News Wrap: Indonesian Police Defuse 5 Large Bombs Near Catholic Church
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KWAME HOLMAN: Police in Indonesia arrested 19 people today, leading to the discovery of five large bombs. They were found and defused in a town outside Jakarta, buried under a gas pipeline near a Catholic church. Authorities said the explosives had been set to detonate by cell phone at 9:00 a.m. tomorrow, when Good Friday services would be taking place.
In Japan, another earthquake sent a new scare through the eastern part of the country. The epicenter was on land this time near the coast. There were no immediate reports of damage. Meanwhile, the government formally banned thousands of people from reentering the 12-mile zone around a crippled nuclear power plant.
An Egyptian court has ordered the names of former President Hosni Mubarak and his wife be removed from all public facilities and institutions. That includes hundreds, possibly thousands of subway stations, schools, streets and squares. The judge cited allegations of widespread corruption in the Mubarak regime.
The former governor of New Mexico Gary Johnson announced today he’s running for the Republican presidential nomination. Johnson said he wants to make the government justify its spending and wants to repeal health care reform. He appeared outside the New Hampshire statehouse and acknowledged he’s an unknown, but he said he hopes to make a mark in early primary states.
On Wall Street today stocks rose again, after another batch of strong earnings reports. The Dow Jones industrial average gained 52 points to close just under 12,506. The Nasdaq rose 17 points to close at 2,820.
Those are some of the day’s major stories.