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World and nation briefs

Saturday, February 16, 2013 - 10:06 am

Dorner was hiding in unlocked condo

SAN BERNARDINO, Calif. – It didn't take ingenuity for Christopher Dorner to elude authorities for six days. He simply opened an unlocked door.

As law enforcement swarmed a mountain neighborhood searching for the fugitive ex-cop, Dorner hid in a condominium 100 feet across the street from a command post and a short distance where he left his burned-out truck.

On Friday, San Bernardino County investigators revealed Dorner died from an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head and defended tactics used during their search before a fiery gun battle ended an exhaustive manhunt.

Dorner, 33, is believed to have entered the condo through an unlocked door sometime Feb. 7, soon after he arrived in the resort area of Big Bear Lake after killing three people. He locked the door and hunkered down until the condo's owners came to clean it, said San Bernardino County Sheriff John McMahon.

Deputies knocked on the door that first night but moved on when they found it locked and with no sign of a break-in, McMahon said.

When the owners went inside the condo, Dorner tied them up and fled in their car, leading to a chase and a shootout that killed a sheriff's deputy.

Man arrested in deaths at Coast Guard base

ANCHORAGE, Alaska – An Alaska man was arrested Friday in last year's shooting deaths at a Coast Guard communications station on Kodiak Island that left two employees dead, the U.S. attorney said.

James Michael Wells, 61, of Kodiak is accused in a federal murder complaint of killing Petty Officer 1st Class James Hopkins, 41, and retired Chief Boatswain's Mate Richard Belisle, 51, on April 12.

The arrested man worked with the victims, a Coast Guard spokeswoman confirmed. She said she didn't know his current employment status.

Another Coast Guard member found the victims shortly after the two would have arrived for work at the station, which monitors radio traffic from ships and planes. Their bodies were found in the rigger building, where antennas are repaired.

The FBI spokesman declined to comment on a possible motive, what led investigators to focus on Wells or whether any other arrests were expected.

Dolphin entangled in fishing line freed

SAN DIEGO – A dolphin that got entangled in a discarded fishing line has been freed after an hour-long rescue effort off San Diego.

Lifeguards and SeaWorld animal specialists located the dolphin Friday in the waters a mile off La Jolla after a kayaker reported spotting the distressed animal.

They used a pole to gather the 50- to 100-foot line, then snipped it around the dolphin's dorsal fin.

SeaWorld mammal curator Keith Yip told KFMB-TV the cuts on the fins indicated the line had been rubbing against the 4-foot-long dolphin for weeks. He said the dolphin appeared tired and was probably not able to feed.

Once freed, video shot from a news helicopter shows the young mammal swimming to other dolphins.

Bangladeshis demand death for war crimes convict

DHAKA, Bangladesh – For many in Bangladesh, the “V” for victory sign was more than they could bear.

They had waited more than four decades for justice in the mass killings and rapes during their independence war. But there was a smiling Abdul Quader Mollah apparently celebrating his life sentence – given in place of an expected death sentence – for his role in the killing of 381 civilians.

Within hours, thousands of university students demanding his death poured into the streets of Dhaka, the seeds of what has grown into a mass protest that has exposed again the unhealed wounds from the nation's 1971 war for independence from Pakistan.

Mollah was convicted by a special war crimes tribunal that was set up to hold people accountable for the first time for their roles in the civil war, where Bangladesh says as many as 3 million people were killed and 200,000 women raped by Pakistani troops and local collaborators.

Show with Pistorius’ dead girlfriend a go

JOHANNESBURG – South Africa's national broadcaster says it will screen a reality TV show featuring the dead model girlfriend of Oscar Pistorius, two days after she was shot and killed at the home of the double-amputee athlete.

In a statement today, SABC confirms it will air the Tropika Island of Treasure program “which features the late Reeva Steenkamp.”

Pistorius has been arrested and charged with the Valentine's Day murder of Steenkamp, who was shot multiple times in the predawn hours of Thursday at Pistorius' house in a gated community in the South African capital, Pretoria.

The show's executive producer, Samantha Moon, tells The Associated Press that Steenkamp's family wants the show to go ahead. Moon says that the family “wants it on. This is how they want to remember her.”

–From wire reports