RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — It's a papal beach party in Brazil as hoards of Pilgrims staked out spots ahead of the final Mass today of Pope Francis' World Youth day festival visit. A vigil on the beach last night drew a reported 3 million flag-waving, rosary-toting faithful, who overflowed Copacabana beach's 2.5 miles of white sand. Francis has been riding a wave of popularity.
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The driver claims the brakes failed and police are investigating possible mechanical failure in the deadly crash of a church bus in Indiana. The bus carrying teenagers was returning from a church camp in Michigan yesterday when it came off a highway ramp and crashed into a retaining wall. Three people died and 26 others were injured.
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Western North Carolina has some drying out to do after a system of thunderstorms stalled, dumping about a foot of rain on the area. There were power outages and flash floods that swamped homes and washed out roads and bridges. Authorities say there were 18 reports of swift-water rescues but just one minor injury.
LAC-MEGANTIC, Quebec (AP) — An overflow crowd attended a memorial service Saturday at a church in a Quebec town near the Maine border for the 47 people who were killed there when a runaway oil train derailed and exploded. The resulting fire destroyed 40 buildings. About 1,000 people packed Ste-Agnes Church yesterday for the morning Mass presided over by Luc Cyr, the archbishop of Sherbrooke. Many dignitaries were among the guests.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Secretary of State John Kerry says Egyptian authorities have a "moral and legal obligation to respect the right of peaceful assembly and freedom of expression." His comments come as violence turns increasingly deadly clashes between security forces and supporters of democratically elected Islamist President Mohammed Morsi. Kerry says Egypt is at "a pivotal moment."
Created: Sun, 28 Jul 2013 03:15:19 EST
Updated: Sun, 28 Jul 2013 03:15:19 EST