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Posted on July 14, 2014 at 11:03 AM

Updated Monday, Jul 14 at 11:02 AM


Three suspects in Palestinian teen's death ordered held

JERUSALEM (AP) — Three Israelis suspected in the kidnapping and killing of a Palestinian teenager will remain in custody. They appeared in court today, and they were ordered held until the end of the week.

The death set off days of violent protests in Arab areas of Jerusalem and northern Israel.

A police spokesman says the suspects admitted to abducting 16-year-old Mohammed Abu Khdeir (khuh-DAYR') and setting him on fire. The spokesman says they also re-enacted the murder.

The teen was taken on July 2 near his home in east Jerusalem and his charred body was later found in a forest.

Israel's Shin Bet security service says the suspects, whose names were not released, were motivated by revenge after the kidnapping and killing of three Israeli teenagers.

Police are investigating three others for involvement in the killing. They remain under house arrest.


UN mission evacuates from Libya

CAIRO (AP) — The United Nations mission in Libya has announced it is withdrawing its staff from Libya "temporarily" because of security deterioration in the country.

In a statement posted Monday on its official website, the United Nations Support Mission in Libya said that the withdrawal comes after the mission has already been reducing its staff in the country over the past week. It added that fighting on Sunday and the closure of Tripoli International Airport prompted the mission to make a full withdrawal of its staffers.

Tripoli is witnessing one of its worst spasms of violence since the ouster of longtime dictator Moammar Gadhafi in 2011, as rival militias fight for control of its airport. At least six people have been killed and 25 injured in the fighting.


NEW: Sunni jihadi group expels rivals from Syrian city

BEIRUT (AP) — Syrian activists say a Sunni extremist group has taken over opposition-held areas of a provincial capital near the border with Iraq after expelling rival jihadi fighters of an al-Qaida-linked group.

The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human rights says militants of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant took over opposition areas in the eastern city of Deir el-Zour on Monday. Fighters of the rival al-Qaida-linked Nusra Front group withdrew from the area after clashes, The Observatory said.

Syria's pro-opposition Masar Press Agency also reported that militants of the Islamic State group seized opposition parts of Deir el-Zour from Nusra Front militants.

Over the past month, the Islamic State group has captured much of the territory in the eastern province and merged it with territory under its control in Iraq.


Bergdahl returned to regular Army duty

WASHINGTON (AP) — A senior defense official says Bowe Bergdahl, the Army sergeant who spent nearly five years as a Taliban captive in Afghanistan, has been returned to regular Army duty.

As of Monday he is assigned to U.S. Army North at Joint Base San Antonio-Fort Sam Houston in Texas. That is the same location where he has been decompressing from the effects of his lengthy captivity.

His exact duties were not immediately disclosed.

The Army was expected to officially announce the Bergdahl move Monday. A senior defense official spoke on condition of anonymity because he wasn't authorized to provide details about the decision on the record before the announcement.

Bergdahl was released from captivity on May 31 in exchange for five top Taliban commanders imprisoned in Guantanamo Bay.


NEW: Church of England votes in favor of women bishops

LONDON (AP) — The Church of England has voted to allow women to enter its top ranks as bishops.

The Church's national assembly, known as the General Synod, approved the historic measure at its meeting in York in northern England Monday.

The measure had the support of Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby and Prime Minister David Cameron.

The vote comes two years after similar legislation failed to reach a two-thirds majority among the General Synod's lay members, despite approval from bishops and clergy.

The Church of England is part of the Anglican Communion, which has the largest Christian denomination in Britain and a presence in more than 160 countries.


UPDATE: Stocks snap higher in midday trading; Citigroup up

NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks are moving sharply higher in midday trading as the market shakes off its worst weekly performance in three months.

Citigroup rose 4 percent after the bank turned in better results than Wall Street expected. The bank also said it had reached a settlement in an investigation into its mortgage securities business.

Mylan rose 3 percent after the company said it will buy Abbott Laboratories' generic-drug business.

Bond prices fell. The yield on the 10-year Treasury note rose to 2.54 percent.


VW to build new SUV in Tennessee, add 2,000 jobs

DETROIT (AP) — Volkswagen says it will build a new seven-passenger SUV at its Chattanooga, Tennessee, factory, adding about 2,000 jobs.

The German automaker says it will invest $600 million in the factory and a new research center that will employ about 200 engineers.

Production of the new SUV is scheduled to start at the end of 2016.

The plant now employs about 1,500 workers and makes only one model, the Passat midsize car.

The company says the SUV is part of a plan to increase U.S. sales to 800,000 vehicles by 2018. VW sold just over 407,000 vehicles in the U.S. last year including its Audi, Lamborghini and Bentley brands.

The new model is seen as key to reviving Volkswagen's flagging sales in the U.S.


Partial line built around Oregon wildfire

KLAMATH FALLS, Ore. (AP) — Firefighters have built a partial line around a fast-growing wildfire in southern Oregon that has destroyed homes and led to dozens of evacuations.

Fire spokeswoman Erica Hupp says crews are assessing the fire on Monday morning. Their last measurement estimated the blaze near Sprague River at about 4 1/2 square miles.

The wildfire started around 2 p.m. PDT Sunday in timber and brush and has destroyed an undetermined number of homes and structures.

Before sundown Sunday, Klamath County sheriff's deputies evacuated more than 100 people from homes along two roads in the area.


NEW: Officials: Sump pump odor prompted Pa. evacuations

SKIPPACK, Pa. (AP) — Authorities are awaiting lab results on a mysterious smell that led to a voluntary evacuation of about 150 homes in suburban Philadelphia.

Officials are asking Skippack residents to allow their homes to be tested for the chemical odor before they can return.

Problems arose Sunday evening after a resident reported a strong odor. Subsequent testing of that home and several others led officials to identify basement sump pumps as the source.

But the composition of the noxious smell isn't clear. Fire Chief Haydn Marriott says samples have been sent to several labs for analysis. He says results are expected later Monday.

Officials have scheduled a news conference for 11:45 a.m.


Nobel Prize-winning author Nadine Gordimer dies

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — The family of Nobel Prize-winning author Nadine Gordimer says she has died at the age of 90 in South Africa.

The family said in a statement on Monday that Gordimer, who won the literature prize in 1991, died peacefully in her sleep at her home in Johannesburg on Sunday.

The statement says her two children were with Gordimer when she died. It says a private memorial service will be announced at a later date.


2-time winner Contador drops out of Tour de France

PLANCHER-LES-MINES, France (AP) — Two-time champion Alberto Contador has dropped out of the Tour de France after crashing during Stage 10 in the Vosges mountains.

The 31-year-old Spaniard with Tinkoff-Saxo Bank becomes the second big favorite to drop out this year after defending champion Chris Froome of Britain crashed out in Stage 5.

Contador began the stage in 4:08 back of race leader Tony Gallopin of France, in ninth place overall.


Argentina's gutsy World Cup team is welcomed home

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) — Argentina's national team is being welcomed home by thousands of fans celebrating its gutsy performance in the World Cup finals.

The team arrived to Buenos Aires Monday morning in plane painted with images of the players and a large sign that reads: "Thank you Argentina."

A river of emotional fans wearing the white and sky-blue striped jerseys of the national team has flooded the road leading from the airport to the football association complex. Among them is a group of Argentine cowboys, or gauchos, riding horses.

The two-time world champion showed grit throughout the 1-0 loss to Germany in overtime, creating several opportunities to score in the first 90 minutes. Argentina last played in a World Cup final in 1990, when it lost to West Germany.