Egypt military rulers promise reshuffle
CAIRO – Egypt’s ruling military council promised Sunday to reshuffle the Cabinet, hours after the Islamist-dominated parliament suspended sessions to protest the panel’s failure to heed repeated calls for the government’s dismissal.
Parliament Speaker Saad el-Katatni said he received a call from the ruling generals promising to announce a reshuffle within 48 hours. Although the concession fell short of the parliament’s demand for a whole new Cabinet, the speaker said the call restored parliament’s “dignity.”
The Muslim Brotherhood-led parliament seated three months ago has been demanding it be allowed to form a Cabinet to replace the military-appointed one it accuses of inefficiency. The ruling generals, who have the power to sack the government, have resisted the calls and hinted at times that they won’t allow the Brotherhood to dominate the country.
Postcard from 1958 finally finds destination
CHICAGO – A postcard mailed from Chicago in 1958 has finally reached its intended recipient, but not without a little help from Facebook.
The Chicago Sun-Times reported the postcard depicting Shedd Aquarium recently arrived at Scott McMurry’s Virginia home, more than five decades after his mom mailed it.
The 71-year-old says he immediately recognized his mother’s handwriting.
The postcard was addressed to Clairmont Lane in Decatur, Ga., where McMurry grew up. But it recently arrived in Elizabeth Fulcher’s mailbox on Clairmont Lane in South Daytona, Fla. Fulcher posted a picture of the postcard on Facebook and her friends helped track down McMurry.
The half-century mail delay remains a mystery.
SUV plunges into Bronx Zoo; 7 killed
NEW YORK – Authorities say an out-of-control SUV plunged off a highway into a ravine on the grounds of the Bronx Zoo in New York City, killing seven people aboard, including three children.
Police say the victims were an 84-year-old man; three women, ages 80, 45 and 39; and three girls, ages 3 to 10. Police say the 45-year-old woman was driving.
Police say the Honda Pilot bounced off the median, crossed all southbound lanes, went through the guardrail, fell more than 50 feet and landed upside-down. A spokesman says it crashed onto a part of zoo property that’s closed to the public and not near exhibits.
The cause of the crash is under investigation.