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American Scene: Couple arrested; explosive substance found in home
NEW YORK — Authorities say a New York City couple has been arrested on weapons charges after a substance used to make bombs and papers titled “The Terrorist Encyclopedia” were found in their Greenwich Village apartment.
Both were arrested Saturday as police executed a search warrant at their apartment.
Police Detective Martha Barrera reported that a plastic container containing a white powdery substance known as HMTD was found in the living room. The substance is highly explosive.
Both were charged with criminal possession of a weapon.
Father of school shooter claims remains of son
HARTFORD — The father of the gunman who killed 26 people in a Connecticut school shooting has claimed his son’s body.
He also killed his mother in their Newtown home before going on the rampage and then committing suicide.
Police have not offered a motive for the killings.
Railroad calendar delivered to newspaper 63 years late
The large tube contained a 1950 Pennsylvania Railroad calendar addressed to James Flanagan, former general manager of The Scranton Times.
The calendar includes a holiday greeting from a railroad executive dated December 1949. Flanagan died that month.
A U.S. Postal Service spokesman says lost mail is sometimes found when a machine is dismantled or office space is renovated.
Times-Tribune publisher Bobby Lynett says he’ll see if the Steamtown National Historic Site railroad museum is interested in the calendar. If not, he’ll display it in the newspaper’s offices.
Jewish groups battle in court over bells
PROVIDENCE — A disagreement over the ownership of a set of 18th century Torah finial bells worth millions has led to dueling lawsuits between leaders of the nation’s first Jewish congregation and the nation’s oldest synagogue.
The dispute started after leaders of the Touro Synagogue in Newport, R.I., agreed to sell the bells for $7.4 million to Boston’s Museum of Fine Arts so they can set up an endowment to care for the synagogue.
Congregation Shearith Israel in New York City is trustee of the nearly 250-year-old Newport synagogue, although the sides disagree over how much control it wields over Touro’s affairs and ownership of the bells. Its leaders object to selling, which they say violates their religious practice.
Both sides have sued. A federal judge in Providence is scheduled to hold a settlement conference Thursday.
Lengthy city vigil recalls homicides, by the hour
CAMDEN — A vigil for people killed in 2012 in Camden, N.J., has reached its fourth day.
In the annual vigil, an hour is dedicated to remembering each homicide victim. In 2012, there were a record 67 of them in a city of about 77,000 people.
Activists, friends and sometimes relatives of the slain gather at a church to recall those killed. The victims in 2012 ranged in age from 2 to 66.
Each year since 1995, Sister Helen Cole has organized the year-end vigil. She says she finds the violence confounding. She says that if she knew the answer, she would be “on the mountaintop proclaiming it.”
The previous record was set in 1995, the vigil’s first year. It has never been shorter than 24 hours.
• From wire dispatches and staff reports
By Donald Lambro
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