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Father of boy who killed playmate charged

A New Jersey man whose 4-year-old son shot and killed a 6-year-old playmate was charged late Monday child endangerment and enabling access by minors to a loaded firearm. Prosecutors said Anthony Senatore had multiple unsecured weapons accessible to children in his Toms River home. Senatore’s son took a loaded .22-caliber rifle from a bedroom on April 8 and fired a shot, fatally wounding neighbor Brandon Holt while they were playing outdoors, authorities said. Senatore is due in court Thursday.


Nearly 3,500 witnesses on prosecution list

Prosecutors in the Colorado theater shootings case have listed about 3,500 potential witnesses they could call during the trial of defendant James Holmes. The estimate was in a motion filed Tuesday. None of the witnesses have been publicly identified. Holmes is charged with multiple counts of murder and first-degree murder. Prosecutors are seeking the death penalty.


Boat fleeing Cyclone Mahasen capsizes

An overcrowded boat capsized while trying to escape Cyclone Mahasen bearing down on Myanmar, tossing dozens of people into the sea. Eight bodies were found and more than 50 people were missing and feared dead, the United Nations said Tuesday. More than 100 Rohingya were aboard the boat when it set sail late Monday night, said James Munn, an official with the U.N.’s Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs.


U.S. launches drone from carrier

A drone the size of a fighter jet took off from the deck of an American aircraft carrier for the first time Tuesday in a test flight that could eventually open the way for the U.S. to launch unmanned aircraft from just about any place in the world. The X-47B is the first drone designed to take off and land on a carrier, meaning the U.S. military would not need permission from other countries to use their bases.


Post-it note IDs drunken student

An Arizona State University student who passed out and was left in a wheelchair in a hospital lobby with a Post-it note to tell doctors that he had participated in a drinking competition apparently put back about 20 shots of tequila. The 19-year-old student was found early Saturday in the emergency room lobby of St. Luke’s Hospital, said Tempe police spokesman Sgt. Michael Pooley. A sticky note on the student’s body gave his name and said he’d been drinking and needed help. Police are considering citing the student for underage drinking.


Actress’s diamond sells for nearly $3 million

Sotheby’s auctioned off $78 million in jewels Tuesday night, fetching just under $3 million for a 74.53-carat fancy yellow diamond belonging to actress Gina Lollobrigida that was once owned by a shah of Persia. The auction house said the diamond was a highlight in a collection of 23 jewels that the 85-year-old actress, who starred opposite Humphrey Bogart, Frank Sinatra and other top actors in the 1950s and 1960s, was selling partly to fund an international hospital for stem cell treatment.


Governor signs gay marriage bill

Gov. Mark Dayton on Tuesday signed a bill making gay marriage legal in Minnesota, the 12th state to take the step, as thousands of onlookers cheered. Dayton thanked legislators for “political courage” before signing the bill just a day after it passed the state Senate. It passed the House last week.

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