FBI issues photos of 2 suspects in Boston bombing
BOSTON (AP) — The FBI says someone knows the identity of two suspects in the Boston Marathon bombings whose photos were released this afternoon.
The photos and video of the two suspects were unveiled at a briefing in Boston by FBI agent Richard DesLauriers (deh'-LOHR'-ee-ay), who asked for the public's help in identifying them.
The images were taken from surveillance cameras near the explosion sites. Both men were carrying backpacks. One is seen wearing a dark baseball cap, the other a white cap worn backwards. DesLauriers says the man in the white cap is seen setting down a backpack at the site of one of the blasts.
He says the suspects are considered armed and extremely dangerous, and people who see them should not approach them.
The images are posted on the FBI's website. Persons with information are encouraged to call 800-CALL-FBI. Online tips can be forwarded to bostonmarathontips.fbi.gov
Texas town gathers to pray after plant blast
WEST, Texas (AP) — Worshippers came by the hundreds to pray at a non-denominational church service honoring the victims of a Central Texas fertilizer plant blast.
Several hundred people on Thursday night packed St. Mary of the Assumption Catholic Church in downtown West.
A victim relief services chaplain says the prayers and hymns honor the first responders who rushed toward the danger of the plant fire that led to the blast — and those who were simply too close to the site when the blast erupted.
Hundreds of white candles were distributed in the pews for a candlelight tribute.
Initial reports put the fatalities in the Wednesday blast as high as 15, but later Thursday authorities backed away from any estimate and refused to elaborate. More than 160 people were hurt.
PLANT EXPLOSION-TEXAS-SAFETY FINE
Regulators fined Texas plant for safety violations
WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal regulators fined the company that operates the Texas fertilizer plant that exploded overnight $10,000 last summer for safety violations. But the government accepted $5,250 after the company took what it described as corrective actions.
Records reviewed by The Associated Press show that the U.S. Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration determined that the West Fertilizer Co. planned to transport anhydrous ammonia without making or following a security plan. An inspector also found that the plant's ammonia tanks weren't properly labeled.
The same plant just outside Waco, Texas, exploded Wednesday night, killing as many as 15 and injuring over 160. The blast had the impact of a small earthquake and was heard from more than 40 miles away.
It is not unusual for companies to negotiate lower fines with regulators.
PLANT EXPLOSION-DALLAS FIREFIGHTER
Dallas firefighter confirmed killed in plant blast
DALLAS (AP) — The Dallas Fire-Rescue department says one of its off-duty fire captains was killed while helping fight the blaze at the Texas fertilizer plant that exploded in the small town of West.
Dallas Fire-Rescue says in a Thursday statement that Capt. Kenny Harris lived in West and wasn't on duty when he decided to lend a hand to volunteer firefighters battling the Wednesday night fire at West Fertilizer Co.
The statement says Harris was a 52-year-old married father of three grown sons. The Dallas Fire-Rescue chaplain and other members of department are in West to help comfort his family.
Initial reports had put the number of fatalities from the blast as high as 15, but authorities have since backed away from any total estimate. More than 160 people were hurt.
GUN CONTROL-BILL CLINTON
Clinton says he's disappointed gun measure failed
WASHINGTON (AP) — Former President Bill Clinton says he's disappointed the Senate fell short of the votes needed to expand background checks for gun purchases.
Clinton tells The Associated Press that passing the measure, in his words, "would save a lot of kids' lives in a lot of places."
The former president made the comments Thursday in Washington after an appearance to promote a partnership with the AFL-CIO and the Clinton Global Initiative on energy efficiency.
Clinton says he appreciates the bipartisan efforts of Republican Sen. Pat Toomey of Pennsylvania and Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin of West Virginia. The two brokered a compromise that would have subjected buyers at gun shows and on the Internet to background checks.
In 1994, Clinton signed an assault weapons ban into law. The ban expired in 2004.
2 road deaths tied to wide spring storms system
DE SOTO, Mo. (AP) — Authorities are blaming two road deaths on a massive spring storm system that is dumping snow and rain from the Rocky Mountains to the Rust Belt.
Minnesota State Police say 16-year-old Jonathon Pohlen of Houlton, Wis., was killed Thursday afternoon when he lost control on snowy Interstate 94 in eastern Minnesota, crossed over the median and collided with a truck's trailer. The National Weather Service in Chanhassen says the storm could dump up to a foot of snow in northeastern Minnesota by Friday.
Meanwhile, flash floods are being blamed for the death of an 80-year-old motorist south of St. Louis.
Police in De Soto say the woman's car was swept Thursday off Highway E into Joachim (SHAW'-shin) Creek.
The woman's name had not been released Thursday night.
Honda recalls nearly 205K vehicles to fix shifters
DETROIT (AP) — Honda is recalling nearly 205,000 minivans and SUVs in the U.S. and Canada to fix a problem with the automatic shifters.
The recall includes the Honda CR-V small SUV and Odyssey minivan from the 2012 and 2013 model years. Also covered is the 2013 Acura RDX SUV.
Honda says the device that stops drivers from shifting out of park without a foot on the brake may not work properly. The problem occurs in below-freezing temperatures.
The company says no complaints, crashes or injuries have been reported due to the problem. It was discovered during an internal investigation.
Honda will notify owners in mid-May and will make repairs free of charge.
NEW: Powerful quake hits north of Japan, east of Russia
TOKYO (AP) — The Japan Meteorological Agency says a 7.0-magnitude earthquake has struck off far northern Japan and far eastern Russia.
The tremor around midday Friday was in the Pacific Ocean at a relatively shallow depth of 10 kilometers (6.2 miles).
The agency said sea changes were possible but no damage was expected.
The epicenter was 58 kilometers (160 miles) east-northeast of Kuril'sk, Russia, and 528 kilometers (328 miles) northeast of Nemuro, Japan.
The area is almost 1,500 kilometers (930 miles) northeast of Tokyo.
MUSIC-ROCK AND ROLL HALL OF FAME
2013 class arrives at Rock Hall induction ceremony
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Heart, Randy Newman and Quincy Jones are among the first inductees arriving at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony.
The rockers, the singer-songwriter and the producer are part of 2013 induction class, which also includes progressive rockers Rush, rap group Public Enemy, disco queen Donna Summer, bluesman Albert King and producer Lou Adler.
Heart, Newman, Public Enemy and Rush are expected to perform at Thursday night's star-studded event, while Christina Aguilera and Jennifer Hudson are set to perform in honor of the late Summer at the 28th annual induction ceremony at the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles.
The extravaganza marks the first time since 1993 that the Cleveland, Ohio, institution has held its induction ceremony on the West Coast. It will be broadcast May 18 on HBO.
NEW: Country star Jones hospitalized, postpones 2 shows
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Country star George Jones has been hospitalized.
Jones postponed weekend concerts in Atlanta and Salem, Va., after doctors admitted him to a Nashville hospital on Thursday.
A news release says Jones had a fever and irregular blood pressure during a routine checkup.
The 82-year-old singer, considered one of the genre's greatest singers, is in the midst of a yearlong goodbye tour that wraps up in November in Nashville. He has occasionally canceled or postponed shows in the last year because of health issues.Tags: