Suspect Arrested in Monday Night CVS Robbery


Image result for lincoln policeLincoln Police believe they caught the guy who held up CVS Pharmacy Monday night.  Capt. Don Scheinost tells KFOR NEWS after receiving a citizen tip, investigators went to an apartment last night (Tuesday) in the 17th and Washington neighborhood and

Legislature Exams University's Budget Request


Image result for university of nebraskaThe Legislature is examining the University of Nebraska's budget request on Tuesday.  The school is asking for 3% increases for each of the next two years....totaling over one billion dollars from the taxpayers.  

Mayor Announces Additional Funding For Street Rehab


Image result for mayor chris beutlerA return of $10 million left over from the Antelope Valley project will be used for increasing investment toward street improvements in Lincoln the next two years.  Mayor Chris Beutler says new funding will increase the street rehab and repair budget.

Emergency Stay Filed By Nebraska Attorney General


Image result for nebraska attorney general doug petersonNebraska Attorney General Doug Petersen has filed a motion for an emergency stay that would delay lifting the same-sex marriage next Monday. The motion was filed Tuesday, a day after U.S. District Judge Joseph Bataillon decided to strike down Nebraska's ban on gay marriage.

Break-In At West Lincoln School


Image result for lincoln police departmentItems from a school's portable class room are missing.  West Lincoln Elementary School was broken into over the weekend.  A custodian found a shattered window Monday morning. Lincoln Police say iPads and other electronics were taken. 

Fire Pit Causes Fire At Residence


Image result for fireFire officials have an idea on what started a fire Monday afternoon at a central Lincoln home.  The fire at 3515 "R" Street is believed to have been caused by a fire pit.  No one was hurt in the fire. 

Arrest Made In Attempted Robbery Of Downtown Grocery


Image result for lincoln police departmentThere's been an arrest in an attempted robbery at a downtown area grocery store last fall. Lincoln Police say 22-year-old Lukasz Kula was arrested after police connected him to an attempted robbery at Sun Grocery near 25th and "N" Street. 

Gas Prices Continue To Rise


Image result for filling car with gasAverage retail gasoline prices in Lincoln have risen more than 18 cents a gallon the past week, averaging $2.39 a gallon Monday. GasBuddy.com found gas prices in Lincoln Monday were still $1.02 cents a gallon lower than a year ago.  

North Lincoln Pharmacy Robbed


Image result for police lightsCVS Pharmacy at 14th and Superior was robbed Monday night.  Police are confident they'll find him. Capt. Don Scheinost tells KFOR NEWS the robber gave the clerk the impression he had a weapon by tugging on his waistband.  

Evidence Bill Moves Forward


Image result for nebraska legislatureWrongly convicted Nebraska prisoners would have more chances to demonstrate their innocence under a bill advanced by lawmakers.   Senators gave the measure first-round approval on Tuesday with a 35-0 vote. 

Economic Growth Projected For Nebraska


Image result for economic growthA new report suggests economic growth is ahead for nine Midwestern and Plains states, including Nebraska. The survey report issued Monday says the overall Mid-America Business Conditions Index climbed to 57.0 in February from 54.8 in January.  

Expanded Gambling Measure Defeated


Image result for nebraska state capitolLawmakers have defeated a measure that could have opened the door to expanded gambling in Nebraska. Senators voted 27-16 on Monday to indefinitely postpone the proposal after less than an hour of debate. 

Anthem Data Breach Affects Over 100,000 Nebraskans


Image result for anthem health insuranceThe Nebraska attorney general's office says nearly 105,000 Nebraskans could have had their personal information exposed as part of a huge data security breach. 

Wayne To Retire From Dept. Of Correctional Services


Image result for larry wayne nebraska department of correctionsA Nebraska corrections official who was criticized by lawmakers in a state prisons investigation is set to retire. Larry Wayne, the deputy director of Nebraska's Department of Correctional Services, will step down effective April 3. 

Nikko Jenkins Found Competent To Stand Trial


Image result for Nikko JenkinsConvicted killer Nikko Jenkins is found competent to proceed with the death penalty phase of his sentencing. That ruling was handed down by a Douglas County judge Monday morning.  The judge did, however, deny Jenkins' request to represent himself.

Winner-Takes-All Measure Advances


Image result for nebraska legislatureAn effort to reinstate the winner-take-all system in presidential elections has cleared a first-round vote in Nebraska's Legislature. Lawmakers voted 31-17 on Monday to advance the bill through the first of three required votes. 

AG Peterson/Gov Ricketts Hold Joint Conference On Marriage Ruling (Audio)


Image result for doug peterson ag nebraskaIn an order filed in federal court today, Senior U.S. District Judge, Joseph Bataillon, said "all relevant state officials are ordered to treat same-sex couples the same as different sex couples in the context of processing a marriage license or determining the rights, protections, obligations or benefits of marriage." Attorney General Doug Peterson and Governor Pete Ricketts held a joint press conference this afternoon outlining the state's plans to fight the decision.

Governor Ricketts Reacts to Same Sex Marriage Ban Ruling


Image result for governor ricketts same sexJudge Joseph Bataillon has made his decision on the ACLU backed lawsuit that challenges Nebraska's same sex marriage ban. He has lifted the ban, effective March 9th. Governor Pete Ricketts commented on the decision on Monday.

Congressman Ashford Reacts to Marriage Ban Ruling


Image result for brad ashfordU.S. Congressman Brad Ashford (NE-02) released the following statement on the decision from U.S. District Judge Joseph Bataillon to allow same-sex marriages to proceed in the State of Nebraska. Under the ruling, the state must begin to recognize same-sex March 9th.

Judge Strikes Down Neb Same-Sex Marriage Ban


Image result for U.S. District Judge Joseph BataillonA federal judge has blocked Nebraska's gay marriage ban, but the decision will not take effect until March 9.  U.S. District Judge Joseph Bataillon on Monday ordered the state to not enforce its ban.  Seven same-sex couples filed a lawsuit last year challenging the state's voter-backed ban.

High School Basketball Tournament Begins Thursday


Lincoln is gearing up for state basketball. Mayor Chris Beutler said those attending will see first-hand the continued development of the West Haymarket and other new improvements across the city. Last year's attendance was 141,000.

Bill Would Give Million Dollar Grants to Little-Known Attractions


A bill under review by a legislative committee could boost out-of-state tourism to some of Nebraska's best but little-known attractions. The measure by Sen. Adam Morfeld of Lincoln would offer $1 million dollar grants to four sites demonstrating the greatest potential to draw visitors to the state.

Car Seat Saves Baby in Fatal Crash


A driver has died in a midtown Omaha crash that also severely injured her adult passenger, but spared an infant strapped into a car seat. Witnesses tell police that a car illegally passed several other vehicles stopped at a red light, entered the intersection and hit another car.

Buffett Says Business is Good


Warren Buffett says his company delivered another strong year, with $19.9 billion in profits, and he believes Berkshire Hathaway will continue thriving thanks to its collection of "remarkable businesses" and investments.

Legislature Has Less Money than Expected


Nebraska lawmakers won't have quite as much money as expected for their priorities in this year's session. The Nebraska Economic Forecasting Advisory Board approved new revenue estimates Friday that would leave senators with $9.7 million less than predicted.

Bill Would Take Politics Out of Redistricting


Who would you rather have draw up legislative districts: Politicians or regular citizens? Two members of the legislature have introduced a bill to hand the job to citizens. Senators John Murante of Gretna and Heath Mello of Omaha proposed a nine member commission.

Senators Propose Election Reform Bills


The Legislature's government committee listened to election reform proposals today. One came from Lincoln Senator Patty Pansing Brooks, who wants to allow a request for an early or absentee ballot to be made online. Pansing Brooks said mail-in voting has increased voter turnout, and her on-line request bill would also.

State Supreme Court: Fake Name Not Felony Impersonation


In a split decision, the Nebraska Supreme Court has determined that simply giving police a made-up name does not constitute felony criminal impersonation. The ruling came in the case of 43-year-old James Covey, who was convicted last year of felony criminal impersonation and sentenced 10 to 14 years as a habitual criminal.

Frakes Confirmed as New Prisons Director


Lawmakers have confirmed Scott Frakes as the new director of Nebraska's embattled corrections department. Senators on Friday voted 41-0 for Frakes, a former deputy director in Washington state's prison system. Frakes was appointed by Gov. Pete Ricketts

Smoking Back in Cigar Bars


Smoking in cigar bars is legal again in Nebraska. Governor Ricketts has signed a bill giving cigar bars an exemption to the state's Clean Indoor Air Act. The Nebraska Supreme Court struck down a 2009 law last year which allowed smoking in cigar bars and shops.

Chambers Pushing To End Mountain Lion Hunting Season


Image result for mountain lion nebraskaNebraska's longest-serving senator is pushing once again to end the state's mountain lion hunting season. Sen. Ernie Chambers of Omaha argued Thursday that the population in Nebraska is so small that there's no need for a state hunting season.  

Iowa/Nebraska Insurance Cooperative To Be Liquidated


Image result for cooportunity health iowaAn insurance cooperative created to provide health care in Iowa and Nebraska will be formally liquidated this weekend. Iowa Insurance Commissioner Nick Gerhart said Thursday that a Polk County judge has agreed to approve the liquidation plan.

California Man Arrested After Marijuana Found In Car


A California man faces drug charges after deputies found shrink-wrapped packages of marijuana in his car.  Lancaster County Sheriff Terry Wagner says 22-year-old Christopher Clowdus of Yreka, California was arrested Wednesday.

Omaha Police Shoot Unarmed Suspect


Image result for omaha nebraska police departmentOmaha Police Chief Todd Schmaderer says a robbery suspect killed this week by police was shot in the back and that internal affairs and grand jury investigations will determine whether the shooting was justified.   

Medicaid Family Planning Bill Stalls


Image result for nebraska legislatureA bill that would allow more women to qualify for Medicaid family planning services has stalled in the Nebraska Legislature. Supporters fell two votes short Thursday of the 25 needed to advance it, while 21 lawmakers opposed it. 

Judge Issues Temporary Order To Stop Transcanada


Image result for judges gavelA Nebraska judge has issued a temporary order to stop a Canadian company from seizing access to land in one eastern county to build the Keystone XL pipeline. The ruling Thursday by York County Judge Mary Gilbride was expected. 

StarTran Bus Just Misses House In Accident


Lincoln Fire and Rescue say a StarTran Bus stopped just inches from a house after a collision with an SUV.A Lincoln woman has been ticketed for a collision with a StarTran Bus this morning. 52-year-old Margarita Nguyen was southbound when she ran a red light a 27th and P. She hit a bus that was turning north onto 27th from P Streeet.  

Lincoln Businessman Seeking Best Spot For Strip Club Near Grand Island


A Lincoln-based adult website operator is looking for the best spot near Grand Island to open a strip club.  Shane Harrington says the locations he's considering could be bought, remodeled and opened within four months.

Both Sides Submit More Info In Nebraska Gay Marriage Lawsuit


Attorneys on both sides of the legal fight over Nebraska's ban on gay marriage have turned in final written arguments on a motion to quash the ban immediately.    

$7 Million To Save Nebraska Child Welfare Wins Approval


Nebraska lawmakers have approved a $7 million cash transfer to prevent the state's child welfare system from running out of money by mid-April.  Senators approved the funding measure on Tuesday. It now heads to Gov. Pete Ricketts. 

Hearing Set Thursday On Nebraska's Gay Marriage Ban


A federal judge will be asked Thursday to tell the state of Nebraska that it immediately must recognize same-sex marriages while a lawsuit challenging the state's gay marriage ban proceeds.  Last month U.S. District Judge Joseph Bataillon ruled against a state request to delay the lawsuit in Nebraska while the U.S. Supreme Court is considering the issue. 

Woman Okay After Rollover Crash In Front Of Her Home


A woman is okay, after she was pulled out of her wrecked car in front of her home near 67th and Leighton during supper time Tuesday evening.  Lincoln Fire Captain Mark Bridwell tells KFOR News they rescued the woman, after her car was hit by an SUV that was heading eastbound on Leighton.  Bridwell says they rescued her by getting her out through the windshield.  

Jenkins Is Competent, Trial Delayed


Image result for nikko jenkins omahaA judge has delayed a ruling on whether a man convicted of killing four people in Omaha within weeks of leaving prison remains incompetent to participate in his sentencing hearing, which could include the death penalty. Judge Peter Bataillon on Tuesday accepted a report from state experts that said Nikko Jenkins was competent and could understand the sentencing proceedings. 

Threat Made Toward York High School


Security will be amped up Tuesday on the York High School campus.  Someone posted a "bomb threat" on Monday night on an anonymous social media app.  

Apartment Residents Evacuate Due To Smoke From Bad Furnace


Tenants inside the Ambassador Apartments didn't get a good night's sleep because the building filled with smoke from a faulty furnace.  When Lincoln firefighters entered the 90-year-old building at 1330 Lincoln Mall, across from the State Capitol building, there was strong smell of electrical wire burning on the 2nd floor...and people already standing outside.

UPDATE: Arson Suspected In Vacant NW Lincoln Duplex


Fire officials have determined that a fire late Monday morning in the vacant side of a duplex at 5112 West Zeamer Street is arson.  Damage is $40,000.  The owner of the duplex says a washer and dryer are missing from the vacant residence.

Suspect In Lincoln Robbery/Assault Arrested In Louisiana


Authorities in Louisiana have a 21-year-old robbery suspect in jail connected to an October street robbery and attack outside of the Nebraska State Capitol building.  Stelson Curry was arrested on Saturday, while he was stranded on a central Louisiana highway.  

BREAKING NEWS: NU Assistant Warren Reportedly Headed To North Carolina


Sports Illustrated is reporting that Nebraska secondary coach Charlton Warren has accepted a similar job on the University of North Carolina football team.  Warren had just been retained by new Nebraska coach Mike Riley, as the lone holdover from former coach Bo Pelini's staff.  Warren would reunite with Tar Heels head coach Larry Fedora.  

Judge Tosses Lawsuit Over Nikko Jenkin's Prison Release


Image result for nikko jenkinsA judge has tossed out a lawsuit alleging that the state of Nebraska caused a woman's death by freeing Nikko Jenkins from prison. Andrea Kruger was one of four people Jenkins killed within weeks of his release from prison in 2013. The judge ruled the state is immune from liability because Jenkins' release was discretionary and protected by law. 

Lincoln Man Credits Helmet For Saving His Life


If you would have asked 24-year-old Tyler Godsey of Lincoln about motorcycle helmets Monday morning, he would have said it should be a rider's choice.  Godsey crashed his bike Monday at 68th and Cotner...doctors say his helmet saved his life.  Nebraska Lawmakers are trying again to repeal the state's mandatory helmet law.  Facts are working against them.  

Poppert Resigns From Department of Corrections


One of the central figures in Nebraska's recent prison sentencing scandals has resigned from the Department of Corrections.  Records administrator Kyle Poppert's resignation became effective on Monday.  

LSO Will Not Call You About Warrants, Payments


Don't be fooled by a call from "Sgt. Garrison" with the Lancaster County Sheriff's Office.  There is no Sgt. Garrison in the Sheriff's Office.  It's an attempt to get money from you.  A citizen received a voice mail from "Sgt. Garrison"  implying the citizen has outstanding warrants for their arrest...and one way to get out of it was to make

Public, Victims Receive Praise From Casady In Helping With Robbery Arrest


Lincoln's Public Safety director Tom Casady says tips from you to Crime Stoppers helped police out in tracking down robbery suspect David Berlie and two accomplices.  During Monday morning's police media briefing, Casady said tips from employees of businesses hit in these robberies were also helpful in putting together a description of Berlie.  

Motorcyclist Hospitalized Following Rush Hour Crash


Lincoln Police say a motorcyclist has been hospitalized after an accident at the intersection of 68th and Cotner around 8am Monday.  According to early reports, a motorcycle collided into the rear of a truck turning northbound on 68th St. 

LINCOLN POLICE ARREST MAN SUSPECTED OF 12 ARMED ROBBERIES


Just hours after two more Lincoln businesses were robbed at gunpoint, a man has been arrested in connection to those hold ups and maybe ten others since January 26th.  Lincoln Police say 32-year-old David Berlie was arrested in connection to 12 unsolved armed robberies over the last two weeks.  

Residential Parking Ban Now In Effect In Lincoln


A residential parking ban is in effect in Lincoln, affecting the even-numbered, or north and east sides of the street.  On Thursday, Mayor Chris Beutler says crews have been busy handling 19 arterial, emergency snow and bus routes, making sure they are cleared of any snowpack. 

Two Arrested In Omaha Following Shooting of Nebraska Trooper's Cruiser


The Nebraska State Patrol says two people have been arrested in the wake of a shooting that targeted state troopers in west Omaha.  The patrol says two troopers in a patrol car were trying to stop a car with a broken tail light on Interstate 680 early Thursday when a man leaned out of the passenger side near 108th and West Center Road and fired a shotgun at the patrol car, hitting it.

Benedict Woman Appointed To Nebraska State Parole Board


A parole supervisor from Benedict has been chosen to fill an open seat on the Nebraska Board of Parole.  Gov. Pete Ricketts announced Thursday that he has named Teresa Bittinger to the post.  Bittinger has served as a parole supervisor for the Nebraska Department of Correctional Services since 2011. 

Kansas Woman Delivers Twins While Heading To Lincoln Hospital


A Kansas mother and her twin babies are doing fine in a Lincoln hospital, after she delivered them in a car near Highway 77 and Saltillo Road early Thursday morning.  Lancaster County Sheriff's Captain Ben Houchin says 36-year-old Laurie Clark and her husband, 39-year-old Kevin Clark, were coming to Lincoln from Barnes, Kansas because of some pregnancy issues. 

BREAKING NEWS: Lincoln Grocery Store Robbed At Gunpoint


Lincoln Police are now investigating what appears to be the city's 10th armed robbery in the last week or so.  It happened just before 8am Wednesday at the Russ's Market off of 17th and Washington.  Police tell KFOR News they are looking for a white man, 5-9, with a thin build, wearing a black face mask, gray hoodie, black coat and red pants.  He also had a black handgun.

Two Robberies Blocks and 3 1/2 Hours Apart Keep LPD Busy


Two armed robberies three-and-a-half hours apart from each other in southeast Lincoln.   The first one happened around 2:30am Tuesday at the 56th and South Kwik Shop, where a man robbed the store of alcohol and money.   Then just after 6am, the LaMar's Donut Shop at 48th and Pioneers was robbed of cash and donuts. 
 

Federal Appeals Court To Hear 3 More Gay Marriage Cases


A federal appeals court has agreed to hear arguments this spring from three more states defending gay marriage bans.  The 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Tuesday granted a request to consider an appeal from South Dakota at an expedited pace. South Dakota Attorney General Marty Jackley says the court also combined the arguments with cases from Arkansas and Missouri.  

Nebraska Lawmakers Advance $10 Increase For Marriage Fees


Getting a marriage license in Nebraska could cost an extra $10 under a bill advanced by lawmakers.  The measure won first-round approval Tuesday with a 32-7 vote, after hours of legislative debate. Sen. Ernie Chambers of Omaha and other opponents criticized the proposal as a tax increase that hits poor people the hardest.  

Pilger Won't Get School To Replace The One Hit By Tornado


The tiny town of Pilger won't be getting a new middle school to replace the one that was heavily damaged by a tornado last June.  The Wisner-Pilger school board voted Monday to build replacement school building in Wisner, which sits about a dozen miles east-southeast of Pilger in northeast Nebraska.  

Body Found Outside of Kennard House Near State Capitol


Authorities say a 66-year-old man was found dead in the snow in downtown Lincoln. Officer Katie Flood says officers responded to a report Monday morning that an unresponsive man was lying in the snow near The Kennard House.

Three Fatalities From Weekend Crashes In Lincoln Area


The weather on Sunday was a contributing factor to a collision on I-80 westbound about a mile west of the 56th Street exit.  Lincoln Police Officer Katie Flood says a 30-year-old truck driver from Illinois was stuck on the inside shoulder westbound and was clipped from behind by another truck.  He was taken to a Lincoln hospital, where he died.  

Two More Armed Robberies In Lincoln


The investigation continues into another armed robbery, this one happening at the D'Leon's near 27th and Randolph just after 8am Monday.  Officer Katie Flood says a man walked into the restaurant with a hand gun demanding money.  He took money from the employee and cash from the restaurant.  

Downtown Lincoln Nightclub Burns Down


Through all of the wet snowfall, Lincoln Firefighters had to go on the defensive to battle a three-alarm blaze Saturday night at a downtown nightclub.  Firefighters were called just after 7:30pm to the Karma NightClub and Cabaret at 226 South 9th Street about a confirmed fire in the back of the building.  

BREAKING NEWS: SW Lincoln Sandwich Shop Robbed


Lincoln Police are investigating another armed robbery, this one happening around 7:30am Wednesday at the Subway near 14th and Pine Lake Road. Police tell KFOR News they are looking for a white man, about 6-feet tall with a thin build, wearing a dark hat, gray jacket and blue bandana over his face. 

Ice Jam Causes Flooding On Platte River West of Omaha


At least three people have been rescued from flooding caused by an ice jam on the Platte River in western Douglas County, just west of Omaha.  Authorities say floodwaters began creeping up on the Two Rivers State Recreation Area about 1:15 a.m. Tuesday. The three people rescued had called for help when they became stranded in a pickup. No injuries have been reported. 

Angelou Impressed With Lincoln's Progress, Looking Toward Future


Looking ahead to 2025, the Lincoln Partnership for Economic Development has brought back Angelos Angelou and his Angelou Economics firm to plan future economic growth for Lincoln.  He was in Lincoln 10 years ago to look at the city's economic landscape and was impressed with how much progress has been made when he returned this week.  

Three Measures In Legislature Address Gun Control


Nebraska gun control advocates and opponents are squaring off on a series of new measures in the Legislature. The Judiciary Committee heard testimony Thursday on three pieces of legislation that would expand gun owner rights and one bill that would limit reckless firing. The bills would allow for security teams at private schools to carry guns.

Fire Damages Home Near Murdock


The State Fire Marshall's Office is investigating a basement fire 30 miles from Lincoln near the community of Murdock.  Volunteer Fire Chief Alan Brockhoff says it took crews from 6 departments an hour-and-a-half to bringTuesday night's fire under control at 10209 North 298th Street because of several construction additions previously done on the home.  

Beutler Will Run For Third Term As Lincoln Mayor


Mayor Chris Beutler is running for a third term in office.  He made the announcement Tuesday at Fuse Co-working, an entrepreneurial hub in the Haymarket, saying he wants to keep the city's momentum in growth going.  Beutler also points to Lincoln's surging economy and a Forbes Magazine ranking of Lincoln being a top five community for business and careers.  

Stebbing Announces Bid For Lincoln Mayor


Lancaster County treasurer Andy Stebbing announced Wednesday his bid to become mayor of Lincoln in the upcoming spring city election.  Stebbing is a native of Norfolk, a former police officer, and Kearney State College Graduate who spent 20 years as a Lancaster County Deputy Sheriff before winning the Treasurer's office.  

Keystone To Top Senate Agenda In January 2015


Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell says approving the Keystone XL pipeline will top the Senate agenda in January. The issue could set up an early 2015 veto confrontation with President Barack Obama. Congressional Republicans have been pushing for approval of the pipeline for years. Obama has resisted because of environmental concerns. 

Bomb Threat At Papillion High School


Authorities say they're investigating an anonymous bomb threat against a Papillion high school that was posted online. The Papillion-La Vista School District says it discovered the threat against Papillion-La Vista South High School on Twitter Sunday afternoon. Papillion police searched the school Sunday night and Monday morning and found nothing. 

LPD Searching For Robber In Sunday Night Hold Up


Lincoln Police are looking for the man who tried robbing a grocery store.  Capt. Don Scheinost tells KFOR NEWS just before 9pm Sunday, a man wielding a knife demanded money from the clerk at the Sun Grocery Store at 2412 N Street.  

All-Female Panel Of Court Of Appeals Makes History


An all-female panel of the Nebraska Court of Appeals has heard oral arguments for the first time in state history. The three-judge panel met for oral arguments last week at the University of Nebraska at Kearney. Judges Frankie Moore, Francie Riedmann and Riko Bishop heard several cases and then took questions from students. 

Sen. Fischer Confident That Keystone Pipeline Vote Will Happen Again


Nebraska U-S Senator Deb Fischer says the discussion about the Keystone X-L Pipeline is far from over.  Fischer is one of 59 senators who voted yes on a bill to approve the pipeline Tuesday, but fell one vote short .  She predicts Congress will take up the bill again, and pass it, shortly after the first of the year.  The controversial pipeline is slated to run thru Nebraska,

Students Play Role In Painting Snow Plows


Eleven more snow plows that will be helping with any snow removal this winter have been painted by students in Lincoln Public Schools.   It's part of this year's Artistic Snow Plow project that started two years ago. 

First N-U Finalist Visit Scheduled


The first of four finalists for the top job at the University of Nebraska will visit the campuses and hold public meetings next week. Dr. George Ross, who's currently President of Central Michigan University, will make stops in Omaha, Kearney, and Lincoln on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday.

Ricketts Voted As Nebraska's Next Governor


Republican Pete Ricketts, a multimillionaire former executive at TD Ameritrade, has been elected governor of Nebraska.  Voters on Tuesday chose Ricketts, of Omaha, over Democrat Chuck Hassebrook, who for decades headed a center in Lyons that advocated for family farms and rural communities.  

Sidewalk Repair In Lincoln On Track To Be Fixed Within Two Years


City officials say crews are on track to fix the back log of sidewalk improvements throughout Lincoln over the next 14 months.  Along with that, there have been 250 sidewalk curb ramps fixed or installed to ensure better access for you.  Mayor Chris Beutler says about a year ago, he and City Council members along with public works officials talked about how to fund this repair project.

LPS Board Hears Testimony Over Gender Identity Resources


Criticism mixed with compliments, Lincoln Public School board members heard both at Tuesday night's meeting.  Dozens of parents and citizens showed up to talk about recent gender identity resources given to some teachers.  Many feel the district is promoting an agenda, and want it stopped.  

Committee Formed To Looking At Funding Mechanism For New Radio System/Fire Stati


TAKE CHARGE...it's a new online survey Mayor Chris Beutler wants you to take to help city leaders determine how best to pay for a new 9-1-1 emergency radio system and new fire stations in Lincoln.  Around $28 million is needed.  The most likely options are either a sales tax or property tax increase.  

Changes at Indian Center After Saturday's Chaos


Saturday's tailgating at the Indian Center before the Husker game will look a little different than last Saturday when rowdy fans damaged police and sheriff's cruisers, threw bottles at buses and tried tipping a bus load of people. 13 arrests were made, including one felony and 17 tickets. The biggest difference between this Saturday and last Saturday will be no more walk-in traffic. Only vehicles will be allowed in.

City Council Approves Comcast Buyout of Time Warner


Approval from the Lincoln City Council Monday of the cable franchise agreement between Comcast and the city of Lincoln, if the FCC approves of Comcast's buyout of Time Warner Cable. The change would not initially affect rates for cable, internet, or phone service; However, that does not mean rates couldn't increase in the future. 

Report Questions Nebraska Education Funding


A new report says Nebraska's K-12 public schools rely more heavily on local taxes for funding than any other state in the nation. The report released Monday by the OpenSky Policy Institute notes that more than 55 percent of school funding came from local sources in the last school year, while nearly 37 percent came from the state. The rest came from federal sources. Renee Fry, the group's

Colorado Pot Intercept Near Seward


Two men from Colorado face charges after the discovery of nearly 100 pounds of marijuana in a car in Nebraska. The State Patrol says the men were stopped Sunday morning on Interstate 80 in Seward County for following too close. The trooper searched the car, and 99 pounds of marijuana was found in a suitcase in the trunk. The 29 year old driver, and the 26-year-old passenger, both from Aurora,

Lincoln Man Dies Falling From Vehicle Roof


A Lincoln man has been identified as the victim who died in a single vehicle accident late Saturday night. It happened shortly after midnight on 52nd Street between Spruce and LaSalle. Lincoln Police say 27 year old James Rubio climbed out the sunroof of a sport-utility vehicle, fell to the street, and died. The driver of the vehicle was 34 year old Lindsey McAllister, also of Lincoln.

Panhandle Bond Issue Certified


Voters in the northwest Nebraska city of Chadron will decide whether to approve a one-half percent sales and use tax to pay for a proposed swimming pool center. The Dawes County Clerk's office told city officials Tuesday night that the measure had qualified for the Nov. 4 general election ballot.

Hearing Set to Find Psychiatric Facility for Jenkins


(8-7-14) A judge has set a hearing to find a psychiatric facility that will treat an Omaha man found too mentally unfit to undergo sentencing for killing four people. The hearing will be held more than two weeks after Douglas County District Judge Peter Bataillon ordered Nikko Jenkins to the state's psychiatric hospital in Lincoln for treatment.

Pershing Center Holds Last Concert August 6


(8-7-14) The Goo Goo Dolls will be known as the last live act at Pershing. It's not the last event at Pershing; the No Coast Derby Girls still have some matches this month, but the Goo Goo Dolls will be the last concert. Their last encore song on August 6 was a Supertramp cover, "Give A Little Bit."

City Clerk to Pay Restitution for Theft


A former city clerk in the south-central Nebraska town of Fairfield has been sentenced to five years of probation and must pay back $55,000 to the city she's convicted of embezzling. Jennifer Bassett appeared at a restitution hearing in Clay County District Court at which prosecutors showed that she took $96,000.

Interpreter Accused of Theft From Client


A Lincoln woman who translated bank information into English for an elderly woman has been accused of stealing more than $13,000 from her. Lincoln police say 19-year-old Martha M. Rik was arrested Thursday on suspicion of theft by deception and identity theft. Court records do not list an attorney. The 64-year-old woman contacted authorities in May to report that money was missing.

Walking Pneumonia Outbreak At Nursing Home Turns Deadly


A quarantine has been lifted at a Columbus nursing home where a respiratory illness contributed to the deaths of five patients. The quarantine was imposed June 19 at Golden LivingCenter-Columbus. Health officials say that as of Wednesday, 34 patients and 15 staff members had caught the illness. The home has about 130 patients and 140 employees.

"P" Street Temporarily One Lane


(7-2-14) For several days each of the next three weeks, traffic on “P” Street from 11th Street to Centennial Mall will be reduced to one lane of traffic during daytime, off-peak hours. The lane restrictions are expected to take place Mondays through Wednesdays. The closures will be for asphalt patching and the installation of permanent pavement markings as part of the streetscape project.

Possible Homicide Victim Identified


Nebraska authorities have identified the 34-year-old man found dead near Beaver Crossing last week. The Nebraska State Patrol says the combination of fingerprint records and tips from the public helped identify Hai Sinh Nguyen of Lincoln. His body was found on the bank of the Big Blue River in Seward County Wednesday. An autopsy confirmed that Nguyen did not die of natural causes, and his death is being investigated as a homicide.

Woman Falls out of 6-Story Window at Lincoln Hotel


A woman is in the hospital after falling from a sixth floor window at the Embassy Suites. Our media partner 1011 news reports that at around 12:30 this morning, Lincoln Fire and Rescue found the woman on a two-story roof. A ladder truck helped rescue workers get her off the roof. Lincoln Police told KFOR News she is still alive, but in a Lincoln hospital with life-threatening injuries.

Centennial Mall and "O" Street Intersection to Close


Sidewalk and lane closures begin tomorrow at the intersection of Centennial Mall and "O" Street. As part of the renovation of Nebraska's Centennial Mall, the north half of the intersection will close on Monday. Traffic will be restricted to one lane in each direction on the south half. When work on the north half is done, the south half will close. The project is expected to be complete in 35 to 40 days.

Fatal Motorcycle Crash Victim Identified


(6-26-14) The man killed in a motorcycle crash in Lincoln Tuesday evening has been identified as 19-year-old, Mark Wenzl of Seward. Police say Wenzl was heading downtown on Rosa Parks Way when he crashed into a concrete barrier and was thrown over the guardrail and onto a parking lot below near 7th street.

Columbus Sex Offender Given Prison Time


A sex offender who moved into the home of a Columbus woman and later molested two of her children has been given five years in prison. The 25-year-old man had pleaded no contest and was convicted of sexual assault of a child. The man is not being identified in order to protect the privacy of the teenage boys the man was accused of molesting.

Fillmore County Crash Kills One


(6-23-14) An 83-year-old woman has died after a collision on U.S. Highway 81 near Strang. The Fillmore County Sheriff's Office says the accident occurred a little before 2:45 p.m., Sunday. Joan Hendrickson was turning north off Nebraska Highway 74 onto U.S. 81 when her car was struck by a southbound sport utility vehicle. Hendrickson, of Shickley, was fatally injured.

Burglar Takes ATM from Powerless Gas Station


(6-16-14) A burglar got away with an ATM from a convenience store.  Sometime between Midnight and 5 in the morning Sunday, a man broke into the C Station convenience store at 1120 South Coddington. Saturday night's storm knocked out power in the neighborhood, so lights were out and security camera's didn't work.

Charges Dropped for Man Distributing Religious Pamphelts


Charges against a Lincoln man for handling out religious pamphlets outside the Pinnacle Bank arena have been dropped. 77-year-old Larry Ball was arrested March 15 for handing out literature during the state basketball tournament. Ball was arrested after he refused a request from arena security to leave. He claimed he was on public property.

Trial In Death of Raymond Man May End Soon


The family of a Raymond, Nebraska, man gunned down two years ago in Mississippi while picking his grandson up from college in Florida, could know very soon if the man accused of the murder will spend the rest of his life in prison.  James Willie is accused of killing Tom Schlender in his vehicle on Interstate 55 in May of 2012. 

South Sioux City Memorial Wall Dedication Draws Hundreds


The dedication of a replica Memorial Wall drew hundreds of Vietnam veterans to Freedom Park in South Sioux City.  The half-scale replica of the wall bears the names of more than 58,000 U.S. service members killed in the Vietnam War.  The 250 foot black granite wall is the only replica that duplicates the original design in the nation's capital.

Patty Duke Taken to Omaha Hospital During Film Screening


An organizer of a screening of "The Miracle Worker" in Omaha says one of the movie's stars, Oscar-winning actress Patty Duke, left the event because of stomach pain. The 67-year-old Duke was taken by a private vehicle Friday evening to the Nebraska Medical Center after complaining of stomach pain. Organizer Bruce Crawford says Duke's medical condition was not serious, but that but that an Omaha doctor who had been running tests on Duke asked her to come in for more tests Friday night after she reported the pain.

Ben Sasse Resigns From Midland


Midland University President Ben Sasse announced Thursday that he has submitted his resignation to the Midland Board of Directors, effective at the end of the year.  Sasse, who is the Republican candidate for the Nebraska Senate seat being vacated by the retiring Senator Mike Johanns, is running against Democrat Dave Domina in November. 

Nebraska Twister Damage Estimated at $300,000


Damage to Lancaster County property is estimated at 300,000 dollars after Sunday's round of tornadoes.  Three of the twisters have been verified in northern Lancaster County, damaging two dozen buildings, including one grain bin that was dropped on a county road.  Flooded roads were closed in 10 places during the storm, one bridge remains closed, and Count Engineer Pam Dingman says

UNMC Chancellor Receives Prestigious Health Care Leadership Award


University of Nebraska Medical Center Chancellor Jeffrey Gold is in Chicago this week to receive a prestigious health care leadership award.  Gold is one of 25 recipients this year of the Becker's Healthcare 2014 Leadership Awards by Becker's Hospital Review. 

Lincoln Water Levels Good, No Residential Watering Schedule in Demand


Mayor Beutler announced today that Lincoln's water supply is 95 percent full and he will not ask residents to follow a watering schedule at this time. The water level was below normal from December to March and slightly above normal in April. 

Two Indicted for Hacking UNL, U.S. Navy, More Computer Systems


Federal prosecutors in Oklahoma say two men have been indicted for hacking into computer systems of more than 30 computer systems of public and private organizations, including that of UNL and the U.S. Navy. The U.S. Attorney's Office in Tulsa says 27-year-old Nicholas Knight, of Virginia, and 20-year-old Daniel Krueger, of Illinois, are a part of a group called Team Digi7al that tries to

Storm Damages Four Major NPPD Lines


(5-12-14) Sunday night's storms will be costly for the Nebraska Public Power District.  The state's largest utility reports damage to four major transmission lines. About 100 poles were damaged on a large 345 kilovolt line running from Hallam to McCool Junction.  At one point in the storm, that line fell to the ground across U-S Highway 81.  Another 100 kilovolt line, from McCool

Lincoln City Attorney Rod Confer Retires


Lincoln City Attorney Rod Confer is retiring, after being the city's lawyer for the past five years. Mayor Beutler announced today that assistant city attorney Jeff Kirkpatrick will be the new city attorney starting June 1st. Kirkpatrick spent 12 years in private practice, after joining the city attorney's office in 2010, particularly with Lincoln Fire and Rescue.

18-Year-Old Hits, Runs, Accidentally Kills, Gets 4 to 5 Years


An 18-year-old woman will be sent to prison for four to five years for a hit-and-run which killed another driver. Eighteen-year-old Justice Wiggins of Omaha ran into some property and sped away from the scene.  She ran a stop sign, collided with an SUV and killed the 23-year-old driver.  Court records say she pleaded guilty to failing to stop and render aid and to misdemeanor vehicular

Midwest Community Leaders Advise Senate Panel on Improving Communities


(5-1-14) Witnesses are telling a Senate panel that rural communities need to sell what they are, not what they are not, in order to thrive economically.  They also say government support is important for growth and that small cities and towns should band together to maximize their potential.  A subcommittee of the Senate Agriculture Committee focused Thursday on how to boost rural

Overnight Armed Robbery At South Lincoln U-Stop


An overnight armed robbery in South Lincoln nets an arrest shortly after it occurred.  Lincoln Police Captain Don Scheinost told our media partner 10/11 news around 1:30 Sunday, four men walked into a the U-Stop at 13th and South and demanded cash. 

Shots Fired At West Lincoln Trailer Park


Shots were fired into a Lincoln home overnight.  Our media partner 10/11 news reports that Lincoln Police received several reports of shots fired just after midnight at the Contempo Trailer Park at 600 West Farfield.  

9-Year-Old Killed by Bobcat Machine


A 9-year-old boy was killed when a Bobcat Loader backed over him near Ashland.  Cass County Sheriff William C. Brueggemann, told our media partner 10/11 news just after 3:30 Saturday afternoon a male was operating a bobcat loader

Midwest States to Jointly Combat Wildfires


Nebraska is preparing to joining forces with Colorado, Wyoming and the Dakotas to help fight rural wildfires.  A bill sent to Governor Heineman would allow Nebraska to join the Great Plains Interstate Fire Compact, an agreement which lets member states share firefighters and equipment in an emergency.  Kansas is considering a similar proposal.  

Pipeline Opponents Protest with 80-Acres of Artwork


Opponents of a proposed pipeline to carry Canadian oil south to the Gulf Coast have carved a message of resistance into a Nebraska field in the project's path. The 80-acre artwork, which was done last week and reads "Heartland(hash)NoKXL."

Motorcycle Rider Killed in Crash


Omaha Police have identified the motorcycle rider who was killed in a weekend crash after failing to negotiate a corner in the road. Omaha police say 27-year-old David Plassmann of Bellevue died Saturday afternoon while out riding with others.

Syracuse Man Arrested for DUI after Crashing into Pole


A Syracuse man was arrested for DUI after crashing his truck into a power pole. Just before 1:00 Sunday morning, a Bennett firefighter drove up on a crash near 176th and Roca Road.

Driver Rolls Car Over, Gets DUI, Negligent Driving


(4-11-14) A one-car rollover crash shortly after bar close last night resulted in no injuries but two citations--a DUI and negligent driving. 21-year-old Nathaniel Wilkens was driving too fast on the curve of Capital Parkway between J street and Randolph and lost control of his Pontiac Grand Am. His car flipped over and hit a curb and tree. Wilkens was not seriously injured. 

Health and Human Services Official Vivianne Chaumont Dies at 60


A well-known state Health and Human services official has died.  Vivianne Chaumont, who oversaw Nebraska's Medicaid and long-term care services, has died of cancer. She was 60.  Chaumont was appointed to the agency in May 2007.  She previously was an Assistant Attorney General in Colorado. Chaumont is survived by three children.

Approved Bill to Help Elderly Nebraskans Maintain Home-Living


A bill that would provide millions of dollars in federal and state funding to help elderly Nebraskans stay in their homes has won approval from lawmakers, despite a veto.   Lawmakers overrode Gov. Dave Heineman's veto on Thursday with the minimum 30 votes required. The proposal would direct Nebraska to apply for a federal grant that would help pay for in-home services.

Unknown Thief or Thieves Break Into At Least 15 Cars at UNL


(4-10-14) University of Nebraska-Lincoln Police are looking at surveillance video to see if they can find out who smashed windows in at least 15 vehicles early Wednesday morning.  Two UNL parking lots were targeted--one on South Street between Vine and 19th streets, the other near 22nd and U streets.  Cell phones, iPods, cash, and other valuables were taken.  Police encourage

Bill to Up Penalties on Assaulted Medical, Social Workers Faces Final Vote


(4-10-14) Assaulting a firefighter, paramedic, or social worker could carry a stiffer penalty under a bill headed to a final vote in the Legislature.  Lawmakers gave 2nd-round approval to the legislation by Omaha Senator, Steve Lathrop.  Yesterday's vote followed a filibuster led by Omaha Senator Ernie Chambers, who argues that the law shouldn't treat assault victims differently

Are You Sure You're Registered for the May 13th Primary?


The Lancaster County Election Commissioner will set up for voter registration at several extra sites on Saturday. Anyone who turns 18 on or before November 4, has moved, changed their name, or would like to change their political party affiliation, needs to register.

Ex-Convict Jobs Ammendment Heading to Final Vote as Part of Prison Reform Bill


A bill designed to help ex-convicts find jobs in Nebraska is headed to a final vote in the Legislature. The measure, part of the state's prison reform bill, was amended Tuesday before receiving second-round approval by lawmakers.

Tom Osborne Endorses Mike Foley for Governor


Former University of Nebraska football coach Tom Osborne today endorsed State Auditor Mike Foley's candidacy for Governor. In making the endorsement, Osborne said Foley is an honorable man who can't be bought.

Fines Possible for P Street Project Contractor


August 29th...mark it on your calendar. It's the date by which the P Street project must be done or the contractor faces stiff fines, If P Street and Centennial Mall isn't done in 30 days.

Fillibuster Kills Sexual Discrimination Bill


20 states and the District of Columbia have laws preventing employers from discriminating based on sexual orientation and gender. Nebraska will not join that list of states this year. Lawmakers fell 7 votes short of getting the support needed.

City Council Repeals Curfew


In a unanimous vote, the City Council repeals the teenage curfew ordinance. It's been the law since 1949 that young people under 16 must be accompanied by an adult to be in businesses where alcohol is served past 9 at night.

Nebraska DMV Closes Driver's License Operations


If you need to renew your driver's license, you might have to skip the DMV this week and go online. All state licensing operations are shut down through Thursday. Staff members are going through planned training sessions.

Horse Race Betting Bill Passes Legislature


A proposed ballot measure that could allow betting on previously recorded horse races has been passed by the Nebraska Legislature. Lawmakers voted 30-17 in a second attempt to approve the proposed constitutional amendment.

Heineman Vetoes Elderly Care Funding Bill


Gov. Dave Heineman has vetoed a bill that would require Nebraska to apply for federal funding for in-home care services for the elderly. The governor argues that while the bill's goal is laudable, it would shift millions of dollars in expenses onto state government.

Nebraskans Remember Mickey Rooney


Actor Mickey Rooney will always be remembered at Boys Town for his Oscar-winning role in the 1938 movie about the Nebraska home for troubled youth. Rooney, who died Sunday at the age of 93, was named Mayor for Life at Boys Town in 2003.

Many State Parks to Reopen Early


Officials say state parks and recreation areas closed temporarily last fall to deal with deferred maintenance amid budget woes will reopen nearly two weeks earlier than scheduled. 

Task Force Arrests Wanted Fugitive in Lincoln



The US Marshals Metro Fugitive Task Force (MFTF) announced it has arrested Jason Robert Jackson, 24 based on his federal arrest warrant for conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine. Jackson was arrested around midnight on Sunday at a residence in the 2500 block of N street in Lincoln.

Man Killed by Gunshot


A man is dead after a shooting yesterday evening at around seven-thirty at the Lion's Gate Apartments on the 5100 block of Vine Street. Our media partner 1011 says the shooting was accidental, but police aren't willing to confirm anything.

Anti-Icing System to be Installed on I-80 Bridges


An anti-icing system is scheduled to be installed on four Interstate 80 bridges about four miles west of Aurora next week. The project will include construction of a camera tower and a building that will house the anti-icing chemicals.

Two Young Students Injured in Bus Crash Near Norfolk


Authorities say two girls were injured following a school bus crash in Stanton County. The Stanton County Sheriff's Office says the crash happened Friday morning near Norfolk. The girls, ages 8 and 9, were taken to a local hospital.

Palin Endorses Ricketts


Sarah Palin is jumping into Nebraska politics again. The former vice-presidential candidate is endorsing Pete Ricketts' bid for the Republican nomination for governor, calling him a "principled conservative." Ricketts is competing in a six-w

Former Crime Scene Investigator Ordered to Pay Restitution and Punitive Damages


Discredited former Douglas County crime scene investigator David Kofoed has been ordered to pay a total of nearly $6.6 million to two men he's accused of framing for a double murder. U.S. Judge Joseph Bataillon issued the orders.

Indepentent U.S. Senate Candidate not Invited to Business Forum


Independent U.S. Senate candidate Jim Jenkins today objected to a decision by the National Federation of Independent Business not to invite him to a small business forum featuring other Senate candidates.

Three-Year-Old Dies after Accident


A 3-year-old boy has died in an Omaha hospital after being accidentally run over by his uncle at a trailer park in Hastings. Taylor Wilson, of Nebraska Medical Center, on Tuesday confirmed the death of Aldo Ramirez-Lopez.

Lincoln Man Sentenced to Prison for Selling Gun to Felon


A 36-year-old Lincoln man has been given 46 months in federal prison for selling a gun to a convicted felon. Ashley Gerbig was sentenced in U.S. District Court in Lincoln. He pleaded guilty to one count in October.

Legislature Overrides Governor's Budget Veto


Nebraska lawmakers have voted to override Gov. Dave Heineman's vetoes of state budget items, including funding for courtyard fountains and a new heating system at the Capitol. The 37-11 vote on Tuesday comes days after Heineman announced the veto.

Hit and Run Crash Shoves Parked Car Against House


Lincoln Police are investigating a hit and run accident where a parked car was overturned and hit a house and the suspect was  arrested 10 blocks from crash scene, still in his destroyed car.  Our media partner 10/11 news is reporting just after 9:00 Saturday night emergency crews were called to the 1800 block of A Street for a reported rollover accident.

Lincoln Police Catch Stabbing Suspect


Lincoln Police have caught the man they say is responsible for a stabbing early Sunday morning.  Around 7:40 a.m., LPD Captain David Beggs said the suspect went into the CVS Pharmacy and asked the cashier about a TracFone prepaid cellphone. 

Lincoln Police Arrest Murder Suspect


Lincoln Police have made an arrest an arrest in the homicide of Nathaniel Morton Sr.  Captain Jason Stille tells KFOR News 21-year-old Kashius Haynes turned himself into authorities around 3:00 p.m. Saturday afternoon. 

Milford Woman Admits Lying about Man's Threats


A Milford woman has made a plea deal and was convicted in a perjury case. Betsy Smith pleaded no contest, and will be sentenced May 12. Prosecutors say Smith had sought a protection order against a York man.

Minnesota Man's $5,000 Wheelchair Stolen


The State Patrol is asking for help finding a wheelchair stolen from its owner as he traveled through Nebraska. A 29-year old Minnesota man called the Nebraska State Patrol on Wednesday to report that his wheelchair had been stolen.

Boy Scouts Hurt in Gunpowder Explosion


Boy Scouts experimenting with gunpowder for a ceremony have been injured in an explosion and fire at a Council Bluffs Home. The Fire investigator said that the accident occurred around 8:10 p.m. Thursday.

Woman Sues Strip Club Over Wages


A Wisconsin woman is suing a Lincoln-area strip club where she dances, saying the owner of Shakers of Waverly has not paid her or other dancers an hourly wage or overtime in the three years she has worked there.

19-Year-Old Going Back to Prison


A 19-year-old on parole for robbery is going back to prison for nearly a year for trying to force his way into Lincoln North Star High School last year. William Holloway and two friends fought with two guards and a school administrator.

Lincoln Post Office may Close


The U.S. Postal Service is studying whether to continue operating the University Place Post Office. Postal Union President Tony Ridder says in his monthly newsletter that a decision has already been made to close the station at 48th and Leighton.

Grand Island Fights for Renovated State Veterans Home, Not New


Grand Island leaders haven't given up on retaining the state veterans home instead of seeing the state build a replacement in Kearney.   Grand Island Mayor Jay Vavricek is preparing a counterproposal to the plan approved by Gov. Dave Heineman. The state plan already has been sent to federal officials in Washington, where it awaits funding. 

Legislature Approves Budget


Nebraska lawmakers have approved changes to the state's two-year budget, including new money for property tax relief. The $7.8 billion package passed on Monday includes new funding for Nebraska's property tax credit program, water projects, and state park renovations. It also allocates money for job-training programs and pediatric cancer research. 

Mountain Lion Hunting Ban Waiting for Governor's Signature


Nebraska's mountain lion hunting season could come to a halt if a bill passed by state senators becomes law. The Legislature's 28-13 vote on Monday was enough to pass the measure, but supporters fell five votes short of the backing needed to put it into effect right away. Sen. Ernie Chambers of Omaha introduced the bill to protect mountain lions.

Lincoln Police Investigate More Than 20 Car Vandalism Cases


Police are investigating more than 20 vandalism cases in south-central Lincoln.  Lincoln Police told 10/11 news  they started getting reports of graffiti on cars and homes and slashed tires just after 8 Saturday morning.

Single Vehicle Rollover Accident Occurs In West Lincoln


A man is in serious condition after his car rolled west of 190th and Pioneers Blvd yesterday afternoon and he was ejected.  Lancaster County Sheriff Sergeant John Vik told our media parter 10/11 News the single vehicle crash happened just after 5:00 pm. 

Missing Teens Found in Florida


 Lincoln Police tell our media partner 1011 News, Rachael Bates and Samantha Zuerlein have been located in Titusville, Florida.  Lincoln Police Captain David Beggs said the girls were sleeping in the 1997 silver Lincoln Continental they were last seen in, when Titusville police found the girls in a Walmart parking lot.

Driver Hits Stalled Car and Owner


A woman putting gas in her stalled vehicle on 40th Street was hit by a car last night near C Street. The woman, Tracy Macke, was taken to intensive care but Police Capt. Don Scheinost tells KFOR NEWS the woman's injuries are not considered life threatening. The driver, Sara Inhofe, was driving southbound on 40th Street when she saw the stalled car with its flashers on too late and swerved,

Man Hit in Head by Large Tree, Dies 4 Days Later


(4-3-14) A 57-year-old Roca man has died four days after being hit by a falling tree.   Wade Wunderlich used a chain saw to cut down the tree Saturday. He and his wife had been working for months to remove the tree from the 100-acre property they recently bought three miles west of Roca in southeast Nebraska. 

New Hydraulic Cot In LFR Ambulances


New hydraulic cot for LFR ambulances.

Federal Judge Catches Heat for Comments


A federal judge is catching some heat for referring to himself as "a dirty old man" and suggesting in his personal blog that young women attorneys need to dress more conservatively in court. Senior U.S. District Judge Richard Kopf weighed in on the topic Tuesday, relaying a story about a local female attorney in her late 20s who "wears very short skirts..."

Official Boys State Basketball Pairings Released


Image result for nsaaLincoln Northeast and Lincoln Christian will be the two Lincoln teams to play in the Boys State Basketball Tournament March 12-14. 

Pepin Named Big Ten Men's Indoor Coach of the Year


Image result for gary pepin nebraskaNebraska track and field head coach Gary Pepin was named Big Ten Men's Indoor Coach of the Year, the conference office announced on Tuesday after a vote by the league's coaches. It marks the 25th conference coach of the year honor for Pepin.

DISTRICT BOYS BASKETBALL: Rockets, Crusaders Head To State


Lincoln Northeast has punched a ticket to the Boys State Basketball tournament next week, after earning a 66-63 win over South Sioux City to win the Class A, District 7 championship Monday night in South Sioux City.  Tyson Shadegg led four Rockets in double-figures with 18 points.  

Monday's Boys District Basketball Tournament Scores


Click on the headline to find out how your team did on the court.

District Basketball Continues Tonight On Air


Image result for nsaaBoys District basketball coverage continues on KFOR 1240 tonight, with the B-1 semifinal matchup between Norris and Waverly.  Tip off will be at 7:30pm.  The winner will face the winner of the game beforehand between  Pius X and Plattsmouth.

Four Huskers Earn Big Ten Awards


Image result for husker basketballEmily Cady and Rachel Theriot earned second-team All-Big Ten honors, while Tear'a Laudermill added honorable-mention recognition when the Big Ten Conference announced its postseason awards live on Big Ten Network on Monday. Senior Hailie Sample rounded out Nebraska's award winners.

HUSKER WOMEN'S BASKETBALL: Cady, Jeffery Notch Double-Doubles In Loss To Ohio St


Emily Cady and Brandi Jeffery both recorded double-doubles, but Ohio State used a 15-0 run to end the first half to propel the Buckeyes to a 78-60 women's basketball win over Nebraska on Senior Day for the Huskers at Pinnacle Bank Arena. 

Four Lincoln Area Girls Basketball Teams Head To State


Lincoln Northeast, Lincoln Pius X, Norris and Lincoln Christian have all qualified for next weekend's NSAA Girls State Basketball tournament.

 

Northeast's Austen Alexander Claim State Diving Title


Image result for high school diving boardFor the second straight year, Lincoln Northeast's Austen Alexander claims the boys diving title at the State Swimming and Diving Meet.  His Northeast teammate Aaron Haeffner finished 5th, while Lincoln Southwest's Brady Stock finished in sixth.

Huskers Fall To Ohio State 81-57


Image result for husker basketball kforJae'Sean Tate scored a career-high 22 points, Sam Thompson added 15 and Shannon Scott 13 to lead Ohio State past Nebraska 81-57 on Thursday night, the Cornhuskers' sixth loss in a row.

HIGH SCHOOL BASKETBALL: Thurs Boys & Girls District Scores


Image result for nsaaClick on the headline for a full score recap from Thursday night's basketball action across the state.

Huskers' Miles Hopes Players Respond To Punishment Right Way


Image result for tim milesNebraska coach Tim Miles is about to find out if his tough love gets the results he desires.  The Cornhuskers (13-14, 5-10 Big Ten) have lost five straight and seven of eight heading into Thursday night's game at Ohio State (19-8, 8-6).

CWS Tickets Go On Sale April 18th


Image result for college world seriesTickets for reserved seats at the College World Series will go on sale at 10 a.m. Saturday, April 18. The CWS runs June 13 through June 23 or 24 at TD Ameritrade Stadium in downtown Omaha.

Shields Named First-Team Academic All-American


Image result for shavon shieldsNebraska’s Shavon Shields became the first Husker men’s basketball player since 1991 to earn first-team academic All-America honors, as the Capital One Academic All-America® Division I basketball teams as selected by the College Sport Information Directors of America were announced Thursday.

NWU Ends Season with 89-69 Loss at GPAC Tournament


Nebraska Wesleyan's inaugural basketball season under coach Dale Wellman came to a close with a 89-69 loss at Briar Cliff in the first round of the GPAC Men's Basketball tournament on Wednesday night (Feb. 25) at the Newman Flanagan Center in Sioux City, Iowa.

HUSKER WOMEN'S BASKETBALL: NU Overpowers Minnesota, 74-50


Freshman Natalie Romeo tied career highs with 21 points and six three-pointers, as No. 23 Nebraska overpowered Minnesota for a 74-50 women's basketball win at Pinnacle Bank Arena on Tuesday night.

Creighton Powers By DePaul, 75-62, McDermott Wins 400th


James Milliken scored 18 points, helping coach Greg McDermott win his 400th game as the Creighton Men's basketball team beat DePaul 75-62 on Tuesday night. Creighton led by as many as 13 in the first half, but DePaul roared back in the second frame, cutting its deficit to two on a Forrest Robinson 3-pointer with 6:57 left.

HUSKER MEN'S BASKETBALL: Miles Bans His Players From Locker Room After Loss To I


Aaron White had 18 points and 11 rebounds, and Iowa rode a 21-2 run to end the first half to a 74-46 victory over the Nebraska Men's Basketball team on Sunday.  

NU BASEBALL: Headley's Three-Run Double Helps Huskers In Win Over BYU


Blake Headley's three-run double in the ninth inning helped the Nebraska baseball team to a 6-3 win over BYU on Thursday afternoon.

Day One Results of State High School Wrestling Meet


Lincoln Southwest is tied for fourth in the team standings of the Class A state wrestling meet in Omaha. The Silver Hawks are tied with Creighton Prep after day one. Millard South is the team leader. Omaha Skutt is at the top of the Class B leaderboard.  

HUSKER MEN'S BASKETBALL: NU Falls At No. 16 Maryland


Melo Trimble scored 26 points, including a pair of pivotal 3-pointers down the stretch, and No. 16 Maryland squeezed past Nebraska 69-65 Thursday night in the first-ever meeting between the teams in men's basketball.  Walter Pitchford came off the bench to score 19 points for Nebraska, who now falls to 13-13 overall.  

Thursday Boys and Girls High School Basketball Scores


Click the headline to see scores involving your favorite boys and girls basketball teams from around the state!

Shrine Bowl Set For June 6


The 2015 Shrine Football game at Foster Field on the University of Nebraska-Kearney campus will be Saturday, June 6. Southeast head coach Ryan Gottula will lead the South team, while Lincoln Christian's Matt Farup will be an assistant. 

NWU Basketball: Men Earn Win, Women Suffer Loss vs. Doane


Nebraska Wesleyan completed the season sweep over Doane College in men's basketball with a 89-79 victory over the rival Tigers on Wednesday night (Feb. 18) at the Haddix Center in Crete.  With the victory, the Prairie Wolves clinch a spot in the 2015 GPAC Postseason Tournament as they improve to 12-12 overall and 9-10 in conference play.

 

HUSKER WOMEN'S BASKETBALL: Northwestern Upsets No. 21 Nebraska


Nia Coffey scored 17 points, grabbed 14 rebounds and blocked four shots to lead Northwestern to a 59-51 victory over No. 21 Nebraska on Wednesday night.  Lauren Douglas scored 15 points off the bench for the Wildcats (20-6, 10-5 Big Ten), who have won six consecutive games. Ashley Deary and Karly Roser each added 10 points. Coffey turned in her sixth straight double-double.  

MEN'S BASKETBALL: Jones' Layup Helps No. 19 Butler Escape Creighton


Roosevelt Jones made the winning layup with 1.9 seconds to lift No. 19 Butler to a 58-56 win over Creighton and avoid getting upset by the Big East's last-place team Monday night.  The Bulldogs (19-7, 9-4) wouldn't have been in position for Jones' game-winner if Alex Barlow hadn't scrambled to rebound Kellen Dunham's missed shot a few seconds earlier. 

HUSKER MEN'S BASKETBALL: Big Red Falls On The Road at Purdue


Vince Edwards scored 15 points and Kendall Stephens added 12 on Sunday, leading Purdue to a 66-54 Big Ten Conference victory against Nebraska in Mackey Arena.  Purdue (17-9, 9-4) pulled back into a second-place tie with 19th-ranked Maryland, each three games in the loss column behind league-leading Wisconsin. 

HUSKER WOMEN'S BASKETBALL: NU Ends Three-Game Skid


Natalie Romeo scored a career-high 21 points and Tear'a Laudermill added 20 and No. 22 Nebraska ended a three-game losing streak with a 70-63 win over Wisconsin on Sunday.  All three of the losses came against ranked teams and after the Cornhuskers (18-7, 8-6 Big Ten) lost standout guard Rachel Theriot to an ankle injury suffered in practice.  

BREAKING NEWS: NU Assistant Warren Reportedly Headed To North Carolina


Sports Illustrated is reporting that Nebraska secondary coach Charlton Warren has accepted a similar job on the University of North Carolina football team.  Warren had just been retained by new Nebraska coach Mike Riley, as the lone holdover from former coach Bo Pelini's staff.  Warren would reunite with Tar Heels head coach Larry Fedora.  

High School Basketball Scores For Thursday, Feb. 12


Click the headline to view some of the area boys and girls basketball scores from Thursday night.

HUSKER MEN'S BASKETBALL: No. 5 Badgers Hold Off NU Comeback


Sam Dekker matched his career high with 21 points, and No. 5 Wisconsin built a big lead early and then held off Nebraska's late comeback bid for a 65-55 victory on Tuesday night.  The Badgers (22-2, 10-1 Big Ten) won their seventh straight game and extended their lead in the Big Ten to three games over the four teams tied for second place. 

CBs From Colorado Top Riley's 1st Nebraska Recruiting Class


New Nebraska coach Mike Riley has announced a recruiting class of 20 players on letter-of-intent signing day.  Riley added 11 players to a group of nine that verbally committed to former coach Bo Pelini before Pelini's firing after the regular season.  Some of the biggest names in the class are cornerbacks recruited out of Colorado by Pelini's staff. 

HUSKER WOMEN'S BASKETBALL: Second Half Rally Helps NU In Win Over Michigan


Tear'a Laudermill scored 13 of her 19 points in the second half when No. 15 Nebraska took control for a 75-60 win over Michigan on Sunday.  Hailie Sample and Rachel Theriot added 14 points apiece for the Cornhuskers (17-4, 7-3 Big Ten), who shot 36 percent in the first half and trailed 31-25. 

Former Creighton Hoops Coach Barone To Be Honored


Former Creighton men's basketball coach Tony Barone will be among four inductees into the Creighton University Athletic Hall of Fame in April.   Barone led the Bluejays from 1985-91, compiling a 102-82 record in his six seasons. His teams won Missouri Valley Conference regular-season and tournament titles in 1989 and 1991, and he was Valley coach of the year in 1989. 

Former Omaha Central Star Agau Will Transfer To Georgetown


Former Omaha Central star and Louisville transfer Akoy Agau will continue to play college basketball at Georgetown. Agau had originally considered Nebraska, Marquette, Missouri-Kansas City and Wichita State before committing to Georgetown according to the website Nebraska High School Hoops.com. 

HUSKER WOMEN'S BASKETBALL: 'Bama Upsets 12th-Ranked Huskers


Nikki Hegstetter scooped a loose ball off the floor to score with less than two seconds to play and Alabama survived a missed final shot to upset 12th-ranked Nebraska 53-51 on Sunday.  Hegstetter had two baskets and two offensive boards by that point but was in the right spot to scoop an Ashley Williams miss off the floor and toss in her own shot as the Crimson Tide (8-3) handed Nebraska it's first loss of the season (7-1).

Petteway Among Top 50 For Wooden Award


Nebraska basketball standout Terran Petteway was tabbed for the Wooden Award Men's Preseason Top 50 Monday afternoon. Chosen by a preseason poll of national college basketball experts, the list is comprised of 50 student-athletes who are the early front-runners for the sport’s most prestigious honor.  

Omaha To Host 2018 NCAA Men's Basketball Midwest Regional Tourney


The NCAA announced Monday that CenturyLink Center Omaha will host the NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Midwest Regional in 2018. The 2018 Regional will mark the fourth time that CenturyLinkCenter Omaha has hosted NCAA Tournament Basketball action, joining Second/Third Round games it has hosted in 2008 and 2012, as well as the 2015 games the facility will host in March.  

Abdullah Finalist for Two National Awards


University of Nebraska senior I-back Ameer Abdullah was selected as a finalist for a pair of awards Tuesday afternoon. The Homewood, Ala., native was chosen as one of 10 finalists for the 2014 Senior CLASS Award and one of 12 finalists for the 2014 Wuerffel Award.

Silver Hawks Still In State Softball Tourney After Day One


Lincoln Southwest is still alive in the NSAA State High School Softball Tournament, after falling in their first game in the Class A tournament 12-6 to Papillion-LaVista, but bouncing back to beat Lincoln North Star 4-0 in an elimination game Thursday at the Smith Softball Complex in Hastings.   

Nebraska's 2015 Baseball Schedule Is Out


The Nebraska baseball team's 2015 schedule is out, with the opening game of the year scheduled for Friday, February 13th in Las Vegas, taking on the UNLV Rebels.   The Huskers will play 27 home games at Haymarket Park and will open up the home part of the schedule March 10th, hosting Northern Colorado.   

Nebraska Mens Hoops: Huskers To Play On BTN 13 Times In 2014-15


A minimum of 13 Nebraska men’s basketball games will air across Big Ten Network platforms this season.  Eleven games will air on BTN and available nationally...two games will air online on BTN Plus, which is a subscription-based service available on computers, smartphones and tablets as part of the BTN2Go app.  

Two Saltdogs Receive Weekly Honors


The Lincoln Saltdogs swept the league's weekly awards for the week ending June 1, as 1B Ian Gac was named Pointstreak Player of the Week and RHP Marquis Fleming was named Pointstreak Pitcher of the Week. Pointstreak is the official baseball statistician of the American Association.  

Nebraska Women's Basketball Notches NCAA Tourney Win


Jordan Hooper had 23 points and 11 rebounds, and fourth-seeded Nebraska defeated Fresno State 74-55 in the first round of the NCAA women's tournament Saturday in Los Angeles. Emily Cady added 15 points and 11 rebounds for the Cornhuskers (26-6), the B

Husker Men Fall to Baylor in NCAA Tournament


The Husker Basketball team is finished after one game in the NCAA Tournament. Nebraska coach Tim Miles was ejected from the Cornhuskers'  West Region game against Baylor after getting whistled for two technical fouls in the second half. Miles drew his second technical for unsportsmanlike conduct with 11:17 left in the game and Nebraska losing 50-32.

1,400 Security Badges Lost, Stolen at Atlanta Airport


iStock/Thinkstock(ATLANTA) -- More than 1,400 security badges used by workers at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport that offer access to private baggage areas, tarmacs and other secure locations reportedly have been lost or stolen, according to an investigation by ABC News station WSB.The badges went missing between 2012 and 2014.Airport officials said the badges alone wouldn’t be useful -- a personalized PIN number, specific to each employee, is also required in order for the badges to work.“Due to those safeguards, we do not believe that lost or stolen badges pose a significant security threat to the airport,” Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport said in a statement.Stephen Ganyard, a former Marine Corps fighter pilot and ABC News consultant, said the report is concerning.“The airport said, ‘Well, they would have to have a PIN to get through a gate, they’d have to have a picture,’ but everybody knows they’ve been around places when somebody has a security badge and they say, ‘Oh, he has a badge, we’ll just let him in,’ or they can follow me through the door,” Ganyard said.According to the WSB report, Atlanta’s airport does not use biometric screening for employees, which would include fingerprint or eye checks.The Transportation Security Administration has refused to release statistics on missing airport badges across the country, citing security concerns.Follow @ABCNewsRadio !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Trial of Boston Marathon Bombing Suspect Gets Underway Wednesday


FBI(BOSTON) — Opening statements are slated to begin Wednesday in the trial of Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, who is accused in the deaths of three people, including an eight-year-old boy.Following weeks of jury selection that involved a pool of nearly 1,400 people, a jury was seated Tuesday.Twelve jurors and six alternates -- eight men and ten women -- will hear the evidence against Tsarnaev, 21, who prosecutors say with his older brother, Tamerlan Tsarnaev, detonated two bombs made from pressure cookers near the finish line of the Boston Marathon on April 15, 2013. In addition to killing three people, the blasts wounded 260 others. Many of the victims were maimed for life, including 16 people who lost limbs.Afterwards, prosecutors say the brothers went on the run. A few days later, Tamerlan Tsarnaev was killed during a gunfight with police after he and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev allegedly executed MIT Police Officer Sean Collier.Following an intensive manhunt, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, who was wounded, was captured hiding inside a boat parked in the driveway of Watertown, Massachusetts, resident.Dzhokhar has pleaded not guilty to the 30 counts against him, including charges of using a “weapon of mass destruction resulting in death.” The most serious of the charges could put him on death row if he's convicted.His defense team gave a hint of a potential strategy a year ago when they filed motions to obtain information the attorneys believed would show that between the brothers, Tamerlan was an “all-powerful force who could not be ignored or disobeyed.”But while prosecutors focus today on Dzhokhar, authorities told ABC News they’re also investigating whether Tamerlan’s wife, Katherine Russell, knew of the deadly plot beforehand.Russell is suspected of being the woman who accompanied Tsarnaev to a Macy’s in Boston two months before the April 2013 attack where the couple bought five pressure cookers – two of which were allegedly used to make the bombs placed at the marathon finish line. In an affidavit to search the Tsarnaev’s home, FBI agents said they were looking for clothing consistent with those seen on a security video at Macy’s.Both lawyers for Russell and federal prosecutors declined to answer ABC News questions about Russell’s status, but a senior law enforcement official said she could face charges of misprision of a felony, or failing to notify authorities of a crime about to happen.Days after Tamerlan was identified as one of the suspected bombers, Russell’s attorney, released a statement saying Russell was assisting the investigation into the bombing and was not aware of the plot beforehand.“As a mother, a sister, a daughter, a wife, Katie deeply mourns the pain and loss to innocent victims, students, law enforcement officers, families and our community,” the attorney, Miriam Weizenbaum, said then.Follow @ABCNewsRadio !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

LAPD Shooting: Homeless Victim Stole French Man's Identity, Authorities Say


Ventura County Sheriff's Office(LOS ANGELES) — The homeless man fatally shot by Los Angeles police officers in a Sunday confrontation was living in the United States under the assumed identity of a French national, authorities told ABC News Tuesday.The LAPD had identified the man as Charley Saturmin Robinet, a convicted bank robber who carried a French passport.But Astrid le Moine, Press Attaché for the Consulate General of France in Los Angeles, said the French consulate later notified police of the usage of the stolen identity.Arnaud Guillois, the press counselor at the French Embassy in Washington, told ABC News that the homeless man killed on Skid Row "is not French." French officials do not know the man's nationality at this time, Guillois said.A call to the LAPD Tuesday seeking comment wasn't immediately returned.Court documents confirm that the man who used the name Charley Saturmin Robinet was released from federal prison on May 12, 2014 after serving 14 years in prison. A law enforcement source confirmed to ABC News that Robinet was 39 at the time of his death.A 2005 court document notes that a state psychiatrist examined him and determined that he had a "mental disorder or defect" but it was unclear if he received treatment.Witnesses at the shooting scene told KABC that the man was called "Africa" by people who knew him. The shooting took place on the city's Skid Row, a stretch of Central Los Angeles where many of the city's homeless congregate.Footage obtained by ABC News shows Robinet entering his tent on the sidewalk shortly before police arrive at the scene.At least two investigations into the shooting are underway.Follow @ABCNewsRadio !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Ohio Suspect Turns Himself In After Facebook Exchange with Sheriff's Office


Butler County Sheriff's Office/Facebook(BUTLER COUNTY, Ohio) — Authorities in Ohio are crediting social media for their latest arrest.The Butler County Sheriff’s Office posted an alert on Facebook Tuesday about Andrew Dale Marcum, 21, who was wanted on a range of charges, including burglary (safe-cracking), abduction, assault and domestic violence.Residents commented on the post. So did Marcum, apparently.“I ain’t tripping half of them don’t even know me,” Marcum wrote from his Facebook account.The sheriff’s office responded: “If you could stop by the Sheriff’s Office, that’d be great.”County Sheriff Richard K. Jones also weighed in, posting a photo on Twitter showing a jail cell.“Hey Andrew Marcum we’ve got your room ready…” Jones wrote. Hey Andrew Marcum we've got your room ready... pic.twitter.com/iYkANLD9hZ— Richard K. Jones (@butlersheriff) March 3, 2015 Later in the day, Marcum relented, turning himself into authorities. Marcum appears glum, his eyes red in the booking photos posted following his arrest.“Andrew Dale Marcum will be off Facebook temporarily, because there is no social media access in the Butler County Jail. He's turned himself in,” the office wrote in a new Facebook post. “Thanks to our Facebook and Twitter friends for helping turn up the heat.” Follow @ABCNewsRadio !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Suspect in Custody After Maryland Shooting Incidents, FBI Says


iStock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) — A suspect is in custody, believed to be involved in a string of recent shooting incidents in the Baltimore-Washington D.C. area, an FBI spokesperson told ABC News.A shooting incident happened Tuesday on the Inter-County Connector in Laurel, Maryland, with shots fired at a tree service truck. Damage was also reported to a nearby National Security Agency building in Fort Meade.“We believe the subject responsible for shooting incidents on the ICC, near Fort Meade Army installation and other locations around the Baltimore-Washington metro area in the last two weeks is in custody,” Amy J. Thoreson, Public Affairs Specialist with the FBI’s Baltimore Division, told ABC News in a statement.Other previous shootings were reported in Hanover, Maryland last week, as well as Laurel in Prince George’s County and Columbia in Howard County Monday.The suspect’s identity has not been released. Follow @ABCNewsRadio !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Chicago Cubs Hold the Keys to the "Back to the Future" DeLorean Car


Volo Museum(CHICAGO) -- If the Chicago Cubs win the 2015 World Series this fall, as predicted in Back to the Future Part II, you could be the proud new owner of a DeLorean time machine, the famous hover car featured in the film. Volo Auto Museum in Illinois is hosting the giveaway for the 1981 exhibition model estimated to be worth $85,000. "The car is fully functional. It's a running and driving car," museum director Brian Grams told ABC News on Tuesday. "Though we don't guarantee time travel with the car, its flux capacitor and other board lights light up just like the movie's car." But, of course, you'll have to rely on the Cubs -- who famously haven't won a World Series since 1908 and haven't even appeared in one since 1945. They finished dead last in their division in 2014. Some superstitious fans believe the team is cursed. The Cubs famously were five outs away from locking up a World Series berth in 2003 when a fan reached out and deflected a ball that appeared headed for a Cubs player's glove. The Cubs then blew a three-run lead to lose, lost another game after that and missed the World Series. The DeLorean was acquired from a custom car builder who built various original car props for movies, including the original Batmobile for the TV series, Grams said. The car has been on display at the museum since the late '90s. The museum encourages Chicago Cubs and Back to the Future fans from all over the world to register beginning March 21, Grams said. To enter the raffle, you can visit the museum with more than 400 eccentric cars in Volo, Illinois, and register on-site or online using your wristband ticket's number. If the museum is too far for you to visit, just send it a self-addressed, stamped envelope, Grams said, and the museum will then mail you back an eligible registration number. The Volo Auto Museum is giving away their Delorean if the #Cubs win the World Series this year http://t.co/dC4ICYJUMZ pic.twitter.com/5YQHm6YEEh— Mike Piff (@Mike_PiFF03) March 3, 2015 This is the museum's first car giveaway, Grams said. He said he hopes the Cubs finally win, so the car will go to a fan. And if the Cubs drop the ball, there's a consolation prize, Grams said. "We keep the car, but the giveaway winner will win the museum's hoverboard prop," he said.Follow @ABCNewsRadio !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Alabama Supreme Court Orders a Stop to Same-Sex Marriage Licenses


Ingram Publishing/Thinkstock(MONTGOMERY, Ala.) -- The Alabama Supreme Court handed down a ruling Tuesday evening, ordering a stop to the issuance of same-sex marriage licenses by probate judges. The order comes after the Elmore County's probate judge requested the state's supreme court for further guidance in regards to issuing licenses. In the ruling, the supreme court cites an effort to comply with Alabama law, which states marriage is between one man and one woman, as the reason to halt same-sex marriage licenses. "As it has done for approximately two centuries, Alabama law allows for 'marriage' between only one man and one woman," the ruling said. "Alabama probate judges have a ministerial duty not to issue any marriage license contrary to this law. Nothing in the United States Constitution alters or overrides this duty." Alabama's probate judges now have five days to file a letter stating why they should not be bound to the court's decision. The order on Tuesday comes after a federal appeals court ruled last month against delaying the overturning of Alabama's gay-marriage ban, which U.S. District Judge Callie Granade called unconstitutional. State Attorney General Luther Strange responded to the appeals court ruling by asking the U.S. Supreme Court for a stay on the marriages until the high court took up the nationwide issue in the spring. Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore, a vocal opponent of gay marriage, then ordered county probate judges to refuse marriage licenses to gay couples, despite Granade's having ruled that probate judges had a legal duty to issue the licenses. On Feb. 9, the U.S. Supreme Court opted not to halt the start of the issuance of same-sex marriage licenses in the state, but Moore said he would fight until the justices ruled.Follow @ABCNewsRadio !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Massive Winter Storm Bringing Snow, Ice and Wind Hits 30 States


aetb/iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- A massive and slow-moving winter storm continued to grip the U.S. on Tuesday, dumping snow, ice and rain from Utah and Louisiana to Maine. At least 30 states were under winter weather alerts on Tuesday, and the storm was affecting 120 million Americans. In Minnesota, treacherous ice and slick conditions brought traffic on Interstate 94 to a complete standstill after more than a dozen crashes in the area.Near St. Paul, Minnesota, a car slammed a police vehicle as the officer investigated another crash. #MSPcrash I94 near Clearwater (veh vs sign) no inj. #SlowDown #PayAttention pic.twitter.com/KDM70C3jMr— Sgt. Jesse Grabow (@MSPPIO_NW) March 3, 2015 Strong winds gusting at 40 mph were a problem in Watertown, South Dakota. In the Midwest, blinding snow and slippery roads in parts of Michigan and Indiana caused spinout after spinout. "I just completely turned all the way around and slid off the road," said one driver. "How scary is that? I mean, I'm just happy there weren't any cars coming." MN-7 at mile post 89 southwest of Willmar at 12 PM. #mnwx pic.twitter.com/Ilq2CH73Mg— NWS Twin Cities (@NWSTwinCities) March 3, 2015Although one to three inches was possible along the I-95 corridor on Tuesday, some areas, such as New York City, could receive 6-8 inches with Wednesday night’s snowfall. Follow @ABCNewsRadio !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

LAPD Shooting: Identity of the 'Homeless' Victim Questioned


Ventura County Sheriff's Office(LOS ANGELES) --  A French official raised questions on Tuesday about the true identity of the homeless man fatally shot by Los Angeles police officers in a confrontation that was caught on videotape. ABC News has learned that the LAPD had identified the man as Charley Saturmin Robinet, a convicted bank robber who carried a French passport. But Arnaud Guillois, the press counselor at the French Embassy in Washington, told ABC News that the homeless man killed on Skid Row "is not French." French officials have checked with the consulate and found that he has never been a citizen of France, Guillois said, adding that French officials did not know the man's nationality at this time. Court documents confirm that the man who used the name Charley Robinet was released from federal prison on May 12, 2014 after serving 14 years in prison. A call to the LAPD Tuesday evening seeking comment wasn't immediately returned. A law enforcement source confirmed to ABC News that Robinet was 39 at the time of his death. A 2005 court document notes that a state psychiatrist examined him and determined that he had a "mental disorder or defect" but it was unclear if he received treatment. Witnesses at the scene told KABC-TV that the man was called "Africa" by people who knew him. The shooting took place on the city's Skid Row, a stretch of Central Los Angeles where many of the city's homeless congregate. Footage obtained by ABC News shows Robinet entering his tent on the sidewalk shortly before police arrive at the scene. At least two investigations into the shooting are underway. Follow @ABCNewsRadio !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Boston Bombing Suspect's Widow Under Investigation, Could Face Charges


FBI(BOSTON) -- The widow of one of the Boston Marathon bombing suspects is under active investigation and could face potential criminal charges related to the deadly blast, law enforcement officials told ABC News. A spokesperson for the U.S. attorney’s office and the FBI declined to comment, and authorities said no decision has been made on whether to eventually bring charges while prosecutors concentrate on the trial of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, Katherine Russell’s brother-in-law. Russell, who was married to Tamerlan Tsarnaev, is suspected of being the woman who accompanied Tsarnaev to a Macy’s in Boston two months before the April 2013 attack where the couple bought five pressure cookers – two of which were allegedly used to make the bombs placed at the marathon finish line. In an affidavit to search Tsarnaev’s home, FBI agents said they were looking for clothing consistent with those seen on a security video at Macy’s. A few weeks earlier Tamerlan Tsarnaev had gone to a fireworks store in New Hampshire and bought 48 mortar shells, also used in the bombs. At the fireworks store, Tamerlan had asked for the “biggest and loudest” fireworks available and spent roughly $200, according to court documents. “To live in a small apartment and buy five pressure cookers and have all those explosives obviously just does not make sense – something other than cooking was going on,” said former FBI special agent and ABC News consultant Brad Garrett. Both lawyers for Russell and federal prosecutors declined to answer ABC News questions about Russell’s status, but a senior law enforcement official said she could face charges of misprision of a felony, or failing to notify authorities of a crime about to happen. Tamerlan Tsarnaev was killed in a police shootout three days after prosecutors say he and his younger brother, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, detonated twin bombs near the finish line of the Boston Marathon, killing three people – including an eight-year-old boy – and injuring some 260 others. Days after Tamerlan Tsarnaev was identified as one of the suspected bombers, Russell’s attorney released a statement saying Russell was assisting the investigation into the bombing and was not aware of the plot beforehand. “As a mother, a sister, a daughter, a wife, Katie deeply mourns the pain and loss to innocent victims, students, law enforcement officers, families and our community,” the attorney, Miriam Weizenbaum, said then. Shortly after the bombing, Russell left her family and moved to New Jersey to live with Tsarnaev’s two sisters. She later moved out of her sister-in-law’s apartment and was last seen in a transitional housing facility for the homeless in New Jersey, according to authorities briefed on the investigation. Authorities told ABC News the FBI put Russell under surveillance during last year’s Boston Marathon race. Opening statements in the murder trial of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev are set to begin Wednesday morning. Russell is not expected to be called as a witness for the government.Follow @ABCNewsRadio !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

175-Pound Pit Bull Shatters Misconceptions About Breed


Ruaridh Connellan/Barcroft Media /Landov(NEW YORK) -- This dog just may be the world's largest Pit Bull. Only 18 months old, Hulk weighs a hefty 175 pounds.Despite his intimidating size, his owners Marlon and Lisa Grannan say Hulk is a sweet family dog and a best friend to their 3-year-old son Jordan.Videos and photos of Hulk with their son online shatter misconceptions about Pit Bulls as ruthless monsters.The toddler can be seen riding Hulk, singing with him and napping with him."He's a wonderful, excellently trained dog," Marlon Grannan said. "He plays with my kid, he's great with the family and he's so, so sweet.""Because Pit Bulls are only in the media when bad things happen, this myth of them as monsters gets perpetuated," Grannan added, "but it's not true. They might not be for everyone, but under a good leader and with proper trained, they make amazing family and work or protection dogs."Grannan and his wife are the owners of Dark Dynasty K9s, a family-owned kennel that breeds and trains American Pit Bull Terriers as protection dogs for clients worldwide. Dark Dynasty K9s is also a member of the American Dog Breeders Association and the United Kennel Club."I want to emphasize that we breed and train dogs who come in stable," Grannan said. "Our goal is to make these dogs fearless for the intimidation factor that protection dogs need to have, not for them to be uncontrolled and maul or bite anyone. That is improper training."He owns 12 Pit Bulls in training and one Chihuahua. All of them live and work with him at their 150-acre home and kennel, Grannan said.And yet, Hulk, the biggest of them all, has garnered the most attention. A video of him being weighed last month had over seven million views as of Tuesday morning."My hope is that we can stop ignorance and change people's minds about Pit Bulls in a positive way with all this attention," Grannan said.Follow @ABCNewsRadio !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Engineer Dies Following California Train Crash


ABC News(LOS ANGELES) -- A sad turn of events involving the engineer of the Metrolink train that derailed in Oxnard, California, last week.  The Los Angeles County coroner’s office confirmed on Tuesday to ABC News that Glenn Steele, 62, died at Cedars-Sinai Hospital in Los Angeles.Steele had 42 years of experience driving trains, and had been on the job so long that he was at the top of Metrolink’s seniority list. Steele was in the front of the train when it slammed into a truck on the tracks last week.The truck driver who caused the crash is not facing any charges, but his attorney had said if any victims died his client could face misdemeanor manslaughter charges.Follow @ABCNewsRadio !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Curt Schilling, Ex-Red Sox Pitcher, Knocks Down Internet Trolls Who Bullied His


Hunter Martin/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- World Series MVP and former Red Sox pitcher Curt Schilling took matters into his own hands when Twitter users started to cyberbully his teenage daughter. The All-Star struck back at two Internet trolls in particular who made vulgar remarks, with Schilling revealing their identities and schools on his blog. The crude comments were in response to Schilling's congratulatory tweet to his daughter's acceptance to college in Rhode Island. Congrats to Gabby Schilling who will pitch for the Salve Regina Seahawks next year!!— Curt Schilling (@gehrig38) February 25, 2015Despite spending years around jock talk in locker rooms, Schilling, who last played in 2007, said the tweets, which alluded to lewd acts and rape, crossed the line. "Anybody that reads it and says it's just a joke, I know a couple things for a fact, they're not fathers of kids," Schilling told ABC’s Good Morning America. Schilling, 48, posted images of some of the vulgar tweets on his blog Sunday, writing, "is this even remotely ok? In ANY world? At ANY time?" "I grew up in a locker room. I grew up playing sports. I know what it means to be a guy. Never in my life, have I ever uttered half of the words that these guys were posting," Schilling said. True to what Schilling wrote in his blog, where he wrote, "The real world has consequences when you do and say things about others," there were consequences for the trolls. The school of one of the Twitter users, Brookdale Community College in New Jersey, said it suspended the student. "The student has been summarily suspended and will be scheduled for a conduct hearing where further disciplinary action will be taken," the college posted on its Facebook page Monday. "The Brookdale Police are actively investigating this matter. Brookdale takes this behavior very seriously and does not tolerate any form of harassment. Our sincerest apologies to Gabby Schilling. Her achievement should be celebrated and not clouded by offensive comments." Each Twitter account mentioned in Schilling's blog has been suspended or is no longer in use. Another Twitter user mentioned by Schilling in his blog was fired from his job selling tickets part-time with the New York Yankees, Jason Zillo, the team's director of communications, confirmed to NJ.com. The Yankees did not respond to a request for comment from ABC News. The two individuals did not respond to a request for comment from ABC News. "This wasn't a mistake," Schilling said. "This was a conscious decision to be an idiot and to say some evil stuff." Gabby Schilling added: "Nobody should be able to get away with saying things like that to a father about their daughter."Follow @ABCNewsRadio!function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

'Free Range' Parents Found Responsible for Child Neglect After Allowing Kids to


Stockbyte/Thinkstock(SILVER SPRING, Md.) -- A Maryland couple who was being investigated for allowing their two children to walk home alone from a neighborhood park have been "found responsible for unsubstantiated child neglect" by the state's Child Protective Services. Maryland Child Protective Services began investigating Danielle and Alexander Meitiv of Silver Spring, Maryland, for practicing so-called “free-range parenting,” a philosophy that encourages children to have some independence. In the Meitivs' case, this means they allow their two children, Rafi and Dvora, ages 10 and 6, to play outside and walk home by themselves. The couple told ABC's Nightline in an email Tuesday that they found out the results of the CPS investigation last week. “We are shocked and outraged that we have been deemed negligent for granting our children the simple freedom to play outdoors. We fully intend to appeal,” Danielle Meitiv said via email. “We also have no intention of changing our parenting approach.”The Meitivs told Nightline in an interview that aired in January that they trust their children and want to give them the freedom to make mistakes, away from the parental safety net. “I'm just parenting the way I was parented and the way that almost every adult I know was parented,” Danielle told Nightline at the time. But that all changed after the Montgomery County Police stopped the kids in December as they were walking home from a park without an adult and gave them a stern warning. Maryland Child Protective Services then accused the Meitivs of neglect, saying unless they committed to a safety plan, the kids would have to go into foster homes. In Silver Spring, leaving anyone under age 18 unsupervised constitutes neglect. Suddenly, this middle-class suburban family found themselves smack in the middle of a national parenting debate. When asked for comment, Maryland Child Protective Services referred the case to the Maryland State Department of Human Resources. A Maryland State Department of Human Resources spokeswoman said that confidentiality laws prohibit them from commenting on any specific case, and would only say that the ruling would serve as "a point of reference that will be used in any future decision." No criminal charges have been filed. The Meitivs stand by their belief that they are the best ones to judge if their kids are ready, and if their neighborhood is safe enough, for them to be on their own, not the government. “Frankly I think that raising independent children and responsible children and giving them the freedom that I enjoyed is a risk worth taking,” Danielle Meitiv told Nightline in a previous interview. “In the end it's our decision as parents.”Follow @ABCNewsRadio !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

LAPD Shooting: Name of the 'Homeless' Victim Released


Ventura County Sheriff's Office(LOS ANGELES) --  The identity of the man who was shot by Los Angeles police officers Sunday has now been confirmed. ABC News has learned that the man's name was Charley Robinet. The only information about the man, whose altercation with police was caught on video, came from the Los Angeles County Coroner, who told Los Angeles ABC News affiliate KABC-TV that he was a black man in his 30s. Witnesses at the scene told KABC-TV that the man was called "Africa" by people who knew him. The shooting took place on the city's Skid Row, a stretch of Central Los Angeles where many of the city's homeless congregate. Footage obtained by ABC News shows Robinet entering his tent on the sidewalk shortly before police arrive at the scene. At least two investigations into the shooting are underway. Follow @ABCNewsRadio !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Ferguson Shooting: Federal Investigation Expected to Show Pattern of Discriminat


Scott Olson/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- The Department of Justice is expected to release its finding on the investigation into the Ferguson Police Department as early as Wednesday, sources tell ABC News. According to a law enforcement official, the report will say the Ferguson Police Department’s conduct routinely violated the constitution and federal law due to a combination of racial bias and a focus on generating revenue. According to the findings, African-Americans make up 67 percent of the population of Ferguson, but were subject to 85 percent of traffic stops, 90 percent of citations and 93 percent of arrests. In essence they accuse the Ferguson police department of a pattern and practice of discrimination. The Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division found multiple examples of police and municipal court officials exhibiting racial bias in emails sent on official Ferguson accounts. Examples include a November 2008 email, which stated that President Barack Obama would not be president for very long because “what black man holds a steady job for four years.”Another racist email from May 2011 stated: “An African-American woman in New Orleans was admitted into the hospital for a pregnancy termination. Two weeks later she received check for $5,000. She phoned the hospital to ask who it was from. The hospital said, ‘Crimestoppers.’” From April to September 2014, 95 percent of people held at the Ferguson jail longer than two days were African American. African Americans accounted for 95 percent of all “Manner of Walking in Roadway” -- essentially jaywalking -- charges, 94 percent of “failure to comply” charges and 92 percent of all “peace disturbance” charges.Follow @ABCNewsRadio !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Basketball Team Disqualified for Wearing Pink for Breast Cancer Awareness


Thomas Cordova/Daily Breeze(LOS ANGELES) -- A girls' high school basketball team was forced to forfeit a semi-final playoff win because the team wore pink letters and numbers on its jerseys to support breast cancer awareness.The organization that oversees Nathaniel Narbonne High School's team in the Harbor City area of Los Angeles has strict rules regarding team colors. So now, Narbonne is appealing a decision that forced the team to forfeit a 57-52 win on Saturday against View Park Preparatory Accelerated Charter High School."Uniform colors may only be a combination of the official school colors. Pink is not a school color at Narbonne. Penalties will include probation and forfeiture of contents," the California Interscholastic Federation's Los Angeles City Section said in a statement, according to ABC News station KABC in Los Angeles.Team members were taken aback by the decision that disqualified the team from title contention."I kind of thought it was maybe just a joke at one point in time until all the teammates started to say, 'No, this is serious.' It was very, very shocking to us," Narbonne senior guard Laticia Smith told KABC. "The punishment didn't fit the crime. You know, we feel like we really didn't know. We had no idea and if we had some type of warning, we would have never come on the court with those uniforms."The approved colors of the top-seeded school are green, gold and black. Earlier in the school year, the North Hollywood High girls' volleyball team forfeited a match because it wore uniforms that were entirely black.Pro teams have changed their colors based on a particular cause or group. For instance, NFL teams have approved use of pink gloves, cleats and wristbands for breast cancer awareness and, in the NBA, the Houston Rockets and Golden State Warriors were allowed to wear red uniforms with Chinese lettering to celebrate Lunar New Year.Narbonne's athletic director and principal were told of the violation during halftime and the decision to disqualify the team was made later, according to The Los Angeles Times.The school is appealing the decision and a panel is hearing its case on Tuesday, the Times reported.The team hopes to play in the championship game on Saturday, KABC reported.The California Interscholastic Federation's Los Angeles City Section did not respond to a request for comment from ABC News. The statewide California Interscholastic Federation said the issue is under the jurisdiction of CIF LA City Section's rule and not a CIF State rule.Narbonne High School did not respond to a request for comment from ABC News.The City Section gave some teams waivers to wear pink in their uniforms during breast cancer awareness month in October."If they are going to do something against our bylaws, they need to call us to request it," City Section commissioner John Aguirre told the Times.Follow @ABCNewsRadio !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Tamir Rice's Mother Says City's Apology over Wording Is 'Disrespectful'


Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images(CLEVELAND) -- The mother of the 12-year-old boy who was fatally shot by Cleveland police would accept an apology from the department for shooting her child if one were offered, she said at a news conference Tuesday morning."The city’s answer is disrespectful to my son Tamir," Samaria Rice said Tuesday morning. "I have yet to receive an apology from the police department or the city of Cleveland in regards to the killing of my son and it hurts."Her comments came a day after the mayor apologized for an earlier court document in which city lawyers suggested it was Tamir’s fault he was shot.The city has apologized for the "insensitive" language used in the city's response to a federal lawsuit filed by Samaria Rice, but not for the Nov. 22 shooting itself. Tamir Rice was shot on a playground while holding a pellet gun.The lawsuit makes a half dozen allegations, including that the officers used excessive force, failed to administer aid to the boy who died the day after the shooting, and inflicted emotional distress to the boy's mother and sister when they responded to the shooting.At Tuesday's news conference, Rice and her attorneys also shared surveillance footage of the moment when police shot her son and though the video had been released previously, they have since added a stop clock to the top-right corner, which shows the boy was shot 0.792 seconds after the car pulled up to the scene.Benjamin Crump, the attorney representing the Rice family, said the city had a month to issue its response to the lawsuit, giving officials sufficient time to choose their words carefully."The city had over 30 days to deliberate and articulate its decision on Tamir Rice and they chose the words that they chose," Crump said."Anytime that they try to justify -- other than to say that they made a mistake -- anything short of that is disrespectful from the family," he said.An investigation into the shooting by the Cuyahoga County Sheriff's Department is underway and a grand jury is expected to consider whether criminal charges should be brought against the officers.Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

NASA Celebrates 100th Birthday of America's First Flight Program


NASA(HOUSTON) -- NASA is celebrating the 100th birthday of the United States' original aeronautics program on Tuesday with photos showing what the dream of flight looked like a century ago.Founded on March 3, 1915, the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics, called NACA, focused on innovation in aeronautics, including the creation of the retractable landing gear, jet engine compressors and turbines, among other technologies.The mission, according to NASA administrator Charles Bolden, was to "supervise and direct the scientific study of the problems of flight with a view to their practical solution."Starting with a small budget and no payroll, the committee grew into a powerhouse around World War II, developing cutting edge aeronautics technology that helped lead American troops to victory overseas.It wasn't until the 1950s that the reality of space travel came into the picture. All 7,500 NACA employees became part of the newly formed National Aeronautics and Space Administration, or what we commonly call NASA.The influence of NACA can be seen today in "streamlined aircraft bodies, quieter jet engines, techniques for preventing icing, drag-reducing winglets and lightweight composite structures are an everyday part of flying thanks to research concepts and tools that trace their origins to the NACA," Bolden said in a statement celebrating the milestone anniversary.NACA's place in history is also cemented by a set of footprints left behind on the moon. Before NASA was formed, the first man to set foot on the moon, Neil Armstrong, was a NACA employee.Follow @ABCNewsRadio !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Best Man Faces Trial in Political Strategist's 2013 Slaying


ABC News(RALEIGH, N.C.) -- Opening statements are expected to begin this week in the trial of Jonathan Broyhill, who’s accused of killing his best friend’s wife, a political strategist.Jamie Hahn, 29, was attacked in her Raleigh, North Carolina, home in April 2013.She ran a successful political consulting company, working with former U.S. Congressman Brad Miller, D-N.C. Hahn hired Broyhill -- her husband Nation’s best man at their wedding -- to do the campaign’s accounting.“He was practically like part of the family,” neighbor Pamela Hung said of Broyhill in 2013. “That’s how much time he spent at their house.”But the relationship reportedly soured after Nation and Jamie Hahn became aware of alleged financial irregularities and confronted Broyhill.Jamie Hahn was stabbed 24 times, authorities said. Nation Hahn was also wounded as he tried to defend his wife, police say.Broyhill, 32, has pleaded not guilty, and his attorney says his client attempted suicide after Hahn’s death.“That goes to state of mind, with respect to the theories of what caused the homicide to occur, that we would at some point anticipate addressing,” defense attorney Joe Arbour said in court.That point could be part of the defense’s strategy, according to legal analyst Mark Eiglarsh, who is not personally connected to the case.“The prosecution has to prove that it was premeditated. What the defense is trying to do is create reasonable doubt that he didn’t plan on murder, he planned on killing himself instead,” Eiglarsh said.Broyhill’s attorney has not responded to ABC News’ request for comment.The trial is expected to take up to three weeks.Broyhill faces one charge of first-degree murder, two charges of attempted first-degree murder and assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill, inflicting serious injury.Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Hear Moment Stunned Motorists Found Guards After Gold Heist


iStock/Thinkstock(WILSON, N.C.) -- Two passing motorists on I-95 called 911 to report seeing a pair of guards walking in the woods off the interstate with their hands tied after an alleged gold robbery in North Carolina, according to recordings of the calls released on Tuesday.Three armed suspects had allegedly robbed a tractor-trailer that was carrying $4.8 million worth of gold and bound the armed guards, who had been driving the vehicle on Sunday.The 911 calls were released Tuesday morning by Wilson County emergency communications officials."There's a couple guys that look like they've got their hands just tied behind their backs...trying to wave people down and call the police," the first caller says.The caller, whose name has not been released, can be heard shouting to the guard, though the guard's responses are unintelligible. However, the 911 caller relays the guard's answers.The guard tells the man that he and the other guard had weapons but that the suspects took them when they took the gold.A second caller mentions seeing the guards but not communicating with them.The guards, who have not been identified, worked for a Florida-based security company called TransValue Inc. and were transporting gold and silver from Miami to Attleboro, Massachusetts.TransValue Inc. has issued a $50,000 reward for information that leads to an arrest or recovery of the stolen property.Follow @ABCNewsRadio !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

GAO Report: Air Traffic Control System Not Safe from Hackers


Stockbyte/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) -- As you pack a bag for your next business trip or vacation, the security of the air traffic control system is probably the last thing you think about. But a new report from federal inspectors finds serious deficiencies that could compromise the safety of the flying public.The 46-page report from the Government Accountability Office states that the Federal Aviation Administration hasn't done enough to ensure the security of the air traffic control infrastructure."While the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has taken steps to protect its air traffic control systems from cyber-based and other threats, significant security control weaknesses remain, threatening the agency’s ability to ensure the safe and uninterrupted operation of the national airspace system (NAS)," it states."These include weaknesses in controls intended to prevent, limit, and detect unauthorized access to computer resources, such as controls for protecting system boundaries, identifying and authenticating users, authorizing users to access systems, encrypting sensitive data, and auditing and monitoring activity on FAA’s systems," the report continues.The GAO lists 14 recommendations to reduce the risks to the security of the airspace system. Transportation officials say they are aware of the weaknesses but have been taking steps to improve security. They add that they will implement all of the recommendations in the GAO report.Follow @ABCNewsRadio !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Boston Marathon Bombing Trial Jury Selected


FBI(BOSTON) -- A jury was seated Tuesday in the trial of the surviving Boston Marathon bombing suspect.After the judge narrowed down a pool of nearly 1,400 people to 70, lawyers from each side selected 12 jurors and six alternates -- eight men and 10 women -- to hear the evidence against Dzhokhar Tsarnaev. Opening statements are slated to begin on Wednesday.Prosecutors want the jury to see, among other things, panels of the boat where Tsarnaev was found and where he scrawled a message. Defense attorneys want the jury to see the whole boat.Tsarnaev was captured inside the boat April 19, 2013, a day after he and his older brother, Tamerlan Tsarnaev, allegedly executed MIT Police Officer Sean Collier and then led police on a high-speed chase in Watertown, Massachusetts that ended when the brothers allegedly exchanged bullets with police and tossed bombs in the street.Tamerlan was killed in the firefight and Dzhokhar went on the run for 16 hours.Days earlier, the brothers allegedly detonated two bombs made of pressure cookers near the finish line of the Boston Marathon April 15, 2013.  The blasts killied three people, including an 8-year-old boy, and wounded 260 others. Many of the victims were maimed for life, including 16 people who lost limbs.Follow @ABCNewsRadio !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Boston Marathon Bombing Trial Jury to Be Selected Tuesday


FBI(BOSTON) -- A jury is expected to be seated Tuesday in the trial of the surviving Boston Marathon bombing suspect.From a jury pool of nearly 1,400 people, the judge has found 70 that are qualified to sit on the jury.Lawyers need to select 12 jurors and six alternates to hear the evidence against Dzhokhar Tsarnaev. Each side can use up to 23 strikes to dismiss potential jurors without giving a reason.Once seated, prosecutors want the jury to see, among other things, panels of the boat where Tsarnaev was found and where he scrawled a message. Defense attorneys want the jury to see the whole boat.Tsarnaev was captured inside the boat April 19, 2013, a day after he and his older brother, Tamerlan Tsarnaev, allegedly executed MIT Police Officer Sean Collier and then led police on a high-speed chase in Watertown, Massachusetts that ended when the brothers allegedly exchanged bullets with police and tossed bombs in the street.Tamerlan was killed in the firefight and Dzhokhar went on the run for 16 hours.Days earlier, the brothers allegedly detonated two bombs made of pressure cookers near the finish line of the Boston Marathon April 15, 2013.  The blasts killied three people, including an 8-year-old boy, and wounded 260 others. Many of the victims were maimed for life, including 16 people who lost limbs.Follow @ABCNewsRadio !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Snow Expected Tuesday Across the Midwest and East Coast


iStock/Thinktsock(NEW YORK) -- A winter storm is expected to bring substantial snowfall to parts of the Upper Midwest Tuesday, with a burst of snow slated to cover the East Coast in the afternoon and evening.Winter weather advisories are out for parts of Minnesota, Iowa, Michigan, North Dakota, South Dakota and Wisconsin ahead of the March storm. In Chicago, the snow is expected to change to sleet then rain during the morning hours.The winter-weary Northeast is bracing for more snow Tuesday. More than 100 inches of snow has fallen in Boston this season, the city less than 4 inches from surpassing the record set in the mid 1990's.Boston could fall short of the record with Tuesday’s snowfall, but break the record with additional snowfall Wednesday night into Thursday morning.While 1-3 inches is possible along the I-95 corridor Tuesday, some areas such as Philadelphia and New York City could receive 6-8 inches with Wednesday night’s snowfall.World News Videos | US News VideosFollow @ABCNewsRadio !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Black Hat Bandits Strike Again, Leave a Possible Clue


FBI(FALLS CHURCH, Va.) -- A gang of bank robbers dubbed the "Black Hat Bandits" struck again Monday, hitting a bank in Virginia, the eighth time this year, the FBI said.But this time, the group may have left behind a key clue: possible footprints.The two bank robbers -- known for donning black hats, winter coats, sunglasses, and some kind of facial disguise -- robbed a Wells Fargo Bank in Falls Church, Virginia, authorities said. Witnesses say they ordered everyone to the floor at gunpoint, shoving those who weren’t moving quickly enough.A bystander called police from outside the bank, but by the time police arrived the pair had escaped, reportedly speeding off in a getaway car driven by a third suspect.According to the FBI, the “Black Hat Bandits” have robbed eight banks since January, all in Maryland or Virginia.In at least one case, they put a gun to a customer’s head.In Monday’s robbery, authorities were able to preserve possible footprints in the snow using cardboard boxes, later casting a mold. Authorities are hopeful that the footprints will help them solve the case. The FBI is also offering a $30,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the bank robbers.Follow @ABCNewsRadio !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Judge Rules Nebraska Same-Sex Marriage Ban Unconstitutional


Kuzma/iStock/Thinkstock(OMAHA, Neb.) -- A federal judge struck down Nebraska's state ban on same-sex marriage on Monday.According to the Omaha World-Herald, Judge Joseph Bataillon delayed the implementation of his ruling for a week, giving State Attorney General Doug Peterson the opportunity to file an appeal. Peterson did so within hours of the judge's ruling.The decision now goes to the 8th Circuit Court of Appeals.Follow @ABCNewsRadio !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

LAPD Shooting: New Video Shows Man Enter His Tent Before His Death


Obtained by ABC News(LOS ANGELES) -- Surveillance footage from a homeless shelter shows a new angle of an altercation between Los Angeles police officers and a transient man that turned fatal, where the man is seen entering his sidewalk tent as officers arrived on the scene.The footage of the Sunday-afternoon incident shows the man going into his tent, and then officers trying to stop him and pulling their guns. The LAPD said the man was a suspect in a robbery.The man, whose name has not been released, appears to talk with the officers before going into his tent. There is no sound with the homeless shelter footage.In a press conference Monday afternoon, LAPD Chief Charlie Beck said that officers, who were called to the scene because of reports of a robbery, became concerned when the man entered his tent because they could not tell what he was trying to get."The individual may be arming himself and they opened the tent and that was when the altercation ensues," Beck said.The first footage that was released publicly of the interaction, which included the use of a stun gun against the man who was then shot several times, was taken by an onlooker on the ground. This latest surveillance footage from the Union Rescue Mission was shot from a further distance but at a higher angle.Two investigations have been launched into the shooting.World News Videos | US News VideosFollow @ABCNewsRadio !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Cleveland Mayor Apologizes for 'Insensitive' and 'Inappropriate' Language in Cou


iStock/Thinkstock(CLEVELAND) -- Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson apologized on Monday for "insensitive" and "inappropriate" language used in the city's response to a federal lawsuit in the fatal shooting of Tarmir Rice at the hands of Cleveland police officers.Jackson said he was "apologizing" to Rice's family and to the citizens of Cleveland on behalf of the city. The city's filing stated that Rice's injuries and death "were directly and proximately caused by" his own failure "to exercise due care to avoid injury." Rice was playing with a toy gun at the time of the shooting, a point that made it seem as though the city was blaming Rice for his own death.Officers responding to a phone call of a person walking around with a gun shot Rice seconds after stepping out of their patrol car. The initial caller had noted that he was not certain the gun in the individual's hand was real, though a dispatcher did not pass that information along to the officers.Jackson said Monday that the city would amend its filing and resubmit it within seven days.World News Videos | US News VideosFollow @ABCNewsRadio !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

LAPD Shooting: Skid Row Suspect Grabbed for Gun, Chief Says


Marcus Yam/ LA Times via Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- The man fatally shot by Los Angeles police officers "repeatedly refused to comply with officers demands," and evidence shows he grabbed at a police officer's pistol before he was shot, Los Angeles Police Chief Charlie Beck told reporters on Monday.Beck showed photos of the officer's weapon that showed alterations he said were consistent with a struggle over the weapon.The officers involved in the shooting were not identified, but Beck said two were treated for injuries and one is now using crutches.He added that officers first used a Taser against the man and then shot him after responding to a robbery call.Beck said the investigation will take video footage of the event into account, including video from two body cameras that were worn by the officers involved in the incident.At least two of the officers had been through the most extensive mental illness training offered by the department and had experience working with the largely homeless population of the area, known as Skid Row."The Skid Row population is very transient, obviously, and this individual had only been there a short amount of time...so I don't know about his familiarity to the officers," Beck said.The investigation into Sunday's fatal shooting may take up to five months, a LAPD source familiar with the incident told ABC News.“These are some of the most exhaustive investigations we do,” Beck told reporters.Whether or not the man tried grabbing one of the officers’ weapons is going to be at the heart of the investigation."When you see an individual moving that way with their arms flailing around, that’s a concern," said former LAPD officer Steve Gomez, who now works as a consultant for ABC News."If he happened to get his hand on one of the officers’ guns, that would trigger that kind of reaction from one of the officers," Gomez said.The LAPD's specialized Force Investigative Division has already been dispatched to the scene of the Skid Row shooting to collect evidence and interview witnesses, the LAPD wrote in a statement on its blog, but another key portion of the investigation will be based on photos and videos of the altercation.The first video posted to Facebook hours after the shooting has already received more than 5.2 million views, but that is not the only footage that will be carefully examined.The source told ABC News that at least one of the officers involved in the altercation was wearing a body camera.The LAPD's Office of the Inspector General will be coordinating with the FID team, which will then present its report to the LAPD Use of Force Board.A separate investigation will also be conducted by the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Justice System Integrity Division.Follow @ABCNewsRadio !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

New York Woman Found Guilty of Poisoning Son with Salt Water


garnettsjourney.blogspot.com(NEW YORK) -- A New York jury convicted a mother of second-degree murder Monday in the salt-poisoning death of a 5-year-old boy that prosecutors likened to “torture.”Jurors in Westchester County deliberated for over three days before finding Lacey Spears guilty. She will be sentenced on April 8.Garnett Spears was taken to the hospital in January 2014 for an unexplained, and extremely dangerous level of sodium in his system. He died several days later.Five months after the boy’s death, Lacey Spears surrendered to police. She pleaded not guilty at the time.The defense blamed the hospital for the boy’s death, but prosecutors said there was no explanation other than the mother’s deliberate introduction of salt into his feeding tube.During a 14-day trial, prosecutors said Spears did it for attention. She had posted frequently to Facebook about her son’s health problems.Follow @ABCNewsRadio !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Gold Rush: Armed Robbers Steal $4M in Gold from Truck


iStock/Thinkstock(WILSON, N.C.) -- Three armed suspects are on the run after allegedly robbing a tractor trailer on Sunday that was transporting a shipment of millions of dollars worth of gold and silver, police said.Two armed security security guards told police they were traveling from Miami to Massachusetts along I-95 and pulled over in eastern North Carolina after experiencing mechanical problems, according to the Wilson County Sheriff's Office.The pair was approached by three armed men driving a white van who ordered the men onto the ground, tied their hands behind their backs and made them walk into the woods, police said.During that time, the suspects allegedly took gold and silver estimated to be worth more than $4,000,000, police said.The security guards worked for TransValue Inc., a Miami-based shipping security company that ships goods for companies and banks working within the precious metals industry. The company's CEO, Jesus Rodriguez, confirmed the robbery to ABC News and said that an internal investigation is underway.The FBI has been contacted and the investigation is ongoing.Follow @ABCNewsRadio !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Boston Marathon Bombing Trial: Lawyers Argue over Tsarnaev's Blood-Stained Hidin


FBI(BOSTON) -- Defense attorneys for accused marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev want jurors to see the blood-splattered, bullet-riddled boat where the then teenager wrote a note as he hid, wounded and bleeding, hours before being captured by police."The evidence here is the boat. It’s movable and it’s very powerful. The jury should be able to see it. It’s really quite striking," argued Tsaraev’s defense attorney William Fick in court Monday. "The jury should be allowed to see that in its entirety."Among the scrawlings Tsarnaev's attorneys now acknowledged he wrote on the boat is “We Muslims are one body. You kill one of us, you hurt us all.”"The government is killing our innocent civilians but most of you already know that,” another portion of the blood-streaked message says. Parts of the note can be seen in an image from the boat obtained by ABC News.Prosecutors objected to the defense’s argument, telling the court that the boat itself is “very large” and full of “dried blood, broken glass, all kinds of debris.”"What the defense really wants the jury to see is the boat riddled with bullets," argued assistant US Attorney William Weinreb.Defense attorneys want jurors to have access to the entire Slip Away II, which was dry-docked in the Watertown backyard of its owner and covered with a tarp.Prosecutors said photos of the bloody note should be sufficient, but they may be willing to extract panels of the boat, rather than let jurors access the entire boat.Tsarnaev was captured on the boat on April 19, 2013, a day after he and his older brother, Tamerlan Tsarnaev, allegedly executed MIT Police Officer Sean Collier and then led police on a high speed chase in Watertown that ended with when the brothers allegedly exchanged bullets with police and tossed bombs in the street. Tamerlan was killed in the firefight and Dzhokhar went on the run for 16 hours.Days earlier, prosecutors said, the brothers detonated two pressure cooker bombs near the finish line of the Boston Marathon on April 15, 2013, killing three people -- including an 8-year-old boy -- and wounding 260 others. Many of the victims were maimed for life, including 16 people who lost limbs.Both sides also sparred over autopsy photos of the victims. Defense attorneys said that the pictures would traumatize victims' families all over again. “They are horrific. They are disturbing,’’ defense attorney Miriam Conrad told the court.Prosecutors told the court the pictures of the dead were an essential part of the government's case and "chosen carefully."O'Toole did not rule on any of the motions Monday. Opening statements in Tsarnaev’s murder trial are expected Wednesday morning.Tsarnaev was in court for Monday’s hearing, wearing dress shoes, a black blazer and sporting a recent haircut with a neatly trimmed beard on his chin. Follow @ABCNewsRadio !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

What We Know About the Man Shot by LAPD Officers


Obtained by ABC News(LOS ANGELES) -- Details are emerging about the man who was fatally shot by police officers in an incident caught on camera.Authorities have not released the man's name, but the Los Angeles County Coroner told ABC News affiliate KABC-TV that he was a black man in his 30s.Witnesses told KABC that the man was called "Africa.""What did he do? He wasn't an aggravated person," said Steven Tugmon, a person on Skid Row who spoke to KABC. "He wasn't mad all the time. He just had mental problems."The coroner reported that "Africa" was a "possible transient."The shooting took place on the city's Skid Row, a stretch of Central Los Angeles where many of the city's homeless congregate.The man's official autopsy is pending and a police investigation into the shooting is underway.The video of the shooting was shared on Facebook and has already received close to 5.2 million views.Follow @ABCNewsRadio !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Report: Justice Department Report to Criticize Ferguson PD Practices


Scott Olson/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- The Justice Department is getting close to releasing the report on its investigation of the Ferguson, Missouri police department. It's expected to be critical of the department's practices leading up to last year's shooting of unarmed teen Michael Brown.The emotion that boiled over last summer had been simmering for a long time in Ferguson. For years, the report says according to The New York Times, the police created racial animosity within the city by pulling over and arresting African Americans disproportionately and relying on the fines to balance the city budget.While officer Darren Wilson is expected to be cleared of civil rights charges in the shooting death of unarmed teen Michael Brown, this report could lead to a lawsuit against or settlement with the city.Follow @ABCNewsRadio !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

WATCH: Store Clerk Fights Off, Shoots Robber in Kentucky


WTVQ(LEXINGTON, Ky.) -- A clerk at a Lexington, Kentucky, tobacco store fended off an attempted robbery -- a tense altercation that was captured on the store’s surveillance camera.Zara Adil, 21, was working Friday at Tobacco Zone when two men entered the store wearing masks. One of the men can be seen approaching the register and demanding cash, brandishing a handgun. Adil obliged, opening the register and then stepping away.That’s when the would-be robber made his mistake -- setting down his gun to gather the money.“So I picked up the gun and pointed it at the second guy, and said, ‘You run or I will shoot you,’” she told ABC News affiliate WTVQ in an interview.Despite the warning, the man approached.Adil fired the gun, and the man was shot in the shoulder. A fight ensued -- and the man eventually ran away, without the money.Adil suffered a few minor injuries, but considered her actions justified in defending the store that her parents own and operate."If more people stand up, they won't have that much courage to go around and do what they're doing," she told WTVQ.Lexington Police later issued a warrant for Darnell Thomas, Jr., 30, in connection with the armed robbery attempt.Follow @ABCNewsRadio !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.