JOS, Nigeria – Two car bombs exploded at a bustling bus terminal and market in Nigeria’s central city of Jos on Tuesday, killing at least 118 people, wounding dozens and leaving bloodied bodies amid the flaming debris.
There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the twin car bombs. But they bore the hallmarks of Boko Haram, the Islamic extremist group that abducted nearly 300 schoolgirls last month and has repeatedly targeted bus stations and other locations where large numbers of people gather in its campaign to impose Islamic law on Nigeria.
The second blast came half an hour after the first, killing some of the rescue workers who had rushed to the scene.
TV actor accused of shooting wife dead
Actor Michael Jace, who played a police officer on the hit TV show The Shield, was arrested Tuesday after authorities said he called 911 and told an operator he shot his wife.
April Jace, 40, was shot multiple times and was found dead in a hallway of the family home in the quiet, modest Hyde Park neighborhood of Los Angeles. Police said the killing occurred during an argument Monday night while the couple’s two young sons were there.
Jace, 51, is best known as LAPD Officer Julien Lowe on FX’s The Shield.
Conservative critic admits illegal gift
Conservative political commentator and author Dinesh D’Souza, who made the film 2016: Obama’s America, pleaded guilty Tuesday to violating U.S. campaign contribution law by using straw donors to exceed federal limits.
D’Souza’s guilty plea came on the day he was to begin trial on felony charges that he illegally reimbursed two close associates for contributing a total of $20,000 in 2012 to Senate candidate Wendy Long, a New York Republican. Federal law limits campaign contributions to $5,000 per individual in an election cycle.
Senate leader wins over tea party rival
Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell dispatched his tea party challenger with ease Tuesday on the busiest primary night of the year to date, and Democrats turned to two women, Alison Lundergan Grimes to oppose him in Kentucky and Michelle Nunn to fight for Georgia, in elections next fall with control of the Senate at stake.
Republicans must gain six seats to win a Senate majority, and party leaders have made it a priority to avoid the presence of candidates on the ballot this fall who are seen as too conservative or unsteady – or both – to prevail in winnable races.
Koch brothers fight Detroit bailout deal
Americans for Prosperity, the conservative advocacy group supported by industrialist brothers Charles and David Koch, has launched an effort to torpedo a proposed settlement in the Detroit bankruptcy case.
The organization is contacting 90,000 conservatives in Michigan and encouraging them to rally against a plan to provide $195 million in state money to help settle Detroit pension holders’ claims in the case, a key element of the deal.
The group has threatened to run ads against members of the Republican-controlled legislature who vote in favor of the appropriation before the state’s August primary. An initial legislative vote is planned for today.
Black nationalist author, ex-spy dies
Sam Greenlee, a onetime Foreign Service officer whose 1969 novel and a subsequent film, both called The Spook Who Sat by the Door, became underground sensations during the black nationalist movement, died Monday at his home in Chicago. He was 83.
In his novel, Greenlee drew on his work with the U.S. Information Agency but transformed the central character into a black CIA officer who quits the spy agency in disgust. The character returns to his native Chicago, where he puts his CIA training to use by organizing street gangs into a paramilitary black revolutionary movement that spreads nationwide.
Flooded Balkans face dead livestock
A new calamity emerged Tuesday in the flood-hit Balkans as rescue workers battled overflowing rivers – and were confronted by wastelands of drowned livestock.
As the rainfall stopped and temperatures rose, the withdrawing floodwaters revealed a harrowing sight: thousands of dead cows, pigs, sheep, dogs and other animals left behind as their panicked owners fled.
There are tons of dead animals that we must dispose of, Serbian Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic told a government meeting.
Record flooding in Bosnia, Serbia and Croatia in the past week has forced half a million people from their homes and led to at least 44 deaths.
Video casts doubt in fatal Israel clash
Security-camera video showing two unarmed Palestinians crumpling to the ground during a lull in a stone-throwing clash with Israeli soldiers revived allegations by human rights activists Tuesday that troops often use excessive force.
Israeli rights group B’Tselem said the images back its findings that troops killed the teens without cause Thursday by firing live rounds from more than 200 yards away. The soldiers were in zero danger at the time, said Sarit Michaeli of B’Tselem.
The United Nations and the U.S. State Department called on the Israeli authorities to conduct a transparent investigation.