WASHINGTON – House Speaker John Boehner declared Friday he would create a select committee to investigate the Benghazi attack, providing Republicans with a high-profile forum to target the Obama administration’s credibility ahead of crucial midterm elections.
Boehner said U.S. officials misled the American people after the Sept. 11, 2012, assault on the U.S. diplomatic outpost in Libya that killed Ambassador Chris Stevens and three other Americans. He said emails released this week showed the White House has withheld documents from congressional investigators and asked, What else about Benghazi is the Obama administration still hiding from the American people?
Separately, the Republican chairman of the House oversight committee, one of several investigating the violence, said Friday he would subpoena Secretary of State John Kerry to testify about the administration’s response to the attack.
Republicans have accused President Barack Obama and his top aides of seeking to deceive the public about the true circumstances of a major, al-Qaida-linked terrorist attack during the final months of the 2012 presidential campaign – charges that the president and other U.S. officials reject.
Meanwhile, gunmen attacked a security forces headquarters in Benghazi early Friday, killing nine people and wounding 24, authorities said, blaming the Islamic extremist group allegedly behind the 2012 attack.
NY subway derails; 4 hospitalized
A subway train carrying 1,000 passengers shook through a tunnel, tilted and derailed Friday, injuring more than a dozen people and frightening scores of others with sparks, smoke and sudden darkness.
Four people suffered serious injuries and were hospitalized, firefighters said.
The express F train was heading for Manhattan and Brooklyn when six of its eight cars derailed at 10:40 a.m. about 1,200 feet south of the 65th Street station in the Woodside section of Queens.
Dozens of firefighters, police officers and paramedics converged. They used ladders to help passengers descend from the train to track level and guided them along the track to a sidewalk opening.
Suspect arrested in Alaska slayings
Alaska State Troopers say a 19-year-old man has been arrested in connection with the shooting deaths of two troopers in a remote village.
Nathaniel Lee Kangas is under arrest in the slayings of Trooper Gabe Rich and Sgt. Scott Johnson on Thursday in the isolated community of Tanana.
The National Geographic Channel says the two troopers were occasionally featured on the show Alaska State Troopers. The troopers were not filming at the time of their deaths.
Rancherís family accuses US agents
Family members and other supporters took a Nevada rancher’s grazing rights fight against the U.S. government to the sheriff in Las Vegas on Friday, filing reports alleging crimes by federal agents against people protesting a roundup of cattle from public land.
Rancher Cliven Bundy wasn’t among those who filed handwritten complaints with the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department – the agency with jurisdiction over Bundy’s ranch in the Bunkerville area and much of Clark County.
Subway rear-ends another in Seoul
A subway train plowed into the back of another train at a station in South Korea’s capital Friday, injuring about 200 people, including about 150 who were hospitalized with bruises and other mostly minor injuries, officials said.
Local media reported there were long delays in providing instructions to passengers about what to do. That struck a nerve in South Korea, where the captain in an April 16 ferry sinking that killed hundreds of people has been condemned for waiting 30 minutes to issue an evacuation order as the ship sank.
Mexican detainees often tortured: UN
The torture of detainees in Mexico continues to be widespread and occurs between the time of arrest and when suspects appear before a judge, a United Nations official said Friday after a two-week probe of issue.
U.N. special rapporteur on torture Juan Mendez said signs of torture are found on people arrested by all levels of authority, from the military down to local and state police.
Mendez met with officials, activists and victims of torture. He said practices reported include beatings with fists, feet and sticks, asphyxiating with plastics bags and electric shock to the genitals.
Sinn Feinís Adamsí jail stay extended
Northern Ireland police were granted an extra 48 hours Friday to interrogate Sinn Fein leader Gerry Adams about the 1972 IRA killing of a Belfast widow, infuriating his Irish nationalist party and raising questions about the stability of the province’s Catholic-Protestant government.
Adams, who as Sinn Fein chief since 1983 is Europe’s longest-serving party leader, denies any role in the IRA. But IRA veterans who spoke on tape to a Boston College-commissioned oral history project say he was the outlawed group’s Belfast commander in 1972 and ordered the killing and secret burial of McConville, whom the IRA branded a British army spy.
Whale carcass fouls Canadian shore
The 60-ton carcass of a blue whale is rotting on the shore on Canada’s east coast, stinking up a town and triggering fears that it could burst.
Provincial officials said they’re working with federal agencies to help small towns on Newfoundland’s coast deal with the rotting carcasses of whales, including one that washed ashore near the town of Trout River.
Town clerk Emily Butler said the 85-foot carcass is emitting a powerful stench that is spreading through the town of 600 people. Butler said residents worry that the methane gas created by decomposition could cause the carcass to burst, but Jack Lawson, a research scientist with Canada’s Fisheries Department, said that risk is very small.
Local officials have raised health concerns, and worry that the stench could affect the looming tourism season.