Romania

Nightclub explosion leaves at least 27 dead

An explosion and ensuing flames on a stage at a Bucharest nightclub left 27 people dead and 180 hospitalized. Witnesses said that there were between 300 to 400 people at the club when a metal band was performing and a "pyrotechnical show" went awry. People panicked and rushed for exits.

Britain

Guantanamo detainee free after 13 years

Shaker Aamer, whose detention at the Guantanamo Bay prison in Cuba attracted the attention of political leaders and rock stars, was freed after 13 years in captivity. Aamer, a Saudi citizen and British resident, flew to London. Military officials have portrayed Aamer as a dangerous Islamist leader, while human rights advocates see him as a falsely accused victim.

Missouri

Church arsons were not hate crimes

Authorities charged a 35-year-old black St. Louis man with arson following fires at two predominantly black churches earlier this month, and federal investigators said they no longer believe the incidents were hate crimes. David Lopez Jackson was charged with second-degree arson in the Oct. 17 fires at Ebenezer Lutheran Church and New Life Missionary Baptist Church. The blazes were among seven in the area.

California

Water conservation violations prompt fines

The city of Beverly Hills and three other water suppliers face fines for falling short of state water conservation mandates. Californians cut their urban water use in September by 26.1 percent compared with the same month in 2013. In addition to Beverly Hills, the cities of Indio and Redlands and the Coachella Valley Water District were fined $61,000.

Washington, D.C.

White House tries to block e-mails' release

The White House will try to block the release of a handful of e-mails between President Obama and former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, citing long-standing precedent invoked by presidents to keep their communications confidential. The State Department discovered the e-mails as part of its effort to release the former secretary's e-mails. Obama's correspondence was forwarded for review to the White House, which decided against releasing them.

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