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SAN FRANCISCO, July 6 (UPI) -- An Asiana Airlines flight from Seoul crashed and burned in San Francisco Saturday. At least two people died and dozens were injured, officials said.

One passenger, Elliott Stone, told CNN he thought the Boeing 777, carrying 307 passengers and crew, approached the airport "a little high [then came] down a little sharp" as it approached San Francisco International Airport shortly before 11:30 a.m. PDT.

"All of a sudden, boom, the back end just hit and flies up into the air and everyone's head goes up the ceiling," said Stone, who added he leaped from the plane rather than use the stairs or an evacuation slide.

Confusion over the fate of those on board Flight 214 ended about 7:45 p.m PDT when San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee said everyone on board had been accounted for. Earlier, the city's fire chief had said more than 60 were unaccounted for, a number that was later reduced to one.

 CAIRO, July 8 (UPI) -- The White House didn't call the military ouster of Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi a coup as Morsi's followers urged a popular uprising against the military.

 "This is an incredibly complex and difficult situation," White House spokesman Jay Carney told reporters Monday "President Obama made clear our deep concern about the decision made by the Egyptian armed forces to remove President Morsi from power and to suspend the constitution. It is also important to acknowledge that tens of millions of Egyptians have legitimate grievances with President Morsi's undemocratic form of governance and they do not believe that this was a coup."

Published in US NEWS
 |  Tuesday, 09 July 2013 20:39

WASHINGTON, June 25 (UPI) -- President Barack Obama criticized the U.S. Supreme Court decision striking down a key provision of the Voting Rights Act but the ruling drew praise elsewhere.

The provision, Section 4, identifies all or parts of 16 states, mainly in the South with a history of discrimination. A separate provision, Section 5, not struck down by the Supreme Court, forces those states to get permission -- or "preclearance" -- from the U.S. Justice Department or a three-judge federal panel in Washington to make any changes, no matter how innocuous, in how people vote in their jurisdictions. The ruling said conditions had changed and the restrictions were no longer fair.

But without the identifying the parts of the country affected, the "preclearance" requirement is meaningless.

South Carolina's attorney general praised the decision. South Carolina challenged the Voting Rights Act provisions when they were adopted in 1965.

 LOS ANGELES, June 29 (UPI) -- Opponents of same-sex marriage in California went back to the U.S. Supreme Court Saturday to try to stop an appellate ruling opening the way for gays to marry.

The Proposition 8 Legal Defense Fund said in a release issued in Sacramento it had filed an emergency petition with the nation's highest court requesting it stop what it called the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeal's premature move to require same-sex marriage licenses in California weeks before the Supreme Court's decision even goes into effect.

Published in US NEWS
 |  Tuesday, 09 July 2013 20:18

WASHINGTON, July 2 (UPI) -- Former Democratic U.S. Rep. William H. Gray III, a legend in Philadelphia politics, died Monday in London, his office announced.

He was 71, and no cause of death was available, the Philadelphia inquirer said.

Published in WORLD
 |  Tuesday, 09 July 2013 20:02
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DAR ES SALAAM, Tanzania, July 2 (UPI) -- Michelle Obama said being first lady can be confining "but it's a really nice prison," and former first lady Laura Bush said at least the prison has "a chef."

Obama and Bush appeared together Tuesday at the African First Ladies Summit in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, where Obama was asked about past comments U.S. first ladies are able to draw attention to important issues that ordinarily might be overlooked.


SANFORD, Fla., July 9 (UPI) -- A gunshot expert testified in George Zimmerman's murder trial Tuesday that evidence suggests Trayvon Martin was atop George Zimmerman when Martin was shot.

Forensic pathologist and former San Antonio chief medical officer Dr. Vincent Di Maio said in the Sanford, Fla., trial the physical evidence in the case suggests Zimmerman's gun was in contact with Martin's clothing when the shot was fired, and that his clothes were two to four inches from his skin.


SANFORD, Fla., July 8 (UPI) -- Trayvon Martin's father said screams heard in a taped 911 call were not those of his son, witnesses said in George Zimmerman's murder trial in Florida Monday.

Who made the screams, Zimmerman, the self-acknowledged shooter, or Trayvon, the 17-year-old victim, in the seconds before Trayvon was fatally wounded, has been a point of contention in the second-degree murder case in Sanford. Zimmerman maintains he killed the youth in self-defense after encountering him in a gated community the night of Feb. 26, 2012.

Published in US NEWS
 |  Tuesday, 09 July 2013 19:39


SANFORD, Fla., July 5 (UPI) -- The prosecution Friday rested its case in the Sanford, Fla., trial of George Zimmerman, accused of murder in the shooting death of unarmed teen Trayvon Martin.


Circuit Judge Debra Nelson rejected a defense motion for a directed verdict of acquittal, opening the way for Zimmerman's attorneys to begin presenting their case with Zimmerman's mother as the first witness.

 GENEVA, Switzerland, July 6 (UPI) -- The World Health Organization said it organized emergency telephone meetings next week on the SARS-like virus, first recorded in Saudi Arabia.

WHO officials said they are convening an emergency committee under the International Health Regulations for Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus, or MERS-CoV. The emergency committee will meet July 9 and 11.

The emergency committee is made up of international experts to provide technical advice to the WHO director general in the context of a public health emergency of international concern.

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