Washington, D.C.

Newborn panda twin dies at National Zoo

The National Zoo said that the smaller of the two panda cubs born over the weekend has died. The cub’s health had been in jeopardy for several days after its mother, Mei Xiang, refused to give up the larger of the two cubs to care for it. The larger cub is “strong, robust, behaving normally,” the zoo said.



Theater shooter formally sentenced to life

James Holmes was an angry quitter who gave up on life and turned his hatred into the murders of 12 people in a movie theater, the judge said before formally sentencing him to life in prison. “It is almost impossible to comprehend how a human being is capable of such acts,” Judge Carlos Samour Jr. said.



Wanted: Architect for Obama’s library

The foundation that is planning the Barack Obama Presidential Center in Chicago will cast a global net in its search for an architect, asking designers from the United States and overseas to compete for the commission. Officials asked architects to submit credentials, references and examples of work by Sept. 16.



Mormons to retain links to Boy Scouts

The Mormon church — the nation’s largest sponsor of Boy Scout units — is keeping its affiliation with the organization despite its decision to allow gay troop leaders. Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints officials received assurances that they can appoint troop leaders according to their religious and moral values. Mormon leaders had said they were deeply troubled after the Boy Scouts announced on July 28 that it would lift the ban.



Clinton takes responsibility for e-mail use

Hillary Rodham Clinton said that she understood why people had questions about her decision to use only private e-mail while she was secretary of state and that she took responsibility for that decision, a shift from her past remarks about an issue that has dogged her since shortly before she began her presidential campaign. Her remarks in Ankeny came as Clinton has faced growing criticism for making light of her e-mail use.



Officer shot while responding to house call

A police officer was shot and killed when he responded to a call from a house where three women had been stabbed, one of them fatally, in Sunset, La., said St. Landry Parish Sheriff Bobby Guidroz. Before his arrest, suspect Harrison Lee Riley Jr., 35, barricaded himself inside and told police he was ready to fight, Guidroz said. Officer Henry Nelson, 51, was the second Louisiana police officer killed in four days and the fifth in four months.



Migrant crisis quantified by authorities

More than 200,000 migrants have reached Greece’s eastern Aegean islands this year, with half of them arriving in the past two months, Minister Thodoris Dritsas said. Cash-strapped Greece has been overwhelmed by an influx of refugees, most of whom fled war-torn Syria and are seeking E.U. protection.


South Korea

Talks with North could include sanctions

South Korea said it could resume suspended talks with North Korea, including the lifting of economic sanctions, as tensions ease this week. North Korea had raised the issue of the sanctions during three days of high-level negotiations last weekend. The talks were called to defuse tensions sparked when a land mine exploded in the demilitarized zone on Aug. 4.

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