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2013-02-25T00:00:00Z Around the nationThe Associated Press The Associated Press
February 25, 2013 12:00 am  • 


Prime suspect named in Vegas shooting

LAS VEGAS - A 26-year-old man was being sought Sunday as the prime suspect in a pre-dawn shooting on the Las Vegas Strip last week that led to a fiery crash that left three people dead and several others injured.

Las Vegas police Capt. Chris Jones said Sunday that investigators are working around the clock to sort through evidence and find Ammar Harris after the discovery Saturday of a black SUV used as a getaway car in the shooting and six-vehicle chain-reaction carnage on the neon-lighted boulevard near the Bellagio, Caesars Palace, Bally's and Flamingo resorts.

Harris, who police said was arrested last year on allegations that he was a pimp, was named as the prime suspect in the triple homicide. Jones said police didn't know where he was.


Probe: Parolees disarm GPS tracking devices

SACRAMENTO - Thousands of California parolees, many of them sex offenders, are removing court-ordered GPS monitors, often with little risk of serving time because state prisons are too full to hold them, according to an investigation.

More than 3,400 arrest warrants for convicts who tampered with tracking devices have been issued since October 2011, when the state began referring parole violators to county jails instead of returning them to its overflowing prisons, the Los Angeles Times reported.

Nearly all of the warrants were for sex offenders, who are the vast majority of parolees with GPS monitors.

"It's a huge problem," Fresno parole agent Matt Hill told the Times. "If the public knew, they'd be shocked."

New York

'Identity Thief' back on top at box office

NEW YORK - Hollywood's latest films performed tepidly at the box-office on Oscar weekend, with Melissa McCarthy's "Identity Thief" returning to the top spot in its third week of release.

The Universal comedy earned $14.1 million on the weekend, according to studio estimates Sunday, enough to regain the box-office title after losing it last week to 20th Century Fox's "A Good Day to Die Hard." The Bruce Willis action sequel faded to fifth domestically, but not overseas, where it took in $35.7 million.

Lionsgate's Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson action film, "Snitch," opened with $13 million. That was a decent but not strong showing for "Snitch" in a year in which action films have largely fared poorly.


2nd blizzard bearing down on Plains region

DODGE CITY - A second major winter storm was bearing down on the central Plains Sunday, forcing cancellations and sending public works crews scrambling for salt and sand supplies less than a week after another system dumped more than a foot of snow on parts of the region.

The National Weather Service issued a blizzard watch from Sunday evening through late today for much of western Kansas ahead of the strong storm system packing high winds and sleet that has been tracking across western Texas toward Oklahoma, Kansas and Missouri.


Dozens more allege abuse by friar

TOLEDO - About 50 more people have come forward to say they were sexually abused at Catholic schools in Pennsylvania and Ohio by a Franciscan brother who killed himself in January, said an attorney who settled 11 alleged abuse cases against the friar.

Brother Stephen Baker, 62, stabbed himself in the heart at a western Pennsylvania monastery on Jan. 26, a little over a week after the disclosure of financial settlements in alleged abuse cases in Warren, Ohio. A coroner told the Altoona Mirror that Baker left a short note apologizing for his actions.

The new accusers have alleged in recent weeks that they were abused between 1982 and 2007, attorney Mitchell Garabedian said Sunday. Some said Baker abused them even after he left teaching in 2000 when he would attend school events in Johnstown, Pa., Garabedian said.

New Jersey

Charter school board eyeing chef's pay raise

CAMDEN - Trustees at a southern New Jersey charter school are reviewing the process by which its executive chef got a $24,000 raise last year.

The chef, Michele Pastorello, is also the live-in boyfriend of the school's founder.

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