SNYDER, Texas – Remains found in a remote West Texas location last month are those of a 13-year-old middle school cheerleader missing since December 2010, authorities announced Friday.
An unidentified person contacted authorities after finding the remains March 16, more than two years after Hailey Darlene Dunn’s mother, Billie, reported her missing. The body was found about 20 miles from the girl’s hometown of Colorado City.
The girl was the subject of months of intensive searches after she was reported missing Dec. 28, 2010. Shawn Adkins, who was Billie Dunn’s boyfriend when Hailey went missing, has said the girl told him she was going to her father’s home nearby and then to a friend’s home. She did neither.
Adkins was named a person of interest in the girl’s disappearance, although he has not been charged, and authorities later charged the girl’s mother with lying about his whereabouts. They have both denied involvement in Hailey’s disappearance.
Perry wants apology for cartoon on blast
Texas Gov. Rick Perry said Friday he’s disgusted with a Sacramento Bee cartoon that depicts him boasting about business booming in his state and then shows an explosion, and says he wants an apology from the newspaper on behalf of a town where 14 people died in a fertilizer plant blast last week.
The cartoon in Thursday’s edition shows Perry crowing that Business is Booming, flanked by signs saying Low Tax! Low Regs!, a play on the Republican’s often-repeated mantra that his state’s low-regulation, business-friendly climate has its economy humming.
The next panel reads Boom! as a blast engulfs the area behind the governor and his signs.
Rare storied nickel sells for $3.1 million
A rare century-old U.S. nickel that was once mistakenly declared a fake has sold at auction for more than $3.1 million.
The 1913 Liberty Head nickel is one of only five known to exist. But it’s the coin’s back story that adds to its cachet: It was surreptitiously and illegally cast, discovered in a car wreck that killed its owner, declared a fake, then forgotten in a closet for decades.
It was offered for sale by four Virginia siblings at a rare coin and currency auction in the Chicago suburb of Schaumburg on Thursday and sold for well over the expected $2.5 million.
The winning bidders were two men from Lexington, Ky., and Panama City, Fla.
Manning honored by gay rights parade
The U.S. Army private charged in a massive leak of U.S. secrets to the WikiLeaks website has been named as a grand marshal of San Francisco’s annual gay rights parade, a choice that was immediately condemned by several groups representing gay and lesbian service members.
Rainey Reitman, a member of the Bradley Manning Support Network, said Friday that a committee of former San Francisco Pride grand marshals voted to select the imprisoned intelligence specialist for the distinction.
Manning is openly gay, and his lawyers have argued that his experience as a soldier before the repeal of the U.S. military’s ban on gay service played an important role in his decision to pass hundreds of thousands of sensitive items to the anti-secrecy group WikiLeaks.
Veterans may sue over ruling on flag
A Don’t Tread on Me flag hoisted by veterans on public property in New Rochelle, N.Y., has been ordered down because of its recent association with the tea party.
The veterans are threatening to sue, saying their decision to raise the flag at a city-owned armory had nothing to do with the tea party. The banner, known as the Gadsden flag, has represented America since the Revolution.
But the city manager says there were complaints that the flag makes a political statement that shouldn’t be allowed on public land. The city council voted against a proposal to fly the flag again.
Alcoholic ex-officer argues he’s disabled
A police officer fired for driving drunk in an unmarked police car while off-duty has filed a $6 million lawsuit against the city of Gresham, Ore., the police chief and others, alleging his rights were violated under the Americans with Disabilities Act.
The lawsuit filed in Portland alleged the officer, Jason Servo, suffered from alcoholism, a recognized disability under the act, and shouldn’t have been dismissed.
Just as with any type of disability or disease, they should have made some kind of effort to accommodate that, or some kind of effort to work with him, and not simply sever all ties, said Shawn Kollie, one of his attorneys.
Psychiatric clinic in Russia burns; 38 die
The patients of the small psychiatric hospital in a Russian village were asleep or under sedation as the clock neared 2 a.m. The windows were barred and the nearest firefighters were miles away, with some impeded by rough roads and others not able to cross a nearby canal.
When a blaze broke out and spread through the wooden rafters, all of this made for a prescription for tragedy: 38 people died and only three escaped.
Investigators said they are looking at violations of fire regulations and a short circuit as possible causes for the blaze that engulfed the hospital in the Ramensky settlement, about 50 miles north of Moscow.
Suspect nabbed in record cyberattack
A Dutch citizen has been arrested in Spain in connection with what experts described as the biggest cyberattack in the history of the Internet, one launched against anti-spam watchdog group Spamhaus last month, prosecutors announced Friday.
The Netherlands National Prosecution Office said a 35-year-old suspect it did not name was arrested Thursday at his home in Barcelona.
Spamhaus said it apparently was targeted by groups angry at being blacklisted by the Swiss-British group.