Subway spokesman to accept plea deal
Subway pitchman Jared Fogle is expected to plead guilty to child-pornography charges, an Indianapolis TV station reported. He is expected to accept a plea deal on Wednesday, the station said. The report came six weeks after authorities seized electronics and other items from Fogle's home in Zionsville. The 37-year-old Fogle became a Subway pitchman more than 15 years ago after shedding more than 200 pounds as a college student, in part by eating the chain's sandwiches. Subway suspended its relationship with Fogle after the raid.
Not-guilty plea in corruption case
U.S. Rep. Chaka Fattah pleaded not guilty in his first court appearance on federal racketeering conspiracy charges. The 11-term Philadelphia Democrat repeatedly told U.S. Magistrate Judge Timothy Rice that he was innocent. Fattah is accused of paying off an illegal $1 million campaign loan with public money.
White House hires first transgender aide
The White House has appointed its first openly transgender staff member. Raffi Freedman-Gurspan was hired as an outreach and recruitment director in the White House Office of Presidential Personnel.
Push for right-to-die law is renewed
Lawmakers announced that they are making a new push to allow terminally ill patients to legally end their lives after opposition from religious groups and hesitance from fellow Democrats helped stall efforts earlier this year. The bill would allow doctors to prescribe life-ending drugs.
Landowner charged in lion killing case
Zimbabwe has charged a man on whose land the well-known Cecil the lion was shot by Minnesota dentist Walter James Palmer in July. Charges have not been filed against Palmer, but prosecutors accused Honest Ndlovu, whose property is near the vast Hwange National Park in western Zimbabwe, of allowing an illegal hunt on his land. Ndlovu allowed Palmer to shoot Cecil with a bow and arrow without a permit for a lion hunt on his farm, which is separated from the park by a railway track. Ndlovu is free on $200 bail and the case has been postponed to Sept. 18. The charge carries a one-year jail term or $400 fine. Police have not provided the documentation needed to extradite Palmer, officials said.