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April 10, 2014 | By Kate Mather
A 29-year-old man accused of wounding a Los Angeles police officer after he opened fire at a Mid-City police station was charged Thursday with two counts of attempted murder of a peace officer. Daniel Christoph Yealu, of Los Angeles, also faces gun allegations in connection with Monday night's shooting at LAPD's Wilshire Division station, the Los Angeles County district attorney's office said. If convicted, prosecutors said he faces 75 years to life in state prison. Yealu, who was critically wounded by police, remains hospitalized and has not entered a plea.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 10, 2014 | By Christine Mai-Duc and Richard Winton
Lockdown orders for seven Tustin schools were lifted Thursday afternoon after a suspected gunman was arrested following an intensive hours-long manhunt. The man, who was not immediately identified, was suspected of fleeing from police after an officer-involved shooting outside an apartment complex about 9 a.m. Thursday. He was taken into custody “without incident,” said Tustin Police Sgt. Andy Birozy. Tustin Unified lifted the lockdowns shortly after 2 p.m. The search prompted a massive search that involved heavily armored tactical vehicles, helicopters and SWAT officers.
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April 10, 2014 | By Alana Semuels, Richard Simon and Tina Susman
MURRYSVILLE, Pa. - A teenager charged in a high school stabbing rampage "just doesn't fit the mold" of someone who could be harboring such rage, his lawyer said Thursday as the boy's classmates fought to recover from life-threatening wounds and thanked the friends who came to their aid. At a hospital news conference, one of the wounded, Brett Hurt, summed up the actions of his friend Gracey Evans, who was with him Wednesday as the assailant plunged...
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April 10, 2014 | By Matt Pearce
After spending a day on the run, a man wanted in a Florida hit-and-run crash into a day-care facility, which left one girl dead and more than a dozen other people hurt, turned himself in, officials said Thursday. Robert Alex Corchado, 28, surrendered at the Orange County, Fla., jail, according to the Orange County Sheriff's Office. The announcement came not long after officials pleaded for the public's help in tracking down Corchado, who has a history of drug convictions and car crashes.
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April 10, 2014 | By Richard Simon
MONROEVILLE, Pa. -- The attorney for the 16-year-old suspect in a high school stabbing rampage discounted bullying as a motive, saying Thursday that Alex Hribal had endured some teasing from classmates but nothing "overbearing" that would equate to bullying. After meeting with Alex Hribal for several hours at a juvenile jail, attorney Patrick Thomassey said the motivation for Wednesday's mayhem  at Franklin Regional Senior High School in Murrysville remained a “mystery” to him and the boy's parents because Hribal doesn't have any history of mental illness or violent behavior.
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April 10, 2014 | Alana Semuels, Richard Simon and Tina Susman
MURRYSVILLE, Pa. -- The latest U.S. community to be traumatized by school violence -- this time a mass stabbing -- began the long journey back to normality Thursday as it sent its youngest children back to classes, authorities searched for a motive and injured students recovered from their wounds. Murrysville's elementary and middle schools reopened just 24 hours after a stabbing and slashing rampage through the first-floor hallway of Franklin Regional Senior High School. Police have identified 16-year-old Alex Hribal as the suspected attacker.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 9, 2014 | By Richard Winton and Kate Mather
This post has been updated. See note below for details. A Los Angeles Police Department motorcycle officer struck Saturday by a driver allegedly under the influence of cocaine has died of his injuries, officials said. "It is with great sadness and a heavy heart we regret to announce the passing of our #LAPD Brother in Blue. RIP We will miss you!" the LAPD said in a Twitter message. Qaneak Shaney Cobb, 33, faces a felony DUI charge, and prosecutors allege that she was under the influence of cocaine in her Chevrolet Blazer when she rear-ended the officer as he was stopped at a traffic light Saturday in North Hollywood.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 9, 2014 | By Hailey Branson-Potts and Joel Rubin
A veteran LAPD motorcycle officer died Wednesday, several days after he was struck by an SUV driven by a woman suspected of being under the influence of cocaine. Fellow officers and family members had been holding vigil for Chris Cortijo - a member of the department for nearly 27 years - at Providence Holy Cross Medical Center since the Saturday accident. A visibly shaken LAPD Chief Charlie Beck on Wednesday called Cortijo's death the "ultimate irony," noting that the officer had arrested more than 3,000 drivers suspected of being under the influence and "in doing so saved countless lives.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 9, 2014 | By Jason Wells
A suspected drug lab at a home in Malibu caught fire and exploded Tuesday, injuring one person who had to be transported to the hospital via helicopter, authorities said. Firefighters responded to the home  in the 1200 block of Encinal Canyon Road shortly before 6:15 p.m. to find it fully engulfed in flames, according to the Los Angeles County Fire Department. Authorities later discovered the substance “honey oil” -- a type of marijuana oil -- at the residence, Los Angeles County Sheriff's Sgt. Fray Lupian told KTLA-TV . A 25-year-old man who was burned in the explosion and ensuing fire was airlifted to Los Angeles County-USC Medical Center to be treated for his injuries, authorities said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 9, 2014 | By Marisa Gerber
Although officials have said Jose Manuel Martinez claimed to have killed dozens of people on behalf of an unnamed Mexican drug cartel -- including nine in California -- an Alabama official said Wednesday that the slaying that led to his arrest last year was personal. In March 2013, Martinez was in Lawrence County, Ala., visiting his daughter. Lawrence County Dist. Atty. Errek Jett said Martinez killed Jose Ruiz, an associate of a friend, because Ruiz had previously said something about Martinez's daughter.
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