March 10, 2018

One police officer has been killed and another wounded in a standoff in Pomona, California, that began Friday night and continued into Saturday.

The confrontation began when a suspect fled police by car and then by foot. "The suspect ran into an apartment complex and the officers gave chase," said Capt. Christopher Bergner of the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department. "As he barricaded himself in a bedroom, officers attempted to contact him. He then began firing through the door, striking the two officers."

This incident is not related to the deadly standoff in Yountville, California, Friday evening. Bonnie Kristian

March 10, 2018
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A suspected gunman and three women he is believed to have killed were found dead inside a veterans home in Yountville, California, Friday evening.

The discovery came after a day-long standoff between authorities and the suspect, who has been identified as Albert Wong, a 36-year-old Afghanistan veteran. Wong was previously a patient in a PTSD program at the center, and the three women he killed are thought to be staff he encountered during treatment. The victims have been named as Christine Loeber, the veterans home's executive director; Dr. Jen Golick, a therapist; and Dr. Jennifer Gonzales, a psychologist.

"Anne and I are deeply saddened by the horrible violence at the Yountville Veterans Home, which tragically took the lives of three people dedicated to serving our veterans," said California Gov. Jerry Brown (D). "Our hearts go out to their families and loved ones and the entire community of Yountville." Bonnie Kristian

March 3, 2018

A Central Michigan University student suspected of killing his parents Friday has been taken into custody by police.

James Eric Davis Jr., a 19-year-old sophomore, was being picked up by his parents for spring break when he is believed to have fatally shot his mother, Diva Davis, and father, James Davis Sr., at his dorm. Police launched a major manhunt for Davis Jr. and arrested him without incident after he was spotted on a train near campus late Friday night.

Police Lt. Larry Klaus reported the suspect was hospitalized the night before the attack and there could be a "mental health component" to the crime. "At some point in the evening, he was transported to McLaren Hospital," Klaus said, "due to what the officers believed may be a drug-related-type incident, an overdose or a bad reaction to drugs."

The investigation is ongoing, but at present, Klaus added, police consider it "a family-type domestic issue." Authorities said the gun used in the attack belonged to the suspect's father. It is unknown when the weapon arrived on campus or whether it was the service revolver Davis Sr. was issued for his work as a police officer in Bellwood, Illinois, a suburb of Chicago. Bonnie Kristian

March 3, 2018
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A couple from Joshua Tree, California, were arrested Thursday on suspicion of willful cruelty to their children after police discovered three children living in a makeshift plywood hut without electricity or running water.

The parents, Daniel Panico and Mona Kirk, live nearby in a camper trailer on a property strewn with trash and feces and also inhabited by 30 cats. The children, ages 14, 13, and 11, said they have lived in the hut for four years but were not held captive. They were placed in foster care and reportedly do not appear malnourished.

Friends of the family told the Los Angeles Times for a story Friday the parents are not abusive but simply "don't want handouts." "I know this looks like crap," said one such friend, Jackie Klear. "But [the children] were very well taken care of" and "very much loved."

Panico and Kirk were held on $300,000 bail per person and have pleaded not guilty to all charges. They are set to first appear in court on Friday. Bonnie Kristian

February 18, 2018
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An Iranian passenger plane heading to Tehran crashed Sunday morning in a mountainous rural region. All 66 people on board, 60 passengers and six crew members, are presumed, though not confirmed, to be dead. Retrieval efforts have been hindered by the crash site's remote location and bad weather.

Iran has a poor record on aviation safety because international sanctions intended to restrain its nuclear development make it difficult to obtain parts to keep planes in good condition. This plane, operated by Aseman Airlines, was 25 years old. The airline signed a contract with Boeing last year to purchase a new fleet of as many as 60 planes, but that agreement could be jeopardized if the Trump administration seeks to exit the Iran nuclear deal. Bonnie Kristian

February 11, 2018

Three people were killed and another four injured when a sightseeing helicopter crashed in the Grand Canyon Saturday evening.

The helicopter was about a mile deep in the canyon when it "crashed under unknown circumstances," taking "substantial damage," said Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) representative Allen Kenitzer in a statement. "Local authorities say that at least seven people were on board the helicopter," Kenitzer added.

The FAA will conduct an investigation in cooperation with the Hualapai Nation police. Bonnie Kristian

February 11, 2018
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A Russian passenger jet carrying 65 passengers and six crew members crashed shortly after takeoff from Moscow on Sunday. All 71 people on board are believed to be dead.

The flight was operated by Saratov Airlines, which mostly flies within Russia. The airline has a history of safety violations; in 2015 it was temporarily prohibited from flying internationally after a person who was not a crew member was found in the cockpit during a surprise flight inspection.

The crashed plane was headed for the city of Orsk, near the border of Kazakhstan, and fragments of the fuselage have been discovered in fields about 50 miles southeast of Moscow. The cause of the crash is not yet known, but Russian President Vladimir Putin announced an investigation while sending his condolences to the families of the victims. Bonnie Kristian

February 10, 2018
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At least 18 people were killed and about 60 more injured when a double-decker bus flipped on its side in Hong Kong on Saturday. The cause of the crash is unconfirmed, but a local news outlet reported the bus was behind schedule, and the driver was speeding to make up lost time. One passenger said it felt as if the driver were piloting an airplane every time he took a corner.

More than a dozen of the injured were hospitalized, with about 10 in critical condition. The bus lost part of its roof when it tipped over, and some passengers had to be cut free from the wreckage.

Hong Kong's public transportation is typically safe and reliable; this is the deadliest crash in 15 years. A judge will lead an independent investigation into the accident. Bonnie Kristian

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