CAIRO (AP) — Friday has the potential for additional bloodshed in Egypt, where the Muslim Brotherhood has called for a mass rally in a challenge to the government's monthlong state of emergency. More than 600 people have been killed and nearly 4,000 wounded since the government this week assaulted two protest camps run by supporters of ousted President Mohammed Morsi. There has been global condemnation of the violence.
WASHINGTON (AP) — The director of compliance for the National Security Agency is defending the agency following a news report that it has broken privacy rules or exceeded its authority thousands of times since 2008. The Washington Post cites an internal report and other documents it obtained. The NSA says it wants employees to report rule breaking and mistakes so that the violations can be reported to the agency's overseers.
MIAMI (AP) — The head of the Consumer Product Safety Commission has called on the industry to make liquid laundry packets safer and less appealing to children. This follows the death of a 7-month-old Florida boy who died after swallowing a packet. The American Association of Poison Control Centers says more than 5,700 children under the age of 5 were have been exposed to the chemicals in the concentrated packets so far this year.
WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — Buildings and nerves have been rattled in central New Zealand by earthquakes. Officials say some buildings in Wellington have been evacuated. The first quake, a magnitude-6.5, struck just after 2:30 p.m., followed by several aftershocks of magnitude-5 or stronger. There are no initial reports of injuries.
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Holding lit candles, thousands of Elvis Presley fans attended a vigil Thursday night at Graceland to mark the 36th anniversary of the music legend's death. They walked slowly through the Meditation Garden at his Memphis home. Presley died on Aug. 16, 1977, of a heart attack after battling prescription drug abuse.
Created: Fri, 16 Aug 2013 01:14:44 EST
Updated: Fri, 16 Aug 2013 01:14:44 EST