Robbery try led
to rink shooting
A teenager opened fired at a crowded Manhattan ice-skating rink, leaving two people wounded and blood splattered across the ice, after attempting to rob one of the victims of his coat, police said Sunday as they took the teen into custody for questioning.
The violence late Saturday at the Bryant Park rink sent skaters stampeding in all directions to safety. Authorities said a 14-year-old boy was struck in the back and a 20-year-old man was hit in the arm as the shooter opened fire in the popular park in midtown Manhattan, behind the main building of the New York Public Library. Neither injury was believed to be life-threatening.
Authorities said the shooter had approached the 20-year-old man at the Bryant Park rink and demanded his coat. The man refused to hand it over, and the shooter left. Police say the shooter then returned and started firing.
in Syrian town
Government officials and rebels reached a deal to ease a weeks-long blockade on a rebel-held town near the Syrian capital on Sunday, allowing food to reach civilians there for the first time in weeks, activists said.
The truce is the latest to be struck in recent months between President Bashar Assad’s government and disparate rebel groups in the country’s more than 2 ½-year-old conflict.
It comes as the main Western-backed Syrian opposition group was holding the second of two days of meetings in Istanbul to decide whether to attend a proposed peace conference the U.S. and Russia are trying to convene in Geneva by the end of this year.
BUIES CREEK, N.C.
in fiery wreck
Troopers say three people have died in a crash in Harnett County after the driver of a pickup truck sped away from a license checkpoint.
The North Carolina Highway Patrol said the checkpoint was set up on U.S. Highway 421 near Campbell University around 2:30 a.m. Sunday.
Troopers say 23-year-old Shane Garner of Coats was driving the truck and didn’t stop for the checkpoint. Authorities say he turned off U.S. 421, lost control and hit a tree. The truck burst into flames.
Authorities say Garner, 20-year-old Austin Ferrell of Buies Creek and 16-year-old Casey Edens of Lillington were killed in the wreck. Two 17-year-old women from Fuquay Varina survived, but are in critical condition. All five were in the cab of the truck.
Troopers think Garner had been drinking alcohol. They continue to investigate the crash.
soccer fans clash
Police used tear gas to disperse rock-throwing fans outside the stadium before the African Champions League final Sunday, an outburst that has heightened fears for an upcoming World Cup playoff between Egypt and Ghana.
Hundreds of Egyptian soccer fans clashed with the police. Fans, many with no tickets, tried to push their way into the stadium. A police car was damaged and traffic was briefly disrupted outside Arab Contractors Stadium. About 4,000 police officers using armored vehicles were stationed around the stadium.
There were no reports of injuries and the game appeared to go off without problems inside the stadium. Al Ahly extended its record to eight continental titles by beating South Africa’s Orlando Pirates 2-0 in the second leg of the final for a 3-1 total-goals victory.