Obama, Israel lobby on Iran nuclear deal
President Obama and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu made dueling appeals to American Jews as they sought to rally support for their opposing positions on the Iranian nuclear deal. Netanyahu made his case in a live webcast with more than 10,000 participants from U.S. Jewish groups. He called the plan to curb Iran’s nuclear program in exchange for sanctions relief a “bad deal.” Obama held a private meeting at the White House with Jewish leaders.
Mormon church reveals sacred stone
The Mormon church for the first time published photos of a small sacred stone that it believes founder Joseph Smith used to help translate the story that became the basis of the religion. The pictures of the egg-sized rock are part of a new book that also contains photos of the first printer’s manuscript of the Book of Mormon. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is trying to be more transparent.
Lawsuit filed in woman’s jail death
The family of a black woman found dead in a Texas jail three days after a confrontation with a white state trooper filed a wrongful-death lawsuit against the officer and other officials, saying it was a last resort after being unable to get enough information about the case. Bland, a 28-year-old Chicago-area woman, was found dead in her Waller County jail cell on July 13.
Drone dropped drugs in state prison yard
A drone dropped a package of drugs into a prison yard while inmates were outside, sparking a fight, prison officials said. The package was dropped July 29 at the Mansfield Correctional Institution. It contained almost a quarter of an ounce of heroin, more than 2 ounces of marijuana and more than 5 ounces of tobacco.
Legionnaires’ disease diagnoses rise to 86
The number of people sickened in an outbreak of Legionnaires’ disease in the Bronx climbed to 86 as officials outlined plans to tighten the regulation of water-cooling towers, which are thought to be the source of the cases. It is the largest outbreak of the disease in New York City that health officials are aware of, said Dr. Mary T. Bassett, the health commissioner. Five cooling towers have tested positive for Legionella bacteria. Seven people have died from the disease.
Tutu released from Cape Town hospital
Archbishop Desmond Tutu was discharged from a hospital in Cape Town after undergoing treatment for a persistent infection. The infection was a consequence of treatment for prostate cancer that Tutu has received for 18 years. Tutu, 83, won the 1984 Nobel Peace Prize for his opposition to white-minority rule.
Russia claims vast territory in the Arctic
The Russian government said that it had delivered “ample scientific data” to the United Nations to back its claim to 460,000 square miles of Arctic territory and its wealth of natural resources. Russia was the first to claim the Arctic sea shelf in a thwarted bid in 2002, but the U.S., Canada, Denmark and Norway also are pursuing jurisdiction over seabed in the Arctic, where a quarter of the world’s remaining oil and gas reserves may be embedded.