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  • As Anders Behring Breivik met with Norwegian police on Sunday to reconstruct his massacre on the island of Utoya last month, details continue to emerge about the course of the shooting spree that claimed 69 lives--the most deadly attack Norway has suffered since World War II. Brievik offered his reconstruction while tethered to a rope and wearing a bullet-proof vest; you can see footage of him breaking down the massacre with police in the YouTube video below.

    Breivik has admitted killing 69 mostly young people in the July 22 shooting attack in Utoya, and also has confessed to bombing an Oslo government building a few hours earlier claiming another eight lives. However, he has denied criminal culpability for the massacre, saying he believes the killings were necessary to defend Norway's Christian character in the face of immigration and multiculturalism.

    Among the other details now surfacing about the Utoya spree was the confirmation from police that Breivik, 32, called police several times over the course of the massacre to surrender. According to Norwegian media reports, the police did not at first take him seriously.

    And as investigators revisit the July 22 attacks, several new stories of survival and heroism have emerged, in addition to those first reported in the massacre's wake. The media reported on Sunday that two Chechen teenagers attending the Utoya camp managed to help several others survive the shooting spree by taking shelter in a cave. Prior to those rescue efforts, the two teens had tried, without success, to knock Breivik out by pelting him with stones.

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  • • Hosni Mubarak's trial is adjourned until September. (Bloomberg)

    • Multiple attacks in Iraq kill at least 60 people. (Los Angeles Times)

    • Muammar Gadhafi urges defiance as rebels seize center of key western town. (Sky)

    • Libya security chief arrives with family in Cairo in apparent defection. (New York Times)

    • Syrian gunboats join regime attacks against Latakia. (Washington Post)

    • Pakistan gave China access to U.S. stealth helicopter (Financial Times)

    • Rick Perry welcomes Chinese firm despite security risk. (Washington Post)

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  • Somali Prime Minister Mohamed A. Mohamed, left, announces his resignation during a news conference, alongside Somali President Sharif Sheik Ahmed in Mogadishu, Somalia on June 19, 2011. (Farah Abdi Warsameh/AP Photo)New York State transportation worker Mohamed A. Mohamed has recently returned from a sabbatical that's fairly unprecedented in the annals of civil-service leave-takings. Between last October and this June, he was the prime minister of Somalia—and now, after being forced out and appointing his successor, he's back at his old workstation at the Buffalo office of the Department of Transportation.

    It all began with a trip to the United Nations last October, as Buffalo News reporter Jason Rey recounts in an arresting summary of Mohamed's odyssey. Mohamed met with Somali President Sheikh Sharif Sheikh Ahmed to discuss conditions in Somalia, where Mohamed emigrated from more than two decades ago. Impressed by Mohamed's concern, the president offered the civil servant the prime minister's post on the spot.

    After living more than a quarter-century away from his troubled homeland, Mohamed found his return as a head of state a rude awakening on several levels. "After his first interview with Somalia's president, he stepped outside and a bullet whizzed passed, landing two feet in front of him," Rey writes. " 'Yeah, that's normal,' said the man walking with him. 'Keep walking.' "

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  • George W. Bush writes book about father
    George W. Bush writes book about father

    NEW YORK (AP) — His paintings made news worldwide, but it turns out that former President George W. Bush has been working on another, highly personal project since leaving the White House: He has quietly completed a biography of his father, former President George H.W. Bush.

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    Congresswoman who co-sponsored Bush impeachment bill said Democrats never tried to impeach Bush

    Texas Democratic Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee said Democrats had never moved to impeach former President George W. Bush, but she co-sponsored a bill to do just that in 2008.

  • Wall Street drops, S&P on track for worst day since April

    By Caroline Valetkevitch NEW YORK (Reuters) - U.S. stocks fell more than 1 percent on Thursday, with the S&P 500 on track for its worst daily decline since April and first monthly drop since January, as concerns mounted over the strength of overseas economies and ongoing tensions with Russia. "Technically, the market has looked very weak," said Bruce Zaro, chief technical strategist at Delta Global Asset Management in Boston.

  • New Wrinkle? Ancient Earth Got a 'Face-Lift,' Study Suggests
    New Wrinkle? Ancient Earth Got a 'Face-Lift,' Study Suggests

    Earth got a "face-lift" early in its history, wiping out most of its original crust, according to a new model of the ancient barrage of asteroids called the Late Heavy Bombardment. "The surface of the Earth was heavily affected by all these collisions," said lead study author Simone Marchi, a planetary scientist with the Southwest Research Institute in Boulder, Colorado. According to the model by Marchi and his co-authors, the meteor storm resurfaced Earth's outer crust and destroyed much of the planet's original rocks, similar to how a dermatologist's microdermabrasion wand buffs away skin, giving patients an instant face-lift.

  • Beyond oil and reserves, Russia running on empty
    Beyond oil and reserves, Russia running on empty

    By Lidia Kelly and Katya Golubkova MOSCOW (Reuters) - For all the sanctions Western leaders can throw at Russia, the biggest threat to President Vladimir Putin's ability to back separatists in east Ukraine is something beyond his or their control: the price of oil.     With Russia's $2 trillion economy heavily dependent on crude exports, oil prices are always closely monitored by the Kremlin, but the government is particularly wary now as tensions with the West mount and sanctions ratchet up. ...

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