Drive-by shooting likely gang-related, police say

Police say five people were shot and wounded in a drive-by outside an East Palo Alto McDonald’s restaurant.

The city’s police Capt. Carl Estelle said none of the injuries in Saturday’s shooting was believed to be life-threatening.

A sixth victim, a 6-year-old child, was wounded by glass shards.

Witnesses told investigators the suspects fled in either a green or silver vehicle.

Estelle said detectives believe the shooting was gang-related.


Justice Sotomayor speaks at PEN literary festival

Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor is taking on the topic of freedom of expression.

She gave a talk on the subject Sunday on the closing night of the PEN World Voices Festival of International Literature in New York City. It’s called the Arthur Miller Freedom to Write Lecture, and past speakers have included Umberto Eco, Christopher Hitchens and Salman Rushdie.

Following the talk, Sotomayor took part in a conversation on the subject with scholar Henry Louis Gates Jr.

Sotomayor is an author as well. Her memoir, “My Beloved World,” was published earlier this year.

This year’s festival focused the idea of bravery in art and politics.


Beekeeper removes huge hive housing 60,000 bees

It was the biggest beehive that Ogden beekeeper Vic Bachman has ever removed – a dozen feet long, packed inside the eaves of a cabin in Ogden Valley.

“We figure we got 15 pounds of bees out of there,” said Bachman, who said that converts to about 60,000 honeybees.

Bachman was called to the A-frame cabin last month in Eden, Utah. Taking apart a panel that hid roof rafters, he found honeycombs packed 12 feet long, 4 feet wide and 16 inches deep.

The honeybees had been making the enclosed cavity their home since 1996, hardly bothering the owners of the rarely used cabin.


Fighting kills 8 members of Pakistan security forces

Military operations and insurgent attacks in lawless districts of Pakistan left eight members of the security forces and around 30 militants and criminal suspects dead Sunday, officials said.

Two soldiers and 16 militants were killed in clashes in the Tirah Valley area of the Khyber tribal region in the northwest, the military said. Three other soldiers were wounded in the remote mountainous district near the Afghan border.

The army launched an offensive last month into the valley targeting the Pakistani Taliban and an allied group, Lashkar-e-Islam. The military said the latest fighting forced the militants to flee from two of their hideouts, leaving behind a huge cache of arms and ammunition.

In the North Waziristan tribal region, another northwestern district bordering Afghanistan, a roadside bomb attack on a convoy killed two soldiers and wounded three, said two Pakistani intelligence officials who spoke on condition of anonymity.


Law bans Gadhafi officials from work in government

Under pressure from armed militias, Libya’s parliament passed a sweeping law Sunday that bans anyone who served as a senior official under Moammar Gadhafi during his 42-year-long rule from working in government.

The Political Isolation Law could lead to the dismissal of many current leaders, some of whom had defected to the rebel side during the country’s 2011 civil war or had been elected to office since Gadhafi’s ouster and killing. The move is likely to further stall the country’s already rocky transition to democracy by ousting elected lawmakers.

It injects a new dose of uncertainty into Libyan politics during a still-fragile transition. Liberals say it will give a boost to Islamists, who performed poorly in recent elections compared to their counterparts in other Arab states, although Islamists said they could also be affected by the ban.

— From news service reports

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