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Death Toll Rises to at Least 340 in Bangladesh Bldg. Collapse

SAVAR, Bangladesh (AP) — Rescue workers today brought another 19 survivors out of the rubble of a collapsed building in Bangladesh where at least 340 people died. They vow to keep working despite fading hopes.  

Meanwhile, police have detained five people in connection with the collapse of the shoddily-constructed building that housed garment factories. Among those taken into custody is the wife of the building owner, who is on the run, in an attempt to force him to surrender. Violent public protests continued sporadically. Continue Reading

Suspect indicted in Las Vegas Strip carnage

A self-described pimp was indicted Friday in Nevada state court on charges that could bring the death penalty if he is convicted in a fatal shooting and fiery crash that killed three people on the Las Vegas Strip in February. In an unexpected move, the Clark County District Court grand jury also indicted Ammar Asim Faruq Harris, 27, on a charge of robbery and three felony sex assault counts in a 2010 case that had been dismissed last year when the alleged victim refused to testify. Prosecutor David Stanton said the second indictment didn’t represent double-jeopardy under Nevada law because it was dismissed without prejudice before a preliminary hearing. That allows prosecutors to seek new charges after the alleged victim, who now lives in Texas, testified before the grand jury. The rape charges could put Harris in prison for a minimum of 10 years. Continue Reading

Details learned this week in Boston bombing probe

As the Boston Marathon bombings investigation continues, more information from authorities has emerged that clarifies some earlier reports from officials or provides more details on the suspected bombers, brothers Dzhokhar and Tamerlan Tsarnaev, and their backgrounds: ___ MIT OFFICER: Officer Sean Collier was shot inside in his patrol car late Thursday, April 18. Authorities initially said he was responding to a disturbance. Police now say there was no disturbance and he was in his parked car when he was shot by one of the bombing suspects. ___ NO ROBBERY ATTEMPT: Officials at first said that the suspects were pursued after they robbed a convenience store, where the younger one was seen on a surveillance camera. Authorities later corrected their statement to say the suspects were tracked down after they needed to stop for gas and a driver they had carjacked fled and called police. Continue Reading

Inmate missing since 1999 surrenders in Oklahoma

After 14 years on the run from the FBI and tips from witnesses in two countries, David Lee Kemp turned himself over to authorities in southwest Oklahoma early Friday morning, local authorities said. Kemp, of Lawton, Okla., was the only inmate to elude capture after escaping with eight other inmates on March 11, 1999, while awaiting trial on two first-degree murder counts in the killings of his ex-wife and her boyfriend. Comanche County Sheriff Kenny Stradley said Kemp told police he was done running. “He said that he was just tired basically of running and it was affecting his health,” Stradley told The Associated Press. Comanche County Jail records show Kemp was taken into custody at about 1:40 a.m. Friday on charges of felony first-degree murder and escaping from a county jail, a misdemeanor. Continue Reading

Iowa gov. grants commutation to Rasberry Williams

Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad has granted a commutation request for Rasberry Williams, offering a chance of parole for a man convicted of killing his neighbor outside a pool hall in 1974. Branstad on Friday commuted Williams’ sentence to life with the possibility of parole. The governor last month held an unusual public hearing on the case to hear from those who supported commutation. The victim’s family told Branstad they’ve forgiven the now 67-year-old Williams. The commutation now lets the Iowa Board of Parole consider Williams for work-release or parole. Branstad held the hearing to gather input from the community where Williams shot and killed 40-year-old Lester Givhan. Continue Reading

Remains ID'd as 13-year-old Hailey Dunn, Texas cheerleader missing since 2010

The remains of a 13-year-old Texas cheerleader Hailey Dunn have been found more than two years after she was reported missing. An unidentified person contacted authorities after finding the remains near Lake J.B. Thomas in Scurry County on March 16, more than two years after Dunn’s mother reported her daughter missing. The girl’s disappearance and the cause of her death remain under investigation, Scurry County Sheriff Trey Wilson said at a news conference Friday. The Scurry County District Attorney’s Office received written confirmation of the identity of the remains on Friday, he said. Texas Rangers informed the girl’s mother, Billie Jean Dunn, on Friday afternoon at her Austin home, said her attorney, John Young. Continue Reading

MLB/NBA/NHL Regional Scores, Schedules from A-P

THURSDAY’S RESULTS

MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL

Chicago Cubs 4, Miami 3

Chicago White Sox 5, Tampa Bay 2

NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION

Chicago 79, Brooklyn 76

NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE

St. Louis 4, Calgary 1

 

FRIDAY’S SCHEDULE

MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL

Chicago Cubs at Miami, 6:10 p.m.

Tampa Bay at Chicago White Sox, 7:10 p.m

Pittsburgh at St. Louis, 7:15 p.m.

NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE

Calgary at Chicago, 7:30 p.m.

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Syrian Government Denies Chemical Weapons Use

DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — Two Syrian officials have denied the government has used chemical weapons against rebel forces, saying the regime had no need for them.  

The denials follow assertions by the White House and other top Obama administration officials that U.S. intelligence had concluded with “varying degrees of confidence” that the Syrian government has twice used chemical weapons in its civil war. A Syrian government official said the government did not and will not use chemical weapons even if it had them. He spoke to The Associated Press today on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to give official statements. Syrian official Sharif Shehadeh called the U.S. claims “lies” and likened them to false accusations that Iraq possessed weapons of mass destruction ahead of the U.S. invasion of that country. Continue Reading

Brains Behind Britain’s Knapsack Bomb Plot Sentenced

LONDON (AP) — The ringleader of an al-Qaida-inspired plot to detonate knapsack bombs in England’s second-largest city has been sentenced to at least 18 years in jail.  

A judge in London sentenced Irfan Naseer to life with no possibility of parole for 18 years. Judge Richard Henriques said 31-year-old Naseer was “the leader, driving force and man in charge” of the elaborate plot. The judge told Naseer that “your plot had the blessing of al-Qaida and you intended to further the aims of al-Qaida.” One of Naseer’s accomplices was recorded calling the planned attack in Birmingham “another 9/11.” Continue Reading