Judges strike down district redrawing
A panel of three federal judges said Monday that the Wisconsin Legislature's 2011 redrawing of state Assembly districts to favor Republicans was an unconstitutional partisan gerrymander, the first such ruling in three decades of pitched legal battles over the issue. Federal courts have struck down gerrymanders on racial grounds, but not on the grounds that they unfairly advantage a political party — the more common form of gerrymandering. The case could now go directly to the U.S. Supreme Court.
Idaho man survives crash and 50-foot fall
An Idaho man not only survived being hit by a car on an icy interstate bridge but also a 50-foot fall into a river and a swim through its frigid waters with a badly broken leg. Steven Arrasmith, 34, said the image of his 7-month-old son kept him swimming for shore through the Snake River's strong current in the dark. He finally reached an island near the Oregon-Idaho border and awaited rescuers, unable to pull his legs and feet out of the water because of his broken left leg.
New Yellowstone mining claims halted
Federal officials moved to block new mining claims at the doorstep of Yellowstone National Park, the latest push by the Obama administration to protect environmentally sensitive areas during its final months in office. Mining claims would be prohibited on about 30,000 acres of U.S. Forest Service land near the park's northern entrance in Montana. The prohibition will remain in effect for two years while officials gather public comment and evaluate whether to designate the area off limits to new claims for an additional 20 years.
Death toll in rail crash rises to 146
The death toll from India's worst train accident in years rose to 146 on Monday after rescuers used cranes to lift the last of the twisted metal wreckage to check for bodies underneath. About 2,000 workers were clearing the tracks and checking for damage to the rail line in hopes of resuming traffic through one of India's busiest railway junctions. The government called for an investigation into what caused the derailment, promising to punish anyone found responsible.
Suicide bomber kills at least 30 in mosque
A suicide bomber slipped into a crowded Shiite mosque in Kabul and blew himself up during a prayer ceremony, killing at least 30 people and wounding scores in the latest attack claimed by ISIL on Afghanistan's Shiite minority. The midday attack occurred in the Baqir-ul Ulum mosque and cultural center in a Shiite district in western Kabul during a ceremony marking the end of the traditional 40-day mourning period since Ashura, one of the holiest days in the Shiite calendar.
Seven arrested in suspected terror plot
Seven men who French authorities say were planning a terrorist attack have been arrested in France, the government announced, sounding an alert about the continuing threat from terrorism barely a year after the attacks that killed 130 people in and around Paris. The arrests followed an eight-month investigation led by France's domestic intelligence service.