WBRZ http://www.wbrz.com/ WBRZ National News National News en-us Copyright 2014, WBRZ. All Rights Reserved. Feed content is not avaialble for commercial use. () () Thu, 17 Apr 2014 18:04:04 GMT Synapse CMS 10 WBRZ http://www.wbrz.com/ 144 25 CBO on Obama budget: Higher deficits than claimed http://www.wbrz.com/news/cbo-on-obama-budget-higher-deficits-than-claimed/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/cbo-on-obama-budget-higher-deficits-than-claimed/ National News Thu, 17 Apr 2014 8:34:04 AM Andrew Taylor CBO on Obama budget: Higher deficits than claimed

WASHINGTON - A report by the Congressional Budget Office says the president's budget request would result in significantly larger deficits than he claims.

CBO says President Barack Obama's budget plan would produce deficits of more than $6 trillion over the next 10 years. That's more than $1 trillion more than the White House predicts.

The White House predicts higher tax revenues because of a rosier estimate of the economy's performance over the next decade.

CBO also says Obama's budget contains a more than $1 trillion in tax increase. That's much more than claimed by the White House.

CBO produces independent studies and cost estimates of legislation for Congress.

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Firetruck rams California eatery; 15 injured http://www.wbrz.com/news/firetruck-rams-california-eatery-15-injured/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/firetruck-rams-california-eatery-15-injured/ National News Thu, 17 Apr 2014 4:52:48 AM John Rogers Firetruck rams California eatery; 15 injured

MONTEREY PARK, CA - Authorities now say 15 people are hurt after two firetrucks collided in a Los Angeles suburb, sending one careening across a sidewalk and into a restaurant.

At least five of those injured are firefighters.

A spokesman for Garfield Medical Center in Monterey Park says six victims from Wednesday's crash are being treated there.

That's in addition to nine victims who were taken to Los Angeles County-USC Medical Center. One of them is in critical condition but a hospital spokeswoman says it's not a firefighter.

Monterey Park Fire Chief Jim Birrell says trucks from his city and neighboring Alhambra were responding to a house fire when they slammed into each other and one truck then plowed into the restaurant.

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Texas town recovering year after deadly blast http://www.wbrz.com/news/texas-town-recovering-year-after-deadly-blast/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/texas-town-recovering-year-after-deadly-blast/ National News Thu, 17 Apr 2014 4:50:40 AM Emily Schmall Texas town recovering year after deadly blast

WEST, TX - Residents of the small Texas town of West are honoring the past but looking ahead on the one-year anniversary of a fertilizer plant explosion that killed 15 people.

A fire at the West Fertilizer Company triggered a blast so powerful that it leveled nearby homes and schools. Among those killed were 12 volunteer firefighters and other responders trying to help protect families and elderly residents living nearby.

There are signs of recovery, including dozens of new homes. But residents know they have a long way to go.

Thursday's ceremony will include a moment of silence at 7:51 p.m., the time of the 2013 explosion.

John Crowder, senior pastor at West's First Baptist Church, says organizers want to honor the past but make clear that "greater things are yet to come."

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Blast on site of ammunition plant kills 1 http://www.wbrz.com/news/blast-on-site-of-ammunition-plant-kills-1/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/blast-on-site-of-ammunition-plant-kills-1/ National News Thu, 17 Apr 2014 4:47:30 AM Sheila Burke Blast on site of ammunition plant kills 1

NASHVILLE, TN - An explosion and fire at a Tennessee plant where ammunition is made has killed one person and left three others injured.

Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives spokesman Michael Knight says rescue workers were called Wednesday afternoon to a blast at the Rio Ammunition plant in McEwen, about 55 miles west of Nashville.

Knight says agents are still trying to determine exactly what happened.

Odell Poyner, director of the Humphreys County Emergency Management Agency, said authorities received reports that about 20 employees were in the building at the time of the explosion, which blew out two of the walls and a large portion of the roof.

A call to Rio Ammunition on Thursday morning rang unanswered.

According to its website, Rio is assembles a wide range of hunting and target loads.

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Facebook mobile users have to download Messenger http://www.wbrz.com/news/facebook-mobile-users-have-to-download-messenger/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/facebook-mobile-users-have-to-download-messenger/ National News Wed, 16 Apr 2014 5:51:00 PM Michael Marsh Facebook mobile users have to download Messenger

PALO ALTO, CALIFORNIA- Facebook is eliminating instant messaging for mobile and tablet users who will now have to download Messenger, the dedicated texting app Facebook rolled out three-years ago.

The company says the change will give users a faster and better experience.

The update will first affect Android and IOS users in some European countries.

If you have the app, you won't see any change. Once installed, tapping the "message" icon on the Facebook app will send the user the message.

A "return to Facebook" icon allows them to go back.

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Police response investigated http://www.wbrz.com/news/police-response-investigated/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/police-response-investigated/ National News Wed, 16 Apr 2014 5:44:15 PM Michael Marsh Police response investigated

DENVER, COLORADO- A woman was shot in the head while on a 911 call to police and authorities are investigating if officers responded quickly enough since she was 15-minutes into the call for help. S

he told the 911 operator that her husband was hallucinating and asked her to shoot him.

Instead, Kristine Kirk was shot and her husband confessed to pulling the trigger.

Court documents say a detective who listened to the 911 call says he heard her scream then a gunshot.

Police arrived right after she was shot.

Richard Kirk is held without bond and showed no emotion in his first court appearance.

His father says the couple showed no signs of marital distress.

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Fed survey: Growth picks up across most of US http://www.wbrz.com/news/fed-survey-growth-picks-up-across-most-of-us/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/fed-survey-growth-picks-up-across-most-of-us/ National News Wed, 16 Apr 2014 11:04:02 AM Paul Wiseman Fed survey: Growth picks up across most of US

WASHINGTON - A Federal Reserve survey shows economic growth picking up across most of the United States over the past two months as bitter winter weather subsided.

Ten of the Fed's 12 regions reported an increase in economic activity, according to the Beige Book survey released Wednesday. In most places, the Fed described the improvement as "modest or moderate." Only Cleveland and St. Louis reported slower growth.

In March and early April, consumers took advantage of better weather to go shopping. Manufacturing expanded across most of the country. Ports and highways were busier. Tourism was "generally positive."

The Beige Book is based on anecdotal reports from businesses and will be considered along with other data when Fed policymakers meet April 29-30.

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Judge: North Dakota abortion law unconstitutional http://www.wbrz.com/news/judge-north-dakota-abortion-law-unconstitutional/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/judge-north-dakota-abortion-law-unconstitutional/ National News Wed, 16 Apr 2014 9:51:27 AM James MacPherson Judge: North Dakota abortion law unconstitutional

BISMARCK, N.D. - A federal judge has ruled that a North Dakota law that bans abortions when a fetal heartbeat is detected is "invalid and unconstitutional."

U.S. District Judge Daniel Hovland on Wednesday ruled that the law passed last year by the North Dakota Legislature "cannot withstand a constitutional challenge."

The law would ban abortions as early as six weeks.

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FEMA chief to address US hurricane conference http://www.wbrz.com/news/fema-chief-to-address-us-hurricane-conference/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/fema-chief-to-address-us-hurricane-conference/ National News Wed, 16 Apr 2014 9:31:04 AM FEMA chief to address US hurricane conference

ORLANDO, Fla. - Emergency managers, forecasters and local government officials from Texas to Maine are meeting this week at the National Hurricane Conference in Orlando.

National Hurricane Center Director Rick Knabb and Federal Emergency Management Agency chief Craig Fugate will address the conference Wednesday.

The six-month Atlantic hurricane season starts June 1. This year, the hurricane center is trying new color-coded maps to clarify the dangers of storm surge for coastal residents. The graphics will be posted online and will show how far from the beach the water would spread and how high it would rise.

Separate storm surge warnings, similar to current tropical storm or hurricane warnings, will be rolled out in 2015. It's all part of an ongoing effort to improve how the hurricane center describes storm hazards.

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Man charged with hoax near marathon finish line http://www.wbrz.com/news/man-charged-with-hoax-near-marathon-finish-line/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/man-charged-with-hoax-near-marathon-finish-line/ National News Wed, 16 Apr 2014 4:05:28 AM Phillip Marcelo Man charged with hoax near marathon finish line

BOSTON, MA - Police say a man taken into custody near the Boston Marathon finish line had a rice cooker in his backpack and is being charged with possession of a hoax device.

Police Superintendent Randall Halstead says the man was stopped Tuesday by an officer who saw him acting suspiciously. He says the man dropped the backpack.

Halstead says the man also faces charges of disturbing the peace and disorderly conduct.

The backpack was blown up by the bomb squad as a precaution as was a second unattended backpack found nearby. Halstead won't say what was in the second backpack or who owned it. He says police are investigating.

The backpacks rattled nerves on the anniversary of the Boston Marathon bombing, which two pressure cooker bombs in backpacks killed three people.

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751-foot ship grounded in Chesapeake Bay http://www.wbrz.com/news/751-foot-ship-grounded-in-chesapeake-bay/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/751-foot-ship-grounded-in-chesapeake-bay/ National News Wed, 16 Apr 2014 4:03:30 AM Hunter Robinson 751-foot ship grounded in Chesapeake Bay

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. - A large ship has gone aground in the lower Chesapeake Bay and the Coast Guard says it has received reports of other ships dragging anchor due to high winds.

Petty Officer First Class Brandyn Hill said the 751-foot vessel ended up in 15 feet of water Tuesday night but was outside the shipping channel and not affecting other traffic. Hill said there were no reports of any injuries or pollution as a result of the grounding near an area north of Norfolk, Va., where ships anchor before pulling into port to unload.

No other information was immediately available.

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Ford to offer 50th anniversary Mustang http://www.wbrz.com/news/ford-to-offer-50th-anniversary-mustang/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/ford-to-offer-50th-anniversary-mustang/ National News Wed, 16 Apr 2014 4:01:08 AM Hunter Robinson Ford to offer 50th anniversary Mustang

NEW YORK - Ford is building a limited-edition Mustang GT to honor the pony car's 50th anniversary.

The company will only build 1,964 special cars, honoring the year the Mustang first went on sale.

The 50 Year Limited Edition will come in one of the two colors of Ford's logo: white or blue. Buyers can choose a manual or automatic transmission.

There are special chrome highlights around the grille, windows and tail lights. The Limited Edition will also be the only 2015 Mustang with a faux gas cap badge on the rear, where the original cap sat.

Limited Edition cars will be among the first built when 2015 Mustang production begins later this year.

Ford is showing the Limited Edition at the New York auto show, which begins this week. Pricing wasn't announced.

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Classes to resume at Pennsylvania stabbing school http://www.wbrz.com/news/classes-to-resume-at-pennsylvania-stabbing-school/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/classes-to-resume-at-pennsylvania-stabbing-school/ National News Wed, 16 Apr 2014 3:58:37 AM Joe Mandak Classes to resume at Pennsylvania stabbing school

MURRYSVILLE, Pa. - Students plan to gather in prayer and in support of one another on the football field of a Pittsburgh-area high school where classes were scheduled to resume a week after a mass stabbing.

A county official says students wanted to meet before classes resumed Wednesday morning at Franklin Regional High School in Murrysville.

Dan Stevens, spokesman for the Westmoreland County Emergency Management Agency, says school and public safety officials have been working toward getting things back to normal since 21 students and a security guard were stabbed at the school just before classes began a week ago.

Sixteen-year-old suspect Alex Hribal is being held in a juvenile facility but is charged as an adult with aggravated assault and attempted homicide in the stabbings. Four students remain hospitalized.

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Boston police investigate 2 backpacks, clear area http://www.wbrz.com/news/boston-police-investigate-2-backpacks-clear-area/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/boston-police-investigate-2-backpacks-clear-area/ National News Tue, 15 Apr 2014 5:58:09 PM Boston police investigate 2 backpacks, clear area

BOSTON- Police say they've taken a man into custody in connection with two unattended backpacks found at the Boston Marathon finish line.

Police spokesman Dave Estrada says the backpacks were discovered Tuesday evening, a year after two bombs in backpacks exploded at the end of the marathon and killed three people.

The bomb squad is checking the backpacks found Tuesday. Police have cleared the area. Trains are bypassing the nearby Copley Square station. The police department has tweeted asking people to avoid the area.

Survivors, first responders and relatives of those killed in last year's Boston Marathon bombing marked the anniversary Tuesday with tributes. Former Mayor Thomas Menino spoke at the nearby Hynes Convention Center.

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Amish undercover http://www.wbrz.com/news/amish-undercover/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/amish-undercover/ National News Tue, 15 Apr 2014 5:37:37 PM Michael Marsh Amish undercover

PITTSBURGH, PENNSYLVANIA- A police officer revealed he went undercover, dressed as an Amish woman, in hopes to busting a man exposing himself to children.

Chad Adams says the Amish agreed to lend him bonnets, aprons and dresses to scare away the man since they didn't want their children to have to testify in court.

A female officer dressed as Amish also worked with Adams.He says he spent much of December and January in Amish dress and revealed the investigation since the incidents have stopped.

Police didn't have enough evidence to arrest anyone but believe it was the same man sentenced to house arrest for similar incidents in a nearby county.

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Fussy kids blamed on TV http://www.wbrz.com/news/fussy-kids-blamed-on-tv/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/fussy-kids-blamed-on-tv/ National News Tue, 15 Apr 2014 5:19:40 PM Michael Marsh Fussy kids blamed on TV

WASHINGTON- TV could play a role in making babies and toddlers more fussy according to research published in the Journal of Pediatrics.

A study found fussy kids were exposed to nine minutes more of various media per day than children who were more calm.

Researchers say too much screen time is associated with issues like language and learning delays and even ADHD.

They contend kids learn best by interacting with people, not screens, during the first years.

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Biden: Boston Marathon survivors are inspiration http://www.wbrz.com/news/biden-boston-marathon-survivors-are-inspiration/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/biden-boston-marathon-survivors-are-inspiration/ National News Tue, 15 Apr 2014 11:04:22 AM Denise Lavoie Biden: Boston Marathon survivors are inspiration

BOSTON - Vice President Joe Biden says the courage shown by Boston Marathon survivors and those who lost loved ones is an inspiration for other Americans dealing with loss and tragedy.

Biden spoke Tuesday at a ceremony in Boston honoring those killed and injured in the bombings near the finish line a year ago. He says four marathon survivors who spoke before he did showed "pure courage."

He also says that though he's not a Boston sports fan, Boston is an incredible city.

In Washington, President Barack Obama planned to observe the anniversary with a private moment of silence at the White House.

There will also be a flag-raising and a moment of silence at the marathon finish line at 2:49 p.m., when the bombs went off.

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Suspect in Kansas shootings faces murder charges http://www.wbrz.com/news/suspect-in-kansas-shootings-faces-murder-charges/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/suspect-in-kansas-shootings-faces-murder-charges/ National News Tue, 15 Apr 2014 8:44:18 AM Suspect in Kansas shootings faces murder charges

OVERLAND PARK, Kan. - Kansas prosecutors have filed state-level murder charges against the white supremacist accused in a shooting spree that left three people dead at two Jewish community sites in suburban Kansas City.

Johnson County District Attorney Steve Howe said Tuesday that Frazier Glenn Cross has been charged with one count of capital murder for the deaths of 14-year-old boy and his grandfather outside the Jewish Community Center of Greater Kansas City.

Howe says Cross also faces one count of first-degree, premeditated murder for the death of a woman who was gunned down while visiting her mother at a nearby retirement complex.

The 73-year-old Cross is from southwest Missouri, and his racist activities have long drawn the attention of hate-group monitors.

Federal prosecutors say they're pursuing their own hate-crimes case against Cross.

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Tributes planned to mark Boston Marathon bombing http://www.wbrz.com/news/tributes-planned-to-mark-boston-marathon-bombing/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/tributes-planned-to-mark-boston-marathon-bombing/ National News Tue, 15 Apr 2014 4:07:05 AM Hunter Robinson Tributes planned to mark Boston Marathon bombing

BOSTON, MA - One year ago today, bombs went off at the finish line of the Boston Marathon. The tragedy will be marked by a special tribute today.

Three people were killed and hundreds more injured when bombs planted by terrorists exploded. Those victims will be honored, along with the first responders, doctors and nurses who helped them.

Vice President Joe Biden, Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick and former Boston Mayor Tom Menino are among those who will speak. Some survivors of the bombing are also expected to participate.

Two brothers are accused of planning and orchestrating the attack. Tamerlan Tsarnaev died during a shootout with police, while his younger brother Dzhokhar Tsarnaev is awaiting trial.

The 2014 Boston Marathon will be held on Monday, April 21st.

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Fire department lost keys http://www.wbrz.com/news/fire-department-lost-keys/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/fire-department-lost-keys/ National News Mon, 14 Apr 2014 5:26:32 PM Michael Marsh Fire department lost keys

PHOENIX, ARIZONA- Hundreds of keys can't be accounted for, for lock boxes that allow firefighters to get into businesses and other locations in case of fire.

The Phoenix Deputy Chief blames it on poor record-keeping over the past 15 years.

There are 850 keys missing and the department says there's no indication the keys were used for foul play.

The keys are kept in fire engines and other vehicles plus with members of the department so firefighters don't have to break into buildings to gain access.

So, the city set aside $50,000 to replace the mechanisms of 9,000 lock boxes at area businesses to fix the issue. 

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