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March 12, 2017 - 4:54 pm

ETHIOPIA-DEADLY LANDSLIDE

46 killed, dozens missing in Ethiopia garbage dump landslide

ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia (AP) — At least 46 people are dead and several dozen are missing in Ethiopia, after a mountain of trash gave way in a massive garbage dump on the outskirts of the capital.

Officials in Addis Ababa (AD'-ihs AB'-uh-buh) say most of the dead are women and children.

It's not clear what caused last night's collapse, which buried several makeshift homes and concrete buildings.

Many people at the landfill had been scavenging items to make a living, but others live there because renting homes, largely built of mud and sticks, is relatively inexpensive.

One resident told The Associated Press that about 150 people were there when the landslide occurred.

The landfill has been a dumping ground for the capital's garbage for more than 50 years.

GUATEMALA-FIRE

Death toll in Guatemala children's shelter fire rises to 40

GUATEMALA CITY (AP) — The death toll in a fire at a Guatemalan children's shelter has risen to 40 with the death of another girl due to burns.

The death was announced Sunday by the Roosevelt Hospital in Guatemala's capital.

The fire began when mattresses were set ablaze during a protest by residents at the overcrowded youth shelter.

Authorities are still searching for answers in the disaster that has put a spotlight on failings in Guatemala's child protective services. Prosecutors spokeswoman Julia Barrera says the head of the country's protective services agency has been ordered not to leave Guatemala.

Nineteen of the adolescents perished at the scene of Wednesday's inferno and another 21 have died in local hospitals.

HAITI-BUS CRASH

Bus runs into crowd in Haiti, killing at least 34 people

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) — Haitian rescue officials say a bus has plowed into a crowd in the city of Gonaives, killing at least 34 people.

Regional civil defense coordinator Josepth Faustin says the accident occurred at about 3 a.m. Sunday when a passenger bus first hit two people at a bus stop and then continued into a crowd of people attending a music festival.

He says angry festival-goers then attacked the bus and tried to burn it. The bus driver fled and is being sought.

POLICE CHASE-FATAL CRASH

2 die when vehicle chased by Michigan State Police crashes

KENTWOOD, Mich. (AP) — A college student driving to school was one of two people killed when a vehicle leading police on a high-speed chase crashed into her car in western Michigan.

Michigan State Police say troopers tried to stop the car Saturday night in the city of Kentwood, near Grand Rapids, but the driver fled. The fleeing vehicle slammed into a car Tara Oskam of Grand Rapids was driving to Calvin College.

She was pronounced dead at the scene. A passenger in the vehicle police were chasing also died. The driver of the vehicle police were pursuing suffered serious injuries. Authorities didn't immediately release information about the driver or the passenger.

HOVERBOARD FIRE

Firefighter injured in crash on way to fire dies of injuries

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Authorities say a Pennsylvania fire official injured in a crash while responding to a fatal fire has died of his injuries.

The Harrisburg fire department said Lt. Dennis DeVoe died Saturday "surrounded by his family and close friends." He was a 21-year veteran of the department.

Fire Chief Brian Enterline said DeVoe was on his way to the station to pick up his gear before heading to the scene of the fire when his vehicle was hit at an intersection.

Eighteen-year-old Khanyae Kendall was later arrested and charged with aggravated assault and other offenses. Court documents don't list an attorney, and a listed number for her couldn't be found Sunday.

The fire was blamed on a recharging hoverboard. The blaze killed one girl and injured four other people, two critically.

TRIBAL POLICE OFFICER SHOT

Navajo Nation police officer critically wounded in shooting

PREWITT, N.M. (AP) — The FBI and Navajo Nation are investigating a shooting that critically wounded a tribal police officer.

Authorities say the officer was shot while responding to a domestic violence call early Sunday near the small town of Prewitt, in western New Mexico.

They say a suspect is in custody, but no other details have been released.

FBI officials say the officer was airlifted to the University of New Mexico Hospital. There was no immediate update on the officer's condition and a name wasn't released.

Navajo Nation President Russell Begaye says he's praying for the wounded officer and his family.

He says New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez has called to offer assistance in the case.

The New Mexico State Police and McKinley County Sheriff's Office are assisting with the investigation.

TRUMP-CABINET

Confirmation hearing for Trump's labor pick now March 22

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate confirmation hearing for President Donald Trump's pick to lead the Labor Department has been delayed until later this month.

Alexander Acosta had been slated to appear before the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee on Wednesday.

But a spokesman for the panel's chairman, Republican Sen. Lamar Alexander, says the hearing will now be held on March 22.

The spokesman, Taylor Haulsee, cites a scheduling conflict in which Alexander is to appear with Trump at an event in Nashville, Tennessee, on Wednesday to help promote Republicans' plan to repeal and replace Barack Obama's health care law.

Acosta is dean of Florida International University's law school. He was nominated after Trump's original choice for labor secretary, Andrew Puzder, withdrew his nomination.

Acosta is expected to win confirmation.

SEVERE WEATHER

Northeast braces for winter storm

NEW YORK (AP) — The Northeast is bracing for winter's last hurrah — a blizzard expected to sweep the New York region starting Monday with possibly the season's biggest snowstorm dumping up to 18 inches on Central Park.

The National Weather Service issued a blizzard watch Sunday for coastal regions including New York City and surrounding areas of Long Island, Westchester County and Connecticut. On Long Island, a snowfall of 12 to 18 inches is forecast along with equally strong winds and visibility of a quarter mile or less.

A winter storm watch is being posted for a larger area of the Northeast: New Jersey, Pennsylvania and New England.

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Sunday that the New York State Emergency Operations Center will be activated Monday evening, with stockpiles of sandbags, generators and pumps at the ready.

GAS PRICES

US gas prices rise 2 cents over 2 weeks, to $2.35 a gallon

CAMARILLO, Calif. (AP) — The average price of a gallon of regular-grade gasoline rose 2 cents nationally during the past two weeks, to $2.35.

Industry analyst Trilby Lundberg said Sunday that despite the rise, gas prices are poised to dip slightly because crude oil costs are falling and refinery production is strong.

The national average is up 51 cents per gallon over the price a year ago.

Gas in San Francisco was the highest in the contiguous United States at an average of $3.03 a gallon Friday. The lowest was in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, at $2.03 per gallon.

The U.S. average diesel price is $2.58, up half a cent from two weeks ago.

FILM-BOX OFFICE

'Kong' outmuscles 'Logan' to become king of the box office

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Kong is the king of the box office this weekend.

Studio estimates say Sunday that "Kong: Skull Island" took in a strong $61 million in its first weekend in theaters. Starring Tom Hiddleston, Brie Larson and Samuel L. Jackson, the Warner Bros. and Legendary actioner cost a reported $185 million to produce.

King Kong outmuscled another beast to take the top spot. Fox's Wolverine installment "Logan," dropped 58 percent from its debut and earned $37.9 million, raising its total to $152.7 million.

In third place, "Get Out," the buzzy horror directed by Jordan Peele added $21.1 million, pushing its sum to $111 million in just three weeks.

Rounding out the top five are the faith-based movie "The Shack," with $10.1 million, and "The Lego Batman Movie" with $7.8 million.

NCAA-SELECTION SUNDAY

Madness time: 68 teams to get path to NCAA Tournament crown

UNDATED (AP) — College basketball teams across the United States are about to find out how impressive their seasons really were. And 68 teams will have a shot to prove they're even better, with a path toward winning the NCAA Tournament.

The Division I men's basketball committee is selecting 36 at-large teams that will make up the field with 32 conference champions, revealing their picks Sunday night through a national television special watched by millions of people.

Teams are holding watch parties at universities as they learn the six- or seven-game path they must navigate to win a title.

The tournament begins Tuesday night with two First Four games in Dayton, Ohio, and culminates with the national championship game in Phoenix on April 3.

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