North Korea

War of words with South heats up

North Korea responded to an unusually harsh verbal attack by South Korea’s president against the North’s recent nuclear test and rocket launch by calling her policy traitorous and adding that Washington’s newly enacted sanctions are “laughable.” North Korea regularly condemns South Korean President Park Geun-hye through sexist language, but the renewed war of words has some worried that tensions could lead to conflict.



Four killed as protests continue

Hundreds of army and paramilitary soldiers tried to quell protests by angry mobs demanding government benefits in a northern state, with at least four people killed in clashes between security forces and protesters. The violence raged for a second straight day, as protesters burned a railroad station and attacked shops. Protesters also blocked a highway linking New Delhi to northern cities.



Police officer killed after standoff

One law enforcement officer was killed and three were injured after an hourslong standoff ended in gunfire. Also killed was the man suspected of firing on the officers. Tishomingo County Coroner Mack Wilemon said the gunfire came at a house where police had responded to a domestic disturbance. A SWAT team was forcing its way into the house when the gunfire erupted. Of the three wounded officers, two had wounds that were not considered life-threatening.



North Dakota man dies in avalanche

A 39-year-old North Dakota man died in an avalanche in northern Wyoming. The Sheridan County Coroner’s Office identified the victim as Levi Robert Hammond of Dickinson. Deputy Mike Mullikin of the Sheridan County Sheriff’s Office said the avalanche occurred while the man was snowmobiling in the Bighorn National Forest.



State needs more inmate firefighters

The state’s new corrections chief is focusing on persuading sheriffs to send more jail prisoners to the state firefighting program. Department of Corrections head Scott Kernan expects to have enough inmate firefighters for this year’s fire season despite a dwindling pool of candidates from state prisons. The state is using more inmates with violent criminal histories because recent laws have sent less serious offenders to county jails instead of prisons.



Beatle hair brings $35,000 at auction

A lock of John Lennon’s hair that was snipped off as he prepared to a role in the 1967 movie “How I Won the War” sold in Dallas for $35,000. Heritage Auctions said that the 4-inch lock was purchased by Paul Fraser, a British memorabilia collector. A photo of the Beatles was sold for $42,500.

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