Illinois

Police officer's death was suicide

The fatal shooting of a Fox Lake police lieutenant set off a broad manhunt, but the officer, Charles Gliniewicz, died by suicide, officials said more than two months after his death. The death "was a carefully staged suicide," said Cmdr. George Filenko of the Lake County Major Crime Task Force. He said Gliniewicz wanted to cover up years of stealing and laundering money from a youth program.

California

Five people stabbed on campus

A male student stabbed five people as students headed to class at a rural university campus before police shot and killed him. All the victims attacked at the University of California, Merced, were conscious when help reached them. Officials did not identify the assailant.

Arrest made in attack on hero

Sacramento police arrested a man in the stabbing last month of U.S. Airman Spencer Stone, one of three Americans who helped thwart an attack on a Paris-bound train in August. Stone, 23, was stabbed multiple times during a fight Oct. 8 after he had left a club. The district attorney's office said it will seek attempted murder charges against James Tran, 28.

Washington, D.C.

NASA is looking for astronauts

NASA announced that it is seeking new astronauts. Beginning Dec. 14, people can apply to be in the next training class — a group who could be part of missions like the first trip to Mars. Applicants need a bachelor's degree in science, math, engineering, or other technology field and either three years of related experience or 1,000 hours of time piloting a jet aircraft.

Kentucky

Police officer shot after mugging

A Richmond police officer was shot in the head and suffered life-threatening injuries while searching for a man who tried to mug a woman in the parking lot of a downtown gas station. His name and condition were not released. A second officer returned fire and shot the suspect, who was also injured and hospitalized.

Kansas

Unruly passenger faces charges

A disruptive passenger who caused American Airlines to divert a flight from Phoenix to New York to Wichita will likely face federal charges, prosecutors said. Law enforcement met Flight 622 at the Wichita airport on Tuesday night and took the passenger into custody.

South Sudan

Cargo plane crash kills 36 people

A cargo plane carrying an added load of people crashed along the banks of the Nile River after taking off from Juba. The crash killed 36 people and left an infant clinging to life, authorities said. The Soviet-made Antonov plane was registered in Tajikistan.

Mexico

Court signals path to legal pot

The Mexican Supreme Court opened the door to legalizing marijuana, delivering a pointed challenge to the nation's strict substance abuse laws and adding its weight to the growing debate in Latin America over the costs and consequences of the war against drugs. The vote by the court's criminal chamber declared that individuals should have the right to grow and distribute marijuana for their personal use.

Israel

Palestinian violence continues

Israel police said a Palestinian was shot and killed after he rammed his vehicle into an officer in the West Bank. Police said the officer was seriously wounded. It's the latest incident in weeks of almost daily Palestinian attacks. Eleven Israelis have died, mostly in stabbing attacks, while 70 Palestinians have been killed.

Indonesia

Volcano strands thousands

A volcanic eruption has stranded thousands of airline passengers on the island of Bali and led to the cancellation of hundreds of flights in and out of the popular resort, with no relief in sight. Mount Rinjani on the neighboring island of Lombok began erupting Tuesday.

Maldives

State of emergency declared

President Abdulla Yameen declared a state of emergency that sharply curtails citizens' rights for 30 days following an explosion on his speedboat and the discoveries of a homemade bomb near his residence and a weapons cache. Under the state of emergency, the military and police are able to enter and search homes without warrants and can make arrests virtually at will.

Pakistan

Factory collapse kills at least 16

At least 18 people were killed and dozens wounded when a factory undergoing expansion collapsed into rubble in an industrial park near Lahore. Seventy laborers were pulled out from the debris alive, rescue workers said, but about 100 were still believed to be trapped.

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