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U.S., Cuba to resume mail service

The United States and Cuba said that they will re-establish direct mail service for the first time in more than a half-century. The State Department and the Cuban embassy in Washington said the agreement was reached during discussions in Miami. It calls for a pilot program to provide mail flights between the U.S. and Cuba, rather than routing mail through a third country as has been done for decades.



Grandmother helped stop rapist

A “serial rapist with a badge” who faces years in prison for raping black women on his police beat was caught because of the courage of a grandmother he sexually assaulted, her lawyer said. “He just picked the wrong lady,” said Jannie Ligons. Daniel Holtzlaw was convicted of assaulting 13 women before he was fired from the Oklahoma City Police Department.



Defense rests in first Gray case

The defense rested in the case against Baltimore police officer William G. Porter, the first of six officers expected to stand trial in the April death of Freddie Gray in police custody. Closing arguments are set for Monday. On the final day of testimony, a police captain testified that it was the van driver transporting Gray who was responsible for getting him medical aid, not Porter, who is on trial for manslaughter.



New evidence in biker shootout

Four of the nine people killed in a melee between biker gangs outside a Waco restaurant in May were struck by the same rifle fired by police. Ballistics reports show that four of the dead and at least one of the wounded were struck with bullets from that type of weapon.



Ex-deputy indicted in shootings

A former deputy was indicted in two separate fatal shootings — one an on-duty killing involving a fleeing driver and the second an off-duty slaying of his neighbor. Joel Jenkins was indicted in Waverly on murder charges.



Museum reports $900,000 theft

An employee selling memberships at the door of Chicago’s Field Museum of Natural History pocketed $900,000 in cash over seven years and is being investigated by federal authorities. Disclosure of the theft was made in a federally mandated tax report filed this month.


Kerry to meet with Russia’s Putin

Secretary of State John Kerry will go to Moscow on Tuesday for talks with Russian President Vladimir Putin, U.S. officials said in Paris. They’ll discuss the war in Syria amid concerns about an effort to get rebels and opposition groups to negotiate with the government. Kerry also plans to raise the situation in Ukraine.



Terrorism suspect arrested

Spain announced the arrest of a suspect wanted by the United States in connection with terrorism activities, including a failed attempt to kill a Swedish cartoonist who had depicted the prophet Mohammed with a dog’s body. Ali Charaf Damache was arrested in Barcelona. The U.S. has been seeking his extradition.



Brawl erupts in parliament

A fight broke out in Ukraine’s parliament that was of unusual ferocity, even by the standards of the chamber, where fistfights are common. Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk had been answering questions at the rostrum when Oleg Barna, a member of parliament, approached carrying a bouquet of roses, then tried to lift and carry off the prime minister.



Bike ride honors ailing king

Thailand’s crown prince led tens of thousands of cyclists on an 18-mile ride through Bangkok to honor his father, King Bhumibol Adulyadej, whose declining health is a matter of national concern. The event came a week after Bhumibol’s 88th birthday. Some 100,000 people signed up for the ride.



Phone hacking inquiry ends

Prosecutors said they will take no further action in their phone hacking investigation, ending a four-year inquiry that shook the country and shed light on the tabloid news media, its sometimes unsavory methods and its proximity to the highest echelons of power. A dozen people were prosecuted and nine were convicted.



At least 15 dead in attacks

In coordinated attacks, gunmen stormed three military installations, killing at least 15 people as explosions rocked Bujumbura. Unidentified attackers wearing civilian clothing hit two military installations in the capital and one in the countryside.

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