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EL PASO, TX - El Paso police have charged a Fort Bliss soldier with capital murder after they say he beat his 2-year-old daughter to death because she soiled her diaper.

Police Det. Mike Baranyay says 20-year-old Dartarious Graham was arrested Sunday.

He says the U.S. Army specialist beat his daughter, Peyton Graham, with a belt Saturday. When firefighters were called to the home, they found her unresponsive. She was taken to an area hospital where she later died.

The child's mother and the father's cousin also were charged with injury to a child by omission.

Graham is being held at the El Paso jail on $250,000 bond. Online jail records didn't indicate an attorney.


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Obama concerned intruder got in his family's home http://www.wbrz.com/news/obama-concerned-intruder-got-in-his-family-s-home/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/obama-concerned-intruder-got-in-his-family-s-home/ National News Mon, 22 Sep 2014 9:49:49 AM Obama concerned intruder got in his family's home

WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama is expressing concern that an intruder carrying a knife was able to get into the White House where his family lives.

Obama press secretary Josh Earnest says Obama is "obviously concerned" that a man got through the White House front doors Friday evening a few minutes after the first family left for Camp David. But Earnest says Obama has complete confidence in the Secret Service.

Earnest wouldn't say whether Obama wants to see security expanded to a wider perimeter around the White House. The Secret Service is discussing that as an option.

Earnest says in response to the breach, the Secret Service is reviewing its policies, technical enhancements, staffing levels and previous interactions with the Texas man who gained access by jumping a fence.


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Apple: 10 million iPhone 6 and 6 Plus sold http://www.wbrz.com/news/apple-10-million-iphone-6-and-6-plus-sold/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/apple-10-million-iphone-6-and-6-plus-sold/ National News Mon, 22 Sep 2014 8:59:30 AM APNewsNow Apple: 10 million iPhone 6 and 6 Plus sold

NEW YORK - Apple says it sold more than 10 million iPhone 6 and 6 Plus models, a record for a new model, in the three days after the phones went on sale.

A year ago, Apple Inc. said it had sold 9 million of the then-new iPhone 5C and 5S models.

The iPhone is available in the U.S., Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Japan, Puerto Rico, Singapore and the U.K. It will go on sale in 20 more countries on Sept. 26 and others by the end of the year.

CEO Tim Cook said Monday that demand for the phones has exceeded the company's expectations. Besides larger screens, the new phones offer faster performance and a wireless chip for making credit card payments. The phones start at $199 with a two-year service contact.


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White House intruder expected to appear in court http://www.wbrz.com/news/white-house-intruder-expected-to-appear-in-court/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/white-house-intruder-expected-to-appear-in-court/ National News Mon, 22 Sep 2014 12:31:37 AM Hunter Robinson White House intruder expected to appear in court

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The man accused of scaling a security fence and getting into the White House with a knife is scheduled to have his initial appearance in federal court.

Omar J. Gonzalez of Copperas Cove, Texas, faces charges of unlawfully entering a restricted building or grounds while carrying a deadly or dangerous weapon.

The Secret Service tightened security outside the White House after Friday's embarrassing incident.

The 42-year-old Gonzalez is accused of scaling the perimeter fence, running across the White House lawn and entering the presidential mansion before agents stopped him.

The first family was away at the time.

The Army says Gonzalez served from 1997 until his discharge in to 2003, and again from 2005 to December 2012, when he retired due to disability.


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Two killed when bus overturns http://www.wbrz.com/news/two-killed-when-bus-overturns/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/two-killed-when-bus-overturns/ National News Mon, 22 Sep 2014 12:04:53 AM Hunter Robinson Two killed when bus overturns

BEAR, DE - Authorities say a second person has died after a tour bus crash in Delaware that left 48 others injured.

Delaware State Police said early Monday that a second woman had died. They said the 30-year-old woman from Istanbul, Turkey suffered multiple traumatic injuries and was pronounced dead at a hospital late Sunday night. Her name was not immediately released.

Officials said the accident did not involve other vehicles and happened around 4:20 p.m. Sunday.

State Police said that there were 49 passengers on the bus when it overturned while negotiating a curve in an off-ramp. Authorities said one woman, a 54-year-old passenger from New York, was pinned under the bus and killed at the scene.

Authorities said the sightseeing group had been traveling from Washington, D.C., to New York.


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Police find rifle carried by ambush suspect http://www.wbrz.com/news/police-find-rifle-carried-by-ambush-suspect/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/police-find-rifle-carried-by-ambush-suspect/ National News Mon, 22 Sep 2014 12:00:54 AM Kathy Matheson Police find rifle carried by ambush suspect

CANADENSIS, PA - Authorities don't have the alleged gunman who is accused of a deadly ambush at a police barracks, but they say they've found the AK-47-style assault rifle that he was carrying.

Pennsylvania State Police Lt. Col. George Bivens said Sunday that police believe their massive manhunt is hot on the trail of 31-year-old Eric Frein as he travels on foot through northeastern Pennsylvania's heavy forests where he grew up.

There's been no contact with or sightings of Frein since the Sept. 12 ambush that killed one trooper and critically wounded a second. Police believe he's still armed and dangerous, but that he's not targeting civilians.

Bivens says police are searching primarily in a several-square-mile area and are doing their best to guarantee the safety of area residents.


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Alabama says no weapons found after dorm lockdown http://www.wbrz.com/news/alabama-says-no-weapons-found-after-dorm-lockdown/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/alabama-says-no-weapons-found-after-dorm-lockdown/ National News Sun, 21 Sep 2014 11:55:01 PM Hunter Robinson Alabama says no weapons found after dorm lockdown

TUSCALOOSA, AL - The University of Alabama says police have searched a dormitory after receiving reports of people with firearms, but a thorough search found no weapons or unauthorized people.

In a statement on its website, the university said the information provided to university police and other law enforcement agencies about the situation at Tutwiler Hall was "based on rumors and social media posts and not actual witness accounts."

Police and school officials were on the scene since shortly after 11 p.m., and that residents were not allowed to enter or exit the all-female dormitory for about 45 minutes after officers arrived. It said school officials said no other dorms were on lockdown.

The university said it would investigate to determine where the posts originated.


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Group says it gave hundreds of veterans free pot http://www.wbrz.com/news/group-says-it-gave-hundreds-of-veterans-free-pot/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/group-says-it-gave-hundreds-of-veterans-free-pot/ National News Sun, 21 Sep 2014 1:17:14 PM Group says it gave hundreds of veterans free pot

DENVER - Organizers say hundreds of military veterans received free marijuana during a special giveaway this weekend.

Members of Operation Grow4Vets says the Saturday event aimed to offer veterans an alternative to prescription drugs to help with anxiety, pain and other problems. The organization also says it gave out 400 bags of marijuana-infused products at the Denver Cannabis Giveaway.

Stephanie Burton, a veteran Army nurse, says she struggles with post-traumatic stress disorder, and marijuana helps her sleep at night.

But pot critics questioned whether the event was safe.

Bob Doyle of the Colorado Smart Approaches to Marijuana Coalition says organizers were reckless to give away a drug that can also cause paranoia and may have other unforeseen side effects.


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Backers seek expansion of civil rights death law http://www.wbrz.com/news/backers-seek-expansion-of-civil-rights-death-law/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/backers-seek-expansion-of-civil-rights-death-law/ National News Sun, 21 Sep 2014 8:23:22 AM JAY REEVES Backers seek expansion of civil rights death law

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. - There's been only one prosecution of a civil rights killing since the Emmett Till Act became law nearly six years ago, and supporters want to strengthen the law.

The NAACP and the Southern Christian Leadership Conference are working to expand and extend the measure. The law helps federal authorities investigate unsolved killings from the civil rights era ending in 1969.

One possible change to it would include death investigations after 1970. That would please relatives of James Earl Green, who was shot to death during a protest in Jackson, Mississippi, in May 1970.

The government has closed the books on all but 20 of the 126 deaths it investigated under the law, finding many were too old to prosecute.


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Weekly address promotes Islamic State countermeasures http://www.wbrz.com/news/weekly-address-promotes-islamic-state-countermeasures/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/weekly-address-promotes-islamic-state-countermeasures/ National News Sat, 20 Sep 2014 8:37:32 AM Weekly address promotes Islamic State countermeasures

WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama used his weekly media message to promote his policies aimed at blunting Islamic State militants who control large swaths of Iraq and Syria.

Emphasizing that it's not just America's fight, Obama repeated his vow not to commit troops to fighting another ground war in Iraq, or Syria.

Obama says more than 40 countries have offered to help the broad campaign against the Islamic State group, including air strikes as well as training and equipment for moderate Syrian rebels.

For the Republicans, the topic was energy and jobs. Commenting on six years of delays of the Keystone oil pipeline, Colorado Rep. Cory Gardner called on the president to stop blocking responsible energy development on public lands and end regulatory overreach. He says that's blocked jobs "and left too many behind."


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White House fence jumper made it inside residence before being arrested http://www.wbrz.com/news/white-house-fence-jumper-made-it-inside-residence-before-being-arrested/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/white-house-fence-jumper-made-it-inside-residence-before-being-arrested/ National News Fri, 19 Sep 2014 6:57:39 PM Trey Schmaltz White House fence jumper made it inside residence before being arrested

WASHINGTON - Part of the White House was evacuated Friday evening after someone jumped the fence.

The incident occurred after President Barack Obama and his daughters left for Camp David in Maryland, the Associated Press reported. It was the second time in just more than a week that someone has prompted a scare at the executive mansion.

The unidentified 42-year-old man made it just past the front doors before being apprehended. He was detained inside the North Portico doors of the presidential residence. The man was unarmed.

He was transported to a Washington hospital because he complained of chest pain, the AP reported.

Last Thursday, on September 11, the Secret Service apprehended a man who jumped over the North Fence of the White House. Officers drew their firearms and used a service dog as they took the man in custody.
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Obama signs bill to train, arm Syrian rebels http://www.wbrz.com/news/obama-signs-bill-to-train-arm-syrian-rebels/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/obama-signs-bill-to-train-arm-syrian-rebels/ National News Fri, 19 Sep 2014 1:52:48 PM Obama signs bill to train, arm Syrian rebels

WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama has signed into law a bill authorizing the military to arm and train Syrian rebels fighting the Islamic State group.

Obama signed the bill Friday in the Oval Office. The Senate gave its final approval Thursday, a day after the legislation drew strong bipartisan support in the House.

The White House says U.S. troops will train Syrian rebels at camps in Saudi Arabia. Obama has authorized airstrikes against Islamic State fighters in Syria but is relying on rebel forces to fight the group on the ground.

Obama said Thursday the legislation's quick passage shows that Americans are united in confronting the extremist threat.

The legislation also funds the government after the end of the budget year on Sept. 30, eliminating any threat of a shutdown.


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Dog branded with profanity gets cosmetic surgery http://www.wbrz.com/news/dog-branded-with-profanity-gets-cosmetic-surgery/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/dog-branded-with-profanity-gets-cosmetic-surgery/ National News Fri, 19 Sep 2014 9:21:07 AM Dog branded with profanity gets cosmetic surgery

LEXINGTON, KY - A young dog that was found branded with a profane word has undergone cosmetic surgery in Kentucky to mask part of the word that was chemically burned into her.

The dog, a pit-bull mix named Felicity, was taken in last month after being found tied to a fence. Lexington Humane Society officials say they have found her a home but wanted to do surgery to try to hide the four-letter word.

Several people have donated money for a reward to find the dog's abuser. The local animal control office is offering a $3,500 reward.

The surgery was performed Thursday by Liz Ubelhor, the staff veterinarian. Ubelhor says the people who burned Felicity likely used some kind of chemical paste or liquid that stuck to her fur.

IMAGE: Lexington Humane Society


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Obama unveils campaign against campus assaults http://www.wbrz.com/news/obama-unveils-campaign-against-campus-assaults/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/obama-unveils-campaign-against-campus-assaults/ National News Fri, 19 Sep 2014 4:09:18 AM Associated Press Obama unveils campaign against campus assaults

WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama is unveiling new public service announcements against campus sexual assault in a campaign being supported by the NCAA and several media companies with reach among college students.

The White House says athletes will appear in the campaign called "It's On Us" that Obama and Vice President Joe Biden plan to reveal Friday at a White House event. With an estimated one in five college women assaulted, the message is particularly targeted at men.

The NCAA plans to promote anti-assault messages on screens at their championship events. Video game maker Electronic Arts will encourage fans to sign up to pledge to support the campaign through its online platforms. And media giant Viacom will promote the messages on websites, including for music channels MTV, VH1, BET and CMT.


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Grandfather murders family http://www.wbrz.com/news/grandfather-murders-family/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/grandfather-murders-family/ National News Thu, 18 Sep 2014 7:27:05 PM Trey Schmaltz Grandfather murders family

BELL, Fla.- A grandfather killed his six grandchildren, the kids' mother who is also his daughter and then himself Thursday evening.

"Tomorrow is going to be a tough day," Gilchrist County Sheriff Robert Schultz said in a news conference hours after the bodies were discovered. Schultz said the children ranged in age from 3 months to 10 years old.

A deputy responded to a shooting in the area made contact with the gunman, Don Spirit, 51, who later committed suicide the Associated Press reported.

About 350 people live in the town 30 miles west of Gainesville.

Watch WBRZ's 2une-In and ABC's top-rated Good Morning America Friday for the latest overnight developments on this case.
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Record Heat http://www.wbrz.com/news/record-heat/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/record-heat/ National News Thu, 18 Sep 2014 5:53:35 PM Michael Marsh Record Heat

WASHINGTON- Earth's hottest August was part of more heat records set around the world according to federal meteorologists.

They say May, June and July all set global hear records.

Experts say the average world temperature in August was 61.36 degrees which broke the record set in 1998.

August was actually cooler in parts of the U.S., Europe and Australia but much hotter in the Pacific and Indian Oceans and Africa.

Record keeping by the U.S. goes back to 1880.

One NOAA climate scientists says there's a good chance 2014 will go on record as the hottest year on record. 


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Admin. offers new assurances as ISIL vote nears http://www.wbrz.com/news/admin-offers-new-assurances-as-isil-vote-nears/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/admin-offers-new-assurances-as-isil-vote-nears/ National News Thu, 18 Sep 2014 1:32:11 PM Admin. offers new assurances as ISIL vote nears

WASHINGTON - Top administration officials have again been reassuring Congress -- and the public -- that there are no plans to involve U.S. troops in ground combat in Iraq or Syria.

The assurances came as the Senate moved toward a vote on President Barack Obama's request to train Syrian rebels for a war against Islamic State militants.

But Republican Sen. Rand Paul is warning Senate colleagues that by helping to arm and train Syrian rebels for the fight against the Islamic State group, they are intervening in a conflict "where both sides are evil" -- and where it will just serve to further destabilize the Middle East.

Despite the opposition from the potential presidential candidate, the Senate is expected to do what the House did yesterday, and approve Obama's plan for dealing with Islamic State militants.

Those militants, meanwhile, have released a new video today -- showing a British journalist who says he is their prisoner.


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Trial opens for Detroit officer who killed girl http://www.wbrz.com/news/trial-opens-for-detroit-officer-who-killed-girl/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/trial-opens-for-detroit-officer-who-killed-girl/ National News Thu, 18 Sep 2014 8:17:54 AM Associated Press Trial opens for Detroit officer who killed girl

DETROIT - A prosecutor has told jurors that a Detroit police officer was criminally negligent when he fatally shot a 7-year-old girl during a raid in 2010.

Joseph Weekley is on trial for a second time in the death of Aiyana Stanley-Jones, who was sleeping on a couch when police came in to search for a murder suspect. A jury couldn't reach a verdict last year on a charge of involuntary manslaughter.

Weekley says his gun went off when Aiyana's grandmother grabbed it. She denies it.

All sides say Aiyana's death was not intentional.

Prosecutor Rob Moran told jurors Thursday, that Weekley shouldn't have had his finger on the trigger when he led officers into the home.

Defense attorney Steve Fishman says Aiyana's death was an accident - not a crime.


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US to train veterans to install solar panels http://www.wbrz.com/news/us-to-train-veterans-to-install-solar-panels/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/us-to-train-veterans-to-install-solar-panels/ National News Thu, 18 Sep 2014 3:40:37 AM Associated Press US to train veterans to install solar panels

WASHINGTON - The White House says the U.S. will train at least 50,000 veterans to become solar panel installers in the next six years.

The program is among a host of initiatives the White House says will cut carbon dioxide emissions by more than 300 million tons through 2030, plus save billions on energy bills.

The veterans program will launch this fall at one or more military bases.

The Agriculture Department will also spend nearly $70 million on solar and renewable energy projects, while the Energy Department is proposing stricter efficiency standards for certain air conditioners.

The proposals are modest compared with what Obama has asked Congress to do on clean energy. They come as Obama seeks to strengthen U.S. resolve on climate change before next week's United Nations climate summit.


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Alaska oil checks http://www.wbrz.com/news/alaska-oil-checks-64728/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/alaska-oil-checks-64728/ National News Wed, 17 Sep 2014 5:45:07 PM Michael Marsh Alaska oil checks

ANCHORAGE, ALASKA- This year's oil checks for people in Alaska will amount to about $1,900.

The money from the state's oil wealth is distributed yearly to residents.

The payout is October 2 and is more than double the amount of $900 last year.

It's short of the record payout of $2,069 six-years ago.

The amount of the checks is based on a five-year rolling average of worldwide oil markets.

The checks have been handed out since 1982.


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