National Briefs: Opera star dies at 105

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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

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