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Officer killed in Danville, OH ... 30th MLK Day ... 2 Iranian poets facing punishment escape from country

By The Associated Press | Posted - Jan. 18, 2016 at 4:40 a.m.



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MOUNT VERNON, Ohio (AP) — Authorities in Ohio say one person is in custody following the death of a police officer in Danville. The sheriff in Knox County says police received a call just before midnight from a woman saying her ex-boyfriend had weapons and was looking to kill an officer. The officer's body was found behind the village municipal building. Authorities say Herschel Jones III was arrested after a short foot chase.

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Civic leaders and activists are marking the 30th anniversary of the Martin Luther King Jr. federal holiday. In Washington, President Barack Obama and the first lady plan to take part in a community service program in King's honor. And in South Carolina, civil rights leaders plan to march to their state capitol, where this year, the Confederate flag is no longer on Statehouse grounds. Also in Columbia, Democratic presidential candidates Hillary Clinton, Bernie Sanders and Martin O'Malley will appear at a rally.

LONDON (AP) — British lawmakers plan today to debate a call for U.S. presidential hopeful Donald Trump to be banned from the U.K. because of his remarks about Muslims. But the debate won't result in a binding vote. More than 500,000 people signed an online petition calling for Trump to be blocked after he called for a temporary ban on Muslims entering the United States in the wake of attacks by extremists.

BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraqi security forces are searching a neighborhood in Baghdad for three Americans who reportedly were kidnapped over the weekend. An Iraqi government intelligence official says the Americans were abducted while visiting the home of their interpreter in the southern Baghdad neighborhood of Dora. The official says they were then taken to the Sadr city neighborhood, where communications with them were cut off.

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Two Iranian poets who faced lashings and prison sentences for their work have escaped from Iran. Poet Fatemeh Ekhtesari tells The Associated Press that both she and fellow poet Mehdi Mousavi escaped from Iran in recent days and are safely in another country. Ekhtesari faced an 11½-year prison sentence and Mousavi faced nine years on charges ranging from propaganda against the state to "insulting sanctities." Both also were sentenced to 99 lashings.

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