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Published Jul. 20, 2014

New York

Officer in fatal arrest placed on desk duty

A New York City police officer involved in the arrest of a man who died in custody after being placed in an apparent chokehold has been stripped of his gun and badge and placed on desk duty, police said Saturday. Officer Daniel Pantaleo, an eight-year NYPD veteran, and an officer who has been with the force for four years were both taken off the street after the death Thursday of Eric Garner, 43, on Staten Island, police said. The department would not identify the second officer but said he would retain his gun and badge while on desk duty. The reassignment will remain in effect while the death is being investigated. Partial video of the encounter obtained by the New York Daily News shows the 6-foot-3, 350-pound Garner becoming irate and refusing to be handcuffed as officers tried to arrest him on suspicion of selling untaxed, loose cigarettes. Department policy prohibits chokeholds.

Winthrop, Wash.

High winds push growing wildfire

Pushed by erratic winds, a massive wildfire in north-central Washington state was growing rapidly and burning in new directions Saturday. Road closures and evacuations were changing regularly, as hot weather and winds with gusts up to 30 mph were pushing the fire toward a cluster of small towns northeast of Seattle. As of Saturday morning, the lightning-caused fire had scorched nearly 340 square miles in the scenic Methow Valley. The fire was measured at 260 square miles Friday.


Nigeria: Boko Haram extremists have killed more than 100 people and hoisted their flag over a town in the northeast left undefended by the military, an official and a human rights advocate said Saturday.

Egypt: At least 21 Egyptian soldiers were killed Saturday when heavily armed gunmen attacked a border guard post near a remote desert oasis, according to an army spokesman.

Pakistan: Fifteen militants were killed Saturday when a U.S. drone struck a compound in the tribal region of North Waziristan, residents and an official said.

Times wires