CONNECTICUT SCHOOL SHOOTING
Police took nearly 6 minutes to enter Conn. school
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — A report on the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre indicates that nearly six minutes passed between the arrival of the first Newtown police officer and the time local officers entered the school.
A timeline released with the report Monday says the first officer arrived behind the school at 9:39 a.m. after the shooting was reported. Two other Newtown officers then arrived at the school, and gunshots were heard in the background.
The last gunshot officers heard, which is believed to be the suicide shot by gunman Adam Lanza, was heard at three seconds past 9:40.
The report says Newtown officers entered the school at 47 seconds past 9:44.
Prosecutor Stephen Sedensky III wrote in the report that law enforcement officers were operating under the belief there may have been more than one shooter.
CONNECTICUT SCHOOL SHOOTING-GUNMAN
Report: Newtown shooter was obsessed with Columbine
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — A report on the Newtown school shooting says that the gunman had an obsession with mass murders but that investigators did not discover any evidence he had indicated to others an intention to carry out such a crime.
The summary of the investigation by Connecticut State's Attorney Stephen Sedensky says Adam Lanza was obsessed in particular with the April 1999 shootings at Columbine High School in Colorado.
The report on the Dec. 14 massacre of 20 children and six adults says the question of Lanza's motive may never be answered conclusively.
Lanza killed his mother inside their Newtown home before driving to Sandy Hook Elementary School and carrying out his rampage. He committed suicide as police arrived.
Conn. gunman once wrote of a mother shot in head
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Documents show the gunman in last year's Connecticut school shooting wrote a violent book in the fifth grade that included passages in which a character shoots his mother in the head.
The homemade manuscript is titled "The Big Book of Granny" and was among items seized from Adam Lanza's home. Details are in documents that were part of a report released Monday.
Lanza killed 20 first-graders and six educators with a rifle in Sandy Hook Elementary School in December. He fatally shot his mother in the head, then drove to the school, carried out the killings and committed suicide.
The documents say the main character in Lanza's book has a gun in her cane and shoots people. There's nothing to indicate Lanza ever handed the book in at school.
The son character sinks his mother to the bottom of the ocean with a "cement floatation device." Another character likes hurting people, especially children.
Obama pushes back on critics of Iran deal
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama is pushing back at critics of an interim nuclear deal the U.S. and world powers struck with Iran.
Obama says the U.S. cannot close the door to diplomacy or rule out peaceful solutions to the world's problems. Speaking in San Francisco, he says that wouldn't be right for America's security.
The president said Monday that America's commitment to peace and diplomacy is what makes the nation a beacon to the world. He says the goal is what people can build together, not what they can criticize.
Some U.S. lawmakers are criticizing the deal because they say it's too soft on Iran. Israel and other U.S. allies are also expressing major doubts.
Obama invokes Thanksgiving spirit on immigration
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — President Barack Obama is invoking the Thanksgiving spirit in search of an immigration deal with Congress.
The president says he's willing to go along with House Republicans who want to break immigration reform into pieces. That's a different approach than the Democratic-controlled Senate that passed a comprehensive bill including border security and a path to citizenship for millions of immigrants illegally in the United States.
Obama told a San Francisco audience Monday that, quote, "It's Thanksgiving. We can carve that bill into multiple pieces."
Later, Obama was interrupted by a heckler who shouted at the president to stop deportations that split up families. Obama says he needs the law to change to have that power.
4 more charged after Ohio teen athletes' rape case
STEUBENVILLE, Ohio (AP) — Ohio's attorney general says you can't hold teenagers responsible if you don't also hold adults responsible.
Mike DeWine announced today the indictment of a school superintendent in Steubenville, along with an elementary school principal and two coaches, in connection with the rape of a drunken 16-year-old girl by two football players.
A grand jury had investigated whether school officials knew of the rape allegation but failed to report it.
The superintendent is facing felony counts of obstructing justice.
The others are accused of interfering with the investigation or failing to report possible abuse of a minor.
A judge convicted two Steubenville football players of raping the girl in August 2012.
San Antonio officer accused of rape in police car
SAN ANTONIO (AP) — San Antonio's police chief has decried the allegations against an officer accused of raping a handcuffed 19-year-old woman, saying it's "unthinkable."
Chief William McManus told reporters over the weekend he was "angry" and "outraged" after Officer Jackie Len Neal, an 11-year department veteran, was arrested Saturday on a sexual assault warrant.
According to an arrest affidavit, Neal asked the woman to step out of her vehicle about 2 a.m. Friday after tailing her for several blocks.
The affidavit says Neal told the woman her vehicle had been reported stolen. The document says the woman produced a sales slip, but Neal patted her down, ignoring a request for a woman to do that.
The affidavit says Neal placed the woman in handcuffs and raped her in the back of his car.
Travelers cast wary eye as storm moves eastward
DALLAS (AP) — Some of the country's biggest airports -- in New York, Washington, Philadelphia, Boston, and Charlotte -- could be seeing some major delays between now and Thanksgiving, as a winter storm system continues to move eastward.
The storm today has brought a mix of snow, sleet and freezing rain to parts of Arkansas, Oklahoma, Missouri, Kansas and Texas. It's been blamed for hundreds of accidents and at least 10 deaths, half of them in Texas.
Forecasters say it will bring mostly rain to the East Coast, with up to three inches of rain drenching travelers. Farther inland, they expect sleet and snow.
One man who's planning to fly Wednesday from his home in Toronto to visit his family near Boston says he's tried to get on an earlier flight, but the airline told him it isn't waiving any change fees yet. Jeff Smidt says he may be looking at a long drive.
According to Triple-A, 90 percent of travelers this week will drive.
COLLEGE HATE CRIME
Official: School failed student in harassment case
SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — The president of a California university where four white students are accused of harassing a black student says the school failed to adequately intervene or impose sanctions.
San Jose State University President Mohammad Qayoumi told the campus in a letter on Monday that the school will soon name an independent expert to look into the case.
Among the questions he said must be answered is how the abuse of the student could have gone unchecked or undetected for weeks.
Police say the white students taunted their freshman dorm-mate with racial slurs, barricaded him in his room and placed a U-shaped bicycle lock around his neck.
The four students are currently facing misdemeanor hate-crime and battery charges.
Qayoumi's comments came as the NAACP called on prosecutors to file felony charges against the students. Prosecutors say they are continuing their investigation.
MUSIC-PHILIPPINES RELIEF ALBUM
NEW: Stars donate songs for Philippines relief album
NEW YORK (AP) — Dozens of top stars have donated songs to an album aimed at raising funds for disaster relief in the Philippines.
Songs by The Beatles, Bob Dylan, Beyonce, U2 and Bruno Mars are among the 39 donated to "Songs for the Philippines," available for purchase Monday at iTunes and for streaming on iTunes Radio.
The artists, record companies and music publishers have agreed to donate the proceeds to the Philippines Red Cross.
Thousands were killed, injured and displaced by Typhoon Haiyan earlier this month and officials have struggled to keep up with humanitarian aid demands.
The compilation album has a little of everything, from the disturbing images of a live version of Eminem's "Stan" to the calming effect of The Beatles' "Let It Be."