Woman held in vandalism with green paint
A woman was arrested Monday after green paint was found splattered inside two chapels at the Washington National Cathedral, and police were investigating her in connection with two similar incidents on the National Mall, authorities said. Jiamei Tian, 58, was arrested inside the cathedral shortly after the paint was found and charged with defacing property, police and cathedral officials said. Investigators were hoping to question her about the vandalism on the Mall, including at the Lincoln Memorial, but a language barrier was complicating those efforts, the assistant D.C. police chief, Peter Newsham, said soon after the arrest. Police believed she was homeless. Green paint was found early Friday morning on the Lincoln Memorial, and symbols were found painted in green later Friday on another statue on the Mall. The Lincoln Memorial was closed temporarily but reopened later Friday. Also Monday, U.S. Park Police said green paint was found on the statue of Joseph Henry outside the headquarters of the Smithsonian Institution on the Mall. Henry was the institution's first secretary.
Senate approves Comey to lead FBI
The Senate overwhelmingly confirmed James Comey as director of the FBI on Monday even as Republicans and Democrats struggled to hold together the fragile deal that preserved the filibuster for executive branch appointees. After approving Comey on a 93-1 vote — with Republican Rand Paul of Kentucky the lone dissenter — the Senate was also expected this week to approve Samantha Power as ambassador to the United Nations and the nominees to the National Labor Relations Board who were part of the pact that kept Sen. Harry Reid, the Nevada Democrat and majority leader, from changing the filibuster rules.
Iraq: More than a dozen explosions, mainly from car bombs, ripped through marketplaces, parking lots, a cafe and rush-hour crowds in Iraq on Monday, killing at least 58 people and pushing the country's death toll for the month of July toward the 700 mark, officials said.
Pakistan: Pakistani Taliban insurgents freed as many as 200 terrorist convicts from a fortress-like prison in the northwest city of Dera Ismail Khan early today in a raid marked by two hours of automatic weapons fire and about 60 grenade explosions, prison officials said. In all, 13 people died in the attack, including five suicide bombers.