- - Tuesday, May 22, 2012

SALEM, Ore. — A mother and her three children were found dead in a burned house Tuesday in northwest Oregon, and the children’s father was found dead later in a car, all victims of what police said appeared to be a murder-suicide.

The woman and children were discovered early Tuesday when Salem firefighters went to a house on fire in a working-class neighborhood of old homes, small apartment complexes and mature trees.

A neighbor reported awaking about 5:30 a.m. to the fire. About five hours later, the father was found dead in a vehicle about 75 miles south of Salem, in Cottage Grove.

Workers awarded $332K in on-site toilet case

PORTLAND — Two workers who claimed they were forced to urinate in a bucket have been awarded $332,000 after a jury found they were fired for complaining to Oregon regulators about the lack of an on-site toilet.

Douglas Eki and Xerxes “Jason” Doctolero told the state occupational safety and health division that they used the bucket because they couldn’t get to a toilet fast enough.

They testified that their employer, Menzies Aviation, refused to provide them with a toilet and that using the restrooms of nearby businesses wasn’t a solution because they were not welcome. The men performed mechanical work at Portland International Airport.

NEW JERSEY

Ex-student in webcam case explains not apologizing

NEW BRUNSWICK — The former Rutgers student sentenced this week to 30 days in jail for using a webcam to view his roommate kissing another man said he did not apologize largely because it would have been seen as insincere.

Dharun Ravi told the Star-Ledger in an interview conducted before Monday’s sentencing, but published after it, that anything he would say “would sound rehearsed and empty.”

Obama-threat suspect can get guns back

NEWARK — A New Jersey appeals court said a man accused of talking about shooting President Obama could get his gun collection back.

John Brek was working at Newark Liberty International Airport in 2009 when he was overheard talking about how easy it would be to shoot the president, who was scheduled to arrive the next day.

Mr. Brek was charged with making terroristic threats but pleaded guilty to harassment and served 30 days in jail. A judge denied him the return of more than 70 weapons that had been seized from his house during the investigation.

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