CAIRO – Tens of thousands of supporters and opponents of President Mohammed Morsi rallied Friday in Cairo, and both sides fought each other in the second-largest city of Alexandria, where two people were killed – including an American – and 85 were injured while at least five offices of Morsi’s Muslim Brotherhood were torched, officials said.
The competing camps were trying to show their strength before even bigger nationwide protests planned by the opposition Sunday – the first anniversary of Morsi’s inauguration – aimed at forcing his removal.
The opposition says it will bring millions into the streets across Egypt, and more violence is feared. Already, six people have been killed in clashes this week, including Friday’s deaths.
Gitmo detainee had drug cocktail: US
A Yemeni detainee at Guantanamo Bay who took a fatal overdose of drugs in September 2012 had hoarded 24 capsules of an anti-psychotic drug and had a cocktail of other narcotics in his system when he died, according to a military investigation.
Adnan Latif, who had been held at the U.S. detention facility in Cuba for 10 years, was found unresponsive in his cell Sept. 8 after swallowing two dozen capsules of Invega. A military report on the facts and circumstances surrounding Latif’s death found that both the guard force at Guantanamo and medical personnel at the military detention center failed to follow procedure in handing out pills and ensuring that detainees consumed them when administered.
Guards at the facility also didn’t check on Latif in his cell through two shift changes, a violation of procedure.
$60.9 million given to marathon victims
The charity fund established after the Boston Marathon bombings awarded $60.9 million Friday to victims of the attacks, including maximum payments of nearly $2.2 million each to two double amputees and the families of the four people slain.
Another 14 people who lost single limbs will receive nearly $1.2 million each. In all, 232 victims will receive payments, said Camille Biros, deputy administrator of the One Fund Boston, which has been collecting public donations for the victims.
Sixty-nine people who were hospitalized for at least one night will receive six-figure payouts that range from $125,000 to $948,000.
Kansas judge blocks abortions restraints
A Kansas judge on Friday temporarily blocked a new abortion restriction that providers said would make it nearly impossible for a woman to obtain the procedure in an emergency and another requiring them to tell women that disputed assertions about fetal development and abortions are accurate and objective.
Shawnee County District Judge Rebecca Crotty refused to block other portions of the law that ban sex-selection abortions, block tax breaks for abortion providers and prohibits them from furnishing materials or instructors for public schools’ sexuality courses. There is also a requirement for doctors to provide information to patients that includes a statement that abortion ends the life of whole, separate, unique, living human being.
Girl gets 2nd lungs, breathes on own
A 10-year-old Pennsylvania girl who underwent a double-lung transplant amid a national debate over the organ allocation process received a second set of lungs after the first failed, and has now taken some breaths on her own, the girl’s parents said Friday.
The first set of lungs failed within hours of the June 12 transplant at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, and Sarah Murnaghan was placed on machines, according to her mother. She was placed back on the lung transplant list the night after her surgery and received a second set of lungs on June 15.
3 more firms cut ties with Deen
Sears, J.C. Penney and Walgreens said Friday that they’re cutting ties with Paula Deen, adding to the growing list of companies severing their relationship following revelations that the Southern celebrity chef used racial slurs in the past.
Meanwhile, Deen’s publisher has canceled a deal with her for multiple books, including an upcoming cookbook that was the No. 1 seller on Amazon.com and BarnesandNoble.com.