South Carolina

Officials say weather caused church fire

Investigators said that weather caused a destructive blaze at a predominantly black church in South Carolina. The State Law Enforcement Division said that investigators found no evidence of criminal intent in the fire at Mount Zion African Methodist Episcopal Church in Greeleyville, about 50 miles north of the “Mother Emanuel” church in Charleston where nine people were killed June 17. The last of the nine victims of the Charleston shooting to be eulogized was remembered as a man known by the nickname “Super,” who lived his life with a driving force to serve his fellow men and his God. Family members, religious colleagues and school friends packed the pews at the Bethel AME church in Columbia for the funeral of the Rev. Daniel Simmons Sr., 74.



Evacuations ordered after derailment

A CSX Corp. train carrying flammable, toxic gas derailed and caught fire near Maryville, causing the evacuation of 5,000 people and disrupting rail traffic. Ten law enforcement officials were taken to the hospital after breathing the fumes.



Court says fracking lawsuit can proceed

Oklahoma’s Supreme Court said New Dominion can be sued for damage caused by an earthquake that a woman blames on disposal wells tied to fracking in what may be the first such case to head to a jury trial. Sandra Ladra sued New Dominion and Spess Oil Co. for injuries suffered in November 2011, when a 5.0 magnitude earthquake struck near her home in central Oklahoma.


Washington, D.C.

Navy Yard shooting alert was false alarm

Investigators found no evidence of a shooting after the Washington Navy Yard went on lockdown because someone reported shots fired in the same building where a gunman killed 12 workers in a rampage two years ago. D.C. police said that someone had called from inside a Navy Yard building to report possible gunfire.



Pilot error cited in February crash

A pilot described by colleagues as nervous and hasty mistakenly throttled down a still-running engine following a glitch with the other engine in an airline crash that killed 43 people in Taiwan in February, flight safety officials said.



Ugandans accused of ISIL recruiting

Kenyan authorities are holding two Ugandan men who are accused of recruiting for the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant. The Kenya Anti-Terrorism Police Unit is holding the brothers it believes were working with a syndicate recruiting for ISIL militants.



U.N. peacekeepers killed in attack

Six United Nations peacekeepers were killed and five wounded in an attack on their convoy. The Mali mission is one of the deadliest for the U.N., with 42 peacekeepers killed and 166 wounded since it was established in April 2013.


South Africa

Leopard mauls safari guide in wildlife park

A leopard mauled a guide in an attack on an open tourist safari vehicle in Kruger National Park as the guide and his passengers watched a leopard about 6 feet from their vehicle, the park said. The guide was treated for wounds on his arm.

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