Nation, world briefs 6/9/16

EgyptAir plane lands after bomb threat

CAIRO -- An EgyptAir plane that made an emergency landing Wednesday in Uzbekistan after a bomb threat resumed its flight and landed in Beijing, Egyptian officials said, the latest in a series of air-travel incidents involving Egypt. The officials said no bomb was found after the Airbus A330-220 and its passengers were searched by explosives experts. The plane took off for the Chinese capital four hours after it landed in Urgench, about 600 miles west of the Uzbek capital, Tashkent. According to the officials, an anonymous caller telephoned security agents at the Cairo airport to say a bomb was on board EgyptAir Flight 955, which had 135 passengers and crew on board. The agents contacted the aircraft and ordered it to land at the nearest airport, the officials said.

Philadelphia may impose soda tax

PHILADELPHIA -- A City Council showdown over a proposed soda tax in Philadelphia got off to a stormy start. Hundreds of people showed Wednesday for a public hearing and planned key vote. Opponents shouted, "No new tax!" and supporters countered with, "Kids can't wait." Mayor Jim Kenney has proposed a 3-cent-an-ounce tax on soda and other sugary beverages to pay for universal prekindergarten, community schools and park improvements. But the council appears to want something different. An alternative proposal for a tax on non-reusable containers is up for consideration. It would cover bottled water and even some vegetable juices.

Officer shoots, injures homeowner

STOCKBRIDGE, Ga. -- Authorities said a police officer shot and injured a man who refused to drop a handgun. The Georgia Bureau of Investigation stated in a news release Henry County police asked the agency to investigate the shooting, which happened early Wednesday at a Stockbridge home. The bureau said someone called 911 just before midnight Tuesday to report hearing gunshots and a woman yelling for help. The bureau said a preliminary review of the 911 call indicates the three officers who responded went to the wrong home. The bureau said the homeowner, William Powell, 63, met officers with a handgun. One officer shot Powell in the neck when he didn't obey officers' commands to drop the gun.

Republican wins race to succeed Boehner

WEST CHESTER, Ohio -- Republican Warren Davidson is assured of being western Ohio's congressman for the next seven months and likely for years afterward. Davidson handily won Tuesday's low-turnout special election to succeed former House Speaker John Boehner in the 8th House District. Speaker Paul Ryan will swear him in today in Washington. "Welcome, Warren; we look forward to working with you to get our country back on track," Ryan said to Davidson, whose district includes Ryan's alma mater, Miami University. Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted said just below 6 percent of the district's 471,273 registered voters cast ballots, and Butler County elections director Diane Noonan said she was surprised at the low turnout, given the importance of winning a seat in Congress.

-- From wire reports

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