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Cops swarm teen’s NY home after disgruntled ‘Call of Duty’ gamer calls in ‘swatting’ hoax

Police are investigating an apparent “swatting” hoax call made by a disgruntled gamer after his character was killed while playing “Call of Duty.” A SWAT unit was called to a home Tuesday afternoon in Long Beach, New York, after a man called police via Skype to say he had just…

CA Dem trying to lure Sriracha plant after current neighbors complained of spicy odor

A U.S. congressman from a Los Angeles community is seeking to lure the factory that makes the bestselling Sriracha-brand hot pepper sauce to his district after residents in its current location complained about the smell. U.S. Rep. Tony Cardenas, a Democrat whose district includes much of the San Fernando Valley,…

CA GOP hopeful seeks free tuition for science, math students in exchange for future earnings

California Republican gubernatorial hopeful Neel Kashkari called for free college tuition for students pursuing math and science degrees, part of an education reform plan released Tuesday that would also model public schools after charter schools. Kashkari’s proposal would waive tuition for students pursuing a four-year degree in any science, technology,…

FBI trying to identify possible victims of child molester who worked at international schools

U.S. authorities have asked the public to help identify as many as 90 possible victims of a suspected child predator who worked at American and other international schools in at least nine countries. The suspect, William James Vahey, 64, worked at the schools since 1972 and committed suicide on March…

Missouri executes mastermind in 1993 cattle-stealing plot that left couple dead

Missouri on Wednesday executed a man who had been convicted in 1993 of murdering an elderly farming couple in a plot to steal their cattle, a state official said. William Rousan, 57, was pronounced dead at 12:10 a.m. local time at a state prison in Bonne Terre, said Mike O’Connell,…

Dead teen’s mother sues FedEx for negligence after California crash kills 10

The mother of a 17-year-old student who was among 10 people killed in a highway crash in northern California earlier this month has sued FedEx Corp for negligence, California-based City News Service reported. More than 30 others were injured when a FedEx tractor-trailer crossed a highway median and slammed into…

‘Bridgegate’ scandal threatens completion of third World Trade Center tower

The “Bridgegate” scandal that rocked New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie’s administration earlier this year is threatening a deal that would allow developer Larry Silverstein to finish building the next World Trade Center skyscraper. Silverstein needs a guarantee from the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey to secure a…

‘We don’t hate people’: KKK group in Pennsylvania forms neighborhood watch

A chapter of the Ku Klux Klan is reportedly recruiting for a neighborhood watch program in Fairview Township, Pennsylvania, Talking Points Memo reported on Tuesday. The group is part of a national organization, the Traditionalist American Knights of the Ku Klux Klan. The Knights’ president and “Imperial Wizard,” Frank Ancona,…

Federal investigators: Deadly Texas fertilizer warehouse blast was preventable

By Erwin Seba DALLAS (Reuters) – A deadly 2013 fertilizer warehouse explosion in Texas that claimed at least 14 lives could have been prevented, U.S. safety investigators said on Tuesday. Between 40 and 60 tons of ammonium nitrate exploded 22 minutes after a fire broke out at the West Fertilizer…

Chris Christie’s spokesperson and Port Authority officials subpoenaed in ‘Bridgegate’ probe

(Reuters) – A New Jersey legislative panel investigating the “Bridgegate” traffic scandal subpoenaed the press spokesman to New Jersey Governor Chris Christie and three other officials on Tuesday. The Legislative Select Committee on Investigation ordered Michael Drewniak, Christie’s press spokesman, to appear before it in May. Christie, a Republican seen…

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