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Authorities probe ties between blasts, devices in 2 states

NEW YORK — Authorities questioned several people early Monday as they worked to determine whether there was a connection between explosive devices found over the weekend in two states: an explosion in a Manhattan neighbourhood, an unexploded pressure cooker device blocks away, a pipe bomb blast at a Jersey shore town and five explosive devices at a New Jersey train station.

Authorities probe ties between blasts, devices in 2 states

NEW YORK — Authorities questioned several people early Monday as they worked to determine whether there was a connection between explosive devices found over the weekend in two states: an explosion in a Manhattan neighbourhood, an unexploded pressure cooker device blocks away, a pipe bomb blast at a Jersey shore town and five explosive devices at a New Jersey train station.

Minnesota mall stabbing could be realization of terror fears

ST. CLOUD, Minn. — Authorities are investigating the stabbings of nine people at a Minnesota mall as a potential act of terrorism, a finding that would realize long-held fears of an attack in the immigrant-rich state that has struggled to stop the recruiting of its young men by groups including the Islamic State.

NYC museum invites viewers to use 18-karat gold toilet

NEW YORK — A New York City museum is offering visitors a chance to sit on a golden throne, but only in private.

As part of his “America” exhibit at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, Italian artist Maurizio Cattelan replaced the toilet in the museum’s fourth-floor restroom with a fully functional replica cast in 18-karat gold.

More than a million refugees have fled South Sudan, UN says

AWEIL, South Sudan — More than one million refugees have fled South Sudan’s ongoing civil war, overwhelming aid agencies and creating one of the world’s worst humanitarian disasters.

The United Nations said Friday that South Sudan joins Syria, Afghanistan and Somalia as countries that have produced over one million refugees.

Snakes Alive! Missing pythons on the loose in neighbourhood

HEPHZIBAH, Ga. — In a real life version of the children’s reader “Snakes Alive!”, state wildlife officers are searching for 14 pythons in an east Georgia subdivision after a woman reported that someone let the pet snakes loose.

Jacqueline Heim told authorities the snakes were in secure cages. She suspects someone set them free deliberately this week.