BOMB IN LIBYA KILLS DOZENS

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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.

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