National: Breaking US News from Fox News

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Assault prompts entrepreneur to design self-defense sports bra
A year ago, mother-of-two Jennifer Cutrona was off running on her favorite trail near her home in Texas – earbuds in and her mind focused on an upcoming marathon – when a man suddenly leapt out from the woods and tried to grab her.

Judge to hear request to revoke prep school graduate’s bail
A judge is scheduled to hear a prosecutor’s request to revoke bail for a New Hampshire prep school graduate convicted of sexually assaulting a 15-year-old classmate.

Houston police fatally shoot 2 suspects at furniture store
Police fired at a group of suspected robbers Thursday night outside a Houston furniture store, killing two and injuring two other members of the group that was being monitored by a tactical police team investigating other robberies earlier in the day.

No more ‘Quinni-who?’ Poll puts once-obscure school on map
With each new Quinnipiac (KWIHN’-uh-pee-ak) poll this campaign season, it’s not just reporters and candidates who pounce on the latest numbers.

Lawmakers to hold hearing on response to terror attack
State lawmakers want to see if lessons can be learned from the way first-responders reacted to the San Bernardino terror attack that killed 14 people last year.

Government wins 2nd case on Islamic State-related charges
The U.S. government landed its second conviction of someone charged with supporting the Islamic State terrorist group after an Arizona man was found guilty of charges that he plotted last spring’s attack at a Prophet Muhammad cartoon contest in Texas.

Houston police shoot and kill 2 suspects in furniture store robbery attempt
Police fired at five suspected robbers Thursday night outside a Houston furniture store, killing two and injuring two other members of the group, which was being monitored by a tactical team investigating other robberies earlier in the day.

Defense to target DNA in ‘Grim Sleeper’ serial killing trial
The attorney for a man charged with killing nine women and a 15-year-old girl in the “Grim Sleeper” case in Los Angeles plans to cast doubt in the minds of jurors by focusing on DNA evidence found on the victims.

Chinese-language newspaper settles pay suit for $7.8 million
The Chinese Daily News will pay $7.8 million to settle a decade-old lawsuit that claimed it cheated more than 200 workers out of overtime pay, it was announced Friday.

Judge says New Jersey can force-feed inmate on hunger strike
A judge ruled Thursday that New Jersey corrections officials can force-feed an inmate who has been on a hunger strike over a housing dispute and claims of civil rights abuses.

Utah woman says she sued judge to prevent future assaults
He was a rising young federal prosecutor assigned to a high-profile serial murder case.

IS group inspired California student in stabbings
A California college student who went on a stabbing rampage that wounded four people before he was shot down by a campus police officer was inspired by the Islamic State group but acted alone, the FBI said Thursday.

Explosion at Hawaii laboratory leaves researcher seriously injured
A 29-year-old visiting researcher was taken to a hospital with serious injuries after an explosion at a University of Hawaii laboratory.

Construction worker dies in 800-foot fall from Los Angeles skyscraper
An electrician in his second day working on a downtown Los Angeles skyscraper that will be the tallest building in the West plunged some 800 feet to his death Thursday.

FBI: California college stabbing suspect may have been self-radicalized, had ISIS propaganda
The California college student who stabbed four people last fall in a campus spree that ended when he was killed by campus police had ISIS propaganda on his laptop and may have been “self-radicalized,” the FBI announced Thursday.

California man charged in Illinois with terrorist support
An Iraqi-born Palestinian man previously charged with lying to investigators about traveling to a Middle Eastern war zone has now been charged with providing material support to terrorists.

Air Force officer fired for inappropriate relationship
A senior Air Force general officer has been fired from his job and will retire after an investigation found that he had an unprofessional relationship with a lower-ranking female Air Force officer.

Air Force general who ran ISIS air war fired over ‘inappropriate’ emails
A senior Air Force general who ran the aerial campaign against ISIS has been fired from his job and will retire after an investigation found that he had an unprofessional relationship with a lower-ranking female officer.

The Latest: California eases drought cutbacks for millions
The Latest on Thursday’s announcements regarding California’s drought (all times local): 4 p.m.

Teen who plotted mom’s murder via text files appeal
A Pennsylvania teenager sentenced to 35 years to life for plotting with her soldier boyfriend via text message to kill her mother has appealed her case in an effort to get it sent back to juvenile court.

NYC-bound plane diverted after lightning strike, FAA says
Officials say a lightning strike forced a plane from North Carolina to land at New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport.

Maryland inmate convicted in prison drone conspiracy
A Maryland inmate has been convicted of conspiring with two other men to fly drugs and other contraband into a maximum-security prison aboard a drone.

Plea hearing delayed for alleged ringleader in gold heist
A plea hearing has been delayed for a Florida man who allegedly masterminded the heist of $4.8 million in gold bars from a truck along Interstate 95 in North Carolina.

Assault prompts entrepreneur to design self-defense sports bra
A year ago, mother-of-two Jennifer Cutrona was off running on her favorite trail near her home in Texas – earbuds in and her mind focused on an upcoming marathon – when a man suddenly leapt out from the woods and tried to grab her.

New details hint at role of psychology in Bergdahl defense
Well before Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl walked away from his Army post in Afghanistan, he washed out of the Coast Guard during boot camp when he suffered a panic attack.

Jury reaches verdict for man charged in Texas attack
Jurors have reached a verdict in the trial of an Arizona man charged with plotting an attack at a Prophet Muhammad cartoon contest in Texas.

Loyola report: Gulf South lags on poverty, race issues
The five states along the Gulf of Mexico lag behind much of the nation in measures of poverty, racial disparities and treatment of immigrants, a study released Thursday at Loyola University says.

Proposal to turn mobster’s house into landmark gets whacked
A historical landmark commission in Philadelphia has received an offer it could refuse.

Bald Eagle Nest Cam captures first signs of egg hatching
The first signs of egg hatching have been spotted at the nest of a pair of bald eagles in Washington.

Immense challenges ahead for Chicago area’s next prosecutor
The Chicago area’s expected next prosecutor, who unseated an incumbent on a wave of anger over the handling of police shootings, would take over the job facing tremendous challenges — balance competing interests from law enforcement and the public amid intense scrutiny.

Lawyer: Deputies used stun guns excessively on man who died
A lawyer for the family of a Florida man who died after a confrontation with sheriff’s deputies in Georgia says records show deputies used stun guns excessively.

Pizzeria owner who recruited for ISIS sentenced to more than 22 years in prison
A New York pizza shop owner who admitted he tried to recruit people for the Islamic State group has been sentenced to 22 1/2 years in prison.

The Latest: Man convicted of conspiracy to support IS
The Latest on the trial of an Arizona man charged with helping plan an attack on a Prophet Muhammad cartoon contest in Texas (all times local): 1:20 p.m.

Filings depict shooting that led to Texas officer’s death
Statements reveal that a Dallas-area police officer killed earlier this month was telling a suspect in a creek to show his hands when the man fatally shot the officer mid-sentence.

Arizona man linked to Muhammad cartoon contest attack plot convicted
A jury has convicted an Arizona man of conspiring to provide support to the Islamic State terrorist group.

Golf-ball-sized hail kills exotic birds at Fort Worth Zoo
Hail the size of golf balls killed several exotic birds at the Fort Worth Zoo as a powerful storm slammed North Texas on Thursday.

Authorities release video in disappearance of Texas girl
Authorities are asking for help in identifying a person of interest in the disappearance of a 14-year-old girl missing after her father’s body was discovered shot and dumped in a ditch in a rural area north of Houston.

Clerk rescinds ban on journalists’ access to court motions
A clerk’s office in Virginia has ended a five-year policy of denying journalists access to any legal motions filed in the court after the rule was challenged by The Associated Press.

Part of Philadelphia building collapses against school bus
A section of a building being demolished in Philadelphia has collapsed onto a street, coming to rest against a school bus but causing no injuries.

Officials say more Arabs joining US-backed militia in Syria
Senior Pentagon officials say more Arab fighters are joining Syria’s U.S.-backed militia due to its success against the Islamic State group and other militants.

School moves its prom over concerns about ‘pro-white’ rally
An Atlanta-area high school is moving its prom to another site after parents raised concerns about a “pro-white” rally and possible counter-protest scheduled the same day at Stone Mountain Park where the prom was to be held.

Man charged with killing toddler he said choked on hot dog
A man who told police a toddler in his care choked on a hot dog was charged Thursday with killing her by fracturing her skull at a mobile home filled with trash and bugs, a prosecutor said.

Mississippi daycare center closed over child sex abuse accusations
Mississippi authorities have shut down a daycare center in Corinth over alleged sexual and physical abuse to at least six children.

Missouri curators defend firing controversial professor Melissa Click
The University of Missouri system’s governing board is dismissing a national professors group’s claims that an educator was unjustly fired over her run-ins with student journalists.

Arrest made in attempted break-in at Arab American News
An arrest has been made in connection with an attempted break-in at the Detroit-area offices of The Arab American News.

Fire breather lights himself on fire in pep rally stunt gone wrong
A performer at a Florida high school pep rally accidentally set himself on fire in front of hundreds of students.

Lawyer: Convicted prep school grad had educational meetings
Lawyers for a New Hampshire prep school graduate convicted of sexually assaulting a 15-year-old classmate are offering explanations for why he violated curfew.

Dentist testifies in case of mom charged in son’s 1991 death
A forensic dentist has testified that he identified a skull found in a creek as the remains of a 5-year-old boy who prosecutors say was killed by his mother nearly 25 years ago.

Couple digs through trash in hazmat suits after losing wedding rings
Lord of the rings, or lord of the flies?

Teen sexting prompts a move to update child-porn laws
Rampant teen sexting has left politicians and law enforcement authorities around the country struggling to find some kind of legal middle ground.

The Latest: Prisoner’s sister arrested for aiding escape
The Latest on the escape of two New Mexico prisoners (all times local): 12 p.m.

Fired professor Melissa Click: I had ‘inexperience with public protests’
Melissa Click and the University of Missouri are taking their cases to the court of public opinion.

Pennsylvania couple held in starvation of 10-pound toddler
A Pennsylvania couple has been jailed in the starvation death of their 23-month-old daughter, who weighed just 10 pounds when she died last month.

New Mexico convict’s sister facing charges of aiding escape
The sister of one of the New Mexico convicts who escaped from a prison transport van last week and spurred a dayslong manhunt was arrested Thursday.

Judge’s order keeps Ammon Bundy in Oregon, Cliven Bundy seeks release
Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy lost his bid for release from jail ahead of trial on federal charges stemming from an armed standoff against government agents two years ago.

State trooper, Marine vet killed in crash during traffic stop, driver charged
A Massachusetts State Police trooper who was injured in a car crash on the Massachusetts Turnpike has died.

Family buys Purple Heart at Goodwill for $4.99, searches for hero’s family
A husband and wife in Arizona spotted a deal when they uncovered a Purple Heart with a $4.99 price tag at a Goodwill store, but they said they had a duty to find the real hero who received the medal, local media reported Wednesday.

Off-duty California cop kills would-be robber at home
A would-be burglar was shot and killed Wednesday morning by the off-duty police officer whose California home he had broken into.

Iditarod musher ‘terrified’ during 2-hour snowmobile attack
Iditarod musher Aliy Zirkle said the attack last weekend by a man on a snowmobile lasted for hours, and she felt like a hostage in the Alaska wilderness.

Man angry pizza was late throws things at workers, cops say
A man upset that his pizza delivery was late went to the restaurant, broke things and threw objects at the employees, police said.

NYC boy brings loaded gun to school, grandfather charged
Authorities say a New York City man has been arrested after his 11-year-old grandson took his loaded handgun to school in his backpack.

AP NewsBreak: FBI investigating Virginia stun gun incident
The head of the FBI’s Richmond office says the agency is investigating the 2013 death of a black man who was repeatedly shocked with stun guns by police.

Operator of cash-for-prayers site agrees to repay nearly $8 million
A Seattle man running a so-called Christian prayer website and other businesses will return millions of dollars to consumers nationwide who paid for prayers, the Washington state attorney general said.

Franciscan friars charged in Pa. abuse case removed from duties
Three Franciscan friars charged in Pennsylvania with allowing a suspected sexual predator to hold jobs where he molested more than 100 children have been removed from their religious assignments in Florida and Minnesota.

Kentucky court rules in school bullying case
A Kentucky family that sued to hold teachers and school administrators liable for a student’s suicide over alleged bullying has lost its appeal to the state Supreme Court.

Chicago names 3 finalists in search for new police chief
Chicago’s police board on Thursday named three final contenders to become Chicago’s police chief, filling a leadership gap left after the last superintendent was fired in the scandal that followed the fatal shooting of black teenager Laquan McDonald.

Reported lawsuit from accused killer against Uber was fake, investigators say
Authorities say a lawsuit against Uber filed in the name of a driver accused of gunning down six people between picking up fares is bogus.

Authorities: Lawsuit against Uber by shooting suspect bogus
Authorities say a lawsuit against Uber filed in the name of a driver accused of gunning down six people between picking up fares is bogus.

Free speech bill withdrawn after Islamic State comments
A Republican lawmaker is defending his comments that free speech rights on Tennessee college campuses should apply to everyone — even recruiters for the Islamic State group.

Reports of explosion at National Zoo, no animals hurt
Emergency crews were racing to the Smithsonian’s National Zoo in Washington, D.C. after a reported chemical explosion near a new exhibit on Thursday morning.

Doggone good tale: Pup found 5 weeks after falling overboard
It sounds like a pitch for a far-fetched movie: “Cast Away,” but with a dog instead of Tom Hanks.

Prosecutors oppose sentencing delay for coal extractor CEO
Federal prosecutors say they oppose a request for a delay in the sentencing of Massey Energy CEO Don Blankenship following his mine safety conspiracy conviction.

Texas officer released from jail after arrest in boy’s death
Authorities say a suburban Dallas police officer who was arrested in the killing of a teenager and wounding of another boy has posted bond and been released from jail.

Officials: 2 girls, mother dead before Ohio house explosion
Authorities say two young Ohio girls and their mother were dead before a house explosion and fire that also killed their father.

Feds investigate health conditions in NYC public housing
Federal prosecutors are investigating health and safety conditions including lead paint in New York City homeless shelters and public housing developments.

Tampa police fatally shoot man during domestic disturbance
Tampa police officers fatally shot a man following a brief standoff at his home.

Police shoot, kill man after standoff
Tampa police officers shot and killed a man following a brief standoff at his home.

Police: 78-year-old nun shoplifted coffee, soap, snacks
State police say a 78-year-old nun was caught shoplifting $23 worth of coffee, snacks and toiletries from a central Pennsylvania store.

Getaway driver in $400 Girl Scout cookie heist pleads guilty
A second man has pleaded guilty to his role in the theft of more than $400 from a group of Girl Scouts selling cookies at a Massachusetts store.

Dog found with stuffed polar bear in stomach
A veterinarian helped save the life of an ailing New Mexico dog after discovering the source of the pup’s pain — a 6-inch long, 2-inch wide stuffed polar bear.

Floods drench homes outside Houston, disaster declaration issued
Paul Fregia II has spent the past few days placing sandbags around his girlfriend’s home in Orange, one of several riverside towns in Southeast Texas inundated by floodwaters after days of heavy rains.

NYC St. Patrick’s parade drops gay pride ban – and Ireland can see it on TV
For 20 years, Irish-American Emmaia Gelman has been on the sidelines of New York’s storied St. Patrick’s Day Parade every March, protesting instead of participating.

Murder suspect found dead in Mystic River
A body pulled from the Mystic River on Tuesday was identified as a suspect charged in the killing of a Malden woman last month.

Officer shoos away driver from van before train smashes into it
Video from a police dash camera shows a Cleveland-area officer shooing a driver away from a van stuck on railroad tracks just before a train slams into it.

Ohio teen dies after basketball backboard falls during failed dunk attempt
A 16-year-old Ohio boy died nearly three weeks after he was injured while trying to dunk a basketball during a pickup game.

SeaWorld announces end to captive orca whale breeding
SeaWorld will stop breeding killer whales, also known as orcas, in captivity, the theme park company announced Thursday.

Lab researcher reportedly injured in explosion at Hawaii college
At least one person was injured in an explosion at a science building on the campus of the University of Hawaii at Manoa Wednesday night, police said.

More than 12 punished for errant Afghan hospital attack
More than a dozen U.S. military personnel have been disciplined, but face no criminal charges, for errors that led to the aerial attack on a civilian hospital that killed 42 people in northern Afghanistan last year, U.S. defense officials say.

DC subway shutdown ends, but systemic problems remain
Commuters in the nation’s capital are returning to their regular routines after an unprecedented daylong shutdown of the Washington subway system.

Woman who buried baby alive gets 14 years in prison
A woman who buried her newborn daughter alive in a Los Angeles suburb has been sentenced to 14 years in state prison.

Sentencing for pizzeria owner who recruited for Islamic Sate
A New York pizza shop owner who admitted he tried to recruit people for the Islamic State group is facing sentencing.

Police: Suspect egged ex-neighbor’s Ohio home for a year
Police who went to great lengths to figure out who egged a Cleveland-area home more than 100 times over a year say they’ve finally cracked the case and charged a former neighbor.

Court rules inmate who survived botched 2009 execution can be put to death
The state can try again to put to death a condemned killer whose 2009 execution was called off after two hours during which he cried in pain while receiving 18 needle sticks, the Ohio Supreme Court said Wednesday.

Man charged in death of California car salesman considered a fugitive
A California man who had been charged in the death of a car salesman is now considered a fugitive after failing to report to court, a district attorney’s office said Tuesday.

Dog expected to survive after stuffed animal removed from stomach
A veterinarian helped save the life of an ailing New Mexico dog after discovering the source of the pup’s pain — a 6-inch long, 2-inch wide stuffed polar bear.

2 polar bears wander into behind-the-scenes zoo area causing brief panic
The Cincinnati zoo says its two curious polar bears wandered into a behind-the-scenes service hallway through an open den door but never left a secondary containment area.

12 horses killed, 11 injured in electrical fire at Florida equestrian complex
An electrical malfunction started a barn fire that killed 12 horses and injured 11 at an equestrian complex in suburban Palm Beach, investigators said Wednesday.

Police: Officer mistook plainclothes officer for threat
The plainclothes police officer who died in a chaotic shootout at a Maryland police station was deliberately shot by a fellow officer who did not recognize him and viewed him as an armed threat, a police chief said Wednesday.

Report: Triple homicide suspect had guns taken away in 2008
A man accused of fatally shooting three people at his Milwaukee apartment complex this month had two firearms confiscated from him in 2008 after he said he sensed demons and witchcraft in his mother’s house.

Famed model Fabio becomes handsome, golden-haired US citizen
To a resume that includes romance-novel cover model and dashing beefcake actor, Fabio can now add U.S. citizen.

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