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Five arrested in jewel heist

BRIDGEPORT, Conn. - Five people have been arrested in the robbery of $4 million in jewelry from a Connecticut store in an elaborate heist that began with the kidnapping of store employees more than 40 miles away. Federal prosecutors say the five face kidnapping and robbery charges.

Police said masked men broke into an apartment in Meriden on April 11 and bound and gagged four people, including the manager and another employee of a Lenox Jewelry store in Fairfield. The employees were forced to use their access codes to open a safe.

Arrested were Timothy Forbes, 31, William Davis, 25, and Jeffrey Houston, all of Allentown, Pa.; Kasam Hennix, 39, of Easton, Pa.; and Christopher Gay, 27, of the Bronx. - AP

Garage collapse kills worker

BETHESDA, Md. - A parking garage partially collapsed Thursday outside a mall, and officials said one construction worker died after being trapped under a concrete slab.

Montgomery County rescuers worked to stabilize the structure for more than four hours to free a second worker. Officials said it appears a 50,000-pound section of the parking deck, which was under construction and not open to the public, collapsed outside a Macy's store.

One man died of his injuries, and the other was taken to a hospital with serious injuries, said fire department spokeswoman Beth Anne Nesselt. There were no other people inside the structure, authorities said. - AP

Texas father gets death

DALLAS - A man who told two of his sons to pretend they were swimming as he drowned them in a creek was sentenced to death on Thursday.

The Dallas County jury had taken less than 10 minutes to find Naim Rasool Muhammad guilty of capital murder last week after hearing testimony from Kametra Sampson, the mother of 5-year-old Naim and 3-year-old Elijah. They also watched a video of Muhammad, 34, describing the 2011 killings to a police detective.

According to the video, Muhammad was angry at Sampson for breaking up with him. - AP


A drug cartel member pleaded guilty in Washington on Thursday to the killing and wounding of two U.S. agents in Mexico, and the guilty pleas of three other men were unsealed in connection to the Feb. 15, 2011, shootings. All four face up to life in prison.

Maine's Gov. Paul LePage has temporarily moved out of his office at the State House and is working from the governor's mansion. His move stems from a disagreement over a television screen in the hall outside his office that notes the number of days since he introduced two legislative priorities that he wants lawmakers to act on. Legislative officials say no political messages are permitted outside State House offices.