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President Barack Obama on Tuesday visited the Washington state community slammed by a deadly mudslide last month, offering condolences to the families of victims, encouragement to rescue workers, and promises of government support. After viewing the mudslide from the air, Obama met for over an hour with relatives of victims in a small chapel. The Snohomish County Medical Examiner's Office said the remains of 41 victims had been recovered from the slide that buried a river valley neighborhood in the Cascade mountain foothills last month. The president's helicopter hovered not far above the site of the mudslide for about 15 minutes on Tuesday.
By Carey Gillam KANSAS CITY, Missouri (Reuters) - Missouri on Wednesday executed a man who had been convicted in 1993 of murdering an elderly farming couple in a plot to steal their cattle, a state official said. William Rousan, 57, was pronounced dead at 12:10 a.m. (1.10 a.m. EDT) at a state prison in Bonne Terre, said Mike O'Connell, a spokesman for the state's Department of Public Safety. Rousan was sentenced to death for the murder of 62-year-old Grace Lewis and life in prison without parole for the murder of her 67-year-old husband Charles. Authorities said he was the mastermind in a siege that included his son and his brother, Robert, a spokeswoman for Missouri's top lawyer said.
The suspect, William James Vahey, 64, worked at the schools since 1972 and committed suicide on March 21 in Luverne, Minnesota, the Federal Bureau of Investigation said on Tuesday. He killed himself two days after agents in Houston sought a warrant to search a computer thumb drive belonging to him, the FBI said in a statement. The drive was given to the FBI by an employee of the American Nicaraguan School, in Managua, Nicaragua, where Vahey worked as a teacher of history and geography, the FBI said. A school employee filed a complaint with the FBI saying the USB drive "contained pornographic images of minor males who appeared to be asleep or unconscious," it said.
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) ? As the kidnappers pulled into a quiet, upscale golf course community, they thought they were about to abduct an assistant district attorney who sent a high-ranking gang member to prison for life, authorities said.
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) ? Authorities say a man fatally shot by a Portland officer last month had been stalking young women in a van that he converted into a "moveable dungeon" with chains and handcuffs after one of his victims managed to escape from it in January.
LOS ANGELES (AP) ? The mother of a 17-year-old honors student who was among 10 people killed in a fiery Northern California bus crash sued FedEx on Tuesday, alleging that its trucks have a history of catching fire.
SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) ? For all the tens of billions of dollars that the nation has spent on screening passengers and their bags, few airports made a comparable investment to secure the airplanes themselves.