- Associated Press - Friday, October 17, 2014
Police: Teen sodomized in videotaped assault

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) - A group of young men and teenagers sodomized a 15-year-old boy, critically injuring him in an attack that was recorded on video and shared among cellphones, authorities said Thursday.

The assault occurred at a home in Hopkinsville in western Kentucky, and three men and two juveniles have been charged, Christian County sheriff’s Capt. Chris Miller said.

The victim was in intensive care Thursday at a hospital in Clarksville, Tennessee. The boy’s condition has improved since the attack early Sunday left him with life-threatening injuries, Miller said.

Police have not released a possible motive or many details about what happened. Four people face sodomy charges and the other had a video of the attack, Miller said. The victim knew his attackers, and all are from the Hopkinsville area.

“We haven’t uncovered any kind of premeditated plans,” he said.

Investigators weren’t sure whether the video was posted to any websites. Authorities are still interviewing people and more arrests are possible, Miller said.


Rand Paul continues building New Hampshire support

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) - In his third trip to New Hampshire this year, U.S. Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky on Thursday continued building a network of support - with a heavy focus on young voters - for a possible 2016 presidential run.

Paul spoke to mostly high school and college students in Concord about the need to elect Scott Brown to the U.S. Senate and addressed a packed auditorium at Plymouth State University. As Paul travels the country this year - he has been to 32 states - he is working to expand the Republican Party’s base to include young people and minorities, constituencies that Republicans have had trouble attracting.

With its first-in-the-nation presidential primary, candidates like Paul who may seek their party’s nomination know it’s critical to do plenty of face-to-face campaigning.

“I think the neat thing about New Hampshire is that it’s a small enough state that people not only want but seek out personal interaction with the candidate,” Paul said during a stop at the New Hampshire Republican Party headquarters in Concord. “So when I call people on the phone here at the headquarters, I think people aren’t that shocked.”

Although he says he will decide whether to run for president in the spring, Paul already is building a ground game in New Hampshire to help spread that message and attract early supporters. In July, Paul hired veteran New Hampshire strategist Mike Biundo to run his PAC’s efforts here. Biundo managed Rick Santorum’s 2012 campaign for president and says he and his team are “starting to build a statewide, grassroots network” of Paul supporters. Texas Gov. Rick Perry is the only other possible 2016 candidate with a staffer in New Hampshire, longtime Republican lobbyist Mike Dennehy.

As Paul tries to carve out a national profile, he is continuously linked to his father, Ron Paul. A Dartmouth College student told Paul that he began following Ron Paul in seventh grade. In New Hampshire, the shadow of his father could help Paul - Ron Paul took second in the 2012 New Hampshire primary, largely by engaging the grassroots supporters Biundo and his team are now trying to tap into. There is a risk, though: Some of Ron Paul’s libertarian viewpoints have alienated voters.


Corvette Museum sinkhole repair starts next month

BOWLING GREEN, Ky. (AP) - The National Corvette Museum in Bowling Green says work will start in about three weeks to fill a massive sinkhole that opened up in February and allowed eight prized sports cars to topple inside.

The project’s schedule calls for completion by July.

The museum says six of the eight cars that fell into the hole last February are on display in the museum’s Skydome. The museum will move as many as possible into other public viewing areas after Nov. 9 until the Skydome reopens next summer.

Video of the hole became an Internet hit, with cars toppling like toys. Museum officials considered keeping part of the hole open and putting a crumpled sports car back inside but said that idea lost favor because of safety feature and maintenance costs.


Kentucky jobless rate falls to 6.7 percent

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - Kentucky officials say the state’s unemployment rate in September dropped to its lowest rate in more than six years.

The Kentucky Office of Employment and Training said Thursday the seasonally adjusted jobless rate fell to 6.7 percent last month, down from 7.1 percent in August. It’s the lowest statewide jobless rate since July 2008, when the rate was 6.6 percent.

Officials say last month’s decline was the biggest one-month drop in unemployment rates since 1976.

The preliminary rate for September was 1.6 percentage points below the 8.3 percent jobless rate in September 2013.

Officials say job gains occurred in a number of sectors last month, including leisure and hospitality, educational and health services, professional and business services and construction. They say employment in the government and mining sectors remained flat.

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