Tibet mudslide buries 83 miners
Authorities in Tibet said Sunday that chances were slim that any survivors would be found after a massive mudslide at a gold mine buried 83 workers in piles of earth up to 98 feet deep. Searchers have found 21 bodies and were searching for the remaining missing.
The landslide Friday has spotlighted the extensive mining activities in the mountainous Chinese region of Tibet and sparked questions about whether mining activities have been excessive and destroyed the region’s fragile ecosystem.
Immigration deal not done, group says
Even with one of the largest hurdles to an immigration overhaul overcome, optimistic lawmakers cautioned Sunday they had not finished work on a bill that would provide a path to citizenship for 11 million illegal immigrants.
The AFL-CIO and the pro-business U.S. Chamber of Commerce reached a deal late Friday that would allow tens of thousands of low-skill workers into the country to fill jobs in construction, restaurants and hotels. Yet despite the unusual agreement between the two powerful lobbying groups, lawmakers from both parties conceded that the negotiations were not finished.
Egypt’s most-popular television satirist, who every week skewers the Islamist president and hard-line clerics on his Jon Stewart-style show, was released on bail Sunday but could face charges of insulting the country’s leader and Islam.
Bassem Youssef is the most-prominent critic of President Mohammed Morsi to be called in for questioning in recent weeks, in what the opposition says is a campaign to intimidate critics amid wave after wave of political unrest in deeply polarized Egypt.
4 hurt in crash, attack at Walmart
SAN JOSE, Calif.
Four people were hurt Sunday when a driver crashed his vehicle into a Walmart and then assaulted customers inside, police said.
Investigators have not determined how fast the driver — described as a male in his 30s — was going at the time of the crash, but the car went about 10 to 20 feet into the store in San Jose. About 70 people were inside at the time, police Officer Albert Morales said.
After the crash about 11:15 a.m., the unidentified driver got out of his vehicle and used a blunt object to attack people, Morales said. The driver was arrested when officers arrived.
Man who apologized for racist past dies
Elwin Wilson, the former Ku Klux Klan supporter who publicly apologized for years of violent racism, including the beating of a black Freedom Rider who went on to become a Georgia congressman, has died. He was 76.
Wilson died Thursday at a hospital in South Carolina after a bout with the flu and years of heart and lung problems, said his wife, Judy Wilson.
Wilson detailed his deeds at length when he called The Herald of Rock Hill to apologize shortly after President Barack Obama’s inauguration in 2009.
Among his actions were cross burnings, hanging a black doll in a noose at the end of his driveway, flinging cantaloupes at black men walking down Main Street and the brutal beating of U.S. Rep. John Lewis, D-Ga., at a Rock Hill bus station in 1961.
“His story is a powerful story; his story must not be forgotten,” Lewis told The Herald in a telephone interview Saturday. “His story and the way he arrived at his position must be understood, must be told.”