• New York Gunman Shot and Killed After 20-Hour Standoff

    New York Gunman Shot and Killed After 20-Hour Standoff

    (NEW YORK) — Police and SWAT teams in upstate New York on Thursday shot and killed the man suspected of killing several individuals before holing himself up in an abandoned building for nearly 20 hours. Kurt Myers, 64, of Mohawk, N.Y., is believed to have killed four people and wounded two others during a shooting spree Wednesday morning that ended when Myers shot at police officers and ran to hide in the abandoned building. New York State police said on Thursday that after nearly 20 hours of engaging in a stand-off with Myers, they sent a police K-9 into the… Read more

  • Colorado Fugitive Newest Addition to FBI's 'Ten Most Wanted' List

    Colorado Fugitive Newest Addition to FBI's 'Ten Most Wanted' List

    (NEW YORK) — A man with connections to a violent international gang and wanted for the brutal murder of a Denver man will be the latest to join the ranks of the FBI’s “Ten Most Wanted Fugitives” list, ABC News has learned. The fugitive is 28-year-old Edwin Ernesto Rivera Gracias, identified by three law enforcement sources who would not speak on the record ahead of an official announcement planned for Thursday morning.  Officials fear Rivera Gracias, who says he is from El Salvador, may have fled the United States. Rivera Gracias is wanted for first-degree murder in the stabbing death… Read more

  • Did California Teacher Put Sleeping Pills into Toddler’s Sippy Cups?

    Did California Teacher Put Sleeping Pills into Toddler’s Sippy Cups?

    (MORGAN HILL, Calif.) — A teacher at a Morgan Hill, Calif., preschool has been arrested after the school accused her of slipping sleeping pills in sippy cups of children under the age of 2. “We do not know the quantity, but we believe she was breaking the pill into smaller pieces and putting it into the children’s sippy cups,” Morgan Hill Sgt. of Investigations Troy Hoefling told ABC News. The school told ABC News it had “terminated” Debbie Gratz, 59, last Friday “for failure to follow Kiddie Academy standards and processes.” “Ms. Gratz was witnessed adding a substance to the… Read more

  • Illegal Gambling Probe Leads to Florida's Lieutenant Governor Quitting

    Illegal Gambling Probe Leads to Florida's Lieutenant Governor Quitting

    (TALLAHASSEE, Fla.) — Florida Gov. Rick Scott needs a new lieutenant governor following this week’s resignation of Jennifer Carroll who the Republican ran with two years ago. Carroll’s name surfaced during an investigation of an illegal gambling operation, the supposedly legitimate Allied Veterans of the World, which is a non-profit assisting veterans. It turns out that Carroll’s public relations firm previously represented Allied, which authorities say was actually a front for a “sophisticated racketeering and money laundering scheme stemming from 49 illegal gambling centers operating under the guise of ‘Internet cafes.’” In all, investigators say it was a $300 million… Read more

  • Teens Outsmarting Adults with Smartphone Usage

    Teens Outsmarting Adults with Smartphone Usage

    (NEW YORK) — Young people know what they’re doing when it comes to using smartphones and what they’re doing more and more is accessing the Internet with their mobile devices. In fact, a new survey from the Pew Internet & American Life Project finds that nearly one in four 12-to-17-year-olds use their phones to go online more often than desktops, compared to 15 percent of adults. Crunching the numbers, Pew says that 37 percent of all teens owned smartphones in 2012, a 14 percent jump from the year before.  Overall, about eight in ten adolescents own cell phones, close to… Read more

  • Father of Murdered Baby Jonylah Was Not a Gang Member: Spokesman

    Father of Murdered Baby Jonylah Was Not a Gang Member: Spokesman

    (CHICAGO) — The Chicago father who along with his 6-month old baby was shot earlier this week in an incident the city’s police chief said was likely gang-related does not have an affiliation with any of Chicago’s street gangs, according to a family spokesman. Jonathan Watkins, 29, was shot several times, as was his baby Jonylah, in Chicago’s Woodlawn neighborhood Monday afternoon. Baby Jonylah, who was shot five times in the incident, died Tuesday at a Chicago hospital. Watkins is still hospitalized, and is stabilizing, both his sister-in-law and Pastor Corey Brooks confirmed to ABC News. Brooks said that Watkins… Read more

  • TSA Head: No Plans to Rescind Agency's New Knives on Planes Policy

    TSA Head: No Plans to Rescind Agency's New Knives on Planes Policy

    (WASHINGTON) — Despite growing opposition from airlines and industry unions to the U.S. Transportation Security Administration’s new policy allowing passengers to carry small knives on planes, the agency’s head Wednesday said he is not backing down. “I have to make sure that TSA’s focus is on those things that are most destructive to the aircraft,” TSA administrator John Pistole told ABC News. “It is not pocket knives. It is those non-metallic improvised explosive devices, the bombs that are very small. They are concealable and they are well designed.” The new TSA policy, which will go into effect on April 25,… Read more

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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