In the news
■ U.S. Rep. Steve Scalise, R-La., who was wounded when a gunman opened fire at a baseball practice in Alexandria, Va., underwent surgery for “the management of infection” and remains in serious condition, according to MedStar Washington Hospital Center, where he’s being treated.
■ Vice President Mike Pence, who will lead the relaunched National Space Council, toured the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Fla., and vowed that the program will “bring the best of America together once again to lead with Americans in space.”
■ Clay Jones, a political cartoonist who won the Trumpism Cartoon and Caricature Contest with his drawing comparing President Donald Trump’s naming as Time magazine’s “person of the year” in 2016 with Adolf Hitler’s in 1938, refused the prize after learning that the contest was sponsored by the House of Cartoon in Tehran, Iran.
■ Paul LePage, Maine’s Republican governor, railed in a radio interview against the news media, saying he loves to “sit in my office and make up” stories to distract reporters, adding that “the sooner the print press goes away, the better society will be.”
■ John Morgan, an Orlando attorney who led the effort to legalize medical marijuana in Florida, has filed a lawsuit challenging the state’s new constitutional amendment that bans smokable forms of the plant, saying smoking is the best way to administer it to some patients.
■ Charles Manning, 74, of Augusta, Maine, who authorities say emptied a cup of bedbugs in a city office building after complaining that conditions in his apartment building were not up to code, was charged with misdemeanor assault and obstruction of government administration.
■ Ryan Mosier, a spokesman for Duke Energy in South Carolina, said a snake crawled into a substation and knocked out electrical service to more than 4,000 customers for about 90 minutes.
■ Osama Jafri, a robotics engineer and son of a pizza shop owner in Multan, Pakistan, said business has doubled at the restaurant since the store introduced his robot waitress to greet customers and carry food to tables.
■ Abby Arlt, who said her grandmother Georgiana Arlt, 92, of Chaska, Minn., once told her that she’d never been in any wedding other than her own 72 years ago, let her grandmother steal the show as the flower girl at her ceremony.