Man pleads guilty to firing on White House
An Idaho man pleaded guilty to opening fire on the White House in November 2011. No one was injured, but two members of President Obama’s family were in residence when Oscar Ortega-Hernandez, 22, began shooting, court documents said. He admitted firing eight rounds from a semiautomatic assault rifle into the second and third floors. He had been set to go to trial on charges that included attempted assassination of the president. Instead, he pleaded guilty to using a firearm during a crime of violence and putting “lives in jeopardy.” He faces up to 27 years in prison.
GOP: No accountability in Benghazi attack
Senior House Republicans accused the State Department of not holding senior officials accountable for security failures that contributed to the attack on the U.S. diplomatic mission in Benghazi, Libya, last year in which four Americans were killed. “No State Department personnel have been fired or even disciplined,” said Rep. Ed Royce, R-Calif. “No one has missed a paycheck.” His comments opened the first of three hearings this week that the House Republican leadership has scheduled.
Two held in Madison campus shooting
Students at the University of Wisconsin-Madison were told to stay indoors after a report of a shot fired. No injuries were reported. Campus police said it was not an “active shooter” situation but a search for a suspect. Madison police detained two suspects — an 18-year-old man and a 17-year-old, both from Madison — but they have not been arrested.
Political prisoners are unexpectedly freed
On the eve of a visit by Iran’s moderate president to the United States, authorities unexpectedly freed 11 of Iran’s most prominent political prisoners, including Nasrin Sotoudeh, a human rights lawyer. Analysts said the prisoner release was a significant step in Hassan Rowhani’s efforts to repair Iran’s relationship with the West, which has been mired in a dispute over Iran’s nuclear program and criticism of its human rights policies. His visit to New York to attend the U.N. General Assembly is part of a diplomatic offensive he began after his election in June.
Officials kill at least 12 in raid on ‘terror’
Security forces in China’s far western Xinjiang region last month shot and killed at least 12 men and wounded 20 others during a raid on what the authorities described as a “terrorist facility,” Radio Free Asia reported. The incident took place more than three weeks ago in a small village near the city of Kashgar, but details only emerged in recent days. The episode comes at a time of escalating tension between authorities and ethnic Uighurs, who have long complained of restrictive policies.