Today’s edition of quick hits:
* Mosul : “While Iraqi and Kurdish forces advanced on Mosul, the United Nations warned Monday that more than a million residents might try to get out before the fighting starts — and that ISIS could use them as ‘human shields.’”
* Members of “the Crusaders” militia group were caught before they could kill anyone: “Three men accused of plotting to attack Somali immigrants in Kansas will remain in prison after being charged with one count of conspiring to use a weapon of mass destruction.”
* The prison population is now down to 60 : “A longtime detainee at the U. S. military prison in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba who published a bestselling memoir of his treatment there was released on Monday, his lawyers and the Department of Defense said. Mohamedou Ould Slahi was sent back to his native Mauritania after 14 years of captivity, during which he was never charged with a crime.”
* Hurricane Matthew : “Searchers found two more bodies inside vehicles submerged in floodwaters from Hurricane Matthew in North Carolina, increasing the death toll in the state to 26, Gov. Pat McCrory said on Saturday.”
* Climate crisis : “Negotiators from more than 170 countries on Saturday reached a legally binding accord to counter climate change by cutting the worldwide use of a powerful planet-warming chemical used in air-conditioners and refrigerators.”
* Guilty plea : “Retired Marine Gen. James ‘Hoss’ Cartwright was expected to plead guilty Monday to making false statements during a federal investigation into the leak of classified information about a covert U. S. cyber attack on Iran’s nuclear program.”
* Florida Supreme Court : “Florida’s top court struck down part of the state’s capital-punishment law by ruling that only a unanimous jury may recommend a death sentence, bringing the state in line with most of the country.”
* An overdue shift : “The Obama administration on Friday lifted restrictions on how many cigars and bottles of rum Americans can bring back from Cuba, part of continuing efforts to mend more than five decades of strained relations between the nations.”
* The United States is not falling apart : “The United States reached a milestone high school graduation rate, the White House announced Monday. During the 2014-2015 school year, 83.2 percent of students graduated in four years, up nearly a percentage point from the previous year, when 82.3 percent of students got a diploma.”
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