ISLAMABAD – Missiles from U.S. drones slammed into militant hideouts overnight in northwestern Pakistan, killing 13 suspected insurgents and marking the resumption of the CIA-led program after a nearly six-month break, officials said Thursday.
The strikes were swiftly condemned by the Pakistani government, with the Foreign Ministry saying in a statement that they were a violation of Pakistan's sovereignty and its territorial integrity.
The strikes came just days after a five-hour siege of Pakistan's busiest airport ended with 36 people, including 10 militants, killed. The audacious attack raised concerns about whether Pakistan was capable of dealing with the Pakistani Taliban, which said it carried out the assault along with an Uzbek militant group.
1 priest killed, 1 hurt in attack at church
A badly injured priest managed to administer last rites to his dying fellow clergyman who was fatally shot in a nighttime attack at their Roman Catholic church in downtown Phoenix as police rushed to the scene after the man also called 911.
Authorities had no suspects or solid leads as of Thursday afternoon. They searched the neighborhood, interviewed the injured priest and examined physical evidence from the scene.
Investigators said they are unsure how many attackers were involved or whether robbery was the motive.
Wrongly freed from prison, suspect dies
A burglary defendant who won his freedom because of a jury's mistake lost his life a few hours later when he was stabbed to death in a fight.
The jury in the trial of Bobby Lee Pearson, 37, which had deadlocked, mistakenly signed a not guilty form Wednesday, and the flabbergasted judge said he had no choice but to order him to be released from jail because the verdict had already been put on the record.
After being released from jail, Pearson went to the home of his sister, Lasandra Jackson, to get some clothing and belongings. Fresno police Chief Jerry Dyer said Pearson apparently got into a fatal fight with his sister's boyfriend, 35-year-old Willie Gray, with whom he had a history of problems.
Gray was arrested and treated for injuries before being booked on suspicion of murder, Dyer said.
New trial ordered on BP spill misdeed
A new trial was ordered Thursday for a former BP engineer convicted of deleting text messages related to the 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.
U.S. District Judge Stanwood Duval threw out Kurt Mix's obstruction-of-justice conviction, saying remarks a jury forewoman overheard outside of the courtroom influenced the verdict.
Prosecutors said Mix, of Katy, Texas, deliberately deleted text messages to and from a supervisor and a BP contractor to stymie a grand jury's probe of the spill.
A new milestone for Bush to jump about
Former President George H.W. Bush celebrated his 90th birthday on Thursday by making a tandem parachute jump near his summer home in coastal Maine, fulfilling a goal he made five years ago after a similar jump even though he can no longer use his legs.
The nation's 41st president jumped from a helicopter at about 6,000 feet while harnessed to retired Sgt. 1st Class Mike Elliott, a former member of the Golden Knights, the Army's parachute team. Elliott guided Bush to a safe landing on his 85th birthday.
“That's what he wanted for his 90th birthday and that's what he got,” Elliott said. “It's a very good feeling to be involved and be able to turn back time.”
California mayor in stink over dog poop
The mayor of a wealthy California town who was caught on camera tossing dog poop onto the walkway of a political opponent is being asked to resign by residents who say he smeared their image.
During a city council meeting on Wednesday, San Marino residents blasted Mayor Dennis Kneier and called for him to step down, even though he has apologized.
Police cited him for littering, which can carry a fine of up to $1,000.
Children’s author Eric Hill dies at 86
Eric Hill, whose effort to entertain his young son with a simple drawing of a mischievous dog named Spot blossomed into a series of children's books that have sold more than 60 million copies, has died at his home in central California. He was 86.
Hill died June 6 at his home in Templeton, California, after a short illness, said Adele Minchin, a spokeswoman for his publisher, Penguin Children's Group.
“Familiar as we are today with a children's book market where flaps, pop-ups and all kinds of novelty and interactivity are taken for granted, it is hard to recall what an extraordinarily innovative concept this was in the late 1970s,” Minchin said in a statement.
Protesters rally as World Cup begins
Protesters and Brazilian police clashed in Sao Paulo, Rio de Janeiro and at least three other World Cup cities on Thursday ahead of the first match of soccer's premier event.
“I'm totally against the Cup,” said protester Tameres Mota, a university student at the Sao Paulo demonstration. “We're in a country where the money doesn't go to the community, and meanwhile we see all these millions spent on stadiums.”
The demonstrations in recent months have paled in comparison those last year, when a million people took to the streets on a single night airing laments including the sorry state of Brazil's public services despite the heavy tax burden its citizens endure.
Tanks crossing from Russia, Ukraine says
Ukraine's president rallied support Thursday for his plan to end fighting in the country's east in phone calls with the Russian and German leaders, even as he condemned what Ukrainian officials called an incursion of armored vehicles from Russia.
The Ukrainian interior minister said three tanks crossed into Ukraine along with other armored vehicles from Russia and were attacked by military forces fighting pro-Moscow separatists. He did not directly accuse Moscow of sending the tanks, but said it showed Russia had failed to fulfill promises to tighten border controls.
Russia has denied sending troops or weapons to Ukraine, describing Russian citizens who have joined the armed separatists as volunteers. There was no independent confirmation that the tanks had come from Russia.
British terror trial to be mostly secret
A British court ruled Thursday that the bulk of a terrorism trial can be held in secret on national security grounds, but rejected prosecutors' attempt to impose secrecy on the entire case, from the selection of the jury to the identity of the defendants.
Media organizations had argued that would be a first in British legal history and a dangerous precedent.
The case concerns two men arrested last year and charged with terrorism offenses. Prosecutors argued they would have to abandon the case if the trial could not be held in private and without naming the defendants.
On Thursday, three appeals judges ruled that the case was “exceptional” and that the core of the trial should be heard without the public present. They said they were convinced that “the administration of justice would be frustrated if the trial were to be held in open court.”