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UAE: Japanese tanker attacked in Persian Gulf

DUBAI

UAE says tanker was attacked in Persian gulf

The United Arab Emirates said Friday that a Japanese oil tanker was hit by an explosives-laden dinghy July 28 in the Persian Gulf in what would be the first militant attack in the strategic waterway where millions of barrels of oil are transported each day. The report that came days after an al-Qaida-linked group claimed responsibility for attacking the M. Star supertanker raised fears about the vulnerability of the Strait of Hormuz, a narrow chokepoint between Oman and Iran.

washington

Drug conviction in GPS case overturned

A federal appeals court reversed a man's drug conspiracy conviction because authorities failed to get a warrant before using a global positioning system device that tracked his movements for a month. Lawyers for the defendant, Antoine Jones, argued that police officers violated the Fourth Amendment prohibition against unreasonable searches with the GPS system they secretly installed on his car.

new york

Notorious 1980s radical dead at 62

Marilyn Buck, a violent leftist incarcerated for 25 years for her role in some of the most notorious radical acts of the 1980s, including the bombing of the U.S. Capitol and a deadly armored car heist, has died in Brooklyn. She was 62. Ms. Buck had been paroled July 15 from a federal prison hospital in Fort Worth, Texas. Her death Tuesday was confirmed by federal probation and parole agencies. Friends and supporters wrote that the cause of death was uterine cancer.

indonesia

Volcano erupts, four are missing

Mount Karangetang, located on Siau, part of the Sulawesi island chain, erupted, sending lava and a searing gas cloud down its slopes. At least four family members were swept away and feared dead, officials said, and several others were badly hurt.

washington

Judge nominees returned to Obama

Two of President Barack Obama's choices to be federal judges in California have been dealt a setback, as the Senate adjourned for a month and sent back to the White House the nominations of University of California, Berkeley, law professor Goodwin Liu and San Francisco magistrate Edward M. Chen. Under a rarely invoked rule, the Senate must agree to carry over pending nominations when it goes on a 30-day recess. But GOP leaders objected to carrying over several disputed nominations, including Liu and Chen.

• Obama nominated David B. Buckley, a senior manager for Deloitte Consulting, to be CIA inspector general.

Elsewhere

China: A fire in a gold mine killed at least 14 workers and trapped eight underground in Zhaoyuan city in eastern Shandong province.

Colorado: Republican gubernatorial candidate Scott McInnis reached a settlement to repay the Hasan Family Foundation over allegations he gave it a plagiarized report as part of a $300,000 fellowship.

Mexico: Rival gangs clashed, killing 14 inmates at a prison in the border city of Matamoros, across from Brownsville, Texas.

New York: Columnist and TV host Fareed Zakaria has returned a First Amendment award and $10,000 stipend to the Anti-Defamation League in protest of its opposition to a proposed mosque near ground zero.

Times wires

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    National

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    Blogs

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    Real Estate

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    Local Government

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    Blogs

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