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ALABAMA

State sorry for 1944 rape case handling

MONTGOMERY | The Alabama Legislature has officially apologized to an elderly black woman who was raped nearly seven decades ago by a gang of white men as she walked home from church.

The Senate gave final approval Thursday on a voice vote to a resolution that expresses “deepest sympathy and deepest regrets” to Recy Taylor, now 91 and living in Florida. She told the Associated Press last year that she thinks the men who attacked her in 1944 are dead but that she still wanted an apology from the state of Alabama.

The House approved the resolution last month. It now goes to Gov. Robert Bentley, who said Thursday he’s not personally familiar with details of the case but sees no reason why he wouldn’t sign it.

Reached by phone Thursday by the AP, Ms. Taylor said she welcomed the Legislature’s action.

“I think that’s nice,” she said. “It’s been a long time. I’m satisfied.”

COLORADO

Bomb, propane tanks found at mall

LITTLETON | Investigators want to question a person of interest about a pipe bomb and two propane tanks that failed to detonate at a Colorado mall. They were found after a security guard extinguished a fire.

Investigators released a third photo of the person on Thursday. In two photos, he is seen entering a stairwell and carrying a white plastic bag. The latest shows him on an escalator inside the Southwest Plaza Mall.

Firefighters found the devices after the fire, which prompted the evacuation of the mall around noon Wednesday. No one was injured.

Authorities are investigating the source of the fire, including whether it was caused by the failed detonation of a bomb, said West Metro Fire Rescue spokeswoman Cindy Matthews.

Wednesday was the 12th anniversary of the shooting rampage at nearby Columbine High School, and officials expressed concern that it could be linked somehow.

The mall is about two miles from the school, where two student gunmen killed 13 people and themselves on April 20, 1999.

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