberg's 'Lean In' the conversation about increasing the number of women in the executive roles is getting louder.
posted Apr 4 2013 8:11AM
<VIDEO> Authorities in Colorado are searching for two men with suspected links to a white supremacist prison gang. Their names came up in the investigation of the shooting death of the Colorado Department of Corrections director.
posted Apr 4 2013 8:10AM
<VIDEO> The crippled cruise ship whose sewage-filled breakdown in the Gulf of Mexico subjected thousands to horrendous conditions tore loose Wednesday from the dock where it's being repaired, lumbered downriver and crunched into a cargo ship.
posted Apr 4 2013 8:06AM
<VIDEO> State Police say the man suspected of shooting a West Virginia sheriff to death is in a hospital with gunshot wounds. Mingo County Sheriff Eugene Crum was gunned down Wednesday.
by Associated Press
posted Apr 3 2013 8:11PM
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) - The Connecticut Senate has approved wide-ranging gun control legislation in response to last year's deadly school shooting in Newtown that left 20 first-graders and six staffers dead.
The measures include a ban of the sale of large-capacity ammunition magazines and 100 weapons that previously had been legal. The 139-page bill was crafted by leaders from both major parties in the Democratic-controlled legislature. The Senate voted 26-10 in favor of the bill.
The bill has gone to the House of Representatives, which is expected to pass it tonight. It would then be sent to Democratic Gov. Dannel P. Malloy, who has said he'll sign it.
posted Apr 3 2013 11:35AM
<VIDEO> The head of Colorado's prison parole division exclusively told the Associated Press that Evan Spencer Ebel was a model parolee until just before Corrections Director Tom Clements was killed.
posted Apr 3 2013 11:29AM
<VIDEO> Former South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford on Tuesday cleared another hurdle in his bid for a political comeback, defeating a former county council member to win the GOP nomination for a vacant U.S. House seat.
posted Apr 3 2013 11:26AM
<VIDEO> Two boys, ages 10 and 11, have been found competent to stand trial in juvenile court on murder conspiracy charges in northeast Washington. The fifth graders are accused of plotting to kill a female classmate.
posted Apr 3 2013 11:24AM
<VIDEO> Camp Pendleton Marines used an old troop transport ship docked in Long Beach to practice their tactics against pirates
posted Apr 3 2013 11:21AM
<VIDEO>New York State Senator Malcolm Smith was arrested Tuesday along with several other politicians in an alleged plot to bribe his way into the race for mayor of New York City.
by Associated Press
posted Apr 2 2013 7:12PM
NEW YORK (AP) - The New York City medical examiner's office says two potential pieces of human remains have been found during the sifting of newly uncovered debris from the World Trade Center site.
The office says the discovery was made Monday.
About 60 truckloads of debris that could contain tiny human bone fragments have been unearthed by construction crews working on the new World Trade Center tower in recent years. That material is being transported to a park.
City officials say investigators will spend 10 weeks attempting to find remains. The city's last such effort ended in 2010.
Some 2,750 people died at the World Trade Center in the Sept. 11 attacks, but remains of only 1,634 people have been identified.
posted Apr 2 2013 11:15AM
<VIDEO> Ten people were seriously injured when a car plowed into the patio of a Las Vegas restaurant during the lunch hour and came to rest with its hood inside a shattered plate glass window. At least one person was arrested.
posted Apr 2 2013 10:12AM
<VIDEO> An annual ranking of the worst U.S. cities for spring allergies zeroed in on the Southeast but warned of an overall bad season everywhere. Some allergy experts say climate change may fuel earlier, longer, more intense allergy seasons.
posted Apr 2 2013 10:09AM
<VIDEO> The New York City medical examiner says it has started sifting recently uncovered construction debris from the World Trade Center site in an effort to find any human remains from the 9/11 terrorist attacks
posted Apr 2 2013 8:12AM
<VIDEO> Law enforcement officials throughout Texas remained on high alert Monday seeking to better protect prosecutors and their staffs following the killing of county district attorney whose assistant was gunned down just months ago.
posted Apr 2 2013 8:07AM
<VIDEO> Bail has been set at $3.5 million for a teenager who is suspected of driving under the influence in a deadly highway accident north of Las Vegas that killed five family members from Southern California. The accident happened early Saturday.
posted Apr 1 2013 11:00AM
<VIDEO> Kaufman County Judge Bruce Wood says his Texas county is in shock over the "unbelievable" death of District Attorney Mike McLelland and his wife, found shot to death in their home. This comes after the murder of an assistant prosecutor.
posted Apr 1 2013 7:41AM
<VIDEO> Police in northeast Ohio are investigating a shooting outside a church that a parishioner says left one man dead after an Easter service.
posted Apr 1 2013 7:40AM
<VIDEO> Silicon Valley companies say extraordinary campuses are a necessity, to recruit and retain top talent. But some critics say the perks are a colossal waste of money, intended to encourage employees to put in too many hours.
posted Apr 1 2013 7:38AM
<VIDEO> The Texas prosecutor who was gunned down with his wife at their home on Saturday had carried a gun to protect himself following the killing of a fellow prosecutor in his office two months ago.