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News Wrap: Militants kidnap more than 100 female students in Nigeria

April 15, 2014 at 6:06 PM EST
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JUDY WOODRUFF: The man suspected of shooting three people to death at Jewish community sites outside Kansas City was officially charged today. Frazier Glenn Cross, a white supremacist, had his first court hearing. He faces one count of capital murder, which carries a possible death sentence, and one count of premeditated murder.

District attorney Steve Howe:

STEVE HOWE, District Attorney, Johnson County, Kan.: The options for the sentence are life without parole, or, if we choose, we file a notice of requesting the death penalty. That is something that we don’t have to file when we file the charges. That is a — I don’t take that decision lightly, and that decision will be made after we get all the facts and evidence in the case, because we want to make an informed decision before that is done.

JUDY WOODRUFF: While the state murder case proceeds, federal prosecutors are working on bringing hate crime charges against Cross.

In Nigeria, more than 100 female students were abducted from a boarding school. It happened overnight in Borno state. Officials blamed the Islamist militant group Boko Haram. The abductions came hours after militants bombed a bus station in the country’s capital, Abuja. The death toll rose to 75 today, with 141 wounded.

An Ebola outbreak in Guinea and Liberia is now linked to more than 120 deaths. The World Health Organization confirmed the new total today, out of 200 suspected or confirmed cases. There is no cure for the deadly virus, and officials have warned the outbreak could last for months.

A U.S. Navy robotic submarine has begun its second dive in the Indian Ocean, in search of the missing Malaysia Airlines plane. The Bluefin-21 cut short its first attempt yesterday because the water was deeper than 15,000 feet, the deepest it can go. Operators adjusted the search area for the second dive. Data from that initial mission showed no sign of the plane.

This was the day of the dinosaur in Washington. The Smithsonian’s Museum of Natural History took delivery of a nearly complete Tyrannosaurus rex. Its fossilized bones traveled more than 2,000 miles, in 16 crates, from Montana, where it’s been displayed since being discovered in 1988. The reassembly will take five years.

KIRK JOHNSON, Director, Smithsonian Museum of Natural History: The T-rex itself, once we unpack it, will be in Hall 13, known as the Rex Room, just off the rotunda, and in that space, we will be making a three-dimensional scan and creating a digital T-rex, which will aid us in the three-dimensional reconstruction and mounting of the actual skeleton for the hall in 2019.

JUDY WOODRUFF: The dinosaur will be part of a $48 million gallery devoted to the history of life on Earth.

Wall Street managed modest gains today. The Dow Jones industrial average rose 89 points to close at 16,262. The Nasdaq rose 11 points to close at 4,034. And the S&P 500 added 12 to finish near 1,843.