Ethanol warehouse explodes in port city
A warehouse explosion rocked the Chinese port city of Tianjin on Monday night, only two months after a series of blasts at a chemical storage facility in the city killed more than 100 people and injured nearly 800. There were no deaths or injuries reported in this blast, which occurred at a 5,300-square-foot warehouse storing ethanol, according to the Chinese news website Sohu.
Court orders Mubarak sons freed from jail
A Cairo court ordered the release of the jailed adult sons of Hosni Mubarak, the former president of Egypt, who was forced from office in 2011, Egyptian state media reported. The sons, Alaa and Gamal Mubarak, were convicted in May, along with their father, on charges of siphoning off millions of dollars in public funds for personal use. The sons were given three-year prison sentences. The court ruled that, taking into account time when they were detained before trial, their sentences had been served.
Brown signs motor-voter legislation
Gov. Jerry Brown has signed legislation designed to increase electoral participation by automatically registering eligible state voters when they obtain a driver's license. The law — which allows Californians to opt out of registering at the Department of Motor Vehicles — was the most prominent of more than a dozen bills relating to elections that Brown signed. It puts California at the forefront of efforts across the country to increase voting at a time when many states have added new hurdles, like voter identification laws.
Police tase black council member
A 26-year-old black City Council member was stunned with a Taser and arrested in Prairie View, prompting the mayor to convene a special City Council meeting with the police chief in the same college town where Sandra Bland's arrest and jail-cell death ignited national controversy. The meeting was called after council members demanded more information about the incident, including an explanation of body camera video that shows police confronting Councilman Jonathan Miller.
Off-duty cop shot in dispute with neighbor
A man with a felony record has been charged with possession of a firearm in connection with the fatal shooting of an off-duty Memphis police officer. Lorenzo Clark, 36, was charged in the shooting death of Terence Olridge, 31, who had been on the Memphis Police Department just a little over a year. He is the second city police officer to die in a shooting in less than three months. Memphis police spokesman Louis Brownlee said Olridge and Clark were involved in an argument that escalated into a shootout in the suburb of Cordova. The two men were neighbors.