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Coroner IDs child boy in Idaho school bus crash

Officials have identified the child who died in an Idaho school bus crash as 11-year-old Daniel Robert Cook. Canyon County Coroner Vicki DeGeus-Morris confirmed the child’s identity. She says the boy died of blunt force trauma sustained in Thursday morning’s collision, which also injured four children. The bus was carrying 12 kids to a Kuna 

US identifies American teacher killed in Libya

The State Department says the American shot to death while jogging in Libya is a teacher named Ronald Thomas Smith II. Marie Harf is a deputy spokeswoman at the State Department. She says Thursday that Smith taught at an international school in Benghazi, a volatile city where the U.S. ambassador was killed last year. Harf

New Rape Case Charges Can Help Community

Ohio’s attorney general says long-anticipated charges against adults implicated in the aftermath of a 16-year-old girl’s rape offer the community a chance to begin putting the case behind it. A grand jury on Monday charged a school superintendent and three others with lying or failing to report possible child abuse after an investigation prompted by

Reports Lanza shared plans online were struck down

A report says early indications that the Newtown school shooter might have revealed his plans online were found to have no connection to the shooting. In documents that were part of a report released Monday, authorities say a Texas woman contacted Hartford police the day of the Dec. 14 attack to say her son had

Jury still deciding case of officer who shot teen

 A jury is to resume deliberating in the trial of an Oklahoma police captain charged with manslaughter in a teen’s shooting death. Jurors got the case of Del City police Capt. Randy Harrison on Monday afternoon and deliberated until early Tuesday. The judge instructed them to leave around 12:40 a.m. They are scheduled to return

Bird Strike-Emergency Landing

  A Delta Airlines flight that had just taken off in San Diego and was headed to Salt Lake City returned to the airport after hitting a bird. Delta spokesman Trebor Banstetter says the pilot chose to return to Lindbergh Field airport after taking off at about 5:30 p.m. Monday “after an abundance of caution.”

Mass. Mall Santa Claus Charged with Groping Elf

A man who played Santa Claus at a Massachusetts mall has been barred from the shopping center after he was charged with groping an 18-year-old woman playing an elf. Herbert Jones was released on $1,000 bail after pleading not guilty Monday to indecent assault and battery. A judge ordered him to stay away from the

Futures barely budge in holiday-shortened week

 Stock futures are slightly higher in light trading, with only a smattering of earnings and economic indicators due in a holiday-shortened week. Dow Jones industrial futures are up 7 points to 16,069. S&P futures have gained 1.2 points to 1,803.60. Nasdaq futures are up 3.25 points to 3,432.25. An abbreviated and delayed housing report is

Storm to threaten holiday travel, moving east

 A sloppy storm system carrying heavy rainfall, ice and snow is slogging its way eastward, bringing the potential of headaches for travelers heading home for the Thanksgiving holiday. National Weather Service spokesman Chris Vaccaro  says the timing couldn’t be worse as the storm dumps rain on parts of the southeast and brings the risk of

US pleads for release of ex-FBI from Iran

The White House is making a public plea for Iran to return a retired FBI agent missing for six years. Robert Levinson disappeared during a business trip to Iran’s Kish Island in March 2007. The United States believes the private investigator and father of seven was abducted and has been detained in Iran. Levinson’s case