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Wednesday, July 24, 2013 - Page updated at 10:30 p.m.
Bodies identified: The last two of three female victims whose bodies were found wrapped in trash bags last week in northeast Ohio have been identified, family and authorities said Tuesday. One of the victims was 18-year-old Shirellda Helen Terry, the teen’s grandmother told The Associated Press. Officials identified the other as Shetisha Sheeley, 28, of Cleveland. Both their bodies were found last week along with that of Angela Deskins, 38, in a dilapidated East Cleveland neighborhood. Michael Madison, 35, is in custody facing preliminary charges of aggravated murder and kidnapping in the slayings.
Gulf drilling fire: Fire broke out Tuesday at a Gulf of Mexico gas well that had been evacuated earlier after natural gas spewed uncontrolled from a blowout aboard a drilling rig, authorities said. No injuries were reported among the 44 workers who were evacuated. In 2010, the Deepwater Horizon oil rig exploded off the state’s coast, leading to a blowout that spewed millions of gallons of oil into the Gulf in the worst offshore disaster in the United States. from a well off the Louisiana coast.
Ohio gay marriage: A federal judge on Monday recognized the out-of-state marriage of a gay Ohio couple, granting a temporary restraining order as one of the men nears death. Ohio has a constitutional amendment banning gay marriage; James Obergefell and John Arthur have been together for two decades and married this month in Maryland because Arthur has Lou Gehrig’s disease and is expected to die within weeks. U.S. District Judge Timothy Black issued the order recognizing Obergefell as Arthur’s spouse and suggested that failing to recognize the couple’s out-of-state union violated their rights to equal protection under the Constitution.
Egypt clashes: A long night of political bloodshed in Egypt left at least 12 dead Tuesday, wounded 86 and seemed to dispel any notion that the military’s ouster of President Mohammed Morsi nearly three weeks ago would quickly provide the security that Egypt’s generals covet. The latest fighting, between Morsi’s supporters and opponents, which began Monday, featured civilians, including a well-known actor, firing weapons during running battles near Cairo landmarks.
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In custody: Actress Amanda Bynes was detained by Ventura County sheriff’s deputies Monday and hospitalized for a mental-health evaluation after she set a small fire in front of a Thousand Oaks home, authorities in California said Tuesday. Bynes, who is already facing drug charges in New York, was taken into custody for her own safety after a disturbance in a Thousand Oaks residential neighborhood, said Sheriff’s Capt. Don Aguilar. In May, Manhattan prosecutors charged Bynes with attempted evidence tampering, reckless endangerment and marijuana possession after New York police alleged she tossed a bong out of her apartment.
Today in history
1911: Yale University history professor Hiram Bingham III found the “Lost City of the Incas,” Machu Picchu, in Peru.
1923: The Treaty of Lausanne, which settled the boundaries of modern Turkey, was concluded in Switzerland.
1974: The Supreme Court ruled that President Nixon had to turn over subpoenaed White House tape recordings to the Watergate special prosecutor.
Political cartoonist Pat Oliphant, 78. Comedian Gallagher, 67. Director Gus Van Sant, 61. Actress-singer Kristin Chenoweth, 45. Actress-singer Jennifer Lopez, 44. Actress Elisabeth Moss, 31. TV personality Bindi Irwin, 15. Heloo!
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