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Rep. Steve Scalise, R-La., who was wounded last month in a shooting at a baseball practice in Alexandria, Va., has been readmitted to the intensive care unit at MedStar Washington Hospital Center and is listed in serious condition because of concerns related to infection, the hospital said.
President Xi Jinping of China officially presented two giant pandas, Meng Meng and Jiao Qing, to Germany’s Zoo Berlin in a ceremony with German Chancellor Angela Merkel, who said the pandas will be “special ambassadors” for the two countries.
U.S. Rep. Clay Higgins, R-La., who was criticized by officials at the Auschwitz-Birkenau Memorial and Museum in Poland for recording a political-message video in the gas chambers at the Nazi concentration camp, apologized for the “unintended pain” he caused.
Alfred Barlow, 96, a blind World War II veteran from the United Kingdom who participated in the invasion of Normandy, has received a replacement set of medals after he lost his original four last month on a pilgrimage to the battlefields in France.
Ismail Haniyeh, leader of the Islamic militant group Hamas, delivered in Gaza City his first public speech since taking office in May, calling for unity with the Palestinian Authority in fighting the Israeli “occupation.”
Lt. Cmdr. Josh Corney, 38, a naval officer who broadcast taps each night from speakers outside his house until the borough council in Glen Rock, Pa., sent him a cease-and-desist letter, told the borough to expect legal action if officials don’t reconsider.
Pete Frates, who inspired the Ice Bucket Challenge of head drenchings to raise millions of dollars for Lou Gehrig’s disease research, will get some help with his own medical bills, which are $80,000 to $95,000 a month, thanks to a cost-covering program from the ALS Association in Massachusetts.
Eugene Wright, 49, of North Charleston, S.C., who because he couldn’t afford bail was jailed 25 months in the death of his 1-year-old daughter until police found phone records that proved his alibi, has sued the Police Department, accusing it of a shoddy investigation that damaged his reputation.
Austin Goddard, 16, was into his second day on the job at the Skyline Chili restaurant in Cincinnati when he rushed to aid a diner who had collapsed, performing CPR until medics arrived and is now credited with saving the man’s life.