first sandy, now this: A massive fire fanned by stiff winds and fueled by tar roofs burned several blocks of boardwalk and businesses in Seaside Park, N.J., a city that was still rebuilding from superstorm Sandy. The fire spread into neighboring Seaside Heights, where the MTV reality series “Jersey Shore” was filmed.
Teen convicted of killing baby gets life
A Georgia teenager convicted of fatally shooting a baby in a stroller while trying to rob the child’s mother was sentenced to life in prison without parole. De’Marquise Elkins, 18, was sentenced in Georgia’s Glynn County Superior Court less than two weeks after a jury found him guilty of murder in the slaying of 13-month-old Antonio Santiago. The toddler was in his stroller and out for a walk with his mother when he was shot between the eyes March 21.
A raucous welcome for victorious soccer team
The Olympic Stadium in Kabul has not seen this big a crowd since the Taliban used the place for public executions, with attendance mandatory. No coercion was needed on Thursday to bring tens of thousands of delirious fans to greet their national soccer team on its return from winning its first international championship. The underdogs stunned India, the defending South Asian champions, in a 2-0 victory in Kathmandu, Nepal. Thousands of tracer rounds lit up the sky in Kabul as the game ended.
New attack raises fears of broader threat
Two violent rebel groups joined forces to fight government troops in the southern Philippines, a clash that occurred on an island adjacent to the city where several hundred rebels are in a standoff with the military. The violence raised fears about a potential widening of the insurgent threat in the area, where the government has been struggling to contain attacks by Muslim-led groups.
Border violence breaks out in Kashmir
After a decade of relative quiet, Indian and Pakistan troops are shelling each other again along their disputed border, raising tension between the nuclear-armed nations and forcing hundreds of villagers to flee. As the U.S. military withdraws from Afghanistan, some Pakistan-based militants who had been fighting there have pledged to turn their attention to the Kashmir border region — and their old foe, India. In recent days, the disputed border that separates much of the Indian-controlled state of Jammu and Kashmir from Pakistan has turned into a virtual war zone. A month of cease-fire violations by both sides has resulted in the deaths of at least 11 soldiers and two Pakistani civilians.
Newspaper faces inquiry in hacking scandal