Palestinians set to exhume Arafat remains
The Palestinian Authority announced Saturday it would exhume the body of Yasser Arafat on Tuesday in a bid to determine the cause of his death eight years ago. Arafat, 75, died in a French military hospital near Paris on Nov. 11, 2004, after his health deteriorated suddenly during an Israeli military siege of his Ramallah headquarters. French hospital reports attributed his death to a massive brain hemorrhage, but gave no details on what caused a related blood condition called disseminated intravascular coagulation, fueling Palestinian suspicion of an Israeli role. Israel has rejected that.
112 dead in fire at garment factory
At least 112 people were killed in a fire that raced through a multistory garment factory just outside of Bangladesh's capital, Dhaka, an official said today. He said 12 people were hurt. The blaze broke out at the factory operated by Tazreen Fashions late Saturday.
Gas blast damaged 42 buildings
Preliminary investigations show that 42 buildings were damaged in a natural gas explosion in Massachusetts that injured 18 people, building inspectors said Saturday. A strip club was flattened and a day care center was heavily damaged in the massive blast Friday night in Springfield, one of New England's biggest cities. Investigators were trying Saturday to figure out what caused the blast that could be heard for miles, left a large hole in the ground where the multistory brick building housing Scores Gentleman's Club once stood, and scattered debris over several blocks.
Fire injures 3 at State Dept.
Three maintenance workers were seriously injured after a fire broke out at the State Department headquarters in Washington, authorities said Saturday. A fire official said workers put out the blaze before firefighters arrived, but three suffered burns. A department spokeswoman said the fire broke out during routine maintenance.