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Indiana health officials: MERS patient improving... FBI: Flow of foreign fighters into Syria growing... Teen charged in attack, child

MERS (Middle East Respiratory Syndrome) virus has affected hundreds in the Middle East lately, and a man who flew to Indiana from Saudia Arabia has been diagnosed with the MERS virus. His condition has improved, according to officials.

MERS VIRUS-INDIANA
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) -- State health officials say the man hospitalized in Indiana with the first U.S. case of a mysterious virus that has sickened hundreds in the Middle East is improving.
The Indiana Department of Health says in a statement late Saturday that the patient remains at Community Hospital in Munster in good condition and is "improving each day."
The statement also says that as of Saturday, no other cases of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome, or MERS, have been identified. Representatives from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention arrived at the hospital Saturday morning.
The man fell ill with MERS after flying to the U.S. late last week from Saudi Arabia.

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The FBI director says the flow of foreign fighters into Syria is growing and poses a threat to national security.
James Comey tells reporters that more and more people are traveling from the U.S. and other countries to Syria -- where officials worry they're becoming radicalized.
Comey says the situation is similar to that in Afghanistan in the 1980s and 1990s. But now more people are going to Syria, and it's an easier country to get to.
Comey says there is a direct link between the conflict in Afghanistan and the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, a situation the FBI is determined to not let happen again.

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) -- Richmond police say a 16-year-old boy assaulted a young girl and killed her 8-year-old brother in their neighborhood.
Neighbors and relatives tell The Richmond Times Dispatch (http://bit.ly/1kzZKQE ) that the 8-year-old boy was trying help his 12-year-old sister and was hit in the head with a brick.
Richmond Deputy Commonwealth's Attorney Mary E. Langer said she could not confirm whether a brick was used but police told her the boy, Martin Cobb, suffered severe head trauma.
Martin died at the scene and his sister was taken to a hospital. An aunt of the siblings, Geraldine Pitchford, says the girl is OK.
Police spokeswoman Dionne Waugh said Saturday the 16-year-old boy was charged with murder and strangulation.

FITCHBURG, Mass. (AP) -- The father of a 5-year-old Massachusetts boy who was missing for months before his body was found by the side of a highway has apologized at his funeral for not protecting him.
Jose Oliver gave a tearful eulogy Saturday for his son Jeremiah Oliver at the Rollstone Congregational Church in Fitchburg.
Addressing his son's small white coffin, Jose Oliver asked the boy for forgiveness, saying "I am sorry, as a father and as a man, that I could not be there to protect you."
Jeremiah was last seen in September but not reported missing until December. His remains were found last month.
His mother and her boyfriend have been charged in connection with his disappearance, which helped spur major changes in the state child welfare agency.

FIVE DEAD IN CABIN
ELIMSPORT, Pa. (AP) -- Pennsylvania police say two adults and three children found dead inside a cabin had "toxic levels" of carbon monoxide in their blood.
State police say a propane heater was found inside the cabin where the five people were found Saturday.
The Williamsport Sun-Gazette reports that the bodies were discovered by the cabin owner just before noon Saturday in Lycoming County.
State police say they do not consider the deaths suspicious but the investigation is ongoing.
The two adults were identified as 23-year-old Jacqueline R. Stackhouse, of New Columbia, and 30-year-old Nathan L. Reece, of Muncy. The names of the children -- a 3-year-old boy, a 9-year-old girl and a 4-year-old girl -- weren't immediately made public.
The cabin owner says there had been a friendly gathering the night before.

TROOPERS KILLED
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) -- Authorities say a 19-year-old man shot and killed two Alaska state troopers with an assault rifle as they struggled to arrest his father.
Prosecutors in Alaska charged Nathanial Lee Kangas of the remote village of Tanana with two counts of first-degree murder on Saturday for the deaths of 26-year-old Trooper Gabriel "Gabe" Rich and 45-year-old Sgt. Patrick "Scott" Johnson.
After bail was set, the judge asked Kangas if he had anything to say regarding the bail.
The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner reports that after a long pause, Kangas replied only "I'm sorry."
Troopers Rich and Johnson, who were not based in the interior community of 238 people, had traveled to Tanana on Thursday to arrest Kangas' father, Arvin, on charges of driving without a license and threatening the village's unarmed public safety officer.
Authorities say the troopers were talking to Arvin Kangas outside his home when he tried to escape inside. The troopers pursued, and a scuffle ensued. Authorities say that as the men were struggling, Nathanial Kangas shot the troopers seven times.

ARKANSAS SHOOTINGS
JONESBORO, Arkansas (AP) -- Arkansas police say a man suspected of fatally shooting two people inside a home and a worker at a business has been found dead inside a stopped car.
Jonesboro Sgt. Doug Formon says a man and a 13-year-old girl were killed Saturday afternoon inside the residence in east Jonesboro. Four people -- including two boys -- were injured and were taken to hospitals in Memphis, Tennessee.
Formon says it appeared a family was having a party or gathering.
A few minutes later, authorities responded to a shooting at a business near a U.S. highway where a worker was found shot to death.
The man Formon says is the suspected gunman was found in the driver's seat of a stopped car. It wasn't clear if the gunshot was self-inflicted.

PORTLAND FIRES
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) -- Portland fire officials say they've responded to half a dozen fires set by an unknown suspect in the same neighborhood.
Portland Fire & Rescue says the fires, set early Saturday morning in the Portsmouth neighborhood, included two house fires, two vehicle fires, one recycling bin fire, and one fire of an abandoned chair in a parking lot.
There were also two additional acts of vandalism with rocks thrown at two car windshields in the same neighborhood.
Officials say there were no reported injuries as a result of these incidents.
Investigators have obtained surveillance video showing the suspect in the driveway of a home.

SEVERE WEATHER-OBAMA
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) -- President Barack Obama will travel to Arkansas on Wednesday to visit communities that were hit by a deadly tornado.
The White House says the president will survey the damage from last Sunday's tornado and meet with families who were affected, first responders and recovery workers.
The tornado killed 15 people and destroyed hundreds of homes as it cut an 80-mile path through Arkansas.
The Obama administration has already designated hard-hit Faulkner County as a major disaster area. The National Weather Service has said the twister was a "high-end" EF4, with winds reaching 166 mph to 200 mph.
This will be Obama's first trip as president to Arkansas, a state he lost in the 2008 and 2012 presidential elections and where he remains unpopular.

EATONTOWN, N.J. (AP) -- A New Jersey family whose terrier-pitbull mix escaped from their backyard during Superstorm Sandy went to an animal shelter this week to adopt a new pet and came home with their old dog.
Chuck James tells The Asbury Park Press that his family searched for their brown-and-white dog named Reckless for months after the October 2012 storm before finally giving up hope.
The family of five went to the Monmouth County SPCA on Thursday to adopt a new animal. James says he and his wife got teary-eyed when they approached the first cage and saw Reckless inside.
SPCA officials say Reckless was picked up as a stray and has now been microchipped.
The family is living in a hotel while their storm-damaged Keansburg home is repaired.

OBAMA-CORRESPONDENTS
Obama takes humorous jabs at health care stumble
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Little was sacred when President Barack Obama handed out playful but pointed jabs before a hotel ballroom full of politicians, journalists and media celebrities -- not even his own health care plan.
The annual White House Correspondents' dinner has become a tradition in the nation's capital, promising a black-tie evening of celebrity gazing and humor -- much of it from the president himself.
In a crack about the botched rollout of the healthcare.gov website, Obama said: "In 2008 my slogan was `Yes we can.' In 2013 my slogan was `Control-alt-delete."
Obama said that the health care website launch became one of the year's biggest movies. On a video screen flashed the poster for the movie "Frozen."

BERKSHIRE HATHAWAY-ECONOMY
Buffett says US firms prosper as economy improves
OMAHA, Neb. (AP) -- Investor Warren Buffett says the U.S. economy continues to improve gradually, and he doesn't think any price "bubbles" are developing.
Buffett told Berkshire Hathaway shareholders at the company's annual meeting Saturday that American businesses are thriving as is evident in their profit reports.
The fact that interest rates have remained near zero for several years has some investors worried about bubbles forming in prices.
Buffett doesn't see signs that a bubble is forming in bonds or any other assets. But he says it's unusual that rates have remained low this long.

PETA's bid for turkey memorial in Utah denied
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- An animal rights activist's request to install a roadside memorial at the site where hundreds of turkeys died in a Utah truck crash has been denied.
The Utah Department of Transportation on Friday rejected the request made by Amy Meyer of Salt Lake City on behalf of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, saying it didn't meet the agency's policy standards.
The memorials allow grieving families to memorialize loved ones who die in highway crashes.
KSL reports Meyers argued the condition should be overlooked because turkeys in the factory-farming industry have no living relatives. She proposed that PETA's memorial urge people to "try vegan."
A truck hauling 720 turkeys crashed April 24 on a highway northeast of Provo, killing almost 700 of the birds.

YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK, Calif. (AP) -- The bald eagle, the yellow warbler and the peregrine falcon have been joined in the skies above Yosemite National Park by a noisy newcomer: the drone.
Spokesman Scott Gediman issued a statement Friday reminding visitors that federal regulations actually ban the unmanned aircraft, yet that hasn't stopped drone sightings from becoming a nearly daily occurrence in one of the nation's most venerated national parks.
In the last few years, Gediman says, rangers have noticed more of the devices in the park -- buzzing over waterfalls or above meadows -- as guests use them to capture otherwise impossible-to-get photographs of the breathtaking landscape.
As rangers gear up for an increase in visitors during the summer, Gediman says he hopes Friday's announcement -- along with similar advisories on Facebook and Twitter -- will encourage people to leave their drones at home.

KENTUCKY DERBY
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) -- A horse with a humble pedigree. A couple of working stiff owners. A 77-year-old trainer with his first Kentucky Derby horse.
Even Hollywood couldn't have made this up.
California Chrome made it look easy on Saturday, pulling away down the stretch to win the Derby by 1 3/4 lengths.
Art Sherman became the oldest trainer to win the Derby, 57 years after he traveled from California as an exercise rider for Derby winner Swaps. He watched that race from the barn area; this time he smelled red roses in the winner's circle.
"It's been a long haul," Sherman said, smiling. "I'm just the same old Art Sherman, except I won the Kentucky Derby."
California Chrome ran 1 1/4 miles in 2:03.66 and paid $7, $5.60 and $4.20. The chestnut colt was sent off as the 5-2 favorite by the crowd of 164,906, the second-largest in the Derby's 140-year history.
In a sport dominated by wealthy owners and regally bred horses from Kentucky's bluegrass country, this was a victory for the little guys. Owners Perry Martin and Steve Coburn bred an $8,000 mare to a $2,500 stallion to produce the winner of the world's most famous race with their one-horse stable.
"This is just a dream come true and a great birthday present,"' said Coburn, who turned 61 on Saturday.
California Chrome extended his winning streak to five races by a combined 26 lengths. It was the second Derby win for Espinoza, who rode War Emblem to victory in 2002.
"I thought he rode him perfect," said Sherman, a former jockey. "I was riding the last 70 yards with Victor, so I think he was riding two. He had a lot of weight on him, I can tell you that."
Espinoza had California Chrome sitting comfortably in third in the 19-horse field as Uncle Sigh and Chitu set the early pace.
California Chrome made his move on the final turn in tandem with Samraat. It looked like those two would decide the outcome, until California Chrome sped away to become the first California-bred to win the Derby since Decidedly in 1962.
Commanding Curve, a 37-1 shot, rallied for second, with Danza third. Wicked Strong was fourth and Samraat finished fifth.


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