President recovering after brain surgery
Doctors removed a blood clot pressuring the right side of President Cristina Fernandez’s brain, relieving pressure that had been giving her headaches and numbness. Doctors said she was “evolving favorably.” She was diagnosed with “chronic subdural hematoma,” or fluid trapped between the skull and brain. As people age, it can happen with a head injury so mild that they don’t remember it.
Cleric gets 8 years in daughter’s rape, death
An official Saudi news website says a prominent Muslim preacher has been sentenced to eight years in prison and 800 lashes for raping and beating his 5-year-old daughter to death in 2012. Fayhan al-Ghamdi reportedly was not given a harsher sentence because Lama’s mother accepted 1 million riyals, roughly $267,000, from her ex-husband during litigation in the case, as “blood money” allowed under Saudi law.
S. Korea: North has restarted nuke reactor
South Korea’s intelligence agency confirmed that North Korea has restarted a nuclear reactor that the country had used to obtain plutonium fuel for bombs, legislators said. North Korea has given no confirmation.
Boston bus strike surprises parents and city
School bus drivers took parents and officials by surprise with a work stoppage that left thousands of the city’s 33,000 schoolchildren stranded at home or at bus stops. Drivers said they were protesting working conditions changed by its new transit partner.