Ahmadinejad: syria should end crackdown
Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad called Thursday for Syrian President Bashar Assad to end his violent crackdown of an uprising challenging his authoritarian rule. Even while it has been accused of providing financial and material support for Assad's crackdown, Iran has increased calls for Syria to end the violence and reform its political process, a formula Tehran may see as repairing its image and, if heeded, possibly bolstering Assad's standing.
Mubarak witness: Tear gas ordered
An ex-security officer testified Thursday in ousted leader Hosni Mubarak's trial that his superiors ordered troops to forcefully disperse Egyptian protesters with tear gas, but he never heard orders to shoot at the protesters. Mubarak and his security chiefs are facing charges of complicity in the deaths of protesters, a charge that could carry the death penalty.
Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii
3 face charges in Marine's death
Three Hawaii-based Marines are in a military court to face accusations of hazing and beating a fellow Marine who later committed suicide in Afghanistan. The Marines are charged with "wrongfully humiliating and demeaning" 21-year-old Lance Cpl. Harry Lew of Santa Clara, Calif., who committed suicide April 3 in the Helmand province of Afghanistan.
Solar firm's loan is investigated
Federal agents executed a search warrant at the Northern California headquarters of solar panel manufacturer Solyndra Inc., which filed for bankruptcy protection this week despite receiving $535 million in federal stimulus loan guarantees.
Trial of John Edwards is delayed
Ex-presidential candidate John Edwards' trial on campaign finance charges has been delayed until January. The former North Carolina senator was charged in June with using about $1 million in under-the-table payments from political supporters to hide his pregnant mistress during his 2008 run. He's also charged with helping to falsify campaign finance reports to cover up the payments. He has pleaded not guilty.
Salt Lake City
Ex-students claim abuse at camps
A Utah company that ran a network of domestic and international schools for troubled teens is being sued by former students who say they were denied food and medical care, lived in filth and suffered physical and sexual abuse that could be described as torture. Named as defendants in the lawsuit are World Wide Association of Specialty Programs and Schools, its three principles, and a network of other affiliated businesses and individuals.