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 11 hrs | Hurricane Guillermo closes in on Hawaii, could make landfall on Wednesday

              Hurricane Guillermo is continuing to close in on the Hawaiian islands, with weather models indicating that the system could make landfall on Wednesday or Thursday after weakening to a tropical storm. Guillermo currently has maximum sustained winds near 90 miles (150 kilometers) per hour, with highest gusts, though steady weakening is expected to commence on Monday. The system is forecast to move just north of the Big Island as a tropical storm on Wednesday before making landfall on Maui on early Thursday, though only a slight change in direction could place Guillermo directly over the Big Island. "All interests in the main Hawaiian islands should monitor the progress of Hurricane Guillermo during the next couple of days," the Central Pacific Hurricane Center said in its latest advisory.   


  Hawaii        7 UPDATES

 


 12 hrs | 2 small bombs explode at New Mexico churches, no injuries

              Two small bombs have exploded at two churches in Las Cruces, New Mexico, causing some damage but no casualties, police say. The first bomb exploded in a mailbox at the Calvary Baptist Church shortly after 8 a.m. as worshippers were gathering for Sunday services. Less than half an hour later, as services were underway at the Holy Cross Catholic Church, an explosive device detonated inside a trash receptacle near the front entrance. The FBI and the Department of Homeland Security are among the agencies that are investigating the incidents.   


  Las Cruces, NM        3 UPDATES

 

BREAKING

 20 hrs | 16-year-old girl injured in Jerusalem gay pride parade attack dies

              

Shira Banki, a 16-year-old girl who was injured when a religious extremist carried out a stabbing attack at the annual gay pride parade in Jerusalem, has died, Hadassah Hospital confirms. Banki had remained in a critical condition after being stabbed in the back during Thursday’s attack, which injured 5 others and was allegedly perpetrated by the same man who carried out a similar attack a decade ago. “Shira was murdered because she courageously supported the principle according to which everyone is entitled to live their lives in dignity and safety,” Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said in a response, adding that the attacker will be dealt with “to the fullest extent of the law.” [full statement attached]

  


  Jerusalem        3 UPDATES

 


 21 hrs | Donald Trump’s support continues to increase in Republican race - poll

              Business magnate Donald Trump is maintaining his lead in the race for the Republican presidential nomination, according to a new NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll. The latest survey found that 19 percent of Republican primary voters picked Trump as their first choice for president, followed by 15 percent for Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker and 14 percent for former Florida government Jeb Bush. The number of Republican voters who chose Trump as their second choice has also increased significantly, up from 3 percent in June to 11 percent in the latest poll.   


  United States        27 UPDATES

 


 1 day | Vice President Biden ‘actively exploring’ presidential run - NYT

              U.S. Vice President Joe Biden is actively exploring a possible presidential campaign to run against former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in the 2016 election, the New York Times is reporting, citing several people who have spoken with Biden or his closest advisers. The paper says Biden's advisers have begun to reach out to Democratic leaders and donors who have either not yet committed to Clinton or who have grown increasingly concerned about her vulnerabilities. Biden's son Beau, who died in May, had reportedly urged his father to run for the presidency.   


  United States        27 UPDATES

 

URGENT

 1 day | Lion researcher says Jericho appears to be alive, researchers to confirm at first light

              Wildlife conservation organization Bhejane Trust says Jericho, the brother of Cecil the lion, appears to be "alive and well," rejecting a statement from the Zimbabwe Conservation Task Force that said Jericho had been shot and killed this afternoon. Hwange lion researcher Brent Staplekamp said Jericho's GPS tag had continued to transmit normally, indicating that the lion was moving around with a female at 8:30 p.m. local time. Friends of Hwange Trust, which provides water for the park's animals, also said the report appeared to be untrue, and said researchers would be out on Sunday morning "to lay eyes on him."   


  Zimbabwe        8 UPDATES

 


 1 day | 4th person dies from Legionnaires’ disease outbreak in NYC

              A fourth person has died and the number of cases has risen to 65 from the Legionnaires' disease outbreak in New York City, the city's health department reports.   


    

 


 1 day | Cecil the lion’s brother Jericho shot dead in Zimbabwe - task force

              Jericho, the brother of Cecil the lion, has been shot dead by a hunter at the Hwange National Park in Zimbabwe, exactly a month after Cecil was killed by an American dentist. "We are absolutely heartbroken," the Zimbabwe Conservation Task Force said in a brief statement. The killing happened at about 4 p.m. local time on Saturday. Jericho had reportedly been caring for Cecil's cubs.   


  Zimbabwe        8 UPDATES

 

 1 day | Zimbabwean authorities tighten hunting restrictions after lion killing

              Zimbabwean wildlife authorities have announced a crackdown to weed out "any undesirable elements" after the high-profile killing of Cecil the lion at the hands of an American hunter. As part of the crackdown, the hunting of lions, leopards and elephants has been suspended in the area surrounding the Hwange National Park and bowhunting is no longer allowed. Police have also arrested another hunter, identified only as Headman Sibanda, who is suspected of breaching hunting regulations. [full statement attached]   


  Zimbabwe        8 UPDATES

 

 2 days | U.S. Coast Guard suspends search for 2 Florida teens missing at sea

              The U.S. Coast Guard has suspended the search for two missing 14-year-old boaters after seven days, leaving the teenagers presumed dead after their boat was previously found capsized. "As we come to the difficult decision to suspend this search, our deepest condolences go to the families and all affected," said Captain Mark Fedor of the 7th Coast Guard District. "Hundreds of people searched thousands of miles with hope of bringing these boys home to their loved." Austin Stephanos and Perry Cohen went missing on July 24 when their 19-foot white single engine center console vessel got into trouble in the Jupiter area. The vessel was found capsized on Sunday morning with no trace of the boys. [full statement attached]   


  Opa-locka, FL        3 UPDATES

 

 
TODAY'S BRIEFING

Osama bin Laden's half-sister and stepmother have died in a small plane crash in England     2 days  

Wrestling legend 'Rowdy' Roddy Piper has unexpectedly died at age 61     2 days  

A third person has died of Legionnaires' disease in New York City as the number of cases has reached 57     2 days  

Grammy-award winning country singer Lynn Anderson, who is best known for her 1970 hit "Rose Garden," has died at 67     2 days  


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BREAKING

16-year-old girl injured in Jerusalem gay pride parade attack dies     20 hrs  

Bin Laden’s stepmother and sister among 4 dead in UK plane crash     2 days  

White House briefly on lockdown after woman jumps barricade     2 days  

WWE legend Roddy Piper dead at 61 - family     2 days  

Business jet that crashed at UK airport was owned by Bin Laden family - reports     2 days  



Urgent

Lion researcher says Jericho appears to be alive, researchers to confirm at first light     1 day  

No survivors in plane crash at UK airport - police     2 days  

Pa. escapee and homicide suspect Robert Crissman captured - state police     2 days  

Beijing chosen to host 2022 Winter Olympics     3 days  

New York man who allegedly pledged allegiance to ISIS arrested on terror charges     4 days  



Events

LIVE: Ohio Governor John Kasich announces presidential candidacy     1 wk  

LIVE: NASA coverage of Pluto flyby     2 wks  

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry to provide update on Iran talks at 1700 GMT     3 wks  

South Carolina Gov. Haley to sign bill taking down Confederate flag from State House at 4 p.m. ET     3 wks  

VIDEO: Greek voters reject bailout terms, crowds gather in Syntagma Square     4 wks  


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U.S. News

Hurricane Guillermo closes in on Hawaii, could make landfall on Wednesday     11 hrs  

2 small bombs explode at New Mexico churches, no injuries     12 hrs  


World

16-year-old girl injured in Jerusalem gay pride parade attack dies     20 hrs  

Lion researcher says Jericho appears to be alive, researchers to confirm at first light     1 day  


Business

Facebook says internet-beaming drone ready for flight testing     3 days  

Facebook revenue jumps 39 percent as monthly active users nears 1.5 billion     4 days  


Politics

Donald Trump’s support continues to increase in Republican race - poll     21 hrs  

Vice President Biden ‘actively exploring’ presidential run - NYT     1 day  


Legal

Zimbabwean authorities tighten hunting restrictions after lion killing     1 day  

Pa. escapee and homicide suspect Robert Crissman captured - state police     2 days  


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