A U.S. law enforcement official later said one American has died in the hostage standoff. The official, speaking on condition of anonymity, identified the man as Frederick Buttaccio, a Texas resident. His remains have been recovered and his family notified, the official said, but it was unclear when or how he died. The death was first reported by the Associated Press. (Washington Post, via Drudge)
Reminder: The United States gave at least $3 million to Algeria last year, according to Fox News, and plans to give the same in 2013. See interative map here for all US proposed foreign aid.