April 24, 2014

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‘We’re all paying:’ Heroin spreads misery in US

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  On a beautiful Sunday last October, Detective Dan Douglas stood in a suburban Minnesota home and looked down at a lifeless 20-year-old — a needle mark in his arm, a syringe in his pocket. It didn’t take long for Douglas to realize that the man, fresh out of treatment, was his second heroin overdose Read More…

Fort Hood gunman sought mental health treatment, officials say

Lt. Gen. Mark Milley, commanding general of III Corps and Fort Hood, speaks with the media outside of an entrance to the Fort Hood military base following a shooting that occurred inside, Wednesday in Fort Hood, Texas. (AP Photo/Tamir Kalifa)

  FORT HOOD, Texas (AP) — An Iraq War veteran being treated for mental illness was the gunman who opened fire at Fort Hood, killing three people and wounding 16 others before committing suicide, in an attack on the same Texas military base where more than a dozen people were slain in 2009, authorities said. Read More…

UPDATE: Officials say 1 dead, 14 injured in shooting at Fort Hood

The entrance to Fort Hood Army Base in Fort Hood, Texas, is shown in this Nov. 5, 2009, photo. (AP Photo/Jack Plunkett)

FORT HOOD, Texas (AP) — One person was killed and 14 injured in a shooting Wednesday at Fort Hood, and officials at the base said the shooter is believed to be dead. The details about the number of people hurt came from two U.S. officials who spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not Read More…

Mich. firefighter rescues 6-foot python from blaze

Firefighter Scott Hemmelsbach holds a python after rescuing it from a burning home in Muskegon, Mich., on Sunday. (AP Photo/Courtesy of Gordon Cole)

MUSKEGON, Mich. (AP) — A firefighter put his reptile-handling experience to good use when he rescued a 6-foot-long python from a burning home in western Michigan. Muskegon firefighter Scott Hemmelsbach told The Muskegon Chronicle that he reluctantly agreed to enter the two-story, smoke-filled house Sunday night to retrieve the snake. He says he cradled the “weighty” Read More…

Search for mudslide missing comes down to shovels

A searcher walks amid a massive pile of debris at the scene of a deadly mudslide, Thursday in Oso, Wash. The death toll is expected to rise considerably within the next two days. (AP Photo/The Herald, Mark Mulligan, Pool)

DARRINGTON, Wash. (AP) — There is only one way searchers are narrowing the list of 90 people still missing seven days after a landslide obliterated the mountain community of Oso: by digging. There are no more phone calls being made out of the Snohomish County Emergency Operations Center to determine whether some on the list Read More…

Boston mourns 2 firefighters killed in blaze

Firefighters scream for an ambulance as they rush an injured firefighter on a stretcher down Beacon Street, Wednesday. (AP Photo/The Boston Globe, Jim Davis)

    BOSTON (AP) — Boston residents mourned the deaths of two firefighters who were killed when a fire driven by strong winds whipped through a brownstone and trapped them in the basement in a neighborhood just blocks from where nine city firefighters died in a 1972 hotel collapse. Tributes poured in for Lt. Edward Read More…

Mudslide recovery brings tears to searchers

Darrington Fire District 24 volunteer firefighters, Jeff McClelland, left, Jan McClelland, and Eric Finzimer embrace Wednesday in Darrington, Wash., after saying a prayer for the victims and survivors of the massive mudslide. They were among the first responders to the mudslide. (AP Photo/The Seattle Times, Marcus Yam)

DARRINGTON, Wash. (AP) — As firefighter Jeff McClelland uncovered a body on the moon-like surface that blankets what used to be the community of Oso, he soon realized that the search party had a close connection to the victim: The dead man’s son and brother were among the volunteers scouring the debris field. The relatives Read More…

More domestic violence shelters are taking in pets

Pamela Isaac and one of her three cats, Lucy, inside their apartment at a shelter for victims of domestic violence in New York.  The shelter is the city’s first pet-friendly domestic violence shelter, one in a fast-growing number of similar sanctuaries around the country that reflect growing awareness that animals can be both victims of family violence and key factors in their owners’ willingness to flee.  (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews)

NEW YORK (AP) — When her abusive husband left for work last fall, she grabbed her kids, her dog and her bags, only to run up against a heart-wrenching obstacle: None of the city’s more than 50 domestic violence shelters would accept the pet. “Should I still leave?” the 34-year-old woman asked herself before fleeing Read More…

Fire chief says death toll from Wash. mudslide expected to rise

Rescue workers remove one of a number of bodies from the wreckage of homes destroyed by a mudslide near Oso, Wash., Monday. (AP Photo/seattlepi.com, Joshua Trujillo)

ARLINGTON, Wash. (AP) — The death toll of 14 from a massive Washington state mudslide is expected to increase as crews continue to search through the soupy, debris-laden field and rainy conditions complicate matters for searchers on the ground and in the air. “We’re expecting that number to go up throughout the day,” Snohomish County Read More…

UPDATED: Malaysian official says missing jet crashed into Indian Ocean

A relative of Chinese passengers aboard the Malaysia Airlines MH370 cries after being told the latest update in Beijing, China Monday. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — The missing Malaysia Airlines plane crashed into a remote corner of the Indian Ocean, the nation’s prime minister said Monday night, citing a new analysis of satellite data. The statement was the first major step toward resolving a 2-week-old mystery that has consumed the world. But with the location of Read More…