Loretta Lynch, nominated by President Barack Obama to be the next U.S. attorney general, is sister to the pastor of Ebenezer Baptist Church, on Sugar Creek Road. “Loretta has spent her life fighting for fair and equal justice that is the foundation of our democracy,” Obama said in remarks Saturday. If confirmed, she would replace Eric Holder, who is stepping down.
Flight attendants at American Airlines rejected a five-year contract Sunday, forcing the world's largest carrier and its union for cabin-crew workers into binding arbitration. Just 16 votes blocked the contract — with 8,180 voting for and 8,196 voting against, the Association of Professional Flight Attendants said in a statement. The rejection of the contract affects roughly 24,000 workers and complicates the integration of American Airlines and US Airways. The two merged last year to form the world's biggest airline operator. The proposed contract included guaranteed raises but ended a profit-sharing plan.
At least 47 people were killed and 79 were wounded Monday by a suicide bombing outside a school in northern Nigeria, police said. The attacker was disguised as a student when he set off the explosion in a government boarding school in the town of Potiskum, police spokesman Emmanuel Ojukwu said. Although no one has yet claimed responsibility, "We suspect Boko Haram is behind the attack," Ojukwu said.
Furious protesters attempting to break into Mexico City's National Palace set fire to its doors during nationwide demonstrations over the apparent massacre of 43 students who were allegedly kidnapped by local police and handed over to a gang. The unrest is the steepest challenge yet to face Pena Nieto, who took office two years ago vowing to restore order in Mexico, where about 80,000 deaths have been linked to organized crime since 2006. The students had gone missing in Iguala on Sept. 26 after clashing with police on their way to a rally to protest proposed government educational reforms.