Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Nation Digest

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Nation Digest

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Grand jury indicts suspect in N. Carolina killings

A grand jury in North Carolina indicted a man Monday on three counts of murder in the shootings of three young Muslims in what authorities have said was a dispute over parking spaces. A grand jury in Durham County handed up the indictments Monday for Craig Hicks, 46.

Police in Chapel Hill have said they have not uncovered any evidence Hicks acted out of hatred for his neighbors' faith, but their investigation continues. The FBI is also investigating. Hicks, 46, is scheduled to be in court on the murder charges March 4.

Oil tanker train derails in West Virginia * A train carrying more than 100 tankers of crude oil derailed in southern West Virginia on Monday, sending at least one into the Kanawha River, igniting at least 14 tankers and sparking a house fire, officials said. One person was being treated for potential inhalation issues, but no other injuries were reported, according to a news release from CSX, the train company.

Gunman announcement at LAX was 'misinformed' * A mistaken public announcement that a gunman was on the loose at a Los Angeles International Airport terminal sent about 20 passengers fleeing from the gate area and onto the tarmac Monday, authorities said. The "misinformed" announcement from the public address system apparently stemmed from police activity outside Terminal 2, where officers had pursued an unarmed driver, LAX Police Sgt. Belinda Joseph said.

Hiker found dead in New Hampshire * A hiker who activated an emergency personal locator beacon in New Hampshire's White Mountains amid brutal weather conditions has been found dead. The state's Fish and Game Department says New York City resident Kate Matrosova's body was found Monday afternoon. Matrosova activated the beacon Sunday, but search and rescue crews couldn't reach the area overnight because of extreme wind and subzero temperatures.

'Sniper' trial resumes * After several days of evidence focused on the mental health of the former Marine accused in the fatal shootings of "American Sniper" author Chris Kyle and his friend, the trial of Eddie Ray Routh resumed Monday in Texas. …

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