DURANT, Miss. (AP) — The man arrested in the killing of two nuns in Mississippi this week has a criminal record and is currently on probation. That's according to a spokeswoman for the Mississippi Department of Corrections. She says Rodney Earl Sanders was convicted of a felony DUI and sentenced on Feb. 23, 2015. He was later released from prison and is on probation. Sanders was also convicted of armed robbery in 1986 and served six years behind bars.
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — State and local elected officials in North Carolina are expressing their concerns that the U.S. National Whitewater Center has reopened its water channels less than two months after a rafter died from a brain-eating amoeba and with no new regulations in place. According to the Charlotte Observer, State Sen. Joel Ford, whose district includes the facility, said he was "stunned" the center resumed rafting on Aug. 10.
PARIS (AP) — French investigators say they have handed preliminary terrorism charges to the brother-in-law of one of the Islamic extremists who attacked the French satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo last year. The 20-year-old was arrested in Bulgaria last month on suspicion he was trying to travel to Syria to join the Islamic State group. He has denied the allegations. The attack at Charlie Hebdo's Paris office in January 2015 killed 12 people.
LA PAZ, Bolivia (AP) — Bolivian authorities are accusing the president of a mining federation and two of his top officials in connection with the killing of the country's deputy interior minister amid a bitter strike. Forty miners have been detained in the case. The minister was kidnapped and beaten to death by striking mine workers on Thursday after trying to mediate a dispute over mining laws and dwindling paychecks. Three protesters have been killed in clashes with riot police.
GROTON, Conn. (AP) — The U.S. Navy now has an attack submarine that's sponsored by first lady Michelle Obama and will be named for her home state of Illinois. General Dynamics Electric Boat Division delivered the $2.7 billion sub on Saturday after more than five years of construction. The first lady will be involved in the life of SSN 786 and the lives of its sailors and their families. The sub will begin active service at a commissioning ceremony on Oct. 29.
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