California

Hollywood loses a chase scene locale

The end has begun for a Los Angeles bridge that played a supporting role in many Hollywood chase scenes down the concrete-lined Los Angeles River. Crews dismantled the deck, which spans the U.S. 101 freeway. The bridge was in “Grease,” “Terminator 2” and “Gone in 60 Seconds.” A 2-mile section of the freeway was closed and a segment under the bridge covered with 2 feet of dirt to protect it from the concrete that crashed down.

 

New York

Crane investigation could take weeks

It may take weeks to determine why a huge construction crane that was being lowered during strong winds came crashing down onto a New York City street, killing a pedestrian and crushing a row of parked cars. Investigators are reviewing surveillance footage and poring over the twisted steel of the 565-foot-long crane, which fell during Friday morning’s commute.

 

Michigan

Man accused of supporting ISIL

Authorities arrested a 21-year-old Dearborn Heights man whom they accuse of supporting the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant and plotting to attack a Detroit church. Khalil Abu-Rayyan is jailed pending a Monday hearing. He had been under constant FBI surveillance recently due to growing concern about threats he made against the church.

 

Haiti

Electoral crisis averted at last minute

President Michel Martelly and leaders of both chambers of the National Assembly agreed on how to govern after Martelly’s term ends Sunday with no elected successor. Prime Minister Evans Paul will run the country until a provisional president is chosen by the National Assembly. That interim president will oversee the selection of a consensus prime minister who will organize postponed legislative and presidential elections.

 

Pakistan

Suicide bombing kills at least eight people

A suicide bomber riding on a bicycle targeted a vehicle carrying security forces, killing at least eight people, mostly civilians, and wounding more than 20. Senior police officer Imtiaz Shah said the attacker blew himself up near a vehicle belonging to the paramilitary Frontier Corps in Quetta. Mohammad Khurasani, a spokesman for the main Taliban group in Pakistan, claimed responsibility for the attack.

 

Somalia

Jet explosion blamed on suicide bomber

A suicide bomber is believed to have set off the explosive that blew a hole in a jetliner, sucked the man out of the plane and forced the aircraft to make an emergency landing Tuesday in Mogadishu, Somali officials said. Ali Jama Jangali, Somalia’s transport minister, said the bomb “aimed to kill all onboard the plane.” He said the Islamic extremist group Al-Shabab was behind the explosion.

 

Sri Lanka

Protests oppose war atrocities probe

The top United Nations human rights official began discussions with the government on the measures taken by the island nation to investigate alleged atrocities committed during its long civil war, as hundreds of protesters marched against the world body’s involvement. The visit by Zeid Raad al-Hussein followed last year’s resolution at the U.N. that required foreign judges to assist in the inquiry.

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