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Gunman had been investigated by FBI... Still finding bodies in Nepal ... EPA to outline asbestos cleanup plan for MT town



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WASHINGTON (AP) — One of the two men who opened fire Sunday in Texas had been under investigation by the FBI for nine years. Authorities identify him as Elton Simpson, who they say had planned to travel to South Africa to link up with "brothers" in Somalia. Agents recorded Simpson talking about fighting nonbelievers for Allah. Authorities say Simpson and Nadir Soofi shot and wounded a security officer outside a convention center where a Prophet Muhammad cartoon contest was being held. Both gunmen were shot and killed.

CENTENNIAL, Colo. (AP) — Testimony resumes Tuesday morning in the trial of Colorado movie theater shooter James Holmes. On Monday, jurors saw a video in which Homes asks detectives, "There weren't any children hurt, were there?" The video was recorded at police headquarters about two hours after the July 2012 attack in which 12 people died and 70 were wounded. Holmes' attorneys acknowledge he was the gunman but say he was mentally ill. Prosecutors say Holmes knew what he was doing.

KATHMANDU, Nepal (AP) — Rescuers in Nepal have been digging through piles of earth and snow on a popular trekking route where an entire village was buried by a mudslide triggered by a powerful earthquake 10 days ago. A government official says police and local villagers have recovered 60 bodies from Langtang Valley, and that nine of the victims were foreign trekkers. Villagers say as many as 200 people could be buried in the mudslide.

WOBURN, Mass. (AP) — An Irish nanny accused of killing a 1-year-old Massachusetts girl in her care two years ago wants a judge to release her while authorities review medical evidence in the case. Lawyers for Aisling Brady McCarthy will argue for her provisional release at a bail hearing Tuesday in Middlesex Superior Court. McCarthy's trial has been postponed indefinitely as the state Medical Examiner's Office reviews a finding that Rehma Sabir died of traumatic head injuries and that her January 2013 death was a homicide.

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — The Environmental Protection Agency says it plans to leave alone some of the asbestos in a Montana town where thousands of people have been sickened. The EPA is releasing details of the cleanup plan for the town of Libby on Tuesday. EPA project manager Rebecca Thomas says asbestos would be left behind only where there is minimal risk of human exposure, such as underground or behind the walls of houses. The EPA has spent $540 million since 1999 trying to clean up deadly asbestos dust from a W.R. Grace & Co. vermiculite mine.

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