Dozens killed in Baghdad bombing
In one of the deadliest single attacks in postwar Baghdad, a truck bomb shattered a popular fruit-and-vegetable market in a teeming Shiite neighborhood Thursday, killing 67 people and wounding more than 150 others. Militants from the self-described Islamic State claimed responsibility for the bombing that incinerated much of the Jameela market in the district of Sadr City. The dead and wounded were carried away in blood-soaked blankets and garbage bags amid the charred and twisted stalls and spilled produce.
Sentence vacated after 34 years
A man who spent 34 years in prison for the rape and shooting death of a teenage girl was released from prison Thursday after a judge vacated his murder conviction, citing new DNA evidence. Lewis Fogle, 63, was freed on bail because he remains charged and could be retried by District Attorney Patrick Dougherty, who filed the joint motion to vacate the conviction with the New York-based Innocence Project. Dougherty said his actions — and the judge's decision — don't mean Fogle has been exonerated in the death and rape of 15-year-old Deann Katherine Long in 1976. "I am not agreeing that he is actually innocent," Dougherty said.
Conn. spares 11 on death row
Casting the death penalty as an outdated tool of justice at odds with today's societal values, Connecticut's highest court Thursday spared the lives of 11 men on death row by ruling that capital punishment violated the state constitution.In a 4-3 decision, the court ruled that a 2012 law abolishing capital punishment must be applied to the 11 inmates facing execution for offenses they committed before the measure took effect.
Bear euthanized after killing hiker
Yellowstone National Park officials euthanized a grizzly bear Thursday after DNA tests confirmed it attacked and killed a hiker last week, a park spokeswoman said. The adult female bear was killed because it had eaten part of the Montana man's body and hid the rest, which is not normal behavior for a female bear defending its young, spokeswoman Amy Bartlett said.
By the Numbers
$15M The value of a Pablo Picasso painting the U.S. government formally returned after it had been stolen from a Paris museum more than a decade ago and seized last year in New Jersey.