New Hampshire

Sanders gains on Clinton in new poll

A poll released Sunday showed a significant boost for Bernie Sanders in New Hampshire, where the senator from Vermont now leads Hillary Rodham Clinton. The NBC/Marist poll has Sanders at 41 percent and Clinton at 32 percent, while Vice President Joe Biden — who is considering whether to run for president — is at 16 percent. Among likely Democratic voters in New Hampshire, which holds the first presidential primary, support for Sanders has increased 9 percentage points since the last NBC/Marist poll, in July. Clinton's support fell 10 percentage points from July.

Illinois

Dismembered body found in lagoon

Detectives searched a lagoon in a Chicago urban park where a toddler's dismembered feet and hand were discovered, hoping to find more clues about the young victim's identity. The search began Saturday after someone reported seeing what turned out to be a left foot floating in the lagoon. Officers later found a decomposed right foot and a hand about 25 yards away, police said. Investigators say the victim was likely 2 to 4 years old.

California

Search resumes for entangled blue whale

Whale watch boats and the Coast Guard searched off Southern California for a blue whale entangled in hundreds of feet of fishing line. Federal marine officials said that they are seeking assistance from boaters and pilots who may spot the 80-foot mammal. The whale hasn't been seen since rough seas forced rescuers to abandon efforts Friday to cut the animal free. They managed to attach a buoy to make the whale easier to spot.

Kentucky

Clerk appeals judge's decision to jail her

A Kentucky county clerk has appealed a judge's decision to put her in jail for refusing to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples. Attorneys for Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis officially appealed the ruling to the 6th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals on Sunday. The three page motion does not include arguments as to why Davis should be released but amends Davis' earlier appeal of the judge's order. Davis objects to same-sex marriage for religious reasons and stopped issuing all marriage licenses in June after the U.S. Supreme Court legalized gay marriage nationwide.

South Korea

Fishing boat capsizes, 10 dead, 8 missing

Ten people died and eight others were believed to be missing after a boat carrying passengers on a fishing trip capsized off South Korea's southern coast. Three people were rescued and flown to a hospital. Dozens of ships searched the area for survivors. The 9.8-ton boat, Dolphin, lost communication with another boat on Saturday and was found Sunday north of the resort island of Jeju. A survivor said the boat quickly capsized after being caught by nets for fish farms.

Thailand

Army-backed council rejects constitution

Thailand's military junta extended its rule by at least seven months when its hand-picked reform council rejected a constitution written by its own drafting committee. The vote was described by some commentators as political theater and contributed to what appears to be growing cynicism in Thailand toward the military's reign. The vote was 135-105 against the constitution. The junta will appoint another body to start the process of writing a new constitution, a process that keeps the military in power into 2016.

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