Defendant kills three in Milan courthouse

A real estate developer on trial for fraudulent bankruptcy fired 13 shots inside the Milan Tribunal, killing his lawyer, a co-defendant and a judge, eluding court security before being captured. The shooting raised concerns about security at Italy's courthouses, where much of the surveillance has been outsourced to private contractors, and about Italy's ability to protect visitors during the Milan Expo 2015 world's fair, which opens May 1.

El Salvador

Homicides surge after gang truce ends

El Salvador had more homicides in March than any other single month in a decade, a dark milestone that some attribute to the collapse of a gang truce. Data from the National Civil Police showed 481 homicides recorded last month, or more than 15 a day. April's start is no better, with 73 killings reported in the first five days. At this rate, El Salvador is on pace to surpass Honduras as the world's deadliest country that is not at war.


Suspect in Mumbai attacks may be freed

A Pakistani court ordered the release of the main suspect in the 2008 Mumbai attacks for the second time in less than a month. A March 13 verdict also ordered the release of Zaki-ur-Rehman Lakhvi, but he remained in detention as Pakistan faces mounting pressure to more actively confront Islamic militants. Lakhvi, one of seven suspects being tried in Pakistan in connection with the attacks that killed 166 people, has been in jail since 2009.


TV network hacked by Islamic militants

TV5 Monde was back on the air a day after hackers claiming to support the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant carried out a wide-ranging cyberattack on the network. TV5 Monde regained control of its social media accounts Thursday and its website was back online.

Washington, D.C.

Correspondence from Clinton sought

The conservative group Citizens United filed a lawsuit demanding that the State Department turn over correspondence it hopes will help determine whether Hillary Clinton's decisions as the nation's top diplomat were swayed by a pair of wealthy donors to her family's foundation. Citizens United said in the lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia that its public records requests under the Freedom of Information Act have gone unanswered for seven to 10 months.


Record fine levied in gas explosion

California regulators approved a record $1.6 billion penalty against PG&E for a 2010 gas pipeline explosion that killed eight people and destroyed more than three dozen homes in suburban San Francisco. Pacific Gas & Electric Co. apologized, said it would accept the penalty without appeal and pledged to make its operations safer.

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