NATO troops are killed in Afghanistan, Jared Lee Loughner pleads guilty, Curiosity sends back color photos, and Romney and Obama squabble over early voting in Ohio. Meanwhile, the NFL mourns the loss of Andy Reid’s son and Aly Raisman takes the gold in floor.
Egypt Airstrikes Reported in Sinai, http://nyti.ms/Mu60Yu
Egypt deployed airstrikes on the Sinai Peninsula following the shooting of 16 soldiers in what appeared to be a series of coordinated assaults. The attacks came a day after the newly elected President Mohamed Morsi was heckled for not attending the funeral of the dead soldiers. The soldiers that were shot were patrolling the border between the Sinai Peninsula and the Gaza Strip.
Rebels Withdraw From Parts of Aleppo as Government Forces Mass, http://nyti.ms/QFAtIq
In the wake of a ground attack on, and increased shelling of, Aleppo, the rebel forces have pulled out of parts of the city. The rebels are low on ammunition, so the fight for the city looks like it will be a long one. The fighting coincided with conflicting reports from the region about the state of hostages the rebels have captured.
Three NATO troops killed in double suicide attack in Afghanistan, http://wapo.st/P5gUtx
Three NATO troops and one civilian were killed in a double suicide attack in the Konar province of Afghanistan. The majority of the troops in the region are American, but NATO did not identify the troops. The area is a stronghold of Taliban-led insurgents.
Life Term for Gunman After Guilty Plea in Tucson Killings, http://nyti.ms/O0sczj
Jared Lee Loughner pleaded guilty to killing six and wounding 13 others, including Congresswoman Gabby Giffords. Loughner pled guilty to all 19 counts he was facing. His pleas come after a psychologist deemed that he was competent to stand trial and felt remorse for his actions.
Mars rover Curiosity sends home first color photo, http://reut.rs/QdV95T
Curiosity’s first color photograph of Mars shows the north wall of the Gale Crater, proving that the camera is operational. The primary mission of the rover is to search for evidence of life, either present or past, or the conditions of life.
The Youth Vote 2012: Once Again, With Enthusiasm? http://n.pr/PWWhe4
Youth vote turnout looks to be lower in 2012 than it was in 2008, largely because of negative campaigning and partisanship in Washington. Neither side is taking the youth vote for granted, however, with both campaigns making campaign stops at universities in key swing states.
Romney, Obama campaigns battle over Ohio early voting, http://abcn.ws/Rq7IiE
Mitt Romney is accusing President Obama of infringing on the ability of military personnel to vote early in Ohio. The Obama administration sued the state over a provision they call “arbitrary” in state law that gives military personnel three extra days to vote in the state. The Obama campaign claims it filed the suit because all Ohioans should have the same early voting rights.
Kathleen Parker writes about an Olympic hero in “Afghan athlete runs for more than speed,” http://wapo.st/NjyFSo
Aly Raisman earns floor exercise gold, http://es.pn/S03hZb
NFL mourns Garrett Reid, http://es.pn/P41E00
All-American final in beach volleyball, http://es.pn/QdCC9Q
Lollapalooza Stars Score #ScanToVote T-Shirts from Rock The Vote, http://bit.ly/Q7Da0X