NATO: U.S. service member killed, another wounded
A U.S. service member has been killed and another wounded in an apparent insider attack in eastern Afghanistan, according to a statement Monday from the NATO-led Resolute Support mission. Resolute Support and U.S. Forces-Afghanistan Commanding General Scott Miller said "the sacrifice of our service member, who volunteered for a mission to Afghanistan to protect his country, is a tragic loss for all who knew and all who will now never know him." He added, "Our duty now is to honor him, care for his family and continue our mission." The statement said the service member was the sixth American killed in Afghanistan this year. The wounded service member was said to be in stable condition. The names of the service members were not released.
GOP official resigns over racist posts
A Pennsylvania Republican official who referred to black NFL players who kneel during the national anthem as "baboons" in a Facebook post has resigned. Former Beaver County Republican Committee secretary Carla Maloney resigned Friday in a letter to the committee’s chairman. Maloney apologized for her "insensitive" posts and said she would "work to show everyone" who she is. Maloney called the players "baboons" on her personal Facebook account in response to athletes who have knelt during the national anthem to protest social injustice. In another post, she said "overpaid ignorant blacks" should "go to Africa." The Beaver County Republican Committee denounced her comments.
Vladimir Putin is now a reality TV star
Russian President Vladimir Putin can add a new skill to his resume: reality TV star. A new series launched Sunday on state television focuses on the Russian leader’s weekly activities. The one-hour show is called Moscow. Kremlin. Putin. While Putin appears almost daily on state television, a show of this type is uncharted territory for the leader. Putin is shown speaking to gifted teenagers about the inner workings of diplomacy in the program and also attending the funeral of beloved crooner Iosif Kobzon, the Russian "Frank Sinatra" who died last week at age 80. Viewers are also treated to never-seen-before footage of Putin’s vacation last month to Siberia. The 65-year-old leader is shown puffing up a mountain with a hiking staff, collecting wild berries in his chest pocket and watching wildlife. The show, on the Rossiya 1 channel, comes days before tens of thousands of Russians are expected to protest across the country at the Kremlin’s deeply unpopular pension restructuring.
Quarter honors Georgia barrier island: The U.S. Mint’s new coin celebrates the Cumberland Island National Seashore. The back of the quarter shows a snowy egret about to take flight amid the island’s salt marshes. Congress established the federally managed park in 1972.