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Two confessed in fatal shootings in Tulsa, police say

Tulsa, Okla.

Police say two confessed in fatal shootings

The two men accused of killing three black people and wounding two others in shootings that terrified Tulsa over the weekend confessed to police after their arrest Sunday, authorities said Monday. Jacob England, 19, and Alvin Watts, 32, were arrested after a series of shootings Friday that city and community leaders believe were racially motivated. England told the police that he shot three of the victims and Watts admitted to shooting two, said Officer Jason Willingham, a police spokesman. Willingham said he could not discuss what the two men said about their motivations, citing the continuing investigation.

INDIANAPOLIS

Man jailed for sex videos of minors

An Indiana computer company owner is being held on two federal counts of sexually exploiting a child in what authorities on Monday said could become the nation's biggest case of "sextortion" — blackmailing minors into becoming the objects of sexually explicit photographs or videos. Richard Leon Finkbiner, 39, was arrested Friday at his home in Brazil and charged with forcing at least two minors to engage in sexually explicit activity that Finkbiner allegedly captured with a webcam, U.S. Attorney Joseph Hogsett said. Investigators have discovered "thousands of sexually explicit images and videos depicting hundreds of individuals, which may indicate the existence of many other victims," officials said.

Elsewhere

Washington: The leaders of the Americas' two largest democracies met Monday at the White House, with President Barack Obama and Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff stressing collaborating in areas such as education, science and technology, and discussing the need to strengthen their economic relationship.

Washington: The General Services Administration on Monday placed an eighth employee on administrative leave following a scandal involving an $823,000 conference in 2010 at a luxury resort in Las Vegas.

Philadelphia: Two firefighters who were battling a massive blaze at an abandoned warehouse Monday were killed when an adjacent furniture store they were inspecting collapsed, burying them in a pile of debris, authorities said.

Somalia: A blast in the city of Baidoa on Monday killed at least 12 people and injured 30, officials said. The militant group al-Shabab claimed responsibility.

Times wires

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