Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

National Briefs for Wed. 140924

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

National Briefs for Wed. 140924

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Man charged in abduction of U. of Virginia student

The man authorities believe was the last person seen with a University of Virginia student before she disappeared has been charged with abduction, police said Tuesday night.

Charlottesville Police Chief Timothy Longo said at a news conference that officers are looking for Jesse Leroy Matthew Jr., 32, after obtaining a felony arrest warrant from a magistrate on a charge of abduction with intent to defile. They also continue to search for 18-year-old Hannah Graham, who went missing early the morning of Sept. 13.

Fired UPS worker kills ex-colleagues, himself * A man wearing his work uniform shot at his former colleagues in a UPS sorting facility in Alabama a day after he was fired, killing a supervisor and another employee before committing suicide, police said Tuesday. Birmingham police identified the shooter as Kerry Joe Tesney, 45, of Trussville. They did not release the victims' names.

More firefighters focus on King Fire * Nearly 2,000 firefighters were added Tuesday to battle a massive northern California wildfire threatening thousands of homes in anticipation of erratic winds and hotter temperatures that could undo their progress. Almost 7,400 firefighters are on the scene of the King Fire east of Sacramento.

Manning sues for medical care * Chelsea Manning, the Army private convicted of leaking hundreds of thousands of classified documents to the anti-secrecy website WikiLeaks, is suing the federal government to receive medical care for the gender disorder she was diagnosed with in 2010, the ACLU said Tuesday. Manning, who formerly went by the name Bradley Manning, was convicted of multiple counts of espionage for leaking more than 700,000 wartime documents and diplomatic cables to WikiLeaks.

Number of federal inmates dropping * The federal prison population has dropped by nearly 5,000 inmates this year, the first decline in decades, according to the Justice Department. In a speech Tuesday at New York University's Brennan Center for Justice, Attorney General Eric Holder highlighted this decline as a breakthrough for criminal justice reform advocates who have tried to reverse the trend of rising incarceration. …

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