10 things to know today
Jul 21, 2015 at 2:57 PM
1. NEW GAZA TRUCE BEGINS
If it holds, the cease-fire could clear the way for resumption of talks for a long-term halt in the fighting that has claimed some 2,000 lives.
2. WHO RESISTS CALLS TO RESIGN
As even his closest allies push for him to quit, Iraq's Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki accuses the country's new president of violating the constitution, plunging the government into a political crisis amid advances by Islamic State militants.
3. POLICE SHOOTING OF 18-YEAR-OLD BLACK MAN IN MO. SPARKS PROTESTS
The death of Michael Brown, who was unarmed, also draws the attention of civil rights leaders and the Justice Department.
4. ON-TRACK DRIVER FATALITY RATTLES NASCAR
The death of Kevin Ward Jr., who defiantly walked on the upstate N.Y. track and was struck and killed by Tony Stewart's car, has left the race community saddened and in shock.
5. WOMAN PUNCHED BY CHP TALKS TO AP
Marlene Pinnock tells the Associated Press she thought she was going to die as a California Highway Patrol officer straddled her, repeatedly striking her head, on the side of a LA freeway.
6. WHEN 'YES MEANS YES'
California lawmakers are considering what would be the first-in-the-nation measure requiring all colleges that receive public funds to set a standard for consensual sex.
7. SUPPORTERS OF EQUAL RIGHTS AMENDMENT PRESS ON
The ERA was first drafted 90 years ago, and today backers on Capitol Hill, in the Illinois statehouse and elsewhere are making it clear the ratification fight is far from over.
8. 25 YEARS AGO, FIRST EBOLA OUTBREAK IN US
The disease showed up in monkeys quarantined in Reston, Va., but that strain was nonlethal to humans.
9. KEYSTONE XL COULD POLLUTE MORE THAN ESTIMATED
The pipeline could produce four times more global warming pollution than the State Department calculated, a new study finds.
10. IT'S LIGHTS OUT FOR CANDLESTICK
The "Stick," San Francisco's cold and windy workhorse stadium, is closing after more than a half-century of hosting sports, cultural and other events — including The Beatles' last live concert in 1966.