Monday, June 18, 2018
News Roundup

Neil Armstrong recovering from heart surgery

Columbus, Ohio

neil armstrong undergoes heart surgery

Neil Armstrong, the first man to walk on the moon, was recovering Wednesday from heart surgery, days after turning 82. It wasn't clear where the surgery occurred or where Armstrong was recuperating. A NASA spokesman who talked to Armstrong's wife, Carol, said only that the former astronaut was recovering Wednesday. His birthday was Sunday.

Washington

Obama opposes Scouts' gay ban

The White House says President Barack Obama, who is honorary president of the Boy Scouts of America, opposes the organization's policy of excluding gays as members and adult leaders. The Boy Scouts say they respect Obama's opinion and think "good people" can disagree on the subject and still work together to "accomplish the common good."

manila, philippines

Rain, evacuations prolong misery

A fresh deluge forced more evacuations along fast-rising rivers in the Philippine capital today as the city and surrounding areas struggled to deal with widespread flooding from nearly two weeks of relentless rains. The number of displaced was rising, to nearly 300,000 in some 500 evacuation centers. Rescuers in rubber boats floated down flooded streets to reach of residents marooned in submerged houses. At least 23 people have died since Sunday.

Hefei, China

Murder trial starts for politician's wife

The wife of disgraced Chinese politician Bo Xilai went on trial today on murder charges. Gu Kailai and a household aide are accused of poisoning British businessman Neil Heywood in November in the southwestern mega-city of Chongqing, where Bo was party chief until his ouster in the spring.

New York

Evidence sought in Etan Patz case

A police evidence unit brought out several large paper bags Wednesday from the basement where the man charged in the 1979 murder of Etan Patz says he killed the boy. Officers spent about six hours at the address where Pedro Hernandez worked as a stock clerk in a bodega. A manager at a nearby store said he heard jackhammering that sounded as if it was coming from the basement. Officers would not discuss what was in the bags. The disappearance of Etan, 6, set off a search lasting decades.

Woburn, Mass.

Skater Kerrigan's brother denied jail

A judge on Wednesday denied a request by ice skater Nancy Kerrigan's brother to serve the last four months of an assault sentence rather than comply with the conditions of his probation. Mark Kerrigan, 47, asked Middlesex Superior Court Judge Kathe Tuttman to return him to jail to finish his 2 1/2-year sentence for assault and battery in the 2010 death of his father. His lawyer told Tuttman the terms of his probation — which include anger management classes and alcohol and mental health counseling — were too much of a financial burden.

Elsewhere

Milwaukee: Wade Michael Page, the gunman who killed six people at a Sikh temple Sunday, committed suicide by shooting himself in the head after he was wounded in the stomach by police gunfire, the FBI disclosed Wednesday.

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