News Wrap: June Deadliest Month for NATO Troops in Afghanistan
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HARI SREENIVASAN: Three more American troops have been killed in
Afghanistan over the last 24 hours. The report today brought the U.S. death
toll for June to 49. Overall, 83 NATO soldiers have been killed, making this
the deadliest month of the nearly nine-year-old war.
Also today, the bodies of 11 men, some of them beheaded, were found in
Central Afghanistan. Police said the Taliban accused them of spying.
The ongoing oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico has fouled more of the
sensitive coastline. Parts of Pensacola Beach, Florida, were closed for a
second day and crude drifted into the Mississippi Sound as well.
Meanwhile, a potential storm was brewing in the Western Caribbean Sea.
Coast Guard Admiral Thad Allen said it could force a halt to collecting the oil.
ADMIRAL THAD ALLEN, national incident commander: At about 120 hours out
of the onset of gale-force winds, we will start to redeploy the equipment from
the well site, redeploy other equipment to safe venues, and then come in after
the storm to reestablish production or to take part in rescue activities.
HARI SREENIVASAN: At the same time, BP said it is on target to complete
a relief well by mid-August. That operation is designed to plug the damaged
well and cut off the oil flow.
Wall Street had a mixed day. A number of stocks fell after news that
the economy didn’t grow as fast in the first quarter as was first believed. The
Dow Jones industrial average lost nearly nine points to close at 10,143, but the
Nasdaq rose six points to close at 2,223.
Bank stocks led the Nasdaq again. They rose on signs that financial
regulation reform will cut profits less than first feared. For the week, the
Dow Jones industrial average lost nearly 3 percent; the Nasdaq fell more than
The Kellogg Company is recalling 28 million boxes of cereal, including
Apple Jacks, Corn Pops, Froot Loops, and Honey Smacks. About 20 people have
complained of package liners giving off a waxy smell, and flavor — five said it
led to nausea and vomiting. Kellogg’s said the potential for serious health
problems is low.
American tennis player John Isner lost his second round match at
Wimbledon today in about 75 minutes. It was the shortest match of the
championship so far. That came one day after Isner won the longest match in the
history of tennis, at 11 hours and five minutes. But fatigue and a neck injury
took their toll today, as Isner lost to an unseeded Dutchman, Thiemo De Bakker.
After the match, Isner said he was heading home.
JOHN ISNER, professional tennis player: I will watch sports. I will
take in the World Cup. I will, you know, go fishing. I will do whatever, just
– just anything away from the tennis court.
HARI SREENIVASAN: Isner won just five games in today’s entire match.
Those are some of the day’s major stories — now back to Jeff.