Three killed at township meeting in Pa.

Allentown, Pa.

Three killed at township meeting

Three people were killed and four were wounded in a shooting at a meeting in a Pennsylvania municipal building on Monday evening, according to officials. A gunman stormed into the building as supervisors in Ross Township held a public meeting, Monroe County emergency services director Guy Miller said. The gunman, who Miller did not identify, was in the custody of state police. A spokeswoman for the county said the gunman was among the wounded. Miller said there were reports that the gunman began firing with a long rifle as he entered the building in a rural area about 85 miles north of Philadelphia. State police were reportedly executing a search warrant Monday night at the home of a township resident who had a long-running dispute with township officials over the condition of his property.

Phoenix

Ariz. wreck kills 3 young brothers

Three young brothers being taken to school by their teenage brother who did not have a driver's license died in a collision Monday in southwest Phoenix, authorities said.

Phoenix police said a 16-year-old boy was driving six of his siblings to various schools in a minivan that didn't have any child seats installed, and apparently none of the passengers were wearing seat belts. The names of those killed weren't released, but police said the boys were ages 5, 8 and 11.

Witnesses told police that the minivan's driver tried to pass a car on the shoulder of a road about 7:20 a.m., but overcorrected and veered into oncoming traffic and was broadsided by a sedan.

The teen driver was hospitalized in stable condition. The driver of the sedan — a man in his 40s whose name wasn't available — was in critical condition along with a 4-year-old girl. Two other people in the minivan — ages 12 and 14 — were also injured, authorities said.

Washington

Personal health care accounts available

Just eight weeks before the Oct. 1 launch of open enrollment under President Barack Obama's health care overhaul law, Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius said Monday that consumers can now go online to healthcare.gov and create personal accounts by establishing a user name and password.

However, serious shopping will have to wait until sometime in September, when details on insurance plans and premiums offered in local areas will become available through the new online marketplace.

The new personal account feature will be available just in English for the time being. Officials said personal accounts will be coming soon to the Spanish-language marketplace, at cuidadodesalud.gov.

The new online insurance marketplaces will be geared to people who don't have coverage through their jobs. Small businesses seeking coverage can call toll-free 1-800-706-7893.

Turkey

Dozens sentenced in attempted coup

In a landmark trial, scores of people — including Turkey's former military chief, politicians and journalists — were convicted on Monday of plotting to overthrow Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan's government soon after it came to power in 2002.

Retired Gen. Ilker Basbug was the most prominent defendant among some 250 people facing verdicts after a five-year trial that has become a central drama in tensions between the country's secular elite and Erdogan's Islamic-oriented Justice and Development Party.

In addition to Basbug, at least 18 other defendants were sentenced to life in prison, including 10 retired military officers and Dogu Perincek, leader of the left-wing Workers Party. At least 64 other defendants received sentences ranging from a year to 47 years, according to state-run TRT television news. At least 21 people were acquitted. The fully tally of verdicts and sentences was not available.

Japan

U.S. military copter crashes in Okinawa

A U.S. military helicopter crashed Monday at an American base on the southern island of Okinawa, and all four crew members are believed to have survived, officials said.

The accident provides new fodder to Okinawan politicians and activists who say their island, which hosts half of the 50,000 U.S. troops stationed in Japan, is endangered by U.S. exercises and aircraft.

Elsewhere

Washington: President Barack Obama today will renew his calls for closing Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac during a visit to Phoenix to promote his economic agenda. Obama says that would protest taxpayers from housing market downturns.

Pakistan: The Taliban has held secret talks with representatives of Afghan President Hamid Karzai to try to jumpstart the peace process, according to Afghan officials and a senior Taliban representative.

Times wires

Three killed at township meeting in Pa.

08/06/13 [Last modified: Tuesday, August 6, 2013 12:45am]

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