By Steve Gorman LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - A man arrested in Los Angeles on suspicion of committing three apparently random shotgun slayings within a single hour on Sunday is also under investigation for possible ties to several other shootings in recent months, police said on Tuesday. Alexander Hernandez, 34, was first identified as a suspect by animal cruelty investigators in connection with the fatal shootings of two dogs on Saturday near his home in the San Fernando Valley area of Los Angeles, police said. Los Angeles Police Department Commander Andrew Smith said evidence in the animal cruelty case led homicide detectives to Hernandez after two women and a man were gunned down in quick succession on Sunday. Hernandez was arrested that evening.
HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — A newlywed couple charged in the stabbing death of a stranger they lured through a Craigslist ad offering companionship pleaded guilty to murder on Tuesday and face mandatory sentences of life without parole.
By David DeKok HARRISBURG Pa. (Reuters) - The treasurer of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania's capital city which nearly went bankrupt three years ago, on Tuesday was accused by prosecutors of embezzling from a nonprofit organization he ran. John Campbell, 26, who was elected in 2011, was charged with felony theft and fraudulent conduct for allegedly stealing nearly $8,500 from Historic Harrisburg Association, where he was executive director until April and which did business with the city. Dauphin County District Attorney Edward Marsico said Campbell was expected to surrender in a few days. Mayor Eric Papenfuse said that he expects Campbell to resign as city treasurer soon.
A third American hostage held by ISIS has been identified as a 26-year-old American woman who was kidnapped a year ago while doing humanitarian relief work in Syria. The terror group is demanding $6.6 million and the release of U.S. prisoners for the li..
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A 5-year-old girl abducted from her Philadelphia classroom suffered severe physical injuries from a sexual assault that required surgery, a doctor testified Tuesday.
By Sharon Bernstein SACRAMENTO Calif. (Reuters) - A system to provide early warnings of earthquakes such as the one which shook California's wine country this week is planned and ready to go, but two years after the scientific work finished, the funding is still being lined up. California passed a law last year to start the system, but did not appropriate the money needed to build it. A system to cover California, Washington and Oregon would cost $38 million, according to the U.S.
By Mica Rosenberg and Jeff Mason NEW YORK/WASHINGTON (Reuters) - As President Barack Obama prepares to announce major immigration policy changes, conservative attorney Kris Kobach is fighting a case in federal court he says has the potential to “torpedo” the president’s plans. Kobach, the Republican secretary of state of Kansas, is an architect of laws in several states to combat illegal immigration. He is also the most prominent figure among a small group of lawyers working to punch legal holes in Obama's immigration policies. Obama has pledged to act alone in the face of congressional inaction on immigration reform, and an announcement could come in early September. Immigration advocates close to the White House are pressing for work permits and relief from deportation for up to 5 million people. While opponents can't craft a legal strategy until Obama lays out the specifics of his plan, Kobach is likely to be at the forefront of any battle. "I think anybody inclined to challenge (Obama’s action) would either already know, or would ask around and find out, that Kobach is one of the main go-to guys," said Michael Jung, a private lawyer in Dallas who has worked with Kobach.
Philadelphia police have identified two suspects wanted for a series of attacks on seniors.
DURHAM, N.C. (AP) — After a decade of being fired or quitting jobs in his struggle to adjust to civilian life, former Marine Corps sniper Matt Victoriano started his own coffee shop, vowing to employ struggling vets like himself.
By David DeKok HARRISBURG Pa. (Reuters) - A young married couple who admitted using Craigslist to lure a victim for a thrill-killing, pleaded guilty on Tuesday to second-degree murder and other charges in a move that will spare them the death penalty under Pennsylvania law. Miranda Barbour, 19, and Elytte Barbour, 22, who lived in Selinsgrove, Pennsylvania, face mandatory life sentences without parole for the Nov. 11, 2013, murder of Troy LaFerrara, 42. The woman said she used a Craigslist ad seeking "companionship" to lure the victim to a shopping mall parking lot near their home. District Attorney Ann Targonski said Elytte Barbour wanted to avoid the death penalty and cut a deal with her office.
NEW YORK (AP) — The director of market intelligence at an investor relations firm was arrested on insider trading charges Tuesday and accused of using drafts of press releases to illegally earn nearly a million dollars.
SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) — The Chicago-based 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals will hear arguments Tuesday on gay marriage fights from Indiana and Wisconsin, setting the stage for one ruling. Each case deals with whether statewide gay marriage bans are constitutional.
State bans on same-sex marriages have been falling around the country since summer 2013, when the Supreme Court ordered the federal government to recognize state-sanctioned gay marriages. The remaining state bans all face legal challenges, and the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Chicago heard arguments Tuesday on cases from Indiana and Wisconsin.
DOLAN SPRINGS, Ariz. (AP) — A 9-year-old girl accidentally killed an Arizona shooting instructor as he was showing her how to use an automatic Uzi, authorities said Tuesday.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Global warming is here, human-caused and probably already dangerous — and it's increasingly likely that the heating trend could be irreversible, a draft of a new international science report says.
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''He stabbed me right here, right under the heart. It just missed my heart and my lung.''
Listen as 911 ignores a mother's request for help to save her child.
MIDLAND, Texas (AP) — Indicted Texas Gov. Rick Perry said Tuesday that he believes taxpayers should have picked up his legal tab but opted to use campaign funds "to keep from having folks grouse about it."
By Barbara Liston ORLANDO Fla. (Reuters) - A Florida man was charged with murder on Tuesday in connection with a woman's death at an Orlando bar last week - even though a police officer fired the bullet that killed her, law enforcement officials said. Police said the actions of Kody Roach, 23, resulted in the bystander's death on Aug. 19 from the stray shot and warranted a first-degree felony murder charge. Roach was also arrested on charges of attempted armed burglary and armed trespassing of an occupied building and carrying a concealed weapon. Maria Godinez, 22, died after officers were called to an Orlando bar, which had thrown out Roach for being armed and drunk.