Monday, December 29, 2014

School error takes money from staff bank accounts

PLYMOUTH, Mass. — Some employees in a Massachusetts school district feel like they got a visit from the Grinch. Instead of receiving their paychecks via direct deposit on the day after Christmas, Plymouth Public Schools workers awoke Friday to find that the amount they were to be paid had instead been withdrawn from their bank […]

Protester in St. Louis area charged with arson

BERKELEY, Mo. — A protester who advocated for peaceful demonstrations in Ferguson was charged Saturday with setting fire to a convenience store in a neighboring suburb. A St. Louis County jail official said Joshua Williams, 19, of St. Louis, was being held on $30,000 bond. He is charged with arson, second-degree burglary and stealing less […]

Spokesman: George H.W. Bush remains in hospital

HOUSTON — Former President George H.W. Bush will remain in a Houston hospital through the weekend after experiencing shortness of breath earlier this week. Family spokesman Jim McGrath said Saturday the 90-year-old’s condition has improved and doctors are discussing dates for his discharge, but he will remain for now at Houston’s Methodist Hospital for observation. […]

2 small planes collide in Maryland; no injuries

WESTMINSTER, Md. — Authorities say two small planes collided as they were trying to land in Maryland. The Carroll County Times reports that at about 4 p.m. Saturday the wings of two planes clipped each other in the air above the at Carroll County Regional Airport. The Maryland State Police says there were no injuries […]

Lava creeps 15 yards closer to Hawaii marketplace

PAHOA, Hawaii — Lava that had been stalled on its way to a shopping center on Hawaii’s Big Island has started moving again and advanced 15 yards since Friday afternoon. The molten rock is about 700 yards from Pahoa Marketplace and 0.6 miles from the intersection of Highway 130 and Pahoa Village Road. Civil Defense […]

NYC officer mourned at funeral as tensions linger

NEW YORK — Thousands of police officers from across the nation packed a church and spilled onto streets Saturday to honor Officer Rafael Ramos as a devoted family man, aspiring chaplain and hero, though an air of unrest surrounding his ambush shooting was not completely pushed aside. While mourners inside the church applauded politely as Mayor […]

Lawmakers promise to help strapped oil-patch towns

BILLINGS, Mont. — Relief could be on the horizon for strapped public services in the Northern Plains’ booming oil patch, as elected leaders in Montana and North Dakota move to steer more money into the region during the states’ upcoming legislative sessions. Tens of thousands of workers have been drawn to the region’s shale oil […]

Father of pilot captured by IS pleads for release

AMMAN, Jordan — The father of a Jordanian pilot captured by the Islamic State group in Syria pleaded for his son’s release on Thursday, asking him to treat him well in captivity as a fellow Muslim. So far, there has been silence from the extremists about the fate of their captive, 1st Lt. Mu’ath al-Kaseasbeh, […]

Feline fame in cyberspace gives species a boost

PORTLAND, Ore. — Cats these days aren’t associated with deities the way they were in ancient Egypt, but the Internet has gotten them a little closer. We adore Nora the piano-playing cat. We chuckle as a comical feline named Maru leaps into cardboard boxes. We revel in Grumpy Cat’s permanently sour expression. And with millions […]

IS shoots down warplane in Syria, captures Jordanian pilot

AMMAN, Jordan — Islamic State group militants on Wednesday captured a Jordanian pilot after his warplane crashed in Syria while conducting airstrikes, and a Jordanian official said it was believed to have been shot down by the extremists. If so, it would be the first downing of an aircraft from the international coalition waging an […]

Los Angeles cracks down on tow truck bandits

LOS ANGELES — Residents of Los Angeles and some other major cities have another headache to add to their commuting woes — tow truck “bandits” who arrive unsolicited at an accident scene, tow away cars and hold them for ransom for big bucks. Police say the bandits monitor police scanners and show up unsolicited at […]