Police probe slaying of high school girl

A 16-year-old girl was stabbed to death inside a Connecticut high school Friday, and police were investigating whether a boy attacked her because she turned down an invitation to be his prom date.

Maren Sanchez was stabbed in a hallway of Jonathan Law High School in Milford, about an hour’s drive from New York City, around 7:15 a.m. Staff members and paramedics performed life-saving measures on the girl, but she was pronounced dead at a hospital, police said.

The 16-year-old boy was taken into custody. His name was not released because of juvenile offender laws, police said.

Imani Langston, a close friend of the slain girl, said Sanchez and the boy were friends but had never dated. She said Sanchez had helped organize the junior prom and was looking forward to attending with her boyfriend. The dance, scheduled for Friday night, has been postponed.

— Associated Press

Blast rocks Wash. state town: An explosion rocked a small Washington state town Friday, destroying six businesses in a strip mall and badly damaging an apartment complex across the street but causing no major injuries, authorities said. The predawn blast in North Bend blew out windows from an assisted-living home half a block away, and several of the residents suffered minor lacerations, a fire and rescue spokeswoman said. The cause of the explosion was under investigation.

25 dead cats found hanging from trees: About 25 dead cats found in plastic bags hanging from trees in a New York suburb were apparently killed with blows to the head at various times over the past year, an investigator said Friday. Ernest Lungaro, director of enforcement at the Westchester County SPCA, said a baseball bat, two shovels and a metal pipe were found near the scene in a wooded area in Yonkers. The strange scene was discovered Thursday by a public works crew doing an annual cleanup.

— From news services