NEWS OF THE DAY

From Across the Na­tion

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_1 Fed­eral ex­e­cu­tion:

The U.S. govern­ment ex­e­cuted a for­mer sol­dier who said an ob­ses­sion with witch­craft led him to kill a Ge­or­gia nurse he be­lieved had put a spell on him. Wil­liam Em­mett Le­croy, 50, was pro­nounced dead Tues­day af­ter re­ceiv­ing a lethal in­jec­tion at the same U.S. prison in Terre Haute, Ind., where five oth­ers have been ex­e­cuted in 2020 fol­low­ing a 17­year pe­riod with­out a fed­eral ex­e­cu­tion. Crit­ics say the re­sump­tion of ex­e­cu­tions is a cyn­i­cal bid to help Trump claim the man­tel of law and or­der lead­ing up to the elec­tion. Sup­port­ers say Trump is bring­ing lon­gover­due jus­tice to the vic­tims.

_2 Bolton book: White House aides im­prop­erly in­ter­vened to pre­vent a man­u­script by Pres­i­dent Trump’s for­mer na­tional se­cu­rity ad­viser John Bolton from be­com­ing pub­lic, a ca­reer of­fi­cial said in a let­ter filed in court Wed­nes­day, ac­cus­ing them of mak­ing false as­ser­tions and try­ing to co­erce her to join their ef­forts, and sug­gest­ing that they re­tal­i­ated when she re­fused. In an ex­tra­or­di­nary 18­page doc­u­ment, a lawyer for the of­fi­cial who over­saw the book’s pre­publi­ca­tion re­view, Ellen Knight, por­trays the Trump ad­min­is­tra­tion as han­dling its re­sponse to the book in bad faith. Her ac­count im­plied that the Jus­tice Depart­ment may have told a court that the book con­tains clas­si­fied in­for­ma­tion — and opened a crim­i­nal in­ves­ti­ga­tion into Bolton — based on false pre­tenses. An aide to Trump also “in­structed her to tem­po­rar­ily with­hold any re­sponse” to a re­quest from Bolton to re­view a chap­ter on Trump’s deal­ings with Ukraine.

_3 Griz­zly at­tack: A hunter has been killed by a griz­zly bear in Alaska’s Wrangell­st. Elias Na­tional Park and Pre­serve. It’s the first­known griz­zly at­tack death in the na­tion’s largest na­tional park. The hunter’s iden­tity has not been re­leased pend­ing an in­ves­ti­ga­tion.

_4 Bob­cat fire: Fed­eral in­ves­ti­ga­tors are look­ing into whether a huge wild­fire near Los Angeles was sparked by South­ern Cal­i­for­nia Edi­son utility equip­ment, ac­cord­ing to the com­pany. Edi­son has turned over a sec­tion of an over­head con­duc­tor from its trans­mis­sion fa­cil­ity in the area where the Bob­cat Fire started more than two weeks ago, com­pany spokesman David Song said Wed­nes­day. The ini­tial re­port of fire was near Cogswell Dam in the San Gabriel Moun­tains at 12:21 p.m. on Sept. 6. Edi­son said its nearby equip­ment ex­pe­ri­enced an is­sue five min­utes ear­lier. Fire­fight­ers were fi­nally start­ing to tame the blaze, with con­tain­ment on Wed­nes­day hit­ting 38% — a jump from just 17% a day ear­lier.

_5 Trump probe:

Eric Trump must testify in a N.Y. in­ves­ti­ga­tion into the fam­ily’s busi­nesses be­fore the Novem­ber pres­i­den­tial elec­tion, a judge ruled Wed­nes­day, re­ject­ing lawyers’ claims that Trump’s travel sched­ule on the cam­paign trail war­ranted a de­lay. State Judge Arthur En­goron said Eric Trump must com­ply no later than Oct. 7. At­tor­ney Gen­eral Leti­tia James went to court to en­force the sub­poena af­ter Trump’s lawyers can­celed a July in­ter­view in a probe about whether the Trump Or­ga­ni­za­tion lied about its as­sets in or­der to get loans or tax ben­e­fits.

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