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Remains of Vietnam vet missing since 1980 found PDF  | Print |  E-mail
Written by SCOTT SONNER, Associated Press   
Thursday, 01 May 2014 16:03

RENO, Nev. (AP) — Sheriff's deputies in northern Nevada are investigating the suspected murder of a highly-decorated Vietnam veteran whose remains were found last summer in a septic tank near the historic Comstock mining town of Virginia City nearly 34 years after he disappeared.

Investigators traced the partial serial number on a medallion found with the skeletal remains to ultimately identify George Benson Webster, who was 32 when his mother reported the Sun Valley auto mechanic missing in 1980, detectives said Thursday. His mother has since died.

Washoe County Undersheriff Tim Kuzanek said authorities received a tip in 1986 that Webster might have been killed and his body dumped in a septic tank in south Reno, but it didn't pan out at the time.

"Years of intense investigation yielded no concrete evidence as to his whereabouts. Recently that all changed," he told reporters at a news conference at sheriff's headquarters.

Most hurt in Florida jail blast out of hospital PDF  | Print |  E-mail
Written by MELISSA NELSON-GABRIEL, Associated Press   
Thursday, 01 May 2014 13:52

PENSACOLA, Fla. (AP) — An official in Florida says nearly all of the inmates and corrections officials injured in an apparent gas explosion at a jail have been released from hospitals.

Escambia County spokesman Bill Pearson said Thursday that 184 people were taken to hospitals after the blast and only two inmates and one corrections officer are still there. Pearson wouldn't describe the extent of their injuries.

Two inmates were killed in the explosion late Wednesday. Authorities say three inmates are missing.

The blast created confusion as hundreds of inmates and officers had to evacuate the building, which was all but destroyed.

The Pensacola area was soaked by record-setting rains this week and parts of the jail were flooded, but officials have not determined if the weather had anything to do with the explosion.

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White House calls for more privacy laws PDF  | Print |  E-mail
Written by EILEEN SULLIVAN, Associated Press JULIE PACE, Associated Press   
Thursday, 01 May 2014 13:26

WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House is calling for Congress to pass new privacy laws that would add more safeguards for Americans' data and provide more protections for emails sought in the course of a law enforcement investigation.

The recommendations come in a new White House report about government and private sector use of large amounts of data.

President Barack Obama requested the review in January, when he called for changes to some of the National Security Agency's surveillance programs that amass large amounts of data belonging to Americans and foreigners.

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Nevada rancher's neighbors weary of attention PDF  | Print |  E-mail
Written by KEN RITTER, Associated Press   
Thursday, 01 May 2014 13:19

BUNKERVILLE, Nev. (AP) — American flags flap in the wind on the two-lane state highway to Cliven Bundy's ranch. Along the roadside, self-described militia members in camouflage who came to defend him from the federal government lounge and smoke, loaded pistols on their hips.

Ten miles from these desert encampments, the telephone is ringing more than usual at the police department in Mesquite, 80 miles northeast of Las Vegas.

Travelers from around the country are calling, wondering if it's safe to pass on Interstate 15, where Bundy and his supporters, some armed with military-style weapons, faced down federal officials in an April 12 standoff over his cattle grazing on federal land.

Police Chief Troy Tanner tells callers it's safe. But local authorities and Bundy's neighbors are growing weary of the attention and the unresolved dispute. Since the standoff, Bundy went from being proclaimed a patriot by some for his resistance to a racist for comments he made about blacks being better off under slavery.

"Most of our neighbors have about the same opinions we have. They don't like it," said John Booth, a resident of nearby Bunkerville who drove this week with his wife, Peggie, past the State Route 170 encampments. "But they're not really going to say anything about it."

High school senior class prank leads to 62 arrests PDF  | Print |  E-mail
Written by Associated Press   
Thursday, 01 May 2014 12:55

TEANECK, N.J. (AP) — Sixty-two students were arrested Thursday after police said they broke into their high school overnight for a senior class prank, urinating in hallways, greasing doorknobs with petroleum jelly and taping hot dogs to lockers.

Police said officers responding to a burglar alarm at Teaneck High School shortly after 2 a.m. also found desks flipped over, chairs broken, graffiti on the walls, silly string on the floors and balloons throughout the building.

Even before they went inside, police said, officers could see many students through the building's windows.

Police from more than a dozen neighboring towns plus county law enforcement officers were called in to help.

They used police dogs in their room-by-room roundup of students, some of whom were hiding.

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