Death toll rises to 89 in China earthquake


The death toll from the magnitude-6.6 earthquake that hit the northwestern Chinese province of Gansu has risen to 89, with five people missing and more than 600 others injured, officials said.

Seventy of the people injured in the powerful quake are listed in serious condition.

The earthquake occurred around 7:45 a.m. between Minxian and Zhangxian districts, a mountainous area that was affected by torrential rains recently, the Chinese Seismology Monitoring Center said.

The majority of the province's cities were affected by the earthquake, with some towns still partially cut off from the outside world by power outages, officials said.

The quake's epicenter was at a depth of 20 kilometers (12.4 miles) in Dingxi, a city of nearly 2.7 million located about 170 kilometers (105 miles) east of Lanzhou, the provincial capital.

The majority of the deaths, however, occurred in rural districts with poorly built houses south of Dingxi.




Britain celebrates birth of Prince of Cambridge


Kate Middleton, wife of Prince William, gave birth to a boy who will be third in the line of succession to the British throne.

His Royal Highness the Prince of Cambridge was born at 4:24 p.m. in the private Lindo Wing of St. Mary's Hospital.

The baby, whose name has not yet been announced, weighed 3.8 kilos (8 lbs., 6 oz.), Kensington Palace, the residence of William and Kate, said in a statement.

"Her Royal Highness and her child are both doing well and will remain in hospital overnight," the palace said.

Middleton, 31, was admitted early Monday to St. Mary's Hospital with the first contractions.




Crowds greet pope in Brazil


A large crowd received Pope Francis downtown in this Brazilian metropolis as the pontiff began a week-long visit to take part in the annual World Youth Day event.

Thousands of people poured into the streets of downtown Rio to see the pontiff pass by in the popemobile, from which he waved at the public and gave blessings left and right.

His ride through town was not on the official agenda, but the Vatican announced Friday that Francis wished to greet the people from the very first day he was in Rio de Janeiro.

He attracted huge crowds even though his presence in the streets was announced just two days before.

The first Latin American pope, smiling broadly, kissed some children on the head that his bodyguards ushered to him.




Passenger jet lands safely at NY after front landing gear collapses


A Southwest Airlines passenger jet made a safe emergency landing at New York's La Guardia Airport after its front landing gear collapsed, although at least three people on board were slightly injured.

The airport had to close its runways until the situation was under control, according to officials with the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey.

Southwest Airlines, so far, has only confirmed that three people were injured on the plane but promised late Monday afternoon to provide more information in a statement in the coming hours.

Flight 345, a Boeing 737, took off from Nashville at 2 p.m. (1900 GMT) and evidently reported a possible landing gear problem prior to landing at 5:45 p.m. and as the plane was touching down on Runway 4, the front landing gear collapsed, the Federal Aviation Administration reported, adding that it was investigating the incident.




Actor Dennis Farina dies at age 69


Dennis Farina, one of Hollywood's most successful character actors, died in Scottsdale, Arizona, of a pulmonary embolism, his publicist said. He was 69.

The actor, well-known for the thick mustache he almost always wore for his roles, was part of films such as "Snatch" (2000), "Saving Private Ryan" (1999), "Get Shorty" (1995), "Out of Sight" (1998) and "Midnight Run" (1988).

He also starred on television series such as "Law & Order," where he played Detective Joe Fontana, "Crime Story" and the recent "Luck," where he shared the billing with Dustin Hoffman.




U.S. firm salvages 61 tons of silver from British cargo vessel sunk in 1941


U.S. treasure-hunter Odyssey Marine Exploration, Inc. announced that it recovered more than 61 tons of silver from a British cargo ship that sank in 1941 off the coast of Ireland.

The 1,574 silver ingots were removed from the SS Garsoppa, a vessel measuring 125 meters (412 feet) long that was torpedoed by a German submarine in February 1941, Odyssey said in a press release.

The haul "sets a new record for the deepest and largest precious metal recovery from a shipwreck," the company said, adding that the silver is being warehoused at a secure facility in Britain.

In all, since Odyssey began recovery work in 2012, the firm has removed 2,792 silver ingots from the SS Garsoppa.




Woman dies in India after acid attack


A woman in the central state of Madhya Pradesh died as the result of an acid attack by her lover, an Indian police commander told Efe.

The 28-year-old woman was at her parents' home in the city of Porsa early Saturday when the suspect, Yogendra Singh Tomar, burst in and sprayed the victim with acid, police superintendent Irshad Wali said.

The woman died in hospital on Sunday, while two female cousins and her grandmother were injured in the attack.

"The accused was having an affair with the victim. But she didn't want to live with him so the suspect attacked her with acid," Wali said.

The woman divorced the father of her two children about a year ago when her relationship with Tomar began.




Latinos suffer housing discrimination in 3 southern cities


Latinos suffer discrimination when they try to get a home in three metropolitan areas of the Southern United States, in part due to state regulations that invite discriminatory treatment of people who look "foreign," according to a report released by the National Council of La Raza.

The report, "Puertas Cerradas: Housing Barriers for Hispanics," analyzed conditions in Birmingham, Alabama; Atlanta, Georgia; and San Antonio, Texas.

Researchers from the Equal Rights Center used what is called a "matched pair" methodology: having Hispanic and White non-Hispanic testers with virtually identical profiles interact with housing agents in a variety of situations.