WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama promised Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari U.S. support as Africa’s most populous nation battles violent extremism and the government works to root out corruption.

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama promised Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari U.S. support as Africa’s most populous nation battles violent extremism and the government works to root out corruption.


Obama met with the Buhari, who took office in May, at the White House on Monday just days before the U.S. leader leaves for a trip Kenya and Ethiopia.


Nigeria, which has the biggest economy in Africa, "is, obviously, one of the most important countries in the world," Obama said at the start of their meeting. Buhari has "a very clear agenda" to both contain the spread of militants and keep the Nigerian economy growing.


Buhari’s visit to the White House comes as the terrorist group Boko Haram has intensified attacks in Nigeria, killing hundreds of civilians in recent weeks. The Obama administration saw the election of Buhari, who took office in May after a peaceful transfer of power, as a chance to mend relations with Nigeria and fight terrorism in Africa.


—Bloomberg News


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LOS ANGELES — Authorities say a Northern California man claiming to practice natural medicine swindled a Thousand Oaks cancer patient out of thousands of dollars by giving her expired medication and a baggie of dirt to treat her ailments.


Vincent Gammill is out on bail after Ventura County sheriff’s officials say he was furnishing dangerous drugs without a license, including more than 25,000 prescription pills, morphine and other substances from Mexico and Russia.


Gammill told detectives he was providing alternative treatments to cancer patients who visited his office in Richmond. Detectives with the Ventura County Interagency Pharmaceutical Crimes Unit, who were investigating Gammill, said they could not find records showing he had any medical training, although he told them that he obtained a doctor of science degree sometime in the 1990s.


—Los Angeles Times


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"Go Set a Watchman," the surprise second novel by Harper Lee, has proven to be a hit with readers. After being available for sale for just six days, it has sold 1.1 million copies.


Publisher Harper Collins announced the sales Monday, noting that the tally includes hardcovers, e-books and audiobooks. It’s the fastest-selling title in the publisher’s history.


As impressive as that is, it’s not 2015’s fastest-selling book. That honor goes to "Grey" by E.L. James, which in June sold the same 1.1 million copies in its first four days on sale.


—Los Angeles Times


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DETROIT — A Bloomfield Township woman was crushed to death Sunday after she was pinned by a motorized parking lot gate at a tool and die shop in Commerce Township.


Deputies responded around 1:32 p.m. local time after receiving a 911 call, according to a news release from the Oakland County Sheriff’s Office.


An employee said he discovered his employer, the 63-year-old woman, dead. According to the Oakland County Sheriff’s Office, it appears the victim, who had been at work the previous evening, had reached through the chain link fence gate using keys to activate the gate and had become trapped between the motorized gate and electrical box.


—Detroit Free Press


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JERUSALEM — On the heels of the nuclear deal between Iran and six world powers, which has been roundly opposed by Israeli officials, U.S. Defense Secretary Ashton Carter began a Middle East tour Monday with an effort to assure the key American ally.


"The region is complicated and troubled but we know what our interests are," Carter said during a meeting with his Israel counterpart, Moshe Yaalon, at the Israeli Defense Ministry in Tel Aviv. Principal among those interests, he said, is "the friendship and alliance with Israel."


—Los Angeles Times


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BEIJING — Former Chinese President Hu Jintao’s onetime top aide, who was sidelined from the upper echelons of power in 2012 after his son died in a spectacular Ferrari crash, has been expelled from the Communist Party and referred to courts for prosecution, state-run media said Monday.


Party investigators found that Ling Jihua who essentially held a role akin to White House chief of staff, had committed numerous violations of "party discipline," the New China News Agency reported. The violations included taking bribes, committing adultery with multiple women, wrongly acquiring state secrets and using his position to obtain financial benefits for his relatives, the state-run news agency said.


—Los Angeles Times


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