Louisiana

Veteran police officer killed by prisoner

A veteran New Orleans police officer was shot and killed while transporting a suspect to the city jail, authorities said. The suspect escaped. The New Orleans Police Department said Officer Daryle Holloway was shot while transporting the suspect, who managed to get his handcuffed hands from behind his back to the front, grab a firearm and shoot the officer. The police vehicle then crashed and the suspect, Travis Boys, fled. Medical teams found Holloway in the front seat of the vehicle with an apparent gunshot wound. He was taken to a hospital, where he died.

Texas

Harsh truancy rules are eliminated

A long-standing law that sent about 100,000 students a year to criminal court — and some to jail — for missing school is off the books. Gov. Greg Abbott signed into law a measure to decriminalize unexcused absences. It takes effect Sept. 1. Reform advocates say the threat of a fine — up to $500 plus court costs — and a criminal record wasn't keeping children in school.

Oregon

Habitat restoration project heads to court

A massive federal habitat restoration effort in the Columbia River Basin has spent more than $700 million on breaching levies, restoring tidal channels and reconnecting flood plains to boost salmon and steelhead populations. Restoration projects have reopened more than 2,800 miles of habitat, but critics say relying heavily on habitat improvements is not enough to restore wild fish runs and take them off the endangered species list. The plan will be debated in front of a judge Tuesday.

North Carolina

Dog reunited with family after 6 years

A Hope Mills family has been reunited with a pet that had been missing for six years. A good Samaritan had found a white boxer named Bam by the side of a road and turned it over to Fayetteville Animal Control. Animal control tracked down the Westons through information placed on a microchip attached to the dog. Animal control authorities tracked the Westons to Hope Mills. Eighteen-year-old K.C. Weston said the family was heartbroken when Bam didn't come home six years ago.

Afghanistan

Roadside bomb blast kills at least 12

A powerful roadside bomb exploded in southern Afghanistan, killing at least 12 civilians. Nabi Jan Mullahkhail, Helmand Province's police chief, said at least 12 bodies were brought to a hospital, while the blast wounded eight people. No one immediately claimed responsibility for the blast. The Taliban plant roadside bombs to target Afghan security forces, though the bombs often explode as civilian vehicles pass by.

Portugal

Pilots warned about flocks of pigeons

Airplane pilots have been advised to fly with special care after 70,000 homing pigeons were released in Spain to participate in a race back to their homes in Portugal. Portugal's national civil aviation authority issued a warning after consulting with the Federation of Pigeon Fanciers, which had traveled to the Valencia, Spain, with trucks towing trailers specially equipped to release the birds all at once. The authority asked pilots to be vigilant when flying below 2,000 feet in Portugal's airspace.

Britain

Skydiver with faulty parachute rescued

A military stunt team member whose chute failed to open properly owes a big thank you to a teammate who grabbed his parachute and got them both to a safe landing. The Red Devils display team was performing at the Whitehaven Airshow in northwestern England. Spectators watched aghast as one of the men flailed in the air before his teammate rescued him. The parachutists landed in water and were rescued.

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