Standoff in NJ enters second day
A standoff with an armed man who police said took multiple hostages entered its second day Saturday as authorities worked to negotiate his surrender and his captives’ release.
The man, whose identity has not been released, remained holed-up in a two-story red brick house in South Trenton more than 25 hours after the standoff began Friday afternoon, authorities said.
Trenton police Lt. Stephen Varn declined to give any details on the number of people being held, their ages or relationship to the armed man.
State police Lt. Stephen Jones called the standoff an “ongoing, tense situation” and said police were working to “bring this to a peaceful end.”
Former Pakistani prime minister declares victory
Former Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif declared victory after a historic election marred by violence Saturday, a remarkable comeback for a leader once toppled in a military coup and sent into exile.
The 63-year-old Sharif, who has twice served as premier, touted his success after unofficial, partial vote counts showed his Pakistan Muslim League-N party with an overwhelming lead. The party weathered a strong campaign by former cricket star Imran Khan that energized Pakistan’s young people.
Astronauts repair leak on space station
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla.
Astronauts making a rare, hastily planned spacewalk replaced a pump outside the International Space Station on Saturday in hopes of plugging a serious ammonia leak.
The prospects of success grew as the minutes, then hours passed and no frozen flecks of ammonia appeared. Mission Control said it appeared as though the leak may have been plugged, although additional monitoring over the coming weeks will be needed before declaring a victory.
“I will tell you that we’re happy. We’re very happy,” said Joel Montalbano, NASA’s deputy space station program manager. “We didn’t see any obvious signs of a leak, but it’s going to take some time ... for us to look at the system, evaluate the system and make sure we did, indeed, stop the leak.”
Woman rescued from Bangladesh building recovering
A seamstress who survived 17 days before being rescued from a collapsed garment factory building outside of Bangladesh’s capital was panicked, dehydrated and suffering from insomnia as she recovered in a hospital Saturday, but was in generally good condition, according to her doctors.
The rescue Friday of 19-year-old Reshma Begum brought a boost to the workers who had spent more than two weeks pulling decaying bodies from the rubble. By Saturday, they had resumed their grim recovery task, as the death toll surpassed 1,100 in the world’s worst garment-industry disaster.