Tuesday , 22 August 2017

National News

Priest takes leave after disclosing past in the Ku Klux Klan

A Roman Catholic priest in Virginia is taking a leave of absence after disclosing he once burned crosses as a member of the Ku Klux Klan. Father William Aitcheson, a priest in the diocese of Arlington, described how he belonged to the Klan as a young man in a column published Monday in The Arlington Catholic Herald, the diocese’s newspaper. ... Read More »

Over 130 calls made to Kansas City firefighters amid life-threatening flooding

Evacuations are ongoing in Kansas City, Missouri, after heavy rains produced life-threatening and potentially record flooding overnight. Nearly 10 inches of rain fell in the Kansas City metro area overnight, drenching the roads, flooding rivers and stranding residents. By 5:30 a.m. local time the rain began to subside, moving southeast of the city. The Kansas City Fire Department has received ... Read More »

Family of 'Slender Man' stabbing victim speaks out after teen's plea deal

The family of Payton Leutner, a Wisconsin teenage girl who survived a stabbing — allegedly at the hands of two other teenage girls who prosecutors say were trying to impress the fictional character “Slender Man” — said a plea agreement for one of the accused teens “is what is best.” Anissa Weier, 15, one of two teens accused of stabbing ... Read More »

In chaotic meeting, Charlottesville votes to shroud statues

The Charlottesville City Council voted to drape two Confederate statues in black fabric during a chaotic meeting packed with irate residents who screamed and cursed at councilors over the city’s response to a white nationalist rally. The anger at Monday night’s meeting, during which three people were arrested, forced the council to abandon its agenda and focus instead on the ... Read More »

Deadly shooting ends friendships forged in neo-Nazi group

The friendship of the four young roommates — though cemented in the dark trappings of an obscure neo-Nazi group called Atomwaffen Division — never seemed destined for bloodshed. One was described as a former science nerd, serving in the Florida National Guard. Two others worked temp jobs at a recycling plant and talked about joining the military. The fourth caught ... Read More »

Man who allegedly shot judge was father of football player convicted in rape case

The man who officials say ambushed and shot an Ohio judge was the father of a high school football player convicted in the high-profile Steubenville High School rape case. Judge Joseph J. Bruzzese Jr. was shot and injured outside the Jefferson County courthouse in Steubenville in eastern Ohio shortly after 8 a.m. Monday, after the suspect, identified as Nathaniel Richmond, ... Read More »

Bodies of some the 10 missing US sailors found after collision off Singapore

Bodies of some of the 10 missing sailors have been found in flooded compartments of the USS John S. McCain, a Navy destroyer that collided with a commercial vessel east of Singapore early Monday morning, the U.S. Navy said. Ten sailors have been missing since the collision, and the remains of some were found by divers performing recovery operations inside ... Read More »

Man accused of attempting to damage Confederate monument

An apparent chemistry buff is in federal custody after a Houston park ranger approached him as he was allegedly intending to use incendiary materials to desecrate a statue of a Confederate commander because he didn’t like the man depicted. Andrew Schneck, 25, was brought before a federal magistrate judge today and held pending a detention hearing after the ranger on ... Read More »