Unpredictable winds and high temperatures were challenging crews in their battle against a Utah wildfire that forced more than 2,300 people to flee their homes. The evacuees were allowed to return to their homes Saturday evening after officials determined the blaze no longer posed a threat to them. Winds pushed some of the fire back on itself, and crews managed to put out hot spots closest to homes.
Two people were found dead in what investigators believe was a murder-suicide at the Beverly Hilton, just hours before the Daytime Emmy Awards were held at the posh hotel, police said. The man was in his late 60s and the woman was in her mid-50s. The luxury hotel was also the site of Whitney Houston's death in February. The singer drowned in the bathtub of her fourth-floor room.
Oil and gas companies curtailed some production in the Gulf of Mexico as a weather system strengthened into Tropical Storm Debby, the fourth named storm of the year. The storm's projected path has it headed toward the Louisiana coastline, west of New Orleans, as early as Monday afternoon, and then west toward Texas.
In one of the most anticipated gestures in recent Irish history, a former commander of the Irish Republican Army will shake hands this week in Belfast with Queen Elizabeth. The former commander, Martin McGuinness, was long considered one of Britain's greatest enemies. Sinn Fein, the political arm before the IRA disbanded, said its executive committee decided to allow him to attend a charity event Wednesday, where the queen, Prince Philip and Irish President Michael D. Higgins will be guests. The historic handshake will take place in private with a single photographer disseminating pictures to the media. Sinn Fein declined a similar invitation during a royal visit to the Irish Republic last year.
The former minister of finance, Aleksei Kudrin, warned that Russia is in danger of falling into a recession. At a news conference, Kudrin said that President Vladimir Putin should delay much of the increased social and military spending that he announced during his recent campaign for the presidency. Kudrin was ousted from the government last year after protesting rising military spending.