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■ Zak Evans missed the birth of his daugh­ter af­ter be­ing ar­rested and jailed for driv­ing 108 mph in a 55 mph zone in Pineville, La., as he rushed his wife to the hos­pi­tal when she went into la­bor.

■ John Roberts, chief jus­tice of the United States, who was once called “dis­grace­ful” by Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump, told law stu­dents in Mel­bourne, Aus­tralia, that crit­i­cism from politi­cians doesn’t dis­suade judges from do­ing their jobs, say­ing, “We’re cer­tainly not above crit­i­cism — it’s a free coun­try.”

■ Jef­frey Wei­gle, 59, of Green­wood, Ind., was charged with crim­i­nal reck­less­ness with a deadly weapon on ac­cu­sa­tions that he shot at a neigh­bor while driv­ing his rid­ing lawn mower af­ter an across-the-fence ar­gu­ment es­ca­lated into an ex­change of gun­fire in which Wei­gle was wounded.

■ James Kester, 64, fac­ing 12 at­tempted-mur­der counts af­ter he was ac­cused of driv­ing his car into mourn­ers at a grave­side ser­vice in Columbia, S.C., told a judge he was an­gry that the men­tal-health agency where the de­ceased woman worked had pre­vented him from see­ing his daugh­ter, who died in 2016.

■ Christo­pher Huntley, a fire­fighter in Or­ange County, Fla., was sus­pended with­out pay for sell­ing to a woman for $390 four com­pli­men­tary Walt Dis­ney World tick­ets given to first re­spon­ders af­ter the 2016 Pulse night­club shoot­ing in Or­lando.

■ Nick Cyr, an off-duty state trooper, said he was read­ing a book in his boat off Rye, N.H., when an At­lantic bluefin tuna struck his fish­ing line, spin­ning his boat in cir­cles and drag­ging it about 2 miles in a 90-minute tug of war be­fore Cyr man­aged to reel in the 9-foot, 650-pound fish.

■ Peter Houde, a New Mex­ico State Univer­sity pro­fes­sor, said a team spent a week dig­ging up a 1.2 mil­lion-year-old fos­silized skull of an ele­phant­like ste­go­mastodon dis­cov­ered when 10-year-old Jude Sparks tripped over a tusk while on a fam­ily hike in the desert near Las Cruces, N.M.

■ An­to­nio Bar­gallo, 69, of Sch­enec­tady, N.Y., will serve 21 years in prison un­der a deal struck with pros­e­cu­tors af­ter plead­ing guilty to mur­der for dous­ing his wife with gaso­line and set­ting her on fire dur­ing an ar­gu­ment.

■ Kia Hampton, 28, of Louisville, Ky., crowned Miss Ken­tucky USA for 2011, was in­dicted on felony charges af­ter pros­e­cu­tors said she was caught smug­gling mar­i­juana into a prison in Lima, Ohio.

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