New Hampshire

Prep graduate cleared of rape

A graduate of an exclusive New England prep school was cleared of rape but convicted of lesser sex offenses against a 15-year-old freshman girl in a case that exposed a tradition in which seniors competed to see how many younger students they could have sex with. A jury of nine men and three women took eight hours to reach its verdict in the case against Owen Labrie, who was accused of forcing himself on the girl at St. Paul's School in Concord two days before he graduated last year. Labrie could get as much as 11 years in prison at sentencing Oct. 29.

Washington, D.C.

Obama reassures Israel on Iran deal

President Obama compared tensions between the U.S. and Israel over the Iranian nuclear deal to a family feud and said he expects quick improvements in ties between the longtime allies once the accord is implemented. "Like all families, sometimes there are going to be disagreements," Obama said in a webcast with Jewish Americans. Lawmakers will vote next month on a resolution to disapprove of the deal.


Minimum wage increase approved

The minimum wage in St. Louis would rise to $11 per hour by 2018 under a newly approved measure. The bill, which the St. Louis Board of Aldermen passed and Mayor Francis Slay later signed, was a compromise. An earlier proposal sought to raise the minimum wage to $13 by 2020. St. Louis joins several other major U.S. cities in setting its own wage minimum. The federal rate is $7.25. Missouri's minimum wage is $7.65.


Inmate has Legionnaires'

A San Quentin State Prison inmate was hospitalized with Legionnaires' Disease and about 30 others have symptoms, prompting authorities to shut off water at the facility and bring in portable toilets, bottled water and large water tanks to serve thousands of inmates and employees, officials said. Two other inmates also were hospitalized with symptoms, and officials were awaiting tests on whether any of the inmates with symptoms also have the potentially deadly disease.


Government shares power with Kurds

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan approved an interim government, which allowed pro-Kurdish party lawmakers to take up ministerial posts for the first time in the country's history. Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu was assigned to form a caretaker government for Turkey until a Nov. 1 snap election. Davutoglu's Justice and Development Party lost its parliamentary majority in an election June 7 and was unable to find a junior coalition partner.


Protests demand leader's exit

Activists are putting pressure on embattled Prime Minister Najib Razak to resign, with major street rallies this weekend following allegations of suspicious money transfers into his accounts. Najib has been fighting for political survival after leaked documents in July showed he received some $700 million from entities linked to an indebted state fund.

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