Bodies of missing Israeli teens found
The Israeli military found the bodies of three missing teenagers Monday just over two weeks after they were abducted in the West Bank — a grim discovery that ended a frantic search that led to Israel’s largest ground operation in the Palestinian territory in nearly a decade and drew Israeli threats of retaliation.
“Hamas is responsible, and Hamas will pay,” Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu vowed, referring to the Islamic militant group that Israel has accused of carrying out the kidnappings.
The teenagers “were kidnapped and murdered in cold blood by human animals,” the Israeli leader said as he convened an emergency meeting of his Security Cabinet.
At least 20 shot in NYC over weekend
A wave of violence swept New York City over the weekend as at least 20 people were shot, four of them fatally, authorities said Monday.
The shootings, which included the separate woundings of 10- and 12-year-old boys, made for the third weekend in June that at least a dozen people were struck by bullets, police said. In the last week of June, 35 people were shot, down from 39 gunshot victims the same week a year ago, according to New York Police Department statistics. A breakdown between those killed and those wounded was not immediately available.
This year, 611 people have been shot in the city, compared with 554 for the same period last year.
Group: Few need yearly pelvic exam
No more dreaded pelvic exam? New guidelines say most healthy women can skip the yearly ritual.
Routine pelvic exams don’t benefit women who have no symptoms of disease and who aren’t pregnant, and they can cause harm, the American College of Physicians said Monday as it recommended that doctors quit using them as a screening tool.
It’s part of a growing movement to evaluate whether many longtime medical practices are done more out of habit than necessity, and the guideline is sure to be controversial.
Yosemite marks 150th anniversary
YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK, Calif.
Yosemite National Park on Monday marked 150 years since President Abraham Lincoln signed an act protecting the park for generations of visitors.
The celebration included a groundbreaking to launch a project restoring the Mariposa Grove, which comprises 500 mature giant sequoia trees that are among the oldest living organisms in the world.
Toronto mayor returns to work
Toronto Mayor Rob Ford acknowledged a drug problem for the first time and vowed that his commitment to “living clean is now unwavering” as he returned to work Monday after a two-month stay in rehab.
Ford read an emotional statement at city hall, but refused to take questions, after checking out of a facility in Ontario.
The mayor of Canada’s largest city said staff at the rehab facility saved his life.
“For a long, long time, I resisted the idea of getting help,” he said. “Like a lot of people dealing with substance abuse, I was in complete denial. But it soon became obvious that my alcohol and drug use was having a serious, serious impact on my family, on my health and on my job as mayor.”