WASHINGTON (AP) — Right now they are just discussions about procedure, but President Barack Obama says the relaunch of Israeli-Palestinian peace talks is a promising step forward. Senior Israeli and Palestinian negotiators are on their way to Washington for the first direct talks between the two sides in years. Obama says he hopes both parties will approach negotiations with good faith, determination and sustained focus.
BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraq's Interior Ministry is accusing al-Qaida's Iraq branch of trying to widen the rift between Sunnis and Shiites with a wave of deadly attacks. Seventeen car bombs ripped through marketplaces, parking lots and rush-hour crowds today, killing at least 55 people. The death toll this month alone is approaching 700, with most of the deaths coming during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan.
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — At least eight people have been injured after a Philadelphia row house collapsed this morning. Police say witnesses report hearing an explosion. The houses connected on either side of the destroyed home are partly standing, but Philadelphia police say they have been badly damaged. Rescue crews are searching the rubble to see if anyone else may be trapped and the area is being evacuated as gas and electrical utility crews try to determine what caused the collapse.
BRISTOL, Conn. (AP) — Connecticut and Massachusetts authorities are searching a lake not far from the home of Aaron Hernandez. The former New England Patriot has pleaded not guilty to murder in the death of Odin Lloyd, whose body was found last month. Police are not commenting on the nature of today's search, but authorities have not found the gun used to kill Lloyd.
LAS VEGAS (AP) — A police search-and-rescue officer is being remembered in Nevada today. David Vanbuskirk died a week ago when he fell from a helicopter hoist line while rescuing a stranded hiker from a mountain ledge. The hiker did make it to safety. The 36-year-old Vanbuskirk is being honored with a police procession down Las Vegas Boulevard and a memorial service at a megachurch in Henderson.
Created: Mon, 29 Jul 2013 01:15:09 EST
Updated: Mon, 29 Jul 2013 01:15:09 EST