Louisiana

Suspect in officer killing is arrested

After an intense 24-hour manhunt, New Orleans police arrested a man believed to have shot and killed a police officer while wearing handcuffs as he was being transported to jail. Travis Boys, 33, was still wearing his broken handcuffs when a rookie officer and his trainer apprehended him after they spotted him trying to board a city bus Sunday morning, said police Superintendent Michael Harrison. Authorities took Boys to a hospital for treatment of apparent dehydration, Harrison said.

Connecticut

Cigna rejects $47B offer from Anthem

Health insurer Cigna has rejected a $47 billion offer to be acquired by its larger rival, Anthem. Cigna's board says the proposal is inadequate and not in the interests of its shareholders, according to a letter released by Connecticut-based Cigna. The letter outlined several objections to the deal. Anthem has had talks with Cigna about a deal since last year. After failing to reach agreement on earlier proposals, Indianapolis-based Anthem went public with its latest offer on Saturday.

Michigan

Clues sparse in fatal block party shooting

A wall of silence surrounded a shootout at a block party in Detroit that left a 19-year-old gunman dead and 11 other people wounded, police Chief James Craig said. Officers are seeking two men believed to have exchanged gunfire with the victim, Malik Jones, at a barbecue about 8:30 p.m. Saturday. So far, he said, witnesses and the injured haven't been much help. Residents have been reluctant to cooperate because of concerns they may put themselves at risk, the chief said.

Germany

Al-Jazeera journalist to remain in custody

A prominent Al-Jazeera journalist will remain in German custody for a second night, prosecutors said, adding they have not yet decided whether to extradite him to Egypt or set him free. Ahmed Mansour's lawyer, Fazli Altin, called for the journalist's immediate release, saying that Germany was getting involved in a politically tainted case. Mansour, 52, a well-known journalist with the Qatar-based broadcaster's Arabic service, was detained at Berlin's Tegel airport on Saturday on an Egyptian arrest ­warrant, his lawyers said.

Spain

Team rescues caver injured in 20-foot fall

Emergency services in Spain's Catalonia region successfully rescued a caver from deep underground on Sunday after deploying a team of 40 experts. A phone call Saturday alerted firefighters to the emergency inside the Cuberes cave. A 45-year-old caver had fallen 20 feet in an underground space some 2 miles from the cave entrance. Once rescued, the caver — who suffered back injuries — was flown to a hospital.

Syria

ISIL plants explosives in ancient ruins

Members of the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant have planted explosives in the ruins of the ancient central Syrian city of Palmyra, a monitoring group said. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said it was not clear whether the terrorists were preparing to blow up the ancient desert city, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, or simply intended to impede any counteroffensive by government forces.

Afghanistan

Government takes back Yamgan district

Afghan troops retook control of the northeastern district of Yamgan after three weeks of clashes with Taliban rebels, as rebels in the north took a key district in Kunduz Province, officials said. The rebels had been in control of the Yamgan district in the northeastern province of Badakhshan since June 6, but authorities said Sunday they were finally able to push them out. Meanwhile, Afghan troops launched a counteroffensive against Taliban rebels in the Chahar Dara district of the northern Kunduz Province.

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