HARI SREENIVASAN: The Wall Street rally of 2013 has passed a new milestone. The Dow Jones industrial average closed above 15,000 today for the first time. The Dow gained 87 points to finish at 15,056. It's up 15 percent this year. The Nasdaq rose three points today to close at 3,396.
Three women in Cleveland are free today after being captive for years. Their discovery Monday evening could close several kidnapping cases, but it also raised new questions for police.
HARI SREENIVASAN: Cheers greeted police after the three women who had long been missing were found alive and apparently well. It had started with a cry for help coming from a rundown home.
Neighbor Charles Ramsey:
CHARLES RAMSEY, Neighbor: And I look and then see this girl, and she is just going nuts on the door. We had to kick open the bottom.
HARI SREENIVASAN: Then a stunning 911 call.
AMANDA BERRY, Rescued After 10 Years: Hello, police. Help me. I'm Amanda Berry! I have been kidnapped and I have been missing for 10 years. And I'm here. I'm free now.
HARI SREENIVASAN: Amanda Berry vanished in 2003, when she was 16. She is now 27 years old. A six-year-old girl was rescued as well. She is believed to be Berry's daughter. But there was no word on the identity of her father.
Police also found Gina DeJesus, kidnapped in 2004 and now 23. The third woman discovered in the house is Michelle Knight, taken in 2002 and now 32 years old. Investigators didn't say if they had been restrained or otherwise harmed. Instead, this morning, police Chief Michael McGrath hailed the news of the rescue.
POLICE CHIEF MICHAEL MCGRATH, Cleveland: Thankfully -- and I mean thankfully -- due to Amanda's brave actions, these three women are alive today.
HARI SREENIVASAN: The owner of the house was identified as Ariel Castro, a 52-year-old former school bus driver. He was arrested, along with his brothers Pedro and Onil, after officers searched the residence.
It turned out police had gone to the house twice since 2004, but not about the kidnapped women. This morning, Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson said the investigation is ongoing.
MAYOR FRANK JACKSON, Cleveland: We have several unanswered questions, why were they taken, how were they taken, and how they remained undetected in the city of Cleveland for this period of time.
HARI SREENIVASAN: The three women spent the night at a local hospital. They have now been reunited with relatives.
The man accused of killing 12 people at a Colorado movie theater last summer wants to use an insanity defense. Lawyers for James Holmes said in a court filing today they will ask to change his plea to not guilty by reason of insanity. Holmes is due in court again next Monday.
Two new studies conclude that gun killings in the U.S. have actually fallen in last 20 years. The Justice Department reported today there were just over 11,000 gun homicides in 2011. That was down 39 percent from the peak year of 1993. The Pew Research Center found a similar decline. The two studies also said non-fatal gun crimes have dropped nearly 70 percent.
At least 20 people were killed and more than three dozen injured in Mexico City early today after a natural gas tanker -- gas tanker truck lost control and exploded in a suburb. Mexican TV showed flames shooting from charred homes and vehicles. Officials said some of the injured have burns over more than 70 percent of their bodies and may need treatment at a burn center in Texas.
In Northwest Pakistan, three bombings killed at least 18 people in political violence ahead of national elections on Saturday. In the worst attack, a suicide bomber on a motorcycle blew himself up near a vehicle that carried an Islamist candidate. A dozen people died, but the candidate escaped unharmed.
President Obama warned today there are no easy answers to stopping the violence in Syria. He also defended his deliberate approach to possible military action. He said he wants the best possible analysis of evidence that the Assad regime used chemical weapons.
Meanwhile, Secretary of State John Kerry met with President Vladimir Putin in Moscow. Kerry said they will try to get the Syrian government and opposition to attend a peace conference.
China denied today that it sponsors cyber-attacks on U.S. defense networks. That accusation came Monday an annual Pentagon report. For the first time, it directly attributed attacks on U.S. computer systems to the Chinese government and military. Today, a spokesman for the Chinese military called for both nations to join in fighting cyber-criminals.
Those are some of the day's major stories -- now back to Jeff.