October 5th, 2012
03:02 PM ET

Border agent's death likely due to friendly fire, FBI says

[Updated at 7:34 p.m. ET] This week's fatal shooting of a Border Patrol agent and the wounding of another was likely the result of friendly fire, the FBI said Friday.

"While it is important to emphasize that the FBI's investigation is actively continuing, there are strong preliminary indications that the death of United States Border Patrol Agent Nicholas J. Ivie and the injury to a second agent was the result of an accidental shooting incident involving only the agents," said James Turgal, special agent in charge of the FBI's Phoenix division.

[Posted at 3:02 p.m. ET] The FBI is looking into the possibility that the fatal shooting of a Border Patrol agent and the wounding of another near the U.S.-Mexican border may have been the result of "friendly fire," a law enforcement official said Friday.

Border Patrol agents came under fire Tuesday near Naco, Arizona, after responding to a sensor that had gone off nearby. Border Patrol Agent Nicholas Ivie was killed.

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October 5th, 2012
02:19 AM ET

New York demands documentary footage on Central Park Five case

New York City is demanding that documentary filmmaker Ken Burns hand over footage of the movie he made about five men who were wrongfully imprisoned and later exonerated for the rape of a woman in Central Park.

The demand is part of the city's attempt to defend itself against multi-million dollar federal lawsuits filed of by some of the "The Central Park Five," as the exonerated men had come to be known.

Lawyers for New York City filed a subpoena demanding Burns and his production company, Florentine Films, give them the unpublished interviews and unreleased footage not used in the documentary, which premiered at the Cannes Film Festival in May.

"The plaintiffs' interviews go to the heart of the case and cannot be obtained elsewhere," saidCeleste Koeleveld, a city attorney.

But Burns, along with his daughter, Sarah Burns, and her husband David McMahon, who co-wrote and produced the film, say they plan to fight.


Filed under: Justice • U.S.
October 5th, 2012
01:12 AM ET

Napolitano to visit family of slain Arizona Border Patrol agent

The head of Homeland Security travels to Arizona Friday, a day after Mexican authorities questioned two men in a shooting that killed a U.S. Border Patrol agent and wounded another near the U.S.-Mexican border.

The Mexican army handed the two over to local authorities in Sonora, having detained them near the American border, the Mexican attorney general's office said Thursday. The two were in possession of drugs and guns when they were detained, added the source.

Local authorities are investigating if the pair had anything to do with Tuesday's shooting near Naco, Arizona, where Border Patrol agents came under fire after responding to a sensor that had gone off nearby.

U.S. authorities have identified the agent killed as 30-year-old Nicholas Ivie. The Provo, Utah, native, who joined the Border Patrol in January 2008, is survived by his wife and two young children.

Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano and other federal officials will meet with Ivie's family "to express their condolences," said department spokesman Matt Chandler.

Ivie is the 14th agent killed in the line of duty since 2008, including three this year.


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October 5th, 2012
01:10 AM ET

Bodies found after landslide buries Chinese school

The bodies of 18 children have been found after a landslide buried elementary school students and a villager in southwest China, state media said Friday.

Rescuers found the bodies as they scoured through rubble at a village after the landslide struck the school and two houses in Yunnan province, state broadcaster CCTV reported.

One person is still missing, CCTV reported.

The students were studying Thursday during a public holiday to make up for classes disrupted by recent earthquakes.


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