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2013-07-22T00:00:00Z Around the nationFrom Wire Reports From Wire Reports Arizona Daily Star
July 22, 2013 12:00 am  • 

Ohio

Police have suspect in deaths of 3 women

EAST CLEVELAND - East Cleveland Police Chief Ralph Spotts has publicly identified the suspect in the deaths of three women found wrapped in trash bags, and officers and volunteers have ended hours of searching without finding more bodies.

Spotts said Sunday that 35-year-old registered sex offender Michael Madison is in custody and expected to be formally charged today.

Sunday's search included scouring about 40 abandoned houses and other areas, but turned up no more bodies in the neighborhood where three were found separately on Friday and Saturday.

A medical examiner said the bodies were in advanced stages of decomposition, and it will take days to identify the women and determine how they died.

Police did not plan to continue searching today.

California

'The Conjuring' scares up $41.5M

SAN DIEGO - Moviegoers were ready for a fright this weekend, sending "The Conjuring" into first place at the box office.

According to studio estimates Sunday, the Warner Bros. haunted-house horror debuted with $41.5 million in domestic ticket sales, unseating the two-week champ, "Despicable Me 2." The Universal film dropped to second place with $25 million.

Fox's new animated offering, "Turbo," opened with $21.5 million, good for third place.

The Sony comedy "Grown Ups 2" held onto fourth place in its second week of release, earning $20 million.

Summit Entertainment's "Red 2," which stars Bruce Willis and Helen Mirren as retired CIA operatives, debuted in fifth place with $18.5 million.

Evacuations lifted; gains made on blaze

IDYLLWILD - Thousands of people were allowed to return to their homes in Southern California mountain communities near Palm Springs on Sunday after firefighters aided by heavy rain made substantial progress against a week-old wildfire that has burned across 42 square miles and destroyed seven homes.

The Riverside County Sheriff's Department lifted evacuation orders at 11 a.m. for the communities of Idyllwild, Fern Valley and Pine Cove, from which thousands had fled the advancing flames five days before. Authorities said only local residents and business people would be allowed to return.

Evacuation orders for several smaller nearby communities were lifted earlier in the day.

Some 6,000 people fled the idyllic little towns that dot the San Jacinto Mountains between Palm Springs and Hemet after the fire broke out Monday and quickly raged across the heavily wooded area. Twenty-three structures, including the seven homes, were destroyed. There were no reports of injuries.

Texas

Firm to inspect coaster where woman died

ARLINGTON - A German roller coaster maker is sending officials to a North Texas amusement park to inspect a ride after a woman fell to her death.

Tobias Lindnar, a project manager for Gerstlauer Amusement Rides in Munsterhausen, Germany, told The Dallas Morning News that the company will investigate what led to Friday's fatal accident at Six Flags Over Texas in Arlington.

Witnesses said the woman expressed concern about the Texas Giant roller coaster's safety bar not completely engaging as the ride was starting. The coaster is touted as the tallest steel-hybrid roller coaster in the world.

"I'm sure there's no safety bar that is broken," Lindnar told the newspaper by phone Saturday night from Germany.

The Associated Press

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