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House Ma­jor­ity Whip Steve Scalise — crit­i­cally wounded in a shoot­ing at a base­ball prac­tice last month — has been dis­charged from a Washington hos­pi­tal, and the six-term Louisiana Repub­li­can is be­gin­ning in­pa­tient re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion. Scalise and four other peo­ple were in­jured June 14 when a man opened fire on a Repub­li­can base­ball prac­tice in nearby Alexan­dria, Va.

Child killer put to death in first Ohio ex­e­cu­tion in three years.


A child killer was put to death with no ap­par­ent com­pli­ca­tions Wed­nes­day in Ohio’s first ex­e­cu­tion since a prob­lem-plagued one 3½ years ago trig­gered an up­roar over the re­li­a­bil­ity of the lethal in­jec­tion drugs used by the state. Ron­ald Phillips, 43, was con­demned to die for the 1993 rape and slay­ing of his girl­friend’s 3-yearold daugh­ter, Sheila Marie Evans. He was given a three-drug com­bi­na­tion never used in Ohio be­fore. As he lay on the ex­e­cu­tion ta­ble, he apol­o­gized to the child’s aunt and half-sis­ter, who were there to watch him die for his crimes.

Mus­lim cleric says protests will con­tinue de­spite Is­raeli con­ces­sion.

A se­nior Mus­lim of­fi­cial in Jerusalem said Wed­nes­day that wor­ship­pers would not re­turn to a con­tested shrine un­til Is­rael re­moves the new rail­ings and cam­eras it in­stalled af­ter a deadly at­tack there, pro­long­ing a cri­sis that Is­rael hoped it had re­solved by mak­ing con­ces­sions at the site.

Ikrema Sabri, head of the Supreme Is­lamic Com­mit­tee, said that even af­ter Is­rael re­moved metal de­tec­tors from the site, more steps are re­quired to re­store calm. He said mass prayer protests would con­tinue un­til the gates of the com­pound are opened, metal rail­ings and an iron bridge re­moved and newly in­stalled cam­eras taken down.

U.S. sal­mo­nella out­break linked to pa­payas from Mex­ico; one dead.

U.S. health of­fi­cials say con­sumers should avoid a va­ri­ety of pa­paya from Mex­ico linked to a sal­mo­nella out­break that has been blamed for the death of a per­son in New York City and for sick­en­ing 46 oth­ers in 12 states.

The Food and Drug Ad­min­is­tra­tion said Tues­day that it and the U.S. Cen­ters for Dis­ease Con­trol and Pre­ven­tion are work­ing with state health of­fi­cials to track cases of the food­borne ill­ness linked to Caribena brand Maradol pa­payas, which have a yel­low skin when ripe and a salmon-col­ored flesh.

New York has had 13 re­ported cases and New Jersey has had 12. Vir­ginia has had six, Mary­land has had five Penn­syl­va­nia has had four. Iowa, Ken­tucky, Louisiana, Mas­sachusetts, Min­nesota, Texas and Utah have had one each.

Wasser­man Schultz fires IT staffer af­ter ar­rest.

WASHINGTON» Demo­cratic Rep. Deb­bie Wasser­man Schultz has fired an in­for­ma­tion tech­nol­ogy staffer af­ter his ar­rest on a bank fraud charge at a Vir­ginia air­port where he was at­tempt­ing to fly to Pak­istan.

Wasser­man Schultz spokesman David Dam­ron says Im­ran Awan was fired by the Florida law­maker Tues­day.

An af­fi­davit filed with the crim­i­nal com­plaint states there is prob­a­ble cause to be­lieve 37-year-old Awan of Lor­ton, Va., and his wife, Hina Alvi, en­gaged in a scheme to de­fraud Con­gres­sional Fed­eral Credit Union based on mis­rep­re­sen­ta­tions made to ob­tain a loan. FBI Spe­cial Agent Brandon Mer­ri­man said in the af­fi­davit that the mis­rep­re­sen­ta­tions re­volved around writ­ten as­sur­ances that the home serv­ing as col­lat­eral for the loan was a “prin­ci­pal res­i­dence.”

State fair ride breaks, killing one, in­jur­ing seven.

OHIO» A COLUM­BUS, swing­ing and spin­ning amuse­ment park ride called the Fire Ball that broke apart on the open­ing day of the Ohio State Fair on Wed­nes­day, killing one man and in­jur­ing seven other peo­ple, passed its in­spec­tions, of­fi­cials said.

Di­rec­tor of Agri­cul­ture David Daniels said all of the rides are checked sev­eral times when they are be­ing set up to en­sure they are set up the way the man­u­fac­turer in­tended.

“We started out to­day with 11 rides that did not open be­cause the in­spec­tion work was not done on them,” said Daniels, adding that four rides will not be op­er­at­ing be­cause they do not meet the me­chan­i­cal test. Ride in­spec­tors said the Fire Ball was in­spected at a cou­ple of stages and was signed off Wed­nes­day.

Repub­li­can Gov. John Ka­sich has or­dered all rides be shut down un­til ad­di­tional in­spec­tions can be com­pleted.

The man who was killed was one of sev­eral peo­ple who were thrown when the ride mal­func­tioned, of­fi­cials said. Three of the in­jured re­mained hos­pi­tal­ized in crit­i­cal con­di­tion late Wed­nes­day. — Den­ver Post wire ser­vices

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