SALT LAKE CITY
Two students charged in plot to bomb school
A teenage girl who received an electronic warning was being praised as a hero Friday for tipping off authorities about what they believe was a plot by two students to blow up a Utah high school during an assembly, then steal an airplane and flee to safety. Two students, who seemingly had a fascination with the 1999 massacre at Columbine High School in Colorado, were arrested this week in connection with the alleged plot at Roy High School in Roy, north of Salt Lake City. Dallin Morgan, 18, was released Friday after posting bail of $10,000, Roy police spokeswoman Anna Bond said. A 16-year-old boy, whose name is being withheld because of his age, was also charged. Officials were not releasing the name of the girl who first approached school administrators. On Wednesday, she told school administrators she had received a text from one of the suspects.
Ratings lowered for 5 euro nations
U.S. agency Fitch Ratings on Friday downgraded the debt of five countries that use the euro: Belgium, Cyprus, Italy, Slovenia and Spain. The move is a possible setback as European leaders work to contain the continent's debt crisis because it could make it more expensive for these countries to borrow. On Jan. 13, Standard & Poor's lowered its ratings for nine countries that use the euro, including Cyprus, Italy, Slovenia and Spain.
San Francisco: Seeking to influence other states and Washington, California air regulators passed sweeping auto emission standards Friday that include a mandate to have 1.4 million electric and hybrid vehicles on state roads by 2025.
Hong Kong: Police in western China's Sichuan province fired on Tibetan protesters for the third time this week, killing at least one and injuring several, overseas Tibetan activist groups said Friday.
South Korea: North Korea warned Friday that a South Korean military drill around front-line islands could lead to a "full-scale war" as South Korean trucks crossed the border carrying food aid for North Korean children.
United Arab Emirates: An aide to former Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf said Friday that he has called off a planned return to his homeland, where he faces arrest in connection with the killing of an ex-prime minister in 2007. Musharraf has decided to stay in self-exile because of the tense political situation in Pakistan, the aide said.