Make us your home page
Instagram

Today’s top headlines delivered to you daily.

(View our Privacy Policy)

Ruling council in Egypt sets deadline for new constitution

EGYPT

RULING COUNCIL SETS DEADLINE FOR CHARTER

Ten days before the runoff to decide Egypt's first competitive presidential election, the country's ruling military council gave political party leaders 48 hours to agree on a 100-member assembly to write a new, permanent constitution, state media reported. If they fail to comply, the reports said, the generals will issue an interim charter setting ground rules for the assembly. The news came as tens of thousands of demonstrators poured into Tahrir Square in Cairo for a fourth night to protest the life sentence handed down last week against former President Hosni Mubarak for complicity in the killing of protesters. Demonstrators say the sentence was too light. Mubarak's health has taken a turn for the worse since he was sentenced, Egypt's state news agency reported Tuesday night.

BELLEFONTE, Pa.

9 jurors selected for Sandusky trial

Connections to Penn State weren't necessarily keeping prospective jurors from being chosen Tuesday to decide former assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky's fate on child sexual abuse charges. After nine of the 12 main jurors were seated, their ranks included a longtime football season ticket holder, a rising senior in the university, a man with bachelor's and master's degrees from the university and a former soil sciences professor. Opening statements are set to begin Monday. Sandusky is fighting dozens of criminal charges that he abused 10 boys over a 15-year period.

Washington

Abuse of veterans program reported

A yearlong investigation into a federal pension program for low-income veterans has concluded that weak oversight and unclear rules have made the system ripe for abuse, including by financial planners and lawyers who help well-off retirees qualify for benefits by transferring or hiding assets. The report by the Government Accountability Office, to be released today, found that 200 firms had sprouted up across the country to help veterans "restructure" assets so they can appear indigent and therefore eligible for pensions that can pay $20,000 a year.

New York

Bus driver blamed in deadly crash

A bus crash in the Bronx that killed 15 passengers in March 2011 was caused by the driver's drowsiness and the company's inadequate oversight, the National Transportation Safety Board found. The board said in a ruling released Tuesday that phone records and work schedules indicate driver Ophadell Williams could not have slept for more than three hours at a time in the 72 hours before the crash — mostly in naps on the bus as while passengers gambled in a Connecticut casino.

Elsewhere

Tempe, Ariz.: Arizona authorities now believe five bodies recovered from a torched SUV dumped in the desert 35 miles south of Phoenix over the weekend were not victims of Mexican drug violence, but a family killed in a murder-suicide.

Myanmar: Myanmar's once-hostile state-run press offered praise Tuesday to Aung San Suu Kyi, lauding the opposition leader for working with President Thein Sein for the country's benefit and calling the pair "the hope of Myanmar."

Pakistan: The U.S. government has terminated its funding for Pakistan's version of Sesame Street amid a report in a Pakistani newspaper that the show's local production outfit had been accused of corruption.

Times wires

Ruling council in Egypt sets deadline for new constitution

06/05/12 [Last modified: Tuesday, June 5, 2012 11:18pm]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times

    

Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

Loading...
  1. Trump offered a grieving military father $25,000 in a call, but didn't follow through

    Nation

    President Donald Trump, in a personal phone call to a grieving military father, offered him $25,000 and said he would direct his staff to establish an online fundraiser for the family, but neither happened, the father said.

    President Donald Trump speaks during a meeting  with members of the Senate Finance Committee and his economic team on Wednesday, Oct. 18, 2017 at the White House in Washington, D.C. [Pool photo by Chris Kleponis | Getty Images]
  2. State House leader Corcoran urges Congress to back Trump tax cuts

    Legislature

    TAMPA — At a time when President Donald Trump's relations with Congress grow frayed, state House Speaker Richard Corcoran lined up solidly with Trump Tuesday in urging Congress members from Florida to back the president's tax-cutting legislation.

    Florida House Speaker Richard Corcoran backs the supply-side economic theory that cutting federal taxes for business owners would result in more jobs for others. [CHRIS URSO   |   Times]
  3. Tampa's Oaklawn Cemetery placed on National Register of Historic Places

    Human Interest

    TAMPA — Oaklawn Cemetery, Tampa's first public graveyard, has been added to the National Register of Historic Places.

    Tampa's Oaklawn and neighboring St. Louis cemeteries just north of downtown have been added to the National Register of  Historic Places. LUIS SANTANA   |   Times
  4. Romano: Love to hear your Nazi speech, but I'm washing my hair

    Human Interest

    A year ago, he was racism's favorite twerp.

    Richard Spencer, center in sunglasses, and his supporters clash with Virginia State Police after hundreds of white nationalists, neo-Nazis and members of the "alt-right" clashed with anti-fascist protesters and police in August in Charlottesville, Va. [Getty Images]
  5. Editorial: More work needed to stem juvenile car thefts

    Editorials

    There is more bad news than good about Pinellas County's juvenile car theft epidemic. The good news is that arrests ticked down slightly last year — a sign that law enforcement may be beginning to contain the problem. The bad: Reports of stolen vehicles in Pinellas are up this year, and the problem may be …

    There is more bad news than good about Pinellas County’s juvenile car theft epidemic.