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Many Amer­i­cans gath­er­ing to cel­e­brate In­de­pen­dence Day will mark the hol­i­day at Ar­ling­ton Na­tional Ceme­tery. But for vis­i­tors feel­ing pa­tri­otic, one item is banned on the hal­lowed grounds: a wav­ing Amer­i­can flag.

The law emerged in 2006, when for­mer U.S. Rep. Mike Rogers, R-Mich., grew an­gry af­ter watch­ing mourn­ers at a mil­i­tary burial face “chants and taunt­ing and some of the most vile things I have ever heard,” Rogers said at the time.

He was re­fer­ring to protests by mem­bers of the Topeka, Kan.-based West­boro Bap­tist Church, who showed up at Ar­ling­ton burials with posters chid­ing mourn­ers with mes­sages such as “Thank God for dead sol­diers.” They pick­eted mil­i­tary fu­ner­als, claim­ing that com­bat deaths rep­re­sented God’s anger for the coun­try’s tol­er­ance of ho­mo­sex­u­al­ity.

In re­sponse, Rogers helped write the Re­spect for Amer­ica’s Fallen Heroes Act, a bill that made it il­le­gal to protest fu­ner­als held at Ar­ling­ton Ceme­tery and the 135 burial grounds run by the Na­tional Ceme­tery Ad­min­is­tra­tion. In its broad def­i­ni­tion of “demon­stra­tion,” the leg­is­la­tion specif­i­cally made it un­law­ful to dis­play “any plac­ard, ban­ner, flag or sim­i­lar de­vice.”

South Korean mil­i­tary says North Korea has launched bal­lis­tic mis­sile. . SEOUL,

SOUTH KOREA» North Korea on Tues­day launched yet an­other bal­lis­tic mis­sile in the di­rec­tion of Ja­pan, South Korean of­fi­cials said, part of a string of re­cent test­fir­ings as the North works to build a nu­clear-tipped mis­sile that could reach the United States.

The South’s Joint Chiefs of Staff said in a state­ment that the launch, which came be­fore the U.S. cel­e­bra­tion of its na­tional in­de­pen­dence, was made from North Phy­on­gan prov­ince. Other de­tails were scarce.

It wasn’t im­me­di­ately clear if this was a rou­tine fir­ing of a short-range mis­sile or an at­tempt to per­fect North Korea’s longer-range mis­siles.

Just last week South Korean Pres­i­dent Moon Jae-in and U.S. Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump fo­cused much of their first meet­ing on op­pos­ing North Korea’s devel­op­ment of atomic weapons that threaten both al­lies.

Ja­pan’s gov­ern­ment said the mis­sile was be­lieved to have landed in Ja­pan’s exclusive eco­nomic zone in the Sea of Ja­pan but no dam­age to ships or air­craft in the area has been re­ported.

Ja­panese leader’s rule seen shaken by mu­nic­i­pal elec­tion loss. TOKYO»

Ja­panese Prime Min­is­ter Shinzo Abe’s scan­dal-laden rul­ing party scram­bled Mon­day to con­trol dam­age from an em­bar­rass­ing de­feat in Tokyo mu­nic­i­pal elec­tions, but ex­perts said the stun­ning re­sult could mean the be­gin­ning of the end to Abe’s long reign.

Abe’s Lib­eral Demo­cratic Party suf­fered a thump­ing loss in the assem­bly elec­tions Sun­day, tak­ing a beat­ing for re­cent scan­dals and a high-handed ap­proach in achiev­ing poli­cies, while mav­er­ick Tokyo Gov. Yuriko Koike’s new party surged to vic­tory on her re­formist im­age.

Koike’s party and its al­lies se­cured a com­fort­able ma­jor­ity, win­ning 79 of the assem­bly’s 127 seats. But the city branch of Abe’s LDP won just 23 seats, its worstever show­ing in the assem­bly, and down from its pre-elec­tion share of 57 seats.

Two chil­dren dead from E. coli out­break in polygamous com­mu­nity.

HIL­DALE, UTAH» Utah health au­thor­i­ties were in­ves­ti­gat­ing Mon­day what trig­gered an E.coli out­break in a mostly polygamous com­mu­nity on the Utah-Ari­zona state line af­ter the bac­te­ria killed two chil­dren and sick­ened four oth­ers. Early in­di­ca­tions sug­gest the E.coli may be linked to con­tam­i­nated food or ex­po­sure to an­i­mals — not the town of Hil­dale’s wa­ter sup­ply, said David Heaton, spokesman for the South­west Utah Pub­lic Health De­part­ment. He said it ap­pears iso­lated to one neigh­bor­hood. Heaton said the chil­dren died in the past two weeks af­ter get­ting hemolytic ure­mic syn­drome, which causes kid­ney dam­age.

China vows to in­crease air and sea pa­trols af­ter U.S. war­ship sailed near dis­puted is­land. BEI­JING»

China’s mil­i­tary vowed Mon­day to in­crease air and sea pa­trols af­ter an Amer­i­can war­ship sailed near a dis­puted is­land in the South China Sea in what Bei­jing called a “se­ri­ous po­lit­i­cal and mil­i­tary provo­ca­tion.”

The spat is the lat­est in a series of dis­putes that have roiled the U.S.-China re­la­tion­ship in just the past few days. Ex­perts said Wash­ing­ton ap­peared to be sig­nal­ing its grow­ing frus­tra­tion with Bei­jing by rolling out mea­sures in­clud­ing arms sales to Tai­wan and sanc­tions for a Chi­nese bank do­ing busi­ness with North Korea.

On Sun­day, the USS Stethem, an Amer­i­can guided-mis­sile de­stroyer, sailed within 12 nau­ti­cal miles of Tri­ton Is­land, a U.S. de­fense of­fi­cial said. The small isle in the Para­cel Is­lands chain is claimed and con­trolled by China. It was the sec­ond such U.S. op­er­a­tion near Chi­nese-con­trolled is­lands in six weeks. Den­ver Post wire ser­vices

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