hTwo blasts rip througharea in the Philippines
ZAMBOANGA CITY, Philippines -- Rescuers lower a victim of a bomb explosion at a restaurant in Zamboanga City in southern Philippines, one of two such explosions that ripped through the downtown commercial area. The two bomb blasts occurred late Wednesday, one at the restaurant and another placed underneath a parked van. At least 27 people were injured, and power was knocked out.
Bomb in Afghanistan killsmember of U.S. military
KABUL, Afghanistan -- A U.S. service member was killed by a roadside bomb in eastern Afghanistan, the military said Wednesday, raising to five the number of Americans killed in less than a week as violence escalates ahead of next month's parliamentary elections. The bomb exploded Tuesday near a vehicle in eastern Ghazni province where an American unit was conducting operations to "disrupt enemy activity in the region," the military said. Two American troops were evacuated to the main U.S. base north of Kabul; one died shortly after arrival while the other was in stable condition.
At Scout camp, tree falls,killing 1 girl, injuring 3
OCEAN TOWNSHIP, N.J. -- An 8-year-old girl died, and three others were injured Wednesday when a tree fell on them during a first-aid class at a Boy Scout camp, authorities said. The girls were participating in the class at an overnight camp when the 31-foot tree suddenly snapped, crashing through a tarp over a picnic table at which they were sitting, Police Chief Kenneth Flatt said. The tree landed on the 8-year-old girl's head. She was pronounced dead at Southern Ocean County Hospital in Manahawkin. The other girls -- ages 9, 10 and 16 -- suffered minor injuries and were treated and released from the hospital. Their identities weren't immediately released.
Pinochet's wife, son facecharges in tax evasion
SANTIAGO, Chile -- Gen. Augusto Pinochet's wife and younger son were arrested Wednesday and charged as accomplices in a tax evasion case linked to an investigation into the former dictator's multimillion dollar fortune overseas. Lucia Hiriart, 82, and Marco Antonio Pinochet, who is in his 50s, were charged after being questioned by Judge Sergio Munoz, whose probe into the former dictator's overseas holdings was sparked by a U.S. Senate investigation. The Pinochet family's lawyer, Pablo Rodriguez said Hiriart had nothing to do with her husband's finances and he would appeal the charges. Pinochet, who ruled Chile between 1973-90, was stripped of his immunity in the bank accounts case by an appeals court.
Execution in Texas
HUNTSVILLE, Texas -- A former farm worker from central Texas was executed Wednesday for beating a man to death with a car jack during a violent spree 17 years ago. Gary Sterling, 38, was the 11th inmate executed by injection this year in Texas, the nation's most active capital punishment state. He was condemned for the May 1988 death of John Carty, 72, at his home near Corsicana. Prosecutors also had evidence tying Sterling to the slaying of Delores Smith, 52, a friend of Carty's whose purse and glasses were found at Sterling's home. Sterling led police to their bodies after he was arrested for the slayings of brothers William Porter, 72, and Leroy Porter, 71, near Waco. He pleaded guilty to their slayings and received two life prison terms.
Truck crashes, explodes
SALT LAKE CITY -- A truck carrying 35,500 pounds of explosives crashed and exploded Wednesday, leaving a huge crater in a Utah highway and injuring at least four people. The driver was able to get out and warn other motorists away before the truck exploded. But a passenger in the truck cab and other motorists were rushed to hospitals with injuries, Utah Highway Patrol Sgt. Todd Royce said. Two people were in critical condition, and another was in satisfactory condition at a hospital in Provo, LDS Hospital spokesman Jess Gomez said. The truck driver, a 30-year-old man, was taken to University of Utah Hospital where he was alert, spokesman Chris Nelson said. It wasn't immediately clear why the truck crashed, Royce said. He said the truck was "pretty much vaporized," and both lanes of Highway 6 in Spanish Fork Canyon were gutted by the blast.