Maine

George H.W. Bush breaks neck bone

Former President George H.W. Bush fell at his home in Kennebunkport, Maine, and broke a bone in his neck but was doing OK, a spokesman said. Bush, 91, was in stable condition and was doing "fine" after the fall, spokesman Jim McGrath said. He tweeted that the 41st president would be in a neck brace. Bush, the oldest living former U.S. president, has a form of Parkinson's disease that has forced him in recent years to use a motorized scooter or wheelchair.

Washington, D.C.

Candidates detail their donations

Democrat Hillary Rodham Clinton and Republican Jeb Bush account for almost half the $390 million that presidential groups for the 22 candidates have raised, the Federal Election Commission said. Donors gave nearly $400 million, more than two-thirds of it to outside groups. Clinton has raised $45 million in checks of $2,700. Priorities USA Action, her super PAC, raised $15 million. Bush's Right to Rise, a super PAC, raised a record $103 million. His campaign collected $11.5 million. Small donors accounted for more than three-quarters of the $13.7 million given to Sen. Bernie Sanders' Democratic campaign.

California

Drought fuels increases in wildfires

The Lake Fire, which started June 17, has consumed a swath of national forest roughly the size of San Francisco. Between Jan. 1 and July 11, California fire officials have responded to more than 3,381 wildfires — 1,000 more than the average over the previous five years.

Texas

Planned Parenthood inquiry authorized

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton launched a probe into Planned Parenthood after release of a covert video produced by abortion opponents that showed an official with the organization discussing the disposition of parts from aborted fetuses. The video showed a conversation between a Planned Parenthood medical director and abortion foes posing as potential buyers for a human biologics company. Three congressional committees also will investigate. Commercial sale of human fetal tissue is illegal under federal law.

Maryland

Charges in sisters' 1975 disappearance

Authorities announced first-degree murder charges against an imprisoned sex offender in the disappearance of two sisters from a suburban mall in 1975. Twelve-year-old Sheila Lyon and 10-year-old Katharine Lyon walked from their house to the Wheaton Plaza Mall in March 1975. They never came home. Officials charged Lloyd Lee Michael Welch Jr., 58.

South Africa

Desmond Tutu is still hospitalized

Retired Archbishop Desmond Tutu spent a second night in a Cape Town hospital where he was being treated for a persistent infection. Tutu, 83, was admitted Tuesday. He has been treated for prostate cancer for years. He was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1984.

Cameroon

Ban on burqas and face-covering veils

Cameroon's north region banned women from wearing burqas and face-covering veils after suicide bombings by women in burqas killed at least 14 people on Sunday. The region also banned Muslims from meeting in large groups without permission as the end of Ramadan nears.

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