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■ Mah­moud Ab­bas, the 82-year-old Pales­tinian pres­i­dent, was ex­am­ined by doc­tors at a West Bank hos­pi­tal over the week­end be­cause of ex­haus­tion and stom­ach in­flam­ma­tion, ag­gra­vated by stress, ac­cord­ing to Pales­tinian of­fi­cials and doc­tors.

■ U.S. Rep. Greg Gian­forte, R-Mont., will per­form the com­mu­nity ser­vice part of his sen­tence for at­tack­ing a re­porter the day be­fore Gian­forte was elected to Congress with a Bozeman non­profit that builds cus­tom wheel­chairs for chil­dren, ac­cord­ing to a court of­fi­cial.

■ Brid­get Cast, 31, of Longview, Texas, faces charges on top of the drunken-driv­ing count on which she was be­ing ar­rested af­ter, au­thor­i­ties said, she slipped her hand­cuffed hands in front of her and drove off with the pa­trol car in which she’d been placed.

■ Mayor Megan Barry of Nash­ville, Tenn., said her only son, 22-year-old Max Barry, died of a drug over­dose in Den­ver, where he had re­cently moved af­ter grad­u­at­ing from col­lege, in an in­ci­dent that au­thor­i­ties said was not con­sid­ered sus­pi­cious.

■ Keith Brown, Scot­land’s econ­omy sec­re­tary, wrote ask­ing U.K. of­fi­cials to legally de­fine whisky to pro­tect Scot­land’s in­dus­try, since Euro­pean Union laws that de­fine the drink won’t ap­ply af­ter Bri­tain leaves the bloc.

■ Cindie Rous­sel, whose son died in 2011 while div­ing in the Gulf of Mex­ico, worked with the fam­i­lies of some of the men who died in the 2010 Deep­wa­ter Hori­zon oil rig fire to com­mis­sion a 16-foot-tall statue of a mer­maid to be in­stalled in Port Four­chon, La., as a memo­rial to all who have died at sea.

■ Phyl­li­s­tone Ter­mine was sen­tenced to 4½ years in prison for iden­tity theft and fraud, with in­ves­ti­ga­tors who searched his Mi­ami-area home say­ing they found him writ­ing a to-do list that in­cluded a re­minder to buy credit card in­for­ma­tion from the “dark web.”

■ Van Shields, the ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor of the Berk­shire Mu­seum in Mas­sachusetts, de­fended the auc­tion­ing off 40 works of art, in­clud­ing two Nor­man Rock­well paint­ings do­nated by the artist, say­ing the mu­seum’s trus­tees “knew we were go­ing to be pil­lo­ried,” but that it was nec­es­sary to en­sure the mu­seum’s ex­is­tence.

■ Ed­ward Hana­nia of Oak Lawn, Ill., was sen­tenced to five years in prison for an­i­mal cru­elty, for pos­ing as the owner of two small dogs, pay­ing a re­ward to the per­son who found them, and then throw­ing them off the top of a five-story park­ing garage, killing one of them.

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