Saturday, September 5
NEW: 'Significant' new evidence found in Illinois cop slaying
FOX LAKE, Ill. (AP) — Authorities investigating the slaying of a northern Illinois police officer say they've recovered a new piece of "significant" evidence from the crime scene.
Lake County Sheriff's Office detective Christopher Covelli says evidence technicians returning to the scene of Tuesday's shooting in the village of Fox Lake made the discovery Friday afternoon.
He refused to reveal what it was, citing the ongoing investigation.
Police Lt. Charles Joseph Gliniewicz was slain Tuesday while pursuing three suspicious men on foot.
Covelli also told The Associated Press Saturday that technicians piecing together several videos have told investigators some of the images line up with the description Gliniewicz gave dispatchers of the men.
Covelli says that puts investigators closer to identifying potential suspects.
Residents and businesses have come forward with some of the videos.
Thousands dearrive in Austria and Hungary
BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — Hungary's prime minister says the emergency shipment of thousands of migrants to Austria doesn't solve his country's growing challenge of managing foreigners trying to travel through its territory. Viktor Orban says today's mass mobilization of buses to transport Arab and Asian migrants to Austria was an exceptional measure that won't be repeated.
Orban's nationalist government is seeking to seal its southern border with Serbia to block the path of asylum-seekers. He told journalists that the migrants' snarling of traffic on the country's major motorway and decision to camp beside it Friday night posed too grave of a safety risk.
Austrian police say more than 5,000 asylum seekers have crossed into Austria from Hungary, and officials say that number could climb to 10,000 by nightfall.
German police say another 600 people have traveled from Hungary to Munich since midnight.
PARIS (AP) — Thousands have filled the Republique plaza in central Paris in support of the migrants, waving flags in solidarity. French public opinion has been divided over how to handle the growing demands for asylum, with unemployment far higher than in Germany and a rise in support for the anti-immigration National Front party. But the subdued crowd in Republique — the same plaza where tens of thousands gathered in solidarity with the Charlie Hebdo newspaper in January — was a demonstration of the shock many French felt after seeing the photo of the dead Syrian boy on a Turkish beach.
One man held up a sign saying: "We are all descendants of immigrants."
Toll from Yemen rebel attack rises, 10 Saudi troops killed
CAIRO (AP) — A Saudi Arabian military spokesman says 10 Saudi troops were killed in a rebel missile strike on an ammunition depot in Yemen's on Friday, which also killed 45 allied troops from the United Arab Emirates.
It was the deadliest day for the UAE's military in the nation's 44-year history.
The Saturday statement by Brig. Gen. Ahmed Asiri to broadcaster Al Hadath was the first public acknowledgement by the Saudis that they have ground troops in Yemen. They are leading an air campaign against the rebels in the impoverished Arabian Peninsula country, training Yemeni troops, supplying weapons and providing military advice.
The rebels, known as Houthis, and army units loyal to former President Ali Abdullah Saleh are fighting forces loyal to President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi, who is in self-imposed exile in Saudi Arabia, as well as southern separatists and local militias.
Protests in southern Syrian city after Druze cleric's death
BEIRUT (AP) — Activists say tension and anti-government protests have spread in a southern Syrian province following the death of a prominent cleric in explosions that claimed the lives of 25 others.
Activists said Saturday that protesters destroyed the statute of late Syrian President Hafez Al-Assad in the city of Sweida and besieged security offices, holding the government responsible for the death of Sheikh Wahid Balous a day earlier. Syria's official news agency said the death toll from the blasts rose to 26.
Balous, a cleric of the Druze minority sect, was one of the strongest opponents of President Bashar Assad.
His supporters said in a statement they will expel security forces from the province, a predominantly Druze stronghold that has stayed largely on the sideline in the country's civil war.
Afghan official: 13 civilians shot dead by unknown gunmen
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — An Afghan official says 13 people have been shot dead in a previously peaceful region in the country's north.
Munir Ahmad Farhad, spokesman for the governor of Balkh province, say "at least 13 civilians" were killed Saturday by unidentified gunmen.
He says the gunmen stopped the vehicles the civilians were in as they drove through the Zareh district.
Zareh is in a remote, mountainous area of Balkh, which borders Uzbekistan. Farhad says police are investigating the incident.
Until this year, the northern provinces were largely free of the violence that has blighted Afghanistan in a Taliban-led insurgency for almost 14 years.
With the launch in April of their summer offensive, however, the insurgents have spread the fight to almost every corner of the country.
NEW: National lab reports violations of hazardous waste permit
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Top officials at one of the nation's premier federal laboratories say an extensive review has turned up violations in how the lab has handled hundreds of containers of radioactive waste during the past decade.
The latest revelations are on top of the permit violations the Los Alamos National Laboratory first reported last year in the wake of a radiation release at the federal government's underground nuclear waste dump in southern New Mexico.
That release was caused by a container that had been inappropriately packed at Los Alamos.
The incident forced the indefinite closure of the repository, leaving in limbo national efforts to clean up decades' worth of plutonium-contaminated waste.
Lab officials say the containers highlighted in the latest review pose no danger, but state officials are concerned about the lab's lack of compliance.
NEW: Ohio death row quandary: 2 dozen executions, no lethal drugs
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The number of condemned Ohio killers is now at two dozen even though the state can't find supplies of lethal drugs to execute them.
The prison system now has just over four months to obtain the drugs if it hopes to execute the first inmate of 24 scheduled to die beginning in January.
On Wednesday, the Ohio Supreme Court set a March 2017 date for Gary Otte (OH'-tee) of Cleveland for the shooting deaths of two people in a 1992 robbery spree.
The state hasn't executed anyone since January 2014, when condemned killer Dennis McGuire gasped and snorted repeatedly during a 26-minute procedure with a then untried two-drug method.
Ohio abandoned that method in favor of other drugs which it now can't find.
MISSISSIPPI RIVER-OIL SPILL
Stretch of Mississippi River in Ky. reopens after oil spill
COLUMBUS, Ky. (AP) — The U.S. Coast Guard says a 17-mile stretch of the Mississippi River that flows through Kentucky has reopened with restrictions after it was closed following a collision between two tow boats that spilled more than 120,000 gallons of oil into the waterway.
The Coast Guard closed the Mississippi from mile markers 939 to 922 after Wednesday's collision near Columbus, Kentucky, damaged at least one barge carrying slurry oil. Officials said the cargo tank ruptured, causing tens of thousands of gallons of oil to spill into the river.
The Coast Guard said Saturday that vessel traffic on the affected part of the river was open, with a safety zone in effect from mile marker 938 to 934. The Coast Guard says vessels can only travel one way per 12-hour period.
Families of shooting victims lead Days of Grace rally
CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — The pastor of a church where nine African-Americans were killed says he knows good works can come from the tragedy.
The Rev. Norvel Goff said during a rally Saturday at Emmanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church that justice will ultimately triumph over evil.
Goff marched through Charleston with the fathers of Tywanza Sanders and Walter Scott. Sanders was killed at Goff's church by a gunman who authorities say was motivated by racial hatred. Scott was an unarmed black man shot and killed while running from a white officer in North Charleston.
The march was organized by a labor union, which also plans a rally as part of its Days of Grace Labor Day ceremonies.
Obama to award arts medals to Sally Field, Stephen King
WASHINGTON (AP) — Actress Sally Field and author Stephen King are among luminaries being awarded a National Medal of Arts from President Barack Obama.
Obama will bestow honors on 18 people and three institutions during a White House ceremony Thursday.
The White House says Field was chosen for showing dignity, empathy and fearlessness in performances that have touched audiences worldwide and for displaying those same qualities in her off-screen advocacy for women, gay rights and public health.
King is being recognized for combining storytelling with his analysis of human nature, and for thrilling readers around the world through decades of work.
Alice Waters, chef-owner of the organic restaurant Chez Panisse in Berkeley, California, is receiving a National Humanities Medal for championing a holistic approach to eating and health.