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Nation & world briefs, Aug. 25

Lebanon

Suspect arrested
in double bombing

Lebanese security forces arrested a suspect yesterday in connection with the devastating double bombing the day before that killed at least 47 people in the northern city of Tripoli, the state news agency said.

The National News Agency identified the suspect as Sheik Ahmad al-Ghareeb, and said the police took him into custody at his home in the Miniyeh region outside Tripoli. It said al-Ghareeb, who has ties to a Sunni organization that enjoys good relations with Lebanon’s powerful Shiite Hezbollah militant group, appears in surveillance video at the site of one of the explosions.

The coordinated explosions Friday outside two mosques in Tripoli, a predominantly Sunni city, raised already simmering sectarian tensions in fragile Lebanon.

Califorina

Slain mother, son recalled at service

Calling their deaths “an abomination,” a priest memorialized a California mother and young son killed by a family friend who also abducted the woman’s 16-year-old daughter.

Yesterday’s service for Christina Anderson and 8-year-old Ethan Anderson at the Guardian Angels Roman Catholic Church in Santee, Calif., was open to the public.

The pair was found at the home of James DiMaggio, who set it ablaze earlier this month and then took off with Hannah Anderson.

DiMaggio was killed by FBI agents Aug. 10 in the Idaho wilderness, ending a six-day search that spanned much of the western United States and parts of Canada and Mexico.

After ruling, churches change their bylaws

Worried they could be sued by gay couples, some churches are changing their bylaws to reflect their view that the Bible allows only marriage between one man and one woman.

Although there have been lawsuits against wedding industry businesses that refuse to serve gay couples, attorneys promoting the bylaw changes said they don’t know of any lawsuits against churches.

Critics say the changes are unnecessary, but some churches fear that it’s only a matter of time before one of them is sued.

In a June decision, the U.S. Supreme Court struck down a provision of the federal Defense of Marriage Act that defined marriage as between a man and a woman for purposes of federal law.

Washington, D.C.

Officials to take close look at newborn panda

Caretakers at Washington’s National Zoo hope to get the first close look at a newborn panda cub during a weekend exam.

During the checkup, officials will try to listen to the cub’s heart and lungs, record its weight and collect a DNA sample. The minutes-long health assessment was initially planned for yesterday, but mom Mei Xiang didn’t give keepers an opportunity to take her cub, which was born Friday evening and is about the size of a stick of butter.

The cub is the 15-year-old panda’s third. The cub she gave birth to last year died after just six days.

The Associated Press

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