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Updated: Wed, 16 Oct 2013 01:16:50 EST

LAX EXPLOSION NEW: AP Newsbreak: Arrest in LA airport ice explosions LOS ANGELES (AP) — An airport employee has been arrested in connection with dry ice explosions at Los Angeles International Airport. A law enforcement official briefed on the investigation who wasn't authorized to speak publicly says 28-year-old Dicarlo Bennett, a Servisair employee, was arrested late Tuesday. The official says Bennett allegedly took the dry ice from a plane and placed it in an employee restroom Sunday night and another device that was found on a tarmac outside the international terminal. Police had previously said they didn't believe the explosions were an act of terror but could be the work of a disgruntled employee. No one was injured in either incident. BUDGET BATTLE UPDATE: House shutdown plan fails; focus again on Senate WASHINGTON (AP) — Aides to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and Republican leader Mitch McConnell say the two hope to have a compromise ready on Wednesday that would reopen the government and avert a government default. The goal is to fashion a measure that would clear the House and Senate. A last-minute House effort collapsed under the weight of conservative opposition. FITCH RATINGS Fitch puts US credit rating on negative watch WASHINGTON (AP) — The Fitch credit rating agency has warned that it is reviewing the U.S. government's top rating on credit for a possible downgrade, citing Thursday's looming deadline to increase the nation's borrowing limit. Fitch has placed its "AAA" U.S. credit rating on "rating watch negative," a step that would precede an actual downgrade. The agency said it expects to conclude its review within the next six months. Fitch says it expects the debt limit will be raised soon, but adds, "the political brinkmanship and reduced financing flexibility could increase the risk of a U.S. default." Fitch is one of the three leading U.S. credit ratings agencies, along with Standard & Poor's and Moody's. S&P downgraded U.S. long-term debt to "AA" in August 2011. OFFICERS WOUNDED-MEMPHIS NEW: 2 Tenn. officers wounded in shootout with suspect MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Authorities say a man who shot and wounded two Memphis police officers and barricaded himself in a home that later was engulfed in flames had refused to negotiate with officers. The Commercial Appeal reports that police said Aaron Dumas — wanted on attempted murder charges — opened fire when officers tried to arrest him at a home in south Memphis on Tuesday. News video footage later showed the home with flames crackling through the rooftop and neighboring streets blocked off by emergency vehicles. Dumas' body was later found in a bathtub inside the charred debris of the home. Police Director Toney Armstrong said a five-year veteran and a 15-year veteran were both shot but the wounds were not life-threatening. OBAMA-MEDAL OF HONOR Obama presents Afghan war vet with Medal of Honor WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama says a former Army captain who survived one of the Afghan war's deadliest firefights is a reminder that Americans look out for one another even when it's difficult. Obama commented at a White House ceremony before placing America's highest military honor, the Medal of Honor, around William D. Swenson's neck. He says Swenson is an example of what Americans can be at their best. The Seattle native was recognized for bravery in battle against Taliban insurgents in the Ganjgal valley near the Pakistan border in 2009. The fight claimed five Americans, 10 Afghan army troops and an interpreter. Swenson was a trainer and mentor embedded with the Afghan National Security Forces in Afghanistan's Kunar Province. He risked his life to recover bodies and help save fellow troops. PHILIPPINES-EARTHQUAKE Death toll in Philippines quake tops 100 CEBU, Philippines (AP) — The death toll from a 7.2-magnitude earthquake that struck the central Philippine island of Bohol has topped 100 with only three people pulled alive from rubble. Regional military commander Lt. Gen. Roy Deveraturda says 100 died on Bohol, the epicenter of Tuesday's quake. Nine people were killed in nearby Cebu province and another island. There seems little hope of finding any large number of survivors from beneath the rubble of collapsed buildings and churches. The small coastal town of Loon has reported 20 fatalities, the highest in Bohol, including those buried in a hospital and a church. JAPAN-TYPHOON UPDATE: At least 13 dead in Japan typhoon TOKYO (AP) — A powerful typhoon that lashed a Japanese island has killed at least 13 people, triggered landslides, grounded flights and paralyzed public transportation. Officials say most of the victims died in mudslides. Dozens of homes on the island, about 75 miles south of Tokyo, were destroyed. More than 50 people are missing. CHINA-MASS PROTEST Thousands protest in flood-hit Chinese city BEIJING (AP) — Official media say arrests have been made following massive anti-government protests in an eastern Chinese city hit by catastrophic flooding. Photos from the scene showed protesters smashing vehicles and attacking city offices during Tuesday's protest in Yuyao. Hundreds of riot police were massed in front of city hall. The official Global Times newspaper said Wednesday thousands had taken part in the protest and that an undisclosed number were arrested. It said residents were angered over an allegedly botched response to the flooding and the slow restoration of services. City officials on Wednesday either said they had no information or did not answer phones. Provincial official Cai Qi called on his microblog for a rational response to the flooding, and said officials had been working all-out to deal with the disaster. US-ANTIBIOTIC-RECALL-FDA FDA: antibiotic recalled due to visible particles WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal health officials are alerting doctors to the recall of an injectable antibiotic made by B. Braun Medical, due to floating particles found in vials of the drug. The Food and Drug Administration posted the notice late Tuesday, warning health professionals that the company has recalled lot H3A7444 of its Cefepime for Injection USP and Dextrose Injection USP. Visible particles were found in a sample from the lot, including specs of metal, cotton fiber and hair. The agency warned that using the drug could result in blood clots causing stroke, heart attack and other catastrophic problems. The drug was distributed to hospitals, pharmacies and medical suppliers nationwide, according to the agency's release. Patients experiencing health problems should contact their physician and report all issues to the company at 1-800-854-6851. RIPKEN-MOTHER Police: Cal Ripken's mom in brush with armed man ABERDEEN, Md. (AP) — Police say a man with a handgun approached baseball great Cal Ripken's mother in a bank parking lot in Maryland and demanded her car, but she activated a key alarm and he left. Authorities say 75-year-old Vi Ripken wasn't hurt Tuesday and a suspect is now in custody. Police spokesman Lt. Frederick Budnick says Ripken entered the bank afterward to alert authorities in her hometown of Aberdeen, north of Baltimore. The spokesman says charges are pending. He didn't immediately identify the suspect. Last year, Vi Ripken reported being kidnapped at gunpoint from her Aberdeen home. She returned unharmed 24 hours later. No one has been arrested in the case. Hall of Fame infielder Cal Ripken played in 2,632 consecutive games in a 21-year career with the Baltimore Orioles. US-BRONX-ZOO-TIGER-MAULING Man mauled by tiger pleads guilty to trespassing NEW YORK (AP) — A man who was mauled after jumping into a Bronx Zoo tiger den will have to spend time in a mental health facility as part of his conditional discharge. The New York Daily News (http://nydn.us/1bvHLHh) reports that David Villalobos (vee-uh-LOH'-bohs) pleaded guilty Tuesday to trespassing. The 26-year-old Mahopac (MAY'-oh-pak), N.Y. resident must spend one year in the psychiatric facility as part of a plea bargain deal. Villalobos jumped from a monorail train that tours the zoo's Wild Asia exhibit in September 2012. He scaled a fence to reach the Siberian tiger named Bashuta and was attacked and seriously injured. According to the court complaint, he told police it was "a spiritual thing." He said he wanted to be "at one with the tiger." MUSIC-DOVE AWARDS Redman, TobyMac lead winners at Dove Awards NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Singer-songwriter Matt Redman has won a leading six trophies and TobyMac has been named artist of the year at the Dove Awards. Redman used his song "10,000 Reasons (Bless the Lord)" to rule the Gospel Music Association's annual Christian music awards, winning songwriter of the year and song of the year. It was TobyMac's second artist of the year award on his seventh nomination in the category and his first since 2008. He won a total of four awards to bring his career total to 18. Other top winners included Chris Tomlin, Tasha Cobbs and Jason Crabb with three apiece and Lecrae and Tamela Mann with two each. Kirk Franklin and Amy Grant hosted the awards, which will air Monday at 8 p.m. EDT on UP TV.

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