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White House sets ‘new direction’ in biodefense strategy

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Washington, Sep 19 (AP) - The Trump administration on Tuesday released a new biodefense strategy that it said takes a more comprehensive approach to preparing the nation for deliberate biological attacks and natural outbreaks of infectious disease.
The goal of the strategy, which was required by Congress, is to more effectively prevent, prepare for and re-spond to biological threats, which the document said are "among the most serious threats" facing the U.S. and the world.

$2.5M bond for Border Patrol agent in killings of 4 in Texas

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Houston, Sep 16 (AP) - A U.S. Border Patrol supervisor was jailed Sunday on $2.5 million bond in Texas, accused in the killing of at least four women and of injuring a fifth who managed to escape.
Juan David Ortiz, 35, was being held in Laredo on four counts of murder along with charges of...

Militants free 3 Indonesian hostages in southern Philippines

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Manila, Sept 16 (AP) - Muslim militants have freed three Indonesian men they kidnapped at sea early last year off Malaysia then brought them to their jungle hideouts in the southern Philippines, officials said Sunday.
The Indonesians were freed Friday with the help of the Moro National Liberation...

Talk of leadership during Brexit 'irritating'

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London, Sept 16 (AP) - British Prime Minister Theresa May concedes that she gets "irritated" by the debate over her leadership during the difficult Brexit negotiations.
She told the BBC in an interview scheduled to be broadcast Monday that she is concerned for the country's fu-ture, not her own...

Man dies after shark attack off Cape Cod

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Wellfleet, Sep 16 (AP) - A man was bitten by a shark Saturday in the water off a Cape Cod beach and died later at a hospital, becoming the state's first shark attack fatality in more than 80 years.
The 26-year-old man from Revere succumbed to his injuries following the attack off Newcomb Hollow...

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