Tuesday, February 20, 2018
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Ottawa, Kan.

Search for girl presumed dead continues

Crews used boats and sonar equipment Saturday as the search continued for an 18-month-old girl presumed dead after the bodies of her mother and two men were found at a farm home earlier in the week. Franklin County Sheriff Jeff Richards said investigators looking for the body of Lana Leigh Bailey were scouring ponds and other waterways in the area near the farm outside Ottawa. "We haven't found her, and we're going to continue … until we do," Richards said during a Saturday afternoon news conference.

Los Angeles

Coolant leak fixed after spacewalk

Astronauts replaced a leaking component on the International Space Station after a five-hour, 30-minute spacewalk, NASA reported. Engineers Chris Cassidy and Tom Marshburn completed their spacewalk at 2:14 p.m. Saturday, after gingerly gliding out to one of the station's trusses, where ammonia coolant had been seen leaking since Thursday. The coolant is used to control the temperature of one of eight solar arrays that power the station.

Cairo

Security forces foil attack on embassy

CAIRO — Egyptian security forces have arrested three militants with ties to al-Qaida who were planning terrorist attacks in Egyptian cities and against a foreign embassy, the interior minister said Saturday. A Western official told the New York Times that the Egyptians had privately identified the embassy as the U.S. Embassy in Cairo. Interior Minister Mohamed Ibrahim said at a news conference that the suspects had been arrested with 22 pounds of explosive materials and instructions on how to make bombs and build rockets and model airplanes to use in the attacks. He said the suspects were "on the verge" of attacking an embassy when they were arrested.

Seoul, South Korea

Former spokesman denies abuse claim

A South Korean presidential spokesman who was dismissed for what officials called a "disgraceful incident" while accompanying President Park Geun-hye on a visit to the United States has denied reports that he sexually molested a Korean-American woman during the trip. Park's office said she fired her chief spokesman, Yoon Chang-jung, last week because unspecified actions he committed marred South Korea's national dignity. A police report obtained by the Associated Press said a woman told police that a man "grabbed her buttocks without her permission" on Tuesday night at the W Washington D.C. hotel. The police report did not describe the circumstances or identify the accuser or suspect, except to say that the suspect is 56. Yoon is 56.

Kansas City, Mo.

2 Kansas inmates charged in Mo.

Two inmates who fled a Kansas prison face several charges in Missouri where they're accused of trying to ambush the officers pursuing them and of attempting to kidnap the mayor of the small town where they were eventually captured. Platte County Prosecutor Eric Zahnd said Allen M. Hurst and Scott A. Gilbert were in the county jail on $5 million cash bond after being charged with 12 felonies Saturday. Hurst, 31, and Gilbert, 49, are accused of escaping from the minimum-security unit at the Lansing, Kan., Correction Facility on Friday, stealing a pickup truck and leading law enforcement on a 30-minute chase.

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