National News | WRHL http://www.wrhl.net/pages/index.cfm?id=491 National News 2015-05-28T03:13:36Z National News #version=9,0,0,0" width="300" height="54" id="CBSNews_v2" align="middle"> FBI launches probe into theft of U.S. taxpayer information The FBI said on Thursday it had begun looking into the illegal access of the tax-return information of about 100,000 people disclosed by the Internal Revenue Service earlier this week. "The FBI has opened an investigation into the recently reported incident at the Internal Revenue Service and is working with our interagency partners to determine the nature and scope of this matter," a spokesman said. IRS Commissioner John Koskinen said Tuesday cyber criminals had sought to gain access to personal tax information 200,000 times from February to May, and were successful in about half of those attempts. Defense in Freddie Gray case seeks to move trial from Baltimore (Reuters) - Defense attorneys for six police officers facing criminal charges in the Freddie Gray case are seeking to have the trial moved from Baltimore, saying their clients cannot get a fair trial there, the Baltimore Sun reported on Thursday. The lawyers filed an 85-page document on Wednesday in Baltimore Circuit Court asking for a change of venue, arguing that a "presumption of prejudice" exists in the city, the newspaper said. Gray, a 25-year-old black man, was arrested April 12 and suffered a spinal injury in police custody. U.S. President Obama visits family of journalist slain by ISIS U.S. President Barack Obama met on Thursday with the family of American journalist Steven Sotloff, who was beheaded last year by Islamic State militants. The White House said Obama met with Sotloff's parents Art and Shirley and his sister, Lauren, while he was in Florida for fundraising and a briefing on the upcoming hurricane season. "The president expressed his and the first lady’s condolences for Steven’s death," White House spokeswoman Bernadette Meehan said. Madoff accountant sentenced to home detention NEW YORK (AP) — A former accountant who certified fake financial records hiding Bernard Madoff's massive Ponzi scheme was sentenced Thursday to one year of home detention, a light punishment he received by becoming a key cooperator in the case. Oil globs close Los Angeles-area beaches to swimming MANHATTAN BEACH, Calif. (AP) — Popular beaches along nearly 7 miles of Los Angeles-area coastline were off-limits to surfing and swimming Thursday as scientists looked for the source of globs of tar that washed ashore. Psychiatrist: Colorado shooter 'knew what he was doing' CENTENNIAL, Colo. (AP) — A state-appointed psychiatrist who examined James Holmes two years after his attack on a Colorado movie theater said Thursday that whatever he suffered from that night, he knew what he was doing. Santorum says 'sickened' by molestation in TV's Duggar family Republican presidential hopeful Rick Santorum said he was "sickened" by revelations of molestation by the eldest son of the Duggars, the Christian family that features in television hit "19 Kids and Counting" and helped the conservative in his last campaign. Santorum's comments, aired on ABC's "Good Morning America" on Thursday, suggest he is distancing himself from Josh Duggar, who actively campaigned for the former senator from Pennsylvania in 2012 and is alleged to have molested several underage girls as a teen 12 years ago. "I was sickened by it, just sickened by it," Santorum told ABC's George Stephanopoulos after launching his campaign for the 2016 Republican nomination on Wednesday. Obama visits Miami shrine in nod to Cuban Americans President Barack Obama toured a Catholic shrine beloved by Cuban Americans on Thursday, a nod to his pledge to end more than 50 years of hostilities with Cuba and restore diplomatic relations and commercial ties. The Cuban exile community in south Florida has been split on Obama's move to normalize relations with Cuba - a deal that Pope Francis and other Catholic officials helped broker. "The president is visiting the Shrine of Our Lady of Charity in Miami to pay his respects to the Cuban-American diaspora that worship there," said Bernadette Meehan, spokeswoman for the White House National Security Council, in a statement. Secret Service Testing New Spikes for White House Fence The feature is designed to deter against future would-be fence jumpers. Father charged after 3-year-old son shoots 1-year-old sister VENICE, Fla. (AP) — A southwest Florida man faces a felony charge after authorities say he left a loaded firearm within easy reach of a his 3-year-old son, who shot his 1-year-old sister. Lithuania wants NATO battalion as 'security guarantee' UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Lithuania's foreign minister says his government wants a NATO battalion deployed permanently in the country as a "security guarantee" — not a provocation against Russia which has stepped up military action in the Baltic states. Lawyer: Tracy Morgan happy Wal-Mart crash lawsuit behind him TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — Actor-comedian Tracy Morgan was very emotional after settling his lawsuit against Wal-Mart over a highway crash that killed one man and left Morgan and two friends seriously injured. Rules aim to protect imperiled bird's habitat in 10 states CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — Interior Secretary Sally Jewell has revealed plans to preserve habitat in 10 Western states for an imperiled ground-dwelling bird, the federal government's biggest land-planning effort to date for conservation of a single species. Detroit suburb to pay $1.4 million to settle police beating suit By Serena Maria Daniels INKSTER, Mich. (Reuters) - A black Detroit man testified in criminal court on Thursday against the white police officer charged with beating him during a traffic stop, a day after he reached a $1.4 million settlement in his civil lawsuit against the city of Inkster. William Melendez, a former police officer with the Detroit suburb of Inkster, is charged with misconduct and assault in the January video-taped beating of Floyd Dent, one of a number of cases that has fueled national debate on race and policing. Melendez was fired from the police force after the release of the footage where he is seen punching Dent in the head. Latest on flooding: Flooding threatens North Texas homes 1:45 p.m. (CDT) Storms ease in Texas, but runoff could mean more flooding HOUSTON (AP) — Although the deadly thunderstorms that lashed much of Texas have tapered off, many cities were still in danger of flooding Thursday as heavy rain from earlier in the week poured downstream, swelling rivers. N.C. governor to weigh opt-out measure for officials opposed to gay marriage By Marti Maguire RALEIGH, N.C. (Reuters) - North Carolina lawmakers voted on Thursday to allow government officials to refuse to perform marriages by citing religious objections, protecting those who oppose same-sex weddings from losing their jobs. The measure, already passed by the state Senate, heads to Governor Pat McCrory's desk after being approved by the Republican-led House of Representatives in a 67-43 vote. The bill allows magistrates and other officials to refuse to perform marriages or issue marriage certificates by citing a “sincerely held religious objection.” Once they have asked to be recused in writing, magistrates would be barred from performing any marriage, gay or heterosexual, for six months. The Latest: Holmes judge mulls issue after doctor testimony 12:15 p.m. (MDT) Massive coal breaker, Pennsylvania's last, is coming down MAHANOY CITY, Pa. (AP) — When coal was king, its castle was the breaker — an imposing fortress that crushed, washed and sized billions of tons of Pennsylvania anthracite for use in factories, foundries and homes up and down the East Coast. Officials say fire at Kansas pet store was accidental LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — Officials say a fire that killed several animals at a pet store in Kansas was accidental. Pope joining gallery of murals on Philadelphia buildings PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Philadelphia boasts a large and colorful cast of characters painted on buildings across the city — and now Pope Francis will join the crowd. Man suing his ex for half of $1M prize gets a win in court TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — The Florida Supreme Court answered a potential $1 million question in favor of a man who says his girlfriend broke an agreement to share lottery winnings after she hit it big. Man believed holed up with woman, 2 kids after shooting CHULA VISTA, Calif. (AP) — Authorities in Southern California are negotiating with a man who is believed to be holed up in his apartment with two children and a woman after a shooting outside the housing complex. A bite out of crime: K-9 partner saves deputy under attack JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — As three men beat and cut a deputy checking on a car at a highway rest stop, his partner — on all four of legs — came to the rescue. New law limits what Minnesota bounty hunters can wear, drive ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — A YouTube video shows bounty hunter Stew Peters hot on the chase, weapon drawn as he joins police in apprehending a man with outstanding warrants. Facebook and Twitter photos depict Peters in a dark uniform with a gun belt, bulletproof vest and badge. Some pictures show suspects he's rounded up, handcuffed in the back of an SUV marked with his company name and a K-9 warning. Trial date set for black Virginia student bloodied during arrest By Gary Robertson CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (Reuters) - A Virginia judge on Thursday set Sept. 30 as the tentative trial date for a black University of Virginia student who was bloodied while being arrested by white police officers. It remains unclear whether prosecutors will bring the case against Martese Johnson, a 20-year-old junior, to trial or drop the charges of obstruction of justice without force and swearing and/or intoxication in public. General District Judge Robert Downer set the trial date and scheduled a pre-trial hearing for June 12. Baltimore gets bloodier as arrests drop post-Freddie Gray BALTIMORE (AP) — A 31-year-old woman and a young boy were shot in the head Thursday, becoming Baltimore's 37th and 38th homicide victims so far this month, the city's deadliest in 15 years. Maine governor calls for public defenders on state payroll By Dave Sherwood BRUNSWICK, Me. (Reuters) - Governor Paul LePage this week proposed overhauling Maine's system for providing the poor with legal representation, a move that would bring the only U.S. state without government-employed public defenders in line with the rest of the country. LePage, a Republican, on Tuesday introduced legislation that would revamp the existing system, which relies on independent lawyers who work on individual contracts. The Sixth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution grants all citizens accused of a crime the right to legal counsel, but it does not require attorneys be public servants. Chicago-area man pleads guilty to air-traffic facility fire CHICAGO (AP) — A suburban contractor pleaded guilty Thursday to setting a fire at a Chicago-area radar facility in September that forced the cancellation of thousands of flights and disrupted travel nationwide, while prosecutors estimated that losses from the incident likely exceed $100 million. Man charged with arson in massive downtown Los Angeles apartment fire Prosecutors charged a 56-year-old man on Thursday with starting a massive fire that gutted an apartment complex under construction in downtown Los Angeles and damaged three nearby buildings, authorities said. Dawud Abdulwali, 56, who was taken into custody on Tuesday in connection with the Dec. 8 blaze, has been charged with arson of a structure and aggravated arson, the Los Angeles District Attorney's Office said in a statement. Suspect in big downtown Los Angeles blaze charged with arson LOS ANGELES (AP) — Prosecutors charged a man with arson Thursday for allegedly starting a massive inferno that destroyed an unfinished apartment building and damaged nearby office towers in downtown Los Angeles. Iconic Martha's Vineyard lighthouse begins move inland AQUINNAH, Mass. (AP) — A Martha's Vineyard lighthouse that is among the most endangered historic landmarks in the U.S. began its gradual march away from a rapidly eroding cliffside on Thursday. Drug ring moved heroin on Minnesota Indian reservations: indictment A federal grand jury has indicted 41 people on charges that they conspired in a multi-state ring to traffic heroin, prescription drugs and other narcotics on two northwest Minnesota Indian reservations, authorities said on Thursday. The defendants "represented the most significant source of heroin in Indian Country," U.S. Attorney Andrew Luger said in a news release. Prosecutors accused the defendants with conspiring to move drugs from Detroit, Chicago and Minneapolis to the Red Lake and White Earth Indian Reservations. WRHL 2015-05-28T20:13:36Z http://www.wrhl.net/pages/index.cfm?id=491