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Weapons at Batman movie in Ohio called protection

CLEVELAND

weapons at movie called protection

A northeast Ohio man brought a gun, ammunition and several knives to a showing of the latest Batman movie because he wanted to protect himself in case someone tried to replicate last month's deadly Colorado theater shooting, his attorney said Tuesday. Scott A. Smith, 37, had no intention of causing harm or inducing panic when he brought the weapons to a Saturday showing of The Dark Knight Rises in the Cleveland suburb of Westlake, said his attorney, Matthew Bruce. A theater manager and an off-duty police officer working security stopped Smith after they became suspicious of a bag he was carrying, said Westlake police Lt. Ray Arcuri. He said one of the charges police may pursue for Smith is having weapons under disability. He said Smith was taking daily medication, but he would not elaborate on the medication.

RICHMOND, Calif.

Refinery fire expected to boost gas prices

A major fire at one of the country's biggest oil refineries that sent hundreds of people to hospitals with complaints of breathing problems will push gas prices above $4 a gallon on the West Coast, analysts said Tuesday. The fire erupted Monday evening in the Chevron refinery about 10 miles northeast of San Francisco. It was out early Tuesday. The West Coast is particularly vulnerable to spikes in gasoline prices because it's not well-connected to the refineries along the Gulf Coast, where most of the country's refining capacity is located, analysts say. California's average price Tuesday for a gallon of regular gasoline was $3.86. Chevron said it did not know when the refinery could be restarted.

NEW YORK

Suspension rate higher for disabled

Students with disabilities are almost twice as likely to be suspended from school as nondisabled students. According to an analysis of Department of Education data, 13 percent of disabled students in kindergarten through 12th grade were suspended during the 2009-2010 school year, compared with 7 percent of students without disabilities. Among black children with disabilities, one out of every four was suspended at least once, according to the study, conducted by the Center for Civil Rights Remedies at the University of California at Los Angeles.

AURORA, Colo.

2 die, 15 hurt in apartment fire

Two people were killed and 15 injured in a fire that engulfed an apartment building in the Denver suburb of Aurora, forcing some residents to jump from the four-story building as neighbors rushed to help. The cause of Monday night's fire was under investigation. Firefighters were looking into a witness report that someone with a gas can left the building, authorities said.

EGYPT

President skips soldiers' funeral

Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi did not attend the military funeral Tuesday for the 16 soldiers killed over the weekend in an attack by militants in the Sinai Peninsula. The attack has presented Morsi with a potentially explosive crisis during the Islamist president's first days in office. On Tuesday, angry Egyptians heckled and tried to assault Prime Minister Hesham Kandil when he arrived for prayers before the funeral, prompting his security detail to whisk him out. Later, Morsi's spokesman said he chose not to attend the funeral to allow mourners to gather without incident.

china

Tibetan woman sets self afire, report says

A Tibetan woman, Dolkar Kyi, 26, killed herself through self-immolation at a monastery Tuesday in a Tibetan area of China, according to Free Tibet, an advocacy group based in London. The group said it received two photos of the body, which lay at Tso Monastery in Gansu province. Nearly 50 Tibetans have set fire to themselves since 2009 in what appear to be protests against Chinese rule.

Elsewhere

Yemen: U.S. drones killed 10 al-Qaida militants — one believed to be a top bomb-maker — in separate strikes targeting moving vehicles in Yemen, officials and the country's state-run agency said on Tuesday.

New Zealand: A volcano quiet for more than a century erupted in a New Zealand national park. Mount Tongariro spread thick ash for several miles.

Times wires

Weapons at Batman movie in Ohio called protection

08/08/12 [Last modified: Wednesday, August 8, 2012 12:26am]

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