10 things to know today
Jul 21, 2015 at 2:50 PM
1. WHERE US SAYS EVIDENCE LEADS IN MISSILE HIT ON AIRLINER
Secretary of State John Kerry points to what he calls 'extraordinary circumstantial evidence'— including video of a rocket launcher with one missile gone — which he says implicates Russia-supported rebels in the downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17.
2. SEPARATISTS TAMPER WITH CRASH SITE, WESTERN LEADERS SAY
More than three days after the Malaysia Airlines jetliner crashed, international investigators still had only limited access to the sprawling fields where the plane fell.
3. DOZENS DIE IN FIRST MAJOR GAZA GROUND BATTLE
Some 65 Palestinians and 13 Israeli soldiers were killed and thousands of terrified Palestinian civilians were forced to flee their neighborhood, reportedly used to launch rockets at Israel and now devastated by the fighting.
4. WHAT COULD HELP SLOW WESTERN WILDFIRES
Cooler temperatures and lighter winds are forecast for wildfire-stricken Washington state, where blazes have scorched hundreds of square miles.
5. HOW A FLOOD OF KIDS SHOOK UP IMMIGRATION DEBATE
The sudden rise in the number of families and unaccompanied minors from Central America crossing the U.S. southern border refocuses attention on immigration.
6. IRAN CONVERTS, DILUTES SENSITIVE ENRICHED URANIUM
Tehran has turned hundreds of pounds of enriched uranium closest to the level needed to make nuclear arms into more harmless forms, the U.N. says.
7. FEW PEOPLE SCREEN THEIR DOCTORS, POLL SHOWS
In an Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research poll, just 22 percent of respondents are confident they can find information to compare the quality of local doctors.
8. METRO ATLANTA EMERGES AS KEY BATTLEGROUND IN SENATE RACE
Both Rep. Jack Kingston of Savannah and former Dollar General CEO David Perdue have been spending a major portion of their time and money wooing voters in and around the capital's suburbs.
9. WHY ATLANTIC CITY CASINOS ARE GOING BUST
Increased gaming competition from neighboring states and fewer gamblers are forcing casinos out of business along the famous N.J. boardwalk.
10. WIRE TO WIRE, MCILROY WINS BRITISH OPEN
Rory McIlroy made two key birdies around the turn, and delivered a majestic drive at just the right moment to close with a 1-under 71 and complete his victory.