White supremacist guilty of killing 3
A white supremacist was convicted of capital murder Monday in the shooting deaths of three people a year ago at a Jewish community center and an assisted-living facility in suburban Kansas City. Jurors deliberated for two hours before convicting Frazier Glenn Miller Jr., 74, a former Ku Klux Klan leader with a history of racist and anti-Semitic actions. He could receive the death penalty. Miller admitted to the shootings in court but said he had acted in defense of the white race.
Federal workers set to get 1.3% pay hike
Federal employees are on track for a 1.3 percent pay raise in January, following a decision by President Obama to set that figure by default if Congress does nothing. A letter sent to Congress last week stating that intent is a required routine step when Congress has not set a raise for the upcoming year by the end of August. It prevents what would be a much higher raise from being paid under the complex laws governing federal pay raises should no raise number be enacted into law by the end of the year.
Ex Virginia governor is free for now
Former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell will not have to go to prison while the U.S. Supreme Court considers whether to review his public corruption convictions, the justices ruled. The brief order overturned a lower court's decision that would have required McDonnell to report to prison soon to begin serving his two-year sentence. McDonnell has until early November to file a petition asking the Supreme Court to consider his case.
First lady is ally of Minnesota dentist
Dr. Walter Palmer, the Eden Prairie big-game hunter who is feeling the heat for killing a prized lion in Zimbabwe with a bow and arrow, has an ally in the first lady of the African nation. Grace Mugabe said everyone should back off because Palmer did not know the prominence of the lion he was killing. According to the state-operated ZBC, the wife of President Robert Mugabe told a rally in northern Zimbabwe that "the people of Zimbabwe who allowed [Palmer] to kill the lion are to blame." Palmer has yet to be charged; Zimbabwe wants him extradited.
Court orders British journalists arrested
A Turkish court charged two journalists and their assistant with "aiding a terrorist organization" and ordered them arrested pending trial. Their employer has called the charges "baseless and alarmingly false." The two British journalists and their Turkey-based assistant were detained while reporting from Diyarbakir, the main city in Turkey's mainly Kurdish southeast.
Ancient Temple of Bel ruined, U.N. confirms
After a day of conflicting reports about the extent of damage that militants had inflicted on the Temple of Bel in the ancient city of Palmyra, Syria, a United Nations agency confirmed Monday the structure had been largely destroyed. Satellite images released by the U.N. training and research agency UNITAR in Geneva showed the main temple building and a row of columns had been flattened. The explosion Sunday was the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant's second attack on the world-renowned ruins in a week. The first was the destruction of the nearby Temple of Baalshamin.