Wisconsin

Walker to challenge Obama gun policies

Gov. Scott Walker said that he's ready to challenge President Obama's new push to regulate gun sales. The governor said he has asked state Attorney General Brad Schimel, a fellow Republican, to look into the president's attempt to bypass Congress and use his executive authority to try to require more criminal background checks on gun sales.

Texas

Trooper in Bland case charged with perjury

A state trooper who arrested Sandra Bland after a traffic stop last summer was fired after being charged with perjury for allegedly lying about his confrontation with the black woman who died three days later in jail. Trooper Brian Encinia claimed in an affidavit that Bland was "combative and uncooperative" after he pulled her over. The grand jury identified that affidavit in charging Encinia with perjury.

Washington, D.C.

Central Command chief named

President Obama will nominate Gen. Joseph L. Votel, the head of Special Operations Command, to replace Gen. Lloyd J. Austin as the next leader of U.S. Central Command. The move reflects the Obama administration's pivot to fighting America's wars abroad with Special Operations troops — small bands of elite fighters who travel light and fast, without the heavy equipment and numbers of the more traditional services.

Two detainees transferred to Ghana

The United States on Wednesday transferred to Ghana two Yemeni men who had been imprisoned at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, for nearly 14 years, the Pentagon said. The transfer marked the start of what is expected to be a flurry of 17 departures in early 2016. The transfers also represented the first time that lower-level detainees have been resettled in sub-Saharan Africa. After the resettlement, 105 detainees remain at Guantánamo, and 46 are recommended for transfer.

California

Not guilty plea in San Bernardino case

The man accused of providing two rifles used in the Dec. 2 mass shooting in San Bernardino pleaded not guilty to charges against him in federal court. Enrique Marquez Jr. was indicted last week by a federal grand jury on charges of conspiring to provide material support to terrorists, lying about the rifle purchases, marriage fraud and lying on a visa application. He appeared briefly for an arraignment in federal court in Riverside.

Yemen

Saudi airstrikes on capital intensify

Yemeni security officials said the Saudi-led coalition has intensified airstrikes on the Yemeni capital, Sanaa, targeting Shiite rebels known as Houthis. The officials said the airstrikes targeted rebel positions in Sanaa, including those at the presidential palace and the airport. They said at least 20 Houthis were killed in the strikes since Tuesday.

Denmark

Ruling party wants more border controls

The biggest political party in Denmark's ruling bloc said the government needs to go much further than mere ID checks on the German border to deter migrants. The Danish People's Party, on whose support Prime Minister Lars Loekke Rasmussen relies to govern, said more border guards need to be posted around the country to ensure that only people who pass identity checks are allowed in.

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