10 things to know today
Here are some important news items for Sunday, June 30, 2013 from the Associated Press.
1.) Heat wave: Southwest bakes in 115 to 120-degree heat: Emergency officials say they expect to get busier today and tomorrow as a scorching heat wave lingers in the West. Authorities say one man was found dead in his un-air conditioned home and more than 40 people were hospitalized yesterday for heat-related symptoms.
2.) Two missing after storms bring flooding to northeast: Two people are missing after heavy rains inundated the northeast and led to severe flooding in some areas. Officials say a woman in upstate New York's Mohawk Valley is unaccounted for after her mobile home was washed away by rising waters Friday in Fort Plain. A number of other nearby communities also experienced flash flood
3.) Protesters gather to demand Morsi's ouster in Egypt: Thousands of Egyptians demanding the ouster of Egypt's Islamist president are gathering at Cairo's central Tahrir Square at the start of a day of massive, nationwide protests many fear could turn deadly. Sunday marks the first anniversary of President's Mohammed Morsi's assumption of power as Egypt's first freely elected leader.
4.) Attack on security convoy kills 16 in Pakistan: The number of dead is now at least 16 after a car bomb exploded as a convoy of paramilitary troops passed through the northwest Pakistani city of Peshawar today. Authorities say more than 40 people were wounded. Most of the dead and wounded were civilians.
5.) Asia summit hopes for resumption of NKorea talks: Southeast Asian diplomats say they still hope this week's Asian security summit will provide a chance for North Korea and its neighbors to discuss restarting long-dormant disarmament talks on Pyongyang's nuclear weapons program.
6.) Obama to deliver main speech of Africa visit: President Barack Obama will deliver what the White House has billed as the signature speech of his weeklong trip to Africa. Speaking at the University of Cape Town, South Africa, today's speech is expected to be infused with tributes to Nelson Mandela. Obama also plans to announce a new initiative to double access to electric power in sub-Saharan Africa.
7.) Court wins expected to bolster gay pride events: Cities across the nation are gearing up for what are expected to be especially well-attended and exuberant gay pride parades. The gay pride celebrations happening Sunday in San Francisco, New York, Chicago and other cities follow the U.S. Supreme Court decisions restoring same-sex marriages to California and granting gay couples the federal benefits of marriage they were previously denied.
8.) Eight shot at Brooklyn party; 1 in critical condition: Police say four women and four men have been shot at a party in Brooklyn, including one woman taken to a hospital in critical condition. Authorities say shots rang out at a party at a residence at approximately 1 a.m. Sunday. They say the woman and seven other people who sustained non-life-threatening injuries have been transported to three different hospitals.
9.) Recovery effort planned for Mt. Hood body: Recovery teams will begin to make their way through difficult terrain today to reach a body spotted on Oregon's Mount Hood during the search for a missing climber. Avalanche risk from warming temperatures prevented rescue teams from climbing to the upper part of the 11,239-foot peak yesterday. Authorities say a helicopter spotted the body yesterday near the top of a glacier at around 8,400 feet.
10.) NEW AIDS ADVICE: Treat people with HIV early to stop spread: One HIV expert says it's a case of "pay now or pay later," following a new recommendation from the World Health Organization that young children and certain other people with the AIDS virus should be treated earlier -- as soon as they are diagnosed. HIV adviser Sharonann Lynch of Doctors Without Borders says the strategy, though expensive, would result in fewer infections and deaths.