McClatchy-Tribune News Service

News Budget for Saturday, July 5, 2014


Published on NewsOK Modified: July 5, 2014 at 6:51 pm •  Published: July 5, 2014


McClatchy-Tribune News Service

News Budget for Saturday, July 5, 2014


Updated at 8 p.m. EDT (0000 UTC).


Additional news stories appear on the MCT-NEWSFEATURES-BJT.

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^Violence spreads in wake of slaying of Palestinian teenager<

MIDEAST:LA _ Rage over the killing of a Palestinian teenager in Jerusalem spread Saturday as protests in Arab-Israeli communities turned into violent clashes with Israeli police.

Junctions and roads near the village of Kalansuwa were blocked by security forces after hundreds of demonstrators tossed rocks, assaulted drivers and torched the cars of those identified to be Jewish.

Mohammed Abu Khdeir's burned body was found in a wooded area just west of Jerusalem, a few hours after eyewitnesses told police the 16-year-old had been forced into a car Wednesday in his village of Shuafat in what his family and neighbors believe was revenge for the recent killing of three Israeli teenagers in the West Bank.

550 by Batsheva Sobelman in Jerusalem. MOVED


Also moving as:

MIDEAST-1ST-LEDE:WA _ 850 (with trims) by Joel Greenberg in Jerusalem. MOVED

^For family of suspect in killings of 3 teens, opposition to Israel is nothing new <

MIDEAST-SUSPECT-CORRECTION:WA _ Marwan Qawasmeh, a 29-year-old barber from one of Hebron's oldest families, used to live in a complex with his father, two brothers, their wives and all their children.

Today, Qawasmeh is missing, hunted by Israeli authorities as one of two suspects in the kidnapping and murder of three Israeli teenagers whose disappearances and deaths now threaten to inflame the harsh revenge-driven violence that has caused so much bloodshed and defies efforts at negotiation.

On Saturday, Palestinian authorities announced that a Palestinian teenager who was kidnapped a day after the three teenagers were buried had been burned alive by his abductors _ news that can only make a tense situation worse.

1450 (with trims) by Daniella Cheslow in Hebron, West Bank. MOVED


^Ukrainian forces report major victory in area held by rebels<

UKRAINE:LA _ Government forces made a major advance Saturday in a nearly three-month fight against pro-Russian militants, raising the national flag back over the town of Slovyansk in eastern Ukraine.

"Mr. President, the order to liberate Slovyansk has been fulfilled," Defense Minister Valery Geletey reported to President Petro Poroshenko in a statement posted on the presidential website on Saturday. "This very moment the state banner of Ukraine was raised over Slovyansk city council in front of a line-up of Ukrainian soldiers."

Slovyansk, an industrial center of 100,000 people in the coal-mining Donetsk region, was captured by gunmen on April 12, a move shortly followed by similar raids in dozens of other cities and towns of eastern Ukraine, including the regional capital cities of Donetsk and Luhansk.

700 by Sergei L. Loiko in Kiev, Ukraine. MOVED

^Supreme Court conservatives are playing a long game<

SCOTUS-TERM:TBW _ The Supreme Court led by Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. showed again this year that it is playing a long game, writing opinions that move the law in small but steady steps in a conservative direction.

At first glance, many of its decisions appear modest, and the justices themselves downplayed them as narrow and tightly targeted. But they also set the stage for broader rulings, and liberals voiced concern about their long-term impact.

Many rely on well-established rights, such as freedom of speech and free exercise of religion, but extend those rights for the first time to corporations, wealthy donors and conservatives who bristle at what they view as liberal government mandates, from paying union fees to offering birth control to female workers.

1300 (with trims) by David G. Savage in Washington. MOVED


^Islamic State releases video of its leader in Mosul in new assertion of authority<

IRAQ-2ND-LEDE:WA _ The Islamic State on Saturday released a video of what it said was its leader, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, directing Friday prayers in one of Mosul's oldest mosques, an event that not only displayed the group's military control over Iraq's second largest city but also served as a bold assertion of religious authority.

In the video, al-Baghdadi is referred to as the Caliph Ibrahim, a reference to the Islamic caliphate that the group announced a week ago in the area it controls in Syria and Iraq and to which, it claims, all Muslims owe their allegiance.

The appearance of al-Baghdadi at such a public gathering underscored the transition that the Islamic State, once a shadowy terrorist group most recently known as the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, is making to assert itself as a sovereign entity.

1500 (with trims) by Mitchell Prothero in Irbil, Iraq. MOVED

^Iraq's Shiites fight for their shrines and their creed<

IRAQ-SHIITES:LA _ One by one the young volunteers approached the majestic Kadhimiya shrine, the holiest site of Shiite Islam in the Iraqi capital. They sought blessings before heading off to war and uncertain fates.

"We will fight, and if we have to give our lives, we will," said Abdullah Hussein Ali, 21, accompanied by his younger brother Rami, who also signed up for the battle. "We have no choice. It is a question of survival."

The prospect of an assault on the capital, and on the great shrines of Shiite Islam, by al-Qaida-style Sunni Arab militants has jolted Iraq's Shiite masses into action. The military appears to have halted the insurgents' advance on Baghdad, but the threat of a militant assault or renewed suicide bomb campaign within the city remains very real.

950 (with trims) by Patrick J. McDonnell in Baghdad. MOVED

^Shiite Najaf's power brokers find many faults with al-Maliki, but sectarianism isn't among them<

IRAQ-SHIITES:WA _ The turbaned clerics, powerful dynasts and militia commanders who run this Shiite Muslim holy city have plenty of gripes about Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki.

He behaves like a dictator, they typically begin, then list the many other ills they see in al-Maliki's teetering administration: corruption, cronyism, failure to build a military and an over-reliance on foreign patrons. But there's one conspicuous omission to their charges.

Najaf's power brokers, who wield enormous influence with the political class in Baghdad, can't bring themselves to acknowledge al-Maliki's sectarian policies as among the reasons an al-Qaida splinter group was able to carve a self-proclaimed caliphate from Sunni Muslim territories in the north and west of the country.

This disconnect from _ and some would call it a willful blindness to _ Sunni grievances signals that the more inclusive Iraq called for by the Obama administration as a condition for deeper U.S. assistance will remain elusive regardless of whether al-Maliki remains in office.

1350 (with trims) by Hannah Allam in Najaf, Iraq. MOVED


^At least 4 killed, 7 injured in Florida boating collision<

BOATCRASH:MI _ At least four people were killed and seven were injured in a horrifying three-boat collision late Friday that left the waters near Dinner Key strewn with victims and rescuers rushing them to docks and waiting ambulances, officials said.

Two people were confirmed dead soon after the 10:45 p.m. collision on the Fourth of July, Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission spokesman Jorge Pino said Saturday. Rescuers found two more bodies Saturday morning.

Pino said the accident involved one larger boat and two "open-fisherman-style" boats, but that it remained unclear exactly how the crash happened.

850 (with trims) by David Smiley and Celia Ampel in Miami. MOVED

^4 children die in Philadelphia fire<

ROWHOUSEFIRE:PH _ Four children were killed early Saturday when a fire that apparently started in a couch on a porch spread quickly to neighboring row homes in Southwest Philadelphia, engulfing eight of them in flames, officials said.

The victims were identified as twin 4-year-old sisters Maria and Marialla Bowah; Patrick Sanyeah, 4; and Taj Jacque, a boy born May 18.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

650 (with trims) by Jonathan Lai, Mike Newall and Robert Tornoe in Philadelphia. MOVED


^Family of woman involved in CHP altercation wants officer punished<

CALIF-CHP-WOMAN:LA _ The family of a woman allegedly thrown to the ground and punched repeatedly by a California Highway Patrol officer is asking that the two officers involved in the incident be punished, the woman's attorney said Saturday.

"She's not just some animal," said attorney Caree Harper, who declined to name the woman. "She has an aunt, a sister, a brother, a father and a great-grandchild."

CHP officials launched an investigation Friday after video of the altercation was broadcast on television news outlets.

400 by Frank Shyong in Los Angeles. MOVED

^Shark attacks swimmer near Southern California beach<

SHARKATTACK:LA _ A seven-foot shark attacked a swimmer near the Manhattan Beach Pier on Saturday morning, witnesses and police said.

The shark bit the swimmer, who was training near the pier, at about 9:30 a.m., according to the Los Angeles County Fire Department's Twitter page.

The shark was "hooked" by a fisherman roughly 40 minutes before the attack, fire officials said in a tweet.

The victim was in stable condition, officials tweeted.

350 by Marisa Gerber and James Queally in Manhattan Beach, Calif. MOVED


^Miami chef accused of working for Sinaloa cartel<

CHEF-DRUGCARTEL:MI _ Until recently, a Mexican national lived in a two-story single-family home in the Miami suburb of West Kendall.

According to public records, Pedro Delgado S nchez, 47, was a chef who, along with his wife, owned a Mexican food company called El Rinconcito Mexican Catering.

But federal investigators say that Delgado S nchez was leading a double life. They say he was working as a covert agent linked to the Sinaloa cartel, a powerful Mexican drug-trafficking organization led by Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzm n Loera, who was arrested in February in Mazatl n _ a resort on the Pacific coast of Sinaloa state.

1000 (with trims) by Alfonso Chardy in Miami. MOVED

^Immigrant who wrongly voted wins right to stay<

IMMIGRATION-VOTER:TB _ A Filipino immigrant who faced deportation for nearly a decade after she registered to vote while getting a driver's license _ and then went ahead and cast a ballot _ has been cleared of wrongdoing by a federal appellate court.

Elizabeth Keathley, of Bloomington, Ill., will be able to stay in the U.S. under a ruling from the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals and has been approved for permanent residence by a Department of Justice immigration judge.

Keathley's plight, chronicled in a Page 1 Chicago Tribune story in 2007, was shared by dozens of other immigrants who illegally registered to vote through the National Voter Registration Act, better known as the "motor voter" law.

650 by Marwa Eltagouri in Chicago. MOVED


^Ohio's arson registry grows to 221 people in first year<


The vast majority are men and many are living in prison or in urban counties, according to data released to the Akron Beacon Journal by the Ohio Attorney General's Office.

The state launched the registry last July as a tool for arson investigators, under the assumption that people caught setting fires may do so again.

At the time, state officials said they weren't sure how many arsonists were living in Ohio.

350 by Rick Armon in Akron, Ohio. MOVED


^Egypt confirms death sentences of 10 Muslim Brotherhood members<

EGYPT:DPA _ An Egyptian court Saturday confirmed the death sentences of 10 top members of the outlawed Muslim Brotherhood, on charges of inciting deadly violence last year and blocking a road north of Cairo while protesting the ouster of Islamist president Mohammed Morsi.

One of the 10 sentenced in absentia is Abdel-Rahman al-Barr, a member of the Muslim Brotherhood's top executive office, known as the Guidance Council.

200 by Walid Zaki and Ramadan Al-Fatash in Cairo. MOVED

^At least 6 killed in car bombing near Somali parliament<

SOMALIA:DPA _ At least six people were killed Saturday in a suicide car bombing close to the Somali parliament in Mogadishu, the authorities said.

Security official Mohamed Hassan said three soldiers were killed and that the bomber was believed to be from the radical Islamist group al-Shabaab.

Police spokesman Qasim Ahmed Roble said the blast affected a settlement of people who had fled a 2011 famine, killing two children.

300 by Mohamed Odowa in Mogadishu, Somalia. MOVED

^Ecuador's president may seek ultimate job security: indefinite re-election<

ECUADOR:MI _ Franklin D. Roosevelt had it, so did Venezuela's Hugo Chavez and so does Nicaragua's Daniel Ortega. Could Ecuador's Rafael Correa be the next president to win the right to consecutive and indefinite re-election?

That's the question the country's constitutional court is debating, and the answer could radically change the future of this Andean nation of 16 million.

After years of vowing that he wouldn't seek office when his term ends in 2017, Correa recently announced that his Alianza Pais political party would push for a constitutional amendment that would open the gates for the charismatic socialist to keep his job permanently.

Stung by recent municipal elections where his party lost key cities, including the capital, Correa said the change is needed to preserve the advances of his "Citizens' Revolution."

950 (with trims) by Jim Wyss in Quito, Ecuador. MOVED




The following stories moved Thursday or Friday and remain suitable for weekend use:


^Nature's dying migrant worker<

^ENV-DYINGBEES:MS_< On a cool January day in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada mountains, Steve Ellis culled his sick bees. The only sounds were their steady buzz and the chuffing of the smoker he used to keep them calm as he opened the hives, one by one, to see how many had survived. The painful chore has become an annual ritual for Ellis, and, hardened now like a medic on the front lines, he crowned another box with a big rock to mark it.

"This one is G.A.D.," he said. "Good as dead."

Ellis, of Barrett, Minn., is one of some 1,300 commercial beekeepers from across the United States who migrate to California each year, along with nearly 2 million hives, for the single largest pollination event in the world. Below him in the sprawling valley, nearly 1,400 square miles of almond trees _ three-fourths of the global supply _ were ready to burst out into a frothy sea of pink and white. To grow into a nut, every single blossom would need at least one American honeybee.

Ever since the ominous phrase "colony collapse disorder" first surfaced in 2006, scientists have struggled to explain the mysterious mass die-offs of honeybees. But here in America's food basket the escalating stakes are laid out as clearly as the almond trees that march in perfect rows up to the horizon.

3650 (with trims) by Josephine Marcotty in San Joaquin Valley, Calif.. MOVED


^Could photo be missing clue to Earhart's disappearance?<


Yet the picture contains an odd detail visible on none of the other thousands of photos of her plane.

There on the fuselage is a rectangular patch that shines a peculiar silver on the aircraft's dusky skin. Could it be a clue _ the clue _ to what happened when Earhart and her navigator Fred Noonan vanished somewhere over the trackless Pacific Ocean three months later?

2550 (with trims) by Glenn Garvin. MOVED


^Weapons for killing neighbors<

AFRICA-WEAPONS:LA _ At a military base in Bangui, capital of the Central African Republic, a foreign peacekeeper unlocked a row of dusty storage containers to reveal a lethal armory.

The weapons were a small sampling of those seized from the rival militias that have dragged the country into an ethnic and sectarian war.

As Muslims and Christians turned on each other, domestic utensils and farm implements became weapons. Neighbors hacked neighbors to death with knives, axes and machetes. Others turned to handmade bows and arrows, old hunting rifles or grenades.

150 by Alexandra Zavis. MOVED


^Chronic pain statistic called exaggerated, misleading<

MED-CHRONIC-PAIN:MW _ When faced with intense criticism for her agency's approval of the powerful narcotic painkiller Zohydro, U.S. Food and Drug Administration Commissioner Margaret Hamburg turned to a sobering statistic:100 million Americans are suffering from severe chronic pain, she said.

The 100 million figure has become a central part of the debate over the use of narcotic painkillers.

It is cited in news stories, by medical organizations and by drug companies seeking approval for new opioid therapies. When Hamburg spoke in April at a prescription drug conference, she noted it means debilitating pain affects more people than heart disease, cancer and diabetes combined.

That number _ the equivalent of more than 40 percent of the U.S. adult population _ is exaggerated and misleading, according to pain experts familiar with how it was derived.

2000 (with trims) by John Fauber in Milwaukee. MOVED



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