VINEYARD HAVEN, Mass.
Obama makes long delayed appointments
President Barack Obama is once again bypassing the Senate to install some of his long-blocked nominees. Obama announced Thursday he's using his power to act while Congress is in recess to install officials at the Agriculture Department, the Health and Human Services Department, the Small Business Administration and the U.S. Embassy in El Salvador. He said all four are highly qualified but have been forced to wait for Senate confirmation because of partisan obstruction. The White House disclosed Obama's move soon after he arrived on Martha's Vineyard to begin a 10-day vacation.
Veteran kills his family, himself
Authorities say a 23-year-old Iraq War veteran shot and killed his pregnant wife, 13-month-old daughter, three dogs and then himself. Police said Thursday they don't know why Matthew Magdzas killed his 26-year-old wife, April Oles, and their daughter, Lila. Investigators believe the killings happened Tuesday. Tessa Buscko, a friend and former colleague of Oles', says Oles was due to give birth by C-section Wednesday to the couple's second daughter. That was the day Oles' mother went to the couple's home and found the family dead.
London: Jeffrey Lendrum, 48, a former special forces soldier was jailed trying to smuggle a stash of 14 rare peregrine falcon eggs from Britain to Dubai, where they could fetch $11,000 each on the black market.
Yemen: Following a government crackdown, Hazem al-Mujali, an al-Qaida leader accused of bombing a French oil tanker in 2002, has turned himself in, the Yemeni Defense Ministry announced.
WASHINGTON: Killings of homeless people have risen to their highest level in a decade, with 43 people killed last year and many more injured, according to new data due to be released this week by the National Coalition for the Homeless, an advocacy group.