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Police destroy suspicious pressure cooker in DC

A man has been arrested in Washington DC after a bomb squad was forced to destroy a "suspicious" pressure cooker left in a car near the Capitol building.

Police cordoned off the unattended car after officers noticed the smell of petrol

The owner of the vehicle, Israel Shimeles of Alexandria, Virginia, was arrested and charged with using his car after his license had been revoked.

US Capitol locked down after shots fired

The US Capitol in Washingon Credit: PA Wire

The US Capitol was locked down on Saturday after shots were fired nearby, but police have "neutralized" the suspected shooter, US Capitol police said.

Police were also investigating a suspicious package close to the complex in Washington.

"The Capitol has been locked down because of the potential security threat. No one can enter or exit," Capitol Police spokeswoman Kimberly Schneider said in a statement.

Police did not give details of what happened to the suspected shooter.

However, several media reports including NBC and the Associated Press said the man had committed suicide, and that he left behind a suitcase that was being investigating by a bomb squad.

The incident, which is not believed to be an act of terrorism, occurred on a Saturday and Congress is out of session.



'17 killed' in mudslide, 'one more victim' found

The body of one more person killed in a Washington state mudslide was found in the debris field where searchers are scouring the muck for about 90 people missing nearly a week after the disaster, a county official said.

Snohomish County Executive Director Gary Haakenson said that person was not included in the official death toll of 17, which remained steady.

The new remains appeared to bring to 10 the number of victims that authorities have said have been found but not yet identified or added to the official death toll.

Washington officials warn mudslide death toll will rise

Washington state authorities have warned the number of people killed in the recent mudslide will go up substantially within the next two days.

Rescue workers use heavy machinery to search the area Credit: AP

Sixteen bodies have been recovered, but officials say at least nine more had been found and they expect that number to rise in the next 24 to 48 hours.

The devastation of the mudslide in Snohomish County District. Credit: AP

Snohomish County District 21 fire chief Travis Hots said that officials are not going to count additional recovered victims until the medical examiner's office has caught up with the recovery effort.

A rescuer walks through the scene of the deadly mudslide in Washington. Credit: AP

There are 90 people confirmed missing, with another 35 who authorities are unsure were in the area when a hillside collapsed Saturday morning 55 miles northeast of Seattle.

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