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NEWS BRIEFS
CAMBRIDGE, Mich.
9/11 tribute to be
set up at speedway
CAMBRIDGE TOWNSHIP,
Mich. (AP) - Three-thousand
American flags are going up in a
field at Michigan International
Speedway in honor of the victims
of 9/11.
The speedway says members
of the Columbia Central High
School National Honor Society
are helping to put up the display.
Other participants include mem-
bers of the Brooklyn America
Legion, Cambridge Township
Fire Department, Gleaner Arbor
in Adrian and speedway staff
members.
The speedway is in Lenawee
County's Cambridge Township,
near Brooklyn.
The speedway also is holding
a Blood Drive on Wednesday, the
12th anniversary of the Al Qaeda
attacks on New York and Wash-
ington. It says people should reg-
ister in advance at its website or
by phone because of a limit of 600
donors.
WASHINGTON
NAACP searches
for new CEO
WASHINGTON (AP) - Lead-
ers of the nation's largest civil
rights group pledged to continue
fighting for voting rights, health
care, a higher minimum wage and
immigration reform, even as the
NAACP begins searching for a
new president and CEO.
After suffering turbulent lead-
ership changes and scandals in
the past, NAACP board mem-
bers said the 104-year-old group
is poised for a smooth transition
this time as it seeks to replace
outgoing President Benjamin
Jealous. He announced on Sun-
day that he would step down at
the end of the year.
Chairwoman Roslyn Brock
said the board is disappointed
Jealous is leaving after five years
but that the group remains ener-
gized on issues nationwide.
"'TNf A? CP is alive~~ind t's
well," Brock said. "We have a
strategic plan in place that will
help guide our work for the next
50 years."
Brock said the NAACP's board
is forming a search committee to
find someone to succeed Jealous.
* BAGHDAD
Five policemen
killed in attack
BAGHDAD (AP) - Iraqi
authorities say shootings and
bombings have killed eight peo-
ple, including five policemen, in
central Iraq.
Police officials said the deadli-
est of Monday's attacks occurred
when a police patrol came under
fire by gunmen near the city of
Tikrit. Five policemen were killed
in the attack.
Police said a government

employee was killed after a sticky
bomb attached to his car exploded
in eastern Baghdad. Also, authori-
ties said a body with gunshot
wounds to the back was found
near a school in western Baghdad.
In a town just south of Bagh-
dad, police said a bomb exploded
in a commercial street, killing
one person and wounding eight
others.
YEMEN
Yemen fears al-
Qaida attacks
SANAA, Yemen (AP) -
Yemeni officials are warning of
imminent attacks, distributing
a photo of a suspected al-Qaida
militant believed to be plotting
suicide bombings with others.
New intelligence shows a
wanted militant in his 20s is
believed to be preparing car
bombs to use in suicide attacks
along with two others, an offi-.
cial said Monday, speaking on
condition of anonymity because
he was not authorized to brief
the press.
He added that security mea-
sures were beefed up near
foreign missions and state insti-
tutions in Sanaa.
-Compiled from
Daily wire reports

Increases on
Wall Street,
stocks see rise

Geroge Zimmerman, far right, is escorted toa home by a Lake Mary police officer, center, and Shawn Vincent, as
assistant to his attorney, Monday.
Zimmerman arrested, Wife
and father drop charges

Florida man in
police custody again
following Trayvon
Martin case
LAKE MARY, Fla. (AP) -
The sobbing wife of George
Zimmerman called 911 Monday
to report that her estranged
husband was threatening her
with a gun and had punched
her father in the nose, but hours
later decided not to press charg-
es against the man acquitted of
all charges for fatally shooting
Trayvon Martin.
Lake Mary police officers
were still investigating the
encounter as a domestic dis-
pute, but no charges had been
filed Monday afternoon. Shellie
Zimmerman left the house after
being questioned by police.
George Zimmerman remained
there into early evening and his
attorney denied any wrongdo-
ing by his client. He was not
arrested.
Shellie Zimmerman, who has
filed for divorce, initially told a
911 dispatcher that her husband
had ihs hadiosghisgci ~ alib
sat in his car outside the home

she was at with her father. She
said she was scared because she
wasn't sure what Zimmerman
was capable of doing. Hours
later she changed her story and
said she never saw a firearm,
said Lake Mary Police Chief
Steve Bracknell.
For the time being, "domes-
tic violence can't be invoked
because she has changed her
story and says she didn't see a
firearm," Bracknell said.
On the 911 call, Shellie Zim-
merman is sobbing and repeat-
ing "Oh my God" as she talks
to a police dispatcher. She yells
at her father to get inside the
house, saying Zimmerman may
start shooting at them.
"He's threatening all of us
with a firearm... He punched my
dad in the nose," Shellie Zim-
merman said on the call. "I don't
know what he's capable of. I'm
really scared."
She also said he grabbed an
iPad from her hand and smashed
it.
Zimmerman's attorney, Mark
O'Mara, said his client never
threatened his estranged wife
and her father with a gun and
never punched his father-in-law.
Shellie Ziimernian had col-
lected most of her belongings

Saturday from the house, which
is owned by her parents, where
she and George had both been
staying there until she moved
out. She had returned unex-
pectedly Monday to gather the
remaining items. Emotions got
out of control, but neither side is
filing charges against the other,
O'Mara said.
"I know the 911 tape sug-
gests that Shellie was saying
something but I think that was
heightened emotions," O'Mara
said. "There may have been
some pushing and touching.
That happens alot in divorce sit-
uations ... Nobody was injured."
Her father also declined to
press charges, the police chief
said.
Prosecutors could still build a
case based on surveillance video
from cameras outside the house
and also video from the squad
cars of officers who responded.
Floridalaw allows policeofficers
to arrest someone for domestic
violence without the consent of
the victim.
Police spokesman Zach Hud-
son said the estranged husband
and wife were blaming each
other for being the aggressor
and that 'olice officers were
sorting through their accounts.

Boost attributed to
electronics, homes
and major deals
The stock market got a boost
on Monday from mergers,
homes, and phones.
Stocks posted their biggest
gains in almost two months.
Two big deals suggested grow-
ing confidence in the economy:
Luxury retailer Neiman Marcus
was sold for $6billion, andKoch
Industries bought electronics
component maker Molex for
$7.2 billion.
Homebuilding stocks were
some of the biggest gainers in
the Standard & Poor's 500 index
after Hovnavian Enterprises
said home prices are rising and
its backlog jumped almost 27
percent from a year earlier.
Hovnanian rose 11 cents, or
2.2 percent, to close at $5.15.
PulteGroup, D.R. Horton and
Lennar alsogained. Homebuild-
er MDC Holdings rose $1.72, or
6.2 percent, to $29.37 after an
upgrade from a Citi analyst.
Homebuilding stocks have
had a volatile year. Investors
have been bullish because the
housing market is recovering,
but worried that rising inter-
est rates make mortgages more
expensive for home buyers.
Apple rose. It's expected
to announce a new iPhone on
Tuesday.
The Dow Jones industrial
average rose 140.62 points, or 1
percent, to 15,063.12. The Dow
hit an all-time high of 15,658 on
Aug. 2. But worries about Syria
and rising interest rates pushed
stocks down since then. The
last time the Dow closed above
15,000 was Aug. 23.
The S&P 500 index rose 16.54
points, or 1 percent, to 1,671.71.
The Nasdaq composite rose
46.17 points, or 1.3percent, tb~
3,706.18. Both the Dow and the
S&P 500 had their biggest daily
gains since July11.
All 10 industry groups in the
S&P 500 rose. The index rose
for the fifth day in a row, the
longest since eight days of gains
in July.
Two things about the Koch-
Molex deal grabbed investors'
attention: Its components show
up in a wide variety of products,
including housing and autos, so
Koch's interest suggests that it
sees broad economic improve-
ment. Also, Koch is paying a

large premium for Molex.
Koch is paying $38.50 per
share, 31 percent over Molex's
stock price on Friday. Molex
soared $9.29, or almost 32 per-
cent, to $38.63 on Monday.
"I think it's really exciting
for just about everybody to see
that big of a deal go through,"
said Kim Forrest, senior ana-
lyst with portfolio management
firm Fort Pitt Capital Group in
Pittsburgh.
Apple rose back above
$500 per share. It last closed
above that level on Aug. 26.
Apple gained $7.95, or 1.6 per-
cent, to $506.17 on Monday in
advance of an expected iPhone
announcement on Tuesday.
Delta Air Lines jumped $1.87,
or 9.4 percent, to $21.76 after
news that it would be added to
the S&P 500 index. That bene-
fits Delta because mutual funds
and other investors that track
the S&P 500 will now have to
buy Delta's stock. JPMorgan
analyst Jamie Baker estimated
that inclusion in the index will
add demand for almost 89 mil-
lion Delta shares.
Stocks in Asia rose lifted by
Tokyo's win for the 2020 Sum-
mer Olympics, Chinese export
growth and an election vic-
tory by Australia's conservative
coalition.
The coalition supports
repealing a 30 percent tax on
coal and iron ore miners' profits,
which could help mining and
other raw material companies.
Caterpillar, which makes min-
ing gear used in China and Aus-
tralia, rose $2.20, or 2.6 percent,.
to $85.59, and mining company
Cliffs Natural Resourceswas up
$1.33, or 6.1 percent, to $23.18.
The positive news out of
the Asia-Pacific region helped
outweigh worries about ris-
ing interest rates and Syria,
said Doug Cote, chief market
strategist at ING U.S. Invest-
ment Management. "The risk
of taking action seems too great
for them to act," he said. "I'm
watching it daily, but I'm cer-
tainly not worried about it."
In U.S. government bond
trading, the yield on the 10-year
Treasury note fell to 2.92 per-
cent from 2.94 percent late Fri-
day.
It traded as high as 3 percent
last Thursday, a key psychologi-
cal level because the 10-year
yield is the most widely used
benchmark for borrowing in
the U.S.

President of Kenya charged with
orchestration of election violence

Kenyan president
charged with deadly
post-election
violence
THE HAGUE, Netherlands
(AP) - Against a backdrop of
risingskepticism and opposition
in Kenya, the country's deputy
president goes on trial Tuesday
at the International Criminal
Court, charged with helping
orchestrate deadly violence that
erupted after disputed 2007
elections.
Final preparations for the
landmark trial - the first time
a sitting vice president has been
tried at the ICC - were over-
shadowed Monday by pros-
ecutors alleging widespread
witness intimidation and Ruto's
lawyer claiming the case was
built on false testimony.
"What the truth will show
is that there has been a cabal
put together that has concocted
stories that have been swal-
lowed hook, line and sinker by
the prosecution," Ruto's lawyer
Karim Khan said. He called the
prosecution case "a lamentable
shambles" and "parody of jus-
tice."
Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda,
meanwhile, said there had been
repeated deliberate attempts to
undermine her case by intimi-
dating witnesses, some of whom
have pulled out of the trial.
Bensouda would not say what
impact the intimidation had
on her evidence, but vowed to
go after people targeting wit-
nesses.
"This is ongoing, it is orga-
nized, it is happening," she told
reporters at the court. "Those
who are committing these
crimes are goingto great lengths
to cover their identity."
Ruto is charged alongside
broadcaster Joshua Arap Sang
with murder, deportation and

persecution - all crimes against
humanity - linked to weeks of
savage tribe-on-tribe attacks
violence that left more than
1,000 Kenyans dead and forced
hundreds of thousands from
their homes. Both men insist
they are innocent.
Kenyan President Uhuru
Kenyatta faces similar charges
of helping to orchestrate the vio-
lence. His trial is scheduled to
start in November.
Ruto's trial is the culmination
of years of work by International
Criminal Court investigators
after Kenyan authorities failed
to hold to account any of the
leaders of the violence.
While Kenyans once over-
whelmingly supported the inter-
vention of the ICC, opinion has
turned against the international
body, soured in part by the long
passage of time.
Kenya's parliament last week
passed a voice vote motion to
withdraw from the ICC. The
vote is symbolic and non-bind-
ing; only Kenya's government
can decide to withdraw from
the ICC and it will have no
effect on the trials of Kenyatta
and Ruto.
But the vote was carried out
by the majority in Parliament,
which Kenyan voters put into
office in March, the same time
theyvoted in Kenyatta and Ruto,
who were under indictments
by the ICC. The pair's election
campaign had played up the idea
that the West was meddling in
Kenyan affairs.
The court's registrar, Herman
von Hebel, said the motion sent
the "wrongmessage" in the fight
against impunity in Kenya.
"Victims of the future should
not feel that they are without
redress to this court and to
international justice," he said.
Rights activists welcomed the
opening of the trial as a way of
breaking a cycle of violence after
recent Kenyan elections.
"For decades those who

have turned Kenya's elections
into bloodbaths have gotten
away with murder," said Dan-
iel Bekele, Africa director at
Human Rights Watch. "This
ICC trial tackles an impunity
crisis in the country and offers
a chance for justice denied to
Kenyans by their own govern-
ment."
Ngujiri Wambugu, a promi-
nent social activist in Kenya,
once helped collect more than
1 million signatures in support
of an ICC intervention, after
Kenyan prosecutors failed to
bring forward significant judi-
cial action. Today, Wambugu is
against the ICC intervention.
"It is quite clear ICC is not
being fair," Wambugu said in a
column that asked why the lead-
ers of the United States and Brit-
ain haven't been indicted for the
invasion of Iraq, or why Syrian
President Bashar Assad is not
being held responsible for the
tens of thousands of deaths over
the last year in Syria.
That is a sentiment shared
across large parts of Africa.
The court so far has indicted
only suspects from Africa, lead-
ing to charges on that continent
that it is biased.
The court so far has indicted
only suspects from Africa, lead-
ing to charges on that continent
that it is biased. The chairman
of the African Union earlier this
year said that ICC prosecutions
"have degenerated into some
kind of race hunt."
Kennyatta and Ruto spent the
weekend in Kenya's Rift Valley,
where hundreds of Kenyan fam-
ilies booted from their homes
during the 2007-08 violence still
live in shabby United Nations
tents.
The government gave the
internally displaced families
a check for about $5,000 each
- enough to buy a small plot of
land - inan attempt to close one
of the sadder chapters of Kenya's
internal violence.

St. Clair River woes are
deemed to be cyclical,
water levels still down

Low water levels
continue to be a
problem for
midwest rivers
MILWAUKEE (AP) - Placing
water retention structures in the
St. Clair River may not be enough
to counteract the effects of a
warming climate and raise Lakes
Huron and Michigantotheirnor-
mallevelsexperts said Monday.
As water surface tempera-
tures and evaporation rates
continue to rise, low water is
likely to be a long-term problem
despite significant improvement
this year following heavy snows
in winter and a rainy spring,
according to testimony during
the annual meeting of the Great
Lakes Commission.
"Water levels go up and
down," said Scudder Mackey,
coastal management chief with
the Ohio Department of Natural
Resources. "It's a natural pro-
cess, something that we have to
learn to live with."
Levels have been mostly
below normal on all five Great
Lakes since the late 1990s, but
the drop-off has been most
severe on Huron and Michigan,
which scientists consider one
lake because they are connected.

Huron-Michigan has jumped
20 inches since January, exceed-
ing its usual seasonal rise, said
Keith Kompoltowicz, a meteo-
rologist with the Detroit office
of the U.S. Army Corps of Engi-
neers. Still, it remains 17 inches
below its long-term average.
Lake Superior is also slightly
below its long-term average,
while Lakes Erie and Ontario
have exceeded theirs.
Groups representing shore-
line interests in Lake Huron,
particularly in sprawling Geor-
gian Bay, say climate isn't the
only reason water there is
extraordinarily low. They blame
dredging, gravel mining and
other activities that eroded the
floor of the St. Clair River on
Huron's southern end, acceler-
ating the flow toward Lake Erie.
Studies have shown those
actions caused Huron and Michi-
gan to fall 10 to 16 inches. Some
groups put the loss at 20 inches.
In April, the International
Joint Commission - which
advises the U.S. and Canada
about the Great Lakes and other
shared waters - recommended
a study of installing structures
resembling underwater speed
bumps in the St. Clair that
could raise Huron and Michi-
gan by 5 to 10 inches. Neither
federal government has acted
on the proposal.

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