US to provide more support to French

US to provide more support to French


The United States has decided to provide additional support to the French military in its war against Islamic militants in Mali by conducting aerial refueling missions.

The Pentagon says Defense Secretary Leon Panetta has told the French defense minister, Jean-Yves Le Drian, that U.S. Africa Command will provide the aerial refueling support.

The U.S. already has been transporting French troops and equipment to the West African nation.

Casey Anthony files for bankruptcy

tampa, Fla.

Casey Anthony has filed for bankruptcy in Florida, claiming about $1,100 in assets and $792,000 in liabilities.

Court records show that Anthony, who was acquitted of killing her 2-year-old daughter in 2011, filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy Friday in federal court in Tampa.

Her listed debts include $500,000 for attorney fees and costs for her criminal defense lawyer during the trial, Jose Baez; $145,660 for the Orange County Sheriff’s office for a judgment covering investigative fees and costs; $68,540 to the Internal Revenue Service for taxes, interest and penalties; and $61,505 to the Florida Department of Law Enforcement for court costs.

Factory fire kills 7

DHAKA, Bangladesh

A fire swept through a two-story garment factory in Bangladesh’s capital, killing at least seven female workers and injuring five others, police and fire officials said.

The fire Saturday at the Smart factory occurred just two months after a blaze killed 112 workers in another factory near the capital.

La. man arrested in police shooting


Police on Saturday arrested a man suspected of fatally shooting a police officer and critically wounding two deputy sheriffs after setting a deadly fire at a mobile home near a south Louisiana casino.

A Chitimacha tribal officer was pronounced dead at the scene of the shootings in Charenton, and two St. Mary Parish deputy sheriffs were critically wounded and taken to hospitals, said Louisiana State Police Trooper Stephen Hammons.

Hammons said investigators found the burned remains of a man after extinguishing a fire at a mobile home that Wilbert Thibodeaux, 48, is suspecting of setting before the officers confronted him.

Mayor’s gifts to alma mater top $1B


New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg is giving $350 million to alma mater Johns Hopkins University, pushing his lifetime giving to the private Baltimore university past $1 billion, the university said Saturday.

University officials believe Bloomberg, who earned his fortune creating the global financial-services firm Bloomberg LP, is the first person to give more than $1 billion to a single U.S. university.

Associated Press

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