Speaking into a ventilation pipe, negotiators tried to talk a man into releasing a kindergartner and ending a standoff that stretched into its third day in Midland City. A man identified as 65-year-old retired truck driver Jimmy Lee Dykes pulled the boy from a school bus Tuesday after killing the driver. The two were holed up in a small room on the man's property that authorities compared to a tornado shelter. Dykes is known as a menacing figure who neighbors said threatened to shoot children for setting foot on his property and beat a dog to death with a lead pipe.
President Obama is letting his business leaders-led jobs council expire. Obama formed the Council on Jobs and Competitiveness in January 2011, when unemployment was about 9 percent. It's now 7.8 percent. Obama's executive order establishing the council said it would go out of business Thursday unless the president decided to extend it.
Police found the body of a man suspected of killing one person and wounding two in a shooting at an office complex in the Phoenix area. Arthur Harmon, 70, "appears to have died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound," a spokesman for the Phoenix Police Department said. Harmon was wanted in the killing of a businessman, Steven Singer, 48, whose company Harmon had sued, officials said. Singer's lawyer was shot in the back and neck. A woman who came upon the shooting was struck in the hand.
The military judge overseeing the prosecution of Khalid Sheikh Mohammed and four other detainees accused of aiding the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks ordered the government to disconnect the technology that allows offstage censors -- apparently including the CIA -- to block a public feed of the courtroom proceedings at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.
A land mine blast killed two Pakistani polio-vaccination workers, the latest deaths involving health care teams trying to eradicate the disease in the South Asian nation. The blast occurred in the Kurram region, one of several remote tribal districts along the border with Afghanistan that have long harbored Islamic militants. Pakistani Taliban leaders have denounced vaccination drives by U.N.-backed Pakistani health care workers as a guise for U.S. spying.
The U.S. Navy will scrap a $277 million minesweeper stuck on an environmentally sensitive reef, a spokesman said. The 224-foot USS Guardian struck the Tubbataha Reef, a UNESCO World Heritage site in the southern Philippines, on Jan. 17. The Navy is investigating the cause of the incident, including the possibility that inaccurate digital navigation charts were a factor.
British Prime Minister David Cameron made an unexpected visit to the Libyan capital of Tripoli and announced that U.K. police officers will travel to the North African nation to investigate the 1988 Lockerbie bombing of Pan Am Flight 103 that killed 270 people. He also held bilateral talks to explore what support Britain can offer to strengthen security in Libya.
A court gave severe prison sentences to two Tibetans who authorities said were guilty of urging eight people to set themselves on fire, three of whom died, according to Xinhua, the state news agency. One Tibetan was sentenced to death with a two-year reprieve, which often means an eventual life sentence. His nephew was sentenced to 10 years in prison. Nearly 100 Tibetans have set themselves on fire since 2009 to protest Chinese rule in Tibetan regions in western China.