Mississippi

Shots fired again at military base

Investigators questioned a person of interest after shots were fired a second consecutive day near a military facility in Hattiesburg, officials said. There were no reported injuries. Soldiers training at the Camp Shelby Joint Forces Training Center reported shots fired into the air.

 

Washington, D.C.

Obama to push paid sick leave

The Obama administration has drafted an executive order forcing any company that contracts with the federal government to give paid leave to employees who are sick, seeking medical attention or need to care for a sick relative.

 

New York

Roosevelt tops $10 bill poll

Eleanor Roosevelt is the front-runner for the new face of the $10 bill, according to a new Marist poll. She was favored by 27 percent. Abolitionist Harriet Tubman was the second choice with 17 percent. Sacagawea, the Shoshone woman who served as a guide for the Lewis and Clark expedition, got 13 percent. The U.S. Treasury announced in June that a woman would replace Alexander Hamilton on the bill.

 

California

L.A. County jail oversight set

After disclosures of routine prisoner abuse by the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, a settlement was announced with the Justice Department in which the county will submit to a sweeping overhaul of its jail system. The settlement will impose court oversight on the nation’s largest jail system for at least a year.

Libya

Migrant boat capsizes, killing 25

Some 400 migrants were rescued and 25 bodies recovered after a fishing boat capsized in the Mediterranean Sea north of Libya. Survivors said that between 400 and 600 people were on board the smugglers’ boat when it capsized.

 

India

Train derailments kill at least 29

At least 29 people were killed when two trains derailed at a flooded river crossing in central India, and rescuers were still searching for survivors. Officials estimated that as many as 600 people were aboard the two trains. Although the trains did not collide, at least 12 cars came off the tracks and fell onto their sides.

 

Malaysia

Kerry asks China to ease tensions

With tensions mounting over China’s land reclamation projects in disputed South China Sea waters, Secretary of State John Kerry urged his Chinese counterpart to halt “problematic actions.” Kerry met with China’s foreign minister, Wang Yi, at a meeting of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations. China is building radar towers and airstrips on reefs.

 

Britain

Preacher accused of aiding ISIL

The radical preacher Anjem Choudary, some of whose followers joined the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant, was charged by the British authorities with inciting support for the organization. He is accused of advocating on behalf of ISIL in lectures that were published online.

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