MILWAUKEE—One of the two Wisconsin girls accused of attacking a classmate to please a fictional character named Slenderman is expected on Friday, Sept. 9, to ask a court to change her plea to not guilty by reason of mental disease or defect, local media reported. Anissa Weier, along with Morgan Geyser, have been in custody since they were charged with attempted first-degree homicide in the May 2014 stabbing attack in Waukesha, a suburb of Milwaukee. All three girls were 12 years old at the time of the stabbing. Weier and Geyser are now 14.
MINNEAPOLIS—The Minnesota Twins scored two runs in the seventh inning to steal a 6-5 victory over the Kansas City Royals in the finale of a three-game series on Wednesday night at Target Field. The win was Minnesota's third in 20 games overall and third in 14 games against Kansas City this season. The Twins staged their winning rally off Royals reliever Joakim Soria. Brian Dozier hit a leadoff single, stole second and scored on a double by Miguel Sano off the wall in right field to tie the game at 4-4.
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colorado—American swimmer Ryan Lochte has been suspended for 10 months, U.S. media reported on Wednesday, following a scandal involving the U.S. Olympic athlete and three other swimmers at the Rio Games. The suspension was handed down by the U.S. Olympic Committee and USA Swimming, USA Today reported, citing an unnamed source. Celebrity gossip website TMZ, citing unnamed sources, also reported the suspension. No further details were available.
The United States lifted protection for most humpback whales around the globe on Tuesday, Sept. 6, including some in American waters, based on evidence they have made a strong comeback since commercial whaling drove them to near extinction. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration removed humpback whales from the Endangered Species Act in nine of 14 population areas, the agency said in a statement. "Today's news is a true ecological success story," said Eileen Sobeck, assistant NOAA administrator for fisheries.
WASHINGTON—With the 15th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks nearing, Americans are sharply divided on party lines over the threat of a major terrorist attack on the United States, according to a poll released on Wednesday. Forty percent of Americans say the ability of terrorists to strike the United States is greater than it was at the time of the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks, according to the Pew Research Center survey of 1,201 adults.
WASHINGTON—Dakota Access agreed on Tuesday, Sept. 6, to halt construction in the area of a sacred Native American site in North Dakota until Friday. After violent clashes between protesters and security officers near the construction site, the Standing Rock Sioux tribe and a neighboring Native American tribe asked the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia on Sunday for a temporary restraining order against Dakota Access, the company building the pipeline.
HAMPTON, Ill.—Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton on Monday expressed concern about "credible reports" of Russian interference in the U.S. election and accused Donald Trump of being fixated on dictators including Russia's Vladimir Putin. Taking questions from reporters for more than 20 minutes on her campaign plane, Clinton said both Democrats and Republicans should be concerned about Russia's behavior.
LONDON—Oil slipped below $47 a barrel on Tuesday, falling further from the previous session's one-week high on receding hopes for imminent action to tackle a global supply glut. Saudi Arabia and Russia agreed on Monday to cooperate in world oil markets, prompting Brent to jump almost 5 percent only for it to pare gains after Saudi Energy Minister Khalid al-Falih said there was no need to freeze output for now. Brent crude for November was down $1.20 at $46.43 a barrel by 1352 GMT. U.S.
CLEVELAND—Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton opened the final, two-month stretch of the U.S. presidential campaign on Monday in the battleground state of Ohio as the Republican nominee saw a strengthening in opinion poll numbers that put pressure on his heavily favored Democratic rival. The Labor Day holiday is the traditional kickoff to the frenzied, last stretch of campaigning ahead of the Nov.
WASHINGTON—A close ally of Donald Trump said talks about the cost of building a wall with Mexico was not supposed to be part of the discussion during Republican presidential candidate's recent meeting with Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto. After the two met in Mexico last Wednesday, Trump told reporters they did not discuss his demand that Mexico pay the cost for construction of a wall on the border between the two countries. Hours later, however, Pena Nieto said on Twitter he did raise the issue of the cost of the wall. "At the beginning of the conversation with Donald Trump, I m