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Hearing set for mom who drove 3 kids into ocean

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Saturday, August 29, 2015 - 01:12 PM

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — A hearing is set for Monday for a South Carolina mother who drove her three children into the ocean off Daytona Beach.

Ebony Wilkerson, 33, has been in a state psychiatric hospital after a judge ruled last year that she was incompetent to stand trial and could be a threat to herself or others.

Her attorney, James Purdy, told the Daytona Beach News-Journal (http://tinyurl.com/ovetjdf) that Wilkerson should be released, saying he does not think she fits the qualification for continued mental health in-house treatment.


Rowan County clerk closes office ahead of gay rights protest

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Saturday, August 29, 2015 - 01:04 PM

MOREHEAD, Ky. (AP) — The Kentucky clerk at the center of a conflict over same-sex marriage closed her office Saturday ahead of a rally protesting her refusal to issue marriage licenses.

The protest comes a day after Rowan County clerk Kim Davis asked the U.S. Supreme Court to grant her "asylum for her conscience."


Bystander dies after being shot by NYPD undercover officer

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Saturday, August 29, 2015 - 12:59 PM

MOUNT VERNON, N.Y. (AP) — New York City police say a bystander has died after he was accidentally shot by a plainclothes officer who also shot an armed suspect three times after an undercover gun buy went bad.

Police say 61-year-old Felix Kumi of Mount Vernon died early Saturday.

Authorities say Kumi was shot Friday afternoon after a man pulled a gun on an undercover NYPD officer during a probe into the sale of illegal firearms.


Authorities capture man in 1991 death of former girlfriend

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Saturday, August 29, 2015 - 12:52 PM

ALPHARETTA, Ga. (AP) — Authorities say a man suspected in the 1991 death of his former girlfriend in North Carolina was arrested in suburban Atlanta.

Media outlets report that U.S. Marshalls captured Rodney Cooke in connection with the death of Adrian Sauls 24 years ago. WSB-TV reports (http://bit.ly/1KTuQi5 ) Cooke was arrested at a home Tuesday after authorities received a tip that he was living in Alpharetta, Georgia.

North Carolina police say Cooke was Sauls' live-in boyfriend and that he shot her.


Inmate awaiting transfer to mental health facility dies

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Saturday, August 29, 2015 - 12:47 PM

PORTSMOUTH, Va. (AP) — A jail official in Portsmouth says a man awaiting transfer to a state mental health facility for months was found dead in his cell.

The Virginian-Pilot (http://bit.ly/1KtqgLK) reports 24-year-old Jamycheal Mitchell's body was found at the Hampton Roads Regional Jail four months after he was charged with petty larceny and trespassing.

The newspaper says Mitchell was accused of stealing about $5 in items: a candy bar, a snack cake and a soda.


As Erika weakens, some in Tampa Bay area are still worried

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Saturday, August 29, 2015 - 12:28 PM

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Tropical Storm Erika has dissipated but folks in the Tampa Bay area are watching it carefully.

Saturday's 9 a.m. forecast of Erika showed it dissolving and bypassing drought-stricken South Florida entirely. But as some forecasting models show that the storm could dissipate, emergency managers in the Tampa Bay area are still worried about heavy rain from the storm's remnants.

Even a moderate rainstorm isn't welcome here. The ground, rivers and lakes are already waterlogged from recent storms.


Fed Vice Chair Fischer keeps open possibility of Sept. hike

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Saturday, August 29, 2015 - 12:26 PM

WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal Reserve Vice Chairman Stanley Fischer is leaving the door open for a rate increase in September. He says the factors that have been keeping inflation below the Fed's target rate have likely begun to fade.

Fischer says there's "good reason to believe that inflation will move higher as the forces holding down inflation dissipate further." He says, for example, that some effects of a stronger dollar and a plunge in oil prices have already started to diminish.


Helmet heist doesn't stop Ohio team from taking the field

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Saturday, August 29, 2015 - 12:11 PM

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The high school football season has kicked off around Ohio. But for one team in Columbus, just getting on the field for its season opener proved to be quite a feat.

Four days before the Walnut Ridge Scots were scheduled to take the field, someone made off with 22 helmets from the team's equipment room.


Hometown names school for teacher killed at Newtown

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Saturday, August 29, 2015 - 12:02 PM

STRATFORD, Conn. (AP) — A teacher who died trying to protect her students during the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown has had a new school named after her.

The Victoria Soto School was dedicated Friday in her hometown of Stratford. The 27-year-old Soto was among six staff members and 20 children killed in the December 2012 shooting.

WTNH-TV reports Jillian Soto said her sister always looked forward to the first day of school, and now children "will always remember who she was and what she did."


FBI investigates after international flight diverted

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Saturday, August 29, 2015 - 12:00 PM

DENVER (AP) — The FBI is investigating after a disturbance on board an international flight to Germany forced the pilot to make an emergency landing at Denver International Airport.

Airport spokesman Heath Montgomery says the incident occurred Friday night on a Condor Airlines flight from Las Vegas to Frankfurt. The pilot diverted the plane to Denver after declaring an emergency.


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