Dozens of police trainees killed during attack
Gunmen stormed a police training center late Monday in Pakistan's restive Baluchistan province and detonated explosive vests, killing at least 48 police trainees, authorities said. Baluchistan's top health official, Noorul Haq, said at least 116 people were wounded — mostly police trainees and some paramilitary troops. A security official put the death toll at 51. Major Gen. Sher Afgan, chief of the paramilitary Frontier Corps, told reporters today that the attackers appeared to be in contact with handlers in Afghanistan. He said the attackers belonged to the banned Lashker-e-Jhangvi Al-Almi group, an Islamic militant group affiliated with al-Qaida. Neither Lashker-a-Jhangvi nor any other group had claimed responsibility. Between four and six gunmen carried out the attack, officials said.
Lawmakers enter fight over soldier bonuses
Members of Congress and veterans leaders on Monday called for federal action to absolve the debts of nearly 10,000 California soldiers who have been ordered by the Pentagon to repay enlistment bonuses a decade after they signed up to serve in Iraq and Afghanistan. Lawmakers from California expressed outrage, including Democratic Sens. Dianne Feinstein and Barbara Boxer; House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, a Republican; and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, a Democrat. Maj. Gen. Matthew Beevers said the California National Guard is working with members of Congress to introduce legislation that would order the National Guard Bureau to clear the debts of soldiers who were wrongly told they were eligible for bonuses of $15,000 or more.
Wiggins, Miss.: The president of the Mississippi NAACP is demanding a federal hate crime investigation after the parents of a black high school student said as many as four white students put a noose around their son's neck at Stone High School in Wiggins.
Palm Springs, Calif.: The owner and operator of the tour bus involved in the Desert Hot Springs crash that left 13 people dead on Sunday had been previously sued at least twice for negligence after collisions with vehicles, one of which ended in three deaths, court documents show.
Dallas: A nurse who contracted Ebola two years ago while caring for the first person to be diagnosed in the United States with the disease settled a suit Monday against the parent company of the Dallas hospital where she worked. Attorneys for Nina Pham announced the settlement; terms weren't disclosed.
Venezuela: As President Nicolas Maduro flew to Rome for a hastily arranged meeting with Pope Francis, representatives of Venezuela's government and a leader of the opposition agreed Monday to allow the Vatican to mediate a dialogue about solving the country's political crisis. The accord appeared to mark a pause in escalating tension, which intensified last week when the country's electoral council suspended the opposition's drive for a referendum to recall Maduro.