Red alert out for volcano
Chile issued a red alert Monday for the Copahue volcano on the border with Argentina that has become increasingly active.
Chile’s Interior and Security Minister Andres Chadwick said the increased activity could lead to an eruption and officials will soon begin evacuating 2,240 people, or 460 families, in a 15.5 mile radius.
“This evacuation is obligatory; it’s not voluntary,” Chadwick told reporters.
Chile’s Emergency Office says the evacuation could last about 48 hours, but could be delayed because of heavy rains.
Argentine officials have issued a yellow alert. They flew over the area during the weekend and are monitoring the volcano with a network of web cameras.
At least 66 die in blasts
A coordinated wave of car bombings tore through mostly Shiite areas of Baghdad on Monday, killing at least 66 people and maiming nearly 200 as insurgents step up the bloodshed roiling Iraq.
The attacks in markets and other areas frequented by civilians are the latest sign of a rapid deterioration in security as sectarian tensions are exacerbated by anti-government protests and the war in neighboring Syria grinds on.
More than 450 people have been killed across Iraq in May. Most of the killings came over the past two weeks in the most sustained wave of violence since U.S. troops left in December 2011.
The surge in attacks is reminiscent of the sectarian carnage that pushed Iraq to the brink of civil war in 2006 and 2007. April was Iraq’s deadliest month since June 2008, according to a United Nations tally that put last month’s death toll at more than 700.
Man charged in girl’s slaying
A Chicago man has been charged with killing a 6-month-old girl whose death earlier this year brought attention to gang violence on the city’s South Side, prosecutors announced Monday.
Koman Willis, 34, is accused of killing the baby, who was shot on March 11 while sitting in her father’s lap in a minivan. Police say the baby’s father, Jonathan Watkins, was the intended target of the attack.
Willis is charged with first-degree murder and aggravated battery with a firearm, said Sally Daly, a spokeswoman for the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office. A bond hearing is scheduled for Tuesday.
Watkins, who has a lengthy criminal record, was seriously wounded in the shooting.
Burlesque dancer killed in crash
A celebrated burlesque performer was killed and her husband critically injured in a crash over the weekend, when a party bus ran head-on into the couple’s car as it was stopped on a highway south of San Francisco, authorities said.
Sarah Klein, 36, of San Mateo, who was known for her comedic, racy performances as “Sparkly Devil,” died in the wreck early Sunday. Nine other people were injured.
Klein’s husband, 43-year-old Raul Padilla, was driving a red Honda that appeared to have slammed into a center divider on U.S. 101 before coming to rest facing oncoming traffic, California Highway Patrol Officer Art Montiel said. Padilla was wearing a seatbelt, but Klein was not, he said.