Muslim Brotherhood’s ‘Day of Rage’ in Egypt erupts into fierce street battles, 64 killed
CAIRO (AP) -- Heavy gunfire rang out Friday throughout Cairo as tens of thousands of supporters of Egypt’s ousted president clashed with armed vigilantes in the fiercest street battles to engulf the capital since the country’s Arab Spring uprising. At least 64 people were killed in the fighting nationwide, including police officers.
Carrying pistols and assault rifles, residents battled with protesters taking part in what the Muslim Brotherhood called a "Day of Rage," ignited by anger at security forces for clearing two sit-in demonstrations Wednesday in clashes that killed more than 600 people.
Military helicopters circled overhead as residents furious with the Brotherhood protests pelted them with rocks and glass bottles. The two sides also fired on one another, sparking running street battles throughout the capital’s residential neighborhoods.
There was little hope that an evening curfew would curb the violence as the Muslim Brotherhood called on supporters of the country’s ousted Islamist president, Mohammed Morsi, to stage daily protests.
Unlike in past clashes between protesters and police, Friday’s violence took an even darker turn with residents and possibly police in civilian clothing battling those participating in the Brotherhood-led marches. There were few police in uniform to be seen as neighborhood watchdogs and pro-Morsi protesters fired at one another for hours on a bridge that crosses over Cairo’s Zamalek district, an upscale island neighborhood where many foreigners and ambassadors reside.
Fear of sectarian fallout from Syria war as Hezbollah chief blames Sunnis for Beirut bomb
BEIRUT (AP) -- Hezbollah’s leader blamed Sunni extremists Friday for a car bombing that killed 22 people in a Shiite neighborhood south of Beirut, heightening fears that Lebanon will be dragged further into sectarian fallout from the war in neighboring Syria.
In a defiant speech to his supporters, Sheik Hassan Nasrallah said he was prepared to double the number of his fighters in Syria if Thursday’s bombing turned out to be retaliation for Hezbollah’s intervention against Syrian rebels.
"If you think that by killing our women and children ... and destroying our neighborhoods, villages and cities we will retreat or back away from our position, you are wrong," he said.
Nasrallah said preliminary investigations showed Takfiri groups -- a term for Sunni radicals -- were likely behind the bombing in a predominantly Shiite suburb of Beirut, as well as other recent attacks.
"If the battle with these terrorist Takfiris requires for me personally and all of Hezbollah to go to Syria, we will go to Syria," he said.
CIA acknowledges existence of Area 51 but makes no
mention of UFOs
LAS VEGAS (AP) -- UFO buffs and believers in alien encounters are celebrating the CIA’s clearest acknowledgement yet of the existence of Area 51, the top-secret Cold War test site that has been the subject of elaborate conspiracy theories for decades.
The recently declassified documents have set the tinfoil-hat crowd abuzz, though there’s no mention in the papers of UFO crashes, black-eyed extraterrestrials or staged moon landings.
Audrey Hewins, an Oxford, Maine, woman who runs a support group for people like her who believe they have been contacted by extraterrestrials, said she suspects the CIA is moving closer to disclosing there are space aliens on Earth.
"I’m thinking that they’re probably testing the waters now to see how mad people get about the big lie and cover-up," she said.
For a long time, U.S.government officials hesitated to acknowledge even the existence of Area 51.
In Oklahoma City suburb hit by tornado, school year opens for kids seeking fresh start
MOORE, Okla. (AP) -- After an anguish-filled summer, students returned to classes Friday at two elementary schools destroyed last spring by a deadly tornado that ripped a 17-mile path of devastation through the suburbs of Oklahoma City.
The children of Moore were eager to reunite with classmates, but many were still haunted by fears of the weather and memories of young friends lost to the monstrous EF5 twister that killed 24 people.
Zack Lewis, who narrowly escaped the storm that took the lives of seven schoolmates, seemed to express the anxiety on everyone’s mind when he asked his parents a simple, plaintive question: Who will come get him if another tornado approaches?
"He’s a little anxious. He didn’t want to eat," Julie Lewis said, wiping tears from her cheeks after escorting her son to his first day of fourth grade.
On the day of the storm, Zack’s father plucked the boy from his classroom when the weather grew threatening, so the child wasn’t on campus when the twister hit. The schoolmates died when a wall collapsed on them at Plaza Towers Elementary.
Calif. teen welcomed home after family friend killed mom and brother, fled with her to Idaho
LAKESIDE, Calif. (AP) -- A 16-year-old girl got a warm welcome home reception five days after FBI agents killed a longtime family friend suspected of torturing and killing her mother and brother and escaping with her to the Idaho wilderness.
Hannah Anderson was mobbed by reporters as she entered and left a restaurant that hosted an all-day fundraiser. News crews were told to wait outside while Hannah and her father stayed for hours. She did not make a statement.
"I don’t know what I want to say. I just want to give her a hug," said Alyssa Haugum, a classmate of Hannah’s in Lakeside, an east San Diego suburb of 54,000 people.
Brett Anderson said his daughter was taking things one day at a time. He said he spoke with the horseback riders who saw the pair in the Idaho wilderness and alerted authorities, thanking them for saving Hannah’s life.
"Right now, she’s with her family and, of course, with some friends, and she’s just happy to be here," he told reporters outside the restaurant Thursday.
Less than 2 years after roops leave Iraq, Baghdad says it needs U.S. help with terror
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Iraq’s top diplomat says lethal U.S. drones could be based in Iraq to help fight a growing threat by al-Qaida.
The Iraqi foreign minister is Hoshyar Zebari.
Zebari said Friday that Iraqi forces need U.S. help with surveillance and analyzing intelligence. He suggests that an unspecified but limited number of American counterterror advisers could be stationed in Iraq to help its military deter a recent spike in deadly attacks.
His comments come 20 months after the U.S. military left Iraq because the two countries could not agree to keep some American troops there to bolster security.
Asked for specifics, Zebari said drones could be part of a U.S. package of support for Iraq.