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Accused White House intruder pleads not guilty

WASHINGTON — The Iraq war veteran accused of running into the White House with a knife on Sept. 19 pleaded not guilty Wednesday to three criminal charges in a case that exposed security lapses in the Secret Service.

Omar Gonzalez, 42, stared straight ahead and said nothing during his court appearance in Washington. He waived his right to a detention hearing, meaning he will remain in custody.

—Tribune Washington Bureau

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US appeals court blocks 2 provisions of N. Carolina elections overhaul bill

RALEIGH, N.C. — The U.S. 4th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled Wednesday that two provisions of North Carolina’s 2013 election law overhaul cannot be enforced during the November election.

The three-judge panel’s ruling reinstates same-day registration and restores out-of-precinct provisional voting.

The judges did not reinstate the seven days of early voting that were eliminated by the law adopted last year when the Republicans gained control of both General Assembly chambers and the governor’s office.

—News & Observer

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Florida cop tases 62-year-old woman in back; investigation launched

A Florida police officer is on leave and an internal investigation has been launched after video was released of the officer using a stun gun on a 62-year-old woman who was walking away from him.

Tallahassee Police Chief Michael DeLeo announced the investigation at a news conference Wednesday. DeLeo released the video, shot by a witness, saying he wanted to “be transparent with the community.”

—Los Angeles Times

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Report: Man who plunged to death on cruise ship wanted to see Miami sunrise

MIAMI — Police identified the man who fell to his death from a cruise ship mast earlier this week and are continuing the investigation into his death, which appears so far to be accidental.

Miami-Dade police named Kendall Wernet, 20, as the man who climbed the forward mast of the Carnival Ecstasy at PortMiami and fell about 20 feet onto the deck. No foul play is suspected, according to police.

—Miami Herald

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Blasts outside two Syrian schools kill at least 18 people

BEIRUT — A pair of bombs ripped through a school compound Wednesday in the government-controlled central Syrian city of Homs, killing at least 18 people, including 10 children, and wounding scores of others, the state media reported.

The pro-opposition Syrian Observatory for Human Rights confirmed the double blasts and reported a higher toll, saying at least 39 people were dead, including 30 children. Other unconfirmed reports indicated that at least 45 were killed, mostly children.

—Los Angeles Times

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Ukraine cease-fire unraveling; 11 killed at schoolyard and bus stop

At least 11 adults were killed in Ukraine on Wednesday when artillery shells struck a schoolyard and bus stop in suburban Donetsk on the belated first day of school for the city at the center of a pro-Russia rebellion against rule from Kiev, Russian and Ukrainian news agencies reported.

The blasts at Donetsk School No. 57 and at the nearby bus stop detonated when all 70 schoolchildren were inside the building, RIA Novosti news agency reported.

—Los Angeles Times

Distributed by MCT Information Services

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What would you like to see in Lodi's parks?

Lodi's Parks, Recreation and Cultural Services Department is hosting a public workshop at 7 p.m. at Hutchins Street Square to find out how it can better meet the needs of the community. What would you like to see in Lodi's parks?

Total Votes: 210

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