Washington. D.C.

U.S. OKs selling Saudis smart bombs

The Obama administration has approved a $1.3 billion sale of bombing munitions to Saudi Arabia as its air force strikes rebel targets in Yemen. A statement says the deal "replenishes" weapons stocks that are being depleted in Saudi counterterrorism operations. Congress has been notified, initiating a 30-day delay period. The U.N. and human rights groups have criticized the Saudi-led campaign in Yemen for killing innocent civilians.

D.C. standoff near White House ends

Police apprehended a person who had been barricaded in a Washington office building near the White House, ending a nearly 11-hour standoff that had shut down traffic in downtown during the Monday morning rush hour. The streets around the intersection of 19th and K in the city's northwest were closed for a time. Police prevented thousands of people who were trying to walk to work from getting to their offices, leaving them stranded on the streets.


Tests show governor is cancer-free

Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan announced Monday that medical scans show no sign of the cancer he was diagnosed with five months ago, indicating that 18 weeks of intensive chemotherapy have put the disease into remission. Doctors will continue to monitor Hogan regularly for signs of a recurrence. But at this point, the test results are the best possible news for the first-term governor, who has been battling non-Hodgkin's lymphoma.


Six slain at campsite; suspect charged

Six people were killed at a Texas campsite and a suspect has been arrested and charged in the weekend homicides. Anderson County authorities said the bodies were found in a rural area southeast of Dallas. William Hudson, 33, is charged with one murder count and is being held on $2.5 million bond. The bodies of a man and a woman were found Sunday in a travel trailer at a campsite next to the suspect's residence. Four men were found dead Monday in a pond on the suspect's property.


Opposition leader stripped of immunity

Cambodian opposition leader Sam Rainsy was stripped of his lawmaker status and parliamentary immunity, paving the way for his arrest in connection with a defamation case that the opposition says is politically motivated. Rainsy, who was on a visit to South Korea, announced in a Facebook post that he would not fly home Monday evening as scheduled, but that he planned to return "in the next few days."

West Bank

Deal reached to reopen border crossing

A senior Palestinian official says the Palestinian Authority has reached an agreement with Egypt to reopen the Gaza Strip's main border crossing, bypassing the territory's Hamas rulers. Azzam al-Ahmad, an aide to Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, said Monday the deal was recently reached in Cairo. He said it aims to open the Rafah crossing "to the maximum possible" to allow the movement of students, laborers, medical patients and even commercial goods. Such a deal could bring great relief to Gaza, the borders of which are largely sealed by an Israeli and Egyptian blockade.

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