Lion kills guide in park where Cecil lived

A tour guide died after being mauled by a lion in the same park where Cecil, a well-known lion, was killed by a Minnesota dentist. Camp Hwange Zimbabwe confirmed on its Facebook page the death of Quinn Swales, saying that Swales, 40, had been attacked by a male lion while leading a group on a walking safari. The Zimbabwe Parks and Wildlife Management Authority said that the attack occurred after Swales tracked a pride of lions. A lion named Nxaha jumped at Swales, and "all efforts to save Quinn were in vain," the ministry said.


ISIL may have used mustard gas last week

Doctors and an aid group said that the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant appears to have used mustard gas during an attack last week. The incident on Friday involved dozens of mortar rounds that struck a village called Marea, where the militant group is battling other armed opponents of the Syrian government. The Syrian American Medical Society said it treated 50 people with signs of exposure to chemical agents.


Filmmaker sentenced for terrorism

A Russian military court sentenced a Ukrainian filmmaker, Oleg Sentsov, to 20 years in a prison camp after convicting him of terrorism in the Crimean Peninsula after its annexation by Russia last year. Sentsov was found guilty of creating a terrorist group, carrying out two terrorist acts and plotting another that involved blowing up a statue of Lenin in Crimea's capital, Simferopol. Sentsov was active in protests against the pro-Kremlin government of Viktor Yanukovych, who was toppled as Ukraine's president in February 2014.


White House intruder killed by deputy

The Coatesville man arrested in March for climbing over a White House wall was shot and killed by a deputy sheriff at the Chester County courthouse after he came in wielding a knife and slashed another deputy sheriff, police said. Curtis Smith, 34, slashed a deputy sheriff in his hand and arm, police said. Another deputy sheriff then shot Smith.

New Jersey

Court upholds ban on sports gambling

A ban on sports gambling at New Jersey's casinos and racetracks will remain in place after a federal appeals court again rejected Gov. Chris Christie's bid to lift it. A state statute repealing a ban on sports betting can't circumvent a 1992 federal law barring such activity in all but Nevada and three other states, the U.S. Court of Appeals in Philadelphia ruled.


Tropical storm heads into Caribbean

Tropical Storm Erika is expected to steadily grow as it bears down on the Caribbean and could become a hurricane in four days, National Hurricane Center forecasters in Miami said. The storm should arrive in the Leeward Islands by Wednesday night or early Thursday.

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