NEW YORK — Italian-born American soprano Licia Albanese, whose technical skill and emotional intensity in works like “Madama Butterfly” and “La Traviata” made her a leading opera star, has died in New York City at age 105, her son said Sunday.
Ms. Albanese first made her mark in the operatic world in her native Italy in the 1930s before moving to the U.S. and achieving enduring stardom. She appeared in a variety of operas but was most closely associated with those by Italian composers Giacomo Puccini and Giuseppe Verdi.
Her signature roles included the doomed geisha Cio-Cio-San in Puccini's “Madama Butterfly,” the delicate Parisian Mimi in Puccini's “La Boheme” and ill courtesan Violetta in Verdi's “La Traviata.”
Ms. Albanese died peacefully with her family by her side in her apartment on Friday, said her son, Joseph Gimma Jr.
Perry defends veto
WASHINGTON — Rick Perry of Texas remained unrepentant Sunday about a veto he made as governor that led to his indictment on charges of abuse of power, saying that “if I had to do it again, I would make exactly the same decision.”
Mr. Perry’s appearance on “Fox News Sunday” was his first national television interview since his indictment Friday on two felony counts stemming from his effort to pressure Austin’s top prosecutor, Rosemary Lehmberg, a Democrat, to step down by threatening to veto state funding for her office.
Man kills daughter
MARYLAND — A Maryland man shot and stabbed his 3-year-old daughter to death before dying himself in a gunfight with police, authorities in Prince George's County near Washington, D.C., said on Sunday.
Frederick Roy Miller, 38, allegedly shot and wounded the girl’s maternal grandfather and great-grandmother on Saturday while attempting to kidnap his daughter. Police responded and spotted Mr. Miller grabbing his daughter and getting into his Nissan Altima, according to police. Officers chased Mr. Miller in his car, and he stopped several times to exchange gunfire with police. Five Prince George’s county police officers and one Maryland state trooper fired shots at Mr. Miller, who was killed at the scene.
Freight trains collide
ARKANSAS — Two people were killed and two were injured in northern Arkansas early on Sunday when two Union Pacific freight trains carrying toxic substances collided, Arkansas State Police said. The victims were crew members aboard the trains, which collided head-on about 2:30 a.m. CDT in the community of Hoxie, about two hours northeast of Little Rock, authorities said.
About 500 people were briefly evacuated from nearby homes while the trains burned, said Kendell Snyder, spokesman for the Arkansas Office of Emergency Management. Snyder said diesel fuel from the trains’ fuel tanks and some type of alcoholic beverage being transported caught on fire.
The residents returned home and most roads, blocked during the fire, were reopened by midday on Sunday, police said.
Calif. teen arrested
CALIFORNIA — A 15-year-old California boy was arrested Sunday in connection with threats of attacks against high schools near Los Angeles posted on social media, law enforcement officials said.
The teen, who was not identified, was taken into custody at his home in the Santa Clarita Valley, about 35 miles north of downtown Los Angeles, less than a day after the threats were posted on the photo-sharing site Instagram
— Compiled from news services