KANSAS CITY, MO.

Women assaulted in jail

Nearly two dozen female inmates have been removed from a Missouri jail after two women said they were sexually assaulted by male inmates who somehow got into their cells. One of the victims told police that three men she initially thought were guards came into her cell at the Jackson County Regional Correctional Center and took turns raping her Friday, Kansas City police said. The other victim said a man came into her cell and kissed and fondled her before fleeing when a door opened and someone whistled. WDAF-TV reported the women told police the suspects used keys to get into their jail cells. City Manager Troy Schulte said Monday he ordered all female city inmates being housed in the jail to be removed immediately.

GREENVILLE, S.C.

Report: Clowns luring kids

A South Carolina neighborhood is reporting that people dressed as clowns have been seen trying to lure children into the woods with money. Greenville County deputies say they’ve found no evidence of anyone behind the apartment complex where residents reported seeing clowns trying to attract children. Authorities said Monday that officers investigated the woods behind the apartments after receiving the reports but found “no signs of suspicious activity or characters dressed in clown attire.”

WASHINGTON

Obama plans trip to Asia

President Barack Obama faces thorny talks about the fight against the Islamic State group, climate change and human rights when he sets off this week across the Pacific for an eight-day valedictory tour through Asia. Obama is to leave Wednesday to attend back-to-back summits in Hangzhou, China, and Vientiane, Laos. The White House has planned the trip as a moment to highlight his administration’s seven-year effort to expand U.S. influence in Asia, including Obama’s push for massive free trade and a landmark climate agreement with China.

TUCSON, ARIZ.

Detention sites reviewed

Federal immigration officials said Monday they are considering phasing out the use of private contractors at its detention facilities amid pressure from immigrant advocates to end the practice over safety concerns. U.S. Department of Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson said he has asked an advisory council to review whether U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement should make the change.

Compiled from wire reports