WASHINGTON: Russian fears assassination in U.S.
A wealthy Russian lawmaker has fled with his family to the United States, where he says he continues to fear assassination over accusations that some of Russia's richest and most influential people swindled him in a real estate deal. Back home, he's been charged with financial crimes. Ashot Egiazaryan, 45, said he is considering seeking asylum. But after suing a billionaire and several former business partners, including a close friend of Prime Minister Vladimir Putin and Moscow's former mayor, he said he doesn't feel safe even in this country. He was flanked by lawyers in a conference room a few blocks from the White House for an interview with The Associated Press, his first with Western media. One of his relatives was gunned down Dec. 7 in Astrakhan, an attack he claims is connected with his lawsuit. The struggle over the Moskva Hotel, a prime piece of Moscow real estate, is being waged in a civil court in Cyprus, the London Court of International Arbitration, on the Web and on Capitol Hill. The case could become a headache for the Obama administration, counting on Moscow's support in everything from the fight in Afghanistan to efforts to derail the nuclear programs of Iran and North Korea.
OREGON: 2 youths drown in Pacific
The body of a second teenager who was swept off a rocky outcropping into the Pacific Ocean has been recovered, state police said. The body of Jack Harnsongkram, 17, was found Sunday morning. The body of Connor Gregory Ausland, 18, was recovered hours after they were swept away by a wave Saturday at the south end of Smelt Sands State Park near Yachats.
OHIO: Fire burns ethanol on derailed train
Several tanker cars carrying volatile chemicals continued to burn Sunday evening after a freight train was derailed, causing an explosion, a fire official said. Some residents who had been forced to evacuate have returned to their homes. No injuries were reported after about half the cars on the 62-car train were derailed in a rural area about 50 miles south of Toledo. Each car carried more than 30,000 gallons of ethanol. The fire was subsiding, and most of the ethanol was expected to be burned off.