ARMED GROUP ACCESSED FILES, BUNDY SAYS
burns, ore.» The leader of a small, armed group occupying a national wildlife refuge in southeastern Oregon said Monday he and his followers are going through government documents stored inside refuge buildings.
Ammon Bundy said the documents will “expose” how the government has discriminated against ranchers who use federal land for cattle grazing.
Bundy said the documents also would help secure the release of Steven and Dwight Hammond, two area ranchers convicted of arson who returned to prison last week to serve longer sentences. The Hammonds’ case set off the occupation of the Burnsarea refuge Jan. 2.
Last survivor of 1906 quake dies at 109 B
san francisco» The last survivor of the devastating San Francisco earthquake and fire of 1906 has died, a relative confirmed Monday.
William A. “Bill” Del Monte died at a retirement home in nearby Marin County on Monday. He was 11 days shy of his 110th birthday. His niece, Janette Barroca of San Francisco, confirmed his death of natural causes.
Del Monte was 3 months old when the quake struck, forcing his family into the streets to escape in a horse-drawn buckboard with fire burning on both sides, Barroca said.
Clinton e-mail lawsuits dismissed B
washington» A federal judge has dismissed a pair of lawsuits arising from Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton’s use of a personal e-mail server as secretary of state.
The lawsuits from the groups Judicial Watch and Cause of Action Institute are among dozens seeking access to Clinton’s e-mails.
U.S. District Judge James Boasberg dismissed the lawsuits Monday, calling the matter moot because the government has been working to recover and preserve e-mails from the server.
Aid convoys reach Syrian communities B
damascus, syria» Aid convoys delivered long-awaited food, medicine and other supplies to three besieged communities Monday, part of a U.N.-supported operation to help tens of thousands of civilians cut off for months by the war in Syria.
Reports of starvation and photos of emaciated children have raised global concerns and underscored the urgency for peace talks that the U.N. is hoping to host Jan. 25 in Geneva.
Princess’ fraud trial opens B
palma de mallorca, spain» Princess Cristina spent 12 hours in court Monday at the start of her landmark criminal case, confronting accusations of bankrolling a lavish lifestyle with funds her husband received from an alleged scheme to embezzle millions from public contracts for conferences and sporting events.
Cristina and her husband, Inaki Urdangarin, said nothing during the opening of their trial as their lawyers and attorneys for 16 additional defendants argued why their clients should have the charges dropped.
Afghan talks make little progress B
islamabad» Four countries — Afghanistan, Pakistan, China and the United States — were cloistered away late into the night Monday trying to lay a foundation they hope eventually will lead to peace talks between the Afghan government and Taliban fighters. But in the end, the biggest decision that appeared to be reached was to meet again.
Body might be missing toddler B
jacksonville, fla.» Authorities found human remains Monday that they think are those of a toddler who was reported missing last summer.
The remains were in a “garbage heap” in a wooded area after the boyfriend of the child’s mother led them to the site, said Tom Hackney, chief of investigations of the Jacksonville Sheriff ’s Office. The remains are thought to be those of Lonzie Barton, Hackney said.
Lonzie was 21 months old in July when his mother’s boyfriend reported him missing. The mother, Lonna Lauramore Barton, 26, and her boyfriend, 32year-old William Ruben Ebron Jr., have been accused of child neglect.
Teacher protest closes schools B A
detroit» wave of teacher absences described by an activist as “rolling strikes” shut down more than half of Detroit’s 100 public schools Monday, keeping thousands of students at home as a socalled sick-out entered a second week.
Detroit’s debt-ridden district of 46,000 students has been under state oversight for nearly seven years. The district, which has about $500 million in debt, poor morale among the staff and families with other school options, is run by an emergency manager appointed by Republican Gov. Rick Snyder.
Bond reduced for “affluenza” teen’s mom B
fort worth, texas» The mother of a Texas teenager who used an “affluenza” defense for a deadly wreck soon could leave jail after a judge sharply reduced her bail Monday.
Tonya Couch’s bail is now $75,000 instead of $1 million. She is charged with hindering the apprehension of a felon after she and her son, Ethan, were caught in a Mexican resort city. Ethan Couch, 18, killed four people in a 2013 crash and was facing allegations that he violated probation.
Taliban releases tourist held since 2010 B
toronto» A Canadian man, held by the Taliban in Afghanistan since 2010, has been released, Canada’s government announced Monday. Canadian Minister of Parliament Stephane Dion said Colin Rutherford was a tourist in Afghanistan when he was seized.