Detained man is not prime suspect

A man questioned in a string of Phoenix freeway shootings is not the prime suspect and investigators are pressing ahead with leads in a case that has left the city on edge for two weeks. A 19-year-old man who was detained Friday is a person of interest, but Department of Public Safety spokesman Bart Graves declined to say what led police to question him. Drivers have been unnerved since the 11 confirmed shootings began Aug. 29.



Mom charged after kids found in cave

A 24-year-old mother was in custody after her two young children were found barefoot, dirty and living in a wooden shipping crate in an underground cave on the eastern edge of Kansas City. Brittany Mugrauer was charged with two counts of felony child endangerment. Jackson County detectives discovered the 4- and 6-year-old children in the 8-by-10-foot crate.



Gay-marriage lawyers seek fees

Attorneys who brought the Ohio lawsuit that led to a Supreme Court decision legalizing same-sex marriage want a judge to approve their request for more than $1 million in legal fees and expenses from the state. The attorneys say the request is reasonable because of the difficulty of the case and the importance of the issue. The Cincinnati lawyers represented James Obergefell, who sued Ohio’s health director for refusing to list him as the surviving spouse on his husband’s death certificate.



Stowaway found dead in landing gear

Dutch authorities discovered the body of a stowaway in the landing gear of a plane from Africa that landed at Amsterdam’s Schiphol airport. Military police spokesman Dennis Muller declined to name the country or city it left from or the airline.



Latest cease-fire holds, talks next

A renewed cease-fire in eastern Ukraine has held for more than 10 days, creating the possibility that political talks can move forward to resolve the conflict, said Lamberto Zannier, the head of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe. Despite a cease-fire declared in February, both Ukrainian troops and the Russia-backed separatists carried out regular artillery strikes until they pledged anew to implement the truce on Sept. 1.



Conservative appeals for votes on Sept. 20

Conservative Evangelos Meimarakis called on Greeks to give him the chance to form a government with his New Democracy party. Meimarakis said that “voters cannot gamble away” the “last chance” in the Sept. 20 election to save the country from the policies of the leftist government of former Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras. Tsipras called an early election after securing a bailout from Greece’s lenders.

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