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Egypt: Interim president meets with army leader

Saturday, 06 July 2013 07:45 Published in National News

CAIRO (AP) — Officials say Egypt's interim president has held talks with the army chief and interior minister following overnight clashes across the country that killed at least 30 people.

Adly Mansour met with army chief Gen. Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi, who is also the defense minister, as well as Interior Minister Mohammed Ibrahim, who is in charge of the police, at the presidential palace today.

It was the first time Mansour has worked out of the president's main offices since he was sworn-in Thursday as the country's interim leader. Mansour took over a day after the military overthrew Mohammed Morsi, who was the country's first democratically elected president.

The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to brief the media.

Cairo's emblematic Tahrir Square and nearby approaches to the River Nile are largely empty and debris-strewn today and Egypt remains on edge.

Recovery effort underway for woman who fell of ferry

Saturday, 06 July 2013 07:37 Published in Local News

Emergency crews have resumed the recovery effort for a woman who fell off a Mississippi River ferry Friday.

Police say the St. Louis County woman fell off the front of the Golden Eagle Ferry. Crews have used sonar, rescue swimmers, and helicopters, but the woman has not been see since she first went under water. After a rescue effort was suspended last night, crews transitioned to a recovery effort Saturday morning.

The Golden Eagle Ferry runs between St. Charles County and Calhoun County in Illinois.

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Governor Jay Nixon has signed legislation allowing state employees to keep guns in their vehicles.

Nixon described his signature of the legislation Friday as an expansion of gun rights. But the Democratic governor also vetoed a much broader bill passed by the Republican-led Legislature that would have declared some federal gun control laws void and allowed criminal charges against federal agents who tried to enforce those gun laws.

The bill Nixon signed lets state workers keep guns in their cars while on property owned or leased by the state.

It also allows fire chiefs with concealed-gun permits and special approval to carry weapons on the job.

And it bars governments from running gun-buyback programs unless those guns are later offered for sale or trade to licensed firearm dealers.

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