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suspects in warehouse fire that killed 36 plead not guilty


oakland, calif. — two men have pleaded not guilty in connection with a fire that killed 36 people in an illegally converted northern california warehouse.derick almena and max harris entered pleas wednesday to 36 counts of involuntary manslaughter each.prosecutors say the two men turned the oakland warehouse into a deathtrap when they turned it into a housing and entertainment venue.the 47-year-old almena leased the warehouse, and prosecutors say 27-year-old harris helped rent living space and organize for-profit concerts.both men lived in the warehouse along with several other tenants when a fire engulfed the structure in december during a musical performance that dozens attended.the suspects' lawyers say the responsibility for the fire should be determined with lawsuits in civil court ra






woman who threatened newtown parent will plead guilty


a florida woman who believes the 2012 school shooting in newtown, connecticut was a hoax will plead guilty to threatening the father of a 6-year-old boy who was killed in the massacre, according to federal court papers. the guilty plea is an illustration of how unhinged conspiracy theorists latched onto the newtown shooting and harassed the…






michael slager, former south carolina cop who killed walter scott, to plead guil


a former south carolina police officer, charged in the 2015 video-taped fatal shooting of a fleeing man, is expected to plead guilty to civil rights charges.        






2 men arrested in connection with deadly oakland warehouse fire, sources say


cbs/apjune 5, 2017, 2:21 pm21photosthis aerial photo shows the remains of a fire ravaged warehouse that killed at least 36 people in oakland, california. josh edelson/afp/getty images oakland, calif. -- two men have been arrested in connection with the deadly ghost ship warehouse fire that killed dozens of partygoers in northern california, cbs san francisco reports. a source close to the investigation tell cbs san francisco master tenant derick almena and warehosue tenant max harris were arrested on 36 counts of involuntary manslaughter in conjunction with the incident. the source was not authorized to publicly discuss the charges and spoke on condition of anonymity.   alameda county district attorney nancy o'malley says she will announce further details on the arrests and charges during






source: 2 arrested in oakland warehouse fire that killed 36


oakland, calif. — a source close to the investigation tells the associated press that two men have been arrested and will be charged with involuntary manslaughter in the ghost ship warehouse fire that killed 36 partygoers in oakland.the alameda county district attorney says she will formally announce charges later monday.the person says derick almena and max harris will each be charged with 36 counts of involuntary manslaughter.the source was not authorized to publicly discuss the charges and spoke on condition of anonymity.authorities say almena leased the warehouse and illegally sublet space for artists to live and work. he also held for-profit concerts at the warehouse, which was not licensed for entertainment.harris lived at the ghost ship and is accused of helping plan the december co






records: man to plead guilty to aiding san bernardino attack


los angeles (ap) — a man accused of buying high-powered rifles used in the san bernardino terror attack has agreed to plead guilty to federal criminal charges, court documents released tuesday say.the documents say enrique marquez jr., 25, of riverside has agreed to plead guilty to conspiring to provide material support to terrorists and lying about the acquisition of weapons used in the san bernardino killings.prosecutors say marquez acknowledged plotting with syed rizwan farook in 2011 and 2012 to massacre college students and gun down motorists on a gridlocked freeway. those attacks never occurred.authorities said marquez purchased the guns used by farook and his wife, tashfeen malik, in the dec. 2, 2015, attack in san bernardino in which 14 people were killed at a public health agency






prosecutor says specific cause of fire that killed 36 people in oakland warehous


share storyby the associated pressthe associated pressoakland, calif. (ap) — prosecutor says specific cause of fire that killed 36 people in oakland warehouse will likely never be known.the associated press






the latest: 2 men charged in oakland warehouse seek bail


oakland, calif. — the latest on two men charged in connection with oakland warehouse fire that killed 36 (all times local):10:15 a.m.lawyers for two men charged with 36 counts of involuntary manslaughter for the oakland warehouse fire that killed 36 people say they will seek their release from jail on minimal or no bail.derick almena and max harris are each being held on bail of a little more than $1 million after their arrests last month. their lawyers said after a brief court hearing friday that both men should have their bail amount significantly reduced.the lawyers said neither man is a flight risk or likely to commit the same crime if released. almena and harris were scheduled to enter pleas friday, but the judge agreed with their lawyers to delay their arraignment to aug. 4.almena's






man charged in oakland warehouse fire appears in court


oakland, calif. — a man charged in a december fire that killed 36 concertgoers at an illegally converted oakland warehouse appeared briefly in court for the first time.max harris didn't enter a plea monday on 36 charges of involuntary manslaughter. he was ordered back to court thursday, when warehouse operator derick almena is scheduled to be arraigned on the same charges.the east bay times reported (http://bayareane.ws/2tdrd5h ) that harris' public defender declined to comment outside court.authorities say the pair turned the ghost ship warehouse into housing and party space that lacked fire safety systems and was packed with flammable material.almena's lawyers say others are to blame, including an electrical utility and the fire department.they're jailed on bail of a bit more than $1 mil






ex-s.c. cop to plead guilty on civil rights charges


a former south carolina police officer, charged in the 2015 video-taped fatal shooting of a fleeing man, is expected to plead guilty to civil rights charges.        






report: anthony weiner to plead guilty to obscenity charge


former congressman anthony weiner, embroiled in several “sexting” scandals, was expected to plead guilty to an obscenity charge in a federal court in manhattan on friday, according to a report.the new york times said information about the plea has not been made public but was released by two people who have been briefed on the matter and asked not to be identified.advertisement | advertise on newsdayweiner will plead guilty to a single charge of transferring obscene material to a minor, the times reported.the u.s. attorney’s office could not be reached for comment, but issued an advisory friday morning saying it planned a news release “on the proceeding of interest in u.s. v. anthony weiner.”






report: oakland warehouse fire cause not determined


oakland, calif. — fire investigators say they were unable to determine what caused the blaze at an oakland, california, warehouse that killed 36 people last december.investigators say they cannot rule an electrical failure, candles, incense, smoking material or an open flame as possible causes.according to a report posted late monday on the city of oakland's website, the fire originated on a back corner on the ground floor of the two-story building. but investigators say they couldn't determine a cause because of the extensive fire damage.earlier this month, prosecutors charged two people with 36 counts of manslaughter, saying derick almena rented out space in the illegally converted warehouse and max harris planned the unpermitted party held the night of the blaze.






2 charged with involuntary manslaughter in ghost ship fire that killed 36 in oak


two people have been charged with involuntary manslaughter after they “knowingly created a fire trap” inside an oakland warehouse where a fire killed 36 during an electronic dance music concert late last year, prosecutors said monday. derick ion almena, 47, the property manager who converted the warehouse into an artists residence and underground concert venue known as the ghost ship, and max harris, who served as the venue’s “creative director” and ran the concert that took place on the night of the blaze, were arrested monday and charged with 36 counts of involuntary manslaughter, according to alameda county dist. atty. nancy e. o’malley.los angeles times staffvictims of the oakland warehouse fire. victims of the oakland warehouse fire. (los angeles times staff)almena and harris allowed






2 charged with involuntary manslaughter in ghost ship fire that killed 36 in oak


two people have been charged with involuntary manslaughter after they “knowingly created a fire trap” inside an oakland warehouse where a fire killed 36 during an electronic dance music concert late last year, prosecutors said monday. derick ion almena, 47, the property manager who converted the warehouse into an artists residence and underground concert venue known as the ghost ship, and max harris, who served as the venue’s “creative director” and ran the concert that took place on the night of the blaze, were arrested monday and charged with 36 counts of involuntary manslaughter, according to alameda county dist. atty. nancy e. o’malley.los angeles times staffvictims of the oakland warehouse fire. victims of the oakland warehouse fire. (los angeles times staff)almena and harris allowed






2 charged with involuntary manslaughter in ghost ship fire that killed 36 in oak


two people have been charged with involuntary manslaughter after they “knowingly created a fire trap” inside an oakland warehouse where a fire killed 36 during an electronic dance music concert late last year, prosecutors said monday. derick ion almena, 47, the property manager who converted the warehouse into an artists residence and underground concert venue known as the ghost ship, and max harris, who served as the venue’s “creative director” and ran the concert that took place on the night of the blaze, were arrested monday and charged with 36 counts of involuntary manslaughter, according to alameda county dist. atty. nancy e. o’malley.los angeles times staffvictims of the oakland warehouse fire. victims of the oakland warehouse fire. (los angeles times staff)almena and harris allowed






lawyer: man's plea a squeeze by fbi in missing ny teen case


charleston, s.c. — a man whom federal investigators have questioned about the disappearance of a new york teen eight years ago in south carolina will likely plead guilty to a different crime.timothy taylor is charged in federal court with a 2011 robbery of a mount pleasant mcdonald's and plans to plead guilty wednesday unless a judge throws out the charges. he already pleaded guilty to the robbery in state court and was given probation.taylor's lawyer told the post and courier of charleston the 26-year-old is being squeezed because the fbi wants information he doesn't have about brittanee drexel of rochester, new york.she was 17 in 2009 when she disappeared during spring break at myrtle beach. authorities think she was gang-raped and killed, but her body has not been found.






teacher who ran away with teen student to plead not guilty


nashville, tenn. — a tennessee teacher who led police on a nationwide manhunt after running away with a 15-year-old student says he will plead not guilty to federal charges.tad cummins filed paperwork with a federal court in nashville saying he will plead not guilty to charges of taking a minor across state lines for sex, and obstruction of justice. the 50-year-old teacher waived the right to make the plea in person at an arraignment scheduled for thursday.a federal judge ordered cummins held until trial after an fbi agent testified that he admitted to having sex with the girl most nights during the 38 days he was on the run with her.cummins and the girl were found last month in a remote area of northern california following a tip to police.






arrests made in ghost ship fire that killed 36 in oakland, concert promoter amon


two people were arrested today on charges related to the ghost ship fire that killed 36 people inside a live-work artists' warehouse in oakland last year. one of the people arrested was the promoter of the underground music performance for which those killed were gathered. derick ion almena, 47, the concert promoter who converted the warehouse into an artists residence and underground concert venue, was arrested monday morning, according to alameda county asst. dist. atty. teresa drenick. charges have yet to be formally filed, she said. the second arrestee was identified as max harris, drenick said. the fire at the warehouse known as the ghost ship broke out during a dec. 2 concert, trapping scores of attendees inside. all of the victims died of smoke inhalation, according to coroner’s rep






all 36 victims of ghost ship fire died from smoke inhalation


oakland, calif. (ap) — investigators say smoke inhalation killed all 36 victims of a fire at a party at an oakland warehouse.the alameda county coroner confirmed the causes of death friday for the dec. 2 fire at the warehouse and artists’ colony known as the ghost ship.autopsies were performed in december, and the cause of death has been known for weeks, but came to light friday when the san francisco chronicle called the coroner to check on the status of the investigation.the result, while striking in its uniformity, is not surprising. smoke inhalation is the most common cause of fire fatalities.most read storiesunlimited digital access. $1 for 4 weeks.the blaze broke out during a dance party and quickly ripped through the cluttered warehouse. oakland fire officials have yet to announce t






2 charged with involuntary manslauighter in ghost ship fire that killed 36 in oa


two people have been charged with involuntary manslaughter in connection with the deadly ghost ship fire that claimed 36 lives inside an oakland warehouse last year, officials said monday. derick ion almena, 47, the concert promoter who converted the warehouse into an artists’ residence and underground concert venue, was arrested monday morning in lake county, according to alameda county dist. atty. nancy e. o’malley. los angeles times staffvictims of the oakland warehouse fire. victims of the oakland warehouse fire. (los angeles times staff)the second person arrested was identified as max harris, who was arrested in los angeles county, o’malley said at a news conference. he had been living at the warehouse since 2014 and was the location’s creative director. harris has previously said he






takata guilty plea expected in cover-up of air bag troubles


detroit — japanese auto parts maker takata corp. is expected to plead guilty monday to a criminal charge and agree to a $1 billion penalty for concealing a deadly air bag inflator problem.the company is scheduled to be in u.s. district court in detroit monday afternoon. last month it agreed to plead guilty to one count of wire fraud. three executives also were indicted on charges that they falsified test reports.takata inflators can explode with too much force, spewing shrapnel into drivers and passengers. at least 16 people have been killed worldwide and more than 180 have been hurt.judge george caram steeh is expected to be asked to appoint attorney kenneth feinberg to distribute restitution payments to victims and their families.






the latest: men charged in deaths at oakland warehouse fire


oakland, calif. — the latest on charges in the oakland warehouse fire that killed 36 people in december (all times local):1:25 p.m.the alameda county district attorney says she has filed 36 counts of involuntary manslaughter against two men in the ghost ship warehouse fire that killed three dozen people in december in oakland, california.district attorney nancy o'malley announced the charges on monday against derick almena, saying he rented out space in the illegally converted warehouse, and max harris, who is accused of planning an unpermitted party.both men were arrested earlier monday.prosecutors say so much evidence was destroyed in the blaze that a specific cause of the fire will likely never be known.o'malley says the organizers were reckless and "knowingly created a firetrap with in






takata guilty plea expected in cover-up of air bag troubles


japanese auto parts maker takata corp. is expected to plead guilty monday to a criminal charge and agree to a $1 billion penalty for concealing a deadly air bag inflator problem.company representatives are scheduled to be in u.s. district court in detroit monday afternoon. the company agreed last month to plead guilty to one count of wire fraud.three executives also have been indicted on charges that they falsified test reports.takata inflators can explode with too much force, spewing shrapnel into drivers and passengers. at least 16 people have been killed worldwide and more than 180 have been hurt.judge george caram steeh is expected to be asked to appoint attorney kenneth feinberg to distribute restitution payments to victims and their families.






2 men charged in connection with deadly oakland warehouse fire


cbs/apjune 5, 2017, 2:21 pm21photosthis aerial photo shows the remains of a fire ravaged warehouse that killed at least 36 people in oakland, california. josh edelson/afp/getty images last updated jun 5, 2017 4:38 pm edtoakland, calif. -- two men have been arrested and charged in connection with the deadly ghost ship warehouse fire that killed 36 people in northern california, cbs san francisco reports. during a news conference monday, alameda county district attorney nancy o'malley said 36 counts of involuntary manslaughter have been filed against master tenant derick almena and warehouse tenant max harris.o'malley said a team of two attorneys, three district attorney investigators and others were involved in the case."defendants almena and harris knowingly constructed a firetrap… and fil






report: oakland warehouse fire cause not determined


oakland, calif. (ap) — fire investigators say they were unable to determine what caused the blaze at an oakland, california, warehouse that killed 36 people last december.investigators say they cannot rule an electrical failure, candles, incense, smoking material or an open flame as possible causes.according to a report posted late monday on the city of oakland’s website, the fire originated on a back corner on the ground floor of the two-story building. but investigators say they couldn’t determine a cause because of the extensive fire damage.earlier this month, prosecutors charged two people with 36 counts of manslaughter, saying derick almena rented out space in the illegally converted warehouse and max harris planned the unpermitted party held the night of the blaze.most read storiesun






takata guilty plea expected in cover-up of air bag troubles


japanese auto parts maker takata corp. is expected to plead guilty monday to a criminal charge and agree to a $1 billion penalty for concealing a deadly air bag inflator problem.company representatives are scheduled to be in u.s. district court in detroit monday afternoon. the company agreed last month to plead guilty to one count of wire fraud.three executives also have bene indicted on charges that they falsified test reports.takata inflators can explode with too much force, spewing shrapnel into drivers and passengers. at least 16 people have been killed worldwide and more than 180 have been hurt.judge george caram steeh is expected to be asked to appoint attorney kenneth feinberg to distribute restitution payments to victims and their families.






the latest: attorney: fire defendant in near breakdown


san francisco — the latest on charges in a warehouse fire in california that killed 36 people (all times local):11:40 a.m.an attorney for the operator of an oakland warehouse where 36 people died in a fire says his client is experiencing a near mental breakdown.lawyer tony serra made the comments at a news conference friday, using a photo of his client, derick almena, and his family as a backdrop.authorities say the 47-year-old almena rented the warehouse and illegally converted it into low-cost housing for artists and an entertainment venue.he appeared in court on thursday but did not enter a plea. his arraignment on 36 counts of involuntary manslaughter was continued until june 15.almena was arrested monday after a six-month investigation of the dec. 2 fire that occurred during an unperm






ex-pennsylvania treasurer to plead guilty to lying to fbi


harrisburg, pa. — a former pennsylvania state treasurer is agreeing to plead guilty to lying to the fbi in a case stemming from a long-running pay-to-play investigation.barbara hafer is scheduled to appear in federal court thursday. a plea agreement filed wednesday says she could get up to five years in prison.prosecutors say hafer tried to conceal payments of more than $500,000 from businessman richard ireland to her consulting firm. the payments began within weeks of hafer leaving office in 2005. ireland's firm drew more than $10 million in fees by helping private asset managers win state contracts under hafer.hafer is the second ex-state treasurer in three years to plead guilty to federal charges. in 2015, rob mccord resigned before pleading guilty to attempted extortion in a campaign f






lawyer: man’s plea a squeeze by fbi in missing ny teen case


charleston, s.c. (ap) — a man whom federal investigators have questioned about the disappearance of a new york teen eight years ago in south carolina will likely plead guilty to a different crime.timothy taylor is charged in federal court with a 2011 robbery of a mount pleasant mcdonald’s and plans to plead guilty wednesday unless a judge throws out the charges. he already pleaded guilty to the robbery in state court and was given probation.taylor’s lawyer told the post and courier of charleston the 26-year-old is being squeezed because the fbi wants information he doesn’t have about brittanee drexel of rochester, new york.she was 17 in 2009 when she disappeared during spring break at myrtle beach. authorities think she was gang-raped and killed, but her body has not been found.most read s






takata guilty plea expected in cover-up of air bag troubles


detroit — japanese auto parts maker takata corp. is expected to plead guilty monday to a criminal charge and agree to a $1 billion penalty for concealing a deadly air bag inflator problem.company representatives are scheduled to be in u.s. district court in detroit monday afternoon. the company agreed last month to plead guilty to one count of wire fraud.three executives also have bene indicted on charges that they falsified test reports.takata inflators can explode with too much force, spewing shrapnel into drivers and passengers. at least 16 people have been killed worldwide and more than 180 have been hurt.judge george caram steeh is expected to be asked to appoint attorney kenneth feinberg to distribute restitution payments to victims and their families.






guilty plea set for woman in sandy hook parent threat


fort lauderdale, fla. — a florida woman is set to plead guilty to threatening the parent of a boy killed in the 2012 mass shooting at a school in newtown, connecticut, because she thought it was a hoax.a change-of-plea plea hearing is set in fort lauderdale federal court wednesday for 57-year-old lucy richards, who is scheduled to plead guilty to a charge of interstate transmission of a threat to injure. richards also will be sentenced wednesday.she previously pleaded not guilty to transmitting threats to lenny pozner, father of 6-year-old noah pozner who died in the sandy hook school shooting.others linked to the sandy hook massacre have reported harassment by conspiracy theorists who argue it was staged to erode support for second amendment gun rights.






source close to investigation: 2 people arrested for involuntary manslaughter in


share storyby the associated pressoakland, calif. (ap) — source close to investigation: 2 people arrested for involuntary manslaughter in oakland warehouse fire that killed 36.the associated press






woman plans guilty plea in sandy hook parent threat case


fort lauderdale, fla. — an attorney for a florida woman says she will plead guilty to threatening a man whose 6-year-old son was killed in the 2012 mass shooting at a school in connecticut.the public defender for 57-year-old lucy richards said in court papers filed wednesday the case will be resolved in a guilty plea. richards failed to appear at a march plea hearing and was later arrested at her tampa-area home.under the previous agreement, richards was to plead guilty to a charge of interstate transmission of a threat to injure for threatening lenny pozner, the father of noah pozner, who died in the sandy hook school shooting in newtown, connecticut.prosecutors said richards told them the shooting was a hoax.terms of a new plea agreement have not been made public.






the latest: police identify ups drivers killed by co-worker


san francisco — the latest on a shooting at a ups warehouse in san francisco (all times local):10:45 p.m.officials have identified the three men killed after a ups driver opened fire during a meeting at company warehouse in san francisco.san francisco's chief medical examiner identified the victims as 50-year-old benson louie and 56-year-old wayne chan, both of san francisco; and 46-year-old michael lefiti, of hercules.police say the three ups drivers were killed by 38-year-old jimmy lam, who fatally shot himself in the head in front of officers.a motive in the killings has not been determined.___7:30 p.m.a union official says the gunman who shot and killed three people at a ups warehouse in san francisco had filed a grievance complaining that he was working excessive overtime.joseph cilia






guilty plea set for woman in sandy hook parent threat


fort lauderdale, fla. (ap) — a florida woman is set to plead guilty to threatening the parent of a boy killed in the 2012 mass shooting at a school in newtown, connecticut, because she thought it was a hoax.a change-of-plea plea hearing is set in fort lauderdale federal court wednesday for 57-year-old lucy richards, who is scheduled to plead guilty to a charge of interstate transmission of a threat to injure. richards also will be sentenced wednesday.she previously pleaded not guilty to transmitting threats to lenny pozner, father of 6-year-old noah pozner who died in the sandy hook school shooting.others linked to the sandy hook massacre have reported harassment by conspiracy theorists who argue it was staged to erode support for second amendment gun rights.most read stories3-course dinne






2 men charged in fatal oakland warehouse fire to enter pleas


oakland, calif. — two men charged with involuntary manslaughter after a fire at an oakland warehouse killed 36 people attending a dance party were expected to enter pleas friday.derick ion almena and max harris are accused of illegally converting the warehouse to a residence and entertainment venue and then creating a fire hazard through unpermitted modifications and clutter.alameda county district attorney nancy o'malley said almena and harris turned the warehouse into a "deathtrap."visitors and tenants alike described the so-called ghost ship warehouse as a warren of scrap wood, sofas, old pianos and snaking electrical cables. several said almena, who rented the building, brushed them off when they voiced concerns.oakland firefighters say they may never determine the cause of the dec. 2






vw expected to plead guilty in emissions-cheating case


detroit — volkswagen's day of reckoning for cheating on diesel emissions tests is coming on friday.the german automaker is expected to plead guilty to three criminal counts at a morning hearing in detroit federal court. the company could also be sentenced by judge sean cox.last month vw agreed to plead guilty and pay a $4.3 billion penalty for programming about 590,000 diesel vehicles to deceive u.s. regulators.the company admitted installing software that activated pollution controls during government tests and switched them off in real-world driving. the cars spewed harmful nitrogen oxide at up to 40 times above the legal limit. volkswagen also has admitted to lying to investigators to cover up the scheme.seven vw employees also face criminal charges in the case.






eden prairie museum showcases aviation history year-round


the smell of oil filled the air in the brightly lit airplane hangar crammed with history.from a 1940s jeep to a p-51 d mustang — one of only six in the world to return home from world war ii combat in europe — the restored relics are unquestionably the main attractions at a new aviation museum in eden prairie.although air museums are closing elsewhere, the nonprofit wings of the north bucked the trend and opened a museum just over a year ago after nearly two decades of organizing the annual airexpo aviation show in eden prairie. it now showcases history year-round.“that’s what we’re all about, telling the history,” director bob jasperson said. “we don’t want this history to be lost.”the wings of the north museum, which will mark its second year this summer, is housed in an office building