BC-AP News Digest 6:10 pm


Associated Press

Posted on August 16, 2013 at 2:30 AM

The world at 6:10 p.m. Times EDT.

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CAIRO — Weeping relatives in search of loved ones uncover the faces of the bloodied, unclaimed dead in a Cairo mosque near the smoldering epicenter of support for ousted President Mohammed Morsi, as the death toll soars past 600 from Egypt's deadliest day since the Arab Spring began. Violence spreads — government buildings are set afire near the Pyramids, policemen are gunned down and churches attacked — amid widespread condemnation from the Muslim world and the West. By Maggie Michael.

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CHILMARK, Mass. —President Barack Obama scraps plans for joint American-Egyptian military exercises, marking the first concrete U.S. reaction to the spiraling violence consuming Egypt. But even as Obama condemns the deadly clashes, he stops short of cutting the $1.3 billion in annual U.S. aid for Cairo. By Julie Pace and Nedra Pickler.

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—UNITED STATES-EGYPT-TEXT_A text of the statement that President Barack Obama made in Massachusetts regarding the surge in violence and deaths in Egypt.


BEIRUT — A powerful car bomb tears through a bustling Hezbollah stronghold south of Beirut, killing at least 14 people and wounding more than 200in the worst such attack to hit the militant group's bastion of support in years. The blast, the second in just over a month, highlights the group's growing vulnerability over its public foray fighting alongside President Bashar Assad's regime against rebels in Syria's civil war. By Zeina Karam and Bassem Mroue.

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MOORE, Okla. — One young girl is so afraid of the wind that she carries headphones to block out the sound. Other kids are traumatized by the memory of their narrow escape from the storm and the friends who died just a few feet away from them. Nearly three months after a twister blasted through Moore and destroyed two elementary schools, students are preparing to go back to class. Although many families are ready to return to a familiar routine, parents and teachers say the town's children have fears that are still fresh and much more healing to do. By Sean Murphy.

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UNITED NATIONS — The U.N. Security Council schedules an emergency briefing on the latest developments in Egypt following the government's deadly crackdown on supporters of ousted President Mohammed Morsi. By Edith M. Lederer.


CAIRO — With astonishing speed, Egypt has moved from a nation in crisis to a nation in danger of slipping into civil war. Key ingredients already are in place: The powerful military is the real source of power, the top liberal is under fire for his opposition to violence and Islamists are lashing out after hundreds were killed in a crackdown on supporters of ousted President Mohammed Morsi. By Hamza Hendawi.

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— EGYPT-TURKEY — Egypt recalls its ambassador to Turkey in sign of tensions after Morsi's ouster, crackdown.

— EGYPT-GENERAL MOTORS — General Motors Co. closes its operations in Egypt indefinitely because of violence in the country.

— EGYPT-TIMELINE — Key events in Egypt's uprising and unrest.

— EGYPT-REACTION-GLANCE — World reactions to developments.



TOKYO — The tranquil, cherry-tree shaded grounds of Yasukuni Shrine may seem an unlikely hotbed of provocation. But visits by Japanese government officials to the shrine, which also hosts a museum glorifying Japan's wartime past, anger China and South Korea and highlight lingering resentment 68 years after the end of World War II. By Elaine Kurtenbach.

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— BRAZIL-CHAOTIC TRANSPORTATION-PHOTO GALLERY — The chaotic transportation system in Brazil's largest city has been blamed in part for recent protests around the country, as anger over poor service and fare hikes has boiled over. AP Photo Gallery by Andre Penner.



WASHINGTON — Some of the Pentagon's most painful themes of the past decade have played out at the court-martial of Army Pfc. Bradley Manning, such as its conflicts over gays in the military, the lack of local support for U.S. counterinsurgency campaigns and the shortage of troops earlier in the war. By Pauline Jelinek and David Dishneau.

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— REPUBLICANS-RISING STARS — One is a police officer and blogger, another an African-American who is speaker of the Oklahoma House of Representatives. They're among members of the GOP's "Rising Stars" program, a diverse group that Republicans hope can improve the party's image.



WASHINGTON — In a highly unusual move to blunt the legal impact of the president's comments on military sexual assaults, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel has ordered his top leaders to be sure to only base their judicial decisions on facts and their own independent judgment. By Lolita C. Baldor. AP photo.


FORT HOOD, Texas —Col. Michael Mulligan whispered to a fellow prosecutor who had just finished questioning a witness in the Fort Hood shooting trial, prompting the military lawyer to ask how many bullet holes the gunman left. The lead prosecutor in the case against Maj. Nidal Hasan, who is accused of killing 13 people at the Texas military base in 2009, has been something of a quality-control specialist, watching for any mistakes or oversights that could bolster a future appeal. By Nomaan Merchant and Michael Graczyk.

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— FORT HOOD SHOOTING — A pathologist testifying at the Fort Hood shooting trial tells jurors on of the slain soldiers was shot a dozen times and his wounds indicate he was trying to charge the gunman. AP photos.


SAN DIEGO — The California man who abducted a teenage family friend tortured her mother and younger brother before killing them and exchanged more than a dozen calls with the girl in the hours before the slaying. Exactly how James Lee DiMaggio tortured them or why he and Hannah Anderson exchanged about 13 calls wasn't immediately clear, but the new details add more questions to the case. By Elliot Spagat.

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NEW YORK — Fare increases. Route cuts. General frustration over life. In New York City, there is no shortage of reasons why bus drivers are targeted for assault — an average of 88 attacks every year in the nation's largest bus system. To protect its 12,000 drivers, the Metropolitan Transit Authority plans to upgrade buses with surveillance cameras and floor-to-ceiling partitions that separate operators from passengers. By Jon Gerberg.

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BISMARCK, N.D. — As the sole Sierra Club staff member in North Dakota, Wayde Schafer knows it's not easy being green in an oil-rich, red state. In the 25 years since he became an environmentalist, Schafer has seen the region's landscape change dramatically by the state's unprecedented oil bonanza. Though Schafer has struggled to gain influence among regulators, he's now teaming up with pro-landowner groups to try to curb the oil boom. By James MacPherson.

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WYLIE, Texas — Apollo was his usual friendly self at feeding time, even though the 12-year-old tiger was fighting a virus that had sickened numerous big cats at his North Texas animal sanctuary. But hours later, he had a seizure and died. Four more tigers and a lioness soon suffered the same fates in an outbreak that the refuge's founder calls "an absolute living nightmare." By Jamie Stengle.

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ATLANTA — Adult obesity still isn't budging. The latest government survey shows 13 states with very high rates of obesity. Overall, levels have been about the same for years. By Medical Writer Mike Stobbe.

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WASHINGTON — Imagine a small raccoon with a teddy bear face that is so cute it's hard to resist, let alone overlook. But somehow science did — until now. Researchers announce the rare discovery of a new species of a mammal called the olinguito. By Science Writer Seth Borenstein.

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NEW YORK — Warnings of weaker revenue from two big companies and worries that the Federal Reserve could slow its support for the economy sent the stock market sharply lower Thursday. The Dow Jones industrial average fell as much as 230 points before trimming some of its losses in the early afternoon. Investors fretted over disappointing outlooks for Wal-Mart and Cisco. By Matthew Craft.

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"Blurred Lines" by Robin Thicke has been called too racy by some, for its lyrics and an online video featuring topless models — and yet the song has become the No. 1 hit of the summer. Certainly in pop culture, pushing the limits of what's considered appropriate is hardly new. But past examples can seem quaint in an era when just about any kind of uncensored content is easily accessible from a mobile phone, cable and Internet TV or satellite radio. While many see this as a victory for freedom of expression in an uptight society, parents often see a quandary: How to keep kids from being exposed to offerings they don't consider age appropriate. By National Writer Martha Irvine.

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LONDON — Forget "Mad Men" modernism. This season's style is all about "Downton Abbey'''s Edwardian opulence. Millions around the world have been seduced by the straight-laced but stylish world of the British historical drama. Soon they'll be able to take some of that style home, getting lips as soft as Lady Mary's, wine inspired by Lord Grantham's favorite tipple — and even walls as gray as Mrs. Patmore's kitchen. By Jill Lawless.

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— RIGHT TO WORK-MICHIGAN — Michigan Court of Appeals rules 2-1 that right-to-work law applies to 35,000 state employees.

— ROLLING STONE-BOSTON MARATHON — Mass. state trooper who released Boston Marathon bombing suspect photos going back on patrol.

— PUBLIC HOUSING-DRUG TEST — Drug testing for Chicago public housing residents challenged in suit, called 'humiliating'

— ZUMBA PROSTITUTION — Former hockey coach charged in Zumba prostitution case says he thought he was in a romance. AP photos.

— WORLDS-RAINBOW-FINGERNAILS — Pole vault great Yelena Isinbayeva condemns homosexuality after criticizing competitors who paint their fingernails in rainbow colors to support gays and lesbians in the face of Russia's anti-gay law. AP photos.

— NAVY-NASA CAPSULE — NASA and the Navy are training again for the first water recovery of a space capsule in more than a generation. AP photos.

— PLANET HUNTER — NASA gives up fixing planet-hunting telescope, hopes to still eke science from crippled craft.

— AFGHANISTAN — Afghan provincial officials say female member of parliament kidnapped by Taliban in east.

— HEALTH OVERHAUL-NAVIGATORS — President Barack Obama's administration has announced $67 million in awards to organizations that will help people sign up for insurance under the new health care law. AP photos pursuing.

— GAY MARRIAGE-NJ — Judge hears arguments on whether New Jersey must allow gay marriages.

— WESTERN WILDFIRES — Hundreds of homes outside Park City, Utah, are evacuated as firefighters battle a small but fast-moving wildfire. AP photos, video.

— SHARK ATTACK — A German tourist swimming off the coast of Maui is attacked by a shark and loses her arm.