PERRY CON­SID­ERED FOR HOME­LAND SE­CU­RITY POST

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WASH­ING­TON» En­ergy Sec­re­tary Rick Perry is among the can­di­dates be­ing con­sid­ered to re­place John Kelly at the Depart­ment of Home­land Se­cu­rity, ac­cord­ing to three peo­ple fa­mil­iar with the de­lib­er­a­tions. Kelly be­came White House chief of staff Mon­day, and Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump has not made a de­ci­sion about who should suc­ceed him as Home­land Se­cu­rity sec­re­tary. White House of­fi­cials are con­sid­er­ing oth­ers for the po­si­tion, the sources said. Some ad­min­is­tra­tion of­fi­cials are ad­vo­cat­ing Rep. Michael McCaul, a Texas Repub­li­can, who was con­sid­ered for the Home­land Se­cu­rity job be­fore Trump nom­i­nated Kelly.

Claims of vote tam­per­ing on eve of new assem­bly.

CARACAS,

Rev­e­la­tions on Wed­nes­day that turnout fig­ures were ma­nip­u­lated in a cru­cial vote for an all-pow­er­ful con­stituent assem­bly in Venezuela cast an even longer shadow over the con­tro­ver­sial body hours be­fore it was to con­vene.

The of­fi­cial count of vot­ers in Sun­day’s elec­tion was off by at least 1 mil­lion, ac­cord­ing to the head of the vot­ing tech­nol­ogy firm Smart­matic — a find­ing cer­tain to sow fur­ther dis­cord over a body that has been granted vast author­ity to re­write Venezuela’s con­sti­tu­tion and over­ride every branch of gov­ern­ment.

Two U.S. ser­vice mem­bers killed in blast.

AFGHANISTAN» A KABUL, sui­cide bomb­ing di­rected at a NATO con­voy in south­ern Afghanistan on Wed­nes­day left two Amer­i­can ser­vice mem­bers dead, a Pen­tagon spokesman said.

Navy Capt. Jeff Davis con­firmed the ca­su­al­ties in the at­tack near Kandahar city.

There was no in­for­ma­tion on the num­ber of troops wounded.

U.S. mil­i­tary of­fi­cials in Afghanistan re­fused to give any in­for­ma­tion about ca­su­al­ties, even af­ter the Pen­tagon re­leased the ca­su­alty fig­ures.

Good news for bees: Num­bers rise as mys­tery mal­ady wanes.

The num­ber of U.S. hon­ey­bees, a crit­i­cal com­po­nent to agri­cul­tural pro­duc­tion, rose in 2017 from a year ear­lier, and deaths of the in­sects at­trib­uted to a mys­te­ri­ous mal­ady that’s af­fected hives in North Amer­ica and Europe de­clined, ac­cord­ing a U.S. Depart­ment of Agriculture hon­ey­bee health sur­vey re­leased Tues­day.

The num­ber of com­mer­cial U.S. hon­ey­bee colonies rose 3 per­cent to 2.89 mil­lion as of April 1, com­pared with a year ear­lier, the Agriculture Depart­ment re­ported. The num­ber of hives lost to Colony Col­lapse Disor­der, a phe­nom­e­non of dis­ap­pear­ing bees that has raised con­cerns among farm­ers and sci­en­tists for a decade, was 84,430 in this year’s first quar­ter, down 27 per­cent from a year ear­lier. Year-over-year losses de­clined by the same per­cent­age in April through June, the most re­cent data in the sur­vey.

U.S. launches ICBM test.

The Air Force suc­cess­fully launched an un­armed in­ter­con­ti­nen­tal bal­lis­tic mis­sile from Cal­i­for­nia, the fourth such test this year.

The 30th Space Wing said the Min­ute­man 3 mis­sile launched at 2:10 a.m. Wed­nes­day from Van­den­berg Air Force Base, about 130 miles north­west of Los An­ge­les.

An Air Force state­ment said the test would show the ef­fec­tive­ness, readi­ness and ac­cu­racy of the weapon sys­tem.

Min­ute­man mis­siles are reg­u­larly tested with launches from Van­den­berg that send un­armed re-en­try ve­hi­cles 4,200 miles across the Pa­cific to a tar­get area at Kwa­jalein Atoll.

How­ever, the lat­est U.S. launches come amid ten­sions with North Korea as that na­tion de­vel­ops its own ICBMs.

Flight data on North Korea’s most re­cent test, con­ducted Friday, showed that a broad part of the main­land United States, in­clud­ing Los An­ge­les and Chicago, is now in range of Py­ongyang’s weapons, ac­cord­ing to an­a­lysts.

In re­sponse, the Air Force flew two B-1 bombers over the Korean Penin­sula on Sun­day in a show of force.

The U.S. also said it con­ducted a suc­cess­ful test of a mis­sile de­fense sys­tem in Alaska.

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