Militant's death sparks lethal unrest in Gaza
Published: Saturday, April 1, 2006 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Friday, March 31, 2006 at 8:27 p.m.
A Palestinian militant with ties to Hamas was killed in a car bomb Friday, unleashing factional unrest that left three others dead and 35 wounded, in the first direct threat to the Islamic group's new government.
Followers of the militant blamed security forces loyal to Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas' Fatah movement for the assassination, raising the possibility of wider clashes just two days after Hamas assumed power.
The militant, Abu Yousef Abu Quka, was a senior commander of the Popular Resistance Committees, an umbrella group of about 200 gunmen that has been linked to explosions of Israeli tanks and a deadly attack on a U.S. diplomatic convoy in 2003.
Robber binds woman, steals from ATM
A worker servicing a bank ATM was bound with duct tape and locked inside the machine's building by a robber, police said.
The woman was working on the automated teller machine in a small building near a LaSalle Bank branch in suburban Detroit Thursday when a man walked up and showed a handgun, Sgt. Rick Pomorski said. The man shoved the woman inside the building and closed the door, then used duct tape to tie her hands and feet and cover her mouth, Pomorski said. He took money from the ATM and the woman's company car.
About 90 minutes later, customers discovered that the machine didn't work. One of them heard the woman's muffled speech from inside the cramped building, Pomorski said. Firefighters had to cut the door open to free the woman, who was not injured.
Quakes shock Iranians during night's sleep
Earthquakes and aftershocks rattled western Iran one after another, flattening villages and sending frightened homeowners into the streets. By Friday morning 70 people were dead, 1,200 wounded, and thousands homeless.
The death toll would have been much higher, residents said, but police used loudspeakers to tell townspeople to sleep outside after a 4.7-magnitude quake struck Thursday evening.
Health officials baffled as mumps sweep Iowa
A mumps epidemic is sweeping across Iowa in the nation's biggest outbreak in at least 17 years, baffling health officials and worrying parents.
As of Thursday, 245 confirmed, probable or suspected cases of mumps had been reported to the Iowa Department of Public Health since mid-January. The federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said it is the nation's only outbreak.
Congresswoman: I was wrongly touched
Rep. Cynthia McKinney, the Georgia congresswoman who had an altercation with a Capitol Police officer, said Friday the officer started the incident by "inappropriately touching and stopping" her after she walked past a security checkpoint.
McKinney said she understands that a case against her may be referred for prosecution but declared that she will be exonerated. "Let me be clear. This whole incident was instigated by the inappropriate touching and stopping of me, a female black congresswoman," she said.
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