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Police seek motive of school stabbing rampage
Written by JESSE WASHINGTON, Associated Press KEVIN BEGOS, Associated Press   
Thursday, 10 April 2014 06:01

MURRYSVILLE, Pa. (AP) — It was just before the start of class and the hallways were packed as usual with students at their lockers or chatting with friends.

Nate Moore was walking to homeroom, book in hand, when a classmate he knew to be quiet and unassuming tackled a freshman boy a few feet in front of him. Moore thought it was the start of a fistfight and went to break it up.

But 16-year-old Alex Hribal wasn't throwing punches — he was stabbing his victim in the belly, Moore said. The suspect got up and slashed Moore's face, then took off down the hall, where authorities said he stabbed and slashed other students in an attack that injured 21 students and a security guard — and might have been even worse but for the "heroes" who Pennsylvania's governor said helped prevent further injury or loss of life.

An assistant principal tackled and subdued Hribal, who was charged Thursday night with four counts of attempted homicide and 21 counts of aggravated assault and jailed without bail. Authorities said he would be prosecuted as an adult.

The suspect's motive remained a mystery.

Man charged with nine contract killings in California
Written by SCOTT SMITH, Associated Press   
Wednesday, 09 April 2014 12:23

FRESNO, Calif. (AP) — A suspected contract killer charged with killing nine people in three California counties over several decades is being investigated in connection with other unsolved slayings, according to sheriff's officials.

Jose Manuel Martinez, 51, targeted victims in Tulare, Kern and Santa Barbara counties between 1980 and 2011, Tulare County Assistant District Attorney Anthony Fultz said. He was charged with the nine slayings on Tuesday.

Martinez has lived on and off in Richgrove, a small farming community in central California about 40 miles north of Bakersfield. He's now being held in Alabama, awaiting trial in a 2013 slaying, and Fultz said he's also wanted in Florida on suspicion of two killings there in 2006.

Tulare County Sheriff Mike Boudreaux told the Fresno Bee (http://bit.ly/1k45kN4) investigators are trying to determine whether Martinez is a suspect in local, unsolved murders.

Police: Pennsulvania student flashed two knifes, injured 20
Written by Associated Press   
Wednesday, 09 April 2014 08:52

MURRYSVILLE, Pa. (AP) — A police chief says a 16-year-old boy "was flashing two knives around" when he injured 19 students and a school police officer who eventually subdued him with the help of an assistant principal at a high school near Pittsburgh.

Murrysville police Chief Thomas Seefeld says the bloody crime scene left behind Wednesday at Franklin Regional High School is "vast" and may take a couple of days to process.

Police haven't named the suspect who was taken into custody but says he's being treated for a minor hand wound.

Investigators haven't determined a motive but say they're looking into reports of a threatening phone call between the suspect and another student the night before.

At least two of the victims were in critical condition, though doctors expect all victims to survive.

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Last Updated on Wednesday, 09 April 2014 11:35
NYC police: Officer hurt in apartment fire dies
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Wednesday, 09 April 2014 09:09

NEW YORK (AP) — A police officer injured last weekend while responding to a mattress fire in the hallway of a Brooklyn apartment building died Wednesday, a department spokesman said.

Officer Dennis Guerra, 38, succumbed to his injuries at 6:50 a.m., according to the New York Police Department spokesman, Sgt. Lee Jones. The husband and father had more than seven years on the job.

Guerra and his partner, Rosa Rodriguez, were overcome by carbon monoxide and smoke as they were responding to the fire Sunday on the 13th floor of the Coney Island apartment building. Rodriguez remains hospitalized in critical condition.

Police allege a 16-year-old boy set fire to the mattress out of boredom. He was arraigned Monday on charges of assault, arson and reckless endangerment and held without bail.

"The tragedy here is that a 16-year-old young man would not have common sense enough to understand the potential implication of lighting a mattress, as has been alleged, on fire in his own building," Police Commissioner William Bratton said at a news conference Tuesday before the officer's death. "How can any of us make any sense out of that? And particularly with the tragic consequences that ensued."

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More underwater pings heard in hunt for plane
Written by NICK PERRY, Associated Press   
Wednesday, 09 April 2014 06:12

PERTH, Australia (AP) — A ship searching for the missing Malaysian jet has detected two more underwater signals that may be emanating from the aircraft's black boxes, and the Australian official in charge of the search expressed hope Wednesday that the plane's wreckage will soon be found.

Angus Houston, the head of a joint agency coordinating the search for the missing plane in the southern Indian Ocean, said that the Australian navy's Ocean Shield picked up the two signals in a sweep on Tuesday, and that analysis of two sounds detected in the same area last week showed they were consistent with a plane's black boxes.

"I'm now optimistic that we will find the aircraft, or what is left of the aircraft, in the not too distant future — but we haven't found it yet, because this is a very challenging business," Houston said at a news conference in Perth, the hub for the search operation.

The Ocean Shield first detected underwater sounds on Saturday before losing them, but managed to pick up the signals again on Tuesday, Houston said. The ship is equipped with a U.S. Navy towed pinger locator that is designed to detect signals from a plane's two black boxes — the flight data recorder and cockpit voice recorder.

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