Germany kicks out top US spy
Germany on Thursday demanded Washington’s top spy in Berlin leave the country as a new round of allegations of U.S. espionage worsened the friction between the two allies.
The immediate trigger was the emergence of two new cases of alleged American spying. They inflamed a furor that erupted last year when it was learned that the U.S. was intercepting Internet traffic in Germany and eavesdropping on Chancellor Angela Merkel’s cellphone calls.
More broadly, the move to kick out the CIA station chief appears to reflect a Germany out of patience with what it sees as a pattern of American disrespect and interference.
Girl hoped to have been cured of HIV has relapsed
A Mississippi girl born with the AIDS virus and in remission for more than two years despite stopping treatment now shows signs that she still harbors HIV — and therefore is not cured. The news is a setback to hopes that very early treatment with powerful HIV drugs might reverse an infection that has seemed permanent once it takes hold.
The girl is now nearly 4. As recently as March, doctors had said that she seemed free of HIV though she was not being treated with AIDS drugs. That was a medical first.
But on Thursday, doctors said they were surprised last week to find the virus in her blood, and there were signs that it was harming her immune system. She is now back on treatment and is responding well, they said.
Florida executes man for raping, killing 11-year-old
Florida has executed a man for the 1994 rape and slaying of an 11-year-old girl.
Eddie Wayne Davis was executed by lethal injection Thursday at 6:43 p.m. It was the state’s seventh execution this year.
The 45-year-old Davis was convicted in 1995 of first-degree murder, kidnapping and sexual battery in the slaying of Kimberly Waters, the daughter of a woman Davis had dated briefly.
According to court documents, Davis broke into his ex-girlfriend’s trailer seeking money for beer, found Kimberly sleeping and raped her. Prosecutors say he then took her to a nearby Moose Lodge, where he beat her and suffocated her with a piece of plastic.
Official: Brine spill stretches for 2 miles
The path of brine spilled from an underground North Dakota pipeline extends nearly 2 miles down a steep ravine, but dead vegetation is limited to about 200 yards from the source of the spill, a company official said Thursday.
Miranda Jones, vice president of Crestwood Midstream Partners Inc., said the cause of the spill appears to involve a separation of the pipe that carries saltwater, a byproduct of the oil-drilling process. Crestwood subsidiary Arrow Pipeline LLC owns the pipeline.
Iraq’s Kurds will boycott meetings
Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki’s already testy relationship with Iraq’s Kurdish minority further frayed Thursday, as the Kurds declared their politicians will boycott Cabinet meetings and authorities in Baghdad suspended all cargo flights to the largely autonomous northern Kurdish region.
Ties between al-Maliki and the Kurds have long been strained, and the two sides have squabbled over a range of issues for years.