Ohio

Arrest made in U.S. Capitol bombing plot

A man who plotted to attack the U.S. Capitol and kill government officials inside it and spoke of his desire to support the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant has been arrested, the FBI said. A criminal complaint filed in U.S. District Court in Ohio charged Christopher Lee Cornell with attempting to kill officers and employees of the United States. Cornell, 20, also known as Raheel Mahrus Ubaydah, was arrested as he took control of a firearm during an undercover FBI operation in southwestern Ohio. The public was never in danger, said John Barrios, acting special agent in charge of the FBI's Cincinnati division.

Massachusetts

Delay in Boston bombing trial denied

A federal judge in Boston refused to delay the trial of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, the defendant in the Boston Marathon bombings, after defense lawyers cited the parallels between the bombings and last week's terrorist attacks in France. Judge George O'Toole Jr. of U.S. District Court said that questionnaires filled out by prospective jurors "confirmed, rather than undermined, my judgment that a fair and impartial jury can and will be chosen." Defense lawyers had asked that jury selection be suspended for one month.

Washington, D.C.

Health care sign-ups climb to 6.8 million

With a month to go in the 2015 open enrollment season, the Obama administration said sign-ups under the president's health care law are edging higher. The Health and Human Services Department said at least 163,000 people signed up last week for subsidized private health insurance. That brings the total to nearly 6.8 million people in 37 states where the federal government runs health insurance markets. The federal count doesn't include states that run their own exchanges. The administration expects a surge near the Feb. 15 deadline.

Oklahoma

Death row inmates petition high court

Four inmates on Oklahoma's death row, including one scheduled to be executed on Thursday, have asked the U.S. Supreme Court to overturn a federal appeals court ruling that approved the state's choice of execution drugs. The documents argue that the three-drug mixture is unacceptable because it cannot reliably produce "a deep, comalike unconsciousness." After an intravenous line failed on April 29, 2014, Oklahoma inmate Clayton Lockett writhed and gasped for 43 minutes until he died.

Sri Lanka

Pope Francis visits Buddhist temple

Pope Francis has become the second pope to visit a Buddhist temple, changing his schedule at the last minute to show his respects. St. John Paul II visited a Buddhist temple during a 1984 trip to Thailand. Francis was invited by the head of the Mahabodhi Society, a Buddhist organization, to visit the Agrashravaka Temple. A Vatican spokesman said Francis didn't pray at the temple, but listened as the monks sang.

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