Thursday, February 22, 2018
News Roundup

Residents missing after Texas tornado are accounted for

Granbury, Texas

Missing residents are accounted for

People who were missing in the wake of the destructive tornadoes in north Texas have been found safe, officials said Friday, and residents will be able to return to the hard-hit area today to survey damage to their homes. The Hood County Sheriff's Office said the death toll from the violent storm system Wednesday night remains at six and is unlikely to change. Authorities had said Thursday that as many as seven people were listed as missing, but everyone has now been accounted for. Hood County sheriff's spokesman Nathan Stringer said authorities were focusing Friday on a devastated neighborhood in Granbury known as Rancho Brazos Estates, where most of the homes were damaged or destroyed. Granbury is 40 miles southwest of Fort Worth. He said there are at least 100 workers who have descended on Rancho Brazos to restore water service, raise electrical lines and clear debris.

Syria

Rights group finds evidence of torture

An international human rights group said Friday that visits to two Syrian security centers recently captured by rebel fighters contained proof of widespread, arbitrary detentions and torture by the government of President Bashar Assad. The group, Human Rights Watch, said the centers provided a rare glimpse into the extensive security and intelligence apparatus the Assad government has mobilized to try to quash the uprising against his rule. Among its findings were solitary confinement cells, lists of university graduates and a cross-shaped device known as "the flying carpet" to which detainees were tied so they could be beaten and bent into painful, sometimes harmful positions.

Frazier Park, Calif.

Firefighters working to douse two blazes

Firefighters battled terrain and flames as they worked to surround a wildfire burning for a third day in harsh hills and mountains north of Los Angeles. Thirty miles to the south, firefighters worked to save 19 mountain homes in a 250-acre blaze. Much of the Frazier Park blaze that has blackened more than 6 square miles was in rocky, rugged, difficult-to-reach places, making containment a challenge. After a heavy aerial firefighting effort, the blaze was 35 percent contained Friday. In Castaic to the south, a fire started just before 1:30 p.m. Friday and briefly threatened an elementary school.

Boston

Feds need more time to indict Tsarnaev

Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev won't be indicted within the 30-day period prescribed under the Federal Speedy Trial Act, but prosecutors said Friday they would ask for more time. Sunday marks 30 days since Tsarnaev was arrested after the April 15 twin bombing that killed three people and injured more than 260. Tsarnaev remains in a prison hospital after being badly wounded in a gunbattle with police. Tsarnaev, 19, is charged with using a weapon of mass destruction in the April 15 bombings. He could face the death penalty if convicted.

Elsewhere

Peshawar, Pakistan: In what officials called the first major terrorist attack since last week's general elections, at least 13 people were killed and 30 were injured when two bombs ripped through two separate mosques Friday in a village in northwestern Pakistan.

Little Rock, Ark.: A federal judge on Friday temporarily blocked enforcement of one of the country's most stringent abortion laws, an Arkansas ban on the procedure at the 12th week of pregnancy, saying the law adopted in March was likely to be declared unconstitutional.

Toledo, Ohio: A 17-year-old who told authorities last week where they could find the bodies of two teenage brothers has been charged in their deaths. The aggravated murder charges were announced Friday against Michael Fay and prosecutors want to charge him as an adult.

Times wires

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