Sunday, September 25
CHARLOTTE POLICE-FATAL SHOOTING
UPDATE: Charlotte mayor lifts curfew
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — The mayor of Charlotte has lifted the curfew on the city after days of protests over the killing of a black man by police.
There have been protests every day since 43-year-old Keith Lamont Scott was shot to death by Charlotte police on Tuesday.
In a statement Sunday evening, Mayor Jennifer Roberts says that effective immediately the curfew imposed is terminated. A midnight to 6 a.m. curfew has been in effect since Thursday after the protests turned violent, and National Guardsmen have been stationed throughout downtown each night. Protesters remained peaceful outside the Carolina Panther's football game against the Minnesota Vikings on Sunday afternoon.
Cedar Rapids prepares for flooding
CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) — Several thousand residents of Cedar Rapids have left their homes as floodwaters begin to spill out of the rising Cedar River. And Iowa's second-largest city is working to apply the lessons officials learned after the record 2008 flood.
The river crested Saturday night in Waterloo and Cedar Falls, which are about 55 miles upstream from Cedar Rapids.
The water levels in Cedar Falls and Waterloo were slightly lower than had been expected, but they still reached levels that were second only to those in 2008, when a major flood devastated the region.
Those cities have donated several thousand filled sandbags to Cedar Rapids as that city prepares for flooding.
The National Weather Service predicts that the river will crest at 23 feet in Cedar Rapids on Tuesday morning — well below the 2008 record of 31.12 feet. Officials asked those living in about 5,000 downtown homes near the river to evacuate. They sayit could be days before people can return home.
The Cedar Rapids school district says it's canceling classes through Wednesday because of the flooding. District officials will reevaluate the situation by Wednesday afternoon.
Clinton, trump meet with Netanyahu
WASHINGTON (AP) — Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton met Sunday evening with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in New York City.
Her Republican rival, Donald Trump, met with the Israeli leader for more than an hour at his residence in the Trump Tower on Sunday morning, according to Israeli and campaign officials. Both meetings come on the eve of the first presidential debate.
Reporters were barred from covering either meeting. Trump's campaign said in a statement released afterward the two discussed topics important to both nations.
The Israeli leader has sought to project neutrality after perceptions arose in 2012 that he favored Mitt Romney over President Barack Obama .
Mall suspect 'creepy, rude and obnoxious'
BURLINGTON, Wash. (AP) — A neighbor and high school acquaintance of the suspect in the deadly Washington state mall shooting says he was "creepy, rude and obnoxious."
Amber Cathey, 21, lives in an apartment in Oak Harbor, Washington, next to the apartment where 20-year-old Arcan Cetin lived and told The Associated Press she was so frightened by him that she complained to apartment management and kept a Taser by her front door.
She says she tried avoid him by walking the long way around to her apartment if she saw his car in parking lot.
Cathey says she blocked him on Snapchat after he sent her a photo of his crotch.
The two went to high school together, where Cathey says Cetin displayed "socially inept" behavior.
Cetin was arrested Saturday following the shootings Friday in Burlington, Washington, that left five dead.
Baseball mourns death of Marlins pitcher Jose Fernandez
MIAMI (AP) — Miami Marlins players have gathered at the team's ballpark to grieve together following the death of teammate Jose Fernandez.
The 24-year-old pitcher and two of his friends were killed when their boat smashed into a jetty off Miami Beach early today. Authorities say the 32-foot boat was demolished when it hit the rocks at full speed.
Marlins president David Samson told reporters, "A lot of words were said, meaningful words and emotion and prayer." At a news conference, Manager Don Mattingly and president of baseball operations Michael Hill flanked Samson and fought back tears.
Hall of Famer Tony Perez, a Marlins executive and fellow native of Cuba," said "all I can do is scream in disbelief," adding that he feels as if he lost a son.
Fernandez was a two-time All-Star who went 38-17 in his four seasons with the Marlins, winning the NL's Rookie of the Year award in 2013. The native of Santa Clara, Cuba became a U.S. citizen last year and was enormously popular in Miami.
The Marlins' game Sunday against Atlanta was canceled. Their home game Monday night against the New York Mets will be played as scheduled, the team said.
THREE DEAD-KIDS HOME
UPDATE: 3 in custody in California triple slaying
FULLERTON, Calif. (AP) — Police say they've arrested two men and detained a 17-year-old girl in connection with the killing of three people inside a Southern California home over the weekend.
Fullerton police Sgt. Jon Radus would not say if the arrested teen was the missing daughter of two of the victims.
He did say she has been located since authorities issued an alert looking for her.
The investigation into the triple homicide began Saturday morning after a child called 911 to report her parents had died.
Officers who went to the home discovered two men and a woman dead with signs of trauma to their bodies. Two girls, age 6 and 9, were found unharmed inside the home.
Radus identified the victims as the girls' parents and a family friend.
Two male suspects were arrested Sunday morning on suspicion of murder.
Radus did not disclose a motive for the killings but says investigators believe the victims were targeted by the suspects.
Emergency Security Council meeting ends with no action
BEIRUT (AP) — Syrian activists say at least 26 civilians have been killed in fresh government airstrikes on the contested city of Aleppo.
That report came Sunday as the United Nations Security Council convened an emergency meeting on the spiraling violence in Syria. The Council, however, failed to take any action because of deep divisions between Russia and the Western powers.
The United States, Britain and France, who called the emergency meeting, heaped blame on Moscow for supporting the Syrian offensive which the U.N. envoy called one of the worst of the 5 1/2-year war.
When Syria's U.N. ambassador was called to speak in the council, the ambassadors of the three Western powers walked out in protest.
They had demanded a halt to the Aleppo offensive and immediate council action.
Russia's U.N. ambassador blames Syria's rebels for sabotaging the cease-fire agreement by using the lull to shore up their forces, and he accuses the Western coalition of failing to separate the moderate factions it backs from "terrorist" groups.
Priest reported kidnapped found slain in western Mexico
MEXICO CITY (AP) — The Archdiocese of Morelia in western Mexico says a priest kidnapped a week ago has been found slain.
The message on the archdiocese's Facebook page Sunday said the Rev. Jose Alfredo Lopez Guillen was killed some days earlier and it called on authorities to solve the crime.
The archdiocese initially reported publicly Thursday that Lopez was taken from his parish residence in the town of Janamuato, Michoacan, last Monday. They pleaded for his safe return. His car was found wrecked Tuesday.
Lopez was kidnapped the same day authorities in Mexico's Gulf coast state of Veracruz found the bodies of two priests who had been abducted from their parish residence. They had been shot.
Lopez's death would bring to at least 31 the number of priests killed in Mexico since 2006.
Brazilian city council candidate shot dead at Rio rally
RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Brazilian police say gunmen have killed a city council candidate as he was leaving a political rally outside Rio de Janeiro.
The candidate was 49-year-old Ricardo Guimaraes, a retired police captain who was running for a post on the city council of the poor suburb of Itaborai. Rio police say he was leaving a rally by motorcycle Sunday when he was shot. He was taken to a hospital where he died.
Police give no motive for Guimaraes' murder and say officers are hunting for the attackers.
At least 13 other city council candidates have been killed in the Rio metropolitan region this year. Drug gangs and fuel theft rings are behind some of the attacks.
Elections for mayors and city council representatives are being held across Brazil on Oct. 2.
LAS VEGAS SHOOTING
1 shot dead inside Las Vegas Starbucks
LAS VEGAS (AP) — Authorities have found nothing dangerous after using bomb experts to search the belongings of a shooting suspect for a possible explosive device.
Las Vegas police said via Twitter that the scene of the Sunday morning shooting no longer posed a potential threat but was closed to the public because of the shooting investigation.
Lt. Dan McGrath says two men got into an argument when one pulled out a gun and opened fire.
The wounded victim was rushed to a hospital but later pronounced dead.
According to McGrath, between 12 and 14 customers and employees were inside at the time.
McGrath says the suspect taken into custody initially blended in with the crowd as people evacuated.
He says a bomb squad searched the suspect's vehicle and a backpack after someone made a comment about a possible explosive device.
Gas prices up 4 cents to $2.25 a gallon
CAMARILLO, Calif. (AP) — The average price of gasoline in the U.S. has risen four cents over the past two weeks to $2.25 a gallon for regular grade.
Industry analyst Trilby Lundberg said Sunday that retailers and refiners have upped their prices in response to a rise in the cost of crude oil.
Still, the average price per gallon is a dime less than it was a year ago.
The Lundberg Survey found the average price of midgrade gasoline was $2.53 a gallon while premium was $2.74 a gallon.
The average price for diesel in Friday's survey was $2.40 a gallon.
The highest average price for regular gas in the contiguous U.S. was $2.80 in San Francisco. The lowest was $1.91 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.