Family of 5 killed in Maine; gun is found

Family of 5 killed in Maine; gun is found


A family of five, including three children ranging in age from 4 to 12 years old, were found shot to death Sunday inside a southern Maine apartment, authorities said.

Investigators said a gun was found near one of the bodies, and it appeared someone in the family was responsible for the shootings. A state police spokesman said causes of death would be determined by the state medical examiner.

Authorities did not release the names of the family but said the parents were in their 30s. State and local police, along with the medical examiner, were at the scene Sunday night. Officials said autopsies are scheduled for today.

38 killed as Libyan forces battle militias


Heavy clashes between Libyan soldiers loyal to a renegade general and Islamist-led militias killed 38 people, health officials said Sunday, as fighting between rival militias around the capital’s international airport raged on.

Forces loyal to Gen. Khalifa Hifter battled militias in Benghazi in clashes that started Saturday and continued through early Sunday, a security official said. Commando forces regained control of four military camps captured by Islamist militias in the past few days, the official said. The fighting killed eight militia fighters, including the brother of a purported leader of an al-Qaida-inspired group, the official and a militia website statement said.

The statement on the website of the Islamist militia Rafallah Sahati confirmed the death of Ahmed al-Zahawi, brother of Mohammed al-Zahawi, the leader of Ansar al-Shariah. U.S. officials believe Ansar al-Shariah was behind the Sept. 11, 2012, attack in Benghazi that killed U.S. Ambassador Chris Stevens and three other Americans.

Jet’s black boxes to be sent to France


Black boxes from the Air Algerie plane that crashed in Mali last week will be transferred to France for analysis, the French embassy in Mali said Sunday, as officials prepared for identifying the remains of the dead.

U.N. peacekeepers found the second black box Saturday in the wreckage of the plane that took off from Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, and was heading to Algiers, Algeria, when it crashed Thursday in Mali near the border with Burkina Faso. The crash killed 118 people, 54 of whom were French.

Man seeks video of 1995 bombing


One man’s quest to explain his brother’s mysterious jail-cell death 19 years ago has rekindled long-dormant questions about whether others were involved in the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing.

What some consider a far-flung conspiracy theory will be at the forefront during a trial set to begin today in Salt Lake City. The Freedom of Information Act lawsuit was brought by Salt Lake City attorney Jesse Trentadue against the FBI. He says the agency won’t release security-camera videos that show a second person was with Timothy McVeigh when he parked a truck outside the Oklahoma City federal building and detonated a bomb, killing 168 people. The government claims McVeigh was alone.

Poll: Gas prices fall


A national survey finds the average U.S. price of regular-grade gasoline fell 9 cents a gallon over the past two weeks to $3.58. That’s the largest drop this year.

Industry analyst Trilby Lundberg said Sunday the decrease came despite a rise in crude-oil prices.

Midgrade averages were $3.78, and premium averages were $3.93.

Associated Press

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