Wednesday, January 17, 2018
News Roundup

Buses with migrants are rerouted

San Diego

Buses with migrants are rerouted

Homeland Security buses carrying migrant children and families were rerouted Tuesday to a facility in San Diego after American flag-waving protesters blocked the group from reaching a suburban processing center. The standoff in Murrieta, Calif., came after Mayor Alan Long urged residents to complain to elected officials about the plan to transfer the Central American migrants to California to ease overcrowding of facilities along the Texas-Mexico border. Many of the immigrants were detained while fleeing violence and extortion from gangs in Guatemala, El Salvador and Honduras. After the buses were blocked, federal authorities rerouted the vehicles to a freeway and then to a customs and border facility in San Diego within view of the Mexico border.

Washington

Benghazi suspect to appear at hearing

Ahmed Abu Khatallah, charged in the 2012 attack on the U.S. mission in Benghazi, Libya, was captured with a loaded firearm as he planned future attacks against U.S. interests, federal prosecutors said Tuesday night.

Khatallah, the first person arrested in the raid that claimed four American lives, including Ambassador Christopher Stevens, is to appear at a detention hearing to in federal court in Washington.

In a court filing Tuesday night, prosecutors released new details about his alleged role in the attack to bolster their opposition to any attempt by Khatallah's attorney to seek his release on bail.

Nigeria

Dozens are reported killed in car bombing

A car bomb in a marketplace in Maiduguri, the northeast Nigerian city that is the birthplace of Boko Haram extremism, killed at least 56 people on Tuesday, the leader of a civilian group that recovered the bodies said.

Sadiq Abba Tijjani, leader of the Civilian Joint Task Force, told the Associated Press that the victims were mostly elderly women who sold peanuts and lemon juice at the market.

Tijjani said his group managed to identify 21 of the dead but the rest "were either burnt or damaged beyond recognition."

Other witnesses also estimated the death toll to around 50. Some officials said only 17 people died in the explosion early Tuesday.

Elsewhere

ST. LOUIS: More torrential rain worsened flooding in the Midwest Tuesday, spawning high water that swept an Iowa teenager to his death, caused a traffic nightmare near Chicago's O'Hare International Airport and threatened to swamp the Missouri town of Clarksville for the fifth time in less than a decade.

LOUISVILLE, Ky.: A federal judge in Kentucky struck down the state's ban on gay marriage on Tuesday, though the ruling was temporarily put on hold and it was not immediately clear when same-sex couples could be issued marriage licenses.

ISRAEL: Tens of thousands of Israelis gathered Tuesday for a funeral service for three teenagers whose bodies were found Monday, more than two weeks after they disappeared in a kidnapping that Israel says was carried out by the militant Islamist group Hamas. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu repeated his vows to punish the group.

FRANCE: Former French President Nicolas Sarkozy was in police custody Tuesday, apparently under questioning in an investigation linked to allegations that he took $67 million in illegal campaign funds from Libya's Moammar Gadhafi. The detention and sordid case could torpedo Sarkozy's chances at a presidential comeback.

Times wires

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