Officer killed in hit-skip
A police officer who was conducting a DUI stop on a vehicle in Phoenix died after another vehicle struck him and then fled the scene. Authorities said late Sunday afternoon that police in Surprise located the SUV that struck Officer Daryl Raetz, 29. around 3:30 a.m. Phoenix police Sgt. Tommy Thompson said investigators were working to identify the driver. Raetz was an Iraq war veteran and worked as a Phoenix police officer for six years. He is survived by a wife and young daughter. Phoenix officials also are mourning a 23-year-old firefighter who was critically injured Saturday while fighting a mulch fire and died Sunday morning.
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FBI agents killed in drill
Two FBI special agents on the agency’s elite Hostage Rescue Team were killed in a training accident in Virginia, officials said Sunday. The accident happened off the coast of Virginia Beach on Friday, the FBI’s national press office announced in a statement Sunday. No other details were given and the cause was under investigation. The special agents were identified as Christopher Lorek, 41, and Stephen Shaw, 40.
Yahoo acquires blog site
Yahoo’s board of directors has approved a $1.1 billion cash acquisition of blogging site Tumblr. It’s the biggest and riskiest deal yet for Yahoo Chief Executive Marissa Mayer, who is trying to make pioneering Internet company relevant to young people who have gravitated to other services and to mobile devices. Tumblr is enormously popular with teenagers and young adults, a key demographic that Yahoo must reach to pull out of a prolonged slump.
Obama to discuss drones
President Barack Obama will discuss the legality of his administration’s secret drone program and other counterterrorism practices during a speech Thursday, a White House official said. Obama’s speech will be an attempt to fulfill his State of the Union pledge to be more “transparent” with the public about the controversial drone program that has become the centerpiece of the White House’s efforts to combat terrorism.
Compiled from wire reports.