YAOUNDE, Cameroon (AP) — Nigerian Islamic extremists who are fleeing a three-nation offensive against them have taken revenge on civilians in neighboring Cameroon -- where they have shot and burned scores of people to death, and destroyed mosques and churches. Officials in Cameroon say more than 500 wounded people are still trapped in the town where fighting continues. Boko Haram (BOH'-koh hah-RAHM') had previously carried out attacks in Cameroon -- but the latest attack appears to be a direct result of Cameroon and Chad launching an offensive this week with aircraft and ground troops.
TOKYO (AP) — Although there's sympathy in Japan for the families of the two Japanese hostages who were killed by the Islamic State group, many Japanese blame them -- and the country's prime minister -- for exposing Japan to a new sense of insecurity, and unwelcomed attention for Islamic extremists. They say the two hostages -- a journalist and an adventurer -- shouldn't have ignored warnings against traveling to Syria. The families of the two men have apologized repeatedly -- both before and after their deaths -- for the "trouble" they caused.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Pope Francis will address a joint meeting of Congress on Sept. 24. He'll be the first Pontiff to do so. House Speaker John Boehner (BAY'-nur) made the announcement at a news conference, then issued a statement expressing gratitude that the pope had accepted his invitation to appear before a joint meeting of the House and Senate. The pope is scheduled to make his first papal visit to the United States this fall, with other stops in New York and Philadelphia.
LAKE CITY, Fla. (AP) — Prosecutors will not file charges against an 11-year-old north Florida girl held in brother's shooting, but charges are still being considered for her 15-year-old sister. The elder sister, who police say fatally shot her 16-year-old brother on Jan. 5, is due back in court in March. Both girls were released from juvenile detention and will be placed under state supervision. Documents show that the elder girl suffered years of abuse.
TOMS RIVER, N.J. (AP) — The father of a New Jersey boy who was 4 years old when he fatally shot a 6-year-old neighbor has been sentenced to prison. A judge today sentenced Anthony Senatore to three years behind bars. Senatore pleaded guilty last year to child endangerment for leaving his gun unlocked.
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