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National News Archives for 2016-04

Prosecutors Charge 2 Sons in Killing of Parents


SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — Prosecutors in California have charged two sons with murder in the killing of their parents.

Sean Webby, public communications officer for the Santa Clara County district attorney's office, said 22-year-old Hasib Bin Golam Rabbi and his 17-year-old brother will be arraigned Friday.




The minor will be charged as an adult, but Webby did not have his name.


Shamima and Golam Rabbi were found shot to death Sunday in their home on a quiet cul de sac in San Jose. The double slaying and the arrest of the sons Thursday have horrified the tight-knit Muslim community.


A prayer service is planned for the parents Friday afternoon.

The older son told the San Francisco Chronicle in a jailhouse interview Thursday that he is eager to tell the real story but offered no other details. He emphasized that his brother is innocent.



Guilty Plea from Charleston Suspect's Friend


CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — A friend of the white man accused of shooting nine black parishioners to death in Charleston has pleaded guilty to federal charges as part of a plea deal.


Plea Deal


Joey Meek on Friday admitted lying to authorities and failure to report a crime during a hearing in federal court in Charleston.


Authorities have said Meek failed to tell investigators all he knew about Dylann Roof's plans to shoot nine black parishioners at Emanuel AME Church last June.


Roof is charged with nine counts of murder in state court and with hate crimes and other charges in federal court.


The plea deal requires Meek help the government with its case against Roof, and he could get a break on his own possible eight-year sentence if he cooperates.


Police Sniper Shoots Man in Animal Costume Who Says he has Bomb


BALTIMORE (AP) — A police sniper shot a man who walked into a TV station lobby wearing a full animal costume and surgical mask and displaying what appeared to be an explosive device on his chest.


Animal Suit Bomb Threat


Baltimore Police Department spokesman T.J. Smith said the man was alive and conscious and communicating with authorities on Thursday through a robot designed to detect explosives.

Smith says officers and paramedics cannot approach the man until they can determine he doesn't have an explosive device or until any such device has been neutralized.


Smith said the man walked into the lobby of a Fox television affiliate and made a complaint about the government. Police say the suspect walked outside, followed by heavily armed officers.


Smith says the suspect was shot after he refused repeated demands to show his hands.



Warrants Served in Probe Stemming from San Bernardino Attack


LOS ANGELES (AP) — The FBI and other law enforcement agencies have served warrants at two Southern California locations in connection with the December attack that killed 14 people in San Bernardino.




FBI spokeswoman Laura Eimiller confirmed Thursday that warrants were served in the cities of Corona and Ontario. She says it's an investigation stemming from the San Bernardino attack, but she declined to elaborate.


Eimiller says the U.S. attorney's office is expected to issue a statement.


The December attack on a gathering of San Bernardino County environmental health workers was carried out by a co-worker and his wife. In addition to those killed, 22 were wounded.

The shooters died in a gunbattle with police.



Applications for US Jobless Aid Rise From 4-Decade Low


WASHINGTON (AP) — The number of people seeking U.S. unemployment benefits climbed last week, but remained near the lowest level in four decades, a sign that the slumping economy isn't boosting layoffs.




The Labor Department says weekly applications for unemployment aid rose 9,000 to a seasonally adjusted 257,000. Applications fell in the previous week to the lowest since November 1973. The four-week average, a less volatile measure, dropped to 256,000, also a 42-year low.


The figures provide reassuring evidence that the economy's slow patch isn't panicking employers into cutting jobs. Growth slowed to an annual pace of just 0.5 percent in the first quarter, the weakest pace in two years.


Yet low levels of applications, which are a proxy for layoffs, indicate employers are cutting few jobs and probably still hiring.


2 Baby Bald Eagles Get New Names - Freedom and Liberty

WASHINGTON (AP) - Two baby bald eagles at the U.S. National Arboretum in Washington have been officially named "Freedom and "Liberty" following a "Name the Nestlings" social media campaign.
Bald Eagles
News media outlets quote the American Eagle Foundation as saying that more than 36,000 people voted on five different name pairings selected on the Friends of the National Arboretum Facebook page: Stars and Stripes, Freedom and Liberty, Anacostia and Potomac, Honor and Glory, and Cherry and Blossom. Voting was held from April 19 through April 24.
Following the vote, eagle experts with several private groups and government agencies picked the names and made the announcement Tuesday. 
 The foundation and arboretum launched the live streaming DC Eagle Cam after the parents - nicknamed "Mr. President" and "The First Lady" - laid two eggs in February.


House Democrats File Bill to Repeal House Bill 2


RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina House Democrats have filed legislation to repeal the Republican-backed law that blocks local and state protections for LGBT citizens and directs which restrooms transgender people can use.


HB Bill


The Democrats offered the bill Monday, the first day of the legislature's annual work session. The bill has no Republican sponsors. GOP legislative leaders have said they aren't interested in overturning the law approved in a special session last month.


Primary co-sponsor Rep. Darren Jackson says he's hoping momentum from national business leaders and other groups opposing the law will keep the repeal movement front and center this session. Jackson wants a hearing on the bill and an up-or-down vote.


Rallies supporting and opposing the law were going on Monday near the Legislative Building and the old Capitol, where Gov. Pat McCrory's office is. McCrory signed the bill into law.


Charges Dismissed in Phoenix Freeway Shooting Case


PHOENIX (AP) — A judge has dismissed a criminal case against a man who had been accused of carrying out freeway shootings in Phoenix last summer that put drivers on edge.




The ruling came Monday after prosecutors had asked for charges against Leslie Merritt Jr. to be dismissed amid undisclosed questions about evidence.


Prosecutors have the option of refiling charges at a later date against the 21-year-old landscaper.


Authorities previously said they used ballistic tests to tie Merritt to four of the 11 shootings that occurred on freeways between Aug. 22 and Sept. 10.


Defense attorneys have said the tests cast doubt on claims that Merritt was behind the four shootings.


Merritt maintains he is innocent.


The investigation into the other shootings remains open.


Washington's Journal, Bunker Hill Bible up for Auction


ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — A rare newspaper printing of a journal kept by a young George Washington and a small inscribed Bible carried by an American soldier during the Battle of Bunker Hill are among hundreds of historic documents being sold at a New York City auction.


Old Document


Monday's 300-lot auction at Bonhams in Manhattan features items from a massive trove of historical papers collected by Eric Caren of Woodstock, New York.


The Washington document is a 1754 publication of the then-22-year-old Virginia surveyor's journal detailing his failed effort to convince the French to withdraw from the Ohio River Valley. It has a presale price of $60,000 to $90,000.


Also for sale is a pocket King James Bible carried by a Massachusetts soldier who survived Boston's Bunker Hill battle in 1775. It has a presale price of $50,000 to $80,000.



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