BOMB IN LIBYA KILLS DOZENS
tripoli, libya» A massive truck bomb exploded near a police base in the western Libyan town of Zliten on Thursday, killing at least 60 policemen and wounding approximately 200 others, officials said.
No group claimed responsibility for the attack, but a local Islamic State affiliate has been trying to gain a foothold in Zliten, spreading west from its central stronghold in the city of Sirte, which is along the North African country’s coast.
The U.N. special envoy to Libya, Martin Kobler, denounced the attack and urged Libyans to “put their differences aside and unite to confront the scourge of terrorism.” The bombing was yet another reminder for Libyans that “urgent progress is required” toward empowering a unity government and rebuilding state bodies, Kobler said in a statement.
Hours after the blast, rescue crews at the scene had managed to extract 60 bodies out of the wreckage, said a hospital spokesman, Moamar Kaddi.
Libyan officials said they believed there might be dozens more dead.
Governor’s comments under attack B
portland, maine» Blunt-spoken Republican Gov. Paul LePage said out-of-state drug dealers are impregnating “young white” girls, and his remarks were quickly derided by critics Thursday as racial fearmongering.
LePage, talking about Maine’s heroin epidemic, described outof-state drug dealers as “guys with the name D-Money, Smoothie, Shifty” and said “half the time they impregnate a young white girl before they leave.”
LePage’s spokesman said Thursday he wasn’t making a comment about race.
Immigration raids upset Democrats B Congressional
washington» Democrats confronted White House officials on Thursday over holiday-season raids seeking Central American immigrants for deportation, accusing the administration of spreading terror through immigrant communities.
Rep. Luis Gutierrez of Illinois said President Barack Obama risks all the goodwill he has built up over the past year through his executive actions sparing millions from deportation, actions now tied up in court. And he complained that the administration did not alert congressional allies before conducting the raids, which first became public when The Washington Post published a story about the plans just before Christmas.
Sheriffs meet with occupiers
B burns, ore.» Three Oregon sheriffs met Thursday with an armed group occupying a federal wildlife refuge in southeastern Oregon and asked them to leave, after residents made it clear they wanted them to go home.
Harney County Sheriff David Ward, accompanied by two other sheriffs, asked Ammon Bundy and his group to respect the wishes of residents and end an occupation that began last weekend to protest federal land management policies.
Ward said he would call Bundy on Friday to talk more.
Gov. Kate Brown on Thursday called the occupation “unlawful” and said it had to end.
Dummy U.S. missile sent to Cuba B A dummy
washington» U.S. Hellfire missile was mistakenly shipped from Europe to Cuba in 2014, The Wall Street Journal reported Thursday.
The inert missile did not contain any explosives, The Journal reported, but there are concerns that Cuba could share the technology with potential U.S. adversaries such as North Korea or Russia. The Journal report was attributed to anonymous sources.
According to the Defense Department, the Hellfire is a laserguided, air-to-surface missile that weighs about 100 pounds. It can be deployed from an attack helicopter such as the Apache or an unmanned drone such as the Predator. It is manufactured by Lockheed Martin.