Young suicide bomber attacks wedding party
ISTANBUL (AP) — A child suicide bomber killed at least 51 people and wounded nearly 70 others at a Kurdish wedding party near Turkey's border with Syria, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Sunday, decrying the attack as an apparent attempt by Islamic State extremists to destabilize the nation by exploiting ethnic and religious tensions.
The bombing comes amid ongoing struggles between the government and Kurdish militants linked to the outlawed Kurdistan Workers' Party, known as the PKK, and as the country is still reeling from the aftermath of last month's failed coup attempt, which the government has blamed on U.S.-based Muslim cleric Fethullah Gulen and his followers.
Later, addressing the nation before Istanbul's city hall, Erdogan said the attacker in Gaziantep was aged between 12 and 14. He said 69 people were wounded, with 17 of them in critical condition.
3 Doors Down's Matt Roberts dies
WEST BEND, Wis. (AP) — Guitarist Matt Roberts, a founding member of the rock band 3 Doors Down, has died in Wisconsin.
The 38-year-old was in West Bend to perform at a benefit. The West Bend Police Department says someone called authorities around 7 a.m. Saturday to report an unconscious man in a hotel hallway. Police and firefighters found Roberts dead.
The police statement says there were no signs of trauma and the cause of death was not immediately known.
PHELAN, Calif. (AP) — Authorities have lifted all evacuation orders for residents affected by a Southern California wildfire that drove thousands from their homes.
The San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department made the announcement Sunday afternoon.
Residents must show proof of residency to return, and some may come back to a home without electricity as crews continue to work on restoring utilities.
ATLANTA (AP) — The suspect in the killing of five people at a home in Alabama attacked them while they slept and then abducted his estranged girlfriend and an infant — both of whom were found alive, authorities said Sunday.
It could take investigators days to sort out the grisly murder scene in Citronelle, a small town 30 miles northwest of Mobile.
Derrick Dearman, 27, of Leakesville, Miss., was taken into custody after he walked into the sheriff's office in Greene County, Miss., Mobile County sheriff's Capt. Paul Burch said.
Investigators have determined that Dearman's ex-girlfriend, Laneta Lester, had gone to the home on Aug. 19 to get away from an abusive relationship with Dearman, the sheriff's office said.