Bangladesh official says ferry carrying hundreds has capsized


DHAKA, Bangladesh -- A passenger ferry carrying hundreds of people capsized today in central Bangladesh, a government official said.

Bangladesh Inland Water Transport Authority Chairman Samsuddoha Khondaker said M.V. Pinak was crossing the River Padma in Munshiganj district when it capsized.

Local media reports said that up to 250 passengers were on board when the accident happened but this could not be independently confirmed.

China earthquake: Rescuers dug through shattered homes today looking for survivors of a strong earthquake in southern China's Yunnan province that killed at least 381 people and injured more than 1,800. The magnitude-6.1 quake struck at 4:30 p.m. Sunday at a depth of six miles, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.

Auto parts factory explosion: The death toll in for an explosion at a Chinese auto parts factory has risen to 75 people, as investigators fault poor safety measures and news reports reveal that workers had long complained of dangerous levels of dust at the facility Saturday morning in the eastern Chinese city of Kunshan. More than 200 workers were at the factory at the time of the blast. About 186 people were injured in the blast, most with severe burns.

Suspect in custody: The mother of a toddler found dead at a coastal Oregon resort has been taken into custody, police said Sunday night. Jessica Smith, 40, was found about 15 miles east of Cannon Beach off a logging road. Police said a U.S. Coast Guard helicopter spotted her vehicle there. Authorities had said earlier in the day that the mother of the toddler and a teen girl found seriously injured in a resort room was wanted on suspicion of murder. The Oregonian newspaper reported that Cannon Beach Police Chief Jason Schermerhorn said the cause of death of the 2-year-old remains unknown after an autopsy. But it determined her death was a homicide.

Authorities had been looking for Smith of Goldendale, Wash., since a housekeeper discovered the toddler and her 13-year-old sister Friday morning at the resort. Previously, officials wanted to ensure Smith's welfare.

The teen had severe cut wounds, but authorities said she is expected to make a full recovery.

Smith and her children checked into the resort Wednesday, and there was no sign of forced entry, the chief said. The children's father has cooperated with investigators and has been ruled out as a suspect, Schermerhorn has said. Multiple media reports citing court records say the couple had recently separated.

The public was asked to watch for a 2007 gold Chevrolet Suburban with the Washington license plate APX 3141, which Smith was believed to be driving.

More than a dozen people from around Cannon Beach gathered Saturday evening for a candlelight vigil for the 2-year-old girl. One of the women who helped organize the vigil said they wanted to support the teen who survived as well as the community.


Information from: The Oregonian,

Authorities have been looking for her mother, Jessica Smith, 40, of Goldendale, Washington, since a housekeeper discovered the toddler and her 13-year-old sister Friday morning at the resort. Previously, officials wanted to ensure Smith's welfare.


Information from: The Oregonian,

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