As reported by CNN,
Officials intercepted Thursday a letter addressed to the White House that was similar to threatening letters sent to New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg and a group he founded.
The off-site facility that screens mail addressed to the White House turned the letter over to the FBI Joint Terrorism Task Force for testing and investigation, U.S. Secret Service spokesman Brian Leary said.
A U.S. law enforcement official said the letter was addressed to President Obama.
The letters sent to Bloomberg and his group are suspected of containing poison. Preliminary tests indicate ricin was found in the letters, New York Deputy Police Commissioner Paul Browne said Wednesday.
Officials have not said whether any such substance was found in the letter sent to the White House.
The law enforcement official did not know the status of testing on anything found in the letter and did not disclose whether there was a message. But the source said the letter appears similar to the notes sent to Bloomberg and Mayors Against Illegal Guns.
Authorities confirmed the man in custody is 19-year-old Dzhokar Tsarnaev, who escaped an overnight shootout with police that left his older brother Tamerlan Tsarnaev 26, the other man wanted in the bombings, dead.
Tsarnaev had been hiding in the stern of a boat parked in the backyard of a house in Watertown, police said. A resident called police after spotting blood on the boat.
With the second suspect in the case, Tsarnaev’s brother, Tamerlan Tsarnaev, fatally shot in a gun battle with police earlier that day.
While speaking at the White House, President Obama stated, “We’ve closed an important chapter in this tragedy.” but “still many unanswered questions” and said the FBI would thoroughly investigate.
According to news reports,
The Brazoria County Sheriff's Office said authorities responded to CR 144 near CR 712c for a vehicle accident on December 7, 2012 around 11:30 p.m.
When officials arrived at the scene, deputies found a disabled Ford F-250 pickup truck was being pushed down the road by David Barajas and his two young sons with the mother and two small children were inside.
Authorities said that a 2000 Chevrolet Malibu passenger car crashed into the rear of the pickup. David Barajas suffered non-life threatening injuries while one of his sons, 12-year-old David Barajas died at the scene. The other son, 11-year-old Caleb Barajas was airlifted to a hospital where he later died.
The driver of the passenger car, 20-year-old Jose Banda, which crashed into the family's pickup truck was found with a single gunshot wound to the head. He was also airlifted to a hospital where he later died.
“I’m not going to be the same no more because he was everything in this house for me,” said Jose’s mother, Maria Banda. “He was my life.”
Officials said Banda was intoxicated at the time of the crash. His Blood Alcohol Concentration was .175.
“It wasn’t like it was planned,” said Jose’s brother, Antonio Rodriguez. “Those boys were right there and it was something that happened. It’s not like he was going to run. He was willing to do the time.”
Investigators said no weapons were recovered at the scene. They interviewed several witnesses who were present at the scene of the accident. Those witnesses said David Barajas was observed walking away from the scene of the accident, towards his home shortly after the crash. Those witnesses also reported seeing David Barajas return to the scene and approach Jose Banda's car when the gunshots were fired.
Brazoria County investigators executed a search warrant at the Barajas’ home. Inside the residence, they found a handgun holster and ammunition, but a gun was not found.
David Barajas has been arrested for the murder of Jose Banda. His bond was set at $450,000.
On February 9,The blizzard Nemo
took the life of an 11-year-old boy.
Apparently, the boy and his dad were shoveling snow after the blizzard. The 11-year-old
got inside his family's car to warm up for a bit around 11:30 a.m. Unfortunately, the car's exhaust was blocked by the snow, and the carbon monoxide killed him.
"The boy was getting cold, so they cleared out the passenger side and the boy got inside to get warm."
Neighbors were able to use CPR to revive the 11-year-old boy briefly, but ultimately he died. Also, during the snow shoveling, the boy's dad suffered a heart attack. He is being treated at Boston Medical Center.
A 9-year-old gave birth on Jan. 27 in Jalisco, Mexico to a healthy
Mexican authorities are searching for a 17-year-old, allegedly the father. The baby and underage mom, who did not realize she was with child until her seventh month, are healthy and resting, according to authorities in a Wednesday conference.
Lino Ginzalez Corona, from the local prosecutor's office spoke to the young mom, who told her she was involved in a "loving relationship." However, she is taking much of what the girl says with a grain of salt.
"Due to her young age, we don’t know if she is being entirely truthful," Corona said.
The girl only referred to as Dafne, lives with her parents and 10 other siblings in a small town. Most of the residents suffer from poverty. In fact, the girl's parents work long hours far away from home.
Authorities believe this is why they were likely unaware their child was having premature sex and with a much older person.
According to The Atlanta Journal
A Clark Atlanta University student was arrested Saturday in the shooting of a Morehouse College student after a fight over a pickup basketball game, the college said.
The shooting occurred Friday at Samuel A. Archer Hall on the Morehouse campus. Amir Obafemi, 21, was booked into the Fulton County Jail. He was charged with felony aggravated assault and carrying a concealed weapon and was being held on $2,000 bond.
The shooting victim was identified as Morehouse student Cornileus Savage. He remained hospitalized at Grady Memorial Hospital in stable condition and is expected to make a full recovery, the college said.
As news of an arrest spread, Morehouse students were gathering Saturday for a campus anti-violence rally that one man, philosophy major Ian Moore, called “a gathering for peace.”
“I want people to still believe and still know that there are people who are promoting peace,” said Moore, a senior. He said organizers planned to walk along areas on campus where students have been the victims of violence and drop roses to commemorate them.
“It’s about spreading compassion, love, peace and happiness,” said junior Jalani Traxlar, a psychology major. “We shouldn’t celebrate someone’s arrest.”
Morehouse’s new president, John Silvanus Wilson Jr., said the rally was “very timely” given the level of gun violence in the city and around the country. He added that everyone is influenced by the issue.
The college’s 11th president said Morehouse and other schools in the Atlanta University Center must do all they can to make sure students are in a safe environment.
“If the students don’t feel safe, they don’t learn,” said Wilson, who had been executive director of the White House Initiative on Historically Black Colleges and Universities.
Earlier in the day around 1:30 p.m. Saturday, the Atlanta Police Department said a Morehouse student’s iPhone was snatched from his hand and when he chased the robber several of the suspect’s “associates” attacked the student.
“They roughed him up and then fled the scene,” APD spokesman Gregory Lyon said. He said the student suffered cuts and bruises and was transported to the hospital.
Reported by FOXNEWS,
A man who was arrested in the theft of his father's corpse from a Detroit cemetery stored the body in a freezer after a weekend funeral, hoping for it to be miraculously resurrected, police said Tuesday.
Clarence Bright's 48-year-old religious son was arrested along with another man after officers found an empty casket inside their van at a gas station, Detroit police said.
"This is a very, very bizarre situation," Leon Jones, a mortician's assistant at Swanson Funeral Home, told The Associated Press. The funeral home handled Bright's funeral.
Bright's final earthly journey was supposed to end Saturday at Gethsemane Cemetery on Detroit's east side, but soggy ground from recent rain postponed the 93-year-old's burial. The casket was placed near a chapel or a mausoleum on cemetery grounds and remained there through Monday morning when it was reported stolen, Jones said.
Acting on a tip that a white van had been seen at the cemetery, police spotted one parked at a gas station Tuesday — the men and the empty casket were inside, Officer George Day said.
The body was later found in a freezer at the home of Bright's son, Lt. Harold Rochon told The Detroit News
"In the interview with the son, he was very, very, very distraught," Rochon said. "He is very religious, and he was hoping his father would be resurrected. He was hoping for a miracle."
Police declined to release the names of Bright's son or the 38-year-old man who was with him. They had not been charged and the theft remained under investigation.
Across the street from the home where the body was found, 36-year-old Terri Gaines said she didn't have much contact with Bright's son.
"He's so quiet. He just goes in and out. He never had company," Gaines told the AP.
Jones said there was nothing unusual at the weekend funeral.
"People come in, they're grieving," he said. "We just try to comfort people."
Chicago police are searching for two bank robbers, Joseph "Jose" Banks, 37, and Kenneth Conley, 38, who escaped from Metropolitan Correction Center earlier this week.
Reports say the two slid down 17-20 stories of the high-rise federal building on a rope constructed from bed sheets, then surveillance showed the pair jumping into a cab just blocks away at about 2:45 am.
By 7 a.m. the next morning,while arriving at work employees noticed the sheets left dangling from the building and soon discovered that Conley and Banks were missing.
Officials are saying that the leads are running low.
The popular picture sharing app, Instagram, has social media going in a frenzy after releasing information about their upcoming privacy setting changes.
According to a post from Instagram officials, the changes are set to begin January 16,2013. They also insist users will maintain the ability to control their photos how they choose, as well as who can view them.
The real problem is the fine print,
"Some or all of the Service may be supported by advertising revenue. To help us deliver interesting paid or sponsored content or promotions, you agree that a business or other entity may pay us to display your username, likeness, photos (along with any associated metadata), and/or actions you take, in connection with paid or sponsored content or promotions, without any compensation to you."
I don't know how i feel about my pictures possibly being sold without my approval or check.
According to ABC News,
A Utah sixth-grader caught with a gun at school told administrators he brought the weapon to defend himself in case of an attack similar to last week's mass shooting at a Connecticut school, officials said Tuesday.
The 11-year-old was being held in juvenile detention on suspicion of possessing a dangerous weapon and aggravated assault after other students at the suburban Salt Lake City elementary school told police he threatened them with the handgun.
Teachers and administrators at West Kearns Elementary School confronted the boy in class Monday after students reported the weapon, said Granite School District spokesman Ben Horsley. The boy had an unloaded gun and ammunition in his backpack, Horsley said