hScanning Miss Liberty
SINGAPORE -- A security police officer scans "Living Liberty" performer Jennifer Stewart at a security gate at the Raffles City complex. Miss "Living Liberty" was in Singapore on Monday with the New York City 2012 bid delegation to promote her city for the 2012 Summer Olympic Games.
Israeli president warns of Sharon assassination
JERUSALEM -- Israel's president warned Monday that Jewish extremists opposed to this summer's pullout from Gaza and part of the West Bank could assassinate Prime Minister Ariel Sharon. President Moshe Katsav issued the warning as settler leaders tried to rein in extremists by issuing a code of conduct for opposing the pullout, and a court extended the detention of a Jewish youth filmed in Gaza stoning a Palestinian who was already unconscious. As the mid-August start date for the evacuation nears, opponents -- many driven by religious beliefs -- are readying more extreme measures to try to stop it.
Haitian migrant boat sinks
PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti -- A boat carrying dozens of migrants fleeing Haiti sank off the island's coast, killing two people and leaving 11 others feared dead, a U.N. official said Monday. The boat left the northern region of Cap-Haitien on Saturday and was heading toward Turks and Caicos, said Damian Onses-Cardona, spokesman for the U.N. mission in Haiti. Officials did not know immediately what caused the boat to sink. Haitian authorities found the bodies of two people and 11 others who disappeared were presumed dead, Onses-Cardona said.
Steinem joins protestabout Guantanamo Bay
NEW YORK -- Feminist author Gloria Steinem joined about 200 protesters Monday to demand the closure of the U.S. detention camp at Guantanamo Bay, saying holding prisoners indefinitely without charging them violates the values upon which the United States was founded. Steinem compared Guantanamo to the kind of autocratic rule early colonists were trying to flee. "They came to escape the very things -- detention without due process, bias, a religious government ... that we protest today," Steinem said. Some detainees have been held at the camp in Cuba for more than three years without being charged.
Two parachutists die
MONROE TOWNSHIP, N.J. -- Two parachutists died Monday after their chutes became entangled during a jump in southern New Jersey, police said. The two, a man and a woman, were jumping from an airplane operated by the Freefall Adventure Skydiving School based in Gloucester County. Police said the parachutists were about 150 feet from the ground when their lines became entangled. Both victims were pronounced dead at the scene.
Tropical storm brews
MIAMI -- A tropical storm watch was issued Monday along the entire Louisiana coast as a tropical depression gained strength in the Gulf of Mexico. The watch was issued for about 280 miles along the Louisiana coast from the mouth of the Mississippi River to Sabine Pass, Texas. A watch means tropical storm conditions are possible within 36 hours. At 5 p.m EDT, the system was about 435 miles south of the mouth of the Mississippi River and moving north-northwest at 12 mph, according to the National Hurricane Center in Miami. The depression had top sustained winds of 35 mph, and could strengthen into a tropical storm today with top sustained winds of at least 39 mph, forecasters said.
Adventists appoint woman
ST. LOUIS -- The Seventh-day Adventist Church elevated a woman Monday to a top leadership post for the first time in its history. Ella Louise Smith Simmons, 57, will serve as one of nine vice presidents. "The church as an organization cannot be efficient until it allows all people to contribute in ways that God calls them to contribute," she said.