Ferry capsizes in Philippines; at least 40 die
MANILA, Philippines — Forty people, 11 of them children, died after a ferry capsized in the central Philippines, the coast guard said Wednesday, the latest in a long line of maritime tragedies. The Philippine Coast Guard said the interisland ferry, the Don Dexter Cathlyn, overturned on Tuesday after being buffeted by strong winds and waves en route to Sorsogon province south of Manila. The Philippine Red Cross said more than 100 passengers had been rescued by Wednesday but that at least a dozen more were still missing. The ship's manifest listed only 119 passengers, although the coast guard said many passengers often do not register. A coast guard official, Capt. Efren Evangelista, told The Associated Press that charges could be brought against the owners of the ship because it sailed without the required clearance and might have been overloaded.
55 Tibetans sentenced for taking part in March riot
BEIJING — Fifty-five Tibetans have received prison sentences for their actions in the March 14 ethnic riot that engulfed Lhasa, the capital of the Tibet Autonomous Region in western China, according to a senior Chinese official quoted Wednesday by Xinhua, the state news agency. The report was the first by an official news source stating the number of sentences handed down after the riot, which erupted days after monks staged peaceful protests in Lhasa. The prison sentences range from three years to life, Xinhua reported.
Shooting at S.C. mall kills 1, injures police officer
CHARLESTON, S.C. — Gunfire broke out during an argument outside a South Carolina mall, leaving one man dead. The gunman was then shot and critically wounded by a law enforcement officer. Charleston police spokesman Charles Francis says three men who were shopping Wednesday afternoon at the Citadel Mall began arguing in the parking lot. Then one of the men was shot and killed by another. Francis says the gunman was shot in the leg by a law enforcement officer who happened to be at the scene. Names haven't been released. Frances said two people are in custody but charges have not been filed.
Grand jury indicts white supremacists in Obama plot
MEMPHIS — A federal grand jury in Memphis has indicted two white supremacists accused of plotting to kill Democrat Barack Obama and dozens of other black people. Twenty-year-old Daniel Cowart and 18-year-old Paul Schlesselman were arrested last month, before Obama won the presidential election. They are being held without bond. They were indicted Wednesday on charges of possessing a sawed-off shotgun, planning to rob a licensed gun dealer and threatening a presidential candidate.
Herald-Leader wire services