Sunday, April 19
SUSPECT INJURED-BALTIMORE PROTEST
Baltimore mayor vows accountability in police custody death
BALTIMORE (AP) — Baltimore's mayor and police commissioner promise a thorough investigation into the death of a man injured while in police custody.
At a news conference following the death Sunday of Freddie Gray, Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake said she has the same questions as reporters, including: how was Gray hurt? Did authorities follow proper procedures? What are the next steps?
The mayor said she will ensure the city holds "the right people accountable."
Four officers stopped Gray a week ago and put him into a van. After Gray arrived at a police station, an ambulance was called to treat him. He was taken to a hospital with what relatives called spinal injuries.
Police Commissioner Anthony Batts says the case will be investigated by the department, an independent review board and the city prosecutor.
UPDATE: Search continues for survivors after ship packed with migrants capsizes
ROME (AP) — Italy says 18 ships, including cargo vessels, are taking part in the search for hundreds of migrants believed to have been on a boat that capsized off the Libyan coast.
Italian prosecutors say a survivor of the migrant boat capsizing in the Mediterranean has told them 950 people were aboard, including hundreds who were locked in the hold by smugglers.
Catania Prosecutor Giovanni Salvi from that Sicilian city that the survivor, a man from Bangladesh, gave the information to prosecutors who interviewed him at the Catania hospital where he was flown by an Italian navy helicopter.
Earlier, authorities said a survivor told them that 700 people were aboard the boat, which capsized off Libya's coast on its way to Europe. It wasn't immediately clear if it was the same survivor who gave two different figures, or if the two figures came from two different survivors. The official death toll is 24, with 28 people rescued.
It's the latest in a series of deadly accidents involving migrants headed for Europe to escape turmoil in Africa and the Middle East.
Egypt's president meets CIA director in Cairo for talks
CAIRO (AP) — Egypt's president has held talks with CIA director John Brennan in Cairo that touched on regional conflicts and terrorism.
A government statement Sunday said the meeting between Brennan and President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi focused on "ways of enhancing bilateral relations" and regional issues. It said both sides agreed to continue "consultation and coordination on issues of mutual interest."
The visit by Brennan was not previously announced.
Egypt remains a key U.S. regional partner, despite tensions following el-Sissi's overthrow of Islamist President Mohammed Morsi in 2013. El-Sissi has been promoting the idea of a pan-Arab military force to intervene in regional conflicts.
Egypt increasingly has been targeted by Islamic militants and its strategic Sinai Peninsula is home to an extremist group that has pledged its loyalty to the Islamic State group.
Israel police investigating killing of Polish tourist
JERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli police say they're investigating the killing of a Polish tourist whose body bore signs of violence.
Police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld said Sunday the woman was found in a forest in Nazareth in northern Israel three days after being reported missing. He said police are investigating and it's still not clear if she was killed in a criminally motivated attack or by militants.
Rosenfeld said the woman had been staying at a hotel in Nazareth with her father and was reported missing Thursday night. The mostly Arab city in northern Israel with holy sites sacred to Christians is a big draw for tourists.
Such attacks on tourists are rare in Israel.
Officials say attacks around Iraq's capital kill 14 people
BAGHDAD (AP) — Authorities in Iraq say bombings and mortar fire targeting public places have killed 14 people around the capital, Baghdad.
Police officials say the deadliest attack happened Sunday night when a car bomb exploded on a commercial street in downtown Baghdad, killing six people and wounding 13.
Earlier, a bomb blast near a market killed three people and wounded eight in al-Taji, just north of Baghdad.
Police said another bomb exploded in Baghdad's northeastern suburbs, killing two people and wounding five. A mortar shell also hit a house and killed three people in the village of Sabaa al-Bour, 30 kilometers (20 miles) north of Baghdad.
Medical officials confirmed the casualties. All officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they are not authorized to speak to journalists.
Residents asked to stay inside because of Colorado fire
PUEBLO, Colo. (AP) — Residents of a Colorado neighborhood are being asked to stay inside their homes because of heavy smoke from a fire.
Crews are using excavators to take apart a 100-foot-high pile of scrap at American Iron and Metal in Pueblo.
Authorities say water alone will not put the fire out and it could take days.
Residents are being told to keep windows and doors shut and to turn off ventilation systems. Residents with respiratory illnesses are encouraged to leave the area until the smoke is gone.
Pueblo is about 45 miles from Colorado Springs.
SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA WILDFIRE
Evacuation orders lifted near Southern California wildfire
CORONA, Calif. (AP) — Evacuation orders have been lifted for residents near a wildfire that broke out near a Southern California dam.
The Riverside County Fire Department reports the evacuations were lifted early Sunday. The orders covered about 300 homes.
Authorities say the fire was reported shortly after 6 p.m. Saturday in the Prado Dam Flood Control Basin.
The fire grew to about 300 acres by early Sunday and was 15 percent contained.
Capt. Mike Mohler of the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection said firefighters on the ground were hampered Saturday by difficult access to the blaze.
EXPLOSION CLOSES HIGHWAY
Utility: No leaks found in California gas line that exploded
FRESNO, Calif. (AP) — Pacific Gas & Electric Co. says a gas pipeline that exploded in Central California had been inspected twice in April for gas leaks, and no leaks were found.
PG&E said Sunday that its crews did a ground survey of the pipe on April 1, and an aerial survey on April 16. The utility has said a vehicle damaged the pipeline.
Authorities say Friday's explosion on a Fresno County Sheriff's gun range occurred while a county equipment operator was building up a dirt berm. PG&E said it detected a drop in pressure in the line seven minutes before it received a report of the explosion.
The blast sent 11 people to the hospital, four of them with critical injuries.
Huge demand for Lilly Pulitzer collection overwhelms Target online
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Huge demand for the Lilly Pulitzer for Target collection has overwhelmed the Minneapolis retailer's website.
Many Lilly Pulitzer fans who stayed up to buy pieces from the limited-edition collection were greeted with website issues on Target.com early Sunday morning. Customers then learned that most items had already sold out online.
The Star Tribune reports many Target stores sold out of the collection within minutes of their doors opening at 8 a.m. Sunday.
Target spokesman Joshua Thomas says the website did not crash, but the retailer had to take steps to manage the site due to overwhelming traffic. That included allowing only some customers access to the site at certain times.
At one point, Target made the site inaccessible for about 15 minutes so it could grapple with the traffic.
UPDATE: Actor Ben Powers, known for 'Good Times' TV role, dies at 64
NEW BEDFORD, Mass. (AP) — Actor Alton "Ben" Powers, known for his role in the 1970s CBS television series "Good Times," has died at the age of 64.
The Auclair Funeral Home, which is handling arrangements, said Powers died April 6 in New Bedford, Massachusetts. Details were not released.
Powers played football player Keith Anderson, the husband of Thelma Evans (Bern Nadette Stanis) in "Good Times."
He also appeared in the 1980s CBS series "Mickey Spillane's Mike Hammer" with Stacey Keach, and had roles in several 1980s movies.
Powers, a Brooklyn, New York, native, was brought up by his grandparents in Providence, Rhode Island. He attended the Rhode Island School of Design, and began his acting career at the Trinity Repertory Theater in Providence.
His first TV roles were on NBC's "Rowan and Martin's Laugh-in."