One person was in custody after a suspicious vehicle drove up to a White House checkpoint on Saturday night, March 19, the Secret Service said, after CNN reported that the driver claimed to have a bomb. CNN, citing two law enforcement sources, said there was no confirmation of any device in the vehicle but that security at the White House had been upgraded. The Secret Service said an unidentified driver was taken into custody after a suspicious vehicle approached a checkpoint, but made no mention of any claims of an explosive device.
WASHINGTON - A person jumped over a bike rack in a buffer zone in front of the White House on Saturday while President Trump was in Florida, but was not able to make it over the fence into the grounds, White House spokesman Sean Spicer said on Twitter. CNN reported that two Secret Service agents tackled the individual. The area is the start of a buffer zone between the main White House fence and the sidewalks.
South Dakota's Republican Governor Dennis Daugaard on Friday vetoed a pair of bills that would have loosened restrictions on carrying concealed guns in the state, after saying current laws made sense and were adequate. One measure would have allowed carrying concealed weapons in the state without a permit. The second proposed allowing carriers of an enhanced permit to carry concealed weapons at the state capitol. South Dakota bars convicted felons and those convicted of some violent or drug crimes from obtaining a concealed weapons permit.
MIAMI/MOSCOW - During the 2016 presidential campaign, Donald J. Trump downplayed his business ties with Russia. And since taking office as president, he has been even more emphatic. “I can tell you, speaking for myself, I own nothing in Russia,” President Trump said at a news conference last month. “I have no loans in Russia. I don’t have any deals in Russia."
SEATTLE - If you have ever wanted to rampage through a game of Monopoly like a dinosaur, you're in luck. The popular U.S. board game is changing out three of its playing tokens, swapping in a penguin, T-Rex and rubber ducky in for the thimble, wheelbarrow and boot, Pawtucket, Rhode Island-based toymaker Hasbro Inc said Friday. The move is part of a broader campaign to update the board game based in part on votes by consumers during a promotional period earlier this year.
WASHINGTON - A Secret Service agent's laptop computer containing floor plans for Trump Tower, details on the criminal investigation of Hillary Clinton's use of a private email server and other national security information was stolen, ABC News reported on Friday, citing law enforcement sources. The New York Daily News, citing police sources, said authorities had been searching for the laptop since it was stolen on Thursday morning from the agent's vehicle in the New York City borough of Brooklyn.
WASHINGTON - A California man who scaled the White House fence last week was on the property's south grounds for at least 15 minutes before he was captured, CNN reported on Friday, March 17, citing an unnamed U.S. Secret Service source. Jonathan Tran, 26, faces a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison for entering the grounds without permission. Tran set off several alarms after jumping the fence but was able to avoid other sensors before he was discovered just steps from the main building, CNN reported.
VERACRUZ, Mexico - The discovery of one of the largest mass graves by a group of grieving parents has exposed the government's failure to investigate the missing victims in Mexico's long and bloody drug war. After a six months-plus investigation led by the families, government investigators in the Gulf state of Veracruz said on Tuesday, March 14, they had found more than 250 skulls in a shallow graves in a field, a record in the atrocities in Mexico.
SEOUL - A U.S. policy of strategic patience with North Korea's nuclear and missile programs has ended, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said in South Korea on Friday, warning that military action would be "on the table" if Pyongyang elevated the threat level. On his first Asian visit as secretary of state, Tillerson will travel to China on Saturday with a main focus on finding a "new approach" on North Korea after what he described as two decades of failed efforts to denuclearize the insular nation.
NEW YORK - A paramedic was killed after a man hijacked her ambulance in New York City and reversed over her, city officials said on Friday, March 17. Police have arrested a suspect on murder charges. Yadiro Arroyo, 44, and her female partner were traveling in their ambulance in the Bronx when a passing motorist alerted them to a man riding at the back of their vehicle, city officials said. They stopped and got out of the ambulance to investigate.