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The Journal Gazette

Monday, January 07, 2019 1:00 am

Briefs

2 Americans caught with ISIS suspects

News services

BEIRUT – Kurdish forces in Syria said Sunday that they had captured two American citizens hiding out in the country's final Islamic State stronghold.

The Syrian Democratic Forces identified the detainees as Warren Christopher Clark, 34, and Zaid Abed al-Hamid, 35. It said the two had been captured alongside three others suspected of being foreign recruits in the extremist group, also known as ISIS.

The SDF did not provide additional information about the two Americans it detained, but according to a report by George Washington University's program on extremism, Clark had sought work with the Islamic State as English teacher at the University of Mosul in Iraq.

Bid to acquire Sears stores falls short

Sears Holdings Corp. is preparing to potentially wind down the retailer after Chairman Eddie Lampert's bid to buy several hundred stores out of bankruptcy fell short of bankers' qualifications, people with knowledge of the matter said.

The retailer started laying the groundwork for a liquidation after meetings Friday in which its advisers weighed the merits of a $4.4 billion bid by Lampert's hedge fund to buy Sears as a going concern, said the people, who asked not to be identified because the discussions are private.

If the 125-year-old retailer does die in bankruptcy, it would mark the largest fatality yet in the retail apocalypse prompted by a shift to online shopping.

Lampert's ESL Investments has failed to convince the bankers of the viability of its bid, it could still make last-minute improvements before a status hearing Tuesday.

Afghanistan mine collapse kills 35

The death toll after a collapse at a gold mine in Afghanistan has climbed to 35, a local official said.

At least 12 others were injured in the accident Sunday morning, provincial council member Abdullah Naji Nazari said. The number of victims could rise, he said.

About 50 workers were trapped by the accident in what Nazari said was a locally dug mine with no safety standards.

Bay of Pigs commander dies at 95

Jose Ramon Fernandez, a retired Cuban brigadier general who was key in forming the Communist country's new army and commanded Cuban defenses at the Bay of Pigs, died Sunday, state media reported. He was 95.

He played a leading role in one of the great battles of the Cold War, helping command Cuba's nascent militia forces in their victory over invading exile forces at the Bay of Pigs in April 1961.