April 29, 2013 in Nation/World

In brief: Four churchgoers stabbed at Mass

From Wire Reports
 

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – Police say a 24-year-old man stabbed four people at a Catholic church in Albuquerque as a Sunday Mass was nearing its end.

Police spokesman Robert Gibbs said Lawrence Capener jumped over several pews at St. Jude Thaddeus Catholic Church around noon Sunday and walked up to the choir area, where he began his attack.

The injuries to the four churchgoers weren’t life-threatening. All four were being treated at hospitals.

An off-duty police officer and others at the church subdued Capener and held him down until police arrived.

Some of those who were stabbed were members of the choir.

Gibbs said Capener was interviewed by police and was expected to face felony charges.

Stabbing death prompts manhunt

SAN FRANCISCO – Residents of a rural Northern California county were being told Sunday to keep their doors locked and report anyone considered suspicious as authorities continued the search for an 8-year-old girl’s killer.

Calaveras County deputies and law enforcement officials from neighboring counties, as well as California Highway Patrol officers and members of the California Department of Justice, were looking for a suspect after Leila Fowler was found stabbed in her Valley Springs home around noon Saturday.

The girl was found by her brother – reported by local media to be 12 years old – after he encountered a male intruder in the home. When the intruder ran away, the boy found his sister stabbed. She was pronounced dead at a local hospital, officials said.

Authorities spent Saturday night and into Sunday conducting a door-to-door sweep of homes scattered across hilly terrain.

Tobacco age hike proposed in N.Y.

NEW YORK – Following New York City’s lead, state lawmakers have taken up the cause to raise the minimum age for cigarette purchases from 18 to 21 statewide.

State Sen. Diane Savino and Assemblywoman Linda Rosenthal announced the legislation at a news conference Sunday in New York City. The bill was introduced on Friday.

If passed, New York would become the first state to raise the minimum age to buy cigarettes to 21. Four states and some communities have increased the age to 19, and at least two towns have agreed to raise it to 21.

Savino said “anything we can do to stop young people from starting is a step in the right direction.”

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