World/nation briefs

  • Updated: December 23, 2012 - 10:43 PM

WASHINGTON, D.C.

U.S. senator arrested, accused of DWI

U.S. Sen. Michael Crapo, R-Idaho, has been arrested and charged with driving under the influence in suburban Washington. Police in Alexandria, Va., said that the senator was pulled over early Sunday after his vehicle ran a red light. Police said Crapo failed field sobriety tests and was taken to the Alexandria jail. He was released on an unsecured $1,000 bond about four hours later. The senator, a Mormon, issued a statement saying he was "deeply sorry" and would deal with whatever penalty comes his way.

MASSACHUSETTS

Mayor released from hospital after lengthy stay

Boston Mayor Thomas Menino has left a hospital after a six-week stay. The longest-serving mayor in Boston's history was released from Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital. He told reporters that it was great to be out for Christmas and joked that city government has been running well, even without him. Menino spent about six weeks at Brigham and Women's Hospital. He was admitted for treatment of a respiratory infection that developed during a vacation in Italy. He since suffered a spinal compression fracture, and was found to have Type 2 diabetes.

NORTH KOREA

Missile launch was test for military, analysts say

South Korean technicians scrutinizing the debris of the North Korean rocket launched this month have found evidence suggesting the rocket's military purposes and the North's technological ties with Iran in its efforts to develop an intercontinental ballistic missile, South Korean officials said Sunday in Seoul. North Korea insists that its Unha-3 rocket, launched to put an Earth-observation satellite in orbit, was part of its peaceful space program. But intelligence officials and rocket scientists affiliated with the South Korean Defense Ministry said Pyongyang was testing a ballistic missile that could fly more than 6,200 miles, putting the West Coast of the United States in range.

YEMEN

Army strikes tribesmen for oil pipeline blasts

Yemeni security officials say the military has launched a new round of strikes against armed tribesmen with links to attacks on oil pipelines and electricity stations. The officials say the army used tanks and rockets to strike at the tribesmen in Marib Province, east of Sanaa, the capital. The military killed two tribesmen earlier this month in a similar offensive in Marib after an attack on an oil pipeline just after it was repaired.

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