Police are looking for two men who caught on video stealing cash and jewelry from an auction house in Delaware.
A New York teenager whose grandfather suffers from Alzheimer's disease won a $50,000 science prize for developing wearable sensors that send mobile alerts when a dementia patient begins to wander away from bed, officials said on Wednesday. Kenneth Shinozuka, 15, who took home the Scientific American Science in Action Award, said his invention was inspired by his grandfather's symptoms, which frequently caused him to wander from bed in the middle of the night and hurt himself. "I will never forget how deeply moved my entire family was when they first witnessed my sensor detecting Grandfather's wandering," Shinozuka said in a statement. "At that moment, I was struck by the power of technology to change lives." His invention uses coin-sized wireless sensors that are worn on the feet of a potential wanderer.
(Reuters) - The Federal Bureau of Investigation wants to hire a contractor to grade news reports about the agency and brief staff on whether press coverage is favorable, an FBI spokeswoman confirmed on Wednesday. The FBI is seeking print, digital and broadcast news related to the agency to be summarized and interpreted, according to the Statement of Work document for the contract. The FBI would rate the reports "positive," "neutral" or "negative" and email the briefs to select FBI personnel on weekdays. "This news briefing service shall be broad in scope, comprehensive in nature, and shall allow FBI executives and other employees to keep current on media coverage of the FBI," the contracting document said.
By Jennifer Dobner SALT LAKE CITY (Reuters) - Sheriff's deputies in Utah said on Wednesday they could not help a woman whose dog was injured in a tussle with a mountain goat because their policy is to rescue only humans, adding the pet was off its leash and attacked the wild animal. The altercation took place high on the slopes of the 11,752-foot (3,582-meter) Mount Timpanogos, 55 miles (88.5 km) south of Salt Lake City, late on Sunday as the 26-year-old woman hiked with her dog. The Utah County Sheriff's Office said they received a call from the woman's mother asking for a search and rescue team to go to her aid because she could not get her injured 55-pound (25-kg) dog down off the mountain on her own. "It's a tough call, but we have to draw a line somewhere," said Utah County Sheriff's Office Lieutenant Spencer Cannon.
PITTSBURGH (AP) — Environmental investigators have faulted Chevron site managers in a report on a natural gas well fire in western Pennsylvania that killed one worker.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Customs officers in Los Angeles have seized a vast menagerie of stuffed-and-mounted animals including a wildebeest, a zebra, a gazelle and a baboon.
Michigan voters have approved a measure to end property taxes on some business equipment and funnel replacement money to local governments for services that were backed with the tax revenue, according to results posted by the Michigan Department of State. Michigan law requires voters to sign off on new local taxes. It also will shift a portion of the state's use tax revenue, which includes taxes on out-of-state purchases, used car and boat sales and rental receipts, to local governments to cover services such as policing. According to an analysis of the measure by Michigan's senate, "local unit revenue in aggregate will be unaffected." Local governments will receive $96.1 million in fiscal 2015, $380.6 million in the subsequent fiscal year, and $410.5 million in the following fiscal year, the analysis showed.
Police say one person has been arrested while a second person is being sought after a man was shot with a crossbow in Wildwood, New Jersey.
By Daniel Wallis DENVER (Reuters) - A national marijuana industry group launched the first food safety basics course in Colorado on Wednesday for producers and retailers of pot-infused edibles, and another for so-called budtenders who work in the state's legal weed stores. Colorado and Washington this year became the first U.S. states to allow recreational sales of the drug to adults. Last week a Colorado task force unveiled proposed new rules to limit potency levels, and on Wednesday the National Cannabis Industry Association launched its first Food Safety Basics course specifically for marijuana industry professionals. It is based on a curriculum originally developed by the National Restaurant Association, and participants in Denver will learn about subjects including food borne illnesses, proper personal hygiene, how to prevent cross-contamination, sanitizing, and more.
MOSCOW (AP) — The Russian state news agency RIA Novosti is quoting an official of Russia's sanitary oversight agency as saying all imports of agricultural products from the United States to Russia will be banned.
A federal appeals court began to hear arguments Wednesday in six gay marriage fights from four states — Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio and Tennessee — in the biggest such session on the issue so far, and hundreds of supporters rallied near the courthouse.
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — An Indianapolis woman said she gave birth in a warehouse restroom and expected the newborn boy to die after she dumped him in a garbage can and returned to her work station, according to court documents.
Police have arrested the wife of a New York City man who filmed an officer using a choke hold on a suspect who later died, authorities said on Wednesday, charging her with misdemeanor assault days after her husband was detained on unrelated gun charges. The woman, Chrissie Ortiz, 30, has been a vocal critic of the police following the arrest on Saturday of her 22-year-old husband, Ramsey Orta, on weapons possession charges. She has claimed that police arrested Orta because of the July 17 cellphone video he shot during the arrest of Eric Garner, who was placed in a choke hold by a police officer while being detained for allegedly peddling illegal cigarettes. The choke hold is banned by the NYPD, which is investigating the incident.
DETROIT (AP) — A suburban Detroit homeowner who opened his front door and blasted an unarmed woman on his porch should have called 911 instead of becoming "judge, jury and executioner," a prosecutor said Wednesday in urging jurors to convict him of second-degree murder.
A high school friend of the accused Boston Marathon bomber pleaded not guilty on Wednesday to charges including having owned a gun that prosecutors believe may have been used by suspects in the 2013 attack. Stephen Silva, 21, appeared in Boston federal court to enter his plea on charges that include drug violations as well as having possessed a Ruger P95 9mm pistol with its serial number filed off. Prosecutors say Silva possessed the firearm in February 2013, two months before the bombing suspects, Dzhokhar and Tamerlan Tsarnaev, used a similar weapon to kill a Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) police officer three days after the bombing at the Boston Marathon that killed three people and injured more than 260. Jonathan Shapiro, Silva’s lawyer, outside court on Wednesday emphasized that the indictment does not draw a connection between Silva and the alleged Boston Marathon bombers.
BOSTON (AP) — A friend of Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev pleaded not guilty Wednesday to charges of trafficking heroin and possessing an illegal handgun connected to the April 2013 bombings.
TURLOCK, Calif. (AP) — One of two adult sons in a family of four found dead inside a California home in June fatally stabbed his parents before he and the other son died in an arson fire there, police said.
NORTH SALT LAKE, Utah (AP) — After a landslide crushed their neighbors' home in a mountainous community north of Salt Lake City earlier this week, residents of about 25 households have been told it's best to stay elsewhere until further notice.
BURNEY, Calif. (AP) — Wildfires, like earthquakes, are a frightening fact of life in California, just more predictable. So as thousands of firefighters made progress in taming more than a dozen blazes that have pockmarked the northern half of the state, fire officials and anxious residents of drought-afflicted rural communities breathed a shallow sigh of relief they knew might not last long.
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — Getting to the Grand Canyon Skywalk used to include a teeth-chattering drive over a washboard road fraught with dips and twists.