kills at least 26
Officials in Iraq say at least 26 people have been killed by a suicide bomber who attacked a park in northern Baghdad.
Police say the attack happened at a park that has several cafes and restaurants. The bomber detonated his explosives in a crowd of people, killing 26 and wounding 55 people.
Two police officers and three medical officials confirm the casualty figures. They all spoke on condition of anonymity as they weren’t authorized to release the information to journalists.
Attacks have been on the rise in Iraq since a deadly security crackdown in April on a Sunni protest camp. More than 3,000 people have been killed in violence during the past few months, raising fears Iraq could see a new round of widespread sectarian bloodshed.
in death of war vet
Police in Spokane, Wash., have arrested one of two teens suspected of fatally beating an 88-year-old veteran of World War II who had survived the battle for Okinawa.
Police contend that two 16-year-old boys approached Delbert Beltonat random Wednesday night outside an Eagles Lodge as he was waiting in his car for a friend.
Belton was found by police with serious head injuries and died in the hospital Thursday.
Belton’s death has struck a chord nationally and sparked outrage on social media. “He fought for this country,” said Belton’s sister, Alberta Tosh, on Friday. “Then he comes home and a couple of creeps kill him in the worst way.”
Police Chief Frank Straub said there was no information that the attack was motivated by anything other than robbery. Police were offering no details about the crime itself, including what was taken, if anything.
FALL RIVER, Mass.
pleads not guilty
A cousin of former New England Patriots star Aaron Hernandez pleaded not guilty Friday to a contempt charge for allegedly refusing to testify before the grand jury that indicted Hernandez in the murder of a friend.
Tanya Singleton entered her plea on a criminal contempt charge during a brief court appearance in Fall River. Her attorney, E. Peter Parker, did not seek bail for her, agreeing that she be held until a hearing on Oct. 3.
Singleton was offered immunity but refused to testify before the grand jury, District Attorney Samuel Sutter said. She has been held since Aug. 1 in a Suffolk County jail and was indicted Thursday.
The grand jury on Thursday indicted Hernandez on first-degree murder and weapons charges in the death of 27-year-old Odin Lloyd, a semi-professional football player from Boston who was dating the sister of Hernandez’s girlfriend.
Woman shows up
weeks after her funeral
A Philadelphia woman has turned up alive nearly two weeks after her family held a funeral and burial for her.
Services for 50-year-old Sharolyn Jackson were held Aug. 3. Jackson’s mother, Carrie Minney, says the woman in the casket was a dead ringer for her daughter, except for the nose. She says the family assumed something had happened to the nose during the embalming process.
Jackson showed up at a mental health facility in Philadelphia last week.
A spokesman for the Philadelphia Department of Health says Jackson’s son and a social worker who knows her had viewed pictures of a dead woman’s body and identified it as being hers.
The buried body will be exhumed in hopes of correctly identifying it.