Tuesday’s Mini-Report, 7.26.16

Today’s edition of quick hits:
 
* With 19 dead, this was Japan’s worst mass killing since World War II: “A mass stabbing at a center for people with disabilities outside Tokyo on Tuesday shocked Japan, where violent crimes are extremely rare. A former employee who had expressed strong views about euthanizing disabled people returned to the facility with a bag of knives at around 2 a.m., methodically slitting the throats of patients as they slept.”
 
* France: “Two attackers backing the Islamic State – including one on a watch list – stormed a village church in northern France during Mass on Tuesday, taking hostages and slitting the throat of an 85-year-old priest before police commandos shot and killed the assailants, authorities said.”
 
* Also in France: “Two more people have been arrested in connection with the Nice attacker who killed 84 people in the French Riviera city of Nice on July 14, sources close to the investigation told Reuters on Tuesday.”
 
* Long overdue: “The Food and Drug Administration, under pressure from Democrats in Congress, started official reconsideration on Tuesday of its policy limiting blood donations from gay and bisexual men.”
 
* Guantanamo: “A former ballet dancer and member of the Russian military who has been imprisoned as an enemy combatant at Guantanamo for nearly 14 years was given notice Monday that a review board has approved his release from the U.S. base in Cuba.”
 
* That’s quite a wildfire: “The effort to control the raging Sand fire in the Santa Clarita Valley mountains has drawn firefighters and emergency crews in the hills toward Acton. So far, the fire has burned 37,473 acres. A total of 3,048 firefighters are battling the blaze, according to the U.S. Forest Service. The wildfire prompted the evacuation of at least 10,000 homes, although late Monday, officials allowed most evacuees to return to their homes.”
 
* Good news on the Zika front: “The number of new Zika infections in Colombia is falling so fast that government health officials declared an end to the outbreak Monday, saying the epidemic phase of the virus’s spread was over.”
 
* What a strange story: “Within hours of their performance at a Donald Trump rally in Pensacola, Fla., last January, the U.S.A. Freedom Kids were a sensation…. Now, though, the relationship is different. Jeff Popick, father of the smallest Freedom Kid and author of ‘Freedom’s Call’ (the song performed at the Trump rally), told The Washington Post by phone on Monday that he planned to file a lawsuit against the campaign for violating its agreement with the group.”
 
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Tuesday's Mini-Report, 7.26.16