Two of three American hostages released

Two of three American hostages who were detained for months by rebels in Yemen's capital were freed Sunday with the assistance of the sultan of Oman, who helped negotiate a plan to fly them out of the country, U.S. officials said. The men were flown to Muscat, the capital of Oman, which has forged a close relationship with the United States. Their condition was not known. One of the men had been previously identified as Scott Darden, 45, an employee of a Louisiana-based logistics company. The other is Sam Farran, 54, a security consultant from Michigan. One Briton and two Saudi nationals were also released.


Long-awaited constitution is approved

Nepal formally adopted a much-anticipated and long-delayed constitution that took more than seven years to complete following a decade of political infighting. Security was stepped up across the nation, with smaller political parties and ethnic groups opposed to the new charter issuing fresh threats of violence.


White House staffer killed in bike crash

A White House staff member was killed in Howard County, Md., while taking part in a bicycle ride to raise money to combat cancer. Police said Jacob Thomas Brewer, 34, of Alexandria, Va., died in the Mount Airy area Saturday afternoon when his bicycle went out of control at a sharp curve. It crossed the double yellow line and collided with an oncoming vehicle. Brewer was a senior policy adviser in the Office of the Chief Technology Officer.


Church shooting wounds 3, including pastor

A man walked into Sunday services at the Oasis Tabernacle Church in East Selma, Ala., and opened fire, shooting his 24-year-old girlfriend and their infant son and then the pastor. Police said all three were in stable condition in a hospital in Birmingham. "The pastor was trying to wrestle the gun from him — the pastor was being a good Samaritan," said Michael W. Jackson, Dallas County district attorney. James Junior Minter, 26, was charged with three counts of attempted murder, police said. Jackson said the shooting appeared to have stemmed from a domestic dispute.

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