BAGHDAD (AP) – More than a dozen people have been killed today and several more injured by a car bombing near government offices in central Baghdad. Police say the explosives-rigged car was parked near an office for Shiite Muslim religious affairs and the city’s health department.

 

LAGOS, Nigeria (AP) – A gruesome task is under way in Nigeria’s largest city, where workers are digging through rubble to recover the bodies of those killed by Sunday’s crash of a commercial airliner. All 153 people aboard the plane were killed. The jet dropped from the air into a densely-populated section of Lagos near the airport. An official says engine trouble may be to blame.  Among those killed yesterday was the American pilot of the Dana Air flight.  The plane, a McDonnell Douglas MD-86 purchased decades ago from Alaska Airlines, apparently slammed into some buildings as it went down just north of the airport.  All 153 people on board and at least ten on the ground were killed.  The plane was traveling from Nigeria’s capital, Abuja, to Lagos when it went down.  Nigeria’s president has declared three days of mourning and Boeing has reportedly dispatched a team of investigators to the site of the crash.

 

HANOI, Vietnam (AP) – U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta was in Vietnam Sunday to assure allies in the region that the U.S. will help them enforce maritime rights in the South China Sea.  Speaking on the deck of a Navy vessel, Panetta said the U.S. will work with allies like Vietnam as the military moves its ships from ports on the West Coast to stations in the Pacific.  Panetta says the U.S. doesn’t want to be the only nation in the Asia Pacific with the strength to offset China.  His visit is likely to irritate Chinese leaders who are unhappy with any U.S. buildup in the Pacific.  Panetta and his Vietnamese counterpart exchanged artifacts collected during the war. They include letters written by an American soldier that had been kept and used as propaganda. U.S. officials say this is the first time such a joint exchange of war artifacts has occurred.

 

PESHAWAR, Pakistan (AP) – Pakistani officials say a suspected drone strike has killed eight suspected militants.  Three Pakistani intelligence officials say four missiles were fired at a suspected militant hide-out in a village near the town of Mir Ali in North Waz-ir-istan early Monday morning.

 

North Waziristan is one of the tribal areas along the border with Afghanistan that has become a hub of al-Qaida and Taliban activity.  It was the seventh drone attack in two weeks in Pakistan, demonstrating that the U.S. has no intention of letting up on the controversial drone campaign.

 

(Undated)   —  Wall Street opens the week this morning after taking a major dive Friday.  Friday stocks dove 275 points to 12-119.  Those numbers followed the government’s May jobs report which indicated unemployment is on the rise.  The nation’s unemployment rate ticked up a tenth of a percent to eight-point-two percent.  Investors also are concerned that China’s slowing economic growth and Europe’s debt crisis will impact an already fragile global economy.  The Dow Jones industrial average rose modestly in early trading Monday, starting from its lowest opening value since December.  Bond investors appeared less concerned about the finances of some troubled European countries. Bond yields fell for Italy and Spain, meaning that they appear less likely to default.  Stocks in Europe were mixed.
JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) – A powerful earthquake has rocked Indonesia’s capital. The tremor caused tall buildings in Jakarta to sway. There are no immediate reports of damage or casualties. The U.S. Geological Survey says the quake had a 5.9 magnitude and was centered about 100 miles from Jakarta.

 

MIAMI (AP) – The lawyer for the Florida man at the center of a controversial shooting of an unarmed teen will file a motion today for a new hearing for George Zimmerman. He reported to jail yesterday after a judge revoked his bond. The judge accused Zimmerman and his wife not disclosing all their assets when his bail was set.  The attorney says Zimmerman man will remain behind bars until the judge decides if and when a new bond will be set.

 

BELLEFONTE, Pa. (AP) – The judge in Jerry Sandusky’s child sexual abuse case says the alleged victims can’t avoid disclosure of their names by testifying under pseudonyms. He also is banning tweets and other electronic communications from inside the courtroom.  Judge John Cleland made those rulings and resolved a dispute over jury selection today, a day before proceedings are scheduled to start in central Pennsylvania.  The former Penn State assistant football coach faces 52 charges he abused 10 boys over 15 years, allegations he denies.

(Madison, WI)  —  Wisconsin voters head to the polls tomorrow to decide whether to recall Governor Scott Walker.  The embattled leader is just the third seated governor in U.S. history to face a recall election.  Running against walker is Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett.  The recall was prompted by Walker’s hard line stance on collective bargaining rights for state employees.  Former President Bill Clinton was in the state last week to try to drum up support for Barrett.  Clinton said the recall is not only about Wisconsin, it’s about America.  He called Wisconsin a battleground between people who want to work together to make things better and those who want to “divide and conquer.”

 

WASHINGTON (AP) – President Barack Obama’s campaign says Mitt Romney’s economic promises didn’t pan out when he was governor of Massachusetts and “won’t work now.”  In a new television advertisement released today, the campaign blames Romney for leaving Massachusetts in debt and among the lowest-ranking states in job creation.

The ad is part of the targeted effort the Obama campaign launched last week to seek to discredit Romney’s economic record in Massachusetts. It comes as the Obama campaign grapples with its own message to voters following an uptick in the nation’s unemployment rate.

The campaign says the 60-second ad will air in nine battleground states, including Florida, Ohio and Pennsylvania.

(Undated)  —  Facebook is reportedly looking to tap into the under-13 demographic.  Anonymous Facebook executives say the social networking giant is working on technologies that would allow kids under the age of 13 to create an account under parental supervision.  The features under development would give parents control over their child’s friends list and application use.

The website currently bans children under 13 from using its service, but many kids lie about their age in order to create an account.  The new control features would allow Facebook to comply with federal laws that require websites to get a parent’s consent before collecting personal data from kids.
PEARL HARBOR, Hawaii (AP) – The Navy is observing the 70th anniversary of the battle that changed the course of World War II in the Pacific. Top Pacific Fleet officials are flying 13-hundred miles northwest of Honolulu to Midway where Japan sent four aircraft carriers on June 4, 1942. Navy intelligence cracked the code Japan’s military used to communicate over radio, giving the U.S. advance notice of Japanese plans for an ambush. The U.S. sank all four Japanese aircraft carriers on the first day of the three-day battle.