Washington, D.C.

Border Patrol's use of force declines

Border Patrol officers used force less frequently in the past year, even as assaults against them increased slightly. New guidelines on weapons were announced earlier this year. The use of pepper-ball guns, Tasers and batons was down 27 percent, from 1,008 incidents in fiscal year 2014 to 740 in 2015, according to U.S. Customs and Border Protection.


Two firefighters die in wall collapse

Kansas City lost two veteran firefighters when the wall of a burning apartment building collapsed. Fire Chief Paul Berardi identified the dead as Larry J. Leggio, a 17-year veteran, and John V. Mesh, a 13-year veteran. Two other firefighters were injured. Firefighters rescued two people from the building.


Legislation would allow guns on campuses

People with concealed weapon licenses would be allowed to carry guns inside the buildings and classrooms of Wisconsin's public universities and colleges under a bill introduced by two legislators. The bill would revoke an exception to the concealed carry law that allows weapons bans at technical colleges and the University of Wisconsin System.


Work permit revoked for Marine base

A long-running dispute over the proposed relocation of a Marine Corps air base entered new territory after the governor of Okinawa revoked permission for construction work at the site. The decision, which central government officials said they would appeal, is the latest setback for the 20-year effort.

South Korea

Use of government history books defended

President Park Geun-hye defended her decision to teach children history with government-issued textbooks, arguing that the move was meant to prevent the country from being dominated by a foreign power. "If we don't try to inculcate the students with historical convictions and pride, we may be culturally and historically subjugated," she said.


Palestinian lone wolf attacks escalate

At least four Israelis were killed and 22 others injured in a chain of attacks that signaled a sharp escalation in ongoing violence. Two Palestinian assailants were shot dead. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called an urgent meeting of his security Cabinet to discuss efforts to protect the public.


New anti-terrorism measure proposed

The government proposed making people as young as 14 subject to a measure under which a court can impose restrictions on movements or communications. The proposal came after a 15-year-old boy shot and killed a police accountant, an attack that's being investigated as an act of terrorism.

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