Conservatives win in Bavaria
Chancellor Angela Merkel’s conservative allies triumphed in Bavaria’s state election on Sunday, a week before the whole country votes, although a painful setback for her coalition partners added to uncertainty over the outcome of the national election. The Merkel-allied Christian Social Union won 47.7 percent of the vote. However, Merkel’s national governing partner, the Free Democrats, won only 3.3 percent of the vote on Sunday, losing more than its support and its seats in the legislature in Munich.
Bombs, shootings kill 36
A wave of car bombs and shootings across the country killed at least 36 people on Sunday, police sources said. No group immediately claimed responsibility for the attacks, which appeared coordinated. The deadliest attacks were in the city of Hilla, where two parked car bombs exploded simultaneously near a busy market and a third blew up near vehicle repair workshops, killing nine people.
Murder suspect caught
A Swiss-French rapist suspected of killing his female therapist during a day release trip was on Sunday snared in Poland, after a four-day international manhunt in a case that rocked the country. Fabrice Anthamatten was arrested in the Polish-German border area, behind the wheel of the car in which he was believed to have fled the country on Thursday, the office said. Polish police spokesman Mariusz Sokolowski said the arrest was made by German officers in a cross-border pursuit near the northwestern Polish town of Police. Anthamatten is the prime suspect in the murder of prison therapist Adeline Morel. Her body was found near Geneva on Friday, a day after she and Anthamatten went missing during a trip to a horse-riding center that was part of therapy.
Police kill black crash victim
Police in Charlotte, North Carolina, shot dead an unarmed man who was running toward police officers and may have been just trying to get help after crashing his car, authorities said. A police officer has been charged with voluntary manslaughter for Saturday’s shooting, and an attorney for the victim’s family said on Sunday he believed race played a role in the death of Jonathan Ferrell, 24, who was black. Farrell, seeking help after the accident, knocked on a door in a predominantly white neighborhood, Chestnut said. A woman called the 911 emergency operator after Ferrell began knocking insistently on her front door.
New Miss America named
Nina Davuluri became the first contestant of Indian heritage and the second consecutive contestant from New York to win the Miss America pageant on Sunday night. Davuluri, 24, won the title as the nationally televised pageant returned home to Atlantic City. She succeeds another Miss New York, Mallory Hagan, whose tenure was cut short when the pageant moved back to Atlantic City after a six-year stint in Las Vegas.