Daily Updates

August 18, 2013

10 things to know for Monday

Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about Monday:

1. THE DIVERGING ACCOUNTS OF NEW DEATHS IN EGYPT

State media says 36 detainees died in clashes with security forces, but officials say they died after security forces fired tear gas into their truck.

2. CONGRESS SPLIT ON MILITARY AID TO CAIRO

Even within political parties, lawmakers can’t agree on whether the violence justifies a suspension of $1.3B in aid.

3. WHO’S A ROADBLOCK TO GUANTANAMO CLOSING

Nearly 50 men being held under “indefinite detention” are among the chief hurdles to Obama’s attempts to shut the prison down.

4. LIFE SENTENCES FOR YOUTHS IN US

About 2,100 inmates have no chance for parole for crimes committed as minors, but the Supreme Court has ruled such punishment unconstitutional.

5. HOW POLITICAL PEDIGREES COULD AFFECT SENATE RACES

Liz Cheney and other candidates with famous last names might find it easier to raise campaign cash.

6. ANOTHER WATCHDOG COULD BE AHEAD FOR NYPD

A federal judge appointed a monitor for the department’s stop-and-frisk policy, and the City Council members are seeking an inspector general.

7. FEDERAL CIVIL RIGHTS PROBES DON’T ALWAYS LEAD TO TRIAL

In cases like the shooting of Trayvon Martin that raise questions of racial discrimination, prosecutors often can’t find evidence to support such charges.

8. WHAT HAPPENS NEXT IN PISTORIUS CASE

The 26-year-old double-amputee Olympian is to be indicted Monday on a premeditated murder charge in the shooting death of girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp.

9. IN SILICON VALLEY, ‘WE SIT AROUND TALKING LEGO’

Engineers, among the most excited fans of the snap-together toys, await the new Mindstorms sets rolling out next month.

10. BOLT BREAKS MEDALS RECORD

The Jamaican track star becomes the most decorated athlete in world-championship history with a total of eight golds and two silvers.

 

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  • Ukraine, Russia trade blame for shootout in east

    Within hours of an Easter morning shootout at a checkpoint manned by pro-Russia insurgents in eastern Ukraine, Russia’s Foreign Ministry issued a statement blaming militant Ukrainian nationalists and Russian state television stations aired pictures of supposed proof of their involvement in the attack that left at least three people dead.

    April 20, 2014

  • In West Bank, teen offenders face different fates

    The boys were both 15, with the crackly voices and awkward peach fuzz of adolescence. They lived just a few minutes away from one another in the West Bank. And both were accused of throwing stones at vehicles, one day after the other.

    April 20, 2014

  • Study: Fuels from corn waste not better than gas

    Biofuels made from the leftovers of harvested corn plants are worse than gasoline for global warming in the short term, a study shows, challenging the Obama administration’s conclusions that they are a much cleaner oil alternative and will help combat climate change.

    April 20, 2014

  • Fracking foes cringe as unions back drilling boom

    After early complaints that out-of-state firms got the most jobs, some local construction trade workers and union members in Pennsylvania, Ohio and West Virginia say they’re now benefiting in a big way from the Marcellus and Utica Shale oil and gas boom.

    April 20, 2014

  • In Colorado, a pot holiday tries to go mainstream

    Once the province of activists and stoners, the traditional pot holiday of April 20 has gone mainstream in the first state in the nation to legalize recreational marijuana.

    April 20, 2014

  • ‘Capt. America’ tops box office for third week

    Captain America continues to vanquish box office foes, triumphing in ticket sales for the third consecutive week and dominating over megastar Johnny Depp’s new movie.

    April 20, 2014

  • Probe could complicate Rick Perry’s prospects

    Texas Gov. Rick Perry has spent a record 14 years in office vanquishing nearly all who dared confront him: political rivals, moms against mandatory vaccines for sixth graders, a coyote in the wrong place at the wrong time.

    April 20, 2014

  • NASA’s space station Robonaut finally getting legs

    Robonaut, the first out-of-this-world humanoid, is finally getting its space legs.

    April 19, 2014

  • Documents detail another delayed GM recall

    Government documents show that General Motors waited years to recall nearly 335,000 Saturn Ions for power steering failures despite getting thousands of consumer complaints and warranty repair claims.

    April 19, 2014

  • Captain of sunken SKorean ferry, 2 crew arrested

    The captain of the ferry that sank off South Korea, leaving more than 300 missing or dead, was arrested Saturday on suspicion of negligence and abandoning people in need. Two crew members also were taken into custody, including a rookie third mate who a prosecutor said was steering in challenging waters unfamiliar to her when the accident occurred.

    April 19, 2014