Monday, July 29, 2013 6:19 am
10 Things to Know for Today
By The Associated Press
1. MIDEAST NEGOTIATORS HEAD TO US
Israeli and Palestinian officials will meet in Washington today after Israel approved the release of 104 Palestinian prisoners.
2. ITALY TOUR BUS CRASH KILLS 38
Police said the bus filled with Italian pilgrims smashed into several cars in heavy traffic and plunged into a ravine.
3. CHARGES OF SPYING ON JOURNALIST DENIED
New Zealand officials denied a report that said U.S. surveillance agencies joined in tracking phone records of a McClatchy freelancer working in Afghanistan.
4. DRIVER CHARGED IN SPAIN TRAIN CRASH
Francisco Jose Garzon Arno, charged with 79 counts of homicide, has said the brakes didn't work when he tried to slow the speeding train before a curve.
5. DOZENS KILLED IN BAGHAD BOMBINGS
A wave of car bombs in and around Baghdad killed at least 47 during morning rush hour in the latest coordinated insurgent attack.
6. WHITEY BULGER DEFENSE BEGINS
But lawyers haven't said whether the 83-year-old charged with 19 killings and racketeering in Boston will take the stand himself.
7. HUGE HEIST ON THE RIVIERA
A haul of $53 million worth of diamonds and other jewels were stolen from a Cannes hotel featured in the Hitchcock film "To Catch a Thief."
8. FLOSSIE HEADS TO BIG ISLAND
The weakened tropical storm is still expected to bring 18-foot-high waves, flooding and high winds to Hawaii.
9. THE INTELLIGENCE OF FARM ANIMALS
Rights advocates say that pigs, chickens and cows may be as smart and sociable as dogs, hoping to boost the ranks of vegetarians in the U.S.
10. WHAT PENN STATE KNEW ABOUT ABUSE SCANDAL
The university's former president, vice president and athletic director appear today at a preliminary hearing on charges they tried to cover up charges against Jerry Sandusky.