Kentucky

Voting rights granted to 140,000 felons

Weeks before he leaves office, the governor of Kentucky issued an executive order granting the right to vote to about 140,000 nonviolent felons who have completed their sentences. The order by Gov. Steven Beshear, a Democrat, means that only Florida and Iowa still impose lifetime voting bans on felons unless they receive a special exemption.

 

Texas

Four soldiers die in helicopter crash

Four crew members on an Army helicopter were killed when it crashed at Fort Hood. The crew of the UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter had been assigned to Division West, First Army and were on a routine training mission. Their names were not released and the cause of the crash was unknown.

 

Washington

Classes suspended after alleged threats

Western Washington University suspended all classes because of an alleged incident of hate speech. President Bruce Shepard said a law enforcement investigation is underway. The campus is in Bellingham. University spokesman Paul Cocke said the threats were aimed at black students on campus, and came after some student leaders suggested that the school’s mascot, a Viking, is racist and should be changed.

 

Israel

Kerry visit stirs tensions over settlements

A new spat over Jewish settlements emerged as Secretary of State John Kerry visited for the first time in more than a year. As Kerry set aside his goal of a long-sought peace accord to make way for more modest hopes of an end to two months of deadly violence, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called for the recognition of some existing settlement blocs in exchange for steps to ease tensions with the Palestinians.

 

Egypt

ISIL attack on hotel kills at least seven

The Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant attacked a hotel in the northern Sinai Peninsula with explosives and gunfire, killing at least seven people, including a judge. The hotel, the Swiss Inn Resort in El Arish, was housing judges who were monitoring Egypt’s parliamentary elections.

 

Liberia

Ebola virus returns with boy’s death

A boy died of Ebola, marking the first death from the disease since the country was declared Ebola-free in September. The 15-year-old died after testing positive for the disease last week. His father and brother are also being treated for Ebola.

 

Pakistan

Woman pilot dies in training exercise crash

The air force said a fighter jet crashed during a routine training exercise and the female co-pilot died following the crash. The pilot and co-pilot of the FT-7PG aircraft ejected. It was the first death of a woman pilot while in Pakistan’s service.

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