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Two dead in explosion at Nebraska animal-feed plant

Two dead in blast
at animal-feed plant

An explosion and partial building collapse at an animal-feed processing plant in Omaha on Monday left at least two people dead and 10 injured, authorities said.

About 38 employees were working at the International Nutrition plant at midmorning when there was an explosion and the building collapsed, authorities said. A specialized search-and-rescue team was sent to the site.

Interim Fire Chief Bernard Kanger said that at least 10 people were taken to hospitals in Omaha and Lincoln, Neb., and four were in critical condition. Douglas County Attorney Don Kleine said that he was notified about two deaths in the explosion. The cause of the blast has not been disclosed. Kanger said the incident was an industrial accident.

— From news services

Two fraud suspects linked to Target case

Account information stolen during the Target security breach is being divided up and sold off regionally, a South Texas police chief said Monday following the arrest of two Mexican citizens who authorities say arrived at the border with 96 fraudulent credit cards.

McAllen Police Chief Victor Rodriguez said that Mary Carmen Garcia, 27, and Daniel Guardiola Dominguez, 28, both of Monterrey, Mexico, used cards containing the account information of South Texas residents. Rodriguez said they were used to buy tens of thousands of dollars’ worth of merchandise at national retailers in the area.

The suspects were being held Monday on state fraud charges.

Local police began working with the U.S. Secret Service after a number of area retailers were hit with fraudulent purchases Jan. 12. The Secret Service confirmed that the fraudulent accounts traced back to the original Target data breach from late last year.

Investigators fanned out to McAllen area merchants and reviewed “miles of video” looking for the fraudsters, Rodriguez said. From that, they were able to identify two people and a car with Mexican license plates. On Sunday morning, federal officials alerted police that the two suspects were at the Anzalduas International Bridge trying to re-enter the United States. They were carrying 96 fraudulent cards, Rodriguez said.

— Associated Press

Police: Teen got gun just before shooting

A 17-year-old who shot two classmates got the gun just moments earlier from an ex-student who bypassed metal detectors as a “guest” at a Philadelphia charter school, police said Monday.

Video footage shows the former Delaware Valley Charter High School student, 18-year-old Donte Walker, handing off the gun and exchanging money with an unidentified male Friday afternoon inside the school gym, police said Monday.

The gun then was passed to Raisheem Rochwell, who feared that he was going to be targeted in an after-school assault, Lt. John Stanford said. Within minutes, Rochwell shot the two classmates in their arms, police said.

Rochwell was being held on aggravated assault and other charges.

— Associated Press

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