The World

Hundreds of forest fires continued to burn in western Canada, the worst fires there in 50 years.


A U.N. police officer from India was killed in an ambush in Kosovo.

Hyundai executive Chung Mong Hun, who was entangled in a scandal over business relations between North Korea and South Korea, jumped to his death from the 12th story of his company's headquarters in Seoul, South Korea.


The Israeli army raided the West Bank city of Nablus in what it called pursuit of Palestinian bomb makers. The battle that followed left two Hamas members and one soldier dead.

From Lebanon, for the first time since January, Hezbollah guerrillas fired antitank missiles and mortar bombs across Israel's northern border at Israeli military posts in the Golan Heights. Israel attacked Hezbollah positions with helicopter gunships and artillery fire in response.

A U.S. soldier was fatally shot while on guard duty in western Baghdad. Two others died in an ambush in central Baghdad. A bomb exploded under a U.S. Humvee in a prosperous neighborhood, then militants fired on the troops from an office building, touching off a two-hour battle that destroyed the building.

U.S. snipers killed two men unloading weapons for sale in a arms market in Tikrit, Iraq. Two others were wounded.

At least 17 Iraqis died when a car bomb exploded outside the Jordanian embassy in Baghdad.

Israel released 355 Palestinian prisoners in a goodwill gesture, but Palestinian officials said it was a sham because most were about to be released anyway.

A bomb, apparently carried in a taxi, exploded outside a hotel in Jakarta, Indonesia, killing at least 11. Suspicion focused on a group linked to al-Qaida.

A U.S. civilian contractor was killed in Iraq when a bomb exploded as a military convoy passed on a road near Baghdad.


Italian scientists announced the birth of the first cloned horse, foaled by the mare that provided the DNA for the cloning.

Six Afghan soldiers and an employee of a U.S. aid agency died in an attack by suspected Taliban soldiers in the southern Afghan province of Helmand.

An antiterrorism court in Ireland convicted Real IRA head Michael McKevitt of directing the group that carried out a 1998 car-bomb attack in Omagh, Northern Ireland, that killed 29. He received a 20-year sentence.

The Nation

The Episcopal Church elected the Rev. Canon V. Gene Robinson to become the New Hampshire bishop. He will be the first openly gay bishop in the United States.

Jack Whittaker, who won $113 million in a Powerball drawing, had more than $500,000 stolen from his truck outside a West Virginia strip club. The cash and cashier's checks were recovered in a nearby trash bin. Police said he kept large sums of cash for gambling.


University of Massachusetts President William M. Bulger, former president of that state's Senate, resigned after months of mounting pressure over his lack of help in federal agents' pursuit of his fugitive mobster brother.

Sen. Ernest F. Hollings, 81, a South Carolina Democrat, said he would not seek re-election to the seat he has held since 1966.

Missouri Rep. Richard A. Gephardt won the United Steelworkers' support for the Democratic presidential nomination.

Verizon and its unionized workers continued to negotiate after the company's contract with the Communications Workers of America expired.

Factory orders rose 1.7 percent in June, the Commerce Department reported.

A horde of media surrounded the seven-minute appearance by Los Angeles Lakers star Kobe Bryant in a Colorado courtroom, where a preliminary hearing in his sexual assault case was scheduled for Oct. 9.


A vaccine against the Ebola virus proved successful in a test on monkeys by U.S. scientists, the journal Nature reported.

The Region

A clogged air-conditioning drainage pipe damaged 8,000 centuries-old volumes at the Johns Hopkins University's Peabody Library.

The Baltimore County Council cleared the way for a developer to build more than 100 upscale homes on the Holly Neck peninsula on the Chesapeake Bay.

The Baltimore School Board voted to keep its tourism academy in the Port Discovery building near the Inner Harbor for one more year, but moved to buy the Planned Parenthood building in the 600 block of N. Howard St. as a permanent home for the high school.

The Baltimore County Council voted to give police and firefighters the right to binding arbitration on compensation and terms of employment issues.


Maryland Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. ordered a review of the state's new touch-screen voting machines after experts concluded that it has security flaws.

Amir H. Tabassi of Carroll County, a licensed gun dealer, was charged with possessing an unlicensed machine gun and allowing an unsupervised minor access to a gun after state police said they found 17 unregistered guns at his house and two loaded machine guns next to a sleeping 12-year-old girl.

Maryland's Department of Natural Resources received the approval of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to proceed with the shooting of about 3,000 mute swans over the next decade because the birds eat so much of the aquatic grass necessary to keep the Chesapeake Bay healthy.

The field at Navy-Marine Corps Stadium will be named after Naval Academy alumnus Jackson T. Stephens, an Arkansas billionaire who gave his alma mater $10 million, the biggest gift in the school's history.

Federal prosecutors subpoenaed members of former Baltimore Police Commissioner Edward T. Norris' bodyguard contingent in an investigation into Norris' actions before he left the city post to become Maryland State Police superintendent.