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POSTED November 25, 2013 9:41 p.m.

SAN ANTONIO OFFICER ACCUSED OF RAPE IN POLICE CAR: SAN ANTONIO (AP) — A San Antonio police officer is accused of handcuffing and raping a 19-year-old woman in a case decried by the police chief, who calls it "unthinkable."

Officer Jackie Len Neal, an 11-year member of the department, was placed on paid administrative leave as a sexual assault case against him is pending.

"I can't express in words how disappointed and angry I am about this. I am at a loss for words," Chief William McManus told reporters over the weekend, according to the San Antonio Express-News. "I am outraged. This is a punch in the eye to the Police Department."

According to an arrest affidavit, Neal asked the woman to step out of her vehicle about 2 a.m. Friday after tailing her for several blocks.

The affidavit said Neal told the woman her vehicle had been reported stolen. The woman produced a sales slip, but Neal patted her down, ignoring a request for a woman to do that, according to the affidavit.

Neal then allegedly placed the woman in handcuffs and raped her in the back of his car. Police say a GPS device in Neal's patrol car confirms he was parked on the street in question for about 18 minutes on Friday, according to the Express-News.

SHOTGUN OWNED BY ANNIE OAKLEY SELLS FOR $293,000: DALLAS (AP) — Somebody got Annie's gun, though the person did have to pay $293,000 for it.

A shotgun once owned by the legendary sharpshooter Annie Oakley sold at auction Sunday to an anonymous buyer.

Oakley found fame in Buffalo Bill's Wild West show. She was fictionalized on Broadway in "Annie Get Your Gun."

A great-grandniece of Oakley put her 16-gauge Parker Brothers Hammer shotgun up for auction.

Dallas-based Heritage Auctions sold it. The buyer also obtained the gun's canvas scabbard and documents of authentication.

A charm bracelet owned by Oakley also was put up for auction and was sold to a separate buyer for $245,000.

NYC MAY OULAW FOAM FOOD CONATINERS: NEW YORK (AP) — The future of plastic-foam food containers in takeout-loving New York City was up for debate Monday, as lawmakers discussed proposals to ban the containers or explore recycling them.

Some other cities already have similar prohibitions. But the idea of nixing plastic foam cups, plates and to-go cartons in the nation's largest city has spawned a muscular debate between supporters — including environmentalists and Mayor Michael Bloomberg — and opponents, among them restaurateurs and other business interests. Both camps held rallies Monday outside City Hall.

"This is actually a rush into the future — for the protection of the Earth, for our environment, for people who work in this industry," sponsor Councilman Lewis Fidler said as the City Council sanitation committee hearing began.

The hearing included several proposals, but the impetus was a Bloomberg-backed measure that would ban foam carryout items, with exceptions for raw meat and prepackaged foodstuffs.

After recent changes, the proposal now calls for first determining whether the containers can be recycled. That's an idea the ban's critics like; its supporters question how economically and environmentally practical it will be to recycle the foam here.

NEWTOWN SHOOTER MAY HAVE REVEALED PLANS ONLINE: NEWTOWN, Conn. (AP) — Adam Lanza may have hinted at his deadly plans online in the days before last year's Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre.

In documents that were part of a report released Monday, authorities say a Texas woman contacted Hartford police the day of the Dec. 14 attack to say her son had interacted with someone while playing a videogame 20 hours earlier who said there would be a school shooting.

It isn't clear whether she contacted authorities before or after the massacre.

Two days before the shooting, an anonymous user posted comments online saying that they planned to commit suicide Dec. 14 and that it would make the news. The poster said they lived in Connecticut.

POLICE: YALE CAMPUS SAFE, NO GUNMAN FOUND: NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) — Yale University was locked down for nearly six hours Monday as authorities investigated a phone call saying an armed man was heading to shoot up the school, a warning they later said was likely a hoax.

SWAT teams searching the Ivy League campus did not find a gunman after a room-by-room search and the lockdown was lifted Monday afternoon. No one was injured, police said.

"New Haven is safe. The Yale campus is safe," said New Haven Police Chief Dean Esserman.

A 911 call was received at 9:48 a.m. from a man at a pay phone about a mile from the campus who said his roommate was on the way to the university to shoot people, said Officer David Hartman, a New Haven Police spokesman.

Esserman said he was leaning toward the incident being a hoax and that a witness who reported seeing someone with a rifle likely saw a law enforcement officer.

 

The information came from an application for a search warrant for Lanza's computer. Authorities say that the computer's hard drive had been smashed and that nothing usable was obtained.

OBAMA: NO SHORTCUT IN POLITICS, DEMOCRACY: SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — President Barack is pushing back against liberals who are urging him to act unilaterally to take steps Congress has blocked.

Obama says executive orders "basically nullify Congress," adding that there are no shortcuts to politics or democracy.

Obama told a Democratic fundraiser Monday that Democrats must win on the merits of the argument. He's urging activists to keep on pushing.

Obama's remarks came after he was heckled during events in San Francisco. Activists have demanded Obama use executive orders to halt deportations for immigrants in the U.S. illegally and to crack down on workplace discrimination against gays.

Obama has signed executive orders previously, and used administrative authority to delay deportations for some immigrants brought to the U.S. as children. But he's said he can't expand such actions to include all immigrants.

 

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