American among dead in two attacks

Two separate attacks by Palestinians against Israelis left five people dead, including one American citizen. The first attack occurred in Tel Aviv when a Palestinian man stabbed to death two Israelis. Later, three people were killed, including a U.S. citizen and a Palestinian man, in a drive-by shooting. Local media reported that the American killed was Ezra Schwartz, 18, from Massachusetts.


Severed head left at police station

Military officials have not confirmed the identity of a man whose severed head was left in a bag in front of a police station, but they continue to suspect that it belonged to a kidnapped Malaysian man who was said to have been beheaded by militants. The head, discovered in Jolo, is believed to belong to Bernard Then Ted Fen, 39, an engineer who officials have said was abducted from Malaysia.


Migrants screened by nationalities

Croatia, Macedonia and Serbia have started screening migrants on the basis of nationality and allowing entry only to those from Afghanistan, Iraq or Syria, said the United Nations refugee agency in Geneva. Serbia sent 200 people who were not from those countries back to Macedonia. Macedonia has started screening at its border with Greece, and Croatia is now screening arrivals at its border with Serbia.


Former cop guilty in driver's beating

A white former police officer, William Melendez, was found guilty of assault and misconduct in the beating of a black driver, Floyd Dent, during a traffic stop that was captured on video. Police stopped Dent in the Detroit suburb of Inkster for disregarding a stop sign, and dashboard camera video from a police vehicle showed Melendez punching him 16 times in the head. Inkster paid $1.4 million to Dent.

Washington, D.C.

Settlement reached in civil rights case

The District government will pay $16 million to settle a federal civil rights lawsuit after a jury found that police framed Donald Gates, an innocent man who served 27 years in prison for a 1981 rape and murder. A jury found that detectives fabricated a confession and withheld other evidence. Gates was exonerated through DNA testing and freed in 2009.


LAX approves posh lounge for VIPs

A proposal to build a posh private lounge at Los Angeles International Airport for glitterati was approved in a move that officials hope will reduce disturbances by paparazzi and autograph seekers. The Board of Airport Commissioners voted unanimously in favor of the facility. For fees as high as $1,800 per trip, travelers would be able to drive into a secure area, avoiding the main terminals. Shuttles would take them to their passenger gates.

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