Illinois

Police: Dad's gang ties led to death

Chicago Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy said that 9-year-old Tyshawn Lee was targeted because of his father's gang ties, lured into an alley Monday and executed. Speaking at the South Side alley where Tyshawn was shot multiple times, McCarthy called the slaying "probably the most abhorrent, cowardly, unfathomable crime" he had seen in his 35 years in law enforcement. McCarthy said the father, Pierre Stokes, is not cooperating with police.

Michigan

Muslim majority in City Council

Hamtramck, a historically Polish-Catholic enclave near Detroit, has elected a Muslim-majority City Council, believed to be the first in the nation. On Tuesday, the city elected six City Council members, four of Muslim faith. Hamtramck's Muslim population has grown steadily because of immigration.

California

University assailant acted alone

A freshman student who stabbed four people at a California university acted alone and had no connections to terrorist groups, authorities said. Faisal Mohammad, 18, burst into his class at the University of California, Merced, and attacked a student with a knife Wednesday, then stabbed three others, including a construction worker credited with preventing Mohammad from killing anyone, before police shot him dead.

Maine

Toddler survives rampage

A 3-year-old girl was the only survivor of a shooting rampage in which a gunman killed the youngster's parents and his girlfriend before taking his own life in Oakland, police said. The girl was in the custody of her grandmother as state police detectives sought to determine what caused the deadly outburst.

Israel

Official apologizes for insults

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's newly appointed spokesman apologized for a series of insulting comments about President Obama and Secretary of State John Kerry, days before his boss heads to Washington. The apology from Ran Baratz cast a cloud over Monday's visit. Netanyahu and Obama have had a chilly relationship, and the meeting is meant to repair ties after their repeated clashes over the nuclear deal with Iran. In old Facebook posts, Baratz called Obama anti-Semitic and said Kerry cannot be taken seriously.

Belgium

3 million migrants expected

The European Union, based in Brussels, predicted that as many as 3 million more migrants could enter the 28-member bloc by the end of next year, suggesting the staggering pace of new arrivals shows no sign of abating. So far this year, more than 760,000 people have entered the continent seeking refuge or jobs.

South Sudan

Two survive cargo plane crash

A 13-month-old baby and a man were the only survivors of a cargo plane that crashed soon after taking off Wednesday from a South Sudan airport, killing 37 people, relatives said. Stephen Warikozi, who heads South Sudan's Civil Aviation Authority, said the plane was not authorized to carry passengers.

Haiti

Orphanage closed amid inquiry

Authorities closed an orphanage for boys that was founded three decades ago by a U.S. citizen who faces accusations that he sexually abused children in his care. Police padlocked the doors at the St. Joseph Home for Boys in Port-au-Prince. Investigators looking into allegations against orphanage founder Michael Geilenfeld have been unable to locate the Iowa native and former Catholic brother.

Guatemala

Age of consent is raised

Guatemala's congress voted to raise the minimum legal age for marriage to 18. It had been 14 for girls and 16 for boys. The change had been urged by rights groups to prevent child trafficking and teen pregnancies.

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