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NEWS BRIEFS
LUDINGTON, Mich.
Police: Plant
experts can
help find baby's
remains
Authorities are hoping that
plant experts will be able to help
them find the remains of a West
Michigan baby who disappeared
nearly two years ago, police said
Wednesday.
Investigators think that botan-
ical evidence found on the shoes
of Sean Phillips could lead them
to the body ofhis daughter, Kath-
erine, who was last seen when she
was 4- -months-old, Ludington
Police Chief Mark Barnett said at
a news conference.
Phillips was last year convict-
ed of unlawful imprisonment in
the case and sentenced to 10 to 15
years in prison. Police are treat-
ing Katherine's disappearance as
a homicide.
PHOENIX
Man set free in
Ariz. enjoys first
day of freedom
Louis Taylor broke down in
tears Wednesday as he described
how he spent his first hours of
freedom after more than 40
years in prison for a hotel fire
that killed 29 people: an evening
hike and some fast food.
He struggled to operate what
he called an "Apple telephone"
and said he was more familiar
with 8-tracks than modern tech-
nology.
Taylor was released Tuesday
after doubts about his convic-
tion surfaced and he agreed to
a deal with prosecutors that set
him free. He pleaded no contest
to each of the nearly 30 counts of
murder against him in an agree-
ment that allowed the judge to
sentence him to time served.
NEW YORK
Weak economic
reports send stock
market down
Weak reports on hiring and
service industries sent the stock
market sharply lower Wednesday,
giving the Dow Jones industrial
average its worst day in more than
a month.
The Dow fell 11L66 points, or
0.8 percent, to 14,550.35, its worst
decline since Feb. 25. The Stan-
dard & Poor's 500 index dropped
16.56 points, or 1.1 percent, to
1,553.69. Both indexes closed at
record highs the day before.
The stock market started 2013
with a rally as investors became
more optimistic about the U.S.
economy, especially housing and
jobs. The reports Wednesday dis-
appointed the market and came
two days after news that U.S.
manufacturing growth slowed
unexpectedlylast month.
The losses were widespread.
All 10 industry groups in the S&P

500 index fell. Banks and energy
stocks had the worst losses, 1.7
percent and 1.6 percent. Utilities,
which investors hold when they
want to play it safe, fell the least,
0.3 percent.
WILLIAMSON, W.Va.
Sheriff fatally shot,
suspect in custody
A new sheriff who was cracking
down on the drug trade in south-
ern West Virginia's coalfields was
fatally shot Wednesday in the spot
where he usually parked his car
for lunch, and State Police said
the suspect was in a hospital with
gunshot wounds inflicted by a
deputy who chased him.
Mingo County Sheriff Eugene
Crum died of his wounds, but
State Police Capt. David Nelson
didn't say how many times he was
shot or offer many other details as
two dozen law enforcement offi-
cers gathered around him on the
courthouse steps.
The suspect, 37-year-old Ten-
nis Melvin Maynard, was being
treated at ahospital in Huntington
late Wednesday.
-Compiled from
Daily wire reports.

Connecticut expected
to approve sweeping
restrictions on guns

AP
North Korean leader Kim Jung Un gathered legislators Monday for an annual spring parliamentary session, one day
after party officials adopted a statement declaring building nuclear weapons one of the nation's top priorities.
Noth Korea warns military
cleared to attack U.S.

Pentagon will send
missile defense
system to Guam
SEOUL, South Korea (AP)
- Ratcheting up the rhetoric,
North Korea warned early
Thursday that its military has
been cleared to wage an attack
on the U.S. using "smaller,
lighter and diversified nucle-
ar" weapons.
The Pentagon, meanwhile,
said in Washington that it will
deploy a missile defense sys-
tem to the U.S. Pacific territory
of Guam to strengthen region-
al protection against a possible
attack from North Korea. The
defense secretary said the U.S.
was seeking to defuse the situ-
ation.
Despite the rhetoric, analysts
say they do not expect a nuclear
attack by North Korea, which
knows the move could trigger
a destructive, suicidal war that
no one in the region wants.

The strident warning from
Pyongyang is latest in a series
of escalating threats from
North Korea, which has railed
for weeks against joint U.S.
and South Korean military
exercises taking place in South
Korea and has expressed anger
over tightened sanctions for a
February nuclear test.
Following through on one
threat Wednesday, North
Korean border authorities
refused to allow entry to South
Koreans who manage jointly
run factories in the North
Korean city of Kaesong.
Washington calls the mili-
tary drills, which this time
have incorporated fighter jets
and nuclear-capable stealth
bombers, routine annual
exercises between the allies.
Pyongyang calls them rehears-
als for a northward invasion.
The foes fought on opposite
sides of the three-year Korean
War, which ended in a truce in
1953. The divided Korean Pen-
insula remains in a technical

state of war six decades later,
and Washington keeps 28,500
troops in South Korea to pro-
tect its ally.
U.S. Defense Secretary
Chuck Hagel said Washington
was doing all it can to defuse
the situation, echoing com-
ments a day earlier by Secre-
tary of State John Kerry.
"Some of the actions they've
taken over the last few weeks
present a real and clear dan-
ger and threat to the interests,
certainly of our allies, starting
with South Korea and Japan
and also the threats that the
North Koreans have leveled
directly at the United States
regarding our base in Guam,
threatened Hawaii, threatened
the West Coast of the United
States," Hagel said Wednesday.
In Pyongyang, the military
statement said North Korean
troops had been authorized to
counter U.S. "aggression" with
"powerful practical military
counteractions," including
nuclear weapons.

Conn. leaders in
the spotlight act as
national model
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) -
Connecticut lawmakers were
expected to approve sweeping
new restrictions on weapons
and large-capacity magazines
on Wednesday, a response to the
Newtown school shooting that
will give the state some of the
country's tightest gun control
laws.
The December massacre of
26 people inside Sandy Hook
Elementary School, which reig-
nited a national debate on gun
control, set the stage for changes
in the state that may have been
impossible elsewhere: The gov-
ernor, who personally informed
parents that their children had
been killed that day, championed
the cause, and legislative lead-
ers, keenly aware of the attention
on the state, struck a bipartisan
agreement they want to serve as
a national model.
"The tragedy in Newtown
demands a powerful response,
demands a response that tran-
scends politics," said Senate
President Donald E. Williams Jr.,
a Democrat. "It is the strongest
and most comprehensive bill in
the country."
The bill passed the Senate in a
bipartisan 26-10 vote following
a respectful and at times somber
six-hour debate Wednesday eve-
ning. The House of Representa-
tives then debated the bill and was
expected to vote later in the night.
Democratic Gov. Dannel P. Malloy
has said he would sign it into law.
The legislation adds more than
100 firearms to the state's assault
weapons ban and creates what
officials have called the nation's
first dangerous weapon offender
registry as well as eligibility rules

for buying ammunition. Some
parts of the bill would take effect
immediately after Malloy's sig-
nature, including background
checks for all firearms sales.
Connecticut will join states
including California, New York,
New Jersey and Massachusetts
in having the country's stron-
gest gun control laws, said Brian
Malte, director of mobilization for
the Brady Campaign to Prevent
Gun Violence in Washington.
"This would put Connecticut
right at the top or near the top of
the states with the strongest gun
laws," Malte said.
Colorado and New York also
passed new gun control require-
mentsinthewakeoftheNewtown
shooting, in which a 20-year-old
gunman used a military-style
semi-automatic rifle to kill 20
first-graders and six educators.
Compared with Connecticut's
legislation, which, for example,
bans the sale or purchase of
ammunition magazines holding
more than 10 rounds, New York
restricted magazines to seven
bullets and gave owners of high-
er-capacity magazines a year to
sell them elsewhere. Colorado
banned ammunition magazines
that hold more than 15 rounds.
"There are pieces that are
stronger in other states, but, in
totality, this will be the stron-
gest gun legislation passed in
the United States," Betty Gallo, a
lobbyist for Connecticut Against
Gun Violence, said of the Con-
necticut bill.
Many senators spoke of bal-
ancing the rights of gun owners
with addressing the horror of the
Sandy Hook shooting. Lawmak-
ers said they received thousands
of emails and phone calls urg-
ing them to vote for or against
the bill, with veteran Sen. Joan
Hartley, a Democrat, saying she's
never seen a more polarizing
issue at the state Capitol.

Argentina floods
cause 52 deaths
About 2,500 her familyto a friend's house on
higher ground.
people evacuated President Cristina Fernandez
from homes arrived by helicopter in Tolosa,
a La Plata neighborhood where
she grew up and where her
LA PLATA, Argentina (AP) mother was among those evac-
- At least 52 people drowned uated. She announced security
in their homes and cars, were measures to combat vandalism,
electrocuted or died in other help for identifying the dead,
accidents as flooding from days and three days of national
of torrential rains swamped mourning for the victims.
Argentina's low-lying capital She was then was surround-
and province of Buenos Aires. ed by her mother's neighbors, in
At least 46 died Wednesday a rare uncontrolled encounter
in and around the city of La with everyday citizens. Some
Plata, Gov. Daniel Scioli said. hugged and thanked her. Others
Six deaths were reported a day complained angrily and shouted
earlier in the nation's capital. at her to "go away."
Many people climbed onto "It's a disgrace," Miguel Gar-
their roofs in the pouring rain cia, a 58-year-old shopkeeper,
after storm sewers backed up. said earlier. "They need to gov-
Water surged up through drains ern. My mother-in-law is dis-
in their kitchen and bathroom abled. We had to carry her up
floors, and then poured in over to the roof, and then we had to
their windowsills. rescue ourselves because no
"It started to rain really hard ambulance would come."
in the evening, and began to The coast guard finally
flood," said Augustina Garcia reached the Bozzano family on
Orsi, a 25-year-old student. "I their rooftop an hour before
panicked. In two seconds, I dawn. By then, their car had
was up to my knees in water. It floated away and everything
came up through the drains - I inside the house was destroyed.
couldn't do anything." "We were trapped inside
The rains also flooded the the house and couldn't get out
country's largest refinery, caus- because of the water pressure.
ing a fire that took hours to put Finally we were able to open
out The LaPFlatasrefineryesus- a doorhand escapedto the
pended operations as a result, roof. That's where we spent
and Argentina's YPF oil com- the night," Mauricio Bozzano
pany said an emergency team said.
was evaluating how to get it The heaviest rain - almost 16
restarted. inches (400 millimeters) in just
"Such intense rain in so lit- a few hours, beating historical
tle time has left many people records for the entire month of
trapped in their cars, in the April - hit provincial La Plata
streets, in some cases electro- overnight. A day earlier, the
cuted. We are giving priority to capital of Buenos Aires was hit
rescuing people who have been hardest.
stuck in trees or on the roofs of About four more inches (100
their homes," Scioli said. millimeters more) of rain were
But many complained that expected before the bad weath-
they had to rescue themselves er passes on Thursday, the
and their neighbors as cars national weather service said.
flooded to their rooftops and At least 2,500 people were
homes filled with up to two evacuated from their homes to
meters (six feet) of water. about 20 centers in the La Plata
"We lost family heirlooms, area, which is about 37 miles (60
appliances, clothing," said Nata- kilometers) southeast of Argen-
lia Lescano, who escaped with tina's capital.

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