Morning News Briefs and Tuesday's Forecast

Posted: July 2, 2013

WINCHESTER-AREA WEATHER: Cloudy with some patchy fog this morning. Scattered showers with isolated thunderstorms in the morning, then numerous showers and scattered thunderstorms in the afternoon. Highs in the lower 80s. More showers and scattered thunderstorms tonight. Lows in the upper 60s. A 60 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms throughout the day and evening on Wednesday with a high of 81 and a low of 66. Independence Day looks about the same, except a little hotter, with a high of 85.

Morning News Briefs from the Associated Press for Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Snowden hits hurdles in search for asylum
MOSCOW (AP) — NSA leaker Edward Snowden's attempts to seek refuge outside the United States hit hurdles Tuesday, after Russian media reported he canceled his asylum bid in Russia and several European countries said such applications wouldn't be considered if they were made from abroad. Russian news agencies Tuesday quoted President Vladimir Putin's spokesman Dmitry Peskov as saying that Snowden withdrew his request when he learned about the terms Moscow has set out. Putin said on Monday that Russia is ready to shelter Snowden as long as he stops leaking U.S. secrets.

What's a little spying among friends?
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama had a simple answer to European outrage over new allegations that the U.S. spies on its allies: The Europeans do it too. Obama said Monday during his trip to Africa that every intelligence service in Europe, Asia and elsewhere does its best to understand the world better, and that goes beyond what they read in newspapers or watch on TV. It was an attempt to blunt European reaction to new revelations from National Security Agency leaker Edward Snowden that the U.S. spies on European governments.

South Africa: Apartheid-era leader falls ill
JOHANNESBURG (AP) — F.W. de Klerk, the last leader of South Africa's apartheid era and a co-recipient of the 1993 Nobel Peace Prize with Nelson Mandela, has suffered dizziness and will be fitted with a pacemaker to help his heart function, a foundation said Tuesday. A Cape Town-based foundation named after 77-year-old de Klerk said the former president felt dizzy after returning home on Sunday from a trip to Europe, and consulted his specialist on Monday.

Egypt's military issues 48-hour ultimatum
CAIRO (AP) — Egypt's military issued a "last-chance" ultimatum Monday to President Mohammed Morsi, giving him 48 hours to meet the demands of millions of protesters in the streets seeking the ouster of the Islamist leader or the generals will intervene and impose their own plan for the country. The military's statement, read on state TV, put enormous pressure on Morsi to step down and sent giant crowds opposing the president in Cairo and other cities into delirious celebrations of singing, dancing and fireworks. But the ultimatum raised worries on both sides the military could outright take over, as it did after the 2011 ouster of autocrat Hosni Mubarak.

Obama ends Africa trip by joining Bush at memorial
DAR ES SALAAM, Tanzania (AP) — Democratic President Barack Obama and Republican predecessor President George W. Bush found common ground in Africa on Tuesday, honoring the victims of a terrorist attack in an unprecedented chance encounter a world away from home. The U.S. presidents had a brief, silent appearance together at a monument to victims of the 1998 embassy bombing here in the east African city where Bush coincidentally happened to be as Obama wrapped up a weeklong tour of the continent. While the two U.S. leaders didn't say anything publicly, their wives engaged in a warm and chatty joint appearance at a summit on African women.

Arizona 'Hotshots' lived the meaning of the word
PRESCOTT, Ariz. (AP) — They were fathers and expectant fathers. High school football players and former Marines. Smoke-eaters' sons and first-generation firefighters. What bound the members of the Granite Mountain Hotshots together was a "love of hard work and arduous adventure," and a willingness to risk their lives to protect others. And now, 19 families share a bond of grief.

GOP fault lines emerging on social issues
WASHINGTON (AP) — Pivotal developments on two cultural issues — immigration reform and gay marriage — offer an early preview of potential fault lines among Republicans weighing White House bids in 2016. When the Senate approved a comprehensive immigration reform measure, Sens. Marco Rubio of Florida and Rand Paul of Kentucky voted in opposite directions amid divisions in the party over how to curb the fast-growing flow of Latino voters to Democrats.

Taliban hit NATO supply compound in Kabul, kill 6
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Taliban suicide attackers blew up a truck bomb early Tuesday at the gates of a NATO supply company's compound in Kabul and sprayed gunfire at security personnel, killing four guards and two civilians, Afghan officials said. The morning attack was the latest in a series targeting high-profile locations in the Afghan capital. The attacks have made clear the Taliban have no intention of ending the violence, even as they say they are willing to enter peace negotiations.

Florida Keys prepare for sea level rise
KEY WEST, Fla. (AP) — Hurricane storm surge can inundate the narrow, low-lying Florida Keys, but that is far from the only water worry for officials. A tidal gauge operating since before the Civil War has documented a sea level rise of 9 inches in the last century, and officials expect that to double over the next 50 years. So when building a new Stock Island fire station, county authorities went ahead added a foot and a half over federal flood planning directives that the ground floor be built up 9 feet.

Paul staying in LA, Howard hears pitches to leave
Chris Paul's answer was brief, just like his time on the free agent market. "I'M IN!!!" he wrote Monday on Twitter.