Woman to be added to $10 bill in 2020, Treasury says
The Treasury Department plans to add a portrait of a woman — to be named later — to the $10 bill. She’ll share space with the current $10 honoree, Alexander Hamilton. Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew will disclose his choice by the end of the year and the new note will appear in 2020 — the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment, which gave women the right to vote. Abolitionist Harriet Tubman was the top choice in a social media campaign to put a woman on the $20 bill. Social reformer Susan B. Anthony and Lewis and Clark guide Sacagawea were featured on dollar coins.
Pastors defiant before gay marriage ruling
Officials with the Southern Baptist Convention issued a statement saying they will reject any ruling by the Supreme Court that affirms same-sex marriage. “We will not accept, nor adhere to, any legal redefinition of marriage issued by any political or judicial body,” said the statement by SBC President Rev. Ronnie Floyd and past presidents. The statement was issued during the SBC’s national conference in Columbus as the Supreme Court is expected to rule on the constitutionality of gay marriage. The nine pastors said that they will break the law to follow their beliefs.
Balcony collapse inquiry continues
Victims’ loved ones made their way toward Berkeley from Ireland as investigators tried to pinpoint the cause of a balcony collapse that left six people dead and seven seriously injured. The accident happened early Tuesday during a 21st birthday party involving a group of Irish students spending the summer in California. Five 21-year-olds from Ireland were killed, along with a young woman from California. Flags flew at half-staff around Ireland.
Men accused of spying are executed
Al-Qaida militants in Yemen killed two men accused of spying for the United States and hung their bodies off a bridge, a day after the jihadi group announced the death of its leader in a U.S. drone strike. Witnesses said Al-Qaida gunmen in the southern city of Mukalla read out charges before shooting the two men, one of whom was accused of guiding the U.S. drone that killed two officials in April.
Boko Haram bombs kill at least 63 people
A large sack of homemade bombs discovered at an abandoned Boko Haram camp exploded, killing 63 people. The toll was much higher than in any recent attack in northeast Nigeria. At least 113 people have been killed in suicide bombings there in the past month, 97 since May 30.
Debate begins on democracy measure
Protesters, police officers and lawmakers converged on the Legislative Council as debate began on a plan to change the way the semiautonomous Chinese territory will choose its leader beginning in 2017. The proposal, backed by the Chinese government, would allow a direct vote from a group of candidates approved by Beijing. The chief executive had been chosen by a largely pro-government panel of 1,200 members.
Man dies after attack by escaped tiger
A tiger that broke loose after severe flooding at the Tbilisi Zoo mauled a man to death before being shot by police, a day after officials said all the zoo’s tigers had died. Zoo Director Zurab Gurielidze said new counts indicated a tiger cub and a hyena could still be on the loose. Officials said the tiger was hiding at an abandoned factory when it attacked the man.