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News Wrap: Wife of Ex-Justice Charged with Murder of Texas District Attorney

April 17, 2013 at 12:00 AM EST
In other news Wednesday, Texas authorities arrested Kim Williams on charges of murder for the shootings of Kaufman County District Attorney Mike McLelland, his wife, Cynthia, and assistant prosecutor Mark Hasse. Williams is the ex-wife of a former justice of the peace in Texas, who is currently in jail for computer theft.
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HARI SREENIVASAN: The investigation into the killings of a north Texas district attorney, his wife and an assistant prosecutor took a new turn today.

Authorities said Kim Williams, the wife of a former justice of the peace, has been charged with capital murder. Investigators had been focusing on her husband, Eric Williams. He was arrested Saturday for making threats. The murdered officials prosecuted Williams for computer theft last year. He was convicted and lost his elected position.

The U.S. Supreme Court has sent down new guidelines for handling suspected drunken drivers. A decision today said in most such cases, police must try to get a search warrant before ordering blood tests. That’s already the case in about half the states. The state of Missouri and the Obama administration wanted a blanket rule allowing the blood tests without a warrant.

Thousands of people in Southwestern Pakistan were homeless today 24 hours after a powerful earthquake rocked neighboring Iran. At least 700 homes in the Mashkel area of Balochistan province were reduced to rubble. Some 35 Pakistanis were killed in the quake, and another 150 were injured. The Pakistani army said it deployed several hundred soldiers to the quake zone to bring much-needed humanitarian relief.

In the Middle East, Islamist militants fired at least two rockets from Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula into southern Israel, adding to growing security concerns there. They targeted the resort town of Eilat. But police officials said there were no casualties. Meanwhile, Palestinians in the West Bank and Gaza marked Prisoner Day, urging Israel to release Palestinian detainees. They waved flags and carried pictures of some of the 4,500 Palestinians in custody.

New Zealand became the 13th country in the world today and the first in the Asia-Pacific region to legalize same-sex marriage. Lawmakers voted 77-44 in favor of the measure. New Zealand has had civil unions since 2005, but the new law will allow couples to adopt children and have their marriages recognized by other countries. It takes effect in late August.

On Wall Street, a new sell-off pushed stocks down, amid new signs of economic weakness in Europe and lackluster reports from Bank of America and Apple. The Dow Jones industrial average lost 138 points to close at 14,618. The Nasdaq fell nearly 60 points to close at 3,204.

Those are some of the day’s major stories — now back to Jeff.