JERUSALEM (AP) – Looking to reduce tensions at a Jerusalem holy site that set off weeks of Mideast violence, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry announced that Israel and Jordan had agreed on steps, including round-the-clock video monitoring, to bring an end to the unrest.
But the announcement contained few details on how the monitoring system would work, and it was not immediately clear whether it would be enough to calm the unrest that has raised fears that the region is on the brink of a new round of heavy fighting. Israel said it welcomed “increased coordination” with the Jordanians.
WASHINGTON (AP) – The honeymoon might be over before it even begins for House Speaker-in-waiting Paul Ryan when he is elevated to the top job this coming week. The Wisconsin Republican, on track to prevail in secret-ballot GOP elections Wednesday and in a full House vote Thursday, would take over at a moment of chaos notable even for a Congress where crisis has become routine.
Lawmakers are barreling toward a Nov. 3 deadline to raise the federal borrowing limit or face an unprecedented government default, and there’s no plan in sight for averting it. Crucial highway funding authority is about to expire, requiring a short-term extension that no one supports.
DENVER (AP) – Officials say an inmate assaulted theater shooter James Holmes and a security officer at the Colorado State Penitentiary. Adrienne Jacobson, a spokeswoman for the Colorado Department of Corrections, tells The Denver Post that the inmate lunged at Holmes and took a few swings at him while the officer was escorting Holmes through a hallway.
Holmes was not injured. Jacobson tells The Associated Press that the 27-year-old inmate accused of attacking Holmes will be disciplined during a hearing inside the prison. Holmes is allowed to spend four hours in a day hall. No other inmates are in his cellblock.