N. Korea launches ballistic missile

N. Korea launches ballistic missile

SEOUL, South Korea

North Korea on Tuesday launched yet another ballistic missile in the direction of Japan, South Korean officials said, part of a string of recent test-firings as the North works to build a nuclear-tipped missile that could reach the United States.

The South’s Joint Chiefs of Staff said in a statement that the launch, which came before the U.S. celebration of its national independence, was made from North Phyongan province. Other details were scarce. It wasn’t immediately clear if this was a routine firing of a short-range missile or an attempt to perfect North Korea’s longer-range missiles.

Abduction suspect has court hearing


Hundreds of people gathered outside a federal courthouse Monday as the suspect in the kidnapping of a Chinese scholar at the University of Illinois made his first appearance since being arrested last week.

During the nine-minute hearing, 28-year-old Brendt Christensen acknowledged to the judge that he understood his rights, but did not say anything else. U.S. Magistrate Eric Long ordered Christensen held without bond in the kidnapping of Yingying Zhang. Authorities say facts in the case indicate the 26-year-old Zhang is dead, although her body hasn’t been found.

Police: Argument led to gunshots inside South Carolina mall


Gunshots were fired inside a South Carolina mall after two men got into an argument.

North Charleston police spokesman Spencer Pryor told reporters the two men got into their argument about 5:30 p.m. Monday inside Northwoods Mall. Pryor said the argument occurred in a store, which he couldn’t identify.

After the store worker asked the men to leave, the men exchanged gunfire before they ran. Pryor said the two men apparently left the mall.

No injuries were reported. The mall was placed on lockdown, and shoppers were asked to leave as police searched store-to-store for the suspects. There have been no arrests.

With fight for Mosul in final stage, militants strike back


With the fight for Mosul in its final stage Monday, Islamic State militants sent female suicide bombers hidden among fleeing civilians, while Iraqi forces and the U.S.-led coalition unleashed punishing airstrikes and artillery fire that set dozens of buildings ablaze.

At least one Iraqi soldier was killed and five were wounded in the two separate suicide attacks, the military said. On Sunday, a bomber in women’s clothing killed 14 people at a camp for displaced residents in Anbar province, a provincial official said. No group claimed responsibility for the attack.

Wire reports

Selected local stocks


Alcoa Inc., .1234.021.37

Aqua America, .71 33.04-0.26

Avalon Holdings,2.600.17

Chemical Bank, .2749.731.32

Community Health Sys. 9.94 -0.02

Cortland Bancorp, .2818.000.00

Farmers Nat., .1614.950.45

First Energy, 1.44 29.06-0.10

Fifth/Third, .5226.470.51

FirstMerit Corp.,-0.00

First Niles Financial, .1210.000.00

FNB Corp., .4814.370.21

General Motors, 1.5235.570.64

General Electric, .9227.450.44

Huntington Bank, .28 13.750.23

iHeartMedia Inc.,1.650.00

JP Morgan Chase, 1.9292.751.85

Key Corp, .3419.020.28

LaFarge, .34--

Macy’s, 1.51 23.840.60

Parker Hannifin, 2.52 161.221.40

PNC, 2.20126.001.13

Simon Prop. Grp., 6.60165.183.42

Stoneridge 15.570.16

United Comm. Fin., .12 8.580.27

Selected prices from Monday’s 4 p.m. close.

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