Big earthquake shakes islands
ANCHORAGE | The U.S. Geological Survey said a significant earthquake has jolted the ocean floor near Alaska’s remote Aleutian Islands.
The agency said in a preliminary report that the magnitude-6.1 quake struck the seismically active but sparsely populated island chain at 4:49 a.m. Sunday.
It was centered 35 miles southwest of the island of Atka, which lies about 1,100 miles southwest of Anchorage.
The West Coast and Alaska Tsunami Warning Center said no tsunami was expected from the quake.
Five fatally shot in homeless camp
LOS ANGELES | Five people were found shot to death Sunday in a homeless encampment obscured by heavy brush in the shadow of a Long Beach freeway, police said.
Officers received an anonymous call Sunday morning and went to an area between several commercial buildings and freeway ramps. They found five dead adults, all of them gunshot victims, Long Beach Deputy Police Chief Robert Luna said.
Detectives have not determined a motive or identified a suspect. Coroner’s investigators were sent to the scene to identify the victims and determine how long they had been dead, Deputy Chief Luna said.
Police initially described the victims as homeless, but later said they hadn’t confirmed that. Officials also were also trying to track down the person who tipped police.
“That’s a piece of the puzzle that we’re trying to figure out,” Chief Luna said. “We’re hoping that person comes forward and tells us, ‘This is what I saw or heard.’
“The way they were situated, it was perfect in that no one can find the crime scene or see it.”
Naked pumpkin runners ticketed
BOULDER | Boulder police have ticketed about a dozen people running naked on the street while sporting freshly gutted pumpkins on their heads as part of an annual Halloween event.
The citations for indecent exposure Friday night came as dozens of other costumed revelers, including a man with a red cape and a sword, chanted to police officers to let go of the streakers and “find real criminals.”
The event known in Boulder as the Naked Pumpkin Run has been held for 10 years. This year it drew a huge crowd, prompting concern from police.
Boulder police Chief Mark Beckner says officers “wanted to do something before [the event] got out of hand.”
Seven wounded outside club
CHICAGO | Seven people were wounded in an early-morning drive-by shooting outside a club on the city’s West Side, police said.
Police said they don’t know what the motive was in the shooting early Sunday and that no one is in custody.
Police spokesman Dan O’Brien said three people were hospitalized in critical condition and four were listed in good condition.
Officers said the seven victims were leaving a social club when someone in a passing van opened fire at about 4:45 a.m.
Investigators were seeking to determine if any surveillance-camera footage is available from the club.
Police said they did not know how many people were in the van.
Toddler’s mother charged with murder
IOWA CITY | The mother of a toddler who was found dead after being reported missing by his father was charged with the boy’s murder.
Michelle Kehoe, 35, was charged Thursday with first-degree murder in the death of 2-year-old Seth Kehoe. Buchanan County Attorney Allan VanderHart said she also faces charges of attempted murder and child endangerment resulting in serious injury for attacking her 7-year-old son, Sean.
Eugene Kehoe reported his wife and children missing Oct. 26. They left their Coralville home to visit relatives earlier in the day and were found Oct. 27 when Mrs. Kehoe walked into a home in Littleton and said the children were in danger, investigators had said.
According to affidavits filed Thursday, Sean told investigators that his mother stopped the van in Littleton, where she placed duct tape over his face and led him out of the vehicle. He then described feeling his neck being cut.
He told investigators he heard his younger brother call out and saw his mom hurting him, the affidavits stated.
According to an autopsy conducted by the state medical examiner, Seth died as a result of sharp force injuries to the neck.
Woman only offers treats to GOP fans
GROSSE POINTE FARMS | A suburban Detroit woman decided to scare up the vote among neighborhood children by just offering treats to John McCain supporters.
Shirley Nagel of Grosse Pointe Farms handed out candy Friday only to those who shared her support for the Republican presidential candidate and his running mate, Sarah Palin. Others were turned away empty-handed.
WJBK-TV said a sign outside house warned: “No handouts for Obama supporters, liars, tricksters or kids of supporters.”
When asked about children who were turned away empty-handed and crying, Miss Nagel said: “Oh, well. Everybody has a choice.”
Officer dies after shooting
UNIVERSITY CITY | A police officer in a suburb of St. Louis died after being shot in the popular University City Loop area.
KTVI-TV said Officer Michael King, 50, died late Friday in the area known for its trendy shops, restaurants and offices.
University City police said they are seeking a 41-year-old man considered a person of interest. They also are trying to find a gray car thought to be connected with the shooting.
One witness told KTVI that the officer was sitting in his car when a man walked up and shot him.
Investigators have yet to determine a motive.
From wire dispatches and staff reports