16 insurgents executed after attack
The Iranian authorities executed 16 Sunni insurgents Saturday, Iranian media reported, in retaliation for an attack a day earlier that killed 14 guards on the volatile southeastern border with Pakistan.
The guards were killed at dusk Friday at a border post near the city of Saravan, the semiofficial Iranian Students' News Agency reported Saturday. Seven soldiers were wounded, the news agency said, and some local reports said the attackers also took three guards hostage.
In retaliation, 16 "bandits linked to groups against the system" were hanged, Mohammad Marzieh, the chief prosecutor in Zahedan, the capital of Sistan and Baluchestan province, told the semiofficial Fars news agency. It was unclear whether the men were already in custody in the province or were rounded up, but they were not believed to be connected to the border attack.
The retaliatory response highlights the deep tensions in the province, a hotbed of Sunni resistance against Shiite rule.
Wildfire smoke called health risk for millions
Wildfire smoke poses a growing health risk to millions of Americans, even for those who live hundreds of miles from the flames, a new report by an environmental group says.
About two-thirds of Americans, or nearly 212 million people, lived in counties that two years ago contended with wildfire smoke linked to respiratory problems such as asthma, pneumonia and chronic lung diseases, according to a report released by the Natural Resources Defense Council.
Texas topped the list with more than 25 million people living in places with air fouled by wildfires for a week or more, followed by Florida and Georgia.
5 found shot to death at apartment complex
Police are investigating the shooting deaths of five people and two dogs found at a Phoenix apartment complex.
Sgt. Tommy Thompson said officers responded to a call about shots fired at the complex around 9 a.m. Saturday. Officers eventually narrowed down their search area to two apartments.
Television station KNXV reported that officers entered the first apartment and found the bodies of four people. Two dead dogs were also found.
Thompson said that in the second apartment nearby, officers found the body of the suspected gunman. Police said the suspect died of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound.
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Deputy takes hostage and then kills himself
Investigators were looking into whether mental illness played a role in the death of an off-duty eastern Pennsylvania deputy sheriff after he took another off-duty officer hostage at gunpoint before fatally shooting himself, police said Saturday.
State Police Cpl. Shawn Noonan said that investigators are trying to figure out what motivated Carbon County Deputy Sheriff David Midas and said they were interviewing co-workers and family members to see whether there were signs of mental illness.
"They're still trying to figure out the details," Noonan said.
The Times News of Lehighton identified the second officer as Christopher Ondrus, 34.
Satirist returns to TV with careful barbs
As his popular TV show returned to Egypt's airwaves Friday after a long hiatus, Egyptian satirist Bassem Youssef took a swipe at the country's military leadership with great care.
After playing a leaked video clip of Gen. Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi talking to colleagues about influencing the news media, Youssef responded with mock indignation. "Nobody can tell us what to say or not to say," he said, as a disembodied arm appeared, stole his script and replaced it with a new text. "We want freedom," Youssef added, as the arm, a stand-in for Egypt's powerful security agencies, slapped him in the face.