Illinois

Hunger screening by doctors encouraged

The American Academy of Pediatrics, based in Elk Grove, urged pediatricians to screen all patients for food insecurity and to refer parents to appropriate agencies so children do not go hungry. Sixteen million children live in homes where there is consistently not enough food, according to the Department of Agriculture. Those children get sick more often, have poorer overall health and are hospitalized more frequently than peers who are adequately nourished.

 

Oklahoma

Soldier killed in Iraq combat identified

The first U.S. soldier to die in combat in Iraq against the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant was identified as a 20-year Army veteran and Oklahoma native who had been deployed 11 times to Iraq and Afghanistan since 2004. Master Sgt. Joshua L. Wheeler, 39, was killed during a hostage rescue mission near Kirkuk. Defense Secretary Ash Carter said Wheeler heroically inserted himself into a firefight to defend Kurdish soldiers, even though the Kurds were supposed to do the fighting. About 70 people, including 20 Iraqi forces, were freed.

Arizona

Execution drug imported illegally

Compounding a severe shortage of execution drugs, federal authorities seized shipments of a lethal-injection chemical that Arizona and Texas tried to import. Sodium thiopental is unapproved for injection in humans, the Food and Drug Administration said.

 

Tennessee

One dead in campus shooting after fight

One man was killed and three women were wounded in a shooting after a fight over a dice game on the campus of Tennessee State University. The shooter fled the scene.

Pakistan

Suicide bombing kills 16 in procession

A suicide bomber targeted a Shiite religious procession in Jacobabad, killing 16 and wounding 35 others, police said. Many of the wounded, including seven children, were in critical condition at the city’s main hospital.

 

Israel

End to age limit eases tensions at shrine

Muslim prayers at a major Jerusalem shrine, the epicenter of recent violence, ended peacefully after Israel lifted age limits on worshipers in a bid to ease tensions.

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