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Court appearance for Aberdeen man charged in armed robberies

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Pastor, son rescued from Poinsett

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Political opposites join to attack Rounds

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Gregory man pleads not guilty in infant death

SDSU to implement English as a second language program

Catholic Church planning to merge parishes in eastern SD

Prosecutions rests in McVay death penalty proceedings

Regents approve tuition freeze

Minnesota firefighters rescue 3 from floating ice

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Statewide workgroup calls for redesign of leadership programs for school princip

Castlewood woman embezzles more than $1 million

Brookings Council approves S. Main/26th St bids

Winter Storm Watch for Thurs. afternoon thru Friday afternoon

Sioux Falls jury deciding on McVay death penalty

White Oak finalizes beef plant purchase

Clark teen arrested for attempted murder

Man accused in Sioux Falls murder was repeatedly denied parole

Crazy weather day

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Snowstorm closes state offices in western SD

Brookings School Board candidates meet at forum

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SD Tourism Sec. named to federal board

Attorney General warning businesses of wire transfer scam

Toddler recovered from stolen SUV

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9 Bar attacker given 5-years

7-year-old Freeman boy accidentally shot and killed by his brother

Standing Rock Reservation praying for accident victims

Governor signs SDSU bills

Halvorson sentenced for firing shotgun into Brookings apartment

Brookings 8th grader headed to National Spelling Bee

South Dakota school vehicle crashes in Colorado

Those who live near murdered Sioux Falls woman want a safer neighborhood

Pres. of State's Attorneys Assoc. pleads guilty to drunk driving

Intruders crash Brookings homes

Two fail Brookings Co. booze sting

Tax relief deadline approaching

Fort Pierre official warns of flood insurance rate hikes

There are now 6 candidates for 3 Brookings County Commission seats

Sioux Falls police search for homicide suspect

Rancher relief fund hits $5 million

Many in area receive late night scam call

Howard grain elevator damaged by fire

Mayor Reed wants to form Transportation Steering Committee

A very good legislative session for SDSU, higher ed

Police looking for "person of interest" in Sioux Falls homicide

Former legislator sentenced for hunting violation

State authorities warn of Master Card scam

Authorities investigate Rapid City motel fire

Miller superintendent resigns in midst of paternity dispute

Brookings may expand south campus development area

Watertown to build new multi-purpose facility

Aberdeen police investigate 2 armed robberies

Former Gregory elevator manager pleads guilty

Pig virus found on 25 South Dakota farms

Fugitive from South Dakota is captured in Iowa

Dellas Cole inducted into Hall of Shrine

SD legislative tactic questioned

Jury selection begins for McVay sentencing

Madison well collapse costs thousands

Bond lowered for Sioux Falls home invasion suspect

Three file so far for Brookings County Commission

Spearfish dog survives eagle attack

Brookings County won't be spraying for mosquitoes

Legislature finalizing budget

20-year-old arrested after Dell Rapids standoff

Man charged in Huron armed robbery pleads not guilty

Daugaard says reps from 11 companies and groups to join China trade trip

Brookings police say vehicle thefts may be linked

Mission man charged in death of 3-month-old

Statewide texting while driving ban fails

SD Legislature winding down

Judge refuses to lower bond for accused kidnapper

SDSU stadium clears legislature

Brookings County Commission discusses 4H Summit report

Senate passes but modifies texting while driving ban

Not guilty pleas from Rapid City man charged with kidnapping daughters

Arraignment set for Fall River County jailer accused of raping inmate

Yankton man reportedly confessed crime to victim's ex-wife

State revenue predicted to be less than expected

Animal cruelty bill moves to House floor

Yankton man charged with 2nd degree murder

Legislative committee working on budget

Spencer man sentenced for cormorant shootings

New superintendent name for Hot Springs veterans home

Brookings police look for stolen UTV's

Legislative hearings begin on the failed beef plant

Sioux Falls day care provider pleads guilty to child neglect

Despite snowpack, Missouri River flooding is less likely than 2011

Egan, SD man killed in Thursday crash

Brookings Council okays ticketing and towing for street maintenance

SDSU stadium bill now 3/4 of the way through Legislature

SD House rejects $1 fishing licenses for those over 85

SD Senate passes ban on sale of e-cigarettes to minors

Watertown hunting guide sentenced for illegally taking birds

Trial under way for Sioux Falls man accused in toddler's death

Brookings man sentenced for exposing another to HIV

Committee says sale of e-cigarettes to minors should be illegal

SD House rejects Munsterman insurance plan

Bond set for Sioux Falls man accused of providing alcohol before fatal crash

Lake Preston man killed in Saturday crash

Sioux Falls man killed in crash near Lennox

Two killed in pickup crash near Irene

Man accused of murdering his mother wants trial moved

SDSU/USD food driver under way

Lawmakers to consider ban on sale of e-cigarettes to minors

Legislative committee votes to keep death penalty

Police looking for 3 people in coin laundry thefts

Number of South Dakota farms increases

Sioux Falls neighbors oppose homeless shelter

House passes bill to add people with mental illness to no-gun registry

Second candidate files for Brookings School Board

SD House passes bill that would ban gender-based abortions

Committee passes pledge bill

Deaths of Oelrichs couple not from natural causes

Corn Palace suspends wine sales after underage purchase

Fifth candidate files for Brookings City Council

Watertown man cleared of killing toddler is sentenced for child abuse & drugs

Public waters bill is killed

Jailer arrested for rape

Judge again rules teen must be tried as an adult

Nelson submits petitions for U.S. Senate run

Camping reservations for Memorial Day open Saturday

Flooding lawsuit goes to trial in Sioux Falls

Former SDSU President Sherwood O. Berg passes away

Fourth candidate files for Brookings City Council

McIntosh bar burns down

Wal-Mart donates to ballot question battle in Sioux Falls

New database details wind turbines

Area lawmakers talk education funding

Spread of pine beetle has been slowed

Bond set for man accused in Rapid City kidnapping

Lakota minister fights tribal national park

Two teens killed in Sioux Falls crash

State health officials plan action against Mitchell restaurant

Governor won't oppose DM&E sale

There will be a Brookings City Council election

Nation's top donors includes 2 South Dakotans

Joe Foss honored in Arizona

Thune says ranchers hit by Oct. blizzard could get help by April

Senate passes animal cruelty measure

Brookings woman injured in early morning crash

Economic development audit results released

Missing Rapid City children found safe, man arrested

Flu appears to be on the decline

Oldham-Ramona coach charged with rape

SD Senate rejects legislative pay raise

18 sentenced for wildlife violations in Todd County

SDSU receives new student housing study

SDSU stadium bill breezes through Senate

Earthquake reported in Chamberlain area

Animal cruelty bill heads to Senate floor

Legislative committee says police logs should be public

Sioux Falls man headed to prison for assault and attempted robbery

Brookings County residents discuss future of 4H

Senate committee passes bill dealing with flooded land

SD House approves prenatal care for illegal immigrants

Legislature approves hearings to investigate economic development agency

Sioux Falls shooting reportedly gang-related

Legislature debates raw milk rules

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Pierre woman admits making false statements to feds

Crash kills two near Yankton

Brookings cabbie uses pepper spray on rider

South Dakota House defeats mandated school start date

Pressler gains some bipartisan support

1st Brookings Council candidate files

SD Senate unanimously passes shared parenting bill

Committee kills mandatory drug testing for welfare recipients

Longer term limits clear SD House

Governor announces grants for 12 school districts

Virus blamed for death at State Treatment and Rehabilitation Academy

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Another Sioux Falls armed robbery

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At Least 9 Injured in California School Bus Crash

Design Pics/Thinkstock(ANAHEIM, Calif.) -- At least nine people were injured after a school bus crashed into trees in California on Thursday afternoon. Two students and the driver are in critical condition.

The bus traveled on a hill, hitting two trees while trying to make a turn, and the resulting impact split the vehicle in half. Firefighters needed to cut the driver from the bus, and students pulled out were seen being put on backboards by paramedics.

"It came flying down the hill and went curb airborne and took out trees along the way," witness Andrea Shurtz told affiliate KABC. "The kids are screaming for us. [We're] trying to get them to jump out but the slope is so horrible and people just came running from everywhere."

The bus is from the Orange Unified School District, officials told KABC. The cause of the crash is under investigation.

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Federal Investigators Issue Report on Radiation Leak at US Waste Dump

iStock/Thinkstock(CARLSBAD, N.M.) -- An investigation board looking into a February accident at a U.S. nuclear waste dump found the incident was caused in part by "failure to fully understand, characterize, and control the radiological hazard," as well as maintenance and poor management.

The radiation leak resulted in the contamination of 21 workers who tested positive for low-level radiation exposure at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant outside Carlsbad, N.M. The 300-page report from Energy Department investigators released Thursday slammed federal staff and outside contractors responsible for operating and overseeing the facility.

WIPP is the only nuclear waste dump in the United States. Prior to the incident, there were hopes to expand the facility's mission to take high-level waste from the nation's nuclear weapons program. Operations at the plant have since been shut down.

“The cumulative effect of inadequacies in ventilation system design and operability compounded by degradation of key safety management programs and safety culture resulted in the release of radioactive material," the report reads.

The source of the leak remains undetermined as crews work to examine the area.

In a daily briefing Thursday, management of the facility responded to the findings, saying they have started implementing "corrective actions" to address issues in the report.

The Department of Energy has begun evaluating additional permanent staffing needs in reponse to oversight problems, and more emergency training and drills have been conducted. New leadership has also been put into place.

"These actions are just the first step," a statement from WIPP reads. "The federal and contractor management teams are closely reviewing the report and will address all of the findings.”

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San Diego Naval Base on Lockdown After Pellet Gun Shooting

File photo. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Trevor Welsh/(SAN DIEGO) -- A San Diego naval base underwent a lockdown Thursday after reports of an armed gunman.

Naval Base Point Loma issued a "shelter in place" order, but the reports turned out to be a sailor playing with an Airsoft gun. The man  was firing shots out of a window at a mirror located in a parking building adjacent to the barracks. Both the sailor and his brother were arrested.
 
Capt. Scott Adams said it marked the first incident with an Airsoft gun since he started on base nearly three years ago.

"We are dealing with young sailors and we inform them what is and is not appropriate, but sometimes these things happen," Adams said.

Sailors sign a document saying they won't bring weapons on base, but Adams says it may be unclear whether an Airsoft is considered such.

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Texas County to Feed Feral Hogs to the Homeless

File photo. Justin Sullivan/Getty Images(HOUSTON) -- Authorities in Texas have signed off on plans to control the growing feral hog population that include trapping and cooking the critters to feed to the hungry at local food banks.

The pigs will be trapped at George Bush Park and Congressman Bill Archer Park in Harris County, Texas, where they are threatening native wildlife and vegetation, according to Harris County Commissioner Steve Radack, who came up with the plan and called it a "gift from God," according to ABC News affiliate KTRK-TV in Houston.

"There may be as many as 8,000 to 10,000 feral hogs in each of the reservoirs," said Mike McMahon with the Harris County Commissioner's Office, which on Thursday approved the purchase of four four-acre metal pens to trap the hogs.

After being captured, the pigs will be taken to a processing plant, J&J Packing Co, where they'll be inspected by a Department of Agriculture officer before being slaughtered. The meat will be sent to the Houston Food Bank.

"This is a huge win for everybody in all the communities that we serve," said Dr. Pamela Berger with the Houston Food Bank, who said she is excited to receive the hog meat.

Tom Harvey from Texas Parks and Wildlife said the state has a long-standing issue with wild hogs, which were introduced to the state some 300 years ago by Spanish explorers as domestic farm animals. Through the years, some pigs escaped and continued to “breed prolifically,” creating the feral population problem today, he said.

“Basically we’re losing the war against feral hogs, while our native wildlife continues to lose their habitat,” Harvey told ABC News. “They do a number of things that are problems: they root in sensitive areas, they trample wetlands, they defecate in water sources and they displace native wildlife.”

Harvey says that historically, hogs were a nuisance mainly in rural areas, but have recently begun encroaching on suburban and city areas. The department gets "very few reports" of attacks on humans, he said.

Numerous efforts to trap feral hogs over the years have failed to curb the growing populations, which people can legally hunt year-round, provided they have a license and are not trespassing, Harvey said. Parks and Wildlife even introduced its own campaign in 2012 promoting the consumption of wild pigs, including providing a recipe for feral hog tacos on their website.

The USDA warned that "unlike domesticated pigs, wild hogs are more prone to trichinella and toxoplasma parasite infections, but with proper food handling and preparation procedures can be safely consumed."

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Wife of US Doctor Slain in Afghan Hospital Forgives Gunman

Bernardo Barrios/Lawndale Christian Health Center(CHICAGO) -- The wife of an American doctor who was one of three U.S. doctors gunned down Thursday in an Afghan hospital emerged on Thursday to say that she forgave the man who shot her husband.

The doctor was identified as Jerry Umanos, a pediatrician who had given up his Chicago practice to spend the last nine years caring for children in Afghanistan.

Umanos' wife, Jan Schuitema Umanos, read a statement Thursday with their son Ben by her side. The couple's two other children were not in Chicago, she said.

"I’d like to start by saying our family has suffered a great loss," Mrs. Umanos said, adding, "We are also aching for the loss of the other families… as well as the loss that the Afghan people have experienced. My heart aches for the Afghan people."

"I know Jerry would also like everybody to know about his love for the Afghan people," she said. "And we don’t hold any ill will towards the Afghan people in general or even the gunman who did this."

Mrs. Umanos, who said she also spent several years working in Afghanistan, made it clear that her husband was a religious man.

"Jerry always wanted us to serve underserved populations and Afghanistan was just one of them. He always had a desire to be the hands and feet of Christ," she said.

Jerry Umanos practiced medicine at Lawndale Christian Health Center in Chicago for 16 years, becoming a beloved staff member at the hospital. There, he treated many staff members' children as their pediatrician, the hospital's chief clinical officer said on Thursday.

"Today we have lost a very, very dear friend and devoted colleague," Dr. Bruce Rowell, chief clinical officer of Lawndale, said at a press conference Thursday morning. "Dr. Umanos has been a pediatrician for over 25 years and he was the pediatrician for many of our own children."

Mrs. Umanos' mother, Angie, initially confirmed Jerry Umanos' death to ABC News through tears Thursday morning.

Jerry Umanos left Lawndale in 2005 when he decided to become a staff doctor for a charity hospital opening in Kabul, Afghanistan. That hospital, CURE International, specialized in caring for women and children and was the site of Thursday's deadly attack.

According to police, an Afghan security guard who worked at the hospital opened fire on a group that included Umanos. Umanos was killed along with an American father and son whose names have not been released. The pair was visiting Umanos. A female nurse who was with the group was also injured.

Rowell said that Umanos was teaching medical residents and seeing patients at CURE, part of a network of charity-run hospitals based in Pennsylvania.

"Early this morning we learned the news of his death in Afghanistan. For nearly a decade, he has volunteered to train residents and see patients in Afghanistan. This is a great loss for his family, for those of us he worked with, and for the people of Afghanistan," Rowell said.

Staff members at the hospital cried and hugged one another after the press conference.

Umanos completed medical school at Wayne State University and residency at the Children's Hospital of Michigan, according to ABC News station WLS in Chicago.

The shooting at Cure International Hospital in western Kabul was the third attack on foreign civilians in Afghanistan's capital this year. CURE hospital is one of the most prominent in Kabul, partly because of its specialized offerings for women and children, including obstetrics and gynecology and surgery.

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Breast-Feeding Mom Says TSA to Pay $75K to Settle Lawsuit

ABC News(LOS ANGELES) -- The California woman who sued the U.S. Transportation Security Administration after agents told her she had to put her stored breast milk through an X-ray machine says the agency plans to settle her lawsuit for $75,000.

Airport surveillance video of Stacey Armato’s January 2010 encounter with the TSA screeners at Arizona’s Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport had parenting communities in an uproar.

It shows Armato, who had recently given birth to a baby boy, showing her breast milk to a screener, and then being directed to stand in a transparent enclosure after she said she asked for an alternate way to screen three bottles of breast milk.

She says she was held in that enclosure for some time.

“The manager told me your milk either needs to go in the trash or go in the X-ray, and as a breast-feeding mom that just, neither was an option for me,” the 34-year-old Hermosa Beach, Calif., resident said in an interview with ABC News' Good Morning America.

Armato says she had even printed out the agency’s own rules to back up her request.

“They threw her in a glass enclosure before they allowed her to have her breast milk alternately screened,” said Robert Mosier, Armato’s lawyer.

Armato says she felt “totally humiliated.”

“It’s a glass container with hundreds of passengers passing by on either side. You’re being totally ignored. You’re asking to speak with someone -- the manager and the supervisor and no one is giving you any answers yet they stand right there and watch like you are an animal in a cage,” she said.

Asked why she didn’t want her breast milk being put through an X-ray machine, Armato replied: “We work really hard to eat well, exercise and drink lots of water and make sure that we have really nutritious food, milk for our children.”

Several medical experts consulted by ABC News said they thought it highly unlikely that the TSA screening machines would have damaged the breast milk at all.

When contacted by ABC News, the TSA referred to a statement on its website that breast milk should be treated “in the same manner as liquid medication” at security checkpoints.

“Parents flying with, and without, their child(ren) are permitted to bring breast milk in quantities greater than 3 ounces as long as it is presented for inspection at the security checkpoint,” the statement reads.

Armato says she believes her situation could help make things easier for mothers who travel.

“We’ve been promised that they would retrain everybody and heed great importance to this issue,” she said, “and I think that breast-feeding moms can feel good about that.”

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#MyNYPD Twitter Campaign Spawns Hashtags Across the Country

ABC News(NEW YORK) -- What the New York Police Department initially intended to be a social media public relations campaign has turned into a Twitter commentary on police brutality that has spread across to other law enforcement units across the nation.

The #myNYPD hashtag became one of the top trending hashtags on Twitter Tuesday after seeking people’s photos of police officers working in their communities. Instead, citizens began attaching the hashtag to pictures and video depicting police violence.

Initially, there were some positive responses to the campaign, but things turned ugly. With little context to many of the pictures, it’s difficult to determine the location and circumstances in which these incidences took place. But that didn’t stop the flurry of outraged tweets that two days later are still appearing on the Internet.

The backlash spread to the Los Angeles police department where #myLAPD began to trend, while others took to Twitter to compare the two police departments. From there, the tweets expanded to include the Seattle, San Francisco and Denver police departments, among others.

In an email NYPD Deputy Chief Kim Royster sent to ABC News affiliate WABC in New York, the department recognized that Twitter “provides an open forum for an uncensored exchange and this is an open dialogue good for our city.”

 


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Ex-KKK Leader Was Given a New Identity Years Before Kansas Shooting

United States Marshals Service(OVERLAND PARK, Kan.) -- Frazier Glenn Cross, the man accused of murder in the shootings of three people outside Jewish facilities in Kansas last week was, for all practical purposes, born at the age of 49.    

The federal government gave him that name when he was released from prison in 1990, along with a new social security number and a new place to live, not far from the Missouri River in western Iowa.

The idea was to erase any record of the man he had been before: Frazier Glenn Miller. White Nationalist leader. Spewer of hate. Federal informant.

“I joined the family in Sioux City, Iowa,” Miller wrote later in his self-published autobiography. “I enrolled in truck driving school…and I’ve been trucking ever since. And I love it. After prison, the freedom of the open road is gloriously exhilarating.”

Less than three years earlier Miller had been a fugitive from justice, the subject of a nationwide manhunt after he had declared war on blacks and Jews, exhorting his thousands of followers to violently overthrow the very government that would soon become his protector.

“Let the blood of our enemies flood the streets, rivers and fields of the nation,” Miller wrote. “[R]ise up and throw off the chains which bind us to the satanic, Jewish controlled and ruled federal government. Let the battle axes swing smoothly and the bullets wiss [sic] true.”

DECLARATION OF WAR

In the early morning hours of April 30, 1987, more than three dozen federal and state law enforcement agents surrounded a mobile home in Ozark, Mo.  A van recently purchased by Miller in Louisiana had been spotted outside by an agent the day before.

A volley of tear gas was fired and then, just after 7 a.m, four men emerged and gave themselves up.

Among them was Miller, the founder of Carolina Knights of the Ku Klux Klan and the paramilitary White Patriot Party in North Carolina. The United States Marshals Service had issued a nationwide bulletin seeking Miller’s arrest after he disappeared while appealing his conviction for criminal contempt.

Agents recovered hand grenades, automatic rifles, pistols and flak jackets inside the trailer, according to FBI statements at the time. Explosives experts from nearby Fort Leonard Wood were called in to detonate a box containing about twenty pipe bombs.

The authorities also found a Xerox machine and about a thousand copies of Miller’s Declaration of War.  During his 10 days on the run, Miller had mailed his typewritten call to arms to thousands of white nationalists, as well as members of Congress and dozens of media outlets.

“I realize fully that I will be caught quickly,” Miller had written in his letter. “[B]ut I will die with contempt on my lips and with sword in my hand. My fate will either be assassination or the death penalty.”

But faced with an array of charges that could have put him behind bars for 20 years or more, Miller’s bombast was quickly reduced to a squeal. Within days of his arrest, he was signalling his willingness to make a deal.

“He stated that it was ‘all a bluff that got out of hand,’” according to an FBI agent’s notes, obtained by ABC News, of an interview with Miller a few weeks after his arrest. “[H]aving spent eight days in jail and having the opportunity to dry out from excessive alcohol consumption, he has learned to develop tolerance. He stated emphatically that he would never hurt anybody,” the agent wrote in recounting Miller’s statements.

Among those present for the initial interviews with Miller was then-federal prosecutor J. Douglas McCullough, now a judge on the North Carolina state court of appeals.

“He tried to be a little bit self-serving,” McCullough said of Miller in an interview this week in Raleigh. “Every defendant in those situations usually is at first. But he did open up about a lot of things about the White Patriot Party. He detailed a number of people that were involved in illegal activities that were his associates. And that’s what we were looking for. ”

In a series of ensuing interviews with federal and North Carolina investigators, Miller never denied his racist and anti-Semitic views, but claimed he had always denounced violence and illegal activity.

“Miller wanted nothing more to do with the movement,” according to an FBI account of an interview in June of 1987. He was “willing to turn his back on it in order to return to his family.  His problem in the past had been intolerance linked with excessive drinking.”

A month later, in an interview with the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation, during which he accused two of his former comrades of murder, he described his time on the run from the law as little more than a lark.

“I was on vacation, flirting with girls and drinking beer and going red-necking,” Miller told the agents. “I love to go out and drink a beer with rednecks…do the Texas Two-Step.  I’m a pretty good dancer by the way,” he said.

SHOCKING ALLEGATIONS

In the course of their investigation, authorities also learned the stunning details of Miller’s arrest a year earlier. Raleigh police officers had caught Miller in  the back seat of a vehicle, in mid-act with a black male prostitute masquerading as a woman.

“It was pretty shocking,” says McCullough, “because of his personal stances that he had taken and what he was now accused on engaging in.”

McCullough says he has read the police report of the incident but declined to comment on the specifics. “I would rather not go into the details,” he said. “They’re rather salacious. I think the facts speak for themselves and people can draw their own conclusions about how incongruous that is.”

Miller was not charged in connection with the prostitution arrest and no public record of the incident could be located. But in a recorded phone call with the Southern Poverty Law Center last fall, Miller claimed that he had lured the prostitute to the meeting with the intention of beating him.

Eventually, McCullough, the federal prosecutor, would approve a plea deal with Miller recommending a five-year prison sentence in exchange for his cooperation and testimony against his former compatriots. He would serve less than three years of that sentence at a prison in western New York.

“I am not certain that we got 100 percent of what we wanted,” McCullough says. “He did testify in a couple of cases here in the eastern part of the state, or agreed to testify where the people plead guilty knowing he was going to testify.”

In 1998, Miller was a key witness in a high-profile federal trial that charged more than a dozen white nationalists in an alleged conspiracy to levy war against the United States government. The Department of Justice had called it Operation Clean Sweep. Miller testified that he had received two payments totaling $200,000 from a leader of  the alleged conspiracy, but in the end all of those accused were acquitted and, incredibly, one of the jurors later married one of the defendants.

“His testimony was extremely weak,” says Leonard Zeskind, who tracked Miller’s activities in the 1980′s as research director for the Center for the Democratic Renewal, a civil rights group fighting Klan activities.

“I believe that Miller was essentially playing a game with the feds. And I don’t think he had any intention of becoming a good witness. The guy was a stone-to-the-bone Nazi,” Zeskind says. “He never gave that up. I am on the record as saying the man should have died in prison.”

But McCullough says that nothing would have changed what happened last week in Kansas. Even if he had refused to deal with Miller back in 1987, he would have spent no more than fifteen years in prison.

“We made the deal that we could make at the time and whether it’s right or wrong, it’s really kind of immaterial at this point,” McCullough says. “Human beings are unpredictable. I don’t think there is anybody who could know what he was capable of doing,” he said of the shootings in Kansas. “I certainly never saw that in his personality.  He was a blowhard who liked to be in front of a crowd. He liked to whip the crowd up and get the emotions running high.”  

Very little is known of the years Miller spent in Iowa and Nebraska living as Frazier Glenn Cross. But it’s clear that he eventually discarded his assumed identity provided by the federal government and resumed his life as the belligerent, unapologetic white supremacist, Frazier Glenn Miller.

And no one, it seems, could predict the tragic consequences that would follow.

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Former NFL Cheerleaders Accuse Buffalo Bills of Demeaning Treatment, Unfair Pay

Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Five former Buffalo Bills cheerleaders, known as the Buffalo Jills, are accusing their team of demeaning treatment and unfair pay.

“Our dream as being a Buffalo Jills cheerleader was taken advantage of,” former cheerleader identified only as Maria P. told ABC affiliate WKBW.

The suit, filed by five former Buffalo Jills, says the team controlled everything from how much bread to eat at formal dinners to how to properly eat soup. The cheerleaders say the team even regulated what color nail polish they could wear.

At an annual golf tournament, the cheerleaders say they were required to wear bikinis and were subjected to degrading sexual comments and touched inappropriately.

And every week, they say they had the “jiggle test” and those who failed, in some cases, “were penalized, suspended or dismissed.”

“Everything from standing in front of us with a clipboard and have us do a jiggle test to see what parts of our body were jiggling,” former Buffalo Jill Alyssa told ABC affiliate WKBW.

According to the suit, one Bills cheerleader says she was paid just $105 for the entire season.

“We are aware of this lawsuit, and it is our organizational policy not to comment on pending litigation,” Scott Berchtold, the Bills’ senior vice president of communications, told The Buffalo News.

The NFL isn’t commenting.

Buffalo follows suits by cheerleaders from the Cincinnati Bengals and Oakland Raiders, some of whom claim they were paid less than $5 an hour.

The Jills suit says while they earned less than minimum wage, the highest-paid player on the team raked in an average of $16 million a season.

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Georgia Governor Signs Law Allowing Guns in Schools, Churches, Bars

Getty Images(ATLANTA) -- Critics are calling it “the guns everywhere” law, and depending on how you see it, it’s either one of the most frightening or one of the most progressive gun laws in the country.

Starting July 1, people in Georgia can bring firearms into bars, libraries, churches and even some government buildings that don’t already have door security. People convicted of certain misdemeanors can now legally get gun permits. Police can no longer stop someone “for the sole purpose of investigating whether such a person has a weapons carry license.”

The law does give businesses, churches and schools the right to say no with a sign or notice. A school board, for example, can vote to prohibit guns.

Georgia’s governor, up for re-election, signed the law Wednesday.

“As governor I signed every Second Amendment piece of legislation that has been placed on my desk and today I will put into law a gun bill that heralds self-defense, personal liberties and public safety,” Gov. Nathan Deal said.

There are many supporters in Georgia from all walks of life.

“It’s something that’s long overdue,” Samuel Hayes of Atlanta said. “It’s a tremendous victory for law-abiding citizens.”

“You should still have the right to be able to protect yourself,” another man said.

Across the country, however, gun control advocates are sounding the alarm.

“To do it in the name of safety? It’s beyond preposterous. It’s tragic,” said Dan Gross, president, Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence. “You know, guns and alcohol don’t mix and yea, that’s one of the most dangerous aspects of this.”

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Father of Teen Stowaway: 'Allah Had Saved Him'

Getty Images(SAN JOSE, Calif.) -- The father of the 15-year-old who stowed away in the wheel well of a plane for five hours said his son was saved by God.

The teen survived through chilling temperatures and high altitudes in the unpressurized area of the jetliner. In an interview with the Voice of America, Abdilahi Yusuf Abdi said his son is recovering in a Hawaii hospital.

"I heard that he survived, God saved him, I was extremely happy, but, it was something unexpected, it is something that crosses anyone’s mind," Abdi told VOA on Wednesday.

The father identified the teen as Yahya Abdi, who was spotted by airport workers on the tarmac in Maui after crawling out of the wheel well. He explained that his son had a "tough time with his schoolwork," which may have attributed to his decision to make the trip in the Boeing 767. The teen also frequently spoke about going back to Africa where his grandparents are, his father said.

"He didn’t study while in Africa, starting high school in here, was difficult, that could also be the cause, excessive absent, and learning became difficult for him," Abdi said.

An airport official in Hawaii who spoke with the teen told ABC News he said he ran away from home because he was angry about an argument he had with his stepmother and dad.

Airport surveillance video captured him exiting the wheel well at about 10:30 a.m. on Sunday.

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Reddit User Posts About Missing Mom, Other Redditor Finds Her

Wavebreak Media / 36 / Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- A woman with Alzheimer’s who went missing this week in New York City was located and reconnected to her family by the work of Reddit users.

According to a post on the social sharing site Reddit, a user named Josh Goldberg posted Tuesday that his 59-year-old mother, May Goldberg, had wandered out of her apartment on the Upper West Side of Manhattan and was missing.

Goldberg described his mother as having “severe dementia” and posted several photos and a description of her to the site. He said he first reported the incident to police, who distributed her photo in hopes of finding her.

Just seven hours later, another user of the site found May Goldberg wandering New York City. That user, “geryorama,” posted around midnight that he saw someone on the street who looked like the woman in the photos. He double-checked the Reddit post on his, stopped the women, and called for help, he wrote.

“I was walking home from work around 9:30-10PM and I noticed May at East 47th and Lexington Avenue. As I saw Josh’s post in the afternoon she looked very familiar,” he wrote.

 

I quickly pulled out my phone and visited this page to ensure it is indeed her. When I realized it’s her, I approached her, asked for her name, told her that her family is looking for her, and took her to Hyatt Hotel lobby to contact the police. The gentleman and lady at the Hyatt front desk were extremely helpful and they contacted the police. Two police officers arrived within 3 minutes. They identified May and I believe they called for an ambulance. In the meantime, I quickly sent a personal message to Josh via Reddit informing him that her mom has been found and that she is with the police.

Other Reddit users dubbed him the “Where’s Waldo” champion of the world for spotting a woman in a city of eight million.

“I am so glad May will be shortly reunited with her family,” he wrote.

Josh Goldberg updated the thread to say his mother is safe and being checked out at a hospital as a precaution.

“A million thanks to /u/geryorama for finding her on the street and alerting the authorities,” Goldberg wrote. “The outpouring of support has been completely overwhelming. My family and I send a HUGE thank you to the entire Reddit community. You are amazing. Thank you.”

The Goldbergs could not be immediately reached for comment.

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James Holmes' Lawyers Fight Order for Second Mental Exam

Arapahoe County Sheriff's Office(CENTENNIAL, Colo.) -- James Holmes' attorneys are fighting an order to have the accused Aurora, Colo., theater shooter undergo a second mental evaluation.

Holmes' first evaluation was ruled inadequate.

A county judge in Colorado has ordered a new exam, but Holmes' lawyers are appealing the ruling to the Colorado Supreme Court.

Holmes, 26, is accused of killing 12 people and wounding 58 others during a midnight showing of The Dark Knight Rises on July 20, 2012. He has pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity.

While his attorneys appeal the order for a second exam, all hearings in the case have been put on hold.

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Colorado Fourth Graders Busted for Selling Pot

BananaStock / 360 / Thinkstock(DENVER) -- Two Colorado fourth graders were busted for selling marijuana at their elementary school, prompting officials on Wednesday to urge adults to keep their weed locked away from kids.

School officials said a 10-year-old fourth-grade boy brought a small quantity of leafy marijuana to Monfort Elementary School in Greeley, Colo., on Monday.

“He sold it to three other fourth graders on the school playground, which resulted in a profit to the young man of $11,” John Gates, director of safety and security for the Greeley-Evans School District, told ABC News.

The next day, Gates said one of the three young buyers brought a marijuana edible to school and gave it to the boy who sold the pot on Monday. That boy took a bite, but did not suffer any ill effects, Gates said.

Both boys apparently got the weed from relatives, according to Gates.

“Both of these kids took the marijuana without the consent of their grandparents,” said Gates.

Gates said the four students involved will be suspended for a “significant” number of days, but declined to say exactly how long the punishment would be. Initially, police were called but officials have determined the incident will not be handled as a criminal matter, he said.

“We hope to send a good message here without ruining anybody’s lives. The message we really want to get out here to the adults is, ‘for crying out loud, secure it,’” Gates said.

Adults 21 and older have been able to buy recreational marijuana legally in Colorado since Jan. 1.

In a letter sent home to parents, Monfort Elementary School Principal Jennifer Sheldon said no student was injured.

“We know that many adults have greater access to marijuana since the change in the drug’s legal status in Colorado,” Sheldon wrote. “We urge all parents, grandparents and anyone who cares for children to treat marijuana as you would prescription drugs, alcohol or even firearms. This drug is potentially lethal to children, and should always be kept under lock and key, away from young people.”

Colorado’s legislature is currently considering new safety regulations for marijuana edibles, including bills requiring stronger warning labels and lowering the amount of THC permitted in food.

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Broadened Clemency Rules Could Affect Thousands of Inmates

iStock 360/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) -- Prison inmates serving sentences for nonviolent crimes have been offered broader guidelines for seeking clemency, the Department of Justice announced on Wednesday.

The new rules, only eligible to prisoners who have already served 10 years behind bars, will focus on people who would be handed a lesser punishment if they were charged with the same crime today.

The decision is part of a broader effort by the Obama administration to reduce the U.S. prison population by turning back the use of harsh sentences for drug crimes. The administration has also sought to reverse a legacy of racial disparity in convictions. For example, the use of crack cocaine has historically resulted in longer sentences than for using its powdered form, with the former drug more likely found on black suspects and the latter on white suspects.

Only inmates charged with a federal crime are affected by the initiative, leaving out any serving under state law. And if an inmate is found eligible, his or her case would then go before President Obama for consideration. Either way, the odds are long for any prisoner. Obama only reduced the sentences of eight criminals last year, all of them on long drug sentences.

Deputy Attorney General James Cole said that although the majority of clemency petitions will likely be from drug offenders, the new rules are not limited to narcotic convictions.

“Either they will have committed drug crimes, and that’s a big category that we’re looking at, or they may have been denominated career criminals because they had priors that were minor drug cases that have been called felonies,” Cole told reporters Wednesday.

“But we want to make sure that we’re not foreclosing the possibility that there are other types of sentences, that there is, that are worthy of this kind of clemency where there was an unfairness that took place because of the operation of law,” he said.

Prisoners will need to meet six specific criteria to be eligible. In addition to having served 10 years for a nonviolent crime, they can have no strong ties to large-scale organized crime, history of violence or “significant criminal history.” Inmates must also have demonstrated good behavior and “likely would have received a substantially lower sentence” if charged in the present day.

“It’s important to remember that commutations are not pardons, they are not exonerations, they are not expressions of forgiveness,” Cole stated. “Rather, as [Obama] said, they are quote, ‘an important step toward restoring fundamental ideals of justice and fairness.’”

It is not immediately clear how many of the nation’s 216,000 federal inmates will be affected by the initiative, but the deputy attorney general loosely estimated 12 or 13 percent of the population serves low-level offenses.

Inmates who believe they are eligible will be given an electronic survey to be screened by lawyers from the Bureau of Prisons, and then a pro bono attorney to assist in preparing their petition.

Meanwhile, a working group of organizations, including the American Bar Association, American Civil Liberties Union and National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, have banded together to form the nonprofit “Clemency Project 2014″ to offer legal services to the convicts.

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