Court ends secret Walker inquiry

Presidential candidate Scott Walker won a major legal victory when Wisconsin's Supreme Court ended a secret investigation into whether the Republican's gubernatorial campaign illegally coordinated with conservative groups during the 2012 recall election. No one has been charged in the so-called John Doe probe, but questions about the investigation have dogged Walker for months.

New York

Planned Parenthood issues apology

Planned Parenthood responded to the furor over an undercover video alleging the sale of fetal parts with an explanatory video and an apology. Cecile Richards, president of the Planned Parenthood Federation of America, explained the group's fetal tissue donations and apologized for a staffer videotaped by an anti-abortion group. Georgia, Indiana and Ohio ordered investigations of the group's facilities in their states. Texas and the U.S. House had already launched inquiries.

South Carolina

Confederate symbols won't be removed

The South Carolina House will not consider changing or removing other public monuments in the wake of the removal of the Confederate flag from the Capitol grounds last week, Speaker Jay Lucas said. Lucas said lawmakers made it abundantly clear during the Confederate flag debate that its fate was the only issue they were willing to discuss.


U.S. drone strike kills Al-Shabab extremists

A senior commander and other members of the Islamic extremist group Al-Shabab were killed in a U.S. drone strike. The attack near the rebel-held town of Bardhere was planned by U.S. and African Union forces. The joint force was moving toward the town when rebels advanced. A U.S. drone fired, killing and wounding a number of rebels. One of the dead was Al-Shabab commander Ismael Jabhad.


Extremists claim attack on navy ship

An affiliate of the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant claimed responsibility for a missile attack on an Egyptian navy vessel, raising concerns that the jihadists can now threaten the country's strategic waterways. The militants said they used a guided missile to hit the ship off the shore of Egypt's restive Sinai Peninsula.


Monk is cremated despite protests

Authorities in southwest China cremated the body of a prominent Tibetan monk who died in prison last week, ignoring the pleas of relatives, religious leaders and thousands of supporters who had demanded that they be allowed to carry out funeral rites integral to Tibetan Buddhism. Relatives of the monk, Tenzin Delek Rinpoche, 65, said prison officials brushed aside their requests. The move likely to exacerbate protests.

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