Thursday, March 15, 2012

First slayings since 1996 stun Alaska town: ; Police say teen stabbed four to death, injured fifth

SITKA, Alaska - Not much new happens in this sleepy littlesoutheast Alaska fishing community, and the locals seem to like itthat way.

But a call to 911 last week ruined their sense of peace.

A man on a cell phone directed officials to a home where therewas a "guy outside stabbing people." The dispatcher heard screamingin the background.

By the time police arrived, three people were dead inside thehouse, and two more lay outside bleeding; only one would survive.Police don't have a motive for the attacks, the city's firstslayings since 1996.

Jason Alex Abbott, a gaunt 18-year-old with a shaved head, hasbeen charged with four counts of murder, accused of …

Offer reward in murder mystery

Offer reward in murder mystery

May has arrived and that's when Beverly McCants experiences her worst pains. Her 14-year-old daughter, Melanie Lyons, was murdered in her South Side apartment in the 8700 block of South Marshfield on April 21, 1986.

She was found by her mother -- who returned home at about 10:30 p.m. that Monday night -- with multiple stab wounds. She had also been sexually assaulted.

May is such a troubling month for McCants, a kindergarten teacher herself at the time of Melanie's death, because her daughter had so many dreams for her future.

When McCants looks out the window and sees young ladies and gentlemen headed to their proms, she thinks …

NKorea slams Japanese newspapers' reports on Kim

North Korea slammed Japanese newspapers Thursday for recent reports that the communist nation was poised to make an "important announcement" that might be related to the health of leader Kim Jong Il.

Japan's Yomiuri and Sankei newspapers reported last weekend that Pyongyang had ordered its diplomats abroad to be on standby ahead of an "important announcement." Sankei said the country might be preparing to announce Kim's death.

The 66-year-old Kim, long believed to suffer from diabetes and heart disease, reportedly suffered a stroke and had brain surgery in August, and missed at least two key national ceremonies, including the Sept. 9 …

Man will stand trial on damage charge

A Charlton Mackrell man denied an offence of criminal damage whenhe appeared in court.

Kelvin Wayne Fuoco, 32, of Primrose Hill, was in the dock beforeSouth Somerset Magistrates last week.

He was charged with causing Pounds 250 worth of damage to a greenSeat Leon belonging to Pamela Hamaton during an incident at Yeovilon August 21.

The defendant pleaded not guilty to the allegation and …

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Sabbatini Wins 3-Man Playoff at Colonial

FORT WORTH, Texas - Rory Sabbatini has a new plaid jacket to help him forget about all his near-misses. Sabbatini won the Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial on Sunday, beating Jim Furyk and Bernhard Langer with a 15-foot birdie putt on the first hole of a playoff.

It is the fourth career PGA Tour victory for Sabbatini, the 31-year-old South African who won the Nissan Open last year and earlier this season had consecutive top-three finishes at the Masters, the EDS Byron Nelson Championship and Wachovia.

After beginning the final round tied at 11 under, Sabbatini, Furyk and the 49-year-old Langer closed with matching 3-under 67s to finish at 14 under.

All three …

Coach K wins No. 901; No. 6 Duke tops Bruins 77-76

DURHAM, N.C. (AP) — Seth Curry scored 16 points and No. 6 Duke held off Belmont 77-76 on Friday night in the first round of the EA Sports Maui Invitational to move coach Mike Krzyzewski within one victory of tying Bob Knight atop the Division I men's career list.

Austin Rivers added 16 points in his college debut for the Blue Devils (1-0). They shot 43 percent, hit nine 3-pointers and overcame 19 turnovers to avoid their first nonconference home loss since 2000 and put their Hall of Fame coach one step closer to history.

Krzyzewski started his 37th season as a head coach by improving his record to 901-284. He can tie his college coach and mentor's record Saturday when Duke …

AP source: WH moves to break impasse on arms pact

WASHINGTON (AP) — In a bid to win approval of a nuclear arms control treaty with Russia before newly energized Republicans increase their clout in the Senate, the Obama administration is offering to add billions of dollars in funding for the U.S. nuclear arsenal.

A congressional aide briefed on the proposed deal said White House officials outlined it to Republican Sen. Jon Kyl, who is seen as the key to winning enough support to ratify the New START treaty. The aide spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to comment.

The offer was for a boost of $4.1 billion in funding between 2012-2016 for the nuclear weapons complex that will go to maintaining and …