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Countries searching for jet to meet on next step PDF  | Print |  E-mail
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Friday, 02 May 2014 06:45

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Senior officials from Malaysia, Australia and China will meet early next week to decide on the next step in the search for the Malaysia Airlines jet, while expressing confidence Friday that the hunt was on the right track despite no wreckage being found so far.

Malaysian Defense Minister Hishammuddin Hussein said that the challenges were huge but he told reporters, " I believe we will find MH370 sooner or later."

Hishammuddin said he will travel to Canberra for the meeting on Monday on the approach forward regarding deployment of assets, engagement with victims' families and expert and technical advice.

An unmanned sub continued to scan the Indian Ocean floor off western Australia where sounds consistent with a plane's black box were detected in early April. Additional equipment is expected to be brought in within the next few weeks to scour an expanded underwater area. The aerial search for surface debris ended this week.

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Police: Teen plotted to kill family, bomb schools PDF  | Print |  E-mail
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Friday, 02 May 2014 06:24

WASECA, Minn. (AP) — Authorities said Thursday that they prevented an "unimaginable tragedy" by foiling a teenager's elaborate plot to kill his family and bomb the junior and senior high school in the southern Minnesota city of Waseca.

Police arrested the 17-year-old suspect Tuesday and charged him in juvenile court Thursday with four counts of attempted first-degree murder, six counts of possessing explosive or incendiary devices and two counts of criminal damage to property. The charges say he told police he intended to kill "as many students as he could."

Capt. Kris Markeson told reporters that authorities believe the teenager was acting alone and would have carried out the attack in the next few weeks if he hadn't been caught. Markeson said he was disturbed by the amount of guns and other material the youth obtained. He said he could not divulge if specific students were targeted. He said police were tipped by a resident who reported a suspicious person at a self-storage facility.

"This case is a classic example of citizens doing the right thing in calling the police when things seem out of place. By doing the right thing, (an) unimaginable tragedy has been prevented," Markeson said.

Last Updated on Friday, 02 May 2014 06:26
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Police use new tool to source crowds for evidence PDF  | Print |  E-mail
Written by TAMI ABDOLLAH, Associated Press   
Friday, 02 May 2014 06:16

LOS ANGELES (AP) — An annual spring party in a Southern California beach town devolved into a riot last month when revelers turned violent, rocking cars, smashing windows and throwing rocks. Dozens were injured and about 50 people ended up in the hospital, including several police officers.

Today, as authorities seek help with the investigation in Isla Vista, they're employing a new online and mobile app that designers say was created specifically for this type of situation.

"When the public really wants to catch these bad guys as badly as we do, this is the mechanism," said Los Angeles Sheriff's Cmdr. Scott Edson, who helped conceptualize the system in the aftermath of the Boston Marathon bombings. "They can help us by sending us pictures and video."

The innovation, known as LEEDIR, the Large Emergency Event Digital Information Repository, pairs an app with cloud storage to help police use smartphones as tools to gather evidence.

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Los Angeles NAACP head resigns over move to honor Sterling PDF  | Print |  E-mail
Written by JUSTIN PRITCHARD, Associated Press   
Friday, 02 May 2014 06:14

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The president of the Los Angeles chapter of the NAACP has resigned following outrage over a decision he later reversed to give Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling an award for promoting civil rights.

Leon Jenkins was to honor Sterling later this month, but rescinded that offer Monday after a recording surfaced over the weekend on which Sterling disparaged black men.

In a letter to the national leader of the nation's oldest civil rights organization, Jenkins wrote that he resigned Thursday "to separate the Los Angeles NAACP and the NAACP from the negative exposure I have caused."

A telephone message and email seeking comment after business hours from the Los Angeles chapter were not immediately returned.

Even before the recording, the decision to give Sterling a "lifetime achievement award" May 15 at the 100th anniversary celebration of the Los Angeles chapter had been questioned by some civil rights activists, who cited allegations of discrimination in Sterling's past.

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Two Alaska State Troopers killed, person detained PDF  | Print |  E-mail
Written by MARK THIESSEN, Associated Press   
Friday, 02 May 2014 06:10

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Two Alaska State Troopers have been shot and killed during an investigation in a remote village, including at least one who had appeared in a television show about Alaska officers on the job.

Troopers spokeswoman Megan Peters identified the two killed Thursday in Tanana as Trooper Gabriel "Gabe" Rich and Sgt. Patrick "Scott" Johnson.

She confirmed that Rich had been featured on the National Geographic show "Alaska State Troopers," and said Johnson might have also appeared but couldn't immediately confirm that.

The show's website says it follows "one of the toughest law enforcement agencies in the nation" and adds, "Responding by land, air, and sea — with backup sometimes days away — these troopers patrol hundreds of miles of rugged terrain in bone-chilling temperatures to protect the people and wildlife of Alaska."

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