Local News

  • Los Angeles police probe motive in arson spree

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — The arrest of a 24-year-old German man halted a series of overnight arson blazes that caused more than $3 million in damage and put Los Angeles residents on edge during the long holiday weekend.

    But police have said nothing about a possible motive in the fires set across Hollywood, neighboring West Hollywood and the San Fernando Valley. A neighbor said the suspect's mother was having legal problems, but authorities wouldn't confirm reports that she may have faced deportation.

  • Father: Thankful for passers-by who saved children

    LOGAN, Utah (AP) — Roger Andersen thought it was over.

    The 46-year-old lost control of his car this weekend on a winding Utah canyon road and slid into an icy river, trapping his 9-year-old daughter Mia and 4-year-old son Baylor, along with their friend, 9-year-old Kenya Wildman. The car flipped upside-down and quickly became submerged.

    "The first thought was, 'So this is it how it ends," Andersen said while choking back tears Monday. "This could very easily have been a funeral for four of us."

  • GOP candidates vie for voters' trust in fluid Iowa

    DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — In the kickoff contest of the 2012 presidential race, Republican candidates argued up to Tuesday's finish line in Iowa over which candidate is a conservative that voters can trust and who they can count on to defeat President Barack Obama.

  • Iran Tests Missiles, Issues Warning to U.S. Carrier

    Iran tests two long-range missiles, on the last day of its naval exercises. The country is threatening to shut down the Strait of Hormuz, which would cut off a large percentage of the world's oil supply.

  • CA condo victims were Navy pilot, sister; pilot was UNM grad

    CORONADO, Calif. (AP) — A Navy pilot in training who recently took his first flight in an F/A-18 fighter jet was among the four people found dead in a New Year's shooting at a condominium in a toney neighborhood just blocks from the historic Hotel del Coronado, his father said Monday.

    David Reis, 25, an aviator in training at Marine Corps Air Station Miramar since September, and his sister Karen Reis, 24, a volleyball coach, were confirmed as victims by the Navy, said their father, Tom Reis of Bakersfield.

    The siblings were found at the Coronado condo after authorities responded to a report of gunfire shortly after 2 a.m. Sunday.

  • Espanola Guardsman Dies in Afghanistan

    SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A New Mexico Army National Guard soldier based in Afghanistan has died of an apparent heart attack. Thirty-three-year-old Specialist Pernell Johnnie Herrera of Espanola died Saturday while performing physical fitness training.

    A news release says Herrera enlisted in the New Mexico National Guard in May 2006 and served honorably over the last 5 and 1/2 years.

    He was serving in the Helmand Province in Afghanistan.


  • Local Woman Dies in Car Crash

    A Los Alamos woman who apparently suffered a medical emergency died when the car she was driving veered off the road and crashed Saturday near White Rock.

    Santa Fe County Sheriff Robert Garcia said 84-year-old Elma Kilgore was driving westbound on N.M. 4 in a 2004 Buick sedan when the vehicle left the roadway, careened through a barbed wire fence and crashed into some trees, according to a report in the Santa Fe New Mexican.

    The nature of the mishap led sheriff's investigators to believe Kilgore suffered some type of unexpected medical condition that precipitated the accident, Garcia said. Authorities indicated there will not be an autopsy performed as a result of Kilgore's age.

  • Children rescued from icy Utah river return home

    SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Three children trapped in an upturned car after it skidded into a river were released Monday from a hospital, two days after they were saved by several passers-by.

    The children had been treated for hypothermia, said Primary Children's Medical Center spokeswoman Bonnie Midget. The family wasn't answering phone calls.

    At least nine people helped right the car in the river.

    "It's an amazing story, so good," Laurel Anderson Gilbert, the driver's sister, told The Associated Press on Monday. "We're so grateful. It was a miracle."

  • Police: Body found at Wash. park is that of gunman--video extra

    MOUNT RAINIER NATIONAL PARK, Wash. (AP) — An armed Iraq War veteran suspected of killing a Mount Rainier National Park ranger managed to evade snowshoe-wearing SWAT teams and dogs on his trail for nearly a day. He couldn't, however, escape the cold.

    A plane searching the remote wilderness for Benjamin Colton Barnes, 24, on Monday discovered his body lying partially submerged in a mountain creek lined by deep snow and rugged terrain hours from where authorities could get to him.

    "He was wearing T-shirt, a pair of jeans and one tennis shoe. That was it," Pierce County Sheriff's spokesman Ed Troyer said.

  • Raw Video: Times Square Revelers Cheer 2012

    Revelers erupted in cheers and celebration in New York's Times Square to welcome in the new year. It was part of many star-studded celebrations and glittering fireworks displays around the world to mark the start of 2012.