More mudslide victims found
Estimated financial losses from the deadly Washington mudslide that has killed at least 24 people have reached $10 million, Gov. Jay Inslee said Monday in a letter asking the federal government for a major disaster declaration. In seeking additional federal help following one of the deadliest landslides in U.S. history, Inslee said about 30 families need assistance with housing, along with personal and household goods. The Snohomish County medical examiner’s office said Monday that it has received a total of 24 victims, and 18 of those have been identified. The remains of three additional victims were found Monday, but they have not yet been included in the medical examiner’s numbers, officials said Monday evening.
Man gets 25 years for shots
An Idaho man who pleaded guilty to firing an assault rifle at the White House in 2011, striking the executive mansion more than half a dozen times, was sentenced Monday to 25 years in prison. Prosecutors initially charged Oscar Ramiro Ortega-Hernandez, 23, with attempting to assassinate President Barack Obama but agreed to drop the charge as part of a plea deal last year. The president and first lady Michelle Obama were not home at the time of the shooting, and no one was injured.
Blast rocks gas plant
A large explosion rocked a natural gas processing plant on the Washington-Oregon border Monday, injuring four workers, causing about 400 people to evacuate from nearby farms and homes, and emitting a mushroom cloud of black smoke that was visible for more than a mile. The 8:20 a.m. blast at the Williams Northwest Pipeline facility near the Washington town of Plymouth, along the Columbia River, sparked a fire and punctured one of the facility’s two giant storage tanks for liquefied natural gas. The fire was extinguished within a couple of hours.
New Michael Jackson album
A new posthumous album of previously unreleased Michael Jackson music comes out May 13. Epic Records and the late pop singer’s estate will release Xscape, an album of eight new tracks that have been updated musically by producers including Timbaland, Rodney Jerkins, Stargate and John McClain. Executive producer L.A. Reid refers to the work as “contemporizing” in a Monday news release. A deluxe version will include the original recordings.
Compiled from wire reports.