Nation Briefs: Driver in day care crash arrested

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WINTER PARK, Fla. -- The SUV driver accused of causing a crash at a Florida day care that killed a 4-year-old girl has been arrested.

Robert A. Corchado, 28, turned himself in to police, who charged him with leaving the scene of a deadly accident. The Orange County Corrections Department said he's being held on $100,000 bond.

Police say Mr. Corchado crashed into another motorist, who in turn smashed into the day care center Wednesday, killing the girl and injuring 14 others. Ten people remain hospitalized.

Mr. Corchado has a lengthy criminal history.

Kidnapped man freed

WAKE FOREST, N.C. -- A North Carolina man whose daughter prosecutes violent crimes was rescued by an elite FBI team after he was kidnapped and terrorized for five days in what authorities described as an act of retaliation involving the Bloods street gang.

Five people were arrested after a raid by the FBI's Hostage Rescue Team on an Atlanta apartment.

John Strong, the FBI's agent in charge for North Carolina, said the kidnapping was related to Frank Arthur Janssen's daughter's prosecution of Kelvin Melton, serving a life term for ordering the shooting of a man in 2011.

Agency works to secure grid

WASHINGTON -- The top federal energy regulator said Thursday that her agency is taking steps to improve handling of classified national security information, following a report that officials improperly allowed widespread access to a document that outlined specific physical threats to the nation's electric grid.

Cheryl LaFleur, acting chairwoman of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, told the Senate Energy Committee that employees are "wiping and scrubbing all databases" and taking other steps to protect sensitive information.

The commission also has directed a nonprofit entity that oversees electric reliability to develop physical security standards for the grid by early June.

'Excessive force' faulted

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. -- A scathing Justice Department assessment Thursday said the Albuquerque Police Department, whose officers have shot and killed 23 people in the past four years, had engaged in a "pattern or practice of use of excessive force," often acting recklessly and violating people's constitutional rights.

City police too often used deadly force against people who posed no significant threat to them, including people who were mentally or emotionally unstable, creating unnecessary confrontations that frequently escalated and ended in shots fired and lives lost, according to findings of a 16-month Justice Department investigation released Thursday.

Ryan, GOP present budget

WASHINGTON -- House Republicans led by Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., are marching ahead with an election-year budget promising to balance the government's books with wide-ranging cuts in programs such as food stamps and government-paid health care for the poor and working class despite the knowledge that they could be checkmated by Senate Democrats and President Barack Obama's veto pen.

The plan passed Thursday is a nonbinding framework meant to engage GOP voters than rival Democrats.

'Most-wanted' list updated

WASHINGTON -- The FBI said Thursday it is adding William Bradford Bishop Jr., a former State Department official who is accused of brutally murdering his family of five in Montgomery County, Md., more than 30 years ago, to its "Ten Most Wanted Fugitives" list.

-- Compiled from news services


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