Tuesday, June 18 2013 10:18 AM EDT2013-06-18 14:18:23 GMT
(CBS/CNN) - Chrysler is expected to explain why its refusing to recall more than 2.5 million jeep SUVs. The National Highway Traffic Safety administration says 51 people have suffered fiery deaths inMore >>
Chrysler is expected to explain why its refusing to recall more than 2.5 million jeep SUVs and another recall on the Nap Nanny infant recliner.More >>
Monday, June 17 2013 9:41 AM EDT2013-06-17 13:41:31 GMT
(CNN) - A science-fiction-style project -- which could bring internet access to five billion people across the planet -- is being tested out in New Zealand. Software giant Google is launching balloonsMore >>
A science-fiction-style project -- which could bring internet access to five billion people across the planet -- is being tested out in New Zealand. Software giant Google is launching balloons into the stratosphere -- equipped with wireless technology that could create a truly global network.More >>
Friday, June 14 2013 10:13 AM EDT2013-06-14 14:13:03 GMT
(CNN) - An elephant stuck in a well, a really big hornet's nest and flying food trays are all video that will have you talking today. It's not a place you would expect to find an elephant, even a babyMore >>
An elephant stuck in a well, a really big hornet's nest and flying food trays are all video that will have you talking today.More >>
Thursday, June 13 2013 10:32 AM EDT2013-06-13 14:32:18 GMT
(CNN/CBS) - Hashtags are coming to Facebook. This is to help users better surface conversations. The social network wants to make it easier for users to find content already on Facebook and functionalMore >>
In today's What's Trending report, #Hashtags are coming to Facebook. This is to help users better surface conversations. More >>
Wednesday, June 12 2013 10:09 AM EDT2013-06-12 14:09:28 GMT
(CNN) - Buying your clothes from thrift stores, also called, "thrifting," is becoming more popular and trendy. An example of how it's grown: Goodwill Industries reported an 83% increase in revenue fromMore >>
Buying your clothes from thrift stores, also called, "thrifting," is becoming more popular and trendy. An example of how it's grown: Goodwill Industries reported an 83% increase in revenue from 2007 to 2012.More >>
Tuesday, June 11 2013 9:50 AM EDT2013-06-11 13:50:52 GMT
(CBS) - Law enforcement from San Francisco and New York are holding a smartphone summit this week. They'll meet with representatives from Apple, Google, Samsung and Microsoft and urge them to create newMore >>
A smartphone summit gets underway this week to tackle the rise in gadget thefts and more than 300,000 Honda Odysseys are being added to a federal probe of faulty air bags.More >>
Monday, June 10 2013 9:53 AM EDT2013-06-10 13:53:42 GMT
(CNN/KSDK) - A woman's chance of living at least five years after being diagnosed with breast cancer has gone up from 50% in the 1970's to 85%. But modern science doesn't get all the credit for the healing,More >>
A chair dubbed-- The Healing Chair-- helps seven women recover from cancer. The big brown recliner has been passed down by several ladies who were going through chemo and surgery.More >>
Saturday, June 8 2013 11:48 PM EDT2013-06-09 03:48:40 GMT
(CNN) - An Idaho grandmother who believes in living on the edge, jumps off a bridge wearing a chute and a smile. Get this, it was all for her 102nd birthday. Maybe you'll recognize her from appearances.More >>
An Idaho grandmother who believes in living on the edge, jumps off a bridge wearing a chute and a smile. Get this, it was all for her 102nd birthday.
Thursday, June 6 2013 2:16 PM EDT2013-06-06 18:16:46 GMT
(CNN) - In Entertainment News, Michael Jackson's 15 year old daughter Paris is hospitalized this morning. She's recovering after cutting one of her wrists. A family lawyer said Paris is physically fine. OneMore >>
Michael Jackson's 15 year old daughter Paris is hospitalized. More good news for Jennifer Love Hewitt, the actress is engaged.More >>
Wednesday, June 5 2013 10:33 AM EDT2013-06-05 14:33:44 GMT
(CNN) - The apparent kidnapping of a U.S. Marine and the recent arrest of a mother on drug charges. These cases are raising questions about the safety of Americans in Mexico. Americans flock to MexicoMore >>
The apparent kidnapping of a U.S. Marine and the recent arrest of a mother on drug charges. These cases are raising questions about the safety of Americans in Mexico.More >>
Midland City, Alabama (CNN) -- Kelly Miller heard the gunshots, then the screams from the school bus.
She could hear her children screaming: "He's got a gun. He took a kid."
Outside, a gunman had
just boarded a school bus, killed the driver and grabbed two children,
according to authorities. One of the children escaped. The other, a
5-year-old boy, was not so lucky.
The suspect then disappeared with the boy into a nearby well-stocked, underground bunker.
The story has been
recounted at the grocery store and at the gas stations, where people
trade the latest details about the hostage standoff that entered its
fourth day Friday.
It has thrust this town
of about 2,300 into the national spotlight, with nightly reports
recounting the hostage drama that has shaken this community known for
its close vicinity to the "Peanut Capital of the World."
On Tuesday afternoon, bus driver Charles Poland Jr. was shuttling children from school to their homes when he dropped Miller's two boys off and a man boarded the bus.
He demanded that Poland,
66, hand over a child. Poland refused, blocking access to the bus's
narrow aisle as at least 21 children escaped out of the back emergency
door, according to police.
It's unclear whether the
suspected gunman was after a specific child on the bus. Police have
said there is no connection between the suspect and the abducted boy,
whose identity is being withheld.
Police are tight-lipped
about a possible motive, and have refused to divulge what, if any,
demands the suspect has made to hostage negotiators.
The suspect is holed up in a bunker 4 feet underground and built at least partially out of PVC pipe, authorities have said.
An FBI hostage
negotiator was communicating with the alleged gunman through a plastic
ventilation pipe in an effort to end the standoff.
"They're taking time and
trying to wear him out," said Police Chief James Arrington of Pinckard,
who is familiar with details of the case.
Authorities have not released the name of the suspected gunman.
But neighbors and news outlets around Midland City have identified him as Jimmy Lee Dykes, 65,a Vietnam veteran and retired truck driver, who moved to the area about five years ago.
By all accounts, Poland knew the alleged gunman, at least in passing.
On Monday, the day
before the shooting and abduction, Dykes flagged down Poland while he
was driving the bus to talk to him, according to Miller, who lives near
the suspected gunman.
While Miller did not
know the nature of the conversation between the two men, she told CNN
affiliate WSFA-TV that Tuesday morning, Poland offered the suspect a
gift of eggs and marmalade as a thank you for clearing his driveway so
the bus could turn around easier.
Hours later, Dykes handed over the eggs and marmalade to Miller's father. "He said, 'Take this, I don't want it,'" she said.
So when Dykes got on the bus Tuesday afternoon, it didn't seem unusual to her sons, Jesse and Jackson, she said.
Neighbors have described
Dykes as "anti-government" and abusive, with several describing
run-ins, including one where they claimed he pulled a gun.
"His friends and his
neighbors stated that he did not trust the government, that he was a
Vietnam vet, and that he had PTSD," Byrd told the civil rights group.
"He was standoffish, didn't socialize or have any contact with anybody."
Still, Miller said she
can't reconcile the man she knows as her neighbor with the one accused
of killing a bus driver and abducting a boy.
"I really in my heart
don't believe that he intends to hurt that little boy," she said. "I
think that he may have something to say and he wants people to hear him.
I'm not sure what that is. But I don't think he intends to hurt that
'That's a hero'
Even as authorities
search for answers behind the killing and kidnapping, there is no
question to Midland City residents that the bus driver was a hero.
Poland was a gentle Bible-reading man who could not stand to discipline the children on his bus because it hurt his heart, the Dothan Eagle newspaper reported.
He had worked as a full-time bus driver for four years, shuttling children between their homes and schools.
"There was a laughter
and a love that he had for the kids," his brother-in-law Melven Skipper
told CNN affiliate WDHM, reflecting on the regular conversations he'd
have about "my youngins'."
"They were his youngins', when he had them on the bus."
Poland will be
memorialized Saturday night at a visitation service, followed by his
funeral Sunday afternoon at the Ozark Civic Center.
"You couldn't give nothing greater than your life for a kid or anyone else," Skipper said.
Tuesday, June 18 2013 6:50 PM EDT2013-06-18 22:50:52 GMT
TYLER (KYTX) - One man is dead after being shot in a hotel room at 6:55 Saturday morning at the American Inn Motel. Tyler Police said a report of a shooting victim was called in to police. When officersMore >>
Tyler Police are hoping surveillance video will lead them to four men wanted in connection with a deadly weekend shooting.More >>
Tuesday, June 18 2013 6:07 PM EDT2013-06-18 22:07:12 GMT
(KYTX)- TYLER, Texas-A Tyler eco-tourism guide was discovered with something up his sleeve in August of 2012. U.S. Attorney John M. Bales announced today that sixty-three year old William Lamar has nowMore >>
U.S. Attorney John M. Bales announced today that sixty-three year old William Lamar has now has pleaded guilty to smuggling snakes into the country.More >>
Tuesday, June 18 2013 5:54 PM EDT2013-06-18 21:54:38 GMT
An award winning local East Texas Bakery has announced their sweet secret that reveled them as contestants on the Food Network's hit show "Cupcake Wars." The Luscious Crumb filmed their episode back inMore >>
An award winning local East Texas Bakery has announced their sweet secret that reveled them as contestants on the Food Network's hit show "Cupcake Wars."More >>
Tuesday, June 18 2013 11:49 PM EDT2013-06-19 03:49:29 GMT
TYLER (KYTX) -- We're learning more about an investigation into an issue during STAAR testing at Tyler ISD. The school district isn't releasing much information but a spokesperson says the district wasMore >>
We're learning more about an investigation into an issue during STAAR testing at Tyler ISD.More >>
Tuesday, June 18 2013 11:39 PM EDT2013-06-19 03:39:13 GMT
OVERTON (KYTX) - Sidewalk renovation in Overton , it's gone on for about a week in front of Sheryl Thornton's hair salon, The Barber Pole. Thornton says it has already made her lose some business. SheMore >>
Sidewalk construction causes headaches for an Overton business owner.More >>