No Replacement For New UN Envoy: Iran
Iran does not have any replacement for its newly-proposed UN ambassador who has been denied entry visa by the US, the Iranian government said Saturday. Iranian deputy foreign minister for legal affairs Abbas Araqchi said "We do not have a replacement for Hamid Aboutalebi. We will pursue the issue through the available legal mechanisms in the United Nations." On Friday, the White House said the US has informed Iran that it would not grant a visa to its newly appointed UN ambassador Hamid Aboutalebi, a member of the group responsible for the 1979 takeover of the US embassy in Tehran.
New Arrest Linked To Gun Used After Boston Attacks
People with knowledge of the investigation said Tuesday, a friend of Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev is believed to have provided the handgun used to kill a Massachusetts Institute of Technology police officer during the manhunt. Stephen Silva made an initial appearance in federal court on charges related to heroin trafficking and possession of a handgun with an obliterated serial number. An attorney for Silva, Jonathan Shapiro, said Tuesday evening that he had received the case only a few hours earlier and was not in a position to comment.
Train Carrying MH17 Bodies On Final Journey Reaches Ukraine City
A train carrying the remains of many of the 298 victims of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 arrived in a Ukrainian government-held city on Tuesday on the first leg of their final journey home to be reclaimed by their families. Five refrigerated wagons containing 200 body bags reached the city of Kharkiv after pro-Russian separatists agreed to hand over the plane's black boxes to Malaysian authorities and the bodies to the Netherlands, where many victims had lived. The train slowly rolled into the grounds of an arms industry plant, where the remains are due to be unloaded and flown to the Netherlands for the lengthy process of identification.
William Shatner Slams Facebook App Designed For Celebs Like Him
Memo to Mark Zuckerberg: next time you launch an app aimed at making Facebook easier for celebrities, consider asking William Shatner to beta-test it first. Shatner — yes, that Shatner, the singer, raconteur and sometime starship captain — launched a blistering broadside against Facebook Mentions on his Tumblr account Tuesday. "I’m not quite sure why Facebook released this app," Shatner concluded at the end of a comprehensive review of its features. "It seems to be ill conceived."
Orange Is The New Black Is Totally Ruining Real Life Prison Fashion So Much One Sheriff Is Banning What?!
Well this is just strange. A Michigan county sheriff is taking matters into his own hands to combat the popularity of a certain Netflix dramedy. Saginaw County, Michigan is switching its inmates from full-on orange jumpsuits back to the classic black-and-white stripes number. Sheriff William Federspiel noticed that orange-on-orange outfits are becoming increasingly popular due to the Emmy - nominated prison comedy.
Existing Home Sales Rise 2.6% In June
The National Association of Realtors said Tuesday, existing home sales showed more vigor last month, climbing to their fastest annual pace since October. Sales were up 2.6% to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 5 million. But sales still trail last year's level and the supply of homes for sale — while improved from May — remains tight, Realtors say. The state of housing is being closely followed by Federal Reserve policymakers as they weigh how soon and how fast to begin tightening their easy money policies that have been in place since the financial crisis started seven years ago.
Peace Talks Eyed After Israel, Hamas Cease-fire
The U.S. and Egypt sought Tuesday to find an end to two weeks of bloodshed in the Gaza Strip, and officials raised the possibility of restarting stalled peace talks between Israel and Palestinian authorities as a necessary step to avoid sustained violence. It's unlikely that Washington is ready to wade back into the morass of peace negotiations that broke off last April after nearly nine months of shuttle diplomacy by U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry.
Crews Make Gains On Massive Washington Wildfire
Firefighters were making progress Tuesday in their efforts to get the largest wildfire in Washington state's history under control, with wetter weather bringing some relief but also raising concerns about flash flooding. Fire spokeswoman Jessica Payne said, the Carlton Complex of fires, which has burned nearly 400 square miles in the north-central part of the state, was 16 percent contained as of Tuesday.
Tsarnaev Friend Convicted Of Obstructing Boston Bombings Probe
A federal jury on Monday found a friend of Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev guilty of obstructing the investigation into the 2013 attack. The jury found Azamat Tazhayakov guilty of obstructing justice and conspiring to obstruct justice, in connection with the removal of a backpack with potential evidence from Tsarnaev's dorm room after the bombings.
Microsoft CEO Sees 'bold' Plan As 4Q Tops Street
Microsoft Corp. CEO Satya Nadella painted an upbeat vision of the future Tuesday, saying that the next version of Windows will be unified across screens of all sizes and that two money-losing units — Nokia phones and Bing search — would become profitable in 2016. The agenda, announced Tuesday as Microsoft reported fourth-quarter earnings that beat Wall Street expectations, helped boost the company's shares, which added 52 cents, or 1.2 percent, to $45.35 in after-hours trading.