Washington, D.C.

Hillary Clinton e-mails are missing

The State Department cannot find in its records all or part of 15 work-related e-mails from Hillary Rodham Clinton's private server that were released this week by a House panel investigating the 2012 attack in Benghazi, Libya. The e-mails all predate the Sept. 11 assault on the U.S. diplomatic facility and include scant words written by Clinton herself, the officials said. They consist of more in a series of would-be intelligence reports passed to her by longtime political confidant Sidney Blumenthal, the officials said. The fact that the State Department says it can't find them surely will raise new questions about Clinton's use of a personal e-mail account and server while secretary of state and whether she has provided the agency all of her work-related correspondence, as she claims.


Hundreds mourn slain police officer

Police officers from around the country turned out for a slain Cincinnati officer's funeral, where city officials, family and colleagues spoke of his devotion to duty and love for his family and his city. Hundreds of people packed Xavier University's Cintas Center to honor 48-year-old Officer Sonny Kim. Police said the 27-year veteran was killed June 19 by an armed suspect who had made 911 calls and was seeking "suicide by cop." The suspect was killed by police. City Manager Harry Black called Kim a "true hero" and a model police officer.


Nine are killed in remote plane crash

Officials on Friday plan to resume recovery efforts at a remote site in southeast Alaska where a sightseeing plane crashed, killing all nine people aboard. Chris John, with the Ketchikan Volunteer Rescue Squad, said recovery crews plan to access the crash site on an 800-foot cliff above a lake by helicopter and fixed-wing aircraft. They will have to hike over muddy terrain to reach the location. The plane is sitting at a steep angle.


Melting snow leads to river deaths

Rapidly melting snow is sending Colorado's rivers tumbling from the mountains, so far claiming the lives of at least 11 people. It's also prompting some rafting companies to seek calmer rapids and stock extra safety gear. Last year, 17 people died in boating accidents, surpassing Colorado's average of 10 a year. But the deaths haven't dampened the attraction of the state's white-water rafting industry, which drew about half a million people last year and had an economic impact of $160.1 million. The deaths this year include nine kayakers and rafters, a man tubing near Pueblo and a fisherman swept away in Boulder Creek.


Officials discuss next diplomatic steps

A bipartisan delegation of U.S. senators is in Cuba to meet with top government officials and others to discuss the ongoing rapprochement between the two countries. Democratic Sen. Patrick Leahy of Vermont is leading the group, which also includes fellow Democrat Ben Cardin of Maryland and Republican Dean Heller of Nevada. They are scheduled to meet Friday with Cuban Vice President Miguel Diaz-Canel. The United States and Cuba announced on Dec. 17 that they would restore diplomatic ties that were severed more than 50 years ago. The delegation also will meet with religious leaders and others in Havana and Santiago.

Vatican City

Pope to meet with inmates, migrants

Pope Francis will meet with inmates in a Philadelphia prison gym, poor migrants at a Washington church — where he may serve them lunch — and disadvantaged youth at an East Harlem elementary school, according to a working itinerary of his visit this fall to the United States. The itinerary for the trip — the pope's first to the United States — is not final.


Suicide bombing hits Kurdish city

Syria's official news agency and activists said a suicide bombing targeted a security building in the mostly Kurdish city of Hassakeh. The agency said there were casualties but gave no figures. The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said at least 20 troops were killed and the Criminal Security department building was badly damaged.


China still building artificial islands

China is pressing ahead with the construction of artificial islands on at least two reefs that are also claimed by the Philippines in an increasingly tense territorial dispute, Filipino officials said, despite Beijing's promise that some work would end soon. Mayor Eugenio Bito-onon of Kalayaan said he saw construction in full swing last week.

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