Alleged serial killer charged over LA shooting spree

The sun sets on the West Hollywood skyline on November 6, 2006, in CaliforniaAn alleged serial killer accused of opening fire randomly on motorists in a Los Angeles suburb has been charged, prosecutors said. Alexander Hernandez, 34, is accused of murdering a 48-year-old man driving his pick-up truck last Thursday, and with attempted murder for firing on a couple in west Hollywood last Friday. Charges are also expected in four other shootings which ended when Hernandez was arrested on Sunday. "Nothing makes a homicide investigator's heart beat faster than realizing he has a serial killer," said Bill McSweeney of the Los Angeles Sheriff's Department after announcing the charges Tuesday.

Donors give nearly $700K after police shooting

FILE - In this Aug. 9, 2014 photo people donate money for the family of Michael Brown during a rally in Ferguson, Mo. Fundraising on behalf of the family of the black 18-year-old shot Aug. 9 by white police officer Darren Wilson, has drawn more than $280,000 in contributions from online fundraising, concerts, memorial T-shirt sales and other efforts. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel, File)ST. LOUIS (AP) — Donors have given nearly $700,000 to online fundraising sites set up to collect money for the family of a black 18-year-old and the white police officer who fatally shot him in the St. Louis suburb of Ferguson.

Ex-lawmaker pleads guilty in GOP caucuses case

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A former Iowa lawmaker has pleaded guilty to federal charges stemming from his switch of support from one Republican candidate for president to another before the 2012 caucuses, federal prosecutors said Wednesday.
Source: BET suspends producer after Blue Ivy joke

FILE - In this Sunday, Aug. 24, 2014 file photo, Beyonce on stage hugs Jay Z and their daughter Blue Ivy as she accepts the Video Vanguard Award at the MTV Video Music Awards at The Forum, in Inglewood, Calif. BET has suspended a producer after a joke about Blue Ivy’s hair aired Monday, Aug. 25, 2014, on the network’s music video countdown show, “106 & Park.” A source at the network, who spoke on the condition of anonymity because the person was not allowed to discuss the matter publicly, said the producer was suspended after the ill-fitting joke about Beyonce and Jay Z’s two-year-old daughter aired. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP, file)NEW YORK (AP) — BET has suspended a producer after a joke about Beyonce and Jay Z's daughter that aired Monday on the network's music video countdown show, "106 & Park."

US stocks flat after S&P breaks 2,000 milestone

Traders work on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange on August 13, 2014 in New York CityNew York (AFP) - Wall Street shares ended little-changed in light trade Wednesday, one day after the S&P 500 closed above the 2,000 milestone for the first time.

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