Treasure worth billions found in Indian temple
Precious stones, jewelry, gold and silver estimated to be worth $11 billion have been found in the secret underground vaults of an ancient temple in southern India, a temple official said Saturday. An 18-foot-long necklace, 1,179 pounds of 18th century gold coins, diamond-studded plates, rubies and emeralds were found in the vaults of the Sri Padmanabhaswamy temple in Thiruvananthapuram, the capital of Kerala state, the Hindustan Times reported. The vaults were opened for the first time in 130 years after the Supreme Court ordered the state government to take over the temple's assets from a trust.
Europe to release billions to Greece
Greece will get a vital loan installment by July 15 while work continues on a second bailout for the struggling country, European finance ministers said Saturday. After a two-hour conference call, the 17 euro zone ministers said they would sign off on a $12.6 billion loan that had been expected as part of a package agreed upon last year. Their decision followed two votes in Greece's Parliament to approve a tough austerity package, a condition for international assistance. The finance ministers, however, delayed a deal on a second large rescue, possibly until September.
Marines accused of sham marriages
The U.S. military says three Southern California Marine corporals face charges of defrauding the government after entering into sham marriages for financial gain. Marine spokeswoman 1st Lt. Maureen Dooley said Saturday the scam was hatched when a lesbian couple, one a Marine and the other a civilian, decided to live together off base. The military said the female Marine and her civilian partner found two male Marines willing to get married, allowing them to collect housing benefits. In addition to the charges, the three Marines may have to pay back the military $75,000.
Oil spill prompts hundreds to leave
An ExxonMobil pipeline that runs under the Yellowstone River in Montana ruptured Saturday and leaked hundreds of barrels of oil into the waterway, causing a 25-mile plume that fouled the riverbank and forced municipalities and irrigation districts downstream to close intakes. The break near Billings in south-central Montana led to temporary evacuations of hundreds of residents along a 20-mile stretch. Cleanup crews deployed booms and absorbent material as the plume moved downstream. ExxonMobil spokeswoman Pam Malek said the pipe leaked an estimated 750 to 1,000 barrels of oil for about a half-hour before it was shut down.
NORAD intercepts plane: A two-seat plane was escorted to the ground by an F-15 fighter after straying into a restricted zone around Camp David in Maryland, where President Barack Obama is spending most of the Fourth of July weekend with his family. Authorities interviewed the pilot and determined it was an accident. Authorities tried to contact the plane via radio, but it did not respond.
Storm toll rises: Mexican authorities on Saturday confirmed a total of 11 deaths from Tropical Storm Arlene and the aftermath of floods, mudslides and overflowing rivers along the coast and in central Mexico.