SCALISE DISCHARGED FROM HOSPITAL
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