President H.W. Bush out of hospital

Former President George H. W. Bush was released from the Maine Medical Center in Portland on Sunday after four days of treatment for fractured bones in his neck, his spokesman said. Bush, 91, the oldest living president, fell at his summer home in Kennebunkport on Wednesday and fractured vertebrae. The type of fracture that Bush suffered can take three to four months to heal, his physician said.

New York

Long Island limo crash kills four

The driver of a pickup truck that crashed into a limousine, killing four women and injuring several other people in Long Island, was arraigned in his hospital bed on Sunday on a misdemeanor charge of driving while intoxicated. The driver, Steven Romeo, 55, of Southold, N.Y., was injured in the crash, which happened Saturday evening. Romeo, who remained hospitalized, pleaded not guilty. The limo had been carrying a bride-to-be and seven of her friends, who were celebrating her upcoming wedding.


Dad of girl slain with 4 others is arrested

A man was arrested in the deaths of his daughter, two other girls and two women whose bodies were found in a Modesto home, police said. Martin Martinez, 30, of Modesto, was booked into the Santa Clara County jail on suspicion of murder. Martinez had a past relationship with one of the women and is the father of one of the girls found dead Saturday. All the victims are related, and the children range from 6 months to 6 years old, police said.


Shiite rebel shelling kills at least 45

Shiite rebels and their allies in Yemen randomly shelled a town Sunday outside of Aden after losing control of some of the port city's neighborhoods, killing at least 45 people and wounding 120, officials said. The violence highlighted the bloody chaos of the civil war gripping the Arab world's poorest country, which also has been the target of Saudi-led and U.S.-backed airstrikes since late March.


Pope hails courage of those braving heat

Rome's heat wave is dragging into its third week, so Pope Francis was especially appreciative of the tens of thousands of Romans and tourists who braved the noontime sun to see him. Speaking Sunday from his window, Francis told the crowd in St. Peter's Square: "I see you are courageous with this heat in the square. A tip of the hat to you!" Temperatures in Rome this week could hit 100-102F. Francis escaped Rome's heat this month with a trip to South America, where it is winter.


Officials skip crisis talks days before poll

Government representatives failed to show up for talks in Burundi aimed at ending the unrest caused by the president's controversial bid for a third term, forcing the mediation to be adjourned just ahead of Tuesday's election. Ugandan Defense Minister Crispus Kiyonga, who is acting as mediator, stopped short of saying the talks had collapsed and said the government should be given a chance to explain itself.

Gaza Strip

Blasts destroy militants' vehicles

A series of explosions destroyed several vehicles belonging to officials of the militant Islamist groups Hamas and Islamic Jihad, the latest in a series of attacks in Gaza attributed to extremists who have aligned themselves with ISIL. Witnesses told local journalists that there were four explosions at three sites in the Sheikh Radwan neighborhood of the Palestinian coastal enclave of Gaza.

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