One man injured in mall shooting

A 19-year-old man was hospitalized after being struck in the leg by gunfire at East Towne Mall in Madison. Police said that several men were involved in a disturbance in the middle of the mall when one pulled out a handgun and fired. Police evacuated the mall.

Washington, D.C.

Federal employees get 1.3 percent raise

President Obama finalized a pay raise for federal employees in January. Obama issued an order making the 1.3 percent raise effective for most federal employees as of the first full pay period of the new year, which starts Jan. 10 for most.


Incentives approved for electric carmaker

Lawmakers approved a $335 million incentive package to attract upstart electric carmaker Faraday Future's billion-dollar factory to a hard-hit Las Vegas suburb, even though the company has yet to unveil a concept car. Legislators learned last week that Chinese billionaire Jia Yueting was backing the secretive company and that it plans to bring 4,500 jobs to the state.


Election results prompt violence

Several government buildings were set ablaze and one demonstrator was killed in violent protests ignited by the release of final legislative election results. Clashes between political factions broke out in several towns, though Port-au-Prince and most other areas of the country were peaceful.


Olive trees spared from destruction

Prosecutors in Italy's south issued a no-cull order for some of the region's olive trees, saying there's no clear evidence that they are infected with bacteria. Prosecutors in Lecce, a town in Puglia, said that a rapid drying-out afflicting some olive trees isn't being caused by the xylella fastidiosa bacterium. A day earlier, they had issued orders sparing such trees from being chopped down. Alarm over the bacterium prompted France to boycott vegetables from Puglia.

South Korea

Protests target President Park

Thousands of South Koreans marched in Seoul on Saturday to protest the arrest of a labor union leader who may face a rarely used sedition charge over the eruption of violence at an earlier anti-government protest. The demonstration was the latest in a series of mass protests in recent months of conservative President Park Geun-hye.


Siamese cat wins online mayoral poll

Residents of Barnaul want a cat to be their next mayor. The Siberian city of 650,000 people will get a new mayor this week when a commission chooses from among six human candidates. But in an informal online poll, residents said they preferred a siamese cat named Barsik. It got more than 90 percent of the vote.

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