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Arizona inmate makes Valentine's escape, is recaptured PDF  | Print |  E-mail
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Saturday, 15 February 2014 06:44

PHOENIX (AP) — An Arizona jail inmate who escaped by climbing two walls and crawling through razor wire and was reportedly meeting his sweetheart on Valentine's Day is back in custody.

The Pinal County Sheriff's office says in a release that inmate Joseph Andrew Dekenipp was caught a few hours after he escaped Friday from the county detention center.

The office says he would undergo treatment for serious cuts he got from the wire before being returned to the lockup.

The Arizona Republic reports that the 40-year-old Dekenipp was arrested without incident after he arrived at a Coolidge saloon and grill where he was to meet his girlfriend. Coolidge is about 35 miles southeast of Phoenix.

Dekenipp has been in jail since his arrest Jan. 10 on suspicion of vehicle theft, trafficking in stolen property, unlawful flight, and driving on a suspended license.

Officials say he is now facing an escape charge.


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Ron Paul starts Snowden clemency petition PDF  | Print |  E-mail
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Friday, 14 February 2014 14:43

WASHINGTON (AP) — Former GOP congressman and presidential candidate Ron Paul has started a petition drive to pressure the Obama administration to grant clemency to former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden, who is charged with espionage over leaks about the government's surveillance programs.

Paul's push for clemency would have to be granted by President Barack Obama. Earlier this week, Paul's son, Republican Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky, filed a lawsuit against Obama and other top administration officials to stop the surveillance programs, which Sen. Paul contends are violations of 4th amendment constitutional protections against unreasonable searches.

Ron Paul said in a video post that he wants Snowden to return to the U.S. without facing prosecution before the accused leaker's amnesty in Russia is due to expire at the end of July.


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Trucks, dozens of cars crash on Pennsylvania turnpike PDF  | Print |  E-mail
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Friday, 14 February 2014 12:04

BENSALEM, Pa. (AP) — Traffic accidents involving multiple tractor trailers and dozens of cars completely blocked one side of the Pennsylvania Turnpike outside Philadelphia on Friday and caused some injuries.

The crashes were reported just after 8 a.m., about five hours after a storm that dropped a foot of snow in the area finally moved out. Speed restrictions enacted during the storm had been lifted at 6 a.m., but motorists said the roadway was very slick at the time of the crash.

Several tractor-trailers and dozens of cars were involved in a series of accidents that backed up traffic for miles between the Bensalem and Willow Grove exits.

Turnpike spokesman Bill Capone told WPVI-TV that some injuries had been reported but were said to be minor. He says state police and other personnel were trying to attend to anyone injured and that reopening the road would take a while. Drivers were advised to use alternate routes and expect heavy delays.

David Hill, 27, was about a mile back and had turned his car off to save gas. Given the nearest exit was about 2 1/2 miles away, he anticipated being there for hours.

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Three children dead, six people hurt in Minn. duplex fire PDF  | Print |  E-mail
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Friday, 14 February 2014 12:03

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Fire officials say three children died and six other residents were injured in a duplex fire in Minneapolis.

Minneapolis Fire Chief John Fruetel says the children died at the scene in north Minneapolis Friday morning. Fruetel says five residents were taken to hospitals.

Asst. Fire Chief Cherie Penn says via email that one of the more than 40 firefighters who responded to the scene is being treated at a hospital for a minor injury.

Fruetel says firefighters encountered heavy smoke and fire on the second and third floor of the duplex as they searched the building for victims and survivors. Firefighters rescued and provided medical care for several people at the scene.

The blaze was extinguished in about 2½ hours.

Fire officials say 15 people lived in the duplex.


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NSA: Co-worker provided a digital key to Snowden PDF  | Print |  E-mail
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Friday, 14 February 2014 08:13

WASHINGTON (AP) — A National Security Agency employee resigned from the agency after admitting to federal investigators that he gave former NSA analyst Edward Snowden a digital key that allowed him to gain access to classified materials, the NSA has told Congress. Snowden has previously said he did not steal any passwords.

The unnamed civilian employee who worked with Snowden resigned last month after the government revoked his security clearance, according to a letter that NSA legislative director Ethan L. Bauman sent this week to the House Judiciary Committee. A military employee and a private contractor also lost their access to NSA data as part of the continuing investigation by the FBI, Bauman said.

Bauman's memo, dated Feb. 10, provides some of the first details about what authorities said they have learned about how Snowden retrieved so many classified documents before passing them to news organizations. Top U.S. national security officials have acknowledged they do not know many files Snowden took before he fled the U.S.

Snowden has denied that he stole computer passwords or tricked some co-workers into giving him their passwords. The NSA letter suggested Snowden tricked at least one co-worker and copied the employee's password without his knowledge.

The civilian NSA worker told FBI investigators last June that he allowed Snowden to use an encrypted digital key known as a Public Key Infrastructure certificate to gain access to classified information on NSANet, the agency's computer network. The system connects into many of the NSA's classified databanks. The memo said that previously Snowden had been denied access to the network.

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