WASHINGTON

Man who set himself on fire dies of injuries at hospital

A man who set himself on fire on the National Mall has died of his injuries, which were so severe that authorities will have to use DNA and dental records to identify him, police said Saturday.

The man died Friday night at a Washington hospital where he had been airlifted, police said.

The man poured the contents of a red canister of gasoline on himself Friday afternoon. He then set himself on fire, with passing joggers taking off their shirts to help put out the flames. Police said he was conscious and breathing at the scene, but he was airlifted to MedStar Washington Hospital Center with life-threatening injuries.

Police are investigating the man’s possible motives.

FORT WORTH, Texas

Trial of Fort Hood suspect cost U.S. nearly $5 million

The U.S. government spent nearly $5 million to court-martial and convict an Army psychiatrist in the 2009 Fort Hood shooting rampage, according to records reviewed by a North Texas television station.

The biggest pre-trial expense in Maj. Nidal Hasan’s trial was more than $1 million for transportation for witnesses, jurors and attorneys, according to Army records obtained by KXAS-TV of Fort Worth and Dallas. About $900,000 was spent on their accommodations.

Hasan was convicted in August of killing 13 people during the Nov. 5, 2009, shooting. More than 30 people were wounded.

BAGHDAD

Two suicide bombers strike as attacks kill at least 66

A suicide bomber blew himself up among a crowd of Shiite pilgrims in Baghdad and another detonated his explosives inside a cafe north of the capital, the deadliest of several attacks across Iraq on Saturday that killed at least 66 people.

The killings, which also included attacks on journalists and anti-extremist Sunni fighters, are part of the deadliest surge in violence to hit Iraq in five years. The bloodshed is raising fears that the country is falling back into the spiral of violence that brought it to the edge of civil war in the years after the 2003 U.S.-led invasion.

– From news service reports