DA­M­AS­CUS ROCKED BY SUI­CIDE BLAST

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Se­cu­rity forces chased three ex­plo­sive-laden ve­hi­cles through Da­m­as­cus Sun­day, in­ter­cept­ing two of them at check­points but fail­ing to stop the third be­fore it ex­ploded in the city cen­ter, killing at least eight peo­ple, state me­dia and oth­ers re­ported.

The rare at­tack in the heart of Syria’s cap­i­tal un­folded be­fore the morn­ing com­mute on the first work day af­ter a ma­jor Mus­lim hol­i­day.

Face­book drone could one day pro­vide global in­ter­net ac­cess.

A so­lar-pow­ered drone backed by Face­book that could one day pro­vide world­wide in­ter­net ac­cess has qui­etly com­pleted a test flight in Ari­zona af­ter an ear­lier at­tempt ended with a crash land­ing.

Face­book founder Mark Zucker­berg’s longterm plan for the drone, called Aquila, is to have it and oth­ers pro­vide in­ter­net ac­cess to 4 bil­lion peo­ple around the world.

“When Aquila is ready, it will be a fleet of so­lar­pow­ered planes that will beam in­ter­net con­nec­tiv­ity across the world,” he wrote on Face­book.

Man fac­ing mur­der charges in road-rage slay­ing of woman, 18.

WEST CH­ESTER, PA.» A man was in cus­tody Sun­day for what a pros­e­cu­tor called the sense­less death of a re­cent high school grad­u­ate shot in the head dur­ing a road­rage con­fronta­tion.

David Des­per, 28, of Trainer, turned him­self in ac­com­pa­nied by an at­tor­ney Sun­day, and po­lice said he was charged with first- and third-de­gree mur­der, pos­ses­sion of an in­stru­ment of crime and reck­less en­dan­ger­ing in the death of 18-year-old Bianca Rober­son in West Goshen Town­ship.

Des­per and Rober­son, who had just grad­u­ated from Ba­yard Rustin High School and was plan­ning to at­tend Jack­sonville Univer­sity in Florida this fall, were try­ing to merge into a sin­gle lane Wed­nes­day as a twolane road nar­rowed, District At­tor­ney Thomas Ho­gan said. “They jock­eyed for po­si­tion, and he wasn’t happy, so he pulled out a gun and shot Bianca in the head,” he said.

U.S. de­stroyer sails near dis­puted is­land in South China Sea.

An Amer­i­can guided-mis­sile de­stroyer sailed near a dis­puted is­land in the South China Sea on Sun­day, a U.S. de­fense of­fi­cial said, mark­ing the sec­ond such op­er­a­tion since Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump took of­fice.

The Ja­pan-based USS Stethem, an Ar­leigh Burke-class de­stroyer, sailed within 12 miles of Tri­ton Is­land, a small land­mass in the Para­cel Is­land chain. Fox News first re­ported on the in­ci­dent, known as a free­dom-of-nav­i­ga­tion op­er­a­tion.

Tri­ton Is­land is claimed by China, Viet­nam and Tai­wan. In May, a U.S. de­stroyer sailed within 12 miles of Mis­chief Reef, a man­made is­land in the Spratly Is­lands to the south of the Paracels. Dur­ing Sun­day’s op­er­a­tion, a Chi­nese war­ship tailed the USS Stethem, Fox News re­ported, al­though it is un­clear how close the ship came to the Amer­i­can ves­sel.

Are launches of he­lium bal­loons see­ing their dy­ing days? TREN­TON,

N.J.» When hands re­lease he­lium-filled bal­loons and send them into the sky, they’re do­ing more than mark­ing a wed­ding, grad­u­a­tion or death. They’re also stir­ring the pot in a clash be­tween the balloon in­dus­try and en­vi­ron­men­tal­ists seek­ing to de­flate a tra­di­tion they say harms wildlife.

Crit­ics call the bal­loons lit­ter that poses a deadly threat to fish, birds and other an­i­mals, as well as haz­ards to power lines. Their ef­forts are con­tested by The Balloon Coun­cil, a trade group based in Tren­ton that rep­re­sents balloon man­u­fac­tur­ers, whole­salers, distrib­u­tors and re­tail­ers.

The group is again lob­by­ing against a mea­sure pro­posed in the New Jersey Se­nate to ban the balloon launches, ar­gu­ing that ef­forts have been based on ru­mor, in­ac­cu­rate news re­ports and “ex­pert” as­ser­tions and would have se­verely lim­ited con­sumers’ rights.

“De­spi­ca­ble Me 3” and “Baby Driver” on top.

HOL­LY­WOOD» The Min­ions are still a box of­fice force. Stu­dio es­ti­mates say “De­spi­ca­ble Me 3” earned $75.4 million dur­ing the week­end. Fea­tur­ing the voices of Steve Carell and Trey Parker, “De­spi­ca­ble Me 3” eas­ily topped the hol­i­day week­end charts from 4,529 the­aters in North Amer­ica. Edgar Wright’s orig­i­nal heist movie “Baby Driver” coasted to $30 million in its first five days in the­aters, with $21 million from the three-day week­end to take sec­ond place.

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