Avalanche in Alps kills at least 3

A deadly avalanche hit a high school group skiing in the French Alps, killing two students and a Ukrainian skier and seriously injuring three others. Officials said the avalanche hit 10 students and a teacher from a school in Lyon. Local officials said 60 workers had been mobilized in the search-and-rescue operation.



ISIL claims urban attack that killed 7

Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant militants in Afghanistan claimed their first attack on a major city after an assault near the Pakistani Consulate in Jalalabad that killed at least seven security officers.


South Korea

China asked to punish Pyongyang

President Park Geun-hye urged China to help ensure that North Korea “feels pain” over its recent nuclear test as the international community looks to Beijing to exert its influence over Pyongyang. Tensions are running high on the Korean Peninsula after the test last week, with shots fired after a North Korean drone flew into the South’s airspace.


Washington, D.C.

Court debates Puerto Rico’s sovereignty

The Supreme Court raised doubts about whether Puerto Rico should be treated as a sovereign state with powers that go beyond its status as a territory of the U.S. Justices considered the question during arguments in a case involving two men who claim that Puerto Rico and the federal government can’t prosecute them for the same charges.



Lawsuit filed in San Bernardino shooting

The widow of a man killed in last month’s mass shooting in San Bernardino filed four claims against the county and is seeking damages totaling $58 million. The claims were filed on behalf of Renee Wetzel, whose 37-year-old husband Michael Wetzel was one of 14 people killed in the attack.



Theater gunman praises S.C. shooter

The gunman responsible for a deadly rampage inside a Louisiana movie theater last summer left a journal thanking the man accused of killing nine black people in a Charleston, S.C., church. In a 40-page journal released by police, John Russell Houser wrote to Dylann Roof, “thank you for the wake up call.” Houser shot and killed two people and wounded nine others before fatally shooting himself.



Chicago tops list of bedbug destinations

For the fourth year in a row, Chicago tops the list of 50 Bedbug Cities, according to pest control company Orkin. New York was No. 4. Los Angeles and Washington, D.C., ranked second and third on the list, respectively. Dayton, Ohio; Louisville, Ky.; and Sacramento, Calif., dropped significantly in the past year to 27th, 29th and 45th, respectively.

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