In the news
■ U.S. Rep. Markwayne Mullin, R-Okla., announced that he will seek re-election next year despite pledging after he took office in 2012 that he’d serve only three terms, saying he “didn’t understand politics” when he made the pledge and he still feels he can make a difference.
■ Mike Tingley, a Grand Blanc Township, Mich., homeowner who tried to use a smoke-bomb firework to remove a bee nest from his garage, said he was happy that everyone is safe after his attempt ended up burning down the building.
■ Therese Coffey, the British environment minister, said the governing Conservative party has dropped plans for a vote on whether to repeal a ban on fox hunting, after some members of the party worried that the bid to revive the unpopular activity had cost them votes in last month’s elections.
■ U.S. Rep. Clay Higgins, R-La., drew criticism from the Auschwitz-Birkenau Memorial and Museum for narrating part of a video from inside a gas chamber at the Nazi concentration camp in Poland, with the memorial saying on Twitter that the site is not a stage but rather a place for respectful silence.
■ Erik Acosta Damas, 18, and Tumani Anthony Younge, 23, were arrested on the island of Little Torch Key, Fla., after police who pulled over their vehicle for having a broken taillight found three endangered Key deer, two in the back seat and one in the trunk, which were later untied and released, authorities said.
■ Scott Small, the Philadelphia Police Department’s chief inspector, said the embalmed remains found in a casket that was left on a sidewalk outside a city cemetery are thought to have belonged to an infant or child. ■ Ralston Dodd, 25, is being sought by London police after a clerical error led to his release from prison just months into a nineyear sentence for repeatedly stabbing a man after an argument in September.
■ Trey Bergman, a Houston attorney, devoured a 9-inch, whipped-cream-smothered Key lime pie in 51.92 seconds, without using his hands, to defeat 20 other competitors in a pie-eating contest at the annual Key Lime Festival in Key West, Fla.