Today’s edition of quick hits:
* Middle East: “President Obama said he’s dispatching Secretary of Defense Ash Carter to the Middle East to help secure more help to fight the Islamic State, promising that his administration is ‘moving forward with a great sense of urgency’ against the terrorist group.”
* Suspected hate crime: “A 23-year-old man was booked Saturday on arson and hate-crime charges in connection with a fire that burned through part of a Southern California mosque just before a prayer service on Friday.”
* Also in Southern California: “Homicide detectives from the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department are investigating a fatal shooting that was captured on video and appears to show deputies shooting a man multiple times as he walks away.”
* Army Sgt. Bowe Berghdal is facing a court martial: “Berghdal, who was captured by the Taliban after he left his post in Afghanistan back in June 2009, was charged in March with desertion and a misbehavior before the enemy – charges that carry a potential life sentence.”
* New Mexico’s Dianna Duran was a Republican who ran an on anti-corruption platform: “After a brief but tearful plea for leniency from former Secretary of State Dianna Duran, state District Judge T. Glenn Ellington on Monday sentenced her to 30 days in jail, a fine of $14,000 and restitution totaling $13,866.”
* Saudi Arabia: “At least 19 Saudi women won seats in historic municipal elections that were open to female voters and candidates for the first time here.”
* A bizarre media story: “The publisher of the Las Vegas Review-Journal removed quotes from a Thursday night article about the newspaper’s sale that questioned its new owner’s decision to remain anonymous, according to a newsroom source.”
* Good for him: “Decrying the ugly ‘rhetoric’ coming from the presidential race, Sen. Jeff Flake on Friday delivered a powerful message of solidarity with the congregation of a north Scottsdale mosque.”
* And the massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary was three years ago today.
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