bombing of bus kills 19, injures 35
A bomb tore through a bus carrying government workers in Pakistan's northwest city of Peshawar on Friday, killing 19 people and injuring 35. More than 50 people were on the bus, which was heading from Peshawar to the nearby city of Charsadda. Bashir Ahmad Bilour, a minister for Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa province, said authorities believe the bomb was planted inside the bus. Suspicion is likely to fall on the Pakistani Taliban.
Boys clothes found in Patz suspect's home
Detectives who searched the New Jersey home of Pedro Hernandez, the man who confessed to killing Etan Patz, have found what "looked like young boys' clothing" and an old toy, but are being "very cautious" about concluding they belonged to Etan, who disappeared in 1979, officials said Friday. The authorities said they will perform DNA tests on the clothing.
State first to propose crib bumper ban
Maryland health officials on Friday proposed banning the sale of bumpers for baby cribs starting in June 2013, concluding that the dangers they pose outweigh their potential benefits. The proposal, if finalized, would make Maryland the first state in the nation to block these products from market.
Megachurch pastor Creflo Dollar jailed
Megachurch pastor and televangelist Creflo Dollar was arrested Friday after authorities said he hit his 15-year-old daughter during a fight at his Atlanta area home. The 15-year-old was the one who called authorities, and her 19-year-old sister corroborated the story, police said. Dollar faces misdemeanor charges of battery and cruelty to children.
NASA investigates problem on orbiter
NASA says one of its orbiting Mars spacecraft, the Mars Odyssey, is in safe mode after it detected a problem. The spacecraft detected something odd with one of its gyroscopelike devices that helps control orientation. NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory said in a statement that engineers are communicating with the spacecraft and that the issue is limited to the device.
Court rejects storage of waste at plants
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia on Friday struck down a rule allowing nuclear power plants to store radioactive waste at reactor sites for up to 60 years after a plant shuts down. The court said on-site storage has been "optimistically labeled" as temporary, but has stretched on for decades.