Police suspect Virginia man killed wife and three kids in murder-suicide
A family of five was found shot to death in their Virginia home late Sunday in what authorities suspect was a murder-suicide.
A relative walked into the Culpeper, Va., house around 10 p.m. Sunday and discovered the bodies of the parents, Clarence and Shauna Washington, both 35, and their three daughters, said Det. Angela Deavers of the Culpeper County Sheriff’s Office.
The couple and their daughters, Onesha, 13, Onya, 6, and Olivia, 4, had all been shot, Deavers said, and a weapon was recovered at the scene.
Investigators say they suspect Clarence Washington killed his family in a murder-suicide, and sheriff’s deputies and the Virginia State Police are continuing the investigation.
Vegas resort planned at ex-New Frontier site
LAS VEGAS (AP) – A new resort could soon spring up on the vacant Las Vegas Strip site of the former New Frontier casino, thanks to a partnership between Australian billionaire James Packer and former Wynn Las Vegas President Andrew Pascal.
The two announced Monday that they’re forming a new company and acquired a controlling interest in the 35-acre (14-hectare) parcel, which has remained undeveloped since the storied New Frontier was imploded on Nov. 13, 2007. Groundbreaking is planned for 2015, while the resort could open as soon as 2018.
The New Frontier opened in 1942 and was known as the site of Elvis Presley’s first Las Vegas performance in 1956. The implosion was meant to make way for a $5 billion hotel-casino based on the Plaza Hotel in New York City, but the project died when the recession hit, according to the Las Vegas Review-Journal.
Texas abortion clinics ask judge to stop new law
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) – Nearly three-quarters of Texas’ abortion facilities would be forced to close by the end of this month if one of the nation’s toughest new anti-abortion laws is allowed to take effect, attorneys for clinics challenging the law told a federal judge Monday.
U.S. District Judge Lee Yeakel in Austin will rule on the latest challenge to the sweeping abortion restrictions that Texas’ Republican-led Legislature passed last year. Attorney General Greg Abbott, a Republican who is the favorite to become governor next year, is defending the restrictions.
The trial began as a federal judge in Alabama on Monday blocked a law in that state requiring doctors at abortion clinics to have hospital admitting privileges.