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Suspect is charged in abduction of girl, 4

– Albuquerque police say a man suspected of abducting a 4-year-old girl, leading the child’s mother to chase him down and crash her vehicle into his car, has been arrested.

Police spokeswoman Tasia Martinez says 31-year-old David Hernandez was charged Thursday with kidnapping. Hernandez was tracked down after a massive manhunt that began Wednesday afternoon.

Authorities say the young girl was playing in her yard at St. Anthony’s Plaza Apartments in Albuquerque’s North Valley on Wednesday when a group of teenagers saw the abduction and ran to alert the girl’s mother.

Police say the mother jumped into her vehicle and gave chase for about seven miles, unaware the man had pushed the girl out of the vehicle before fleeing the apartment complex.

Committee OKs change to loans

A House committee has approved a bill to link interest rates on college loans to financial markets.

The Education and the Workforce Committee on Thursday sent the bill to the full House for consideration. Democrats stood unified against the measure.

Without congressional action, interest rates for new subsidized Stafford student loans would double from 3.4 percent to 6.8 percent on July 1. Democrats’ attempt to hold them there failed on a party-line vote.

Brothers held in New Orleans spree

Two brothers with a history of drug arrests and suspected ties to a neighborhood gang each face 20 counts of attempted second-degree murder in a shooting spree that brought a sudden bloody end to a neighborhood Mother’s Day parade in New Orleans.

The arrests by city police and U.S. marshals came less than four days after gunfire scattered the crowd and wounded 20 people – 19 hit by bullets and one while trying to flee.

Akein Scott, 19, was arrested Wednesday at an eastern New Orleans home. His brother Shawn Scott, 24, was arrested Thursday morning as he tried to flee another home in the city, police said.

A magistrate judge set bond for Akein Scott at $10 million Thursday morning in the attempted murder case. Another judge ordered him held without bond pending a later hearing on an unrelated gun and weapon charge.

Texas blast cause still undetermined

Investigators working in the remnants of an exploded fertilizer plant in West, Texas, sifted by hand through untold grains of corn, moved tons of debris and conducted more than 400 interviews, while searching for the missing piece to solve what many officials compared to an extraordinary puzzle.

One month after a fire triggered a massive blast killing 15 people, officials on Thursday had to declare the cause of the blaze as “undetermined.”

Investigators narrowed the number of possible causes to three: a problem with one of the plant’s electrical systems, a battery-powered golf cart, and a criminal act.

They ruled out a wide number of others, from a rail car on site loaded with fertilizer to someone smoking.

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