WASHINGTON

Transportation nominee

President Barack Obama today will nominate Charlotte, N.C., Mayor Anthony Foxx as his new transportation secretary, a White House official said Sunday. If confirmed by the Senate, Foxx would replace outgoing Secretary Ray LaHood. Foxx is Obama’s first black nominee among the new Cabinet members appointed for the second term. The president faced criticism early in his second term for a lack of diversity among his nominees.

NEW YORK

Smoking age targeted

Following New York City’s lead, state lawmakers have taken up the cause to raise the minimum age for cigarette purchases from 18 to 21 statewide. State Sen. Diane Savino and Assemblywoman Linda Rosenthal announced the legislation at a news conference Sunday in New York City. The bill was introduced on Friday. If passed, New York would become the first state to raise the minimum age to buy cigarettes to 21.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M.

Four stabbed in church

Police say a 24-year-old man stabbed four people at a Catholic church in Albuquerque as a Sunday mass was nearing its end. Police spokesman Robert Gibbs said Lawrence Capener jumped over several pews at St. Jude Thaddeus Catholic Church around noon Sunday and walked up to the choir area where he began his attack. The injuries to the four church-goers weren’t life-threatening. An off-duty police officer and others at the church subdued Capener and held him down until police arrived.

LOS ANGELES

‘Iron Man’ thrills world

Iron Man 3 was the heavy-lifter at theaters with a colossal overseas debut. The Marvel Studios superhero sequel starring Robert Downey Jr. got a head-start on its domestic launch next Friday with a $195.3 million opening in 42 overseas markets, distributor Disney reported Sunday. Director Michael Bay’s Pain & Gain, a true-crime tale of bodybuilders on the make, muscled into first-place domestically with a $20 million debut.

Compiled from wire reports.