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. () () Wed, 16 Apr 2014 10:04:54 GMT Synapse CMS 10 KRISTV.com http://www.kristv.com/ 144 25 Tributes Planned To Mark Boston Marathon Bombing http://www.kristv.com/news/tributes-planned-to-mark-boston-marathon-bombing/ http://www.kristv.com/news/tributes-planned-to-mark-boston-marathon-bombing/ National News Tue, 15 Apr 2014 6:07:35 AM Tributes Planned To Mark Boston Marathon Bombing

BOSTON (AP) - The anniversary of the Boston Marathon bombings promises to be a day of tributes to the three people who died, the more than 260 people who were injured, and the first responders, doctors and nurses who helped them.

Vice President Joe Biden, Gov. Deval Patrick and former Mayor Tom Menino will be among the dignitaries expected to honor the victims Tuesday during a program at the Hynes Convention Center. Speakers also will include survivors of the bombing.

Between 2:30 p.m. and 3 p.m., a flag-raising ceremony and moment of silence will be held at the marathon finish line, to mark the time and place where two bombs exploded on April 15, 2013.

Authorities say two brothers planned and orchestrated the attack and later shot and killed a Massachusetts Institute of Technology police officer during an attempt to steal his gun. Tamerlan Tsarnaev, 26, died following a shootout with police several days after the bombings. Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, 20, has pleaded not guilty to 30 federal charges and is awaiting trial. He faces the possibility of the death penalty.

The Tsarnaevs, ethnic Chechens who lived in the former Soviet republic of Kyrgyzstan and the Dagestan region of Russia, settled in Cambridge, outside Boston, more than a decade ago after moving to the U.S. as children with their family.

Prosecutors have said Dzhokhar Tsarnaev left a hand-scrawled confession condemning U.S. actions in Muslim countries on the inside wall of a boat he was found hiding in following the police shootout.

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US Airways Twitter Mishap http://www.kristv.com/news/us-airways-twitter-mishap/ http://www.kristv.com/news/us-airways-twitter-mishap/ National News Tue, 15 Apr 2014 6:01:37 AM US Airways Twitter Mishap

NEW YORK - US Airways is apologizing for a graphic photo that was accidentally posted on the company's official twitter account Monday.

The pornographic image was inadvertently included in a tweet to a customer.

US Airways quickly apologized and removed the tweet.

A company spokesman said in a statement that the tweet was the result of an honest error and that the image was initially posted to the company twitter account by another user.

Company officials say they are reviewing the company's twitter process to prevent a similar error in the future.

 


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Supremacist ID'd As Suspect In Kansas Attacks http://www.kristv.com/news/supremacist-id-d-as-suspect-in-kansas-attacks/ http://www.kristv.com/news/supremacist-id-d-as-suspect-in-kansas-attacks/ National News Mon, 14 Apr 2014 4:28:26 AM Supremacist ID'd As Suspect In Kansas Attacks

OVERLAND PARK, Kan. (AP) - The man accused of killing three people in attacks at a Jewish community center and Jewish retirement complex near Kansas City is a well-known white supremacist and former Ku Klux Klan leader who was once the subject of a nationwide manhunt.

Frazier Glenn Cross, of Aurora, Mo., was booked into Johnson County jail on a preliminary charge of first-degree murder after the attacks Sunday in Overland Park.

At a news conference, Overland Park police Chief John Douglass declined to publicly identify the man suspected in the attacks. But an official at the Olathe jail, speaking on the condition of anonymity because he wasn't authorized to discuss the case, identified the suspect as 73-year-old Frazier Glenn Cross, of Aurora, Mo.

"Today is a sad and very tragic day," Douglass said at the news conference. "As you might imagine we are only three hours into this investigation. There's a lot of innuendo and a lot of assertions going around. There is really very little hardcore information."

According to police, the attacks happened within minutes of one another. At around 1 p.m. a gunman shot two people in the parking lot behind the Jewish Community Center of Greater Kansas City. He then drove a few blocks away to a Jewish retirement community, Village Shalom, and gunned down a woman or girl there, Douglass said. Officers arrested him in an elementary school parking lot a short time later.

Police said the attacks at both sites happened outside, and that the gunman never entered any buildings. Douglass said the gunman also shot at two other people during the attacks, but missed.

Authorities declined to release the victims' names pending notification of their relatives, and the identity of the person shot at the retirement community was still unknown early Monday. However, the family of the first two victims put out a statement identifying them as Dr. William Lewis Corporon, who died at the scene, and his 14-year-old grandson, Reat Griffin Underwood, who died at Overland Park Regional Medical Center.

They were both Christian, and the family thanked members of their church congregation, among other people, for their support.

"We take comfort knowing they are together in Heaven," the family said. It asked for privacy to mourn.

Rebecca Sturtevant, a hospital spokeswoman, said family members told her Corporon had taken his grandson to the community center so that the boy could try out for a singing competition for high school students. Reat was a freshman at Blue Valley High School and an Eagle Scout.

Douglass said the suspect made several statements to police, "but it's too early to tell you what he may or may not have said." He also said it was too early in the investigation to determine whether there was an anti-Semitic motive for the attacks or whether they will be investigated as hate crimes. The Jewish festival of Passover begins Monday.

"We are investigating it as a hate crime. We're investigating it as a criminal act. We haven't ruled out anything. ... Again, we're three hours into it," he said.

Although the suspect was booked under the last name Cross, he is probably better known as Frazier Glenn Miller. A public records search shows he has used both names, but he refers to himself on his website as Glenn Miller and went by the name Frazier Glenn Miller in 2006 and 2010 campaigns for public office.

The Southern Poverty Law Center, which tracks hate groups, said it reached Miller's wife, Marge, by phone and that she said authorities had been to their home and told her that her husband had been arrested in Sunday's attacks. Calls by The Associated Press to a number listed as Miller's on his website were met by a busy signal or rang unanswered.

According to the law center, Miller has been involved in the white supremacist movement for most of his life. He founded the Carolina Knights of the Ku Klux Klan and was its "grand dragon" in the 1980s. The Army veteran and retired truck driver later founded another white supremacist group, the White Patriot Party, the center said.

Miller was the subject of a nationwide manhunt in 1987 for violating the terms of his bond while appealing a North Carolina conviction for operating a paramilitary camp. The search ended after federal agents found Miller and three other men in an Ozark mobile home, which was filled with hand grenades, automatic weapons and thousands of rounds of ammunition. Miller tried running for U.S. House in 2006 and the U.S. Senate in 2010, espousing a white power platform each time.

The attacks rattled Overland Park, a suburb of about 180,000 residents south of Kansas City.

President Barack Obama released a statement expressing his grief over the attack, and Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback vowed to bring those responsible to justice.

"My heart and prayers are with all those who were affected by today's events," Brownback said in a statement. "We will pursue justice aggressively for these victims and criminal charges against the perpetrator or perpetrators to the full extent of the law."

Michael Siegal, chair of the Jewish Federations of North America, also said in an emailed statement that "no community should have to face a moment such as this one."

"Today, on the eve of Pesach, we are left to contemplate how we must continue our work building a world in which all people are free to live their lives without the threat of terror," he said.

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Associated Press writer Tim Jacobs in Chicago contributed to this report.

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Police Seek Answers After 7 Dead Babies Found http://www.kristv.com/news/police-seek-answers-after-7-dead-babies-found/ http://www.kristv.com/news/police-seek-answers-after-7-dead-babies-found/ National News Mon, 14 Apr 2014 3:17:56 AM Associated Press Police Seek Answers After 7 Dead Babies Found

PLEASANT GROVE, Utah (AP) - The discovery of seven dead babies in cardboard boxes in a Utah garage has police desperately seeking answers from the mother and other family members about how such a tragedy unfolded over a decade with no one noticing.

Megan Huntsman, 39, is accused of killing her babies after giving birth to the children between 1996 and 2006, investigators said. She was booked Sunday into the Utah County Jailwith six counts of murder. It wasn't immediately clear if Huntsman has an attorney or why there were six counts and not seven.

The gruesome case has raised a series of questions about how the killings occurred despite Huntsman carrying out what neighbors seemed like a normal existence. Police declined to comment on a motive and what Huntsman said during an interview with investigators.

Her estranged husband made the discovery while cleaning out the garage after recently getting out of prison, and authorities do not believe he was aware of the killings and he isn't a person of interest at this time.

Police Capt. Michael Roberts said officers responded to a call from him Saturday about a dead infant, and then they found the six other bodies.

Family and neighbors identified the estranged husband as Darren West, who has been in prison on drug-related charges.

Roberts said police believe West and Huntsman were together when the babies were born.

"We don't believe he had any knowledge of the situation," Roberts told The Associated Press

Asked how the man could not have known about the situation, Roberts replied, "That's the million-dollar question. Amazing."

The babies' bodies were sent to the Utah medical examiner's office for tests, including one to determine the cause of death. DNA samples taken from the suspect and her husband will determine definitively whether the two are the parents, as investigators believe.

Huntsman also has three daughters - one teenager and two young adults - who lived at the house.

Neighbors in the middle-class neighborhood of mostly older homes 35 miles south of Salt Lake City say they were shocked by the accusations and perplexed that the woman's older children still living in the home didn't know their mother was pregnant or notice anything suspicious.

Police say West made the grisly discovery at the house owned by his parents in a city of about 35,000 people at the foot of snow-capped mountains. It's a nondescript, newer home with a brick facade and a star ornament hanging by the door.

Several police cars blocked the entrance to the house Sunday evening as officers milled about with the belongings from the garage strewn across the front lawn.

Late Sunday, West's family issued a statement saying they were in a "state of shock and confusion."

"We are mourning this tragic loss of life and we are trying to stay strong and help each other through this awful event," the statement said before asking for privacy.

West pleaded guilty in federal court in 2005 to two counts of possessing chemicals intended to be used in manufacturing methamphetamine, court records show. In August 2006, he was sentenced to nine years in prison, but appealed the term three times. He maintained his innocence and said he never had any intention to manufacture meth. It's unclear when he was released.

West's sister Sarah Wright wrote to federal district court in 2006, saying West is a good father to his three daughters. She said he worked at an excavation company for 11 years and is an avid outdoorsman who likes to fish and camp.

"Darren is such an awesome dad," she wrote.

Neighbors told the AP they were shocked and horrified by the accusations of what went on inside the home. None of them even knew Huntsman was pregnant in recent years.

The family members seemed like nice people and good neighbors, said Aaron and Kathie Hawker, who live next door.

Huntsman moved out several years ago, leaving her three daughters, one teenager and two young adults, to live alone, the Hawkers said. They weren't sure where Huntsman has since been living.

Years ago, Huntsman baby-sat the Hawker grandchildren and they were friendly with each other.

"It makes us so sad, we want to cry," Kathie Hawker said. "We enjoyed having them as a neighbor. This has just blown us away."

Aaron Hawker said he talked with West on Saturday morning. He told Hawker he was cleaning out the mess in the garage.

"Two hours later, suddenly we had all these policemen here," Aaron Hawker said.

Fred Newman, a neighbor whose cousin is the husband's mother, said he's perplexed how the three oldest daughters living there didn't know about what police say was going on. He said the girls didn't always park their cars in the garage, but did sometimes in the cold winter months.

"What's shocking is the three older ones living there and not noticing that their mother was pregnant," Newman said.

He said he has used his snow-blower to clean off the driveway of the home and the young women would thank him.

The girls were normal youngsters, coming and going often, neighbor Vickie Nelson said.

"It's shocking and kind of morbid and strange," Nelson said as he looked across the street at the garage from her from lawn.

Roberts said the case has been "emotionally draining" and upsetting to investigators. He was at the home when the bodies were discovered.

"My personal reaction? Just shocked. Couldn't believe it. The other officers felt the same," the 19-year police veteran said.

"They got more and more shocked each box they opened," Roberts said.

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Griffith reported from Reno, Nev. Associated Press writer Annie Knox in Salt Lake City contributed to this report.

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Ripples of Nevada Range Showdown Spreading in West http://www.kristv.com/news/ripples-of-nevada-range-showdown-spreading-in-west/ http://www.kristv.com/news/ripples-of-nevada-range-showdown-spreading-in-west/ National News Fri, 11 Apr 2014 5:25:14 PM Ripples of Nevada Range Showdown Spreading in West

LAS VEGAS (AP) - Images of a forced cattle roundup on a rural Nevada range sent ripples through the West on Friday, prompting elected officials in several states to weigh in, militia members to mobilize and federal land managers to reshape elements of the operation.

Bureau of Land Management officials dismantled designated protest areas Thursday and Nevada's governor urged calm as the fight over rancher Cliven Bundy's cattle widened into a debate about states' rights and federal land-use policy.

The dispute that triggered the roundup dates to 1993, when the BLM cited concern for the federally protected tortoise. The agency later revoked Bundy's grazing rights.

Bundy claims ancestral rights to graze his cattle on lands his Mormon family settled in the 19th century. He stopped paying grazing fees and disregarded several court orders to remove his animals.

BLM officials say Bundy now owes more than $1.1 million in unpaid grazing fees.

"I'm seeing a lot of passionate Americans willing to stand up for important rights," said Nevada state Assemblywoman Michele Fiore.

Fiore, a Republican, said Friday she has been making the 80-mile drive from Las Vegas to a growing tent city of militia members, advocates and protesters in dusty but scenic rangeland near Bundy's ranch, just east of the Virgin River. She said she was horrified that BLM police used stun guns on one of Bundy's adult sons during a Wednesday confrontation on a state highway near the Bundy melon farm in the Gold Butte area.

Video of that confrontation has spread on the Internet, along with blog commentary claiming excessive government force and calls to arms from self-described militia leaders. Some have invoked references to deadly confrontations with federal authorities, including a siege of a ranch home in Ruby Ridge, Idaho, in 1992, and the fiery destruction of a religious compound near Waco, Texas, that killed 76 people in 1993.

In Arizona, a congressman said he and several state Republican lawmakers may travel to Bunkerville to protest what they perceive as government heavy-handedness.

U.S. Rep. Bob Thorpe of Flagstaff said he and state legislators weren't arguing whether Bundy broke laws or violated grazing agreements. Thorpe said the Arizona lawmakers were upset the BLM initially restricted protesters to so-called "free speech zones."

U.S. Sen. Dean Heller and Gov. Brian Sandoval, both Republicans, have also said they were upset with the way the BLM was conducting the roundup.

After the areas were removed Thursday, Sandoval issued a new statement.

"Although tensions remain high, escalation of current events could have negative, long lasting consequences that can be avoided," it said.

Amy Lueders, BLM state director in Nevada, told reporters the agency made changes to respond to the governor's concerns. She said protesters would be allowed to congregate on public land as long as they don't disrupt the gathering operation.

The roundup started last Saturday, after the BLM and National Park Service shut down an area half the size of Delaware to let cowhands using helicopters and vehicles gather about 900 cattle that officials say are trespassing.

BLM officials reported 352 cows were collected by Wednesday. The roundup has continued, but no further updates have been provided.

Bundy, 67, and his large family cast their resistance to the roundup as a constitutional stand. He says he doesn't recognize federal authority over state land.

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3 Things You Can do to Protect from Heartbleed Bug http://www.kristv.com/news/3-things-you-can-do-to-protect-from-heartbleed-bug/ http://www.kristv.com/news/3-things-you-can-do-to-protect-from-heartbleed-bug/ National News Fri, 11 Apr 2014 4:42:43 PM 3 Things You Can do to Protect from Heartbleed Bug

The "Heartbleed" bug has caused anxiety for people and businesses. Now, it appears that the computer bug is affecting not just websites, but also networking equipment including routers, switches and firewalls.

The extent of the damage caused by the Heartbleed is unknown. The security hole exists on a vast number of the Internet's Web servers and went undetected for more than two years. Although it's conceivable that the flaw was never discovered by hackers, it's difficult to tell.

There isn't much that people can do to protect themselves completely until the affected websites implement a fix. And in the case of networking equipment, that could be a while.

Here are three things you can do to reduce the threat:

- Change your passwords. This isn't a full-proof solution. It'll only help if the website in question has put in place required security patches. You also might want to wait a week and then change them again.

- Worried about the websites you're surfing? There's a free add-on for the Firefox browser to check a site's vulnerability and provide color-codes flags. Green means go and red means stop. You can download it here: https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/heartbleed-checker/

- Check the website of the company that made your home router to see if it has announced any problems. Also be diligent about downloading and installing and software updates you may receive.

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Toe Sucker Gets 60 Days in Jail http://www.kristv.com/news/toe-sucker-gets-60-days-in-jail/ http://www.kristv.com/news/toe-sucker-gets-60-days-in-jail/ National News Fri, 11 Apr 2014 2:56:56 PM Toe Sucker Gets 60 Days in Jail

NORTH CAROLINA - A man who got himself in trouble for sucking a woman's toes has been sentenced to 60 days in jail.

During a court appearance, 31-year old Michael Anthony Brown apologized for his actions inside a North Carolina Walmart.

He told a woman that he was studying to be a foot doctor and could help her pick out shoes that were better for her feet.

The woman told police she accepted his offer, but instead of looking at her feet, he sucked on her toes. She also said he offered to buy her groceries when she got upset. Instead, she called police.

Brown was charged with misdemeanor assault.

 


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'Peep Show' Madness http://www.kristv.com/news/peep-show-madness/ http://www.kristv.com/news/peep-show-madness/ National News Fri, 11 Apr 2014 2:48:45 PM 'Peep Show' Madness

MARYLAND (WBAL) - Peeps, those sugary marshmallow are a thing of art in Carroll County, Maryland, where the seventh annual "Peep Show" has opened.

More than 170 exhibit entries, most of which are dioramas, were created in all shapes and sizes using Peeps, from just a few to nearly 2,000. They're on display at the Carroll Arts Center.

"Some of them are engineering marvels. They're truly masterpieces," says Carroll Arts Center Director Sandy Oxx. "We have a Peep lighthouse. We have the leg lamp from 'A Christmas Story.' Of course we have many of the characters from 'Frozen' this year. We have an incredible Maryland Terp, and we have a mutant ninja turtle."

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Sebelius Resigns, Replacement Nominated http://www.kristv.com/news/sebelius-resigns-replacement-nominated/ http://www.kristv.com/news/sebelius-resigns-replacement-nominated/ National News Fri, 11 Apr 2014 12:39:46 PM Sebelius Resigns, Replacement Nominated

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama praised outgoing Health and Human Secretary Kathleen Sebelius for helping to steer his health care law's comeback after a rocky rollout, even as he nominated a successor aimed at helping the White House move past the political damage.

"Under Kathleen's leadership, her team at HHS turned the corner, got it fixed, got the job done," Obama said Friday in a Rose Garden ceremony. "And the final score speaks for itself."

About 7.5 million people have signed up for health insurance through the new law, exceeding expectations after website woes stymied sign-ups for weeks when enrollment opened last fall.

The president's praise for Sebelius also served as an implicit defense for the sweeping health measure that will be a centerpiece of his legacy. Still, her resignation sent a clear signal that the White House is seeking to turn the page on a difficult stretch for a law that remains unpopular with much of the American public.

Obama nominated his budget chief, Sylvia Mathews Burwell, to replace Sebelius, calling her "a proven manager" who knows how to get results. The nomination of Burwell, who was confirmed by the Senate 96-0 for her current post last year, appeared aimed at avoiding an election-year confirmation fight.

"Last time, she was confirmed unanimously," Obama said. "I'm assuming not much has changed since that time."

Sebelius, who has served as Obama's health and human services chief for five years, was instrumental in steering the sweeping health law through Congress in 2010. But her tenure was marred by widespread technical problems that crippled the sign-up website for weeks, sparking calls from Republicans for Sebelius' resignation.

While Obama stood by Sebelius publicly throughout the troubled rollout, it became clear that her close relationship with the White House had frayed. West Wing officials said they felt blindsided by the extent of the technical problems and installed a longtime Obama adviser to oversee fixes.

As she announced her resignation Friday, Sebelius called her work on the health law the "cause of my life."

"We are at the front lines of a long-overdue national change," she said.

White House officials said Sebelius approached the president about stepping down a month ago, suggesting that the close of the six-month enrollment window marked a natural point for a transition. Officials said she also told the president he would be better served by a secretary who was less of a political target.

Burwell still faces steep challenges at HHS if she is confirmed, even with the first enrollment window complete. The administration has to improve customer service for millions of Americans trying to navigate the new system. And there's a concern that premiums may rise for 2015, since many younger, healthier people appear to have sat out open enrollment season.

On the political front, congressional Republicans remain implacably opposed to the Affordable Care Act, even as several GOP governors have accepted the law's expansion of safety-net coverage under Medicaid. GOP opposition means Republicans can be expected to continue to deny additional funds for implementation.

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell., R-Ky., welcomed Sebelius' resignation but appeared to indicate openness to a dialogue with Burwell even as he declared that "Obamacare has to go."

"I hope this is the start of a candid conversation about Obamacare's shortcomings and the need to protect Medicare," McConnell said.

A popular former governor of Kansas, Sebelius has been one of Obama's longest-serving Cabinet officials and his only HHS secretary. But she appeared caught off guard by the sign-up problems last fall and stumbled in many of her public appearances during that stretch.

The White House sent management expert and longtime Obama adviser Jeffrey Zients to oversee a rescue operation that turned things around by the end of November. After taking the helm of the project, Zients said management issues were partly to blame but did not point the finger at any individuals.

Sebelius took personal responsibility for the chaotic launch of the website and asked the HHS inspector general to conduct an investigation. That report is not expected for months.

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, a staunch supporter of the health care law, praised Sebelius as a "forceful, effective and essential" secretary.

"Secretary Sebelius was a leader in the long effort to make history for our country with passage of the Affordable Care Act," the California Democrat said in a statement.

In nominating the 48-year-old Burwell, Obama is tapping a Washington veteran who has a low profile and the respect of some Republicans on Capitol Hill. Though she only joined the Obama administration last year, Burwell held several White House and Treasury posts during President Bill Clinton's administration.

Between her stints in the executive branch, Burwell served as president of Wal-Mart's charitable arm and led the global development program at the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

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Leaked Findings Paint Pattern of CIA Deception http://www.kristv.com/news/leaked-findings-paint-pattern-of-cia-deception/ http://www.kristv.com/news/leaked-findings-paint-pattern-of-cia-deception/ National News Fri, 11 Apr 2014 12:24:44 PM Leaked Findings Paint Pattern of CIA Deception

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Senate Intelligence Committee has found a pattern of CIA deception about the effectiveness of harsh interrogations after the Sept. 11 attacks.

The McClatchy news service has published what it says are the 20 findings from a voluminous, still-classified review.

It concludes waterboarding and other enhanced interrogation techniques failed to produce valuable intelligence; the CIA misled the Bush administration, Congress and the public about the value of the brutal treatment; the agency employed unauthorized techniques on detainees and improperly detained others; and never properly evaluated its actions.

The reported findings are consistent with what senators have detailed about the investigation since its 2009 inception.

The committee is investigating what it says is the findings' unauthorized disclosure.

Sen. Dianne Feinstein says she plans to refer the matter to the Justice Department.

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Fiery Crash Leaves 10 Dead http://www.kristv.com/news/fiery-crash-leaves-10-dead/ http://www.kristv.com/news/fiery-crash-leaves-10-dead/ National News Fri, 11 Apr 2014 10:36:16 AM Fiery Crash Leaves 10 Dead

CALIFORNIA (NBC News) - At least ten people are now dead following a fiery bus crash on California's Interstate 5 near Orland.

Witnesses say a FedEx delivery truck crossed the median, slamming into a charter bus carrying prospective college students to a tour at Humboldt State University.

Both vehicle immediately erupted in flames.

"There was an emergency exit, but there were too many students in the bus that were trying to get out, so students that were there broke the windows, and that helped a lot of us get out safely," said crash survivor Jonathan Gutierrez.

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Two Brothers Detained, Cited By BLM In Bundy Cattle Dispute http://www.kristv.com/news/two-brothers-detained-cited-by-blm-in-bundy-cattle-dispute/ http://www.kristv.com/news/two-brothers-detained-cited-by-blm-in-bundy-cattle-dispute/ National News Fri, 11 Apr 2014 7:02:27 AM Two Brothers Detained, Cited By BLM In Bundy Cattle Dispute

NEVADA - Two protesters scuffled with federal rangers at the Cliven Bundy cattle protest near Bunkerville Thursday evening.

The Bureau of Land Management says Tyler and Spencer Schillig were trespassing in a federal holding pen near the Overton Marina, where some of Bundy's cattle are being held. The BLM rounded up the animals a short time earlier.

The men are brothers. They say rangers surrounded them, threatened them with tasers and detained them for hours.

"I decided, you know what? Enough is enough," Tyler Schillig said. "I went down and confronted the officers, and then I was also arrested."

Tyler Schillig wasn't hurt. Spencer said he was. "They took me to the ground," Spencer Schillig said.

He says the marks on his face are a result of the encounter. He says he did not provoke the authorities. "I showed no signs of aggression," Spencer said.

The BLM has been moving the cattle off public land since Saturday, because BLM representatives say Bundy allowed the animals to illegally graze on the land.

The BLM detained the brothers for two hours and cited them for interfering with agency functions, disorderly conduct and violent behavior.

 


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Immigration Protests At Civil Rights Summit http://www.kristv.com/news/immigration-protests-at-civil-rights-summit/ http://www.kristv.com/news/immigration-protests-at-civil-rights-summit/ National News Fri, 11 Apr 2014 4:26:02 AM Immigration Protests At Civil Rights Summit

AUSTIN - Dozens of immigration reform activists took to the streets of Austin on Thursday, as President Obama visited to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act.

The protesters want action on immigration reform -- calling on the President to use executive orders to halt deportations.

Police arrested three people after they chained themselves to a statue of Martin Luther King Junior.

 


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9 People Killed In Bus Crash http://www.kristv.com/news/9-people-killed-in-bus-crash/ http://www.kristv.com/news/9-people-killed-in-bus-crash/ National News Fri, 11 Apr 2014 3:25:14 AM 9 People Killed In Bus Crash

CALIFORNIA - A bus carrying prospective college students for a University visit was involved in the crash, at least nine pepole were killed.

The California highway patrol says a Fed Ex delivery truck was traveling on Interstate Five, when it crossed the freeway.

The truck sideswiped a car, before colliding head on with the charter bus.

High school students going for a campus tour at Humboldt State University were on board that bus.

The accident is now under investigation.the drivers of the truck and bus were among those killed.

The rest of the victims were bus passengers. At least 35 people have been hospitalized.

 


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Health and Human Services Secretary to Resign http://www.kristv.com/news/health-and-human-services-secretary-to-resign/ http://www.kristv.com/news/health-and-human-services-secretary-to-resign/ National News Thu, 10 Apr 2014 5:39:43 PM Health and Human Services Secretary to Resign

WASHINGTON (AP) - Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius is resigning after the rocky rollout of President Barack Obama's signature health care law, a White House official said Thursday.

Her resignation comes just over a week after the end of the first enrollment period for the Obamacare law. While the opening weeks of the rollout were marred by website woes, the administration rebounded strongly by enrolling more than 7 million people in the new insurance marketplaces.

Sebelius' resignation following her five-year tenure in Obama's Cabinet comes as the White House seeks to rebound from the politically damaging launch of the health care law. But it could also set the stage for a contentious election-year confirmation hearing to replace her, as Republicans seek to make the health law the centerpiece of their efforts to retake the Senate in the November midterm contests.

In a sign that the White House is seeking to avoid a nomination fight, the official said the president was tapping Sylvia Mathews Burwell, the director of the Office of Management and Budget, to replace Sebelius. Burwell was unanimously confirmed by the Senate for current post.

The official was not authorized to discuss Sebelius' resignation ahead of the formal announcement and requested anonymity.

Sebelius, the former governor of Kansas, has been one of Obama's longest-serving Cabinet officials. She was instrumental in shepherding the health care law through Congress in 2010 and implementing its initial components, including a popular provision that allow young people to stay on their parents insurance plans until age 26.

But Sebelius' relationship with the White House frayed during last fall's rollout of the insurance exchanges that are at the center of the sweeping overhaul. The president and his top advisers said they were frustrated by what they considered to be a lack of information from HHS over the extent of the website troubles.

In the months before the exchanges opened, Sebelius assured lawmakers and the public that new health insurance markets would open on time in all 50 states. After technical problems crippled online sign-ups after the Oct. 1 launch, the White House sent management expert and longtime Obama adviser Jeffrey Zients to oversee a rescue operation that turned things around by the end of November.

Sebelius dropped no hints about her resignation Thursday when she testified at a budget hearing.

The next secretary will have to with contend with huge challenges related to the continued implementation of the health overhaul, as well as the divisive politics around it that show no sign of abating.

On the practical side, the administration has to improve customer service for millions of Americans trying to navigate the new system. There's also a concern that premiums may rise for 2015, since many younger, healthier people appear to have sat out open enrollment season.

On the political front, congressional Republicans remain implacably opposed to "Obamacare," even as several GOP governors have accepted the law's expansion of safety-net coverage under Medicaid. Opposition by congressional Republicans means they can be expected to continue to deny additional funds for implementation.

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Associated Press writer Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar contributed to this report.

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Senate Committee Orders Review of US Democracy Programs in Cuba http://www.kristv.com/news/senate-committee-orders-review-of-us-democracy-programs-in-cuba/ http://www.kristv.com/news/senate-committee-orders-review-of-us-democracy-programs-in-cuba/ National News Thu, 10 Apr 2014 1:24:48 PM Senate Committee Orders Review of US Democracy Programs in Cuba

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Senate Foreign Relations Committee asked the U.S. Agency for International Development on Thursday to turn over all records about the Obama administration's secret Cuban twitter program as part of a broader review of the agency's civil-society efforts worldwide.

The request included copies of messages the U.S. government or its contractors transmitted to subscribers in Cuba, who never were told about Washington's role in the primitive, text message-based cellphone service that was meant to undermine Cuba's communist government and was the subject of an Associated Press investigation last week.

"I'd like to get a full sense of all your democracy programs, beyond the Internet, as well, because we're going to judge all of those in context," committee chairman Robert Menendez, D-N.J., told USAID administrator Rajiv Shah during a hearing. Menendez, who said he supported the Cuban twitter network known as ZunZuneo, said he may ask for separate reviews by other auditing agencies, including inspectors general and the Government Accountability Office.

He said he will advocate that pro-democracy programs continue to be run by the agency.

Menendez made the surprise request after Sen. Jeff Flake, R-Ariz., separately asked for data about the program under the auspices of Congress's oversight responsibilities. "Will we have access to all the tweets or the messages that were sent by USAID or its contractors in full so we can judge here?" Flake asked. "Because we have to provide oversight, whether we authorize programs or fund them."

The USAID administrator told Flake that the agency doesn't have most of them but promised to turn over any documents it can obtain from contractors. "You'll have access to what we are able to gather," Shah said.

Menendez, who made the request without a committee vote, said the review will consider whether USAID's pro-democracy programs in Cuba were consistent with those run in other foreign countries, and whether USAID should operate what it has since acknowledged was a "discreet" program. The agency's full name is United States Agency for International Development.

The AP investigation revealed that the U.S. government took great care to keep its role hidden in the now-defunct ZunZuneo, which was publicly launched in 2010, using foreign bank transactions and computer networks. The AP also revealed that draft messages produced were overtly political, despite earlier U.S. government statements that the service had a more neutral purpose.

In four congressional hearings over three consecutive days, lawmakers have debated whether USAID, best known for its humanitarian mission, should be running such a cloak-and-dagger mission instead of government spy agencies like the CIA. Based on internal documents and interviews, AP reported that Cuban subscribers were neither aware it was created by the U.S. government nor that American contractors were gathering personal data about them, in the hope that the information might be used someday for political purposes.

Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., strongly defended ZunZuneo as a platform Cubans could use to communicate with each other amid government-imposed Internet restrictions. Rubio said he wants to restart the operation, which ended in 2012, although he acknowledged that USAID was perhaps not the appropriate federal agency to do so.

"Maybe USAID is not the perfect agency for this," Rubio said.

Rubio asked the USAID administrator, "This wasn't an intelligence program. We weren't spying on the Cuban government, were we?"

Shah replied, "No."

USAID publicly launched ZunZuneo shortly after the 2009 arrest in Cuba of American contractor Alan Gross. He was imprisoned after traveling repeatedly to the country on a separate, clandestine USAID mission to expand Internet access using sensitive technology that only governments use. Flake said the Senate's review should consider whether such "discreet" programs endanger aid workers like Gross.

"Do we want to continue to fund programs like this that, in my view, might put USAID contractors or individuals from other countries, including Cuba, that participate in this program, in danger?" Flake asked. He said USAID could argue whether the program was legally authorized but said its involvement was "ill-advised."

In defending the program, the Obama administration and critics of Castro's government have pointed to federal audits and budgetary checks over the roughly $20 million that the Washington agency spends on Cuban democracy initiatives. But the author of the GAO study that Shah cited repeatedly this week said he wasn't asked about examining "the wisdom of conducting such activities."

The Senate committee's request to review the program's paperwork, two years after it was shut down, came despite the White House's assertions that Congress was fully informed all along about ZunZuneo.

Menendez on Thursday said USAID's Cuban program was not "in any way a cockamamie idea." His comments took direct aim at Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., who earlier this week criticized the USAID program in similar terms - marking a rare departure from the Senate's tradition of staid decorum among lawmakers.

"It is dumb, dumb and even dumber to go ahead and suggest that there can be freedom, and we should seek Internet freedom globally, but somehow the people of Cuba don't deserve the same freedom," Menendez said. Leahy last week called the secretive program "dumb, dumb, dumb."

Former intelligence officers experienced in covert operations told the AP they could not recall the involvement of USAID in any previous similar intelligence activities. Former CIA Middle East operative Robert Baer called the aid agency's secret operation "frankly, nuts."

"Not to say that that is an important mission, but why would we put that mission in USAID?" asked Sen. Mike Johanns, R-Neb., at another hearing earlier this week. "Why wouldn't you look at some other part of the federal government to place that mission? To me, it seems crazy. It just seems crazy that you would be in the middle of that."

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Associated Press writer Desmond Butler in Istanbul contributed to this report.

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Strip Mall Crocodile Nabbed http://www.kristv.com/news/strip-mall-crocodile-nabbed/ http://www.kristv.com/news/strip-mall-crocodile-nabbed/ National News Thu, 10 Apr 2014 10:52:02 AM Strip Mall Crocodile Nabbed

CALIFORNIA (KCRA) - A 4-foot crocodile was abandoned outside a reptile shop in Roseville, California Wednesday.

The crocodile somehow managed to escape its container and spent time wandering around a strip mall before it was captured by animal control officers.

California Fish and Wildlife officials said the crocodile is very dangerous.

"This one is a really nasty crocodile," said Patrick Foy, a game warden. "It's got a really bad attitude. This animal genuinely is a very dangerous animal. Leaving it in a parking lot absolutely puts the public at risk, especially kids who might think that they can go and touch it -- people who just don't know how dangerous these crocodiles really are."

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Bacon Prices Rise After Virus Kills Baby Pigs http://www.kristv.com/news/bacon-prices-rise-after-virus-kills-baby-pigs/ http://www.kristv.com/news/bacon-prices-rise-after-virus-kills-baby-pigs/ National News Thu, 10 Apr 2014 8:02:40 AM Bacon Prices Rise After Virus Kills Baby Pigs

NEW YORK - You better be bringing home the bacon if you want to bring home some bacon. Pork prices are skyrocketing!

A mysterious virus from China has swept thru 27 states, killing millions of piglets.

Bacon's far from alone with this pork price increase. It includes popular cuts like center pork loin.

And in the last month we're told it's really impacting business.

To blame is a virus never before seen in the United States. It has killed millions of piglets in less than a year - mostly in midwestern states, but elsewhere as well.

That's impacted the supply, which has therefore increased the price.

There are no reports of the piglet-killing virus infecting people or other animals.

 


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Reflecting On Progress, Obama Honors Civil Rights http://www.kristv.com/news/reflecting-on-progress-obama-honors-civil-rights/ http://www.kristv.com/news/reflecting-on-progress-obama-honors-civil-rights/ National News Thu, 10 Apr 2014 7:45:59 AM Associated Press Reflecting On Progress, Obama Honors Civil Rights

HOUSTON (AP) - Barack Obama was 2 years old when Lyndon Baines Johnson sat in the East Room of the White House with Martin Luther King Jr. and signed the Civil Rights Act, putting an end to an America where schools, restaurants and water fountains were divided by race. Half a century later, the first black man to become president is commemorating what's been accomplished in his lifetime and recommitting the nation to fighting deep inequalities that remain.

Obama takes the podium on Thursday afternoon on the third and final day of a 50th anniversary summit that's bringing four living presidents, civil rights leaders and cultural icons to the LBJ Presidential Library in Austin, Texas. The celebration comes as Johnson's legacy, four decades removed from the end of the Vietnam War, is being revisited, with his prolific domestic achievements serving as a reminder of how little Washington seems to accomplish today.

For Obama, who was criticized by some African-Americans in his first term for doing too little to help minorities, the commemoration dovetails with a focus on inequality and economic opportunity that has become an early hallmark of Obama's second term with modest success. Democrats have seized on the broader theme as their battle cry for the election year.

Lingering injustices in the U.S. notwithstanding, the significance of Obama's participation in Thursday's ceremony isn't lost on Rep. John Lewis, D-Ga., who withstood violence and arrest during the civil rights marches through Alabama in the mid-1960s.

"If somebody told me back in 1964 that a man of color would be president of the United States, I would have said, 'You're crazy, you're out of your mind, you don't even know what you're talking about,'" Lewis said in an interview. "When people say to me nothing has changed, that feels like, come and walk in my shoes."

The summit kicked off Tuesday with remarks from former President Jimmy Carter, who lamented residual racial inequality and Americans' apathy about the problem. Former President Bill Clinton followed on Wednesday, riffing on immigration and voting rights while warning that a modern-day reluctance to work together threatened to "put us back in the dustbin of old history."

After campaign events Wednesday night in Houston, Obama and first lady Michelle Obama were to fly to Austin in time to appear at the summit Thursday afternoon. Former President George W. Bush will deliver the finale in the evening.

"It's probably the most important moment in the history of the library since LBJ died in 1973," Mark Updegrove, the presidential library's director, said of the 50th anniversary.

When Americans look back 200 years from now at the nation's broader trajectory on civil rights, they'll likely single out three major markers along the way, presidential historian and LBJ biographer Doris Kearns Goodwin said: Abraham Lincoln's Emancipation Proclamation, the Civil Rights Act and Obama's election in 2007.

"The Emancipation Proclamation was a proclamation, but not a fact," Goodwin said. "LBJ brought it closer to being a fact. The election of the first African-American president brings it yet closer."

But the vision is not yet fulfilled, civil rights activists insist. They're wary of allowing celebrations of what's been accomplished to become excuses for failing to finish the job.

Johnson seemed to foreshadow those concerns when he warned in 1965, days after Lewis and others were beaten in Selma, Ala., that the battle was far from over.

"It's not just Negroes, but really it's all of us, who must overcome the crippling legacy of bigotry and injustice," Johnson said, using the vernacular of the time. "And we shall overcome."

As activists and leaders look to the next 50 years, the focus has turned to other areas where they say injustice remains and can be reduced, including equal pay for women, same-sex marriage and poverty - an issue that echoes Johnson's own War on Poverty. So too have voting rights attracted renewed attention in the wake of a Supreme Court ruling gutting much of the Voting Rights Act - another part of LBJ's legacy.

For Johnson's family, the symbolism is also personal. The day that LBJ signed the Civil Rights Act was the day his daughter, Luci Baines Johnson, turned 17. With no time to acquire a Hallmark card, her father gave her a handwritten note that year - the only one she has from her father, she said.

"And yet on my father's 100th birthday as we stood at his gravesite and (paid) tribute to the man we loved, we couldn't help but think that he was getting the best birthday present any man could ever hope for - but especially Lyndon Johnson - because Barack Obama was being nominated to head his party as its presidential candidate," she said.

The convergence of such historical heavyweights - all the living presidents except George H.W. Bush, who is 89, are attending - underlines a renaissance of sorts for Johnson, whose legacy for decades was stained by the expansion of the Vietnam War under his command. With time has come a renewed look at what he managed to accomplish on the domestic front, a long list of sweeping reforms that includes Medicare, Medicaid, fair housing and immigration legislation.

The aggressive pace of Johnson's legislative victories has offered a contrast to Obama in the years since Republicans seized control of the House two years into Obama's presidency. Republicans accuse Obama of lacking the enthusiasm to engage with Congress that marked Johnson's tenure. White House aides and Democrats point to Obama's ambitious health care law and argue that institutional changes unrelated to Obama have made governing near impossible.

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Kidnapping Victim Rescued http://www.kristv.com/news/kidnapping-victim-rescued/ http://www.kristv.com/news/kidnapping-victim-rescued/ National News Thu, 10 Apr 2014 7:13:18 AM Kidnapping Victim Rescued

NORTH CAROLINA - A harrowing kidnapping in Wake Forest, North Carolina has a happy ending after several agencies worked to bring the man home.

Frank Arthur Janssen was taken from his home against his will earlier this month.

Wake Forest Police began an investigation for a missing person that grew to an FBI investigation which covered many regional offices.

Several law enforcement agencies worked together and determined the 63 year old was the victim of a kidnapping and was being held inside an apartment in Atlanta.

the FBI's hostage rescue team was able to rescue Janssen shortly before midnight Thursday.

Officials say the investigation is still open, and they are not releasing any more details.

 


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