From Across the Na­tion

San Francisco Chronicle (Sunday) - - NATION -

_1 Gas ex­plo­sions: There’s no ev­i­dence to sug­gest the gas ex­plo­sions that rocked com­mu­ni­ties north of Bos­ton were in­ten­tional, a fed­eral in­ves­ti­ga­tor said Satur­day. As of­fi­cials opened their probe into Thurs­day’s disas­ter, Na­tional Trans­porta­tion Safety Board Chair­man Robert Sumwalt said that there doesn’t ap­pear to be “any­thing ne­far­i­ous, any­thing sus­pi­cious.” The se­ries of ex­plo­sions and fires Thurs­day de­stroyed or dam­aged dozens of homes, killed a teenager, in­jured dozens and forced thou­sands of peo­ple to evac­u­ate from the com­mu­ni­ties of Lawrence, North An­dover and An­dover. Sumwalt said a fi­nal re­port about what hap­pened could take up to two years to com­plete.

_2 Satel­lite launch: A NASA satel­lite de­signed to pre­cisely mea­sure changes in Earth’s ice sheets, glaciers, sea ice and veg­e­ta­tion was launched into po­lar or­bit Satur­day from Vandenberg Air Force Base in Santa Bar­bara County. NASA Earth Sci­ence Divi­sion di­rec­tor Michael Freilich said the mis­sion of the ICESat-2 in par­tic­u­lar will ad­vance knowl­edge of how the ice sheets of Green­land and Antarc­tica con­trib­ute to sea level rise.

_3 Girls killed: Of­fi­cials in Ari­zona said Satur­day that a man has been in­dicted in the kid­nap­pings and killings of two girls who went miss­ing in 2012 and 2014. Tucson Police Chief Chris Mag­nus said Christo­pher Matthew Clements, 36, was in­dicted on mur­der and kid­nap­ping charges in the deaths of 6-year-old Is­abel Celis and 13year-old Mari­bel Gon­za­lez. Is­abel went miss­ing from her Tucson home in April 2012 and her body was dis­cov­ered in ru­ral south­ern Ari­zona in 2017. Mari­bel Gon­za­lez body was dis­cov­ered in June 2014 near Tucson. Au­thor­i­ties did not dis­close what prompted Clements’ ar­rest but said he pro­vided in­for­ma­tion in 2017 that led to the dis­cov­ery of Is­abel’s re­mains. Clements al­ready had been jailed on other charges.

_4 Child ne­glect case: A man and woman in south­ern Min­nesota are ac­cused of drop­ping off a 5-year-old boy in the woods as pun­ish­ment for wet­ting him­self. Lynda Michel, 42, and Gre­gory Wilson, 32, were charged Fri­day in Ni­col­let County District Court with child ne­glect. Au­thor­i­ties say the boy is Wilson’s bi­o­log­i­cal son. The boy was found by a mo­torist walk­ing along a road south of St. Peter. He was cry­ing and wet from rain. He told police he had been dropped off be­cause he had been “naughty.” The cou­ple told au­thor­i­ties they turned around af­ter a short dis­tance but couldn’t find him.

_5 Se­nior cen­ter shoot­ing: A woman who fired shots through her door at a se­nior apart­ment com­plex in Cas­taic (Los An­ge­les County) sur­ren­dered peace­fully af­ter sev­eral hours, sher­iff ’s of­fi­cials said Satur­day. Au­thor­i­ties evac­u­ated the mul­ti­story Cas­taic Lake Se­nior Vil­lage af­ter the shots were fired Fri­day. Sher­iff ’s Lt. Leo Bauer said the woman was re­ported as be­ing “highly dis­turbed” and she re­fused to sur­ren­der. A cri­sis ne­go­ti­a­tion team per­suaded her to come out af­ter sev­eral hours. She was not iden­ti­fied, and no one was in­jured.

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