A woman and 1-year-old boy were killed and a 3-year-old girl wounded in a triple stabbing on Wednesday near San Jose, authorities said.
The three were found at a home in an unincorporated area by a family member at around 3:30 p.m., Santa Clara County Deputy Kurtis Stenderup said. The girl survived the attack and was in stable condition at a hospital, he said.
The slain woman was the children's grandmother and was babysitting them, sheriff's officials told the San Jose Mercury News (http://bit.ly/12w5IL0 ). She has not been identified.
Authorities were interviewing a man described as a "person of interest." Ruben Ramirez, 27, a relative of the victims, was found at night in San Francisco with the help of U.S. Marshals and San Francisco police. He was being interviewed there, Stenderup said.
Sheriff's deputies and K-9 teams searched for several hours to try to locate Ramirez. Television helicopter live shots showed heavily armed deputies, some with dogs, going yard-to-yard, while cameras on the ground captured video of distraught family members arriving outside the home.
Ramirez suffers from mental health problems, and authorities have had prior contact with him, Stenderup said.
Police shot a teenager and arrested another suspect while investigating a car theft inside a rental car return area at Jacksonville International Airport in Florida.
The shooting happened Wednesday afternoon. Police tried to stop the vehicle after tracking it to the parking garage at the airport. When they tried to stop it, the driver rammed two police vehicles and another car.
The Florida Times-Union (http://bit.ly/17xj5Pi ) reports an officer shot at the car as it drove away. Police found the vehicle in an apartment complex and arrested a 27-year-old and the 17-year-old, who was shot in the ankle. Police didn't release their names and say they are still looking for a third suspect.
There were not many bystanders in the garage. But police say they fired shots because public safety was at risk.
Information from: The (Jacksonville) Florida Times-Union, http://www.jacksonville.com
Lying and fishing has been known to go hand-in-hand, so organizers of this weekend's salmon-fishing derby in New Hampshire's Lake Winnipesaukee decided to force the winner to undergo a Polygraph test to make sure the fish was actually caught in the correct lake.
"Due to the rumors and information on some of the fishing blogs, there has been a raised awareness that the possibility of some of the past entries for landlocked salmon entered were not fished from Lake Winnipesaukee," a statement on the the Winni Derby's website reads.
The Union Leader reported that there has been no cheaters caught, but these rumors "sounded pretty strong," according to Dianne LaBrie, who works with the derby.
"It's just something we're doing to make sure it's a fair competition for everyone," she said.
There are cash prizes. First place in the landlocked salmon division is $12,500, the report said.
A.J. Nute owns A.J.'s Bait & Tackle and says when there's money involved, there's a risk of cheating. He points out that there's a lake nearby where salmon tend to grow larger and can easily be smuggled onto an unscrupulous fisherman's boat.
"These aren't large fish to begin with," he said. "Pretty much a 5-pounder wins you the tournament."
For Nute, he said the largest landlocked salmon he ever caught was a "once in a lifetime" 10-pounder. When asked if he took a lie-detector test to support the claim, he laughed and said no.
Jurors began a third day of deliberations in a Cincinnati murder trial revolving around whether a dying, paralyzed man identified his shooter by blinking his eyes.
The jury in the trial of 35-year-old Ricardo Woods, of Cincinnati, began discussions Tuesday afternoon and didn't reach a verdict Wednesday. Jurors reconvened Thursday morning.
Woods is accused of shooting David Chandler in 2010. Chandler was left paralyzed from the neck down and unable to speak before his death about two weeks later.
Prosecutors told jurors that Chandler clearly identified Woods by blinking his eyes in a video interview with police. Officials said Chandler blinked three times for "yes" to identify Woods' photo.
The defense called Chandler's blinking unreliable due to his condition and medications.
Cooler temperatures and lighter winds are helping hundreds of firefighters combat a 3,000-acre wildfire that has blackened rugged terrain in the Los Padres National Forest.
The fire that broke out Wednesday quickly charred 3,000 acres of dry, thick trees, despite a heavy aerial effort to beat back flames in the largely unpopulated area.
The blaze was 10 percent contained early Thursday.
No structures were threatened although a high school has been evacuated as a precaution. No injuries have been reported.
The fire near Interstate 5 through Frazier Park, where Kern and northern Los Angeles counties meet, could be fanned by winds that could reach up to 35 mph Thursday.
The cause of the fire is under investigation.
Two Michigan students have been banned from showing their baby bumps in the school yearbook.
Deonna Harris says she was pulled aside this week by a yearbook staff member and told her photo would have to be re-taken because the previous shot displayed Harris' pregnant belly.
Kimberly Haney also is pregnant and not permitted to show her midsection in the White Cloud High School yearbook.
Haney tells WOOD-TV she "went to the bathroom and cried" when she received the news.
Both girls say they're being discriminated against. White Cloud superintendent Barry Seabrook said Thursday allowing the pictures to appear in the yearbook would be contrary to the state's mandate that public schools' sex-education curricula be abstinence-based.
Haney and Harris have decided against shooting new photos that hide their pregnancies.
A Washington woman whose car was stolen from her apartment complex saw the stolen SUV hours later — in the drive-thru of the McDonald's restaurant where she works.
The Tri-City Herald reports (http://bit.ly/11H2tDS ) Virginia Maiden called police Tuesday after seeing her SUV in the drive-thru.
Officers arrested the driver, a 22-year-old Kennewick woman, at the restaurant.
Police found clothes in the car that had been stolen from department stores.
Information from: Tri-City Herald, http://www.tri-cityherald.com
Officials report a tornado caused "multiple fatalities" as it tore through two neighborhoods of a North Texas town.
The tornado hit the scenic Brazos River courthouse town of Granbury about 8 p.m. Wednesday.
Hood County sheriff's Lt. Kathy Jiveden reported the multiple fatalities, but she had no estimate of dead or injured.
She said crews "are going house to house" looking for those trapped, injured or dead in the rubble of demolished homes in the DeCordova Ranch and Rancho Brazos Estates neighborhoods. Those areas are in the southern part of the town of about 8,000 residents near Lake Granbury.
THIS IS A BREAKING NEWS UPDATE. Check back soon for further information. AP's earlier story is below.
A tornado slammed into a North Texas lakefront town Wednesday night, demolishing homes and injuring an undetermined number of people, officials said.
The tornado in Granbury was part of a system of severe thunderstorms that spawned several tornadoes across North Texas, dropping large hail in some areas. The National Weather Service said a tornado watch would remain in effect for more than 30 counties until early Thursday morning.
The extent of the damage and injuries was not immediately clear in Granbury, about 35 miles southwest of Fort Worth. However, police reported the hardest hit area was the Rancho Brazos subdivision and adjoining areas along Lake Granbury.
At Stumpy's Lakeside Grill in Lake Granbury, the storm took diners and workers by surprise. Some people rushed inside from the patio and ducked under tables as the wind gusts and hail started, but nobody was injured, said Eric Martinez, a cook. Then they looked across the lake and saw several homeowners' boat docks "just get torn apart," he said.
"The boat docks just flew off, and they're actually gone," Martinez said, adding that the boards and other debris landed in some yards.
The restaurant didn't appear to sustain any damage, but cars in the parking lot had dents from the large hail, he said.
Donna Martin, the bartender at the VFW in Granbury, said she was watching the clouds circulate in the sky when the tornado sirens went off. She said softball-size hail also pounded the area.
Another tornado hit the small town of Millsap, about 40 miles west of Fort Worth. Parker County Judge Mark Kelley said roof damage was reported to several houses and a barn was destroyed, but no injuries were reported.
Hail as large as grapefruit also pelted the area around Mineral Wells on Wednesday evening. A police dispatcher reported only minor damage.
Associated Press writers Terry Wallace and Jamie Stengle in Dallas contributed to this report.
Authorities were searching for missing mom Susan Cox Powell at a farm near Salem, Oregon, Tuesday, according to reports from FOX 13 News.
Police, with numerous cadaver dogs in tow, toured the rural property, looking to see if they could pick up the scent of human remains. Investigators said they were calling off the search for the night after scouring the area Tuesday.
According to FOX 13 News, Susan Cox Powell's father, Chuck Cox, had said that when he was tipped off about the heavily wooded area earlier this year, he notified West Valley Police.
Cox told FOX 13 News the farm "could be a place where they could have dumped Susan's body."
While police were careful not to disclose many details, West Valley Police Chief Mike Powell told FOX 13 News investigators were looking for any clues that might lead them to find Cox Powell's body.
Powell said they had been working to follow up on all leads and would "conduct any additional investigation that may lead us to knowing and discovering where Susan is."
Cox Powell disappeared on Dec. 6, 2009 from her West Valley City home and her husband, Josh Powell, was considered a person of interest in her case before his death. He killed himself and their two children in a house fire and explosion in February 2012.
A judge warned Osama bin Laden's son-in-law Wednesday that a lawyer he hired to represent him on charges he conspired to kill Americans could end up in prison himself.
U.S. District Judge Lewis A. Kaplan told Sulaiman Abu Ghaith that he could cause himself problems by choosing attorney Stanley Cohen to defend him against charges that he conspired against Americans in his role as al-Qaida's chief spokesman.
Cohen was indicted last year in Syracuse, N.Y., on federal charges that he failed to file individual and corporate tax returns between 2005 and 2010 and committed other tax-related violations. A federal prosecutor in Manhattan told Kaplan that additional charges may be filed against Cohen.
Kaplan asked Abu Ghaith a series of questions designed to make sure the 47-year-old defendant understood the hazards of rejecting three public defenders to have Cohen and another attorney represent him.
The judge said he wanted to make clear to Abu Ghaith that Cohen "has interests that are potentially in conflict with your own."
He also told him it was "quite possibly ill advised" for a defendant to proceed with an attorney who faces criminal charges himself, and he noted that Cohen might not be able to obtain security clearance from the government to view classified materials necessary to prepare for trial.
Abu Ghaith insisted he wanted Cohen to represent him after his brother in Kuwait hired the veteran civil rights attorney.
"I understood he's very enthusiastic about this case," Abu Ghaith told Kaplan. "I thank you very much but I've made my decision."
The judge set a hearing for next week to further explore the legal issue. He told the government to submit legal papers explaining its position on whether Abu Ghaith can be represented by Cohen and whether his understanding of his rights was sufficient to switch lawyers.
Abu Ghaith has pleaded not guilty to charges that he urged the death of Americans after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.
Prosecutors say evidence against Abu Ghaith includes a widely circulated video of him in early October 2001 sitting with bin Laden and current al-Qaida leader Ayman al-Zawahri and another in which he calls on every Muslim to join the fight against the United States, declaring that "jihad is a duty."
Cohen said outside court that he believes he was chosen because of his extensive contacts throughout the Middle East and his ability to travel and speak with witnesses where other lawyers cannot.
"I've probably done more terrorism cases — real and fake — than any other lawyer in the United States," he said.
A 37-year-old Houston man convicted of killing a police officer 14 years ago has been put to death.
Jeffrey Demond Williams' execution Wednesday evening came just over an hour after the U.S. Supreme Court rejected a last-day appeal from his attorneys. Lawyers contended Williams had been failed by previous attorneys at his trial and in early stages of his appeals.
He's the sixth Texas inmate executed this year.
Williams was convicted of fatally shooting 39-year-old Houston officer Troy Blando while Blando was handcuffing him.
Blando was watching a motel where car thefts were suspected when he saw Williams drive up in a Lexus that was reported stolen.
Williams was captured about a block away. Blando's cuffs were hanging from one of his wrists.
Steam and ash clouds are occasionally rising to 20,000 feet from an active Alaska volcano.
The Alaska Volcano Observatory says in a release that an ash plume was reported rising from Pavlof Volcano on Tuesday evening at about 15,000 feet. It extended to the northeast about 100 miles before it dissipated.
The observatory says a pilot reported an ash plume about 20,000 feet on Wednesday, extending east-northeast from the volcano, located about 625 miles southwest of Anchorage in the Aleutian Islands.
The nearest community is Cold Bay, and residents reported seeing a glow from the summit Tuesday night. The observatory says photographs show a lava flow is still active down the volcano's northwest flank.
A Florida teenager who was accused of igniting a chemical explosion on school grounds — and who became the subject of a social media campaign on her behalf — will not face criminal charges.
Kiera Wilmot was arrested April 22 and faced two possible felony charges after school administrators reported she combined toilet bowl cleaner and aluminum foil in a bottle, and the resulting gas blew the cap off the plastic bottle.
The Polk County state attorney said Wednesday that the case has been dismissed, but the 16-year-old must complete a diversion program.
Details about the program aren't public record because Kiera is a juvenile.
The teen's arrest launched an international outcry on social media by people who thought the arrest was unfair. Nearly 200,000 people signed an online petition protesting her arrest.
Call Melvyn Wilson is the king of the scratch-off ticket.
The Virginia man recently won his fourth lottery prize of at least five figures, putting his total scratch-off winnings at more than $2 million.
The Virginia Lottery said in a news release that Wilson won $500,000 in November 2004; $25,000 in March 2005; and $1 million in September 2005. Then he retired from his job as a postal worker.
Now 72, Wilson hit another $500,000 scratch-off prize on the Millionaire Mania game.
The lottery didn't say how many tickets Wilson usually buys or how often. Nobody answered the phone at his home Wednesday.
At an event to claim his fourth oversized winning check Tuesday, lottery officials asked what he did with all his winnings. His reply: "I invest in Melvyn."
A deer has taken a ride on a western Pennsylvania bus.
The Johnstown Tribune-Democrat newspaper reports the white-tailed deer crashed through the windshield of a public bus being driven Tuesday evening in Johnstown, about 65 miles east of Pittsburgh.
The deer hopped around frantically near the driver before jumping on empty seats and running in circles in the aisle.
Authorities say the driver stopped the bus and opened the door and the deer got off. Cambria County transportation spokesman Josh Yoder says it "just walked off the bus."
The bus was carrying one passenger, who was seated in the back far from the deer. No injuries have been reported.
The bus has been taken to a maintenance facility for repairs.
There's no word on what happened to the deer.
An indictment has been thrown out in the case against a New York Police Department officer charged in the fatal shooting of an unarmed man as his grandmother stood nearby.
A judge Wednesday found prosecutors gave flawed instructions to a grand jury that indicted Officer Richard Haste. The case isn't over because prosecutors are expected to present the case again.
Last year's shooting of 18-year-old Ramarley Graham in his Bronx home stemmed from an NYPD investigation of street corner drug dealing. Police pursued Graham into his home before he was shot once at close range.
As it became clear the judge was about to rule in the officer's favor, Graham's mother cursed and screamed, "They killed my child!"
The officer didn't speak to reporters. He had testified radio transmissions convinced him Graham was armed and dangerous.
Prosecutors in the Colorado theater shootings say laws on insanity and the death penalty are constitutional and don't need any of the explanations requested by the defense.
Attorneys for the state filed their response Wednesday to motions by James Holmes' lawyers saying the laws are vague. The defense also argues the laws violate Holmes' rights by possibly barring him from calling witnesses to testify about his mental health during the trial's penalty phase.
Holmes is charged with killing 12 at a movie theater in July. Prosecutors are seeking the death penalty.
A judge entered a standard not guilty plea on Holmes' behalf. He wants to change that to not guilty by reason of insanity.
The judge must approve the change after ruling on defense objections to the laws.
DEVELOPING -- A Philadelphia abortion doctor was sentenced Wednesday to a third life term for killing an aborted baby that he described as so big it could "walk to the bus."
Dr. Kermit Gosnell was convicted this week of first-degree murder in the deaths of three babies born alive, then stabbed with scissors. He was given two life sentences Tuesday in a deal with prosecutors that spared him a potential death sentence, and the third sentence was handed down Wednesday.
Gosnell was also sentenced to 2 1/2 to five years in prison for the 2009 overdose death of a patient. The sentences are consecutive, meaning Gosnell, 72, will spend the rest of his life in prison.
The case has made Gosnell a flashpoint in the nation's bitter debate over legalized abortion.
Prosecutors argued that Gosnell savagely killed late-term babies born alive by severing their spines, and taught several staff members the technique. Nine former clinic workers were convicted in the case, and four others pleaded guilty to murder.
Despite the notoriety of the case, Gosnell has seemed oddly serene in court during the two-month trial, and apparently sees himself as a medical pioneer and tireless advocate for inner-city patients.
"I wanted to be an effective, positive force in the minority community," Gosnell told The Philadelphia Daily News in a 2010 interview, when he predicted he would be "vindicated" of the allegations in a harrowing grand jury report. He chose not to address the judge during Wednesday's sentencing.
But prosecutors said he grew increasingly reckless as he accumulated millions of dollars from his rogue clinic, which was described as a "pill mill" for addicts by day and an "abortion mill" by night.
The jury spent 10 days deliberating before finding that Gosnell had killed babies or had them killed. And the jury found him complicit in the death of the 41-year-old patient, a Virginia woman who was repeatedly sedated by his untrained medical assistants.
Gosnell was also convicted of hundreds of abortion law violations for performing illegal, third-term abortions or failing to counsel women and teens. Gosnell was acquitted in the deaths of four other infants.
Prosecutors have declined to comment on the verdict, citing a gag order that was expected to be lifted Wednesday when Gosnell's sentence is finalized.
Prosecutors had planned to seek the death penalty because Gosnell killed more than one person and his victims were especially vulnerable given their age. But Gosnell's own advanced age had made it unlikely he would ever be executed before his appeals ran out.
Gosnell's lawyer, Jack McMahon, said his client accepts the verdict and isn't sorry he went to trial. He said Gosnell gave up a somewhat better deal early on but wanted to air the issues in court and is satisfied that he did so.
"He wanted this case aired out in a courtroom and it got aired out in a courtroom in a fair way. And now he's accepting what will happen. He's an intelligent guy," said McMahon, who said Gosnell would now plead to federal drug charges that are still pending.
The sentencing deal, reached after hours of terse negotiations Tuesday, spares Gosnell's family the task of pleading for his life in court, McMahon said. Gosnell has six children, the youngest of them a teenager born to his third wife, who has also pleaded guilty in the case.
"He's a proud man. To bring his young family into court was something he did not want to do," McMahon said.
A 2011 grand jury investigation into Gosnell's alleged prescription drug trafficking led to the gruesome findings about his abortion clinic. During an FBI raid, authorities found 47 aborted fetuses stored in clinic freezers, jars of tiny severed feet, bloodstained furniture and dirty medical instruments, along with cats roaming the premises.
Prosecution experts said the Delaware teen carrying Baby A, whose death Gosnell was sentenced in Wednesday, was nearly 30 weeks pregnant when Gosnell aborted her fetus. A second baby was said to be alive for about 20 minutes before a clinic worker snipped the neck. A third was born in a toilet and was moving before another clinic employee severed the spinal cord, according to testimony.
A fourth baby let out a whimper before Gosnell cut the neck, prosecutors alleged. Gosnell was acquitted in that baby's death, the only one of the four in which no one testified to seeing the baby killed.
McMahon has argued that none of the fetuses was born alive and that any movements were posthumous twitching or spasms.
Georgia parks officials say they've ordered that Bibles be removed from guest rooms at state lodges and cabins across the state.
WAGA-TV reports that the order came after a resident expressed concerns.
A Georgia Department of Natural Resources spokeswoman said that after the resident expressed concerns, management directed the staff to remove the Bibles from cabins and lodge rooms until managers can fully investigate the issue and make an informed decision.
The station reports that the DNR has not set a timetable for a final decision on allowing Bibles in state park guest rooms.
The Penobscot County Sheriff's Department is looking for a missing 15-year-old girl from Glenburn.
Authorities said Tuesday that Nichole Cable was last seen by her parents at about 9 p.m. Sunday.
Deputies will not say if her disappearance is suspicious or if she is in danger, but they want to hear from anyone who has information about her whereabouts.
Cable has light brown hair and blue eyes and weighs 90 pounds. She is a student at Old Town High School.
Her mother, Kristine Willey, told WABI-TV that she was scheduled to meet someone she had met on Facebook.