Germany

Bailout for Greece is endorsed

Parliament overwhelmingly approved a bailout of 86 billion euros ($95 billion) for Greece, with Chancellor Angela Merkel failing to curb a revolt among conservative lawmakers who opposed more help for the heavily indebted government in Athens. After two hours of debate, the 584 lawmakers at a special session voted 453-113 for the package, with 18 abstentions. Sixty-three conservatives voted against the new bailout deal, and three others abstained, suggesting that Merkel would find it hard to get more help for Greece through parliament.

Kenya

President could stand trial

President Uhuru Kenyatta may face proceedings at the International Criminal Court in The Hague. An effort to prosecute Kenyatta at the court collapsed last year when prosecutors said they had insufficient evidence to link him to deadly ethnic violence in 2007. But appellate judges issued an order directing the trial court to hold new hearings, reopening one aspect of the case: whether Kenyatta's government obstructed the original prosecution.

Washington

Three firefighters die in wildfires

Three firefighters were killed and three to four others were injured as raging wildfires advanced in north-central Washington, authorities said. Okanogan County Sheriff Frank Rogers said the deaths, in a wildfire near Twisp, had been confirmed, but he did not immediately release details about the circumstances. "My heart breaks over the loss of life," Gov. Jay Inslee said in a statement. "I know all Washington joins me and Trudi in sending our prayers to the families of these brave firefighters. They gave their lives to protect others. It was their calling, but the loss for their families is immense."

Missouri

Protests follow police shooting

An armed man fleeing from officers serving a search warrant at a home in a crime-troubled section of St. Louis was shot and killed by police after he pointed a gun at them, the police chief said. The shooting that left a black suspect dead drew protests, with many of the 150 people who gathered at the scene questioning the use of deadly force. Police Chief Sam Dotson said two suspects fled from the home before one of the men turned and pointed a handgun at the officers, who shot the man. That suspect, described as being in his 20s, died at the scene.

Utah

Mormons promote three women

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints for the first time appointed women to high-level church councils previously reserved only for men. Scholars said the move marks a noteworthy step in an ongoing push to increase the prominence of women. The women were named to the councils that set church policy.

California

Second plague case investigated

The California Department of Public Health is investigating a second case of plague likely contracted by a Georgia native on a recent visit to Yosemite National Park. Tests are underway to confirm whether the person contracted the disease while vacationing in early August.

Illinois

Appeals court snubs Blagojevich

A full appellate court indicated that it will not rehear an appeal of Rod Blagojevich's corruption convictions, and his lawyer said the imprisoned former Illinois governor will appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court.

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