Tuesday, July 7
Cosby testimony unsealed
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Lawyer Gloria Allred says she hopes to use Bill Cosby's newly unsealed testimony from 2005 in other court cases against the comedian.
Cosby testified that he got Quaaludes with the intent of giving them to young women he wanted to have sex with.
He also admitted giving the sedative to at least one woman and "other people."
The Associated Press had gone to court to compel the release of the documents. Cosby's lawyers had objected on the grounds that it would embarrass their client.
South Carolina Senate votes to remove Confederate flag
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — The South Carolina Senate has voted to pull the Confederate flag off the Capitol grounds, clearing the way for a historic measure that could remove the banner more than five decades after it was first flown above the Statehouse to protest integration.
A second vote is needed Tuesday to send the proposal to the House, where it faces a less certain future.
But if the House passes the same measure, the flag and flagpole could be removed as soon as Gov. Nikki Haley signs the papers.
Greek PM pursues rescue deal
ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras (TSEE'-prahs) heads to Brussels Tuesday, where he'll try to use a bailout referendum victory to obtain a rescue deal with European leaders.
Meanwhile, the European Central Bank has refused to increase assistance for Greek banks desperately needing cash and facing imminent collapse unless a rescue deal is reached.
KENYA EXTREMIST ATTACK
Kenya says Islamic extremists kill 14 in Kenya's north
NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — A Kenyan official says at least 14 people have been killed in an attack by al-Qaida-linked al-Shabab militants in the country's north.
Mandera County Commissioner Alex Nkoyo said the attack took place Tuesday in Soko Mbuzi village in Mandera County near the Kenyan border with Somalia and 11 people were wounded.
The Somali-based militants have killed at least 85 people, all of them non-Muslims, in the last eight months in Mandera County.
Al-Shabab has vowed to carry out attacks in Kenya as retribution for the country sending troops to Somalia to fight the militants. Kenya sent its troops to Somalia in Oct 2011 following a series of cross-border attacks including kidnappings which the government blamed on al-Shabab.
Obama: Fight against IS progressing, but still a long slog
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama concedes that confronting and destroying the Islamic State group will be a long-term effort, but he says the U.S. and its allies are making progress and have reduced the militants' foothold in Iraq.
Obama made his remarks after a rare visit to the Pentagon Monday to get an update on the campaign against Islamic State fighters.
He says the United States is doing a better job of preventing large-scale attacks on the U.S. homeland. But he says so-called lone-wolf terrorists or small terrorism cells are harder to detect and U.S. national security must remain vigilant.
He met with more than 30 Pentagon officials and national security advisers, including Secretary of Defense Ash Carter and Gen. Martin Dempsey, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.
Sanders says income inequality is a 'moral issue'
PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders says that income inequality is the great moral issue of our time.
Before an energized crowd of more than 7,500 in Portland, Maine, Sanders stressed the need to raise the federal minimum wage to $15 an hour, reform the criminal justice system and give workers at least two weeks of paid vacation.
The Vermont senator, who hopes to defeat front-runner Hillary Rodham Clinton in the Democratic primary, called the level of economic inequality across the country "grotesque" and "immoral."
He called on the liberal voters to help him transform the country by sending the message to the wealthiest that they can't have it all and restoring a thriving middle class.
While Clinton remains the favorite, but Sanders has been drawing large crowds across the country.
As Republican infighting grows, donors call for calm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Leading Republican donors have begun to call for calm as Republican-on-Republican criticism intensifies in the GOP's 2016 presidential primary contest.
Wyoming-based investor Foster Friess issued a letter to 16 White House prospects late last week calling for candidates to stay on the "civility reservation." He wants everyone to submit to "Ronald Reagan's 11th Commandment, 'Thou shall not speak ill of a fellow Republican.'"
Friess says he has the backing of casino magnate Sheldon Adelson and Chicago Cubs co-owner Todd Ricketts.
The call for calm comes as the sprawling Republican field shows signs it could tip into a bare-knuckles battle for the nomination.
California-based Republican donor John Jordan said Monday that GOP leaders should take steps to block outspoken developer Donald Trump's access to the first presidential debate in early August.
AARON SCHOCK-REPLACEMENT ELECTION
Illinois voters head to polls in primary for Schock's seat
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Illinois primary voters are set to nominate candidates to replace ex-U.S. Rep Aaron Schock, once a rising star in Republican politics.
Schock resigned in March after mounting questions and news reports about his spending of taxpayer and campaign funds. That included redecorating his congressional office in the style of the TV show "Downton Abbey" and worldwide travels documented on Instagram.
The election Tuesday in heavily GOP territory features a classic Republican primary with party-backed candidate state Sen. Darin LaHood facing conservative writer Michael Flynn, who's received tea party support.
LaHood is the son of former U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood. Flynn helped start a news website with late commentator Andrew Breitbart. One other Republican and two Democrats are running for office.
Low turnout is expected. The special general election is Sept. 10.
California prosecutors charge man with murder in pier death
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Prosecutors have charged a Mexican immigrant with murder in the waterfront shooting death of a woman.
Authorities said Monday that 45-year-old Francisco Sanchez is expected to be arraigned Tuesday in the death of 32-year-old Kathryn Steinle.
Sanchez, a repeat drug offender, was released from jail on April 15 in San Francisco.
Federal immigration authorities had filed a so-called detainer with San Francisco authorities, asking to be informed if they intended to release Sanchez.
However, the city's sanctuary law prevents city workers from cooperating with federal authorities on immigration cases.
OFFICER KILLED-NEW ORLEANS
New Orleans officer arrested for obstruction of justice
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — New Orleans police say they have arrested one of their own officers for obstruction of justice as they investigate last month's shooting death of another police officer.
In a news release Monday, the police accused Wardell Johnson of shoddy police work when he arrested Travis Boys in June.
Boys had been arrested in an assault case. Authorities say he shot and killed a police officer while being transported to jail later the same day and then escaped.
He was captured 24 hours later, and police have been investigating where Boys allegedly got the gun.
Police said Johnson tried to cover up the fact that he failed to process evidence at the scene of Boys' earlier arrest, including a spent shell casing and a box of bullets.
The police chief called Johnson's actions "shoddy police work."
JENNER-1984 OLYMPIC TORCH-AUCTION
Bruce Jenner's 1984 Olympic Torch going on auction block
NEW YORK (AP) — The 1984 Summer Olympic Torch that Bruce Jenner carried through Lake Tahoe, Nevada, is going on the auction block where it could fetch $20,000 or more.
It's the first major piece of Jenner memorabilia to go to auction since the winner of the 1976 Olympic Decathlon Gold Medal became Caitlyn Jenner.
The 24-inch torch features a brass finish and leather handle. It is being offered by Heritage Auctions at its Platinum Night Sports Auction in Chicago on July 30.
The seller is Bob Lorsch, a Los Angeles philanthropist and entrepreneur who orchestrated the Tahoe leg of the torch relay and secured Jenner's participation.
Heritage director of sports auctions Chris Ivy says the torch serves as "a wonderful symbol that masculinity and femininity are not mutually exclusive."
NEW: Buffalo mayor signs bill renaming Squaw Island
BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — Buffalo, New York's Squaw Island has been renamed. Members of the Seneca Indian Nation joined Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown Monday as he signed a bill changing the island's name to Unity Island.
The bill signing followed a vote by the Common Council last month to change the 336-year-old name following complaints that it was offensive to Native American women.