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. () () Fri, 29 Aug 2014 08:08:59 GMT Synapse CMS 10 KRISTV.com http://www.kristv.com/ 144 25 Obama Weighs Options for Targeting Islamic State Assets http://www.kristv.com/news/obama-weighs-options-for-targeting-islamic-state-assets/ http://www.kristv.com/news/obama-weighs-options-for-targeting-islamic-state-assets/ National News Thu, 28 Aug 2014 3:28:15 PM Associated Press Obama Weighs Options for Targeting Islamic State Assets

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama says degrading Islamic State militants is going to require a "regional strategy" and assistance from partners in the Middle East.

Obama is speaking shortly before meeting with his national security advisers to discuss options for going after the militant group. The president says he has asked the Pentagon to prepare a range of options for confronting the militants.

The U.S. is already going after militant targets inside Iraq and officials say Obama is considering taking similar action in Syria.

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Baby Killed in Drive-By Shooting http://www.kristv.com/news/baby-killed-in-drive-by-shooting/ http://www.kristv.com/news/baby-killed-in-drive-by-shooting/ National News Thu, 28 Aug 2014 4:56:50 AM Baby Killed in Drive-By Shooting

KENTUCKY - Louisville Metro Police are investigating after a baby was shot and killed in what they called an apparent drive-by.

The shooting happened around 6 p.m. Wednesday in the 100 block of South 37th Street.

The baby and her mother were shot outside a home. The baby was rushed to Kosair Children's Hospital, where she died a short time later. Her mother is recovering at University of Louisville Hospital.

"This don't make no sense. This really doesn't make any sense," said Sherrie Miller, a relative of the victims.

Miller said her granddaughter and great-granddaughter were the ones who were shot.

"It was like six guys, they said six guys come around this corner. One of them had a white T-shirt on and then there was some more of them. And said they came up there, and the case shells is up on my daughter's porch, (and they started) shooting," said Miller.

"Well I knew it wasn't firecrackers. It sounded like firecrackers, but it was gunshots," said neighbor Eva Goodrich.

Goodrich lives a half block from where the shooting took place. She was in her basement when she heard the gunfire.

"I could really hear them because they were right there at my basement window," said Goodrich.

Police are still trying to piece together exactly what happened and who's responsible.

"Obviously this appears to be some sort of drive-by situation, but again, it's too early to tell whether these individuals were the target of this shooting," said LMPD spokesman Dwight Mitchell.

Miller said violence is plaguing this part of Louisville.

She wants to see more police officers patrolling the streets.

"Let's do something about it; let's get the job done. We need more police officers," said Miller.

The woman's mother said she was shot in the stomach.

So far, no arrests have been made in the case.

 


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Caught On Cam: Jail Break! http://www.kristv.com/news/caught-on-cam-jail-break-/ http://www.kristv.com/news/caught-on-cam-jail-break-/ National News Thu, 28 Aug 2014 4:35:50 AM Caught On Cam: Jail Break!

IDAHO (KTVB) Police are searching for a man who broke out of Idaho's Payette County Jail just after 8:30 a.m. Tuesday.

The sheriff's department says 27-year-old Nicholas Grove of Ontario, Oregon scaled a fence in the recreation yard, climbing over the razor wire to escape. He was last spotted wearing a white T-shirt, black shorts or sweatpants and no shoes.

Grove was originally arrested for unlawful possession of a firearm by a felon, carrying a concealed weapon without a permit, possession of burglary tools and an invalid license.

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'Cops' Crew Member Killed in Omaha Police Shooting http://www.kristv.com/news/cops-crew-member-killed-in-omaha-police-shooting-377236/ http://www.kristv.com/news/cops-crew-member-killed-in-omaha-police-shooting-377236/ National News Thu, 28 Aug 2014 4:09:07 AM 'Cops' Crew Member Killed in Omaha Police Shooting

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) - Police officers who opened fire while disrupting a robbery at a fast-food restaurant in Omaha killed a crew member with the TV show "Cops" as well as the suspect, who was armed with a pellet gun that they thought was a real handgun, authorities said Wednesday.

The suspect fired from the pellet gun before officers returned fire, Police Chief Todd Schmaderer said at a news conference. He said witnesses and officers thought the robbery suspect's Airsoft handgun looked and sounded real, but discovered later that it fires only plastic pellets. The suspect was struck by the officers' gunfire, but fled outside of the restaurant before collapsing.

Officers continued firing on the suspect as he exited the restaurant, and that was when the "Cops" crew member, 38-year-old Bryce Dion, was also struck, said Schamaderer. Dion was wearing a bullet-proof vest, but a single bullet that hit his arm "slipped into a gap in the vest" and entered his chest, Schmaderer said.

"My concern with my officers is that they are taking this very hard," Schmaderer said. "Bryce was their friend."

Schmaderer said video captured by another crew member of the "Cops" TV show shows the chaotic situation in the restaurant. Police released still shots from the video showing a hooded and masked person pointing what looks like a gun at police. Schmaderer said police would not release the full video, but that it will be part of the grand jury investigation into the shooting.

The suspect was identified as 32-year-old Cortez Washington, who was on parole. Schmaderer said Washington had a lengthy criminal record, including an accessory to robbery conviction from Missouri. He started parole in August 2011 and transferred to Nebraska in September 2013. His parole was due to expire in June 2017.

Schmaderer said the incident began when one of the officers, on his way to another reported robbery, called about the robbery at the Wendy's and requested backup. The "Cops" crew members were with two officers who responded to that request.

When police entered the restaurant and confronted the suspect, Dion, who was the sound operator, got separated from the cameraman, Schmaderer said.

Dion worked for Langley Productions, which is based in Santa Monica, California.

Key executives of the company, President John Langely and Executive Producer Morgan Langley, attended the police news conference in Omaha on Wednesday.

"Bryce has been with us for seven years," said Morgan Langley, who hired Dion. "This is very hard for us."

"Cops" is a reality TV show that depicts law enforcement officers in action. According to its website, the show has been filmed in at least 140 U.S. cities and three foreign counties.

John Langley said the crew had been filming all summer in Omaha and had only one week left in the city when the deadly shooting happened.

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Missouri Governor Names New Public Safety Director http://www.kristv.com/news/missouri-governor-names-new-public-safety-director/ http://www.kristv.com/news/missouri-governor-names-new-public-safety-director/ National News Wed, 27 Aug 2014 12:58:33 PM ST. LOUIS (AP) - Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon on Wednesday appointed a new state public safety director, giving his administration its first black Cabinet member nearly three weeks after the shooting of a black 18-year-old by a white police officer led to violent protests in a St. Louis suburb.

The governor said former St. Louis police chief Daniel Isom II will take over as director of the Missouri Department of Public Safety on Sept. 1. He will replace Jerry Lee, who is retiring after almost three years as director.

The appointment comes after Nixon faced criticism both for the lack of racial diversity among his department leaders and for the state's response to protesters and looters following the Aug. 9 shooting of Michael Brown by Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson.

Nixon did not directly say whether the leadership change was related to the events in Ferguson. He said Isom "has experience and training in law enforcement that are almost unmatched." Nixon also denied forcing Lee to retire.

"I work constantly to try to make sure we have a government that reflects the citizens of the state," Nixon said at a St. Louis press conference that abruptly ended after he had fielded only a few questions.

In the immediate days after Brown's shooting, local police in riot gear fired tear gas and rubber bullets at protesters who refused to disperse and, at times, broke into nearby stores. Nixon eventually placed the State Highway Patrol in charge of securing Ferguson with a more relaxed approach. After one relatively calm night, however, police stood by as people again looted stores. Nixon then imposed a curfew, lifted it after a couple of nights of clashes between police and protesters, and called in the National Guard.

Tensions have lessened in recent days, but Nixon did not say Wednesday how long the patrol would remain in charge of securing the neighborhood near where Brown was shot.

The public safety director oversees both the patrol and the guard. He also oversees the State Emergency Management Agency, which deals with natural disasters, and a wide variety of other programs such as veterans' nursing homes and casino regulations.

Isom joined the St. Louis police department in 1988 and served as the chief from October 2008 until he retired in January 2013. He currently serves as a professor in the Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice at the University of Missouri-St. Louis.

"As a professor and as a police officer, I've dedicated my life to trying to find out better ways to make the community safe," Isom said.

Before his appointment in October 2011, Lee worked for 38 years in the St. Louis County Police Department, including serving as chief from 2004 to 2009.

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Girl Accidentally Kills Gun Instructor with Uzi http://www.kristv.com/news/girl-accidentally-kills-gun-instructor-with-uzi/ http://www.kristv.com/news/girl-accidentally-kills-gun-instructor-with-uzi/ National News Wed, 27 Aug 2014 10:35:50 AM Associated Press Girl Accidentally Kills Gun Instructor with Uzi

PHOENIX (AP) - "All right, full auto," the firing-range instructor tells a 9-year-old girl. She braces the Uzi submachine gun and opens fire at a black-silhouette target. But the recoil wrenches the fully automatic weapon upward, and the instructor is shot in the head and killed.

The death has set off a powerful debate over youngsters and guns, with many people wondering what sort of parents would let a child handle an Uzi.

Instructor Charles Vacca, 39, was standing next to the girl Monday at the Last Stop outdoor shooting range in White Hills, Arizona, about 25 miles south of Las Vegas, when she squeezed the trigger.

Sam Scarmardo, a former Lake Havasu City Council member who operates the shooting range, said Wednesday that the girl's parents had signed waivers saying they understood the rules of the range and were standing nearby, video-recording their daughter, when the accident happened.

"I have regret we let this child shoot, and I have regret that Charlie was killed in the incident," Scarmardo said.

This isn't the first accidental shooting by a child using an Uzi. An 8-year-old boy died after shooting himself in the head at a gun expo near Springfield, Massachusetts, in 2008. Christopher Bizilj was firing at pumpkins when the Uzi kicked back.

Ronald Scott, a Phoenix-based firearms safety expert, said most shooting ranges have an age limit and strict safety rules when teaching children to shoot. He said instructors usually have their hands on guns when children are firing high-powered weapons.

"You can't give a 9-year-old an Uzi and expect her to control it," Scott said.

The instructor's death generated angry social-media comments about why a child was allowed to use an automatic weapon. Many readers expressed sympathy for the girl while questioning whether the adults at the gun range were to blame.

Scarmardo said his policy of allowing children 8 and older to fire guns under adult supervision and the watchful eye of an instructor is standard practice in the industry. The range's policies are under review, he said.

A video released by investigators shows the 9-year-old, whose identity hasn't been released, holding the stubby weapon in both hands. Vacca, standing to her left, tells her to turn her left leg forward.

"All right, go ahead and give me one shot," he tells the girl, whose back is to the camera during the entire 27-second video. He then cheers when she fires one round at the target.

"All right, full auto," Vacca says. The video, which does not show the actual incident, ends with a series of shots being heard.

Arizona has long had a strong pro-gun culture, including weapon ranges that promote events for children and families. Some of these ranges offer people the thrill of firing weapons such as the Uzi that are heavily restricted and cannot easily be obtained by members of the public.

The Scottsdale Gun Club in recent years has allowed children and families to pose with Santa Claus while holding machine guns and other weapons from the club. Children as young as 10 are allowed to hunt big game such as elk and deer in Arizona, provided they have completed a hunter safety course.

The gun range operator said he doesn't know what went wrong to cause the shooting, pointing out that Vacca was an Army veteran who had experience in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Scarmardo, who has been operating the gun range for more than a year and has run another for 14 years, said he hasn't had a safety problem before at his ranges.

"We never even issued a Band-Aid," Scarmardo said.

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6 Million Laptop Charging Cords Recalled http://www.kristv.com/news/6-million-laptop-charging-cords-recalled/ http://www.kristv.com/news/6-million-laptop-charging-cords-recalled/ National News Wed, 27 Aug 2014 8:15:15 AM 6 Million Laptop Charging Cords Recalled

WASHINGTON - If you have an HP laptop, you might want to check your charging cord.

HP is recalling six million power cords because they can overheat and catch fire.

The recall affects cords sold between September 2010 and June 2012 for HP and Compaq notebooks, as well as certain docking stations.

HP has received nearly 30 reported cases, two involved burns and there were 13 claims of property damage.

HP has provided an online tool for customers to determine if their cord is recalled.

 

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3 Men Abducted, Robbed, Thrown In River, 2 Dead http://www.kristv.com/news/3-men-abducted-robbed-thrown-in-river-2-dead/ http://www.kristv.com/news/3-men-abducted-robbed-thrown-in-river-2-dead/ National News Wed, 27 Aug 2014 5:22:14 AM 3 Men Abducted, Robbed, Thrown In River, 2 Dead

PHILADELPHIA - Police rushed to Fairmount Park and plucked a man from the Schuylkill River after three men were abducted and robbed overnight. Crews wound up pulling two bound bodies from the water.

Philadelphia Police rushed to the river along the Kelly Drive near Hunting Park Avenue around 4 a.m. after one of the victims called 911.

Officers arrived at the scene to find that man suffering from a stab wound.

They then found two bodies in the water -- both bound head to toe with tape.

Police using flashlights taped off a large area and searched for clues as they tried to figure out what happened.

An initial investigation showed that the men were dragged across the concrete and grass before being dumped in the river, according to police on the scene.

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4 People, Including 2 Children Murdered http://www.kristv.com/news/4-people-including-2-children-murdered/ http://www.kristv.com/news/4-people-including-2-children-murdered/ National News Tue, 26 Aug 2014 7:25:28 AM 4 People, Including 2 Children Murdered

OKLAHOMA - An overnight murder in Tulsa, Oklahoma leaves four people dead including two children.

It happened sometime after midnight local time at an apartment complex on the east side of town.

Authorities won't say if the victims are related or how they were killed.

They also have not released any information on a possible suspect.

A toddler was found alive in the apartment.

 


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Report: No Proof Veterans Died Because of Delays http://www.kristv.com/news/report-no-proof-veterans-died-because-of-delays/ http://www.kristv.com/news/report-no-proof-veterans-died-because-of-delays/ National News Tue, 26 Aug 2014 4:23:17 AM Report: No Proof Veterans Died Because of Delays

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Veterans Affairs Department says investigators have found no proof that delays in care caused any deaths at a VA hospital in Phoenix, deflating an explosive allegation that helped expose a troubled health care system in which veterans waited months for appointments while employees falsified records to cover up the delays.

Revelations that as many as 40 veterans died while awaiting care at the Phoenix VA hospital rocked the agency last spring, bringing to light scheduling problems and allegations of misconduct at other hospitals as well. The scandal led to the resignation of former VA Secretary Eric Shinseki. In July, Congress approved spending an additional $16 billion to help shore up the system.

The VA's Office of Inspector General has been investigating the delays for months and shared a draft report of its findings with VA officials.

In a written memorandum about the report, VA Secretary Robert A. McDonald said, "It is important to note that while OIG's case reviews in the report document substantial delays in care, and quality-of-care concerns, OIG was unable to conclusively assert that the absence of timely quality care caused the death of these veterans."

The inspector general's final report has not yet been issued. The inspector general runs an independent office within the VA.

Deputy VA Secretary Sloan Gibson confirmed the findings in an interview with The Associated Press. Gibson, however, stressed that veterans were still waiting too long for care, an issue the agency was working to fix.

"They looked to see if there was any causal relationship associated with the delay in care and the death of these veterans and they were unable to find one. But from my perspective, that don't make it OK," Gibson said. "Veterans were waiting too long for care and there were things being done, there were scheduling improprieties happening at Phoenix and frankly at other locations as well. Those are unacceptable."

In April, Dr. Samuel Foote, who had worked for the Phoenix VA for more than 20 years before retiring in December, brought the allegations to Congress.

Foote accused Arizona VA leaders of collecting bonuses for reducing patient wait times. But, he said, the purported successes resulted from data manipulation rather than improved service for veterans. He said up to 40 patients died while awaiting care.

In May, the inspector general's office found that 1,700 veterans were waiting for primary care appointments at the Phoenix VA but did not show up on the wait list. "Until that happens, the reported wait times for these veterans has not started," said a report issued in May.

Gibson said the VA reached out to all 1,700 veterans in Phoenix and scheduled care for them. However, he acknowledged there are still 1,800 veterans in Phoenix who requested appointments but will have to wait at least 90 days for care.

The VA has said it was firing three executives of the Phoenix VA hospital. The agency has also said it planned to fire two supervisors and discipline four other employees in Colorado and Wyoming accused of falsifying health care data.

Gibson said he expected the list of disciplined employees to grow. He took over as acting VA secretary when Shinseki resigned and returned to his job as deputy secretary after McDonald was confirmed.

"The fundamental point here is, we are taking bold and decisive action to fix these problems because it's unacceptable," Gibson said. "We owe veterans, we owe the American people, an apology. We've delivered that apology. We'll keep delivering that apology for our failure to meet their expectations for timely and effective health care."

To help reduce backlogs, the VA is sending more veterans to private doctors for care.

Congress approved $10 billion in emergency spending over three years to pay private doctors and other health professionals to care for veterans who can't get timely appointments at VA medical facilities, or who live more than 40 miles from one.

The new law includes $5 billion for hiring more VA doctors, nurses and other medical staff and $1.3 billion to open 27 new VA clinics across the country.

The legislation also makes it easier to fire hospital administrators and senior VA executives for negligence or poor performance.

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Workers Killed By Toxic Fumes While Stuck In Sewer http://www.kristv.com/news/workers-killed-by-toxic-fumes-while-stuck-in-sewer/ http://www.kristv.com/news/workers-killed-by-toxic-fumes-while-stuck-in-sewer/ National News Tue, 26 Aug 2014 3:55:02 AM Workers Killed By Toxic Fumes While Stuck In Sewer

ARIZONA - Two workers apparently died after getting overcome by toxic fumes in a sewer outside a Scottsdale, Arizona shopping mall Monday.

Scottsdale Fire Department officials say three workers were doing some maintenance or repair work in the sewer near The Promenade around 4 p.m. but weren't wearing full protective gear for an unknown reason.

A bystander heard screams coming from the sewer and called authorities, Scottsdale Fire Division Chief Jay Ducote said. One of the workers was able to climb out of the 15-foot sewer despite feeling lethargic, but the other two workers apparently were rendered unconscious by fumes inside, according to authorities.

Ducote said arriving crews recorded high levels of hydrogen cyanide and hydrogen sulfide coming out of the sewer. It wasn't immediately clear if the men were city workers or employed by a private company, authorities said, and their names weren't immediately released.

The lone survivor was taken to a Scottsdale hospital for evaluation.

Firefighters in full hazmat suits ventilated the 3 ½-foot manhole cover for hours before crews started to go down into the sewer, using a tripod with harnesses to recover the bodies.

 


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Mortar Round Caused Deadly Explosion at Recycling Plant http://www.kristv.com/news/mortar-round-caused-deadly-explosion-at-recycling-plant/ http://www.kristv.com/news/mortar-round-caused-deadly-explosion-at-recycling-plant/ National News Mon, 25 Aug 2014 5:02:00 PM Associated Press Mortar Round Caused Deadly Explosion at Recycling Plant

GRANITE CITY, Ill. (AP) - A mortar round exploded Monday at a suburban St. Louis metal recycling plant that does business with the military, killing two people.

The explosion at Totall Metal Recycling in Granite City occurred about 6:25 a.m., police said. Totall Metal Recycling, which employs about 160 people, according to its website, does business with the military and it's not unusual for it to have items such as "military engines and ammunition casings," police chief Rich Miller said.

Bomb technicians were sweeping the site for other possible explosives Monday afternoon.

The victims, whom responders could not initially get to because of the fear of further explosions, were not immediately identified. A third person was injured and taken to a St. Louis hospital, police said, but a condition was not available.

"This corporation recycles everything you can think of, from plastics to cardboard to metals, and some of their contracts involve getting materials from the military," Miller said at a briefing for reporters near the plant Monday afternoon.

He said authorities do not suspect any malicious intent and were investigating the explosion as an "industrial accident." Miller did not comment on whether the facility has ever received a live mortar before or whether proper procedures were followed in handling it, saying that would be part of the investigation. He also said investigators are looking at what was happening when it exploded.

The Illinois secretary of state's bomb squad was dispatched to the scene to support an explosive ordnance disposal unit from Scott Air Force Base, secretary of state's spokesman Henry Haupt said. Also on the scene were agents from the federal bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, and St. Louis city and county police agencies, Miller said.

Robert Nosbisch, resident agent in charge of the ATF in Fairview Heights, said it's not unusual in a situation like this one to get help and other resources from area agencies with expertise in explosives. The heat played a role, too, requiring the rotation of investigators wearing special gear, Miller said.

A statement released by the company did not give any details about what might have occurred. It said the firm was cooperating with local, state, and federal authorities.

"Our thoughts and prayers are with the families as we collectively cope with this tragedy," the statement said. "We are committed to providing each employee and his or her family with counseling resources during this difficult time."

No information was released Monday on the victims pending positive identification, Madison County chief deputy coroner Roger Smith said.

Prather Elementary School, with about 500 students in kindergarten through fourth grade, is about half a mile west of the plant. Granite City School Superintendent Jim Greenwald said the students reported to school shortly after the accident occurred and classes proceeded normally, though the principal decided to keep the students inside for recess.

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TS Cristobal Slowly Moving Away from Bahamas http://www.kristv.com/news/ts-cristobal-slowly-moving-away-from-bahamas/ http://www.kristv.com/news/ts-cristobal-slowly-moving-away-from-bahamas/ National News Mon, 25 Aug 2014 4:56:42 PM TS Cristobal Slowly Moving Away from Bahamas

KINGSTON, Jamaica (AP) - The center of Tropical Storm Cristobal was slowly moving away from the Bahamas on Monday, leaving behind flooded communities across a swath of soaked Caribbean islands and resulting in at least two fatalities.

Flight operations were suspended at the main airport in the drenched Turks & Caicos Islands. Government offices and banks were shuttered Monday on the low-lying islands that are highly vulnerable to flooding from heavy rains and storm surge, and authorities said many homes were flooded, especially on North and Middle Caicos islands.

"It is absolutely shocking and horrifying to see people's lives impacted in this way," Minister of Border Control and Labor Ricardo Gardiner said in Turks and Caicos, where officials said the hovering storm bands dumped some 12 inches (30 centimeters) of rain since Friday.

The storm was moving north-northeastward as it pulled away from the Bahamas archipelago, but it was forecast to curve away from the U.S. East Coast. The U.S. National Hurricane Center said strengthening is expected and Cristobal could become a hurricane on Wednesday as it moves over open waters west and north of the mid-Atlantic British territory of Bermuda.

In the Bahamas, government meteorologists warned that severe thunderstorms from the storm's outer bands posed threats Monday to Mayaguana, Acklins and a few other islands and they called for boaters to return to port and residents to stay indoors.

On the Caribbean island of Hispaniola, one Dominican man drowned and two Haitians went missing over the weekend when they were caught up in rivers swollen by Cristobal's driving rains. Authorities say they are still searching for the two Haitians missing since late Saturday in Saint Marc, a port town on the country's west coast.

On Monday, the Turks & Caicos governor's office reported one storm fatality in the tiny archipelago, saying a body was recovered from floodwaters on the main island of Providenciales.

About 3,600 people were evacuated from communities in the Dominican Republic, according to Jose Manuel Mendez, director of the country's emergency operations center. Some 23 rural communities were marooned over the weekend.

Roughly 640 Haitian families were left temporarily homeless during the passage of the storm, according to Luckecy Mathieu, a civil protection coordinator. At least 28 homes were badly damaged and four others were destroyed, he said.

Last week, the storm soaked islands in the eastern Caribbean and downed power lines in Puerto Rico, leaving more than 20,000 people without power and thousands without water service.

By late Monday afternoon, the hurricane center in Miami reported Cristobal was centered about 670 miles (1,080 kilometers) southwest of Bermuda and was tracking north-northeast near 5 mph (7 kph). It had maximum sustained winds of about 60 mph (95 kph).

Meanwhile in the Pacific, Hurricane Marie was moving northwest as a major Category 4 storm, bringing high waves but no threat of a direct hit to Mexico's Pacific coast.

The weakening hurricane's sustained winds were near 135 mph (214 kph) with more weakening expected over the next two days. It was centered about 490 miles (790 kilometers) southwest of the southern tip of Mexico's Baja California Peninsula.

Swells generated by Marie were affecting the southwestern coast of Mexico and the southern gulf of California. National Hurricane Center forecasters said the swells were expected to reach southern California by Tuesday and were likely to cause "life-threatening surf and rip current conditions."

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Michael Brown Laid to Rest http://www.kristv.com/news/michael-brown-laid-to-rest/ http://www.kristv.com/news/michael-brown-laid-to-rest/ National News Mon, 25 Aug 2014 1:59:53 PM Michael Brown Laid to Rest

ST. LOUIS (AP) - Michael Brown's relatives said goodbye Monday to the 18-year-old who was shot and killed by a police officer, remembering him as a "gentle soul" with a deep and growing faith in Christianity and ambitions that one day "the world would know his name."

Thousands of mourners filled the massive Friendly Temple Missionary Baptist Church in St. Louis for the funeral, which began with upbeat music punctuated by clapping. Some mourners danced in place, and ushers passed out water and tissues.

Eric Davis, one of Brown's cousins, urged the crowd to go to the polls and push for change, saying the community has had "enough of the senseless killings."

Brown's uncle, Bernard Ewing, described Brown as a "big guy, but a kind, gentle soul." He recalled his nephew once telling the family that someday his name would be known by the wider world.

"He did not know he was offering up a divine prophecy at that time," Ewing said.

Another uncle, pastor Charles Ewing, said in his eulogy that Brown's "blood is crying from the ground, crying for vengeance, crying for justice."

Among the mourners was Will Acklin, a black man from Little Rock, Arkansas.

"It's important in that as a child I was pushed by police, mistreated by police, cursed by police, and I was a good kid," said Acklin, who is 63. "I was an honor student. When I heard this, I felt compelled to come here and show my respects."

Angela Pierre, a machine operator who once lived in Ferguson, where the shooting happened and fueled nearly two weeks of street protests, said she hopes the funeral helps turn a page and eases tensions. Most important, though, she hopes it provides healing for Brown's family.

"I really wanted to just be here today to pray for the family and pray for peace," said Pierre, 48, who is black. "When all of this dies down, there still a mother, father and a family who's lost someone. Sometimes a lot of the unrest takes away from that."

The church's sanctuary, which seats about 2,500, filled quickly. Overflow rooms holding another 2,000 were full, too.

With the church at capacity, many people could not get in and instead waited outside, crowded into shady areas on a day when the temperature was expected to come close to 100 degrees. Ambulance crews were on hand in case of any heat-related illnesses.

Poster-size photos of Brown, wearing headphones, were on each side of the closed casket, which had a St. Louis Cardinals ball cap atop it. Large projection screens showed a photo of Brown clutching his high school diploma while wearing his cap and gown. He had been scheduled to start training at a technical school two days after his death. He wanted to become a heating and air-conditioning technician.

Brown's father, Michael Brown Sr., has asked protesters to take a break Monday and observe a "day of silence" so the family can grieve.

"Tomorrow all I want is peace," he told hundreds of people Sunday in St. Louis' largest city park during brief remarks at a festival that promotes peace over violence. "That's all I ask."

Early Monday morning, Brown's request appeared to be honored. At the Ferguson Police Department, where a small but steady group of protesters have stood vigil for two weeks, a handmade sign announced a "break for funeral." The West Florissant Avenue commercial corridor was also devoid of protesters, whose ranks have typically swelled as days turned to nights.

Brown was unarmed when he was shot Aug. 9 by officer Darren Wilson, who is white. A grand jury is considering evidence in the case, and a federal investigation is also underway.

Police have said a scuffle broke out after Wilson told Brown and a friend to move out of the street and onto a sidewalk. Police said Wilson was pushed into his squad car and physically assaulted. Some witnesses have reported seeing Brown's arms in the air - an act of surrender. An autopsy found Brown was shot at least six times.

Family members denounced a video released by police, who say it shows Brown snatching some cigars in a convenience store just before he was killed. In the video, the person said to be Brown is seen grabbing a clerk by the shirt and forcefully pushing him into a display rack.

Family and friends say Brown was an aspiring rapper with a gentle, joking manner who dubbed himself "Big Mike." He was good at fixing things, liked computer games, the rapper Lil Wayne, Drake, the movie "Grown Ups 2," and the TV show "Family Guy."

"We don't want anything tomorrow to happen that might defile the name of Michael Brown," Sharpton said as he stood next to Brown's father on Sunday. "This is not about our rage tomorrow. It's about the legacy and memory of his son."

President Barack Obama sent three White House aides. Others in attendance included the Rev. Jesse Jackson, moviemaker Spike Lee and entertainer Sean Combs, as well as many local and regional civil rights leaders. The Rev. Al Sharpton was also expected to speak.

Monday also marked the first day back at school for students in the Ferguson-Florissant School District. Classes were scheduled to begin Aug. 14 but postponed due to safety concerns.

School personnel have received training in how to deal with students who may be experiencing stress related to the shooting and its aftermath.

"I'm excited," said Marcus Baker, a junior at McCluer South-Berkeley High School. "We're ready to move forward. But we're still going to remember him."

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Associated Press Writer Alan Scher Zagier in Ferguson contributed to this report.

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Army: Shooter at Ft. Lee was Female Soldier http://www.kristv.com/news/army-shooter-at-ft-lee-was-female-soldier/ http://www.kristv.com/news/army-shooter-at-ft-lee-was-female-soldier/ National News Mon, 25 Aug 2014 10:10:00 AM Associated Press Army: Shooter at Ft. Lee was Female Soldier

FORT LEE, Va. (AP) - The Army says early reports indicate that a female soldier turned a gun on herself and fired one shot, injuring herself, on a central Virginia base.

The Army put Fort Lee on lockdown Monday morning, with a report of an active shooter. Officials say the soldier had a gun inside a four-story building that is the headquarters for the Army's Combined Arms Support Command.

Pentagon spokeswoman Alayne Conway says the shooter did not wound anyone, but she was uncertain of the shooter's status. Virginia Commonwealth University says one patient was brought in to its Medical Center but did not give other details.

The lockdown has been lifted.

Fort Lee is 25 miles south of Richmond and 130 miles from Washington. The military says it's the Army's third-largest training site.

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Active Shooter Reported at Fort Lee in Virginia http://www.kristv.com/news/active-shooter-reported-at-fort-lee-in-virginia/ http://www.kristv.com/news/active-shooter-reported-at-fort-lee-in-virginia/ National News Mon, 25 Aug 2014 8:52:40 AM Active Shooter Reported at Fort Lee in Virginia

FORT LEE, Va. (AP) - An active shooter has been reported at the Fort Lee Army base in central Virginia.

According to Fort Lee's verified Twitter account, the base has been put on lockdown and personnel there have been told to enact active shooter protocols.

No other details were immediately available.

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6.0 Earthquake Rocks California http://www.kristv.com/news/6-0-earthquake-rocks-california/ http://www.kristv.com/news/6-0-earthquake-rocks-california/ National News Mon, 25 Aug 2014 3:22:39 AM 6.0 Earthquake Rocks California

CALIFORNIA - It was the strongest earthquake to hit the San Francisco Bay Area in 25 years.

The 6.0 quake struck at 3am local time, its epicenter about six miles from Napa, California.

Officials reported at least six fires, more than a hundred gas line leaks and dozens of broken water mains.

Broken bottles of wine and groceries covered grocery store floors.

Hundreds of people were treated at hospitals, many with minor injuries.

One child was critically injured after being hit by a crumbling fireplace.

 


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Strong Earthquake Shakes Northern California http://www.kristv.com/news/strong-earthquake-shakes-northern-california/ http://www.kristv.com/news/strong-earthquake-shakes-northern-california/ National News Sun, 24 Aug 2014 11:12:35 AM Strong Earthquake Shakes Northern California

NAPA CALIFORNIA: A strong earthquake rocked the heart of Northern California's wine country early Sunday morning, sending dozens to area hospitals, 2 of those are in critical condition.

The 6.1 quake struck around 3:20AM, Pacific time, near the town of Napa, famous for it Napa Valley vineyards.

Daylight has revealed scattered damage across the town, from cracks in streets to broken gas and water mains. A few residences have caught fire, but are being worked on now by firefighters.

At the time of this post, 89 people were taken to local hospitals, the vast majority of them have minor injuries.

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Pentagon Cites 'Dangerous' Chinese Jet Intercept http://www.kristv.com/news/pentagon-cites-dangerous-chinese-jet-intercept/ http://www.kristv.com/news/pentagon-cites-dangerous-chinese-jet-intercept/ National News Fri, 22 Aug 2014 2:54:58 PM Pentagon Cites 'Dangerous' Chinese Jet Intercept

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Obama administration on Friday accused a Chinese fighter jet of conducting a "dangerous intercept" of a U.S. Navy surveillance and reconnaissance aircraft off the coast of China in international airspace.

The Pentagon press secretary, Rear Adm. John Kirby, said Washington protested to the Chinese military through diplomatic channels, calling the fighter pilot's actions "unsafe and unprofessional."

At a news briefing at Martha's Vineyard, Massachusetts, where President Barack Obama is vacationing, Ben Rhodes, deputy national security adviser for strategic communications, called the intercept "a deeply concerning provocation" and suggested it could set back efforts to improve relations.

"What we've encouraged is constructive military-to-military ties with China, and this kind of action clearly violates the spirit of that engagement," Rhodes told reporters.

Kirby said the Aug. 19 maneuvering by the Chinese jet posed a risk to the safety of the U.S. air crew, was "inconsistent with customary international law," and complicates efforts to improve military-to-military relations, which are often strained.

Kirby said the Chinese jet made several close passes by the Navy P-8 Poseidon plane, coming within 30 feet of it at one point. He said the Chinese jet did a "barrel roll" maneuver over the top of the Poseidon at one point and also passed across the nose of the Navy plane, exposing the belly of the fighter in a way apparently designed to show that it was armed.

Kirby said it happened about 135 miles east of China's Hainan Island. In 2001 a Chinese jet collided with a U.S. Navy surveillance aircraft off Hainan Island, killing the Chinese pilot and forcing the Navy plane to make an emergency landing on the island. Washington severed military relations with China after that episode.

The Navy's P-8 Poseidon aircraft are designed for long-range missions including intelligence collection and reconnaissance.

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New Fear: What Happens in Ferguson if There's No Indictment? http://www.kristv.com/news/new-fear-what-happens-in-ferguson-if-there-s-no-indictment-/ http://www.kristv.com/news/new-fear-what-happens-in-ferguson-if-there-s-no-indictment-/ National News Fri, 22 Aug 2014 2:51:02 PM Associated Press New Fear: What Happens in Ferguson if There's No Indictment?

FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) - Conditions calmed this week in Ferguson after nights of sometimes violent unrest stemming from the fatal shooting of a black 18-year-old by a white police officer. But a delicate and crucial question lingers: What happens if the grand jury now considering the case doesn't return a charge against the officer?

The fear among some local residents and officials trying to maintain peace in Ferguson is that failure to charge the officer could stoke new anger among a community profoundly mistrustful of the legal system.

U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill told The Associated Press she's pushing for federal and local investigations to be completed around the same time so that all evidence in the case can be made public - a step many consider important should prosecutors decide not to charge the officer. Her office said Friday that the Department of Justice hasn't given a timeline for the federal investigation, which centers on whether a civil rights violation occurred when officer Darren Wilson fatally shot the unarmed Brown Aug. 9.

McCaskill, a former prosecutor in Missouri, said she's hopeful the physical evidence in the case - including blood spatter patterns, clothing and shell casings - will provide "incontrovertible facts" about what happened during the shooting. She said whatever local prosecutors decide, it will be important to explain the decision by providing that physical evidence, and that won't be possible if the federal investigation is ongoing.

Two black women and one black man are among the 12 grand jurors hearing evidence on whether to charge Wilson, Paul Fox, director of judicial administration for St. Louis County Circuit Court, said Friday. Nine grand jurors must vote to issue an indictment.

McCaskill said she urged Attorney General Eric Holder during a meeting earlier this week to speed up what is typically a lengthier federal process.

"What we want to avoid is a decision being made without all the information being available to the public also," McCaskill said, adding that not being able to do so could "create more stress and certainly much more fear that we would be back to worrying about people being able to protest safely."

"Obviously all of us are concerned not just about that this process be fair, but what does this next six months look like?" she said.

Many residents who live in the Ferguson, eager to end the disruptions to their lives caused by protests and police presence, say they fear the community's anger will explode anew if Wilson isn't charged.

"This officer has to be indicted. I'd hate to see what happens if he isn't. The rioting, the looting, man ...," said resident Larry Loveless, 29, as he stopped at the memorial for Brown where he was killed.

Brown's shooting set off more than a week of racial unrest and protests. Those demonstrations have quieted in recent days, and on Thursday Gov. Jay Nixon ordered the Missouri National Guard - which had been called in to try to quell violence in the streets of Ferguson - to being withdrawing from the area.

St. Louis County prosecutors this week convened a grand jury to begin hearing evidence in the case, despite concerns among some in the community - including Brown's parents - that the office would not be impartial because of District Attorney Bob McCulloch's ties to law enforcement. McCulloch's father, mother and other relatives worked for St. Louis police, and his father was killed while responding to a call involving a black suspect. He has said he will not remove himself from the case.

The 12-member grand jury includes six white men, three white women, two black women and one black man, said Paul Fox, director of judicial administration for St. Louis County Circuit Court. Nine votes are needed to indict.

Without specifically mentioning the grand jury's racial makeup, the Brown family's attorney, Benjamin Crump, said the panel "works perfectly" as long as the prosecutor presents the necessary evidence and doesn't withhold information.

Crump said the family doesn't believe the grand jury was necessary, arguing that the prosecutor had sufficient grounds to charge the officer on his own.

The Department of Justice opened a parallel investigation, sending dozens of FBI agents to Ferguson to question witnesses.

Finishing both investigations simultaneously would be unusual because federal investigators typically work independently of their state counterparts and at their own pace, said Paul Cassell, a former federal judge who is a University of Utah law professor.

"That is one of the advantages of a federal investigation. They tend to have a little more distance from the police officers who are being investigated. That provides some assurance of objectivity," he said.

He said prosecutors must avoid considering the potential reaction - even a violent one - on whether to file charges in any case. He said they must make "a dispassionate judgment uninfluenced by public opinion."

The most likely state charges that will be considered in such a case include second-degree murder, voluntary manslaughter and involuntary manslaughter, he said.

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Associated Press writer Ryan J. Foley contributed from Ferguson.

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