Washington, D.C.

FAA issues drone rules

Federal officials say they will allow operators to fly small drones over people and at night, potentially giving a boost to commercial use of the machines. Most drones will need to be equipped so they can be identified remotely by law enforcement officials. The final rules announced Monday by the Federal Aviation Administration "get us closer to the day when we will more routinely see drone operations such as the delivery of packages," said FAA Administrator Stephen Dickson.

Illinois

Shooting suspect may suffer from PTSD

An attorney for a U.S. Army special forces sergeant arrested in what authorities called an apparently random shooting at an Illinois bowling alley that left three people dead told an initial hearing Monday that her client may suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder. Duke Webb, 37, faces three counts of murder and three counts of first-degree attempted murder in the shooting at Don Carter Lanes, in Rockford, on Saturday evening. Webb had four deployments to Afghanistan, the most recent one ending in July. His lawyer, Elizabeth Bucko, also told the Winnebago County hearing that he will undergo mental health evaluations. The judge denied bond for Webb. His arraignment was set for Feb. 16.

Britain

Businesses warned of bumpy Brexit ride

First came the Brexit trade deal. Now comes the red tape and the institutional nitty-gritty. Four days after sealing a free trade deal with the European Union, the British government warned businesses Monday to get ready for disruptions and "bumpy moments" when the new rules take effect on Thursday night. Firms are scrambling to digest the details and implications of the 1,240-page deal sealed by the E.U. and the U.K. on Christmas Eve, just a week before the year-end deadline. Ambassadors from the 27 E.U. nations, meanwhile, gave their unanimous approval to the deal on Monday.

China

Knife attack kills 7 outside bathhouse

At least seven people were killed and another seven injured in a knife attack in northeastern China, state media reported. The attack in the city of Kaiyuan in Liaoning Province was carried out outside a sauna and bathhouse. The suspect, identified by the media by his surname Yang, was arrested while the motive for the attack remains unknown. Chinese law restricts the sale and possession of firearms, and mass attacks are generally carried out with knives or homemade explosives.

Arrest made in billionaire's poisoning death

Police in Shanghai say they have detained a suspect in the death by possible poisoning of the billionaire founder of a Chinese video game company that makes films based on the popular science fiction novel "The Three-Body Problem." Lin Qi, 39, died on Christmas Day after being hospitalized, according to his company, Yoozoo Games Co., also known as Youzu Interactive. Police said a 39-year-old co-worker, identified only by the surname Xu, was detained. The victim was hospitalized Dec. 17 and diagnosed with possible poisoning.

Saudi Arabia

Women's rights activist sentenced

One of Saudi Arabia's most prominent women's rights activists was sentenced Monday to nearly six years in prison under a vague and broadly worded counterterrorism law. The ruling nearly brings to a close a case that has drawn international criticism and the ire of U.S. lawmakers. Louvain al-Hathloul had already been in pretrial detention and has endured several stretches of solitary confinement. Her continued imprisonment is likely to be a point of contention in relations between the kingdom and the incoming presidency of Joe Biden.

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