KRISTV.com http://www.kristv.com/ KRISTV.com National News National News en-us Copyright 2014, KRISTV.com. All Rights Reserved. Feed content is not avaialble for commercial use. () () Sat, 25 Oct 2014 15:10:48 GMT Synapse CMS 10 KRISTV.com http://www.kristv.com/ 144 25 California Deputies Dead in Traffic Stop Shooting http://www.kristv.com/news/california-deputies-dead-in-traffic-stop-shooting/ http://www.kristv.com/news/california-deputies-dead-in-traffic-stop-shooting/ National News Fri, 24 Oct 2014 5:35:33 PM California Deputies Dead in Traffic Stop Shooting

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - Officials say a second sheriff's deputy has died after being shot by a suspect who has now been apprehended for four shootings.

Placer County Sheriff's spokeswoman Dena Erwin says one of her department's deputies was killed Friday after he was shot with an AR-15-type assault rifle.

A second Placer County Sheriff's deputy was shot in the arm and was expected to survive. A Sacramento County sheriff's deputy died earlier in the day after he was shot in the head by the same suspect.

Erwin says 34-year-old Marcelo Marquez was taken alive Friday afternoon from a home in Auburn, 30 miles northwest of Sacramento. An armed woman was also taken into custody.

Officers chased the suspect for hours in a manhunt spanning two counties after the suspect shot three deputies and a bystander.

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NYC Hatchet Attack Ruled Act of Terror http://www.kristv.com/news/nyc-hatchet-attack-ruled-act-of-terror/ http://www.kristv.com/news/nyc-hatchet-attack-ruled-act-of-terror/ National News Fri, 24 Oct 2014 4:58:37 PM Associated Press NYC Hatchet Attack Ruled Act of Terror

NEW YORK (AP) - A brazen daylight hatchet attack against a group of police officers on a busy New York street was a terrorist act by a reclusive Muslim convert who ranted online against America but had no clear ties to international extremists, the police commissioner said Friday.

Police were examining Zale Thompson's computer for clues about a motive for the Thursday assault that left one of the officers seriously injured and ended with Thompson being killed by police. Police Commissioner William Bratton said Thompson's browsing history included organized terror groups, beheadings and the shooting in Canada earlier this week that officials there have called a terrorist attack.

Thompson was not on any watch lists, and officials found no indication he sought any training or affiliation to any groups.

Bratton said investigators were trying to determine whether the attack was planned or spontaneous but believe Thompson was self-radicalized. His father told officials he converted to Islam about two years ago and was described as a "recluse" who had been depressed lately.

Bratton said he was comfortable calling it a terrorist attack.

"This was a terrorist attack, certainly," Bratton said.

But he also stopped short of including the attack in the list of terror plots against the city since Sept. 11, 2001, saying the investigation was continuing.

Thompson, 32, had once served in the U.S. Navy and had a history of run-ins with the law over domestic violence in California in 2003 and 2004, police said. In recent postings on social media, he ranted about injustices in American society and oppression abroad, but the postings didn't point to any affiliation with a terror group or direct influence of radical Islam, they said.

Security video and witness accounts appeared to leave no doubt that Thompson purposely targeted four rookie New York Police Department officers who were in uniform and on foot patrol in a bustling Queens commercial district.

Moments before the attack, the bearded suspect was seen on a street corner crouching down to pull the hatchet out of backpack before he charged the officers and began swinging the hatchet with a two-handed grip, police said.

At the time, the officers were posing for a photo for a passerby. Without a word, Thompson swung at an officer who blocked the blow with his arm, police said. Another officer was hit in the back of the head and fell to the ground.

As the suspect raised the hatchet again, the two uninjured officers drew their weapons and fired several rounds, police said. The bullets killed the assailant and wounded a bystander, police said. A bloody hatchet, about 18 inches long, was recovered.

Officer Kenneth Healey remained hospitalized on Friday with a head wound. The bystander, a 29-year-old woman, also was being treated for a gunshot wound to the back. Both were critical.

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Remains Positively Identified as Missing Virginia Student http://www.kristv.com/news/remains-positively-identified-as-missing-virginia-student/ http://www.kristv.com/news/remains-positively-identified-as-missing-virginia-student/ National News Fri, 24 Oct 2014 4:41:03 PM Remains Positively Identified as Missing Virginia Student

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Remains found nearly a week ago in a rural area of Virginia are those of a university student who disappeared last month, authorities said Friday, ending a search that left the campus and community on edge.

University of Virginia sophomore Hannah Graham, 18, disappeared Sept. 13 after a night out with friends. Her remains were found Oct. 18 about 12 miles from campus, in a heavily wooded area of Albemarle County that is home to rolling hills and horse farms.

The man Graham was last seen with, 32-year-old Jesse Leroy Matthew Jr., has been charged with abduction with intent to defile Graham. His attorney, Jim Camblos, said in a voicemail greeting that he is not answering questions about the case.

The remains were discovered roughly 6 miles from where the body of 20-year-old Virginia Tech student Morgan Harrington was found after she vanished in 2009. Police have said forensic evidence connects Matthew to Harrington's killing, which in turn is linked by DNA to a 2005 sexual assault in northern Virginia. Matthew has been charged in the 2005 case.

"When we started this journey together we all hoped for a happier ending. Sadly that was not to be," Graham's parents, John and Sue Graham, said in a statement provided by the Albemarle County Police Department. "We are devastated by the loss of our beautiful daughter. ... Although we have lost our precious Hannah, the light she radiated can never be extinguished."

Graham's parents also thanked those involved with the investigation and search efforts, as well as those who have sent messages of support. They said they don't intend to make further statements or comment on the ongoing criminal investigation.

Albemarle County Commonwealth's Attorney Denise Lunsford said in a statement that the focus of the investigation now is to determine "what charges will be brought and the appropriate time to make those charges."

"We are working diligently with local law enforcement on the investigation to ensure that we make the best determination for our community and the Grahams in the pursuit of justice," Lunsford said.

Graham met friends at a restaurant for dinner Sept. 12 before stopping by two off-campus parties. She left the second party alone and eventually texted a friend saying she was lost, authorities said.

In surveillance video, she can be seen walking unsteadily and even running at times, past a pub and a service station and then onto a seven-block strip of bars, restaurants and shops.

Matthew was an operating room technician at the university's hospital. He was also a former college football lineman and sometimes cab driver.

Friends have said they were shocked the "gentle giant" - he's 6-foot-2 and weighs 270 pounds - could be suspected of such violence.

Matthew was co-captain of his high school football team and enrolled in psychology at evangelist Jerry Falwell's Liberty University, where he played on the defensive line for the Flames.

His college career took a sharp wrong turn in his junior year, when a fellow student accused Matthew of raping her. Matthew withdrew from Liberty on Oct. 17, 2002 - hours after a reported sexual assault behind the university's sports arena. Prosecutors said the case was dropped when the woman declined to press charges.

Matthew returned to school in January 2003, enrolling at Christopher Newport University in southeast Virginia. He joined their football team that August, but on Sept. 7, 2003, a fellow student accused him of sexual assault on the Newport News campus. Five days after the attack, Matthew dropped off the team roster; a month later, he was gone.

University spokesman Bruce Bronstein said the matter "was thoroughly investigated by University Police."

"No physical injuries were reported. The victim chose not to proceed with a criminal prosecution."

The victim in the 2005 rape in the Washington, D.C., suburbs is cooperating with authorities, Fairfax County Commonwealth's Attorney Ray Morrogh has said. According to police, a 26-year-old woman was walking home from the grocery store about 10 p.m. on a Saturday night when she was grabbed from behind, dragged into a wooded area behind some townhomes, and sexually assaulted. The man fled the area when he was startled by a passerby.

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Associated Press Writer Michael Felberbaum contributed to this report.

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Dallas Nurse Receives Thanks, Hug from Obama http://www.kristv.com/news/dallas-nurse-receives-thanks-hug-from-obama/ http://www.kristv.com/news/dallas-nurse-receives-thanks-hug-from-obama/ National News Fri, 24 Oct 2014 4:15:22 PM Associated Press Dallas Nurse Receives Thanks, Hug from Obama

BETHESDA, Md. (AP) - A nurse who caught Ebola while caring for a Dallas patient who died of the disease walked out of a Washington-area hospital virus-free Friday and into open arms.

Nina Pham got a hug from President Barack Obama in the Oval Office at the White House. Outside the hospital where she has been since last week, she got hugs from one of the doctors who oversaw her care.

White House spokesman Josh Earnest called the meeting with Obama "an opportunity for the president to thank her for her service." But the close contact between the president and the former patient also came as officials in New York tried to calm fears after a doctor was diagnosed with Ebola in that city.

Pham said she felt "fortunate and blessed to be standing here today," as she left the National Institutes of Health's Clinical Center in Bethesda, Maryland, where she had been since she arrived Oct. 16 from Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas.

Pham thanked her health care teams in Dallas and at the NIH and singled out fellow Ebola survivor Dr. Kent Brantly, who recovered after becoming infected in Liberia, for donating plasma containing Ebola-fighting antibodies as part of her care.

"Although I no longer have Ebola, I know it may be a while before I have my strength back," Pham said at a news conference.

Dr. Anthony Fauci, infectious disease chief at the NIH and the doctor who hugged her, told reporters that five consecutive tests showed no virus left in her blood. Five tests is way beyond the norm, he stressed, but his team did extra testing because the NIH is a research hospital.

"She is cured of Ebola, let's get that clear," Fauci said.

Pham stood throughout the approximately 20-minute press conference and was joined by her mother and sister. She read from a prepared statement and took no questions, but she called her experience "very stressful and challenging for me and for my family."

"I ask for my privacy and for my family's privacy to be respected as I return to Texas and try to get back to a normal life and reunite with my dog Bentley," she said, drawing laughter with the mention of her 1-year-old King Charles spaniel. Bentley has been in quarantine since Pham's diagnosis but has tested negative for the virus.

Pham is one of two nurses in Dallas who became infected with Ebola while treating Thomas Eric Duncan, who traveled to the United States from Liberia and died of the virus Oct. 8. The second nurse, Amber Vinson, is being treated at Emory University Hospital in Atlanta, which on Friday issued a statement saying she "is making good progress" and that tests no longer detect virus in her blood.

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Associated Press writers Lauran Neergaard and Jim Kuhnhenn in Washington contributed to this report.

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Shooter, 1 Other Student Killed in School Gunfire http://www.kristv.com/news/shooter-1-other-student-killed-in-school-gunfire/ http://www.kristv.com/news/shooter-1-other-student-killed-in-school-gunfire/ National News Fri, 24 Oct 2014 3:50:59 PM Associated Press Shooter, 1 Other Student Killed in School Gunfire

MARYSVILLE, Wash. (AP) - Authorities north of Seattle say a student opened fire in a high school cafeteria today, killing at least one person and wounding four other students. The gunman also died in the attack.

Police in Marysville say the shooter was a student at Marysville Pilchuck High School. There are no additional details on the gunman and the victims, or on what might have prompted the shooting.

A spokeswoman at Providence Everett medical center says four students were brought there -- three in "very critical" condition and one who was considered stable enough to be taken to another medical center in Seattle. It's not clear if the people who died were among those brought to the medical center.

Police have been going room-by-room, searching the school about 30 miles north of Seattle, to make sure it was safe.

One student told a TV station (KING) that he was eating his lunch at a nearby table when he heard the gunshots. He says the shooter "had a little gun in his hand" -- and that he could see "the flash from the muzzle."

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Border Deaths Drop to 15-Year Low http://www.kristv.com/news/border-deaths-drop-to-15-year-low/ http://www.kristv.com/news/border-deaths-drop-to-15-year-low/ National News Thu, 23 Oct 2014 3:19:39 PM Associated Press Border Deaths Drop to 15-Year Low

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) - The number of people who die trying to cross the U.S.-Mexico border has dropped to the lowest level in 15 years as more immigrants turn themselves in to authorities in Texas and fewer are taking their chances with the dangerous trek across the Arizona desert.

The U.S. government recorded 307 deaths in the 2014 fiscal year that ended in September - the lowest number since 1999. In 2013, the number of deaths was 445.

The Border Patrol's Rio Grande Valley sector finished the 2014 budget year with 115 deaths, compared with 107 in the Tucson sector, according to figures obtained by The Associated Press. It marks the first time since 2001 that Arizona has not been the deadliest place to cross the border.

Arizona has long been the most dangerous border region because of triple-digit temperatures, rough desert terrain and the sheer volume of immigrants coming in to the state from Mexico. But more immigrants are now entering through Texas and not Arizona, driven by a surge of people from Central America.

The Tucson and Rio Grande Valley both saw their numbers of deaths decline from 2013, although Arizona's drop was more precipitous.

Border enforcement officials say the lower numbers are in part due to increased rescue efforts as well as a Spanish-language media campaign discouraging Latin Americans from walking across the border.

Tucson Sector Division Chief Raleigh Leonard says the addition of 10 new rescue beacons that were strategically placed in areas where immigrants traverse most often has been a factor in the decrease in deaths.

"I think we can all agree that crossing the border is an illegal act, but nothing that should be assigned the penalty of death," Leonard said in an interview.

Immigrant rights advocates are skeptical that it is solely the Border Patrol's efforts contributing to the decrease in deaths.

"At best, what the Border Patrol is accomplishing is a geographical shift in where these deaths are happening - rather than adequately responding to the scale of the crisis," said Geoffrey Boyce, a border enforcement and immigration researcher at the University of Arizona and a volunteer with the Tucson-based nonprofit No More Deaths.

The Rio Grande Valley sector was flooded with a surge in unaccompanied minors and families with children who turned themselves in at border crossings in Texas. Most were from Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador, where gang violence and a poor economy have driven out huge numbers of people. That surge has dwindled recently, however, as U.S. and Central American authorities have launched a public relations campaign warning parents against sending their children to the U.S.

Meanwhile, the Tucson Sector, once the busiest in the nation, has seen a steep decline in border crossers. Fewer Mexicans are crossing into the U.S. as the economy here has faltered and drug violence at home has improved.

The Border Patrol also responds to hundreds of cases each year of immigrants who need to be rescued while crossing the desert, long an issue in the Arizona desert. The Border Patrol conducted 509 rescues in the 2014 fiscal year in the Tucson sector, compared to 802 in 2013.

Some of the rescues are made with the help of beacons that were activated 142 times this year. The beacons are 30-feet tall, solar-powered and have sun reflectors and blue lights on top that are visible for 10 miles. The beacons also have signs in three languages directing users to push a red button that sends out a signal for help. Agents respond usually within 10 minutes to an hour.

The agency has a team dedicated solely to rescues, called Border Patrol Search, Trauma, and Rescue.

Agents in this elite group spend their days searching for immigrants and responding when one seeks help. They assist not only those who cross the border in search for jobs, but also drug mules and smugglers who become injured or dehydrated in the summer heat.

It was only 10 a.m. and already 95 degrees on a day in late June when the unit's agents provided medical assistance to a 28-year-old man suspected of smuggling drugs near Sells, Arizona.

The thin man had an ID from El Salvador and said he lived in Tucson. He oscillated between Spanish and English, but his message was the same: He was in extreme pain.

The agents gave him a gallon of a sports beverage. He was to drink it slowly, they told him, or else it would make him sick. Next, they connected a saline bag intravenously and checked his vitals.

The agents monitored him and re-examined his vitals, concluding that he wasn't dehydrated but suffering from muscle fatigue. Minutes later, agents who used a drug-sniffing K-9 to search the area found several bundles of marijuana and another suspected smuggler.

The men were arrested on suspicion of being in the country illegally, but were not charged with smuggling because the loads of marijuana were not found on them.

"To us, it could be a mule, an illegal immigrant. They're all the same. They're human beings," Leonard said.

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Alicia A. Caldwell contributed to this report from Washington, D.C.

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NFL Commissioner Must Testify in Ray Rice's Hearing http://www.kristv.com/news/nfl-commissioner-must-testify-in-ray-rice-s-hearing/ http://www.kristv.com/news/nfl-commissioner-must-testify-in-ray-rice-s-hearing/ National News Thu, 23 Oct 2014 8:19:14 AM NFL Commissioner Must Testify in Ray Rice's Hearing

An arbiter has ruled that NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell must testify in Ray Rice's appeal of his indefinite suspension.

A source familiar with the case told NBC news that former US judge Barbara S. Jones has decided Goodell should testify at the hearing.

Rice was suspended indefinitely on September 8th for violating the NFL's personal conduct policy after a video of Rice hitting his then-fiancee in an elevator was released publicly.

Goodell originally had suspended the running back for two games.

Once the video became public, the Baltimore Ravens cut Rice, and the league banned him indefinitely.

The league considered the video to be new evidence, giving Goodell the authority to further suspend Rice.

The Players' Union appealed Rice's suspension, saying he should not be punished twice.

 


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Apple Pay Users Charged Double http://www.kristv.com/news/apple-pay-users-charged-double/ http://www.kristv.com/news/apple-pay-users-charged-double/ National News Thu, 23 Oct 2014 5:04:01 AM Apple Pay Users Charged Double

NEW YORK - Apple pay users will want to check their bank statements.

Bank of America accidentally double charged some customers who made purchases with Apple's new mobile payment service.

The glitch involved about 1,000 transactions.

Bank of America apologized and said it will refund the money.

 


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Couple Sentenced to 1,500 Years in Prison http://www.kristv.com/news/couple-sentenced-to-1-500-years-in-prison/ http://www.kristv.com/news/couple-sentenced-to-1-500-years-in-prison/ National News Thu, 23 Oct 2014 4:48:08 AM Couple Sentenced to 1,500 Years in Prison

ALABAMA - A federal judge sentenced a Lauderdale County couple to hundreds of years in prison for sexually abusing a minor child in their custody to produce images of child pornography.

Patricia Ayers is sentenced to 1,590 years in prison.

Her husband, Matthew Ayers, was sentenced to 750 years in prison.

During the hearing the judge said, "I have been on the bench since 1998, and this is the worst case I have personally dealt with, including murders."

 


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Man Apprehended After Jumping White House Fence http://www.kristv.com/news/man-apprehended-after-jumping-white-house-fence/ http://www.kristv.com/news/man-apprehended-after-jumping-white-house-fence/ National News Thu, 23 Oct 2014 3:48:11 AM Man Apprehended After Jumping White House Fence

WASHINGTON (AP) - A 23-year-old Maryland man is in custody after he climbed over the White House fence Wednesday night and was swiftly apprehended on the North Lawn by uniformed Secret Service agents and their dogs.

The incident came about a month after a previous White House fence jumper carrying a knife sprinted across the same lawn, past armed uniformed agents and entered the mansion before he was felled in the ceremonial East Room and taken into custody.

That embarrassing Sept. 19 incident preceded the disclosure of other serious Secret Service breaches in security for President Barack Obama and ultimately led to Julia Pierson's resignation as director of the agency after 18 months on the job.

Secret Service spokesman Brian Leary said a man he identified as Dominic Adesanya of Bel Air, Maryland, climbed the north fence line at about 7:16 p.m. and was taken into custody immediately by uniformed agents and K-9 teams that constantly patrol the grounds.

Obama was at the White House at the time of Wednesday's incident.

Adesanya was unarmed when he was arrested, Leary said. Charges were pending.

Two dogs were taken to a veterinarian for injuries sustained during the incident, Leary added.

Video of the incident recorded by TV news cameras shows a man in white shorts on the lawn just inside the fence. The man lifts his shirt as if to show that he is unarmed, then is seen kicking and punching two Secret Service dogs that were released on him.

Adesanya was taken to a local hospital, Leary said, without elaboration.

After Pierson resigned, an agent who once led Obama's protective detail came out of retirement to lead the Secret Service until Obama names a new director, pending the completion of internal and independent reviews of agency practices.

This week, a federal judge delayed the arraignment of Omar Gonzalez, the individual charged in September's fence-jumping incident, because of questions about his mental fitness to stand trial.

Gonzalez has been indicted on several charges, including of carrying a knife into the White House and assaulting two Secret Service officers.

The latest security breach occurred the same day that a gunman went on a rampage in the Canadian capital of Ottawa.

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Family: Doctors Don't Detect Ebola in Nurse's Body http://www.kristv.com/news/family-doctors-don-t-detect-ebola-in-nurse-s-body/ http://www.kristv.com/news/family-doctors-don-t-detect-ebola-in-nurse-s-body/ National News Wed, 22 Oct 2014 6:31:41 PM Associated Press Family: Doctors Don't Detect Ebola in Nurse's Body

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Doctors no longer detect Ebola in a Texas nurse who flew to Ohio and back before she was diagnosed with the virus, her family said Wednesday.

Officials at Emory University Hospital and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention couldn't detect Ebola in Amber Vinson as of Tuesday evening, her family said in a statement released through a media consultant. Doctors usually do two tests a day apart before saying they can't detect the virus. It's unclear how many tests Vinson has had.

Vinson's mother, Debra Berry, spoke to her Wednesday, and Vinson has been approved for transfer from isolation, the statement said.

"We all know that further treatment will be necessary as Amber continues to regain strength, but these latest developments have truly answered prayers and bring our family one step closer to reuniting with her at home," Berry said.

Vinson, 29, remains in treatment at Emory, near Atlanta. Emory wouldn't release any information about the patient, hospital spokeswoman Holly Korschun said.

Vinson helped care for a Liberian man with Ebola who died at a Dallas hospital. Another nurse there also became infected and is being treated outside Washington; her condition was upgraded from fair to good.

Health officials say Vinson visited the Akron area Oct. 10-13 to prepare for her wedding and was diagnosed once she returned to Dallas. Officials are monitoring the health of 164 people in Ohio who are believed to have had contact with her or to have been near her.

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Expert: Autopsy Doesn't Show if Brown Went for Gun http://www.kristv.com/news/expert-autopsy-doesn-t-show-if-brown-went-for-gun/ http://www.kristv.com/news/expert-autopsy-doesn-t-show-if-brown-went-for-gun/ National News Wed, 22 Oct 2014 5:50:48 PM Associated Press Expert: Autopsy Doesn't Show if Brown Went for Gun

ST. LOUIS (AP) - Michael Brown's official autopsy indicates he was shot in the hand at close range during a struggle, but a medical examiner not involved in the investigation says there's no way to conclude whether the injury meant the unarmed 18-year-old was trying to grab the gun of the officer who killed him.

The St. Louis County medical examiner's autopsy report, obtained by the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, doesn't explain why Brown was killed after the apparent scuffle at Officer Darren Wilson's police vehicle spilled onto a Ferguson street or confirm whether he was confronting Wilson or trying to surrender when he was fatally shot - both scenarios offered by various witnesses to the Aug. 9 shooting.

The shooting of Brown, who was black, by Wilson, who is white, spurred unrest and weeks of protests in Ferguson, some of which turned violent. A grand jury is expected to decide by mid-November whether Wilson will face criminal charges, and the Justice Department is investigating for possible civil rights violations.

The autopsy showed Brown suffered six bullet entrance wounds and listed "gunshot wounds to the head and chest" as the cause of death. A toxicology report with the autopsy also showed Brown had marijuana in his system.

Dwain Fuller, a Dallas-area forensic toxicologist, told The Associated Press the report indicated "recent use" that likely meant Brown still was feeling the effects of the drug, but "as far as that making him violent, one can't really say."

Both the Post-Dispatch, which published a story Wednesday on the county autopsy report, and The New York Times, which ran a story last week about the officer's account of the shooting, cited unnamed sources saying Wilson told investigators he and Brown struggled over the officer's gun.

The autopsy said a microscopic exam showed that foreign matter found on tissue from Brown's injured thumb was "consistent with products that are discharged from the barrel of a firearm."

St. Louis city medical examiner Michael Graham, who was not involved in the autopsy, said that and other evidence indicates the shot to the hand probably occurred inside Wilson's SUV. Graham, in an interview with the AP, said it's impossible to conclude whether the close-range injury meant Brown was trying to grab the officer's gun, as Wilson has alleged.

Judy Melinek, a forensic pathologist from San Francisco, said combined with other evidence, the autopsy indicates there was a struggle for Wilson's gun inside the officer's SUV.

"You don't just look at one piece of evidence," Melinek told the AP. "You have a witness statement, the officer, saying that Michael Brown is reaching for the gun and it goes off and hits (Brown's) hand. The physical findings (in the autopsy) are consistent with the officer's statement."

Brown family attorney Benjamin Crump said the shots fired outside the police vehicle are what really matter.

"After there was no more threat, and (Brown) was running away, why did Officer Darren Wilson keep shooting?" Crump asked in an interview with the AP. "That's what this is about. When Michael Brown put his hands up in the air, why does the officer keep shooting?"

The findings were similar to those of an autopsy commissioned by Brown's family and released Aug. 18, said Michael Baden, the former New York City chief medical examiner who performed the independent exam.

Some of the bullet wounds indicated Brown and Wilson were facing each other on the street after moving away from Wilson's vehicle. But forensic pathologist Shawn Parcells, who assisted Baden, told the AP there is no forensic evidence to verify whether Brown was surrendering or moving aggressively toward Wilson.

"He could have been charging the officer. He could have been walking toward the officer. He could have been standing still. He could have been stumbling," Parcells said. "I don't know if we'll ever know."

Baden agreed.

"The questions are going to go on far beyond the autopsy," he told the AP.

Results of a third autopsy, performed by the Justice Department, have not been released.

The county autopsy also offered the first public glimpse of the St. Louis County police investigation, citing a detective's account of events leading up to the shooting.

The report said Brown "became belligerent" when Wilson told Brown and his friend, Dorian Johnson, to stop walking in the middle of the street. The report said that when Wilson tried to get out of his vehicle, Brown pushed the door shut, leading to the struggle inside the SUV.

Brown got out of the SUV and, with Wilson giving chase, turned around and ran at the officer, the report said. Wilson "had his service weapon drawn, as the deceased began to run towards him, he discharged his service weapon several times," the report said.

It wasn't clear if the report was based strictly on an interview with Wilson. St. Louis County Police spokesman Brian Schellman declined comment.

Johnson has said in media interviews that Wilson, not Brown, was the aggressor. He said the officer used profanity in telling him and Brown to get to the sidewalk and nearly struck them when he backed up the SUV. He said Wilson grabbed Brown and tried to pull him into the vehicle, prompting the confrontation.

Johnson also claimed Wilson shot Brown while he had his hands up in surrender.

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Colorado Girls Make Possible Bid to Join Militants http://www.kristv.com/news/colorado-girls-make-possible-bid-to-join-militants/ http://www.kristv.com/news/colorado-girls-make-possible-bid-to-join-militants/ National News Wed, 22 Oct 2014 4:24:37 PM Associated Press Colorado Girls Make Possible Bid to Join Militants

DENVER (AP) - Three teenage girls from suburban Denver being investigated for possibly trying to join Islamic State militants in Syria aren't radicalized jihadis but rather victims of an online predator, a school official said Wednesday.

At least one of the girls was communicating with someone online who encouraged the three to travel to Syria, said Tustin Amole, a spokesman for the Cherry Creek School District where the girls attend high school. The three were detained at an airport in Germany before being sent home over the weekend and returned to their parents.

"There's no indication they had been radicalized in a way that they wanted to fight for ISIS," Amole said, adding that the students had no prior problems aside from unexcused absences on Friday. He did not elaborate.

They did not return to school Wednesday. "Our biggest concern is for the safety and well-being of these girls," Amole said.

A U.S. official said the evidence gathered so far made it clear that the girls - two sisters, ages 17 and 15, and their 16-year-old friend - were headed to Syria, though the official said investigators were still trying to determine what sort of contacts they had in that country. The official said investigators would be trying to figure out whether there were "like-minded" friends and acquaintances in the girls' social circle.

Another U.S. official said the girls were headed toward Turkey en route to Syria and that investigators were reviewing evidence, including the girls' computers.

The officials spoke on the condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss the ongoing investigation by name.

Fellow high school students told school officials on Monday that the girls had been discussing travel plans over Twitter, Amole said.

The sisters are of Somali descent, and their friend is of Sudanese descent, community leaders said.

The girls' parents reported them missing Friday after they skipped classes and left home with their passports and $2,000 in cash. Police said their families had no idea where they went.

The girls were stopped at the Frankfurt, Germany, airport over the weekend.

The U.S. informed German authorities at the airport about the girls arriving alone on their way to Turkey, German Interior Ministry spokeswoman Pamela Mueller-Niese told reporters Wednesday. She said the three were detained by German police, with approval from a judge, and returned voluntarily to the U.S. on Sunday.

They have been reunited with their families in Colorado, FBI spokeswoman Suzie Payne said.

Secretary of State John Kerry, speaking during a visit to Berlin on Wednesday, said the case was "an example of good cooperation between us and the increased vigilance of law enforcement on this issue of the movement of people from one country to another."

The girls' families had no indication of where they were going, said Glenn Thompson, bureau chief of the Arapahoe County Sheriff's Department, whose officers took the missing persons report.

The report contains details of the girls' movements.

Upon their return, they told deputies they stayed in the Frankfurt airport for an entire day before being detained, questioned and returned to Denver, where they were further questioned by the FBI and sent home.

They told authorities they had gone to Germany for "family" but wouldn't elaborate.

The families said they had no prior problems with the girls.

The U.S. attorney's office in Denver declined to comment on the case. It's unclear whether the girls will face charges.

Crimes committed by juveniles are treated as acts of "delinquency" in the federal system and are not handled the same way as crimes committed by adults.

The announcement comes a month after 19-year-old Shannon Conley of Arvada, Colorado, pleaded guilty to charges that she conspired to help militants in Syria. She told agents she wanted to marry a suitor she met online who said he was a Tunisian man fighting with the Islamic State in Syria.

Agents, who had been overtly trying to stop Conley, arrested her in April as she boarded a flight she hoped would ultimately get her to Syria. She could face up to five years in federal prison and a $250,000 fine when she is sentenced in January.

Foreign fighters from dozens of nations are pouring into the Middle East to join the Islamic State group and other terrorist organizations. U.S. officials are putting new energy into trying to understand what radicalizes people far removed from the fight, and into trying to prod countries to do a better job of keeping them from joining up.

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Associated Press writers Eric Tucker in Washington, David Rising and Geir Moulson in Berlin and P. Solomon Banda in Aurora, Colorado, contributed to this report.

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Blackwater Guards Found Guilty in Iraq Shootings http://www.kristv.com/news/blackwater-guards-found-guilty-in-iraq-shootings/ http://www.kristv.com/news/blackwater-guards-found-guilty-in-iraq-shootings/ National News Wed, 22 Oct 2014 11:36:06 AM Associated Press Blackwater Guards Found Guilty in Iraq Shootings

WASHINGTON (AP) - A federal jury returned guilty verdicts for all four former Blackwater security guards charged in the 2007 shootings of more than 30 Iraqis in Baghdad.

The jury in Washington found Nicholas Slatten guilty of first-degree murder, and the three other three guards - Paul Slough, Evan Liberty and Dustin Heard - guilty of at least three counts of voluntary manslaughter.

The four men were charged with a combined 33 counts in the shootings, but the jury had reached verdicts on only part of the charges after weeks of deliberations. District Court Judge Royce C. Lamberth allowed the jury to announce the verdicts agreed upon, with the expectation jurors would continue deliberating on the other counts.

The shootings on Sept. 16, 2007, caused an international uproar over the role of defense contractors in urban warfare.

The State Department hired Blackwater to protect American diplomats in Baghdad, the Iraqi capital, and elsewhere in the country. Blackwater convoys of four heavily armored vehicles operated in risky environments where car bombs and attacks by insurgents were common.

Slatter was charged with first-degree murder; the others were charged with voluntary manslaughter, attempted manslaughter and gun charges.

The case was mired in legal battles for years, making it uncertain whether the defendants would ever be tried.

The trial focused on the killings of 14 Iraqis and the wounding of 17 others. During an 11-week trial, prosecutors summoned 72 witnesses, including Iraqi victims, their families and former colleagues of the defendant Blackwater guards.

There was sharp disagreement over the facts in the case.

The defendants' lawyers said there was strong evidence the guards were targeted with gunfire from insurgents and Iraqi police, leading the guards to shoot back in self-defense. Federal prosecutors said there was no incoming gunfire and that the shootings by the guards were unprovoked.

The prosecution focused on the defendants' intent, contending that some of the Blackwater guards harbored a low regard and deep hostility toward Iraqi civilians.

The guards, the prosecution said, held "a grave indifference" to the death and injury that their actions probably would cause Iraqis. Several former Blackwater guards testified that they had been generally distrustful of Iraqis, based on experience the guards said they had had in being led into ambushes.

Prosecutors said that from a vantage point inside his convoy's command vehicle, Slatten aimed his SR-25 sniper rifle through a gun portal, killing the driver of a stopped white Kia sedan, Ahmed Haithem Ahmed Al Rubia'y.

At the trial, two Iraqi traffic officers and one of the shooting victims testified the car was stopped at the time the shots were fired. The assertion that the car was stopped supported the prosecution argument that the shots were unwarranted.

Defense lawyers pressed their argument that other Blackwater guards - not Slatten - fired the first shots at the Kia sedan and that they did so only after the vehicle moved slowly toward the convoy, posing what appeared to be a threat to the Blackwater guards' safety.

Once the shooting started, hundreds of Iraqi citizens ran for their lives.

It was "gunfire coming from the left, gunfire coming from the right," prosecutor Anthony Asuncion told the jury in closing arguments.

One of the government witnesses in the case, Blackwater guard Jeremy Ridgeway, pleaded guilty to killing the driver's mother, who died in the passenger seat of the white Kia next to her son.

The maximum sentence for conviction of first-degree murder is life imprisonment. The gun charges carry mandatory minimum prison terms of 30 years. The maximum prison term for involuntary manslaughter is eight years; for attempted manslaughter it is seven years.

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Air Bag Recall Expanded to Cover 7.8 Million Vehicles http://www.kristv.com/news/air-bag-recall-expanded-to-cover-7-8-million-vehicles/ http://www.kristv.com/news/air-bag-recall-expanded-to-cover-7-8-million-vehicles/ National News Wed, 22 Oct 2014 11:11:01 AM Associated Press Air Bag Recall Expanded to Cover 7.8 Million Vehicles

DETROIT (AP) - The U.S. government is telling 3 million more car owners to get their air bags repaired immediately because of potential danger to drivers and passengers, but the message has generated confusion about which vehicles are actually affected.

The government's auto safety agency is now warning 7.8 million car owners that inflator mechanisms in the air bags can rupture, causing metal fragments to fly out when the bags are deployed. An initial warning issued Monday covered 4.7 million vehicles.

Find out if your car is on the list -- http://www.safercar.gov/Vehicle+Owners/VIN-lookup-msg

Safety advocates say at least four people have died from the problem, which they claim could affect more than 20 million cars nationwide. The inflators are made by Japanese parts supplier Takata Corp.

Car owners might experience some uncertainty, however, in determining if their vehicle is equipped with the potentially dangerous air bags. The warning from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration covers certain models made by BMW, Chrysler, Ford, General Motors, Mazda, Honda, Mitsubishi, Nissan, Subaru and Toyota.

Most of the 7.8 million vehicles are subject to existing recalls. But manufacturers have limited the recalls to high-humidity areas, excluding cars and trucks in states to the north. NHTSA says owners in Florida, Puerto Rico, Guam, Saipan, American Samoa, the U.S. Virgin Islands, Hawaii and "limited areas near the Gulf of Mexico in Texas, Alabama, Mississippi, Georgia, and Louisiana" should pay special attention to the warning.

Worse yet, the regulatory agency has twice corrected the number of vehicles affected and acknowledged that a list it released Monday included some cars not equipped with Takata air bags while omitting others that have them. The agency urged people to use its website to see if their cars are affected - but a feature allowing people to check for recalls by vehicle identification number malfunctioned Monday night and still wasn't operational Wednesday.

Automakers have been recalling cars to fix the problem for several years, but neither Takata nor NHTSA have identified a firm cause. The agency opened a formal investigation into the problem in June, and a theory put forth in agency documents suggests the chemical used to inflate the air bag can be altered by high humidity, making it explode with too much force while deploying.

"It's in a total state of uproar right now," said Clarence Ditlow, executive director of the Center for Auto Safety, a nonprofit advocacy group founded by Ralph Nader.

NHTSA Deputy Administrator David Friedman said in a statement that responding to the recalls is essential to keep people safe.

"It will aid in our ongoing investigation into Takata air bags and what appears to be a problem related to extended exposure to consistently high humidity and temperatures," he said. The agency, he said, is tracking down the "full geographic scope" of the issue.

Kathryn Henry, a spokeswoman for the safety agency said it is unclear whether a high number of inquiries from car owners caused its website to malfunction, and she didn't know when it would be repaired. For now, she urged car owners to go to manufacturer websites or call their car dealer.

General Motors, which sold two models with the faulty air bags that were made by other manufacturers, planned to send letters by overnight mail to notify about 10,000 customers. The models covered are 2003 to 2005 Pontiac Vibes in high humidity areas and Saab 9-2X models. Vibes were made by Toyota, while the Saabs were made by Subaru.

The rare warning by regulators comes three weeks after a Sept. 29 crash near Orlando, Florida, that claimed the life Hien Thi Tran, who suffered severe neck wounds that investigators said could have been caused by metal fragments flying out of the air bag on her 2001 Honda Accord. Her Accord was among the models being recalled.

One police agency concluded that the air bags caused her wounds, while another is still investigating. NHTSA is seeking information in the case.

On Monday, Toyota issued a recall covering passenger air bags in 247,000 older model vehicles including the Lexus SC, Corolla, Matrix, Sequoia and Tundra. Like many earlier recalls, Toyota's covers vehicles in South Florida, along the Gulf Coast, in Puerto Rico, Hawaii, the U.S. Virgin Islands, Guam, Saipan and American Samoa - all areas that have high absolute humidity.

Toyota said it's working with Takata to pinpoint the cause of the rupture and to gauge the influence of high absolute humidity, which is a measurement of water vapor in the air.

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Passenger on Flight Being Evaluated For Ebola http://www.kristv.com/news/passenger-on-flight-being-evaluated-for-ebola/ http://www.kristv.com/news/passenger-on-flight-being-evaluated-for-ebola/ National News Wed, 22 Oct 2014 4:05:52 AM Passenger on Flight Being Evaluated For Ebola

NEW JERSEY - A passenger who arrived at Newark Airport was rushed to the hospital to be evaluated for Ebola.

Strict protocols require that the passenger to be quarantined in isolation while he is undergoing evaluation for Ebola. An ambulance escorted by Port Authority Police and officers from Customs and Border Protection left Newark Liberty International Airport at 4:45 Tuesday evening.

The convoy left the airport property and rushed through the streets of Newark heading towards the hospital. A spokeswoman for CDC confirmed that the passenger was singled out under the government's screening procedures.

"During the enhanced screening process for individuals arriving to the United States from Liberia, Sierra Leone, and Guinea, an individual was identified as reporting symptoms or having a potential exposure to Ebola," said Carol Crawford, a spokesperson for CDC in a statement.

Sources say that the passenger arrived aboard United Flight 998 from Brussels, Belgium. Other passengers, said Crawford, were not detained. The enhanced screening measures went into effect just this week.

Passengers arriving in the US from Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia can only disembark at five U.S. airports including JFK and Newark. At one point, at least a portion of University Medical Center in Newark was closed off after the ambulance arrived.

Staff workers in masks were seen in the immediate vicinity surrounding the vehicle. The passenger's condition could not immediately be confirmed.

 


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US Journalist to Head Home After Ebola Recovery http://www.kristv.com/news/us-journalist-to-head-home-after-ebola-recovery/ http://www.kristv.com/news/us-journalist-to-head-home-after-ebola-recovery/ National News Wed, 22 Oct 2014 3:53:15 AM US Journalist to Head Home After Ebola Recovery

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) - An American video journalist who has recovered from Ebola will be released soon from an Omaha hospital.

The Nebraska Medical Center says Ashoka Mukpo is scheduled to be discharged Wednesday morning from the hospital's biocontainment unit. Medical staff involved in his care plan to speak about his recovery at a news conference.

The hospital said Tuesday that Mukpo's blood tested negative for the virus. He arrived at the Nebraska Medical Center on Oct. 6 and was the second Ebola patient to be treated there. The first, Dr. Rick Sacra, has also recovered.

Mukpo, of Providence, Rhode Island, contracted the virus while working in Liberia as a freelance cameraman for NBC and other media outlets.

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Judge Reviews Mental State of Stabbing Suspect, 12 http://www.kristv.com/news/judge-reviews-mental-state-of-stabbing-suspect-12/ http://www.kristv.com/news/judge-reviews-mental-state-of-stabbing-suspect-12/ National News Wed, 22 Oct 2014 3:45:59 AM Judge Reviews Mental State of Stabbing Suspect, 12

MILWAUKEE (AP) - A Wisconsin judge is deciding whether one of two 12-year-old girls accused of stabbing a classmate to please a fictional online horror character is mentally fit to stand trial.

The girl's public defender says she isn't, and notes a psychologist who examined the girl questions whether she'd be able to help with her defense. Waukesha County Judge Michael Bohren could make a ruling Wednesday.

Prosecutors say the two girls plotted to kill a classmate, who was stabbed 19 times during a walk in a park after a sleepover. She survived by crawling to a sidewalk where a bicyclist found her.

Bohren ordered the other suspect to receive mental health treatment after a psychologist testified that girl believes she can see things others cannot, including the online horror character Slender Man.

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Government to Announce Social Security Cost-of-living Adjustment http://www.kristv.com/news/government-to-announce-social-security-cost-of-living-adjustment/ http://www.kristv.com/news/government-to-announce-social-security-cost-of-living-adjustment/ National News Wed, 22 Oct 2014 3:44:16 AM Government to Announce Social Security Cost-of-living Adjustment

WASHINGTON (AP) - Millions of older Americans who rely on government benefits are about to find out how much their monthly payments will increase next year.

Preliminary figures suggest the annual cost-of-living adjustment for Social Security recipients, disabled veterans and federal retirees will be less than 2 percent.

That translates to a raise of about $20 a month for the typical Social Security beneficiary.

The government is scheduled to announce the increase Wednesday morning, when it releases the latest measure of consumer prices.

By law, the increase is based on inflation, which is well below historical averages so far this year.

More than 70 million people receive benefits affected by the annual increase.

The average monthly Social Security payment is a little less than $1,200 a month.

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Millions of Air Bags Recalled http://www.kristv.com/news/millions-of-air-bags-recalled/ http://www.kristv.com/news/millions-of-air-bags-recalled/ National News Tue, 21 Oct 2014 4:10:32 AM Millions of Air Bags Recalled

Safety regulators issued an urgent alert for millions of drivers nationwide to check immediately to see if your vehicle is affected by an airbag recall.

Toyota, Honda, Mazda, BMW, Nissan, General Motors, Ford, Mitsubishi and Subaru are among automakers recalling vehicles with Takata airbags.

There are reports of the airbags exploding and spraying shrapnel and metal.

You can see if your vehicle is affected by logging on to safercar.gov

You'll need to enter your vehicle identification number.

 


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