The Washington Post

National news roundup

DNA ties 11th killing to ‘Boston Strangler’

Almost 50 years after the “Boston Strangler” slayings of 11 women terrified the city, prosecutors on Thursday said new DNA evidence linked a man, who confessed to the killings but was never convicted, to the last of the homicides.

But even as they said the new evidence suggests that Albert DeSalvo — who confessed to the crimes while serving an unrelated prison sentence — killed 19-year-old Mary Sullivan, they warned that the full string of killings might never be solved.

The new probe is linked only to Sullivan’s death, not to the other 10 killings attributed to the Boston Strangler, Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel Conley said.

The evidence came from DNA extracted from a water bottle that one of DeSalvo’s nephews had drunk from. It showed a strong family link to DNA recovered from where Sullivan was raped and killed in January 1964. A judge authorized investigators to exhume DeSalvo’s remains for DNA testing. Conley said the body would be exhumed this week.

DeSalvo was serving a prison sentence for armed robbery and sexual assault when he was stabbed to death by another inmate in 1973.

Eleven women were killed in the Boston area from 1962 through 1964 after being sexually assaulted in their homes. The assaults, which targeted unmarried women, terrified the city.

— Reuters

Impact of oil drilling on fault lines studied

The powerful earthquake that rocked Japan in 2011 set off tremors around a West Texas oil field, according to new research that suggests oil and gas drilling may make fault zones sensitive to shock waves from distant, big quakes.

It has long been known that large quakes can trigger minor jolts thousands of miles from the epicenter. Volcanically active spots like Yellowstone National Park often experience shaking after a large, distant event.

Less is known about the influence of remote quakes on fault lines that have been weakened by man-made activity like the deep disposal of wastewater at the Texas oil field. A new study led by researchers at Columbia University and published Friday in the journal Science suggests a strong quake that strikes halfway around the globe can set off small to midsize quakes near injection wells in the U.S. heartland.

The controversial practice of hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, which uses high-pressure mixtures of water, sand and chemicals to extract natural gas or oil, also can trigger microquakes — smaller than magnitude 2.

— Associated Press

House approves revised abortion bill

The Republican-led North Carolina House voted 74-41 Thursday to approve new rules at abortion clinics. The bill directs state regulators to change standards for abortion clinics to bring them in line with more regulated outpatient surgical centers. It also requires doctors to be present for an entire surgical abortion and when a patient takes the first dose for a chemically induced abortion.

The bill was tweaked after Gov. Pat McCrory (R) threatened to veto a separate bill approved by the state senate last week. The governor said he supported more safety measures but was worried the bill would result in restricting a woman’s access to an abortion.

The updated measure now must return to the GOP-led Senate next week for approval.

— Associated Press

The Freddie Gray case

Please provide a valid email address.

You’re all set!

Campaign 2016 Email Updates

Please provide a valid email address.

You’re all set!
Show Comments
The New Hampshire primary is Tuesday. Get caught up on the race.
The feminist appeal may not be working for Clinton
In New Hampshire, Sen. Bernie Sanders is beating Clinton among women by eight percentage points, according to a new CNN-WMUR survey. This represents a big shift from the results last week in the Iowa caucuses, where Clinton won women by 11 points.
The Post's Dan Balz says ...
This was supposed to be the strongest Republican presidential field in memory, but cracks are showing. At Saturday night's debate, Marco Rubio withered in the face of unyielding attacks from Chris Christie, drawing attention to the biggest question about his candidacy: Is he ready to be president? How much the debate will affect Rubio's standing Tuesday is anybody's guess. But even if he does well, the question about his readiness to serve as president and to go up against Clinton, if she is the Democratic nominee, will linger.
Play Video
New Hampshire polling averages
Donald Trump holds a commanding lead in the next state to vote, but Marco Rubio has recently seen a jump in his support, according to polls.
New Hampshire polling averages
A victory in New Hampshire revitalized Hillary Clinton's demoralized campaign in 2008. But this time, she's trailing Bernie Sanders, from neighboring Vermont. She left the state Sunday to go to Flint, Mich., where a cost-saving decision led to poisonous levels of lead in the water of the poor, heavily black, rust-belt city. 
55% 40%
Play Video
Upcoming debates
Feb. 11: Democratic debate

on PBS, in Wisconsin

Feb 13: GOP debate

on CBS News, in South Carolina

Feb. 25: GOP debate

on CNN, in Houston, Texas

Campaign 2016
State of the race

To keep reading, please enter your email address.

You’ll also receive from The Washington Post:
  • A free 6-week digital subscription
  • Our daily newsletter in your inbox

Please enter a valid email address

I have read and agree to the Terms of Service and Privacy Policy.

Please indicate agreement.

Thank you.

Check your inbox. We’ve sent an email explaining how to set up an account and activate your free digital subscription.