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A3 Briefly: Nation Ex-President Bush undergoes heart surgery DALLAS — Former President George W. Bush successfully underwent a heart procedure in Dallas on Tuesday after doctors discovered a blockage in an artery at his annual physical, Bush spokesman Freddy Ford said. “At the recommendation of his doctors, President Bush agreed to have a stent placed to open the blockage,” Ford said. Bush “The procedure was performed successfully this morning” at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital, he said. Bush, 67, was expected to be discharged today and resume his normal schedule Thursday. The blockage was discovered Monday during Bush’s physical at the Cooper Clinic in Dallas, where the 43rd president lives. Bush was described as being “in high spirits” and eager to return home. Stents are mesh scaffoldings that prop open arteries typically clogged by years of quiet cholesterol buildup. About a half-million people have stents inserted in the U.S. each year. Doctors usually guide a narrow tube through a blood vessel near the groin up to the heart.

Bulger case to jury BOSTON — Jurors in the trial of James “Whitey” Bulger

began deliberations Tuesday in a sweeping racketeering indictment that accuses the reputed crime boss of participating in 19 murders during a two-decade reign over Boston’s underworld. Bulger is charged with orchestrating or committing the killings during the 1970s and ’80s while he allegedly led the notorious Winter Hill Gang. Bulger, now 83, was captured in Santa Monica, Calif., in 2011.

Manning sentence FORT MEADE, Md. — Army Pfc. Bradley Manning’s possible sentence for disclosing classified information through WikiLeaks was trimmed from 136 years to 90 years Tuesday by a military judge who said some of his offenses were closely related. The ruling was largely a victory for defense attorneys, who had argued for an 80-year maximum. Still, the 25-year-old soldier could spend most, if not all, of his remaining years at a prison at Fort Leavenworth, Kan. The sentencing phase of Manning’s court-martial is in its second week. He was convicted last week of 20 counts, including six Espionage Act violations, five federal theft counts and a federal computer fraud charge for leaking more than 700,000 documents from a classified government computer network while working as an intelligence analyst in Iraq in 2010. Manning said that he leaked the material to expose wrongdoing by the military and U.S. diplomats. He contends that he selectively leaked material that wouldn’t harm service members or national security. The Associated Press

Briefly: World Westerners evacuate amid terror in Yemen SANAA, Yemen — A suspected U.S. drone killed four alleged al-Qaida members Tuesday, as the U.S. and British embassies evacuated staff amid reports of a threatened attack by the terrorist group. As Yemen sent tanks and troops into the streets of Sanaa, militants shot down an army helicopter, killing all eight aboard, the government said. Yemeni authorities have suggested there were al-Qaida threats in recent days to multiple potential targets. The State Department ordered nonessential personnel at the U.S. Embassy to leave the country. The department said in a travel warning that it had ordered the departure of nonemergency U.S. government personnel “due to the continued potential for terrorist attacks.” Britain’s Foreign Office said it evacuated all staff from its embassy due to concerns.

Hiroshima’s 68th HIROSHIMA, Japan — Japan marked the 68th anniversary Tuesday of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima with a somber ceremony to honor the dead and pledges to seek to

eliminate nuclear weapons. Some 50,000 people stood for a minute of silence in Hiroshima’s peace park Abe near the epicenter of the early morning blast Aug. 6, 1945, that killed up to 140,000 people. The bombing of Nagasaki three days later killed tens of thousands more, prompting Japan’s surrender to the World War II Allies. Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said that as the sole country to face nuclear attack, Japan must wipe out nuclear weapons.

Car bomb in Damascus BEIRUT — A car bomb in a pro-regime district near the Syrian capital killed at least 18 people Tuesday, while rebels captured a major air base in the north and swept through a string of villages in the heartland of President Bashar Assad’s minority Alawite sect. The powerful bomb struck in Damascus’ suburb of Jaramana, killed 18 and set several buildings and many cars on fire, the state-run SANA news agency said. Syrian TV footage showed firefighters battling the blaze as residents stared in disbelief. The Associated Press


Police tape surrounds the Ross Township Municipal Building on Tuesday in northeastern Pennsylvania, where a local resident shot and killed three men at a Monday night meeting.

Officials: Pa. gunman would have shot more 3 people die after rampage at meeting THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

SAYLORSBURG, Pa. — A disabled junk dealer feuding with local officials over his debrisstrewn property packed a rental car with guns and ammunition before opening fire at a town meeting and killing three men, authorities said Tuesday. Rockne Newell, 59, had lost his property this year in a court fight over complaints that he lived in a storage shed, built an illegal culvert and used a bucket outside as a toilet. At his arraignment on homicide charges Tuesday morning, a judge asked Newell whether he owned any real estate. “They stole it from me. That’s what started all this,” he replied. Newell allegedly used a Ruger Mini-14 rifle to blast a barrage of gunfire through a wall into the meeting room Monday night in



Ross Township, about 85 miles north of Philadelphia, before shooting a supervisor and four residents, two of whom survived. Newell retreated to the car and picked up a revolver, authorities said. When he returned to the meeting room, the 5-foot-10, 240pound suspect was tackled by two men and shot in the leg during the scuffle, officials said.

‘Wish I killed more of them’ “I wish I killed more of them!” Newell shouted when state Trooper Nicolas De La Iglesia arrived before 8 p.m., according to the trooper’s affidavit. Two men died at the scene, and the third, Ross Township zoning officer David Fleetwood, died

after being flown to Lehigh Valley Medical Center. Fleetwood, 62, also served as a supervisor in nearby Chestnuthill Township, the coroner said. Officials identified the slain residents as Gerard J. Kozic, 53, and James V. LaGuardia, 64, both of Saylorsburg. At the hospital an hour later, Newell told police he had gone to the meeting in hopes of finding the township officials in one place. “He intended to shoot the solicitor and supervisors, and thought that he would then be killed,” police said in the affidavit. Newell was about to fire his .44 Magnum revolver when the township’s parks and recreation director, Bernie Kozen, and resident Mark Kresh wrestled him to the ground, Monroe County Coroner Bob Allen said. “Two very courageous individuals positioned themselves in a way that they were able to jump on this subject as he came through the door,” State Police Lt. Col. George Bivins said. “This could have been much worse.” The two survivors were released from the hospital, along with Newell.

Bizarre Fort Hood testimony of Hasan: ‘I am the shooter’ THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

FORT HOOD, Texas — The Army psychiatrist accused in the 2009 shooting rampage at Fort Hood targeted fellow soldiers in a meticulously planned attack that included stockpiling bullets and researching Taliban leaders calling for jihad, a military prosecutor said Tuesday during the opening day of the long-awaited trial.

Practiced at range Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan went to a shooting range and got a pistol and extender kit to hold more ammunition before carrying out a plan to “kill as many soldiers as he could” while avoiding civilians, Col. Steve Henricks told jurors. The shooting, which killed 13 people and injured more than 30 others on the Texas military base, remains the deadliest mass shooting on a U.S. military installation. Henricks alleged that the 42-year-old Hasan came to believe “he had a jihad duty to murder his fellow soldiers.”

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A courtroom sketch shows military prosecutor Lt. Col. Steve Henricks, right, speaking as Nidal Malik Hasan, center, and presiding judge Col. Tara Osborn look on during Hasan’s court-martial Tuesday at Fort Hood, Texas. When it came time for him to speak, the U.S.-born Hasan, who is acting as his own attorney, countered prosecutors’ detailed portrait of the attack with a simple statement: “The evidence will clearly show

that I am the shooter.” Hasan wanted to plead guilty to several counts of murder and attempted murder, but military rules prevent guilty pleas in death-penalty cases. Prosecutors are pursuing a death sentence.

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West: Gold coins of recluse put up for auction in Nevada

Nation: Pa. boy dies after being best man at wedding

Nation: NOAA report card tells of continued warming

World: Defense minister in Taiwan quits after 1 week

POTENTIAL BIDDERS ARE eyeing more than 2,000 gold coins that are up for auction in Nevada after a recluse who died left them in his Carson City garage along with precious metals worth millions of dollars. A part of the fortune that included mostly gold bullion sold for $3.5 million at an auction in February after a cleaning crew found the treasure at the home of Walter Samaszko Jr. Northern Nevada Coin owner Allen Rowe said Samaszko lived a modest life in an unassuming little house. The fortune, after taxes, will go to Samaszko’s only surviving cousin, Arlene Magdanz of San Rafael, Calif.

A TERMINALLY ILL 2-year-old western Pennsylvania boy who served as his parents’ best man at their wedding last weekend has died, according to his mother’s Facebook page. Christine Swidorsky Stevenson’s post said little Logan Stevenson died Monday night in her arms at the home she shared with the boy’s father, her new husband, Sean Stevenson. The couple were wed Saturday at a ceremony at their home in Jeannette. The boy, who had leukemia, was carried by his mother on her shoulder before he stood and was held by his grandmother, Debbie Stevenson, to witness the 12-minute ceremony.

A MASSIVE FEDERAL study says the world in 2012 sweltered with continued signs of climate change. Rising sea levels, snow melt, heat buildup in oceans, and melting Arctic sea ice and Greenland ice sheets all broke or nearly broke records, but temperatures sneaked only into the top 10. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration on Tuesday issued a peer-reviewed 260-page annual checkup on Earth’s climate. National Climatic Data Center director Tom Karl said indicators show a climate that is warming. Though surface temperatures haven’t risen in the past 10 years, he called that simply a blip.

TAIWAN’S NEWLY APPOINTED defense minister resigned Tuesday over a plagiarism accusation after less than a week on the job, dealing another blow to the government of President Ma Ying-jeou and plunging the island’s military deeper into crisis. Andrew Yang, 58, told a late-night news conference that he accepted full responsibility for an article that a ghost writer prepared under his name in a 2007 book on China’s People’s Liberation Army that contained material lifted from another source. “This is my mistake and I extend my apologies,” Yang said. Ma accepted the resignation.