CHICAGO (AP) — Gov. Pat Quinn asked the White House on Monday to declare 15 Illinois counties to be major disaster areas, after a single storm system this month spawned 24 tornadoes in Illinois that killed six people and damaged or destroyed more than 2,400 homes in the state.
WASHINGTON (AP) — The United States is spewing 50 percent more methane — a potent heat-trapping gas — than the federal government estimates, a new comprehensive scientific study says. Much of it is coming from just three states: Texas, Oklahoma and Kansas.
By Scott Malone BOSTON (Reuters) - Yale University lifted a lockdown on Monday after a police search of its campus in New Haven, Connecticut, found no evidence of a gunman, despite an anonymous caller's claim that his roommate had headed to the Ivy League school to shoot people. "This is so far an unconfirmed report," said David Hartman, spokesman for the New Haven Police Department. He added that police now believed that a witness who reported seeing a person carrying a gun most likely had seen an armed police officer. The department received an emergency call at 9:30 a.m. from a man on a pay phone near Yale University who stated that his roommate was en route to the campus "with the intention of shooting people," Hartman told reporters.
STEUBENVILLE, Ohio (AP) — An Ohio school superintendent and two coaches were charged Monday with lying or failing to report possible child abuse after an investigation prompted by the rape of a nearly passed-out 16-year-old girl by two high school football players.
STEUBENVILLE, Ohio (AP) — An Ohio school superintendent and three more people have been charged following by a grand jury investigation prompted by the rape of a 16-year-old West Virginia girl last year.
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — A report on the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre indicates that nearly six minutes passed between the arrival of the first Newtown police officer and the time local officers entered the school.
By Mark Hosenball WASHINGTON (Reuters) - British and U.S. intelligence officials say they are worried about a "doomsday" cache of highly classified, heavily encrypted material they believe former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden has stored on a data cloud. The cache contains documents generated by the NSA and other agencies and includes names of U.S. and allied intelligence personnel, seven current and former U.S. officials and other sources briefed on the matter said. Spokespeople for both NSA and the U.S. Office of the Director of National Intelligence declined to comment. One source described the cache of still unpublished material as Snowden's "insurance policy" against arrest or physical harm.
SANTA CRUZ, California (AP) — Perched among the rowboats at a wetlands sanctuary is a slick, fiberglass shell named "Merrill," a boat that marks just one of many ways an 85-year-old veteran detained for the past month in North Korea has touched this beachfront community.
By Kim Palmer CLEVELAND (Reuters) - The Cleveland kidnapper's longest-held survivor will write a memoir recounting her 11 years in captivity, a publishing company announced on Monday. Michelle Knight, 32, the first of the three woman kidnapped and held prisoner by Ariel Castro "will tell the full story of her ordeal for the first time" in a book co-written with Michelle Burford, who worked on the memoir by Olympic gold medalist Gabby Douglas, according to Weinstein Books. The other two Castro kidnap victims, Amanda Berry, 27, and Gina DeJesus, 23, previously announced they are working on a book with Pulitzer Prize-winning Washington Post reporters Mary Jordan and Kevin Sullivan.
By Dan Kelley PHILADELPHIA (Reuters) - A demolition contractor was charged with murder on Monday for his role in a June building collapse in Philadelphia that killed six people, authorities said. Businessman Griffin Campbell, 49, used an unsafe method to tear down a four-story, century-old building along busy Market Street in downtown Philadelphia, according to a grand jury report. "It would appear, quite frankly, that the motive is greed," Philadelphia District Attorney Seth Williams said at a news conference. Earlier this month, Campbell Construction, along with S&R Contracting, was fined a maximum total of $397,000 by the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration for failing to follow "basic safety precautions" that could have prevented the collapse.
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — A report on the Newtown school shooting says that the gunman had an obsession with mass murders but that investigators did not discover any evidence he had indicated to others an intention to carry out such a crime.