Soldier Sought In Pa., Va. Slayings

PHILADELPHIA, Aug. 28 (UPI) — Pennsylvania police say they are searching for a U.S. Army officer who allegedly went on a shooting spree that killed four people and injured two officers.

Capt. Leonard Egland, 37, of Fort Lee, Va., was still at large Sunday after allegedly firing shots at police in Warwick Township.

“He’s still in the wind, armed and extremely dangerous,” Bucks County District Attorney David Heckler told The Philadelphia Inquirer.

The newspaper said Egland took flight after allegedly gunning down his estranged wife, her boyfriend and the man’s son in Virginia. He then apparently drove to the Philadelphia area where he shot his former mother-in-law dead at her home in Buckingham Township Saturday night.

Investigators said Egland had his young daughter with him and dropped her at the emergency room of a hospital in Quakertown. Hospital personnel called police but Egland allegedly fled after shooting at arriving officers. Two officers suffered minor wounds.

The Inquirer said Egland apparently returned to Virginia from an overseas deployment last week. Another relative of Egland’s wife lives near Philadelphia and was under police protection Sunday.

Powell: King Would Rage About Conditions

WASHINGTON, Aug. 28 (UPI) — If Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. were alive today, he’d be outraged about the inequities in society, former U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell said Sunday.

King “would be raging about poverty. He would be raging about inequalities in our society. He would be raging about the fact that we are not educating all of our youngsters, especially all of our African-American youngsters,” Powell said on CBS’ “Face the Nation.”

“And he would also be on the world stage talking about poverty and inequality throughout the world. He was a man who transcended the African-American experience … and he became an icon for the rest of the world.”

Powell was a key figure in the building of the memorial honoring the U.S. civil rights leader that was to have been dedicated Sunday in Washington but was postponed because of Hurricane Irene. The dedication would have coincided with the 48th anniversary of King’s “I have a dream” speech.

King represented “the second revolution” for the United States, Powell said.

“It was time now to meet the dream set out for us by our founding fathers. And what Dr. King did was not just free African-Americans, he freed all of America,” Powell said. “He caused us, through his sacrifice and his service. He caused America to look at a mirror of itself.”

King also would be disappointed with the toxic atmosphere in Washington, Powell said.

“I mean, we have such a lack of civility in our political life now. We are fixed on ideological polls and we seem unable to come together,” Powell said. “But ultimately you have to compromise with each other in order to reach a consensus just to keep the country moving forward.”

If the “polar opposites” of the political spectrum fail to move, “the country will not be moving forward and we have got to find a way to get through this and it’s going to happen when the American people say knock it off, stop it.”

Killer Typhoon Hits Taiwan

TAIPEI, Taiwan, Aug. 28 (UPI) — A deadly typhoon packing 100 mph winds hit Taiwan Sunday amid warnings of flooding and landslides, the country’s Central Weather Bureau said.

Typhoon Nanmadol was weakening as it hit the southern continental coast, but torrential rains and strong winds were forecast to hit parts of northern and eastern Taiwan, The Taipei Times reported.

The 14th named storm in the northern Pacific region left at least seven people dead in the Philippines, CNN said. Heavy rains triggered a landslide in the northern province of Pangasinan and two of the fatalities were children buried under mud, regional officials said.

Early reports from the province said six people were missing. Officials said at least 100,000 people had lost electricity to storm-related incidents.

Weather officials in China and Taiwan predicted the slow-moving typhoon would move into southern mainland China Sunday night.

The storm’s winds extended outward for more than 110 miles, state officials said.

Virginia Girl, 5, Abducted From Bedroom

SPRINGFIELD, Va., Aug. 28 (UPI) — A 5-year-old Springfield, Va., girl was abducted from her bedroom and assaulted, police said.

The unknown attacker broke into the girl’s home early Saturday, found the girl in her bedroom and took her from her bed, The Washington Post reported.

Police say the suspect took the girl to a nearby location and assaulted her. They are unsure where she was taken or how she made it home.

The parents were unaware of the abduction until the girl returned home at 4 a.m. and told them.

The child was taken to the hospital for non-life-threatening injuries. It is unclear whether the girl was sexually assaulted.

“We haven’t connected this to anything at this point. We’ve seen nothing else similar in this area,” police officer Don Gotthardt said. “The frustrating thing is there is no further description of the suspect at this time.”

Neighbors were surprised by the incident, saying nothing like that has happened in the area before.

“They play a lot in our front yard, and we were never worried about that,” said a neighbor whose children play with the girl. “It’s really surprising, because we’ve never heard of anything like that happening here.”

18 Dead In China Bus Accident

ZHANGJIAKOU, China, Aug. 28 (UPI) — A roadway collision in China involving a migrant bus and a semi-trailer truck has resulted in the death of 18 passengers, officials say.

The incident took place in Shangyi County in the early morning on Sunday, Xinhua reported.

The bus, carrying 34 migrant workers, rear-ended the semi, which was parked roadside.

Of the deceased passengers, 17 of them died at the scene. One died later in the hospital.

An investigation determined the cause of the accident to be the 17-seat bus being over capacity, it being driven at high speeds and the driver being unqualified.

Other contributing factors were foggy weather and the parked truck not having its hazard lights on.

Fuel Levels Probed In Mo. Copter Crash

EXCELSIOR SPRINGS, Mo., Aug. 28 (UPI) — Federal investigators say they are looking at the possibility a medical helicopter that crashed in Missouri this weekend ran out of fuel.

The crash in Clay County killed the three crew members and a Colorado woman who was being transported to a hospital when the aircraft went down Saturday.

The National Transportation Safety Board was called in and confirmed that the fuel level aboard the chopper would be part of the probe.

The Kansas City (Mo.) Star said Sunday that, according to the Federal Aviation Administration, the pilot of the LifeNet flight had radioed in that he was planning to land to take on more fuel shortly before the crash about a mile from an airport near Excelsior Spring.

Bermuda Under Tropical Storm Warning

MIAMI, Aug. 28 (UPI) — Bermuda was under a tropical storm warning Sunday as the 10th named Atlantic disturbance, Jose, advanced from the south, forecasters said.

The country’s weather service issued a warning that as much as 3 inches of rain could fall as Jose approached the island with 40 mph winds and higher gusts.

The system was moving northward at 16 mph with gusts that didn’t reach the hurricane threshold of 74 mph, the U.S. National Hurricane Center in Miami said.

The storm was expected to weaken by Sunday night and diminish Monday over cooler Atlantic Ocean waters, forecasters said.

Winds from the center of Jose extended outward for 50 miles, the report said.

Earlier this week, the island felt only minor coastal effects from Hurricane Irene, which affected the U.S. Eastern Seaboard and reached New York Sunday as it dropped to tropical storm status.

CIA Drone Kills Top Al-Qaida Official

WASHINGTON, Aug. 28 (UPI) — A U.S. drone killed a top-ranking al-Qaida official in Pakistan, officials say.

The drone, operated by the Central Intelligence Agency, killed Atiyah Abd al-Rahman Saturday, The New York Times reported.

“Atiyah [Abd al-Rahman] was at the top of al-Qaida’s trusted core,” an American official said. “His combination of background, experience and abilities are unique in al-Qaida — without question, they will not be easily replaced.”

Rahman is a Libyan who took command as al-Qaida’s top operational planner last year. The leader was frequently in contact with Osama bin Laden in the month before bin Laden was killed by U.S. forces in Pakistan May 2.

Files found at Bin Laden’s compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan, show bin Laden relied on Rahman to get out messages to other al-Qaida officials.

The United States has been using the unmanned military aircraft to hunt down al-Qaida members in Pakistan, causing tension with the government in Islamabad.

Appeal Filed For Hikers In Iran

TEHRAN, Aug. 28 (UPI) — The attorney representing two U.S. hikers jailed as spies in Iran said he was “hopeful … authorities will show mercy” and release his clients soon.

Lawyer Masoud Shafiee told CNN Sunday it could be days or months before he receives a response to the appeal he filed on behalf of Shawn Bauer and Josh Fattal.

“However, I am hopeful that because of the holy month of Ramadan, and because my clients are innocent, the authorities will show mercy and release Shawn Bauer and Josh Fattal in a few days,” he said.

Fattal, Bauer and Sarah Shourd were apprehended by Iranian authorities on July 31, 2009 while hiking in the Iraqi Kurdish region. They allegedly crossed into Iran illegally and were accused of being spies. Shourd was released for medical reasons last year.

Earlier this month, the men were sentenced to eight years in prison each; five years for espionage and three years for illegally entering the county.

Recall Issued For U.S. Salmon Product

WASHINGTON, Aug. 28 (UPI) — A Chicago company has recalled 8,088 packages of smoked salmon sold at major supermarkets due to potential bacterial contamination, U.S. regulators said.

The Food and Drug Administration said the fish was supplied by Vita Food Products and may have listeria bacteria in it, which could cause fever, nausea and diarrhea and potentially worse problems in the elderly and very young or people with weakened immune systems.

The salmon came in 4 ounce packages branded Vita Classic Premium Sliced Smoked Atlantic Nova Salmon. It was sold at Publix, Winn-Dixie, Safeway and other grocery stores nationwide, the FDA said in a written statement.

Vita asked consumers who bought the suspect salmon to seal the package in a plastic bag and return it to the store.