In other news Friday, three more American troops were killed in Afghanistan, bringing the U.S. death toll for June to 48. Also, oil continues to wash onto beaches in Florida and Mississippi as Thad Allen warned that a potential storm could halt oil collection in the Gulf.
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Three more American troops have been killed inAfghanistan over the last 24 hours. The report today brought the U.S. deathtoll for June to 49. Overall, 83 NATO soldiers have been killed, making thisthe deadliest month of the nearly nine-year-old war.
Also today, the bodies of 11 men, some of them beheaded, were found inCentral Afghanistan. Police said the Taliban accused them of spying.
The ongoing oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico has fouled more of thesensitive coastline. Parts of Pensacola Beach, Florida, were closed for asecond 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 outof the onset of gale-force winds, we will start to redeploy the equipment fromthe well site, redeploy other equipment to safe venues, and then come in afterthe storm to reestablish production or to take part in rescue activities.
At the same time, BP said it is on target to completea relief well by mid-August. That operation is designed to plug the damagedwell and cut off the oil flow.
Wall Street had a mixed day. A number of stocks fell after news thatthe economy didn’t grow as fast in the first quarter as was first believed. TheDow Jones industrial average lost nearly nine points to close at 10,143, but theNasdaq rose six points to close at 2,223.
Bank stocks led the Nasdaq again. They rose on signs that financialregulation reform will cut profits less than first feared. For the week, theDow Jones industrial average lost nearly 3 percent; the Nasdaq fell more than3.5 percent.
The Kellogg Company is recalling 28 million boxes of cereal, includingApple Jacks, Corn Pops, Froot Loops, and Honey Smacks. About 20 people havecomplained of package liners giving off a waxy smell, and flavor — five said itled to nausea and vomiting. Kellogg’s said the potential for serious healthproblems is low.
American tennis player John Isner lost his second round match atWimbledon today in about 75 minutes. It was the shortest match of thechampionship so far. That came one day after Isner won the longest match in thehistory of tennis, at 11 hours and five minutes. But fatigue and a neck injurytook 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 willtake in the World Cup. I will, you know, go fishing. I will do whatever, just— just anything away from the tennis court.
Isner won just five games in today’s entire match.
Those are some of the day’s major stories — now back to Jeff.