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UN considers response to North Korea...Benghazi panel interviews former CIA chief...'Baby Doe' mother arraigned

By The Associated Press | Posted - Jan. 6, 2016 at 10:01 a.m.



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UNITED NATIONS (AP) — North Korea may be looking at tighter international sanctions, after its announcement today that it had conducted a hydrogen bomb test. If it's true, it would put North Korea a big step closer to improving its nuclear arsenal. The U.N. Security Council scheduled an emergency meeting today to consider how to respond.

WASHINGTON (AP) — A House committee looking into the deadly 2012 attacks in Benghazi, Libya is interviewing former CIA Director David Petraeus (peh-TRAY'-uhs) as the investigation enters its third calendar year — and a presidential election year. Petraeus is the first of four former Obama administration officials the Republican-led committee is interviewing in the next week. The committee will question former Defense Secretary Leon Panetta on Friday. All four interviews are being conducted behind closed doors.

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — A Florida deputy who fatally shot a man carrying only an air rifle has pleaded not guilty today to a manslaughter charge. Broward Sheriff's Office Deputy Peter Peraza entered the plea at a brief court hearing. Outside the courtroom, more than three dozen law enforcement officers applauded in a show of support when Peraza emerged. Peraza faces up to 30 years in prison if convicted in the fatal shooting of Jermaine McBean, who was black. Peraza is white. A family attorney says McBean probably did not hear police commands that he drop the rifle because he was listening to music through earbuds.

HEMPSTEAD, Texas (AP) — A grand jury has resumed considering the case of Sandra Bland, the black Chicago-area woman who died in a Texas county jail three days after her arrest in a traffic stop last summer. Special prosecutors are presenting evidence today before the same jurors who last month declined to indict anyone in Bland's death. A medical examiner ruled her death a suicide. Still unresolved is whether the trooper who arrested her should face charges.

BOSTON (AP) — The mother of a 2-year-old girl dubbed Baby Doe after her body washed up on a Boston Harbor island inside a bag has pleaded not guilty to an accessory charge connected to the toddler's death. Rachelle Bond was arraigned today on charges she helped her boyfriend conceal the body of her daughter, Bella. Michael McCarthy was charged with first-degree murder and will be arraigned Monday. A prosecutor today said McCarthy didn't hold Bond against her will, as she has claimed. Bond's lawyer says that she denies helping McCarthy in any way and that he had psychological control over her.

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