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Jan 16, 2014

Boy in New Mexico school shooting took gun from home, police say

By Alex Dobuzinskis

(Reuters) – A 12-year-old boy who wounded two students when he opened fire with a shotgun at a New Mexico middle school took the firearm from his home, modified it and planned the attack in advance, police said on Wednesday.

Investigators were also continuing to look into the possibility that the boy, who has not been publicly identified by authorities, warned some friends before carrying out the attack on Tuesday at Berrendo Middle School in Roswell, police said.

Jan 15, 2014

Boy, 12, opens fire at New Mexico school, wounds two students

By Alex Dobuzinskis

(Reuters) – A 12-year-old boy armed with a shotgun opened fire at a middle school in New Mexico on Tuesday, seriously wounding two students before a staff member persuaded him to put down the firearm, authorities said.

The shooting at Berrendo Middle School in Roswell took place in a gym where students had gathered to stay warm from the frigid weather outside before the start of class, Governor Susana Martinez told reporters.

Jan 14, 2014

Two students hurt in New Mexico school shooting, suspect in custody

By Alex Dobuzinskis

(Reuters) – A shooter opened fire at a middle school in New Mexico on Tuesday, seriously wounding at least two teenage students before being taken into custody, police and hospital officials said.

“The shooter has been apprehended,” police in Roswell, New Mexico, said in a statement, without giving any further details on the incident or the suspected gunman.

Jan 11, 2014

Former spokesman for President Ronald Reagan dies

By Alex Dobuzinskis

(Reuters) – A former spokesman for President Ronald Reagan who took over from James Brady in 1981 after the then-press-secretary was wounded in an assassination attempt against the president, died on Friday in Mississippi, a funeral home owner said.

Larry Speakes, who had Alzheimer’s disease, died in his sleep at his home in Cleveland, Mississippi, said Kenny Williams, owner of the Cleveland Funeral Home. He was 74.

Jan 7, 2014

Embattled Los Angeles County Sheriff says to retire

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – The embattled Los Angeles County sheriff, whose department has been plagued by allegations of civil rights violations and corruption, said on Tuesday he will retire at the end of the month rather than seek re-election.

Sheriff Lee Baca’s announcement came about a month after federal prosecutors accused 18 current or former sheriff’s deputies of beating or wrongly detaining inmates as well as visitors at two downtown Los Angeles lockups and trying to cover up the abuse.

Dec 18, 2013

Obamacare enrollment by Latinos hurt by immigration law concerns

LOS ANGELES/NEW YORK, Dec 18 (Reuters) – Concerns among
Hispanics that signing up for medical insurance under President
Barack Obama’s healthcare law may draw the scrutiny of
immigration authorities has hurt enrollment, according to
advocates of the policy.

Convincing Latinos to enroll could be crucial to the law’s
success, and supporters of Obama’s signature domestic policy are
aiming their campaign at the 10.2 million Latinos eligible for
the new insurance plans or the expansion of the Medicaid program
for the poor.

Dec 18, 2013

Gunman kills one, then himself at Nevada medical building

Dec 17 (Reuters) – A man opened fire on Tuesday in a Reno,
Nevada, medical building, killing one person and injuring two
others before he died of an apparently self-inflicted gunshot
wound, police said.

The shooting, the latest in a rash of deadly U.S. gun
violence at public venues in the United States this year,
occurred shortly after 2 p.m. at the building adjacent to the
Renown Regional Medical Center, Reno Deputy Police Chief Tom
Robinson said.

Dec 10, 2013

California man arrested for running ‘revenge porn’ website

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – A California man was arrested on Tuesday on accusations he ran a “revenge porn” website, one that featured nude pictures of women often posted by jilted or angry ex-lovers, officials said.

The San Diego arrest, the latest action by the state to crack down on such websites, comes after California Governor Jerry Brown signed a first-in-the-nation law in October specifically targeting revenge porn.

Dec 9, 2013

U.S. Korean War veteran released by North says made ‘confession’ under duress

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – An elderly U.S. Korean War veteran released from detention in North Korea said on Monday a videotaped “confession” he made was given under duress and that he believed he may have been held in a misunderstanding over his interest in the war.

Merrill Newman, 85, said in a statement that he was kept under guard in a North Korean hotel during a detention that lasted over a month, and that his interrogator told him he would be sentenced to jail for 15 years if he did not cooperate.

Nov 27, 2013

O.J. Simpson denied request for new trial, attorney says

By Alex Dobuzinskis

(Reuters) – O.J. Simpson’s request for a new trial was denied by a Nevada judge on Tuesday, leaving intact the football great’s 2008 conviction on robbery, kidnapping and other charges that landed him in prison at least until 2017, his attorney said.

Simpson, at a hearing in May before Clark County District Judge Linda Bell, sought a new trial on the grounds that his then-defense attorney Yale Galanter mishandled the 2008 trial.