Obama to visit Israel
President Barack Obama will go to Israel in the spring, the White House said Tuesday, marking his first visit to the staunch U.S. ally since becoming president. While in the region, Obama will make stops in the West Bank and Jordan. Obama and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu discussed the visit to Israel in late January, when Obama congratulated Netanyahu on his success in Israel’s recent election. The White House has not released the date of Obama’s trip or details about Obama’s itinerary, but Israel’s Channel 10 reported that the trip had been scheduled for March 20.
Guards, chaplain injured
Two guards and a chaplain were injured Tuesday in a prison attack that union officials said involved up to 15 inmates, the latest in a series of incidents at state prisons. The violence over the past month led to one death last week at Menard Correctional Center, where the most recent assaults also happened. Injured staff members were treated at a local hospital, an Illinois Department of Corrections spokeswoman said.
‘State rifle’ rejected
Montana lawmakers have rejected a proposal to name the Winchester Model 1873 the state rifle after Native American legislators said they couldn’t honor a weapon that “devastated” their ancestors. Supporters say the designation would memorialize an important symbol from the frontier era. But American Indian lawmakers argued that guns like the Winchester helped slaughter bison relied upon for food and was involved in Indian massacres.
A simple length of rope tore off the fingers of two teenagers during a schoolyard tug-of-war staged to boost campus spirit. The boy and girl had stable vital signs Tuesday after undergoing hours of surgery, but no information was disclosed on whether doctors reattached their fingers. A get-well banner hung at the South El Monte High School campus, and counselors consoled students after the horrific start Monday to the traditional Spirit Week celebrating homecoming.
Compiled from wire reports.