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Friday, May 09, 2014 - Updated: 8:23 AM

Authorities: Woman has neighbors' home bulldozed

ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. (AP) -- Authorities say a northeast Florida woman who didn't like her neighbors had their mobile home demolished.

According to an arrest report, Ana Maria Moreta Folch of St. Augustine told a heavy equipment operator that she owned the trailer and wanted it and its septic tank destroyed.

The arrest report says Moreta Folch wanted the trailer bulldozed because she thought its occupants were unsavory and she suspected they had broken into her car.

Moreta Folch was charged with criminal mischief, a third-degree felony. She was released Wednesday on $10,000 bail.

4 dead in Tampa mansion blaze were shot to death

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) -- The flames that brought down a 6,000-foot-square mansion have been extinguished, the four bodies charred by the blaze removed.

With the results of autopsies pending and authorities indicating the possibility of a murder-suicide, investigators are now trying to piece together the story of the family that lived inside -- and what may have led to the deaths.

All four of the people had been shot, authorities said, and detectives recovered a gun registered to Darrin Campbell, a career executive who lived in the house with his wife and two teenage children.

Campbell bought $650 worth of fireworks and a bunch of gas cans just days before the house went up in flames, officials said.

Authorities still have not positively identified the bodies found inside as those of the Campbells, but police said they had been renting the property from a former tennis star, and the family has not been accounted for. A relative said they were inside the home at the time of the fire.

Texas town shaken by officer shooting 93-year-old

HEARNE, Texas (AP) -- Friends say 93-year-old Pearlie Golden still shopped at the grocery store and greeted friends with a jubilant "Hey, baby!" Now they and the mayor of this small Texas town want the police officer who shot and killed her gone.

The fatal shooting of "Miss Sulie" -- as residents say she was widely known -- has raised tensions in Hearne and the Texas Rangers are investigating what led the officer to fire on Golden while responding to a 911 call at her house this week.

Hearne police have said in a statement that Golden "brandished a gun" when officer Stephen Stem arrived Tuesday night. Dozens of protesters, including some who came in from Houston, marched to police headquarters on Thursday and were met there by Mayor Ruben Gomez, who said he will recommend that the officer be fired during Saturday's City Council meeting.

Robertson County District Attorney Coty Siegert said a preliminary autopsy shows Golden was shot twice in the body and grazed by a third bullet. It's the second time Stem has shot and killed a suspect since joining the department in 2012, Siegert said.

Congress to examine DC pot decriminalization

WASHINGTON (AP) -- More than a third of U.S. states have some form of marijuana decriminalization, but only the District of Columbia's pot policy is being singled out for a Congressional hearing.

Mayor Vincent Gray signed a bill in March that decriminalizes possession of small amounts of pot. It won't take effect until after a review by Congress that is ongoing. Congress would be extremely unlikely to pass a resolution invalidating the law. But it could block the measure in other ways.

Today's hearing will be the third in a series that a House Oversight subcommittee has held examining the conflict between state-level marijuana policies and federal law.

The committee is taking a close look at the district because of the abundance of federal property and federal law enforcement agencies in the nation's capital.

Report: Apple on verge of buying Beats for $3.2B

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- A published report says Apple is orchestrating a $3.2 billion acquisition of Beats Electronics, the headphone maker and music streaming distributor founded by hip-hop star Dr. Dre and record producer Jimmy Iovine.

The Financial Times says the deal could be announced as early as next week. The newspaper cited people familiar with the negotiations. Thursday's report warns there is a still a chance the talks could collapse.

Both Apple Inc. and Beats Electronics declined to comment to The Associated Press.

If the deal is completed, it would be by far the largest acquisition in Apple Inc.'s 38-year history.

The acquisition would add Beats Electronics' popular line of headphones and music streaming service to an Apple line-up that already includes iPods and the iTunes store, the world's top music retailer.

French to honor World War II vets at West Point

WEST POINT, N.Y. (AP) -- Thirty-four World War II veterans are being honored by the French at the U.S. Military Academy 70 years after the D-Day landings.

The men will be decorated as knights of the Legion of Honor during a ceremony today at the celebrated West Point academy. The consul general of France will help present each recipient with an insignia to honor his role in liberating France from Nazi German occupation.

Hundreds of Americans have been awarded the honor since France opened up eligibility to all living U.S. veterans who fought on French territory during four major wartime campaigns.

Burger King offers burgers for breakfast

NEW YORK (AP) -- Burger King has some new additions to its breakfast menu -- its flame-broiled burgers.

The Miami-based chain says its "Burgers at Breakfast" includes its Whoppers, Cheeseburgers and Big King sandwiches, as well as its Original Chicken Sandwich, french fries and apple pie, in addition to the normal breakfast menu.

A representative for Burger King Worldwide Inc. said in an email that more than 5,000 locations will participate in the program. The company said the program began rolling out earlier this month.

     

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