CEBU, Philippines

Over 100 dead following 7.2-magnitude earthquake

The death toll from a 7.2-magnitude earthquake that struck the central Philippine island of Bohol has topped 100 with only three people pulled alive from rubble.

Regional military commander Lt. Gen. Roy Deveraturda says 100 died on Bohol, the epicenter of Tuesday’s quake. Nine people were killed in nearby Cebu province and another island.

There seems little hope of finding any large number of survivors from beneath the rubble of collapsed buildings and churches.

SAN DIEGO

Former mayor pleads guilty to groping, kissing women

Former San Diego Mayor Bob Filner, driven from office by sexual harassment allegations, pleaded guilty Tuesday to a felony for putting a woman in a headlock and to less serious charges for kissing another woman against her will and groping a third.

The pleas came less than two months after the 10-term congressman defiantly said he was the victim of a lynch mob and insisted he would be vindicated of the sexual harassment claims by at least 17 women if due process was allowed to run its course.

His accusers included a retired navy admiral, a university dean and great grandmother.

Under a plea deal, the state attorney general’s office will recommend Filner be sentenced to three months of home confinement and three years of probation.

NEW YORK

Alleged bomber pleads not guilty in federal court

An alleged al-Qaida member who was snatched off the streets in Libya and interrogated for a week aboard an American warship pleaded not guilty to bombing-related charges Tuesday in a case that has renewed the debate over how quickly terrorism suspects should be turned over to the U.S. courts.

Despite calls from Republicans in Congress to send him to Guantanamo Bay for indefinite interrogation, Abu Anas al-Libi became the latest alleged terrorist to face civilian prosecution in federal court in New York, the scene of several such convictions.

He was indicted more than a decade ago in the twin 1998 bombings at the U.S. embassies in Kenya and Tanzania that killed 224 people, including a dozen Americans. If convicted, he could get life behind bars.