Planned Parenthood clinic reopens

The Planned Parenthood clinic attacked in November by a gunman professing anti-abortion views reopened Monday with a packed schedule of patients. Two protesters stood nearby, holding signs and accusing the organization of harming women and killing babies. Three people died Nov. 27 when an assailant opened fire at the clinic in Colorado Springs. In court, Robert L. Dear Jr. has said he is guilty.


Storms damage school with students in class

Storms, including suspected tornadoes, caused damage in at least 20 Mississippi counties. Thunderstorms in the central and southern parts of the state damaged buildings including a K-12 school in Wesson where students were attending class. No students were injured. More than 18,000 power customers lacked electricity at midafternoon, with outages most heavily concentrated in Copiah and Simpson counties.


Gun violence is unabated in Chicago

Six people were killed and at least 14 others were wounded in shootings in Chicago during the weekend as the level of gun violence in the city so far this year remains well above that of recent years. Shootings in 2016 are more than double the same period in 2015, according to data kept by the Chicago Tribune. Killings are up 130 percent. As of Sunday, at least 365 people have been shot in Chicago this year and at least 85 of them have been killed.


Laser forces N.Y. flight to return to Heathrow

Virgin Atlantic Airways is working with investigators to try to identify the source of a laser beam that forced a New York-bound flight to return to London. The airline said that the crew decided to return to Heathrow rather than make the trans-Atlantic crossing. Passengers were offered overnight accommodation. Lasers can cause a temporary loss of sight that persists even after the light is moved.


Former leader begins prison sentence

Former Prime Minister Ehud Olmert began a 19-month prison sentence for bribery and obstruction of justice, defiantly proclaiming his innocence in a farewell video as he became the first Israeli premier to be placed behind bars.

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