Convicted spies are swapped with Russia

Russia and Estonia exchanged two prisoners who had been convicted of espionage, carrying out the swap on a bridge at a border post between the countries. The Russian Federal Security Bureau said that Eston Kohver, who last month was sentenced to 15 years in a Russian prison for spying, was handed over to Estonian authorities in exchange for Alexei Dressen, a former Estonian security officer who was serving a 16-year sentence in Estonia for giving state secrets to Russia.


Legal action planned in hajj stampede

Iran vowed to take international legal action against Saudi Arabia's rulers over the crush of Muslim pilgrims at this year's hajj, which killed at least 769 people, including 136 Iranians, and led to an escalation of tensions between the archrivals. Shiite Iran has accused Sunni Saudi Arabia of mismanaging the pilgrimage.


Arrests made in fatal stoning attack

Israeli authorities arrested four Palestinian youths who were allegedly involved in a fatal stone throwing attack. Four east Jerusalem residents between the ages of 16 and 19 were arrested after they re-enacted the attack that killed Alexander Levlovitz.


Beaches reopen after waste cleanup

Two Los Angeles beaches, Dockweiler State Beach and adjacent El Segundo Beach, reopened after being closed when hypodermic needles, condoms and tampon applicators washed ashore. Excessive bacteria levels were found in the water and crews collected 200 pounds of waste. Officials believe it was discharged from a pipeline belonging to a city-owned treatment plant.


Doctor guilty of massive overbilling

A federal jury in Cleveland convicted cardiologist Harold Persaud of ordering unnecessary medical tests, performing unnecessary procedures and submitting fraudulent bills totaling $7.2 million.

New Jersey

Rapper injured in motorcycle crash

Rapper Fetty Wap has been injured in a motorcycle crash in Paterson. Police said the 25-year-old Wap was being treated at a hospital for undisclosed injuries after his motorcycle collided with a car. His injuries were not considered life-threatening.


Youngest Marathon victim honored

A life-size sculpture of the youngest victim of the Boston Marathon bombings was unveiled at Bridgewater State University. The sculpture of 8-year-old Martin Richard is artist Victoria Guerina's take on an image of Martin holding a poster he made that read, "No more hurting people. … Peace."

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