Four retired journalists are recalling their

Four retired journalists are recalling their roles in helping The Associated Press report the death of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. 50 years ago

Four retired journalists are recalling their roles in helping The Associated Press report the death of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. 50 years ago

Admirers of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. are marking the anniversary of his death with marches, speeches and quiet reflection

Admirers of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. are marking the anniversary of his death with marches, speeches and quiet reflection

Admirers of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. are marking the anniversary of his death with marches, speeches and quiet reflection

Admirers of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. are marking the anniversary of his death with marches, speeches and quiet reflection

Police in Aurora say two men rescued a Warrenville man, pulling him away from a car after a fiery single-vehicle crash

Police in Aurora say two men rescued a Warrenville man, pulling him away from a car after a fiery single-vehicle crash

John Young was born with dwarfism, but that hasn’t stopped him from conquering multiple marathons and triathlons

John Young was born with dwarfism, but that hasn’t stopped him from conquering multiple marathons and triathlons

Bob Dylan, Kesha and St. Vincent have reimagined popular love songs to honor the LGBTQ community, and the singers are doing it by switching pronouns

Bob Dylan, Kesha and St. Vincent have reimagined popular love songs to honor the LGBTQ community, and the singers are doing it by switching pronouns

President Donald Trump says he didn’t know about the $130,000 payment his personal attorney made to Stormy Daniels

President Donald Trump says he didn’t know about the $130,000 payment his personal attorney made to Stormy Daniels

Trump says he didn’t know about payment to Stormy Daniels

Trump says he didn’t know about payment to Stormy Daniels

Facebook’s acknowledgement that nearly all of its 2.2 billion members have probably had their public data scraped by «malicious actors» is the latest example of the social media giant’s failure to protect users’ data

Facebook’s acknowledgement that nearly all of its 2.2 billion members have probably had their public data scraped by «malicious actors» is the latest example of the social media giant’s failure to protect users’ data

The Texas National Guard says it’s preparing to deploy to the U.S.-Mexico border in response to a call from President Donald Trump.

The Texas National Guard says it’s preparing to deploy to the U.S.-Mexico border in response to a call from President Donald Trump.

The Texas National Guard says it’s preparing to deploy to the U.S.-Mexico border in response to a call from President Donald Trump.

The Texas National Guard says it’s preparing to deploy to the U.S.-Mexico border in response to a call from President Donald Trump.

Tourists streamed out of Yosemite National Park, baseball fans were denied a game and authorities kept a close eye on swelling rivers and rising water in a damaged dam as a «Pineapple Express» storm drenched Northern California.

Tourists streamed out of Yosemite National Park, baseball fans were denied a game and authorities kept a close eye on swelling rivers and rising water in a damaged dam as a «Pineapple Express» storm drenched Northern California.

Tourists streamed out of Yosemite National Park, baseball fans were denied a game and authorities kept a close eye on swelling rivers and rising water in a damaged dam as a «Pineapple Express» storm drenched…

Tourists streamed out of Yosemite National Park, baseball fans were denied a game and authorities kept a close eye on swelling rivers and rising water in a damaged dam as a «Pineapple Express» storm drenched…

(AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez). Pedestrians shield themselves from the rain with umbrellas Friday, April 6, 2018, in Santa Rosa, Calif. A fierce Northern California storm Friday shut down Yosemite National Park, threatened mudslides in wildfire-ravaged…

(AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez). Pedestrians shield themselves from the rain with umbrellas Friday, April 6, 2018, in Santa Rosa, Calif. A fierce Northern California storm Friday shut down Yosemite National Park, threatened mudslides in wildfire-ravaged…

A survivor of the Parkland, Florida, school shooting joined the Rev. Al Sharpton to announce a June rally against gun violence and to call for a ban on assault weapons.

A survivor of the Parkland, Florida, school shooting joined the Rev. Al Sharpton to announce a June rally against gun violence and to call for a ban on assault weapons.

A survivor of the Parkland, Florida, school shooting joined the Rev. Al Sharpton to announce a June rally against gun violence and to call for a ban on assault weapons.

A survivor of the Parkland, Florida, school shooting joined the Rev. Al Sharpton to announce a June rally against gun violence and to call for a ban on assault weapons.

The administrator of the Federal Emergency Management Agency says it will take up to an estimated $50 billion to help rebuild Puerto Rico.

The administrator of the Federal Emergency Management Agency says it will take up to an estimated $50 billion to help rebuild Puerto Rico.

The administrator of the Federal Emergency Management Agency says it will take up to an estimated $50 billion to help rebuild Puerto Rico.

The administrator of the Federal Emergency Management Agency says it will take up to an estimated $50 billion to help rebuild Puerto Rico.

(AP Photo/Carlos Giusti,File). In this Jan. 31, 2018 file photo, Public Works Sub-Director Ramon Mendez, wearing a hard hat at left, works with locals who are municipal workers, from right, Eliezer Nazario, Tomas Martinez and Angel Diaz as they install…

(AP Photo/Carlos Giusti,File). In this Jan. 31, 2018 file photo, Public Works Sub-Director Ramon Mendez, wearing a hard hat at left, works with locals who are municipal workers, from right, Eliezer Nazario, Tomas Martinez and Angel Diaz as they install…

The U.S. Geological Survey reports four earthquakes in northwest Oklahoma, including one of magnitude of 4.6 that was felt in Kansas and Missouri.

The U.S. Geological Survey reports four earthquakes in northwest Oklahoma, including one of magnitude of 4.6 that was felt in Kansas and Missouri.

The U.S. Geological Survey reports four earthquakes in northwest Oklahoma, including one of magnitude of 4.6 that was felt in Kansas and Missouri.

The U.S. Geological Survey reports four earthquakes in northwest Oklahoma, including one of magnitude of 4.6 that was felt in Kansas and Missouri.

The University of Michigan has acquired a trove of photos capturing a place and time largely overlooked by history: black Civilian Conservation Corps camps during the Great Depression.

The University of Michigan has acquired a trove of photos capturing a place and time largely overlooked by history: black Civilian Conservation Corps camps during the Great Depression.

The University of Michigan has acquired a trove of photos capturing a place and time largely overlooked by history: black Civilian Conservation Corps camps during the Great Depression.

The University of Michigan has acquired a trove of photos capturing a place and time largely overlooked by history: black Civilian Conservation Corps camps during the Great Depression.

(Bentley Historical Library via AP). In a photo provided by the Bentley Historical Library, a view of tents and cabins of Free Soil Camp is seen in this undated photo. The university has acquired a trove of photos capturing a place and time largely ove…

(Bentley Historical Library via AP). In a photo provided by the Bentley Historical Library, a view of tents and cabins of Free Soil Camp is seen in this undated photo. The university has acquired a trove of photos capturing a place and time largely ove…

Attorney General Jeff Sessions has ordered a «zero tolerance» policy aimed at people entering the United States illegally for the first time on the Mexican border.

Attorney General Jeff Sessions has ordered a «zero tolerance» policy aimed at people entering the United States illegally for the first time on the Mexican border.

Attorney General Jeff Sessions has ordered a «zero tolerance» policy aimed at people entering the United States illegally for the first time on the Mexican border.

Attorney General Jeff Sessions has ordered a «zero tolerance» policy aimed at people entering the United States illegally for the first time on the Mexican border.

(AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin, File). FILE — In this June 20, 2017, file photo, Attorney General Jeff Sessions listens during the Justice Department’s National Summit on Crime Reduction and Public Safety, in Bethesda, Md. U.S. Attorney General Sessions ha…

(AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin, File). FILE — In this June 20, 2017, file photo, Attorney General Jeff Sessions listens during the Justice Department’s National Summit on Crime Reduction and Public Safety, in Bethesda, Md. U.S. Attorney General Sessions ha…

Defense attorneys are urging the nation’s highest court to hear their claims that Louisiana prosecutors withheld evidence that an intellectually disabled 16-year-old boy falsely confessed to killing a pizza deliveryman.

Defense attorneys are urging the nation’s highest court to hear their claims that Louisiana prosecutors withheld evidence that an intellectually disabled 16-year-old boy falsely confessed to killing a pizza deliveryman.

Defense attorneys are urging the nation’s highest court to hear their claims that Louisiana prosecutors withheld evidence that an intellectually disabled 16-year-old boy falsely confessed to killing a pizza…

Defense attorneys are urging the nation’s highest court to hear their claims that Louisiana prosecutors withheld evidence that an intellectually disabled 16-year-old boy falsely confessed to killing a pizza…

(Shreveport Police Dept. via AP). These undated arrest photos made available by the Shreveport Police Department show Corey Williams under arrest. Defense attorneys are urging the nation’s highest court to throw out a case in which they claim Louisiana…

(Shreveport Police Dept. via AP). These undated arrest photos made available by the Shreveport Police Department show Corey Williams under arrest. Defense attorneys are urging the nation’s highest court to throw out a case in which they claim Louisiana…

Emergency officials in Oklahoma, Texas and Kansas are bracing for the start of what’s historically the most active time of year for tornadoes while also facing wildfire threats because of severe drought conditions.

Emergency officials in Oklahoma, Texas and Kansas are bracing for the start of what’s historically the most active time of year for tornadoes while also facing wildfire threats because of severe drought conditions.

Emergency officials in Oklahoma, Texas and Kansas are bracing for the start of what’s historically the most active time of year for tornadoes while also facing wildfire threats because of severe drought conditions.

Emergency officials in Oklahoma, Texas and Kansas are bracing for the start of what’s historically the most active time of year for tornadoes while also facing wildfire threats because of severe drought conditions.

(AP Photo/Alonzo Adams. File). FILE — In this Monday, May 20, 2013 file photo, a tornado moves past homes in Moore, Okla. Emergency officials in Oklahoma, Texas and Kansas are bracing for the start of what’s historically the most active time of year fo…

(AP Photo/Alonzo Adams. File). FILE — In this Monday, May 20, 2013 file photo, a tornado moves past homes in Moore, Okla. Emergency officials in Oklahoma, Texas and Kansas are bracing for the start of what’s historically the most active time of year fo…

Governors may be powerless to deny Trump’s request to send National Guard troops to Mexico border.

Governors may be powerless to deny Trump’s request to send National Guard troops to Mexico border.

Governors may be powerless to deny Trump’s request to send National Guard troops to Mexico border.

Governors may be powerless to deny Trump’s request to send National Guard troops to Mexico border.

(Mark Ylen/Albany Democrat-Herald via AP, File). FILE — In this June 13, 2015, file photo, Oregon Rep. Andy Olson shakes hands with Sgt. Cruz Bryan while formally welcoming back Oregon Army National Guard members during a demobilization ceremony of the…

(Mark Ylen/Albany Democrat-Herald via AP, File). FILE — In this June 13, 2015, file photo, Oregon Rep. Andy Olson shakes hands with Sgt. Cruz Bryan while formally welcoming back Oregon Army National Guard members during a demobilization ceremony of the…

By KIRSTEN GRIESHABERAssociated Press

BERLIN (AP) — A van crashed into a crowd outside a popular bar Saturday in the western German city of Muenster, killing three people and injuring 20 others before the driver of the vehicle killed himself, police said.

Police spokesman Peter Nuessmeyer told The Associated Press that he could not confirm German media reports that the perpetrator was a middle-aged German man who reportedly had psychological issues.

Another police spokesman, Andreas Bode, told reporters the driver shot himself to death in the van after the crash. He said the driver’s identity was not yet known and that it was too early to speculate about his motive.

He said police were checking witness reports that other perpetrators might have fled from the van at the scene of the crash.

Police tweeted that residents should «avoid the area near the Kiepenkerl pub» in the city’s historic downtown area where a large-scale police operation was underway.

Bode said six of the 20 injured were in severe condition. The city’s university hospital called on citizens to donate blood Saturday night to help them.

Police also said they found a suspicious object in the van that they were examining to see if it is dangerous. They told German news agency dpa that was the reason authorities cordoned off such a large area around the crash, which took place at 3:27 p.m. on a warm spring day.

The Sueddeutsche Zeitung newspaper also said the suspect’s apartment was being searched Saturday night for possible explosives.

Muenster, a major university city, has about 300,000 residents and an attractive city center rebuilt after World War II.

German news Television n-tv showed a narrow street sealed off Saturday with red-and-white police tape. Dozens of ambulances were near the cordoned-off downtown area. Helicopters were flying overhead.

The Kiepenkerl is not only one of the city’s best-known traditional pubs, but also the emblem of the city, depicting a traveling salesman with a long pipe in his mouth and a big backpack on his back.

Germany’s top security official said he’s «dismayed by the terrible incident in Muenster» and that city and regional police were working hard to clear up what happened. Interior Minister Horst Seehofer said federal authorities were in close contact with officials in North Rhine-Westphalia state, where Muenster is located.

Lino Baldi, who owns an Italian restaurant in Muenster near the scene of the crash, told Sky TG24 that the city center was packed due to a Saturday market and summer-like temperatures, which had risen to 25 degrees Celsius (77 degrees Fahrenheit) from just 12 degrees (low 50s) a day earlier.

German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier said his thoughts are with the victims and relatives of the crash in Muenster.

«We have to assume this was a serious act of violence,» he said. «My deep sympathy goes to all those who have lost a loved one.»

Geir Moulson and Frank Jordans contributed reporting.

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