Here are some of the top stories around the world for Sunday, April 28, 2013
1.) Boston bomb suspect in small cell with steel door (AP): The Boston Marathon bombing suspect is being held in a small cell with a steel door at a federal medical detention center about 40 miles outside the city. A federal official describes the conditions under which 19-year-old Dzhokhar Tsarnaev is being held in the facility after being moved there from a hospital Friday.Federal Medical Center Devens spokesman John Collauti said Tsarnaev is in secure housing where authorities can monitor him. His cell has a solid steel door with an observation window and a slot for passing food and medication.
2.) Bangladesh building collapse death toll hits 362 (AP): Authorities say they've located another nine survivors at a building collapse site in Bangladesh today and that rescuers have decided to go to heavier equipment to drill a central hole from the top to look for more, as well as recover dead bodies. The death toll is now at least 362 people are confirmed dead in the collapse of the 8-story building that housed five garment factories. The death toll is expected to rise further, but it is already the deadliest tragedy to hit Bangladesh's garment industry, which is worth $20 billion annually and a mainstay of the economy.
3.) B787 1st test flight in Japan since battery fire (AP): Japan's All Nippon Airways has successfully conducted its first test flight of the Boeing 787 aircraft since battery problems grounded the planes earlier this year.Ray Conner, president of Boeing's consumer airline division, and ANA President Shinichiro Ito were aboard the flight Sunday. The aircraft safely completed a two-hour flight before returning to Tokyo's Haneda Airport.
4.) Israel responds to Gaza rocket fire with airstrike (AP): Israel's military says its aircraft hit Hamas targets in the Gaza Strip after militants there fired rockets at southern Israel. The military said it struck "a terrorist weapon storage facility and a Hamas training installation" early Sunday. Gaza health officials said nobody was hurt. The military said it was responding to Gaza rockets fired at Israel the night before that landed in an open field causing no injuries. Gaza attacks on Israel have declined since a military campaign in November, but sporadic fire persists.
5.) Bomb kills 6 at a Pakistani politician's office (AP): A police officer says a bomb blast has killed six supporters of a Pakistani Shiite politician at his campaign office in country's northwest. Mujtaba Hussain says the Sunday attack on the outskirts of Kohat city also wounded around 10 people. He says the politician, Syed Noor Akbar, is running as an independent candidate for a national assembly seat in general elections to be held on May 11. No one has claimed responsibility. The politician was not present at the office.
6.) Attorneys in Trayvon Martin case address media (AP): The attorneys in the Trayvon Martin shooting say social media give people a way to stay engaged in high profile cases that was not possible years ago. Speaking were Benjamin Crump, the attorney for Trayvon Martin's parents, and George Zimmerman's defense attorney, Mark O'Mara. They were talking Saturday at the Florida Associated Press Broadcasters Banquet in Orlando. O'Mara says he would prefer to "do away with all media" in a criminal case, but "that's a fantasy that is 40 years ago." Crump says social media have given people who normally would not have a voice a way to be engaged in the case. Zimmerman fatally shot Martin in February 2012 during a confrontation in Sanford, about 30 miles north of Orlando. Zimmerman faces a second-degree murder trial in June. Zimmerman says he acted in self-defense.
7.) Part found near World Trade Center from Boeing jet (AP): A rusted piece of airplane landing gear discovered wedged between two New York City buildings has been confirmed as coming from the type of Boeing jet used to destroy the nearby World Trade Center on Sept. 11. The American Airlines and United Airlines planes hijacked by Islamic extremists in 2001 were Boeing 767s. Police said Saturday detectives have been in contact with officials at Chicago-based Boeing Co. who confirm the wreckage is from that kind of plane. Workers discovered the landing gear part Wednesday wedged between a luxury apartment building and a mosque that in 2010 prompted virulent national debate about Islam and freedom of speech because it's just blocks from ground zero.
8.) Miss. man charged in suspicious letters case (AP): Authorities have charged an ex-martial arts instructor in Mississippi with making and possessing ricin in the investigation into poison-laced letters sent to President Barack Obama and others. FBI spokeswoman Deborah Madden says 41-year-old James Everett Dutschke was arrested about 12:50 a.m. Saturday at his home in Tupelo. The letters, which tests showed were tainted with ricin, were sent April 8 to Obama, Sen. Roger Wicker of Mississippi and 80-year-old Mississippi judge Sadie Holland. Dutschke is expected to appear Monday in U.S. District Court in Oxford, Miss.
9.) FAA: Air traffic system soon at full operation (AJP): The Federal Aviation Administration says it's suspended all employee furloughs and says air traffic facilities will begin returning to regular staffing levels over the next 24 hours. The FAA says in a statement that the air traffic system will resume normal operations by Sunday evening. The announcement comes a day after Congress passed legislation to allow the agency to withdraw the furloughs - fallout from the $85 billion in automatic-across-the-board spending cuts this spring.
10.) Obama jokes about radical 2nd term changes (AP): President Barack Obama is joking about a radical second-term shakeup, shifting from "strapping young Muslim Socialist" to retiree golfer and sporting bangs like first lady Michelle's. Obama used this year's annual White House Correspondents' Association dinner to poke fun at himself and some of his political adversaries, asking if it was still possible to be brought down a peg after 4½ years as commander-in-chief. Obama entered to rap music but then showed a picture of himself golfing on a mock magazine cover of "Senior Leisure." He noted his recent 2-for-22 basketball shooting performance at the White House Easter Egg hunt. The president closed by noting the nation's recent tragedies in Massachusetts and Texas.