NEW YORK

Part of Times Square closed as police investigate car

Pedestrians were barred from parts of New York City’s Times Square as police closed streets to investigate a car that has been “deemed suspicious.”

Police said Saturday the bomb squad was investigating the contents of the car on 45th Street. They said the block was closed between Seventh and Eighth avenues as a precaution.

Paul Bresson, head of the FBI’s public affairs office at bureau headquarters in Washington, said agents were on the scene with the New York Police Department and that the matter was being taken seriously.

A senior Obama administration official said a Nissan Pathfinder was found with a suspicious package, but officials were not yet sure whether it was a bomb. The official spoke on condition of anonymity because the official wasn’t authorized to speak on the matter.

 

Zoo asks for public’s help naming triplet lion cubs

The newest lion king and queens of New York City won’t be found on Broadway. You can find them at the Bronx Zoo.

The Wildlife Conservation Society introduced the spirited triplet cubs Friday at its African Plains habitat. Favorite activities include wrestling with one another and nipping at their dad’s tail.

The zoo is asking for the public’s help in naming the two females and one male. To submit names, go the zoo’s website: www.bronxzoo.com.

They were born Jan. 27 to mom Sukari and dad M’wasi. The trio is their second litter. They’re also parents to 2-year-old Moxie, who was the first lion cub born at the zoo in 31 years.

Wild lions live in sub-Saharan Africa.

WASHINGTON

FDA investigates after children’s medicine recalls

The Food and Drug Administration said Saturday it was investigating a health-care company for possible other problems following its recall of more than 40 over-the-counter infant’s and children’s liquid medications.

McNeil Consumer Healthcare, based in Fort Washington, Pa., issued the voluntary recall late Friday after consulting with the FDA. The recall involves children’s versions of Tylenol, Tylenol Plus, Motrin, Zyrtec and Benadryl, because they don’t meet quality standards.

Details are available by telephone at 1-888-222-6036 or on the Web at www.mcneilproductrecall.com.

SCOTLAND, Ark.

Tornadoes leave one dead, two dozen others injured

Leveled homes, overturned vehicles and uprooted trees were scattered across central Arkansas on Saturday after several tornadoes ripped through the state, killing a woman and injuring two dozen others, authorities said.

At least one person drowned after heavy rain fell in western Arkansas, said Renee Preslar, spokeswoman for the Arkansas Department of Emergency Management.

The woman killed by a tornado was among three people in homes destroyed by the Friday night storms in the small community of Scotland, about 75 miles north of Little Rock, said Van Buren County Sheriff Scott Bradley. Two other people inside the house were hurt, and one remained hospitalized Saturday, the county’s emergency management coordinator said.

ST. PAUL, Minn.

Manhunt follows ambush in which officer is killed

A suburban St. Paul police officer was killed during an ambush Saturday, setting off a massive manhunt that ended with one suspect dead and another in custody, authorities said.

Maplewood Police Sgt. Joseph Bergeron, 49, was fatally shot while responding to a reported carjacking early Saturday morning. The attack set off an hours-long search by more than 100 officers from over a dozen law enforcement agencies.

Nearly four hours after the shooting, a man darted out of the woods holding a toolbox and an officer tried to question him. The two scuffled, and authorities said the officer shot the man multiple times.

Police said the 21-year-old man was one of the shooting suspects, but his name hasn’t been released.