Ride operator charged after 5 hurt at State Fair
Authorities investigating a North Carolina State Fair ride that injured five people have concluded that someone tampered with it, and the ride’s operator was being held Sunday on criminal charges. Three people remained in a Raleigh hospital, three days after the “Vortex” ride suddenly jolted into gear as people were exiting, dropping some riders from heights that eyewitnesses estimated to be 20 or 30 feet. Investigators determined that the Vortex, known for thrilling riders with its wild twirls and flips, had been tampered with and critical safety devices were compromised.
5 dead in Brooklyn stabbing; relative held
A Chinese immigrant was arrested on five counts of murder in the deaths of his cousin’s wife and her four children in a stabbing rampage in their Brooklyn home. The suspect, Ming Don Chen, 25, implicated himself in the stabbings late Saturday in the Sunset Park neighborhood, police said. Police said the victims “were cut and butchered with a kitchen knife.” Chen is a cousin of the children’s father and had been staying at the home for the past week or so. He came to the United States from China in 2004.
PM’s choice wins presidency, polls show
The candidate backed by Georgia’s billionaire prime minister easily won Sunday’s presidential election in this U.S.-aligned former Soviet republic, exit polls indicated. His closest rival quickly conceded defeat. With the convincing victory by former university rector Giorgi Margvelashvili in what for Georgia was an unusually calm and predictable election, Prime Minister Bidzina Ivanishvili has cemented his control.
Fernandez’s party loses ground in vote
The party of ailing Argentine President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner lost ground in Sunday’s congressional elections, effectively killing chances that loyalist legislators would amend the constitution to allow her to run for a third term in 2015, as many supporters have urged her to do. The president’s former Cabinet chief, Sergio Massa, beat the candidate that Fernandez hand-picked to lead her slate for Congress, Martin Insaurralde, by a decisive 12-point margin in Buenos Aires province, where 37 percent of Argentina’s voters live.
26 Palestinian prisoners to be released