National News Archives for 2016-05

Sheriff: Georgia Deputy Shot in the Face During Traffic Stop

 

ATLANTA (AP) — A Georgia sheriff's deputy was shot in the face during an interstate traffic stop south of Atlanta on Saturday.

 

Traffic Stop

 

WTVM-TV reports that Harris County Sheriff Mike Jolley says the incident happened around 7:30 p.m.

 

The deputy suffered a single shot to the face, above the left eye, while walking up to the vehicle. He was rushed to a hospital and is being treated. The condition of the deputy was not immediately known Saturday night.

 

Jolley says three people were inside the car when the incident happened on I-185 southbound, about 80 miles south of downtown Atlanta.

 

Police are searching for a 1994 blue Chevrolet Caprice that fled the scene.

 

Deputies say the vehicle was caught on dash cam video.

Police are searching for the suspects.

 

 

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Trump Says Clinton Can't 'close the deal'

 

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Now that he's clinched his party's nomination for president, Donald Trump is able to take jabs at Hillary Clinton for not being able to "close the deal," as Trump puts it.

 

Trump

 

Trump spoke today in North Dakota, hours after an Associated Press count confirmed that he has the support of enough GOP delegates to win the nomination without a fight.

 

He told reporters that he has "tremendous support from almost everybody."

 

The AP confirmed that Trump hit the 1,237 delegate majority after a nationwide survey of unbound delegates.

 

The unbound delegates who are supporting Trump include the Republican party chairwoman in Oklahoma. Pam Pollard says Trump has "touched a part of our electorate that doesn't like where our country is." And she says she has "no problem" supporting him.

 

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Origin of Key Clinton Emails from Report are a Mystery

 

WASHINGTON (AP) — A key email from Hillary Clinton to a top State Department aide in 2010 expressing worry that her personal messages could become "accessible" to outsiders is cited in a new inspector general's report on her emails. But Clinton did not turn over that particular email, which was later obtained by the investigators.

 

Clinton

 

The presumptive Democratic presidential nominee was supposed to have turned over all work-related emails to the State Department for public release. Yet the agency's watchdog found three emails never seen before — including Clinton's explanation for why she wanted her emails kept private and details of hacking attempts on her personal computer server.

 

The existence of the messages renews concerns that Clinton was not completely forthcoming when she turned over work-related emails to the State Department.

 

 

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TSA Chief Says Help is on the Way to Address Long Airport Lines

 

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Transportation Security Administration will add 768 new screeners by mid-June to deal with increasingly long airport security lines that have caused passengers to miss flights even before the busy summer travel season, the agency's chief told Congress on Wednesday.

 

TSA

 

Most of the new screeners will be sent to the nation's busiest airports in Chicago, New York, Atlanta, Los Angeles and other hubs, TSA Administrator Peter Neffenger told a House committee.

 

The TSA also has increased the use of overtime in Chicago and other major airports, converted some part-time workers to full-time status and increased the use of bomb-sniffing dogs to help with security lines, Neffenger said.

 

And it is launching an incident command center that will track daily screening operations and shift officers, canine units and other resources to shorten lines at the busiest times, he said. The group includes officials from major airlines and industry associations.

 

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Researchers Slowly Homing in on Risk of Zika Birth Defect

 

NEW YORK (AP) — As the international epidemic of Zika virus disease has unfolded and led to devastating birth defects for at least 1,300 children in eight countries, an agonizing question has persisted: What is the chance that an infected pregnant woman will have a baby with these defects?

 

Zika

 

Researchers don't yet have a complete answer, but they are slowly homing in on one.

 

The largest study to ever look at the question says the risk of one especially severe type of birth defect is "substantial" — in the range of 1 percent to 14 percent. It also reinforces the understanding that women infected in the early stages of pregnancy face the greatest risk.

 

The range is so unusually wide because researchers are relying on imprecise and incomplete information.

 

The study focused on what was seen in just one place, a state in northeast Brazil. And it looks only at microcephaly, a condition in which a baby's skull is much smaller than expected because the brain hasn't developed properly. But health officials say Zika can cause other birth defects, too.

 

The new study was done by government scientists at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. It was published online Wednesday by the New England Journal of Medicine.

 

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Officials: At Least 2 Hurt, Homes Damaged in Kansas Storms

 

DODGE CITY, Kan. (AP) — Authorities say at least two people were critically injured and rural homes were damaged in Kansas amid severe storms that swept across the Plains.

 

Kansas Weather

 

A statement early Wednesday from the Kansas Adjutant General's Office says the storms downed trees and power lines and damaged outbuildings and rural homes.

 

The statement says emergency management officials in Ford County reported two people were critically injured and taken to a hospital in Dodge City.

 

The National Weather Service will conduct damage surveys Wednesday.

 

 

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Louisiana Set to Expand Hate Crimes Law to Include Police

 

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana is poised to become the first state in the nation to expand its hate-crime laws to protect police, firefighters and emergency medical crews.

 

Hate Crime

 

The move could stir the national debate over the relationship between law enforcement and minorities.

 

If signed by the governor this week, the new law would allow prosecutors to seek additional penalties against anyone convicted of intentionally targeting first responders because of their profession.

 

Louisiana law already provides for additional penalties if a victim is targeted because of race, gender, religion, nationality, sexual orientation or affiliation with certain organizations.

 

Lawmakers in five other states have recently tried to pass similar so-called Blue Lives Matter bills, but those efforts stalled.

 

Critics regard the bills as unnecessary and say they could weaken current hate crimes statutes.

 

 

 

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Freddie Gray: Prosecutor Criticized After Officer Acquittal

 

BALTIMORE (AP) — Baltimore's top prosecutor is facing criticism that she moved too quickly to file charges against six officers in the death of Freddie Gray without first ensuring there was enough evidence to bring them to bear.

 

Baltimore

 

A judge on Monday acquitted Officer Edward Nero of the assault, misconduct in office and reckless endangerment charges in the April 2015 arrest of the African-American man.

 

Legal experts say the acquittal in the racially charged case could be seen by some as a confirmation of criticism that State's Attorney Marilyn Mosby rushed to file charges.

 

Gray died a week after his neck was broken in the back of a police van, where he was shackled, handcuffed but unrestrained by a seat belt. His death prompted calls for justice, and rioting followed Gray's funeral.

 

 

 

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House Panel Hearing Lawmaker who Wants IRS Chief Impeached

 

WASHINGTON (AP) — A sympathetic House Judiciary Committee is giving a high-profile forum to a top Republican lawmaker who wants to impeach IRS Commissioner John Koskinen.

 

House Panel

 

House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Jason Chaffetz plans to testify to the GOP-run Judiciary panel on Tuesday. The Utah Republican has been pushing for Koskinen's removal since last summer, accusing the commissioner of hindering congressional investigations of his agency.

Congressional Republicans have long detested the IRS. Those feelings were only heightened when the agency apologized in 2013 for subjecting conservative groups seeking tax-exempt status to unusually tough scrutiny.

The IRS says it has fully cooperated with four congressional committees investigating the agency.

Koskinen says the impeachment charges against him are without merit. He says he won't appear Tuesday because he's been busy traveling.

 

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Man Shot Outside White House

 

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Secret Service says one of its uniformed officers shot a man with a gun who approached a checkpoint outside the White House this afternoon and refused to drop his weapon.

 

Shooting

 

The White House was briefly placed on a security alert. President Barack Obama was not there. He was playing golf.

According to David Iacovetti, a Secret Service deputy assistant director, the armed man approached the checkpoint on E Street and the officer repeatedly ordered the man to drop his gun, but the man ignored those commands.

 

Iacovetti says the officer fired one shot at the man, who was taken to a hospital for treatment, and the gun was recovered at the scene.

 

A D.C. Fire and EMS spokesman says the man was in critical condition when he was transported.

 

A U.S. law enforcement official says authorities have identified the gunman as Jesse Oliveri of Ashland, Pennsylvania. The official spoke on condition of anonymity.

 

The official says federal agents found ammunition inside a Toyota sedan, parked nearby on Constitution Avenue, that the gunman was believed to have driven.

 

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Man Sentenced for Pitching Hedge Fund That Didn't Exist

 

BOSTON (AP) — A Massachusetts man who defrauded clients out of $1.3 million by convincing them to invest in a hedge fund that didn't exist has been sentenced to three and a half years in prison.

 

Prison

 

Federal prosecutors say 57-year-old Gregg Caplitz, of Woburn, was also sentenced Tuesday to three years of probation and ordered to pay restitution.

 

He had previously pleaded guilty to charges including investment adviser fraud, wire fraud and lying to the Securities and Exchange Commission.

 

Prosecutors say Caplitz and a business partner pitched a hedge fund investment to their clients, but the hedge fund didn't exist and they used the money for personal expenses.

Much of the money lost by more than a dozen victims was retirement savings.

 

The partner has also been convicted and is awaiting sentencing.

 

 

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Clinton, Sanders Split Delegates in Kentucky

 

WASHINGTON (AP) — Just 118 short of the delegates needed to win the Democratic presidential nomination, Hillary Clinton remains on track to do so by early June.

 

Clinton Sanders

 

Clinton and Sanders each picked up at least 25 delegates Tuesday in Kentucky's presidential primary.

 

The margin in Kentucky between the two is less than one-half of 1 percent, which means the race is too close to call.

 

After the votes in Oregon are counted later Tuesday, the next caucuses are in the Virgin Islands on June 4 and Puerto Rico on June 5, with a combined total of 67 delegates at stake.

 

If Sanders still hopes to reach the 2,383 needed to win, he would have to pick up an overwhelming 88 percent of the remaining delegates and uncommitted superdelegates.

 

That's all but impossible under the Democrats' system of awarding delegates in proportion to the vote, rather than winner-takes-all.

 

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Official: 8 Dead, 44 hurt, in South Texas Bus Crash

 

LAREDO, Texas (AP) — Federal authorities will begin investigating what caused a charter bus headed to a casino to crash in far South Texas, killing eight people and injuring 44 others in a one-vehicle rollover.

 

Bus

 

Texas Department of Public Safety Trooper Conrad Hein says seven people died at the scene Saturday on U.S. Highway 83 about 46 miles north of Laredo and another died later at a Laredo hospital. Hein says "the driver of the bus lost control and rolled over."

 

A team from the National Transportation Safety Board headed to the scene.

 

Hein says the driver was among the survivors. His name and the names of passengers were not immediately available.

Authorities say it was raining Saturday morning but it was uncertain if that was a factor in the crash.

 

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US Gives Directive to All Schools on Transgender Bathroom Access

 

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration says it wants to clarify the expectations of public schools when it comes to the rights of transgender students.

 

School Bathrooms

 

The departments of Education and Justice are releasing a directive Friday, reminding school districts that they are obligated to treat transgender students in a way that matches their gender identity.

 

The directive says that includes their access to bathrooms and locker rooms.

 

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New York Lottery says man has won $1 million for a 2nd time

 
NEW YORK (AP) - A man has beaten the odds by winning $1 million in the New York Lottery for a second time.
 
Lottery
 
Lottery officials will be revealing the $1 million winner Wednesday on Long Island. They say the same Suffolk County man won $1 million in 2012.
 
The check presentation will be made at a gas station and convenience store in West Babylon.
 
Repeat winners are rare, but not unheard of, in New York and other places.
 

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Missouri Limits Body Camera Videos 2 Years After Ferguson

 
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - Legislation limiting public access to police body camera videos has won final approval in Missouri in a move that some supporters hope will help encourage their use. 
 
Body Camera
 
The bill's passage Tuesday comes nearly two years after the fatal police shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson touched off massive protests over the way police interact with residents.
 
Ferguson police did not have body cameras at the time. And the lack of video evidence helped feed doubts and speculation over exactly what transpired before a white officer fatally shot the black 18-year-old on a city street. 
 
The Missouri bill would close videos from police body and vehicle cameras while investigations are ongoing. Videos taken at homes, schools, medical facilities and other "nonpublic locations" could remain closed even after the investigation ends.
 
 

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Doctors to Evaluate Hawaii Man Accused of 3 Killings

 
PAHOA, Hawaii (AP) - A defense attorney for a man accused of killing his wife and two children on the Big Island of Hawaii is asking for a panel of doctors to evaluate his mental fitness.
 
Man
 
John Ali Hoffman was in court Monday where defense attorney Brian De Lima says he requested the evaluation. A June hearing is scheduled. 
 
Hawaii News Now reports court documents say Hoffman called police saying intruders shot his wife. 
 
Police say that when officers arrived, they found Hoffman driving away from the house. Police say a woman's body was in the car's trunk, and the bodies of a boy and girl were inside the Puna house. 
 
Police identified the woman as Aracely Hoffman. Police say they were married in 2008. The children's names haven't yet been released. 

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Michigan House Votes to Pay Detroit School Debt Without Dems

 

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — After 15 hours of mostly private meetings, the Michigan House has approved a $500 million restructuring plan for the ailing Detroit Public Schools.

 

Detroit School

 

House lawmakers started the session Wednesday and emerged from a series of private caucus meetings to approve a plan early today to make sure teachers are paid and the district pays off debt.

 

The plan doesn't include a commission that would have the authority to approve which schools open and close in the city. That had been a key part of the Senate plan which passed previously and a major reason why Democrats voted against the package.

 

Teachers held a two-day sickout this week after learning that the district wouldn't be able to pay them this summer without emergency funding from the state.

 

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Applications For US Jobless Aid Climb, but Still Near Lows

 

WASHINGTON (AP) — More Americans applied for unemployment benefits last week, but the totals stayed near historic lows in a sign that the recent slowdown in growth has yet to spark layoffs.

 

Unemployment

 

The Labor Department says weekly applications for jobless aid rose 17,000 to a seasonally adjusted 274,000. The four-week average, a less volatile measure, edged up to 258,000, close to the 42-year low achieved two weeks ago.

 

With relatively few people seeking unemployment benefits, it appears as though employers are unworried about recent sluggish growth. The economy expanded an annual pace of just 0.5 percent in the first quarter, the weakest pace in two years.

 

The figures point to job growth in Friday's employment report. Economists forecast that employers added 200,000 jobs in April, while the unemployment rate remained 5 percent.

 

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FDA Brings E-cigarettes Under Federal Authority

 

WASHINGTON (AP) — Hundreds of electronic cigarette brands will have to seek federal permission to stay on the market under new rules that have the potential to upend a multi-billion dollar industry attempting to position itself as an alternative to traditional cigarettes.

 

E-Cig

 

The Food and Drug Administration on Thursday released long-awaited rules that bring the burgeoning industry under federal oversight. Among other steps, the FDA rules limit e-cigarette sales to minors and require new health warnings. In a move vigorously opposed by manufacturers, the agency said manufacturers would have to seek permission to remain on the market under a multi-tiered system. Those that don't submit the required information could have their products taken off the market.

 

E-cigarettes turn nicotine into an inhalable liquid vapor. Their benefits and harms haven't been extensively studied.

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No Charges Against Police in Virginia Stun Gun Case

 

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A Virginia prosecutor is expected to release a report on Tuesday explaining her decision not to bring charges against officers who used stun guns repeatedly on a handcuffed black man before his 2013 death.

 

Stun Gun

 

Police in South Boston, Virginia, used the stun guns on Linwood Lambert outside an emergency room door and then in a squad car.

 

His death was blamed on cocaine intoxication.

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Plane in Fatal Crash Belonged to Vegas Stunt-Flying Company

 

LAS VEGAS (AP) — A single-engine plane that crashed and killed two people was owned by a Las Vegas-area tourism company that lets customers feel what it's like to be a fighter pilot.

 

Plane Crash

 

Henderson, Nevada, airport spokeswoman Linda Healey told the Las Vegas Sun on Sunday that the aircraft belonged to Sky Combat Ace.

 

The company, which also operates in San Diego, allows customers to fly stunt planes with instructors' supervision.

 

Healey says the plane took off from Henderson on Saturday afternoon before crashing near the small town of Jean, Nevada. Emergency crews found the plane's two occupants dead.

 

Officials haven't said whether an instructor or passenger was controlling the plane. National Weather Service meteorologists say the plane was flying in bad weather as thunderstorms dominated the area.

 

The National Transportation Safety Board is investigating.

 

 

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