Daily Archives: December 20, 2016

Survivor identifies ex-NFL star Hernandez as triggerman in 2012 double murder

A man who survived a deadly 2012 drive-by shooting in Boston identified former New England Patriots star Aaron Hernandez in court on Tuesday as the one who pulled the trigger. Continue reading

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Volcano eruption in Aleutian Islands sparks highest level of alert for aviation

The Alaska Volcano Observatory has issued its highest level of alert for aviation after what it says was a brief eruption of a volcano on the Aleutian Islands on Tuesday. Continue reading

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Indonesia police say 3 suspected militants killed in raid, bombs found

Indonesian police said they killed three suspected militants in a raid Wednesday on the outskirts of Jakarta and found several bombs which they are trying to defuse. Continue reading

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Hawaii warden prevails in lawsuit alleging discrimination

A federal jury found Tuesday that a warden at a jail in Hawaii did not subject female inmates to sexual humiliation and discrimination, and did not retaliate against a jail social worker who brought the suit. Continue reading

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Taiwan loses diplomatic ally in move welcomed by Beijing

Taiwan on Wednesday condemned the African island nation of Sao Tome and Principe’s “abrupt” move to break their diplomatic ties, while rival China welcomed the defection of one of the self-governing island’s small number of allies. Continue reading

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Deadly Mexico fireworks blast hit market packed for holidays

The San Pablito fireworks market was especially well stocked for the holidays and bustling with hundreds of shoppers when a powerful chain-reaction explosion ripped through its stalls, killing at least 29 people and leaving dozens more badly burned. Continue reading

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Uber looks to dominate in Brazil while taxis push to ban app

After ceding to the competition in China earlier this year, ride-hailing company Uber is shifting focus to Brazil, Latin America’s most populous nation. Continue reading

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Indonesia police: 3 suspected militants killed, bombs found

Indonesian police said they killed three suspected militants in a raid Wednesday on the outskirts of the capital Jakarta and found several bombs which they are trying to defuse. Continue reading

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Man, 2 teens charged in Mount Vernon officer shooting

A 44-year-old man suspected of shooting a police officer in the head in Washington state was charged Tuesday with attempted first-degree murder. Continue reading

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No parole for woman convicted of parents’ slayings at age 12

A Dallas-area woman convicted of capital murder for the 2010 slayings of her mother and stepfather when she was 12 is being sent to adult prison rather than parole to complete her 20-year sentence. Continue reading

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California man convicted in wine theft from famed restaurant

A California man has pleaded guilty to a charge stemming in part from the theft of more than 100 wine bottles worth more than $500,000 from a famed Napa Valley restaurant, officials said Tuesday. Continue reading

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Feds shut down Barefoot Bandit’s flight-school fundraiser

A man who became known as the “Barefoot Bandit” during a teenage crime spree in stolen cars, boats, and planes had his flight-school fundraiser grounded by federal probation officials. Continue reading

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911 call in Arkansas road-rage case: ‘This little kid’s been shot’

Newly released 911 recordings depict a frantic, chaotic scene as a grandmother pulls into a Little Rock shopping center and discovers her 3-year-old grandson has been shot in what police describe as a road-rage killing. Continue reading

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8-year-old girl shot in foot during road rage incident on Oregon interstate

An 8-year-old girl was shot in the foot Tuesday during an apparent road rage incident on Interstate 84 in Portland, Oregon, officials said. Continue reading

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Navy scraps plan to dump job titles amid sailors’ complaints

The Navy is scrapping its decision to eliminate dozens of enlisted sailors’ job titles, including many that end in “man,” after hitting an onslaught of opposition from the force. Continue reading

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Retired NY police officer charged with killing four men in drug deal

A retired police officer has been accused of killing four men who went missing during a drug deal this year, and authorities have discovered the remains of four bodies on property linked to him. Continue reading

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The Latest: Prosecutor ups death toll to 26 in Mexico blast

The Latest on an explosion at Mexico’s best-known fireworks market on the northern outskirts of the capital. Continue reading

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Family sues California city after falling tree crushes teen

At least four people in California have been killed when decaying trees have snapped over the past 16 months, including an Oakland teen whose family is suing the city over his death last December while he was climbing a tree. Continue reading

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Landlord sentenced for fire that killed 6 seeks new trial

A Maine landlord sentenced to 90 days in jail after a fire killed six people at one of his properties is requesting a new trial. Continue reading

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Obama Administration hopes to transfer 22 Gitmo detainees, sources say

There is an effort underway to transfer up to 22 Gitmo detainees to other countries by the time President Obama leaves office, two defense officials told Fox News. Continue reading

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Retired Amtrak supervisor admits accepting gifts from vendor

A retired Amtrak supervisor has admitted soliciting and accepting more than $7,000 worth of items from a New Jersey vendor as a reward for spending more than $185,000. Continue reading

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At least 26 dead, dozens injured after explosion at Mexico fireworks market

An explosion ripped through Mexico’s best-known fireworks market on the outskirts of Mexico City Tuesday, killing at least 26 people and injuring scores more while sending a huge plume of charcoal-gray smoke billowing into the sky. Continue reading

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Penn State sues ex-president Spanier for breaching contract

Penn State is countersuing its former president, saying he violated his employment agreement by not disclosing what he knew about Jerry Sandusky before the former assistant football coach’s arrest on child molestation charges in 2011. Continue reading

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Fidel Castro hailed at UN as iconic leader of 20th century

The president of the U.N. Continue reading

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15-year suspension for Nevada fraternity where pledge died

A fraternity on the campus of the University of Nevada, Reno where an 18-year-old pledge died in October has been suspended for 15 years for violating the school’s alcohol policy. Continue reading

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Martin Scorsese: ‘Cinema is gone’

Martin Scorsese’s Manhattan office, in a midtown building a few blocks northwest of the cordoned-off Trump Tower, may be the most concentrated bastion of reverence for cinema on the face of the earth. Continue reading

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Police: 5 teens facing murder charges in deacon’s death

Police say five teenagers are facing murder charges in the death of an Albuquerque carpenter and church deacon who was run down while trying to stop them from stealing his work van. Continue reading

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Photographer seeks San Diego’s help to ID couple getting engaged

There has been a social media push to locate the couple seen getting engaged at a San Diego park on Sunday by a photographer who realized he captured the special moment only after he got home. Continue reading

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The Latest: Reactions to ruling in water pollution suit

The Latest on ruling in suit seeking to reduce size of oxygen-depleted dead zones in Gulf of Mexico and elsewhere (all times local): 4 p.m. Continue reading

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Review: Scorsese’s ‘Silence’ is a gorgeous, tedious journey

Martin Scorsese’s “Silence ” is not an easy film to watch. Continue reading

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Former defense chief Hagel opens Pentagon’s Vietnam exhibit

Former Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel returned to the Pentagon Tuesday to pay tribute to his fellow Vietnam veterans who he said fought in an unpopular war they didn’t understand and returned to an ungrateful nation. Continue reading

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Explosion rips fireworks market outside Mexico City

An explosion has ripped through Mexico’s best-known fireworks market on the northern outskirts of the capital. Continue reading

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Trial set for Mississippi father in his baby’s hot car death

A Mississippi man will go on trial Jan. 30 in the hot car death of his 8-month-old daughter. Continue reading

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Report: Woman dragged off Detroit plane refused to check bag

A police report says the woman dragged off a flight at Detroit Metropolitan Airport refused to check her bag, swipe her boarding pass and leave the plane when requested to do so. Continue reading

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Defendant in Indiana house explosion gets maximum 50 years

A woman who was one of five people charged in a deadly Indianapolis house explosion has been sentenced to 50 year in prison. Continue reading

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Already serving life, killer pleads guilty in 1976 slaying

The case of a 40-year-old Georgia slaying has come to an end with a guilty plea from a convicted cop killer and escape artist who’s already serving life for kidnapping and armed robbery. Continue reading

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ISIS social media accounts promoted use of trucks as weapons more than a month before Berlin attack

Social media sites tied to the terror organization were flooded with links to an article in the group’s magazine touting “the deadly and destructive capability of the motor vehicle.” Continue reading

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Ex-football star identified as shooter in double slaying

A man who survived a deadly 2012 drive-by shooting in Boston has identified former New England Patriots star Aaron Hernandez as the triggerman. Continue reading

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Group criticizes lack of Hispanics in Trump’s Cabinet

So far, Trump has not selected any Hispanics for his Cabinet, whose nominees await Senate confirmation next year. Continue reading

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Venezuelan children acclimating to the idea of a meager, bankrupt Santa

Not only are price tag across the country a slap on the face of Venezuelans. The range of toys offered is also meager and outdated. Continue reading

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AP photographer who captured moment assassin killed ambassador was not assigned event

The photographer who took the haunting picture of the Turkish assassin standing next to the body of the Russian ambassador seconds after the fatal shooting recalled the chaotic incident and that he was not assigned to the otherwise standard gallery opening in Turkey’s capital. Continue reading

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Arizona agrees to settle part of death penalty lawsuit

Arizona has agreed to settle part of a lawsuit by promising it won’t again use the sedative midazolam as part of a three-drug combination while carrying out the death penalty. Continue reading

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Pope grants freedom to jailed prelate in leaks scandal

Pope Francis has freed a Vatican monsignor convicted of leaking confidential documents to journalists, granting him a Christmas-time clemency and ending an embrarrassing episode for the Holy See. Continue reading

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Pentagram erected to protest Nativity scene vandalized

A large metal pentagram erected by a protesting atheist next to a Nativity scene in a Florida park suffered severe damage when pulled down by vandals. Continue reading

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Stray bullet whizzes into students’ classroom; no injuries

A stray bullet has flown through a window into a New York City high school classroom and struck a bulletin board. Continue reading

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Israel seeks to delay evacuation of West Bank outpost

The Israeli government is asking Israel’s Supreme Court for permission to delay the evacuation of a Jewish settlement outpost in the West Bank. Continue reading

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UN chief: Human trafficking a problem in many conflict zones

Outgoing U.N. Continue reading

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Europe tightens security in wake of Berlin Christmas market attack

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UN warns of rapid Palestinian population growth

A senior U.N. Continue reading

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Wilders: Merkel has blood on her hands after Berlin

While German police continue to hunt the person responsible for Monday’s deadly Berlin market attack, Dutch politician Geert Wilders on Tuesday tweeted a provocative, bloody image of the person he blamed for the carnage: German Chancellor Angela Merkel. Continue reading

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