Nanny charged with murder
The nanny who police say stabbed to death two children in her care before trying to kill herself was charged Saturday with murder.
Yoselyn Ortega had recovered from her wounds enough by Saturday to be interviewed by police in her hospital bed at New York Presbyterian Weill Cornell Medical Center. After the interview, she was formally charged with two counts each of first- and second-degree murder.
Syrian tanks enter demilitarized zone
Three Syrian tanks entered a demilitarized zone Saturday along the border with the Golan Heights, spurring Israel to file a complaint with the United Nations, Israeli officials said.
Although the tanks did not enter the Israeli- occupied Golan Heights, Israeli officials said the Syrian military presence is restricted from the border area under a U.N.-monitored cease-fire agreement.
Israeli officials said they did not view the tanks as a provocation or an attempt to draw Israel into the fighting in Syria, where an uprising against President Bashar Assad has devolved into a bitter conflict. But the incident, which came as Syrian tanks battled Syrian rebel forces in the area, underscored how the conflict has been spilling over into neighboring nations.
Woman jailed in murder freed
An Indiana woman who spent eight years behind bars for the killing of a blind 94-year-old woman has been freed, after a fingerprint that was prosecutors’ crucial piece of evidence against her was found not to be hers, after all.
Lana Canen, 53, was released Friday from the Elkhart County Jail after a judge who overturned her 2005 murder conviction in the Thanksgiving Day 2002 slaying of Helen Sailor ordered her freed, WSBT-TV and WNDU-TV reported.
Canen maintains that she had nothing to do with killing Sailor. At her trial, prosecutors said she conspired with her co-defendant, Andrew Royer, to rob Sailor, and that Royer strangled the woman. Both were convicted and given 55-year prison sentences.
Jordan facing energy crisis
From restricting the number of vehicles on the kingdom’s roads to electricity blackouts, Jordanian officials are scrambling for solutions to an energy crunch that experts say is tipping the country into a financial crisis.
Fuel and energy long have been an issue of national security for Jordan, which unlike its oil-rich Gulf neighbors is blessed with few natural resources and imports 98 percent of its energy needs.
Experts say recent energy woes stem from a dramatic drop in its Egyptian natural- gas supplies. As recently as 2010 Egypt provided 80 percent of the country’s electricity — a number that now stands at less than 16 percent.
Lower costs lure US students elsewhere
More American teenagers are thinking about picking up a passport and heading abroad for their college years as a way of attending a top-rated school at a lower cost, Canadian and British college recruiters say.
More than 10,000 Americans are earning graduate and undergraduate degrees in Canada, and 15,000 are pursuing degrees in the United Kingdom. Even with extra fees for international students, colleges and universities outside the United States, in many cases, cost less than the tuition at private colleges or the out-of-state charges at public universities.