Tony Stewart kills driver in sprint car race
Kevin Ward Jr., a 20-year-old race car driver, was killed Saturday night after he was struck on the track by NASCAR star Tony Stewart. During a sprint car race at Canandaigua (N.Y.) Motorsports Park, Ward was spun out by Stewart, got out of his car to show his displeasure and then was struck by Stewart's car, sending Ward sliding down the track. The driver was taken by ambulance to Thompson Health and was pronounced dead on arrival. On Sunday, just a few hours after telling USA TODAY Sports that Sunday would be ''business as usual'' and Stewart would race as scheduled, the team reversed course and announced Stewart would not race at Watkins Glen International..
American aircraft conduct airstrikes on Iraqi militants
A series of U.S. airstrikes Sunday against militants in Iraq appeared to back up President Obama's promise of targeted attacks that could continue for months. Central Command reported Sunday that pilots and drones hit specific, small assets of the Islamic State forces near Irbil. Obama has couched the airstrikes as a "humanitarian effort" because tens of thousands of Yazidis fled northern Iraq as Islamic State, also known as the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL or ISIS), began forcing people to convert to Islam or be killed, targeting Christians and Shiite Muslims as well. The U.S. government will continue to push for an inclusive Iraqi government capable of handling the situation itself, the president said, a theme echoed by Democrats on news programs Sunday.
Iraqi ministry of defense video shows an aerial view of airstrikes purportedly targeting suspected Islamic State (IS) group outposts. (Aug. 9) AP
Israel, Hamas accept 72-hour cease-fire in Gaza
Israel and the Hamas militant group accepted an Egyptian proposal Sunday for a new 72-hour cease-fire that allows the two sides to resume negotiations toward a longer-term truce. The announcement comes after hours of talks in Cairo where Palestinian factions accepted the proposal earlier Sunday. Israeli officials accepted the deal later. The truce was set to begin at midnight Cairo time. Israeli negotiators — who left Cairo on Friday — were set to return to Egypt on Monday if the new truce holds.
Israel and the Palestinians agreed on Sunday to an Egyptian proposal for a new 72-hour ceasefire in Gaza, officials from the warring sides said. VPC
Colleagues of American with Ebola to return to N.C.
Some of the colleagues of one of the American aid workers stricken with the deadly Ebola virus while working in west Africa will be returning to the USA. SIM USA, a Charlotte-based missionary group, announced on Sunday that some of its missionary staff based in Liberia are headed back to North Carolina. The returning workers are colleagues of Nancy Writebol, one of two American missionaries stricken with the virus while working in Liberia who are now being treated at Emory University in Atlanta. The returning SIM USA staff worked with or around patients infected with Ebola, and North Carolina and Mecklenburg County officials are requiring a period of quarantine for the returning staff. None of the returning staff members is sick or has symptoms of Ebola infection, according to SIM USA.
Police fatally shoot unarmed black teen
A teenager was killed Saturday in Missouri after police opened fire, sparking outrage among some community residents. Michael Brown, 18, was killed by a police officer in Ferguson, Mo., a suburb of St. Louis. St. Louis County Police Chief Jon Belmar said Sunday that the incident started when Brown physically assaulted the police officer, pushing him into the officer's vehicle. He said there was a struggle inside the car, and at some point Brown reached for the officer's weapon. One shot was fired inside the vehicle. Belmar confirmed Brown was unarmed at the time of the shooting. He did not say what led to the struggle inside the officer's car. The St. Louis County NAACP said it has launched an investigation and asked the FBI to intervene.