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Police: Teen charged in stabbing at Baltimore high school

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Wednesday, November 25, 2015 - 09:32 AM

BALTIMORE (AP) — Police say a 17-year-old boy has been charged as an adult with attempted murder in the stabbing of a schoolmate in a Baltimore high school classroom, leaving the other teen critically wounded.

Police announced the charge against Donte Crawford in a news release Wednesday morning, a day after the midday stabbing at Renaissance Academy High School. Police say the wounded teen made it through surgery, but remains in critical condition. Police say Crawford is awaiting a bail hearing.

Nanny pleads guilty to stealing $280,000 from Boston family

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Wednesday, November 25, 2015 - 09:13 AM

BOSTON (AP) — A former nanny for a Boston family has pleaded guilty to stealing more than $280,000 from her employers and using the money on vacations, jewelry and other luxuries.

Stephanie Lee Fox, of Randolph, pleaded guilty Tuesday to three counts of bank fraud.

The 30-year-old was hired to care for the couple's two children. Federal prosecutors say she forged checks stolen from the family, cashed them in amounts up to $9,785, and then shredded bank statements to conceal the thefts.

Ex-beauty queen charged with 3 more victims in cancer scam

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Wednesday, November 25, 2015 - 09:06 AM

STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (AP) — A former Pennsylvania beauty queen accused of faking leukemia to benefit from fundraisers has been charged with stealing from three more victims.

Twenty-three-year-old Brandi Weaver-Gates, of Pleasant Gap, was arraigned Tuesday on three additional counts each of theft and receiving stolen property.

She's been jailed since her arrest in August. Authorities believe she conned at least 165 people into donating nearly $30,000 through a bingo event in April and other fundraisers since August 2013.

Teen charged as adult in Philadelphia trooper shooting

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Wednesday, November 25, 2015 - 08:47 AM

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A 17-year-old has been charged in connection with a chaotic Philadelphia traffic stop that ended with a state trooper shot and a school bus engulfed in flames.

Giovanni Cotto was charged as an adult with criminal attempt to murder and other charges. Police say Cotto was in a car stopped for an expired registration Tuesday morning and traded gunfire with police during a chase that ended when his car hit a bus and both burst into flames.

Trooper Patrick Casey, 31, was shot in the shoulder.

Orders for US durable goods rise strong 3 percent in October

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Wednesday, November 25, 2015 - 08:38 AM

WASHINGTON (AP) — Orders for long-lasting manufactured goods posted a solid gain in October after two months of weakness, while a key category that tracks business investment plans advanced by the largest amount in three months.

American Airlines plane makes emergency landing in Tampa

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Wednesday, November 25, 2015 - 08:36 AM

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Authorities say an American Airlines plane bound for Philadelphia made an emergency landing a short time after taking off from Tampa International Airport.

Tampa Fire Rescue spokesman Jason Penny told the Tampa Bay Times (http://bit.ly/1LzhqHQ ) that flight 782 landed safely at the airport at 6:52 a.m. Wednesday. He says the plane reported a mechanical issue and fire trucks were sent to the tarmac as a precaution.

No injuries were reported.

Applications for US unemployment benefits fall to 260,000

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Wednesday, November 25, 2015 - 08:34 AM

WASHINGTON (AP) — The number of people seeking U.S. unemployment aid dropped sharply last week, the latest sign that businesses are cutting few jobs.

The Labor Department says weekly applications for jobless benefits fell 12,000 to a seasonally adjusted 260,000, not far from the lowest levels in four decades.

Applications are a proxy for layoffs. The four week average, a less volatile measure, was unchanged at 271,000.

Consumer spending up weak 0.1 percent in October

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Wednesday, November 25, 2015 - 08:33 AM

WASHINGTON (AP) — Consumer spending posted a modest increase for a second straight month in October, while personal income rebounded after a sluggish September.

The Commerce Department says spending edged up 0.1 percent in October after a similar tiny gain in September.

Incomes jumped 0.4 percent in October, double the 0.2 percent rise in September. Wages and salaries rose by 0.6 percent. That was the strongest wage gain in five months and a reflection of the big surge in hiring that occurred last month.

Kerry says Mideast violence could 'spin out of control'

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Wednesday, November 25, 2015 - 08:02 AM

BOSTON (AP) — Secretary of State John Kerry says the violence between Israelis and Palestinians could "spin out of control" unless they take immediate steps to ease tensions.

Kerry — just back in the United States after visiting Israel and the West Bank for the first time in more than a year — says the U.S. is pressing both sides to show a "genuine commitment" to a two-state peace solution.

He tells reporters after landing in Boston on Wednesday that the situation is close to reaching "a pivotal point" after months of violent confrontations.

The Latest: Funeral planned for black man killed by police

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Wednesday, November 25, 2015 - 07:59 AM

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The latest in the investigation into the fatal shooting of a black man by Minneapolis police that has sparked more than a week of demonstrations (all times local):

6:55 a.m.

The family of a black man who was fatally shot by Minneapolis police are preparing to lay him to rest.

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