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Quadruple-murder suspect faces arraignment in Washington

Murder suspect Wint is pictured in police booking photographBy Ian Simpson WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A man accused of killing a Washington businessman, his wife, son and housekeeper held them captive until the executive handed over $40,000, then killed them and set fire to the house, court documents showed on Friday. The suspect, Daron Wint, 34, of Lanham, Maryland, has been charged with first-degree murder while armed in the death of Savvas Savopoulos, 46, the owner of a construction materials company and a Washington social figure. Wint will be arraigned Friday afternoon in District of Columbia Superior Court, a spokesman for the U.S. Attorney's Office said.



Magnitude 5.4 quake hits Nevada, close to Las Vegas: USGS

A magnitude 5.4 earthquake struck Nevada on Friday close to the small town of Caliente, northeast of the tourist hub of Las Vegas, the U.S. Geological Survey said. It said the epicenter of the quake, which was quite shallow at a depth of only 12 miles (19.4 km), was 24 miles from Caliente, a town of just over 1,000 people, close to the border with Utah. A dispatcher with the Lincoln County Sheriff's Department, near the quake's epicenter, said it had been felt widely across the county, but that there were no immediate reports of damage.


Federal judge rules again that gay couples have right to wed in Alabama

Supporters of same-sex marriage hold a rainbow flag and a rainbow umbrella outside Jefferson County Courthouse in Birmingham(Reuters) - A federal judge on Thursday reaffirmed her earlier ruling that same-sex couples in Alabama have a right to wed under the Constitution, but she put the ruling on hold until the U.S. Supreme Court issues a landmark decision on gay marriage. U.S. District Judge Callie Granade in January overturned the state's ban on same-sex marriage, in a ruling that went into effect the following month and led probate judges throughout much of the state to begin issuing licenses to the couples. In March, the Alabama Supreme Court ordered probate judges to stop issuing marriage licenses.



8 injured in car, SEPTA bus crash in Hunting Park

8 injured in car, SEPTA bus crash in Hunting ParkAuthorities say eight people were injured in a crash involving a car and s SEPTA bus in Philadelphia's Hunting Park section.



Bridge connecting shore towns still closed

Bridge connecting shore towns still closedA bridge closure down at the shore could be a headache this Memorial Day weekend.



Mother stands in at graduation of son killed in prom night crash

A Chicago area woman whose 18-year-old son was killed in an alleged drunk-driving crash after his high-school prom last weekend wore his cap and gown at his graduation in a tribute to him. Along with Dunigan's father, she received a special plaque with his diploma, awards and a graduation ticket. "She got a standing ovation, a lot of tears, a great deal of cheers," said Dwayne Evans, principal of the school in the south Chicago suburb of Calumet City.


Firefighter hurt battling blaze in Camden, N.J.

Firefighter hurt battling blaze in Camden, N.J.A firefighter has been injured fighting a 2-alarm blaze in Camden.



Two California men charged with seeking to help Islamic State

Two Southern California men were charged on Friday with conspiring to travel to the Middle East to join the militant group Islamic State, U.S. prosecutors said after one of the men was arrested at the Los Angeles airport. Anaheim residents Muhanad Badawi and Nader Elhuzayel, both 24, were arrested on Thursday, said FBI spokeswoman Laura Eimiller. On May 3, Elhuzayel tweeted his support for an attack by two men who that day attacked an exhibit of caricatures of the Prophet Mohammed in Garland, Texas, and who were shot to death by police, the U.S. Attorney's Office said in a statement.


DC authorities: Ex-con had help in slaying of rich family

DC authorities: Ex-con had help in slaying of rich familyAuthorities said in court documents made public Friday that than one person is responsible for the slayings of four people inside the mansion of a wealthy Washington family last week.



TLC pulls '19 Kids and Counting' from schedule following Josh Duggar molestation scandal

TLC pulls '19 Kids and Counting' from schedule following Josh Duggar molestation scandalTLC has pulled "19 Kids and Counting" from its schedule following accusations that Josh Duggar molested girls as a teenager.