MANTI, Utah — For six years Troy James Knapp eluded authorities, moving from cabin to cabin across the Utah mountains, taking food and weapons and leaving notes to brag about it. It all ended Tuesday as lawmen made what they called a surprisingly easy capture outside a remote cabin after the suspect fired off a few harmless shots. "He was laughing with our guys. He said, `Boy, you really snuck up on me,´" said Sevier County Sheriff Nathan Curtis. "He threw his rifle down in the snow and said, `You got me.´" The 45-year-old survivalist is suspected of burglarizing
White House officials are now openly conceding that President Obama´s gun control package could die on Capitol Hill, a development analysts said would cast a pall over the president´s second-term agenda and weaken his leverage with Republicans. The president´s trek to Denver on Wednesday was his latest attempt to regain momentum on the issue of gun violence, on which Obama has so far failed to close a deal despite a substantial investment of political capital. "There doesn´t have to be a conflict between protecting our citizens and protecting our Second Amendment rights," Obama said,
So teeny tiny Samoa Air is the first airline to adopt what many others are no doubt contemplating: charging per pound. They actually weigh you at the check-in counter. Oh — the horror. You already take off your belt, shoes, sweater and coat. You get felt up by strangers. You get ordered into the naked body scanner. Now this. A pay-what-you-weigh pricing plan: 93 cents for every 2.2 pounds of your luggage — plus you. It’s like the post office: The heavier the package, the more you pay. But wait: I just learned that Samoans are even fatter
One of the most sinister characters on TV appears in AMC’s hit series The Walking Dead and is known as the Governor. Initially presented as a selfless leader, the Governor is soon exposed as a deranged tyrant who demands absolute loyalty from everyone around him and worships death to the point of preserving human heads in aquarium tanks. In this season’s finale, he even slaughters his own people in a frenzy of bloodlust. Philadelphia has its own Governor character, a man with a team of dedicated followers who presents himself as a caring community leader.
WASHINGTON — President Obama yesterday took his call for national gun-control legislation to Colorado, a state that last year suffered one of the nation’s most horrific mass shootings and recently enacted expanded background checks and ammunition limits. “There doesn’t have to be a conflict between protecting our citizens and protecting our Second Amendment rights,” said Obama, flanked by officers at the Denver Police Academy. Although Obama was often forceful, he also pleaded. “I’m asking anyone out there who is listening today, find out where your member of Congress stands on these issues,” Obama said.
Hillary Clinton made her first public speech since leaving the State Department last night, addressing the Vital Global Leadership Awards at the Kennedy Center. She did not say she is running for president in 2016. But this week, at least, she seems very much like she is. (Snip)Mark Penn is just the worst example of the general Clinton family habit of associating with the most repulsive party hacks the Democrats have to offer. Her campaign was a dream team of generally useless hacks,from sweatered communications director Howard Wolfson to charmless fundraiser Terry McAuliffe to ill-tempered Harold Ickes
There have been 70,291,049 background checks for gun purchases since President Obama took office, according to data released by the FBI. In 2009, the FBI conducted 14,033,824 background checks. If we subtract the month of January (Obama did not assume office until the end of the month) we get 12,819,939. The FBI conducted 14,409,616 background checks in 2010, 16,454,951 in 2011, and 19,592,303 in 2012. Add to that the first three months of 2013 (2,495,440, 2,309,393 and 2,209,407, respectively) and the total number of background checks under President Obama comes to 70,291,049.
James Marshall Meldrum, a.k.a. Dirty, is a 40-year-old career criminal from Fort Worth and self-proclaimed soldier of the Aryan Brotherhood of Texas. Last year he was pulled out of the truck he was driving. The man with the gun, another member of the white supremacist group, wanted his truck back, and he aimed a pistol at the head of Meldrum’s wife. Brotherhood members had stolen the man’s truck to make a point, and Meldrum was using it for his electrical business. A few days later, Meldrum dragged the man out of his house and severely beat him as retribution
SEOUL/WASHINGTON- The United States said it would soon send a missile defense system to Guam to defend it from North Korea, as the U.S. military adjusts to what Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel called a "real and clear danger" from Pyongyang. Hours later, South Korea´s Yonhap news agency said North Korea had moved what appeared to be a mid-range Musudan missile to its east coast. It was not clear if the North planned to fire the rocket or was just putting it on display as a show of force, one South Korean government source was quoted as saying.
This morning, former South Carolina Governor Mark Sanford appeared on MSNBC’s Morning Joe to celebrate his victory in last night’s Republican primary runoff. Sanford will run against the Democratic nominee, Elizabeth Colbert Busch, in the special election for the state’s open House seat in early May. But the notable thing about his victory is that he overcame one of the most notorious sex scandals in recent memory—Sanford, you’ll recall, disappeared for days and was said by his staff to be “hiking the Appalachian Trail” when in fact he was shacking up with his Argentine mistress.
If a student cheats on an important test, such as a midterm, he is punished, and rightly so. His teacher doesn´t merely brush aside the offense and blame it on all the stressful and unnecessary high-stakes tests that today´s unfortunate students are required to take. Yet every time an educator is caught in a test-cheating scandal, the teachers union response is as predictable as 2 plus 2: Of course cheating is wrong, but what else can we expect when policymakers stress achievement on standardized tests — and especially when, as in this case, there were financial bonuses attached
While far too late, the Obama administration may be adopting a sensible policy on Syria. The strategy, however, is unlikely to succeed. Oh, and there is also a very important clue—I think the key to the puzzle—about what really happened in Benghazi. Let’s begin with Syria. As U.S. officials became increasingly worried about the visible Islamist domination of the Syrian opposition—which their own policies helped promote—they have realized the horrible implications of creating still another radical Islamist regime. (Note: This column has been warning of this very point for years.) So the response is to try to do two things.
Beware of conservatives bearing gifts. Ever since last week’s frustrating Supreme Court argument in the Defense of Marriage Act case, I’ve been wondering whether the attack on DOMA will turn out to be a constitutional Trojan horse. It may bring victory: the demise of a spiteful federal statute, enacted by an opportunistic Congress and signed into law 17 years ago by a cowardly Bill Clinton. But at what price? You might have thought the case, United States v. Windsor, was about equality: marriage equality, in the graceful current locution. The two lower federal courts that ruled in this case on its way
Months before the slaying of two Kaufman County prosecutors, Texas authorities sent out a bulletin warning that a gang of white supremacists might seek retaliation involving "mass casualties or death," sources said. The December 2012 bulletin, obtained by ABC News, warned that "high ranking members of the Aryan Brotherhood of Texas are involved in issuing orders to inflict ´mass casualties or death´ to law enforcement officials involved in the recent case." The bulletin said "the plan is designed to be carried out when law enforcement officers are at large gatherings."
Washington - Sen. Mark Kirk (R-Ill.) on Tuesday announced that he supports gay marriage, joining a growing list of U.S. senators who offer such support. "When I climbed the Capitol steps in January, I promised myself that I would return to the Senate with an open mind and greater respect for others,” he said in a statement. "Same-sex couples should have the right to civil marriage. Our time on this Earth is limited, I know that better than most. Life comes down to who you love and who loves you back -- government has no place in the middle," Kirk said. Kirk, from the Chicago suburbs,
Seattle - The former chief federal judge in Montana has decided to retire at the conclusion of a misconduct investigation into a racist email about President Obama he forwarded to friends from his work computer last year. U.S. District Judge Richard F. Cebull, who had taken less-active senior status on the bench after the incident, will retire in May, the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals’ chief judge, Alex Kozinski, said in a statement. (Snip) The email had implied that Obama's mother was so drunk at the time of his conception that he was lucky his father was not a dog. Cebull admitted sending it,
Washington - A sophisticated airborne radar system developed to track Taliban fighters planting roadside bombs in Afghanistan has found a new use along the U.S. border with Mexico, where it has revealed gaps in security. Operated from a Predator surveillance drone, the radar system has collected evidence that Border Patrol agents apprehended fewer than half of the foreign migrants and smugglers who had illegally crossed (Snip) The new tally of unlawful border crossings could complicate White House efforts to pass comprehensive immigration reform after Congress returns from recess next week.
The Alabama Legislature late Tuesday adopted stringent new regulations for abortion clinics that supporters called a step to protect women but that others called medically unnecessary and a disguised effort to force the closing of the state’s five abortion clinics. The bill, like measures passed last year in Mississippi and Tennessee and last month in North Dakota, would require that doctors performing abortions have admitting privileges at local hospitals. (Snip) The bill will be sent to Gov. Robert Bentley, a Republican, who previously said he planned to sign it. The American Civil Liberties Union said that if the
The most rigorous study to date of how much it costs to care for Americans with dementia found that the financial burden is at least as high as that of heart disease or cancer, and is probably higher. And both the costs and the number of people with dementia will more than double within 30 years, skyrocketing at a rate that rarely occurs with a chronic disease. (Snip) Behind the numbers is a sense that the country, facing the aging of the baby boom generation, is unprepared for the coming surge in the cost and cases of dementia. “It’s going to swamp the system,” said Dr. Ronald C. Petersen,
Beijing - China will swiftly communicate to the outside world and its own people details of a new strain of deadly bird flu, the health ministry said, following complaints it had been too slow to report on the outbreak and suspicion of a SARS-like cover-up. A total of nine people in China have been confirmed to have contracted the new bird flu strain, H7N9, all in the east of the country. (Snip) In 2003, authorities initially tried to cover up an epidemic of Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS), which emerged in China and killed about a 10th of the 8,000 people it infected worldwide.
Cincinnati - A man who worked as a civilian Army employee was shot to death on Wednesday in a parking lot at the Fort Knox Army base in Kentucky in an incident that prompted a security lockdown there, officials said. Authorities said the shooting was "not a random act" and the shooter remained at large on Wednesday night. (Snip) Mary Trotman, an FBI spokeswoman in Louisville, said two agents were sent to Fort Knox to assist with the probe. The Army said police were "interested in speaking" with a man who may be using a black Yamaha motorcycle for transportation.
The president of the labor union that represents immigration enforcement agents said Wednesday that the immigration deal being worked on in secret by senators won’t staunch illegal immigration and, at least in the near-term, will lead to a new flood of people trying to cross the border. “We anticipate a run on the border, an increasing number of illegal immigrants coming into the United States, in the years to come,” said Chris Crane, president of the Immigration and Customs Enforcement Council, which represents 7,500 ICE agents and officers. Mr. Crane also said the eight senators
North Korea´s military ratcheted up its threat to carry out a nuclear strike on the U.S. to new heights Thursday — just hours after the Pentagon announced the deployment of an American ballistic missile defense system to Guam. Claiming that the “moment of explosion is approaching fast” and that war could break out “today or tomorrow,” the General Staff of North Korea´s military claimed in a statement to the nation’s official government-run news agency that it has final approval to carry out “merciless” strikes on the United States. The statement appeared to
KAUFMAN, Tex. — Law enforcement officials already on edge after the killings of two Texas prosecutors and a Colorado prison director got more reasons to worry Wednesday, as a West Virginia sheriff was fatally shot, and authorities in this northeastern Texas community said they arrested a local man for threatening another county official. It is uncertain whether the killings are connected or merely coincidental events in dangerous professions. Authorities here said the arrest of Nick Morale, 56, who phoned in a threat to a police tip line, was not
The real vocation of some people entrusted with delivering primary and secondary education is to validate this proposition: The three R’s — formerly reading, ’riting and ’rithmetic — now are racism, reproduction and recycling. Especially racism. Consider Wisconsin’s Department of Public Instruction. It evidently considers “instruction” synonymous with “propaganda,” which in the patois of progressivism is called “consciousness-raising.” Wisconsin’s DPI, in collaboration with the Orwellian-named federal program VISTA (Volunteers in Service to America; the “volunteers” are paid), urged white students
In back-to-back interviews with a pair of Spanish-language television networks last Wednesday, Barack Obama expressed confidence that an immigration-reform bill—i.e., a path-to amnesty for 10 to 20 million guaranteed Democratic voters—could be passed “certainly before the end of the summer.” [Snip] So many crusades, so little time. One day it’s voting rights; the next day, gun control and immigration reform; then health care; then student loans; then climate change; then oil drilling; then the coal industry; then gay marriage; then minimum-wage and living-wage laws; then a brain research initiative.