January 18, 2014 in Nation/World

In brief: Stampede leaves 18 mourners dead

From Wire Reports
 

MUMBAI, India – Eighteen people have been killed in a stampede in Mumbai as tens of thousands gathered to mourn the death of a spiritual leader in India’s financial capital, media reports said this morning.

At least 40 other people were injured in the predawn stampede when mourners thronged the home of Syedna Mohammed Burhanuddin, the head of the Dawoodi Bohra Muslim community, Press Trust of India news agency said.

The spiritual leader died Friday at age 102.

Most fire evacuees allowed back home

GLENDORA, Calif. – Most remaining evacuees from a wildfire in the foothills northeast of Los Angeles can now return home.

County emergency officials said Friday afternoon that residents in all but one neighborhood of the city of Azusa can return home. That means only a handful of the 3,700 people who evacuated the fire as it raged Thursday morning remain away from their homes, though it was not clear exactly how many.

Residents in neighboring Glendora were allowed to return on Thursday night.

The fire that burned 2 1/2 square miles has been reduced to smoke and scattered ashes after destroying five homes and damaging 17 houses and other structures.

Man pleads guilty for ricin letters

A Mississippi man who tried to frame an Elvis Presley impersonator in April 2013 has pleaded guilty to sending threatening letters laced with the toxin ricin to President Barack Obama and other officials, the Justice Department said Friday.

James Everett Dutschke, 42, entered the plea during a hearing in U.S. District Court in Oxford, Miss. He will receive a sentence of 25 years in prison, authorities said.

According to court documents, Dutschke developed a scheme to frame Paul Kevin Curtis by mailing the poisoned, threatening letters, the Justice Department said. Curtis, a Mississippi-based Elvis impersonator, was originally charged with sending the letters.


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