U.S. Soldier Shoots Afghan Civilians; Two Children Found Dead In Bronx, Brooklyn; Japan Mourns At One Year Anniversary Of Quake, Tsunami


A U.S. soldier killed 16 Afghan civilians in their homes when he walked off base. Following the attack he turned himself in. The reports of the number of casualties have been varied. In addition to the at least 16 dead, five were wounded. The victims include girls aged 6 or younger. “We don’t know why he killed people,” a villager told the New York Times. In February, riots broke out in Afghanistan after Korans were burned at an U.S. military base. [MSNBC, CNN, NYT]

Two young children were found dead in isolated incidents Saturday. In Brooklyn, a 23-month-old boy, Jacqil Degraffenreid, was found with bruises on his body after his mother called the police at 4:30 a.m. Saturday. The boy had been left with his mother’s boyfriend. “It’s looking like it might be criminal,” a law enforcement official told the New York Times. In the other incident a 2-year-old girl, Angelise Correa, died in the Bronx Saturday. Her death was apparently accidental. [NYT]

Today marks the one-year anniversary of the devastating earthquake and tsunami in Japan. The country observed a moment of silence at 2:46 p.m. local time Sunday. “A lot of lives were lost … I feel the grieving families’ pain and I cannot express my sorrow enough,” Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda said at a ceremony at a Tokyo theater. [CNN]

Rick Santorum won Saturday’s Kansas caucuses, whereas opponent Mitt Romney took the majority of delegates in Wyoming. Romney also won caucuses in Guam, the U.S. Virgin Islands and the Northern Mariana Islands. This all comes as the candidates prep for Tuesday’s challenges in Alabama and Mississippi. [MSNBC, CNN]

The Madison Square Park playground was renamed for police officer Moira A. Smith, who died on September 11. Smith worked in the precinct where the playground stands. [NY1]

A funeral limo filled with mourners crashed into a bodega in Queens Saturday after swerving to avoid a minivan that had hit it. [NYP]