(Reuters) - Four members of a family, including two children, have drowned at an Oregon lake, in an unusual occurrence that may have started with one person getting into trouble in the water and other members of the family wading in, authorities said on Tuesday. On Monday evening, passers-by found the body of a 3-year-old boy in Henry Hagg Lake, about 25 miles east of Portland, said Washington County Sheriff's Office spokesman Sergeant Bob Ray. On Tuesday, divers found the bodies of three of the boy's family members, Ray said. Police identified the dead family members as Jeremy Scholl, 3, his mother Gabriela Garcia-Ixtacau, 25, her brother Michael Garcia-Ixtacau, 13, and Jova Ixtacau-Castano, 42, who was the mother of Gabriela and Michael.
DETROIT (AP) — Catholic leaders and faithful packed the Cathedral of the Most Blessed Sacrament in Detroit on Tuesday for the funeral of Edmund Szoka, an American cardinal who served as governor and financial administrator of the Vatican.
Hurricane Cristobal continued to turn to the northeast on Tuesday, moving away from the Bahamas and the U.S. East Coast, but is still likely to cause dangerous coastal conditions, the National Hurricane Center said. Centered about 435 miles (700 km) west-southwest of Bermuda, Cristobal was moving at 15 mph (24 kph) and had strengthened slightly, with winds reaching 80 miles per hour (130 km per hour), the NHC added. The center of Cristobal is expected to pass northwest of Bermuda on Wednesday, causing tropical storm conditions on the British territory about 640 miles (1,030 km) off the coast of North Carolina.
By Lee van der Voo PORTLAND Ore. (Reuters) - Two men who say they were molested in the 1970s by a youth group leader in Oregon sued the Seventh-day Adventist church for $13.5 million on Tuesday, saying it had appointed a known pedophile to head the program and failed to remove him despite abuse allegations. The lawsuit said that church officials appointed Leslie Bovee in 1972 to lead a Seventh-day Adventist youth group in Veneta, Oregon, even though they knew he had previously served two years in prison for molesting three boys. Then in 1975, he was charged with sexually abusing a 12-year-old boy, but continued to lead the local Pathfinders group until he denounced his religious beliefs in 1979, the suit stated. "This is a situation where they knew this guy had abused kids and they didn't just let him in the church, they put him in charge of the youth program," said attorney Peter Janci, one of two attorneys representing the plaintiffs.
An Ohio teenager was found guilty after he pleaded no contest on Tuesday to two "knockout game" robberies in which he and two teenage accomplices stole a total of $10, prosecutors said. Deontae Howard, 17, faces up to 16 years in prison when he is sentenced on two felony robbery convictions for attacks in Dayton, Ohio, court documents showed. Prosecutors said Howard and two accomplices approached a victim in March from behind and punched him in the head. He tried to flee, but they chased him down and struck him in the head again and stole his wallet, which held $3, said Greg Flannagan, spokesman for the Montgomery County prosecutor.
By Therese Apel JACKSON Miss. (Reuters) - A Mississippi woman accused of administering an unlicensed silicone buttocks injection to a patient who later died should be convicted of murder, prosecutors told jurors in a trial that commenced on Tuesday. Tracey Lynn Garner, 54, faces a charge of depraved-heart murder in the 2012 death of Karima Gordon, 37, in a case prosecutors say stems from a desire to make money. Garner faces a separate trial in the death of Marilyn Hale, an Alabama woman who authorities say died under similar circumstances two years earlier. Angelina Barber, a friend who accompanied Gordon to receive her injection, testified that Gordon fell ill almost immediately after the procedure.
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 was formally charged on Tuesday with two other shootings, one of them fatal, police and prosecutors said. 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 suspect Hernandez in the deaths of two women and a man who were gunned down in quick succession on Sunday.
By David Morgan WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Three firms involved in the troubled Obamacare website HealthCare.gov have seen their contract values exceed initial estimates by more than a quarter-billion dollars, including the lead IT contractor at the time of the site's botched rollout, government data shows. Department of the Health and Human Services (HHS) Office of Inspector General (OIG) estimates the original value of 60 information technology (IT) contracts related to the Obamacare federal marketplace at $1.7 billion. The OIG report did not specify a total dollar value.
WEST LIBERTY, Ky. (AP) — Circular saws squealed and construction workers hammered away on buildings, part of this Appalachian area's painstaking recovery from a deadly 2012 tornado.
CLIFTON, N.J. (AP) — A fire at a New Jersey home apparently operating without licenses as a pet-sitting business has killed at least nine dogs and injured two firefighters.
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — The young homeless man who accompanied Miley Cyrus to the MTV Video Music Awards has a warrant out for his arrest in Oregon.
A North Carolina mother is outraged after she claims child pornography popped up on a new electronic tablet she purchased for her son at Kmart.
JOSHUA TREE, Calif. (AP) — A former Marine has pleaded not guilty to killing the pregnant wife of another Marine.
The family of a U.S. Marine who was killed in Afghanistan last year is heartbroken after a thief stole the only remaining memento he had with him when he was killed: a poem.
Divers have recovered the bodies of a 40-year-old mother and her two children a day after another family member — a 3-year-old grandchild — was found drowned.
(Reuters) - Detroit completed the pricing on Tuesday of $1.8 billion of water and sewer refinancing bonds related to a tender offer aimed at dealing with a big chunk of the bankrupt city's debt. A day after receiving approval from a federal judge overseeing its historic bankruptcy case, Detroit offered the bonds in the U.S. Underwriters led by Citigroup priced $937 million of sewage disposal system senior lien bonds with a top yield of 5.10 percent for term bonds subject to the alternative minimum tax and due in 2044. Uninsured senior lien bonds were priced to yield 4.73 percent in 2034, and yields on insured second lien bonds reached 4.87 percent in 2036.
2nd Court of Appeals in New York clears the way for a judge to decide whether five suburban Connecticut police departments violated the constitutional rights of homeowner Ronald Terebesi by using excessive force. On May 18, 2008, a heavily armed SWAT - or special weapons and tactics - team unit knocked down Terebesi's door, threw stun flash grenades into his Easton home and fatally shot 33-year-old Gonzalo Guizan of Norfolk as the two men watched television. “The court ruling here is going to be relied upon in other courts throughout the country," Gary Mastronardi, a Bridgeport attorney who represents Terebesi, said on Tuesday.
(Reuters) - An Alabama man charged with stabbing his cousin to death inside the victim's home was lawfully standing his ground, his lawyers told jurors in a trial that concluded its second day on Tuesday, while prosecutors called him a murderer. Kenny Dewayne Adams, 36, is charged with one count of murder in the Dec. 31, 2012, death of Yancy Metz Foster, 34, who was his cousin and neighbor. Alabama is among more than 20 states that have enacted a "stand your ground" self-defense law since Florida's contentious measure took effect in 2005. Limestone County District Attorney Brian Jones said the incident appeared to stem from Adams lending Foster a DVD box set of the first two installments in "The Fast and the Furious" movie franchise that the defendant was eager to retrieve, Adams' true source of anger, however, may have been a suspected affair between his wife and the victim, Jones said.
A woman accused of trying to sneak aboard multiple flights and sentenced to jail for one incident in California has been arrested at a Phoenix airport.
By Dan Whitcomb LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - An American man suspected of fighting alongside Islamic State militants who have seized large areas of Iraq and Syria to the alarm of the Baghdad government and its allies in the West has been killed in Syria, a U.S. Citizen Douglas McAuthur McCain's presence in Syria and can confirm his death," U.S. National Security Council spokeswoman Caitlin Hayden said in a statement. A national security official who asked not to be named told Reuters that the FBI was investigating McCain's death, and a State Department spokeswoman said officials had been in contact with his family and were providing "all consular assistance." Family members told the Minneapolis Star Tribune that McCain's mother had been called by a State Department official to report that he had been killed in Syria over the weekend.