Created: Sat, 19 Apr 2014 01:15:52 EST
Updated: Sat, 19 Apr 2014 01:15:52 EST
NEW: Police raid LA Times building after threat reports
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Police have taken a man into custody inside the Los Angeles Times building after reports of a shooting threat.
The Times reports that the man in his 20s was detained by police Friday night, less than an hour after the threat reports. The man does not work for the newspaper but is connected to Vxi Global Solutions, which rents in the building.
Detective Gus Villanueva tells The Associated Press that a radio call went out at 7:26 p.m. saying a text message sent from inside the building said there may be someone "about to start shooting."
Police have not verified whether a gun was recovered or any shots were fired.
The Times says a woman reported that her co-worker had shown her a bag of bullets and said he was depressed.
UPDATE: Officials probe potential threat on Delta flight
DENVER (AP) — Officials say a Delta Air Lines plane on a flight from Detroit to Denver reported an unspecified potential security threat and taxied to a remote area after landing safely at Denver International Airport.
Airport spokeswoman Stacey Stegman said Friday that passengers on the flight were taken to another location by bus.
FBI spokesman Dave Joly (JAH'-lee) said passengers and their luggage are being screened, and most have been released. The plane was also being screened.
Stegman had no other information about the potential threat or how it was reported.
US delays review of Keystone XL pipeline
WASHINGTON (AP) — The State Department is giving federal agencies more time to review the Keystone XL pipeline before deciding whether to issue a permit.
That could push a decision about the controversial oil pipeline until after the midterm elections in November.
The State Department is citing a recent decision by a Nebraska judge that overturned a state law that allowed the pipeline's path through the state. The State Department says that created uncertainty and ongoing litigation.
The government is not saying how much longer the review will take. But it says the process isn't starting over.
The pipeline has become a politically fraught issue. Republicans criticize President Barack Obama for taking too long to decide. The State Department has jurisdiction because the pipeline would cross the border between the U.S. and Canada.
SKorean agency: S. Korean ferry captain arrested
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korean news agency Yonhap reports that the captain of the South Korean ferry that sank two days ago has been arrested.
Yonhap says 68-year-old Lee Joon-seok was detained early Saturday.
The ship, the Sewol, sank Wednesday, leaving hundreds missing and feared dead.
The investigation into the disaster has focused on the ferry's sharp turn before it started listing, and on whether a quicker evacuation order by the captain could have saved lives. Investigators also were determining whether the captain had abandoned the ship.
Rescuers are searching for about 270 people still missing and feared dead.
At least 28 bodies have been recovered. Officials said there were 179 survivors and about 270 people remain missing, many of them high school students.
Yonhap said two crewmembers were also arrested.
Pope leads torch-lit Good Friday procession
ROME (AP) — Pope Francis has presided over a torch-lit Way of the Cross procession at the Colosseum marking Good Friday in Rome.
The pope's resolve to focus the Catholic church's attention on those who suffer was reflected in meditations read aloud to commemorate Jesus' crucifixion.
Wearing a plain white cassock, Francis silently observed the nighttime procession as a male choir sang solemn hymns in the ancient Roman basilica.
Meditations prepared for the service reflected on victims of human trafficking, migrants who risk death trying to reach affluent nations, inmates in overcrowded prisons, the jobless and children whose health had been endangered by Italian mobsters illegally dumping toxic wastes in their neighborhoods and farmland.
In the streets near the Colosseum, tens of thousands of pilgrims, tourists and Romans clutched prayer books and candles.
Man charged in Kansas City-area highway shootings
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Authorities say a Kansas City-area man has been charged with 18 felony counts in connection with about a dozen recent random highway shootings that have wounded three people.
Jackson County prosecutor Jean Peters Baker said at a news conference Friday that 27-year-old Mohammed Whitaker of Grandview was charged with two counts of shooting into a motor vehicle and injuring a person, seven counts of shooting into a motor vehicle and nine counts of armed criminal action.
At least six of the shootings occurred near Grandview. The Kansas City suburb is home to an area known as the Grandview Triangle, where three interstates and U.S. 50 intersect.
The last confirmed shooting believed to be connected to the case was reported April 6.
None of victims' wounds was considered life-threatening.
SpaceX launches supplies to space station
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — A fresh load of supplies is finally on its way to the International Space Station.
A SpaceX rocket blasted off Friday with 2½ tons of cargo, more than a month late. Storms cleared out at Cape Canaveral just in time for the mid-afternoon launch.
The California company's Dragon supply ship will reach the orbiting lab Sunday — Easter morning. That pushes urgent spacewalking repairs to Wednesday.
Two U.S. astronauts will attempt to replace an external backup computer that failed last Friday. The primary computer still works fine, but NASA wants a reliable spare. A double failure would seriously compromise critical space station systems and hinder visits by the Dragon and other vessels.
California farmers to get more water
FRESNO, Calif. (AP) — California farmers and cities are set to get more water, as state and federal officials ease drought-related water cutbacks because of recent rain and snow.
The Department of Water Resources announced on Friday that it was increasing water allotments from the State Water Project from zero to 5 percent of what water districts had requested. The State Water Project supplies water to 29 public agencies serving more than 25 million Californians and irrigates nearly a million acres of farmland.
The U.S. Bureau of Reclamation said it would supply 75 percent of the water requested by water agencies in the Sacramento Valley, up from the current 40 percent.
Federal and state officials said rain and snow from storms in February and March allowed them to increase their water allotments.
TNT's Sager to miss NBA playoffs due to leukemia
ATLANTA (AP) — TNT analyst Craig Sager will miss the NBA playoffs as he undergoes treatment for leukemia.
A sideline reporter famous for his brightly colored suits, Sager's sense of humor was intact in a statement released by Turner Sports on Friday.
Sager describes the postseason as "my favorite time of year - city to city, round by round, 40 games in 40 nights." He says that "a dramatic turn has matched me with acute myeloid leukemia. From the sidelines to being sidelined, 40 veins and 40 electrolytes."
Sager jokes about the often-terse in-game interviews with San Antonio Spurs coach Gregg Popovich: "Too bad, I had some probing questions for Pop."
WHITE HOUSE-JUSTIN BIEBER
White House on deport Bieber petition: No comment
WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House has two words for those who want President Barack Obama to deport Justin Bieber: No comment.
Nearly 275,000 people signed an Internet petition calling the Canadian-born teen idol reckless and asking Obama to revoke his green card. That's far more than required to merit an official response through the White House's "We the People" program.
The White House says it's sorry to disappoint, but it won't be commenting. It's citing a caveat that lets the White House decline to address certain petitions.
But the White House is using the occasion to argue that an immigration overhaul could shrink deficits by nearly $1 trillion over two decades. The White House says that's equivalent to 12.5 billion concert tickets — or 100 billion copies of Bieber's debut album.