Al-Shabab car bomb kills journalist

A Somali journalist working for the country's state-run broadcaster was killed in a car bombing claimed by the Islamist militant group Al-Shabab. Hindia Haji Mohamed was driving in Mogadishu when a bomb hidden in her vehicle detonated, police said. She was the widow of another journalist who was killed in an attack in Mogadishu in 2012. In the past five years, 25 journalists have been killed in Somalia, according to the Committee to Protect Journalists.


Political battle over judges intensifies

Poland's Constitutional Tribunal ruled that three out of five judges appointed to the court by the previous, liberal ruling party were legally nominated, throwing into chaos the new conservative ruling party's attempts to replace them. The ruling came hours after President Andrzej Duda confirmed four new judges. The issue has led to an escalating political confrontation.


Extremists arrested in fatal arson attack

Israel announced the arrests of several Jewish extremists with possible connections to an arson attack that killed a Palestinian toddler and his parents in July — moving closer to solving a case that has enraged Palestinians and been a key factor fueling a two-month wave of Israeli-Palestinian violence. The developments came as two Palestinians were shot and killed following separate attacks on Israelis.

West Virginia

Coal executive guilty of safety violations

Donald L. Blankenship, a titan of the nation's coal industry whose approach to business was scrutinized and scorned after 29 workers were killed at the Upper Big Branch mine in 2010 — the deadliest U.S. mining accident in decades — was convicted of a federal charge of conspiring to violate mine safety standards. The verdict made Blankenship, 65, the most prominent American coal executive ever to be convicted of a charge connected to miners' deaths.


Two killed in Army helicopter crash

Two Army pilots were killed when their helicopter crashed near Fort Campbell. The two crew members were flying an AH-64D Apache during a routine training mission when the helicopter went down, according the Army's 101st Airborne Division. The helicopter was on fire when found.


Mayor reverses stance on inquiry

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel backpedaled on his opposition to a possible U.S. Justice Department review of Chicago's police tactics, issuing a statement saying he is now open to such an investigation. Emanuel's reversal came after Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign indicated that she would call for a federal investigation of the Chicago Police Department.

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