National briefs: FBI probing LAPD gun sales

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LOS ANGELES -- The FBI is investigating whether members of the Los Angeles Police Department's elite SWAT and Special Investigations Section units violated the law by purchasing large numbers of custom-made handguns and reselling them for profit, according to interviews.

Federal authorities opened the inquiry into the alleged gun sales in recent weeks after LAPD officials alerted them to possible gun violations, multiple sources told the Los Angeles Times.

The move comes after an earlier LAPD investigation found no wrongdoing on the part of officers. But on Friday, Chief Charlie Beck acknowledged that that probe was "clearly lacking" and said the department has opened a second investigation of the weapons transactions that is still ongoing.

Vintage Apple computer

BERLIN -- One of Apple's first computers -- a functioning 1976 model -- has been sold for a record $668,000.

German auction house Breker said Saturday an Asian client, who asked not to be named, bought the so-called Apple 1, which the tech company's founders Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak built in a family garage. Breker claims it is one of only six known remaining functioning models in the world.

Overpass collapses

CHAFFEE, Mo. -- A highway overpass in southeast Missouri collapsed Saturday when rail cars slammed into one of the bridge's pillars after a cargo train collision, authorities said. Seven people were injured, though none seriously.

The bridge collapsed after a Union Pacific train hit the side of a Burlington Northern Santa Fe train at a rail intersection. Derailed rail cars then hit columns supporting the Highway M overpass, causing it to buckle and partially collapse.

Graduations after tragedy

OKLAHOMA CITY -- Seven tornadoes have swept through their town since they were born, but as new graduates donned caps and gowns to say goodbye to their high schools Saturday, they vowed they wouldn't say goodbye to Moore.

Saturday's graduations for Westmoore, Southmoore and Moore high schools are another step toward normalcy for the Oklahoma City suburb ravaged by an extremely strong tornado. Monday's twister killed 24, including seven children at Plaza Towers Elementary School.

Con man poses as cop

SEATTLE -- The 93-year-old North Seattle woman thought she was helping police track down a counterfeiting organization when she agreed to withdraw $20,000 in cash from her bank and turn it over to a man who claimed to be an undercover officer as part of a sting.

Seattle police say she is one of six women who have been phoned by a con artist posing as a law-enforcement officer who claims he is investigating a counterfeiting ring operating out of the victim's bank. Five of those women have turned over more than $75,000 to the con man and his partner, police said.

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Divers searched a large pond while investigators combed nearby woods Saturday for any sign of the pilot of a volunteer Angel Flight that crashed Friday night in the upstate New York town of Ephratah, west of Albany, killing two passengers. ... Horace Mann, an elite New York City private school, said Friday that it would not commission an independent investigation into allegations of widespread sexual abuse there over several decades, even as it issued a public apology to victims.

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