Reid sues exercise equipment company
Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid and his wife, Landra, are suing the manufacturer of the exercise band he was using that slipped or snapped during a workout, leading to the Nevada Democrat’s eye injury. According to court documents, Reid alleges the injury resulted from a faulty exercise resistance band, causing more than $50,000 in damages.
Brown signs aggressive climate-change bill
Gov. Jerry Brown dramatically increased California’s climate-change goals, committing the state to use renewable energy for half its electricity and make existing buildings twice as energy-efficient in just 15 years. California already has some of the world’s toughest air-quality standards, and set a mandate in 2006 to derive a third of its electricity from renewable sources such as solar, wind and geothermal by 2020.
High court weighs death-penalty case
The Supreme Court seemed likely to rule against three Kansas men who challenged their death sentences in what one justice called “some of the most horrendous murders” he’s ever seen. The justices were critical of the Kansas Supreme Court, which overturned the sentences of the men, including two brothers convicted in a murderous crime spree known as the “Wichita massacre,” on the basis the juries should have been told that certain factors weighing against a death sentence did not have to be proved beyond a reasonable doubt.
Nation on edge as violence continues
Palestinian assailants carried out a series of stabbings across Israel, jolting an anxious country unnerved by weeks of unrest as clashes between Israeli forces and Palestinian demonstrators raged across the West Bank. The violence forced Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to call off a visit to Germany and prompted him to tell the nation to be on “alert” for trouble. Israeli forces shot two of the attackers, killing one, while a third was arrested. No Israelis were seriously hurt.
At least 16 killed in suicide bombings
At least 16 people died after two teenage suicide bombers blew themselves up in a mosque and a store in a housing estate in northeastern Nigeria, the head of the region’s emergency services said. The attack came around the same time as a battle at an army barracks in Yobe state, also in the country’s northeast, that left more than 100 Boko Haram militants dead.
Houthi rebels agree to stop fighting
Shiite rebels in Yemen have agreed to stop fighting, the United Nations said, and now a U.N. envoy is going to see how Yemen’s government will respond. A U.N. spokesman said the Houthis accepted a resolution that calls for an end to violence, withdrawal of their forces from all areas they have seized, and a halt to undermining the nation’s political transition.