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A3 Briefly: Nation Sandusky’s adopted son details abuse STATE COLLEGE, Pa. — Jerry Sandusky’s son told police he was sexually abused starting when he was 8, a decade before the former Penn State assistant football coach adopted him, according to a police recording obtained by NBC News. Matt Sandusky, who was adopted by Jerry Sandusky as an adult, described for investigators showering with the excoach and try- M. Sandusky ing to avoid being groped in bed. He said he was undergoing therapy, that his memories of abuse were only now surfacing and that he was coming forward so his family would know what happened. “If you were pretending you were asleep, and you were touched or rubbed in some way, you could just act like you were rolling over in your sleep, so that you could change positions,” the now-33-year-old Matt Sandusky said in an excerpt played Tuesday on NBC’s “Today.”

Debby weakening ST. GEORGE ISLAND, Fla. — Debby flooded homes, an animal shelter and closed parts of the main interstate highway

across northern Florida as the dropped more than 2 feet of rain in one sparsely populated area. The tropical storm was forecast to make landfall by early today, cross Florida and head into the Atlantic on Thursday. The center of the storm was about 35 miles off the coast and moving northeast at 6 mph. Debby was weakening and had maximum sustained winds near 40 mph, barely a tropical storm.

Egypt court: Military can’t arrest civilians Striking down repressive law called ‘a significant decision’ BY MAGGIE MICHAEL THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

Issa challenges Obama WASHINGTON — With a vote looming to hold Attorney General Eric Holder in contempt of Congress, a House committee chairman is challenging President Barack Obama’s claim of executive privilege, invoked to maintain secrecy for documents related to a failed gun-tracking operation. Obama’s claim covers administration documents about the program called Operation Fast and Furious, not just those prepared for the president. But Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Calif., chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee that recommended the contempt charge, said the privilege is reserved for documents to and from the president and his senior advisers. Behind the legal argument is a political dispute. House Republican leaders are pressing for a contempt vote against Holder that is tentatively scheduled for Thursday, the same day the Supreme Court is due to rule on the U.S. health care law. The Associated Press

CAIRO — An Egyptian court Tuesday suspended a government decision allowing military police and intelligence to arrest civilians, a setback for the country’s military rulers after the decree drew an outcry from opponents who accused them of trying to impose martial law. The Justice Ministry issued a decree June 13 that allowed military police and intelligence agents to arrest civilians for even minor offenses such as traffic violations.

A hated emergency law Rights activists feared the new powers essentially reproduced the country’s hated emergency law, which had expired just two weeks earlier after more than 30 years

in force. The emergency law granted broad powers of arrest and detention to police that were abused over the years and fed the popular anger that led to last year’s uprising. Critics said the new powers of detention could extend the generals’ rule, even if they transfer power to the elected president by the end of the month as promised. “This (court ruling) is the best possible way to have such a repressive law struck down,” said Heba Morayef, a researcher with Human Rights Watch in Egypt. “It is a pretty significant decision against a decree that would have permanently given the military this right of law enforcement and encroachment on civilian life.” Military officials said at the time that the new powers were

only meant to fill a security vacuum resulting from the uprising when the police force collapsed and disappeared from the streets during the first days of mass protests. The government, which was appointed by the ruling Supreme Council of the Armed Forces, can appeal the court decision. The military pledged to turn power over to a civilian government once a new president was named. On Sunday, Islamist Mohammed Morsi of the fundamentalist Muslim Brotherhood was declared Egypt’s first freely elected president in modern history. However, Morsi is facing a power struggle with the military rulers after they stripped the presidency of its major powers one week before the winner of the election was announced. The ruling military council has used court decrees and constitutional declarations to stop Islamists from controlling all the executive and legislative branches.

Briefly: World The officials said two other militants were wounded in Tuesday’s attack in the South Waziristan tribal region bordering Afghanistan. The attack came despite Pakistani demands to halt the BEIRUT — Turkey warned airstrikes. Pakistan said they Syria on Tuesday to keep its violate its sovereignty. forces away from the countries’ Last November, Pakistan troubled border or risk an closed its border to NATO shiparmed response — a furious ments intended for its troops in reply to the downing of a TurkAfghanistan in retaliation for ish military plane last week by U.S. airstrikes that killed 24 the Damascus regime. Pakistani soldiers. NATO backed up Turkey and condemned Syria for shooting Putin visits West Bank down the plane but stopped short of threatening military BETHLEHEM, West Bank action, reflecting its reluctance — Visiting Russian President to get involved in a conflict that Vladimir Putin praised his Palcould ignite a broader war. estinian counterpart Tuesday Near the capital of Damasfor what he said was a “responcus, meanwhile, Syria’s elite sible” position in negotiations Republican Guard forces battled with Israel and said Russia has rebels in some of the most no problem recognizing a Palesintense fighting involving the tinian state. special forces since the uprising Putin gave against President Bashar veiled critiAssad’s regime began in March cism of Israel, 2011, according to activists. saying unilatAssad appeared to acknowleral actions — edge the seriousness of the situ- apparently ation while addressing his new referring to Cabinet on Tuesday, saying his Israeli settlecountry is in a “genuine state of ment on warwar.” Up to now, Assad has won land — is Putin described the uprising against not construchim as run by terrorists carrytive. ing out a foreign agenda. The Russian president spoke at the end of a visit to BethleMissile strike kills 4 hem. With Palestinian President DERA ISMAIL KHAN, Paki- Mahmoud Abbas by his side, he inaugurated a Russian cultural stan — Pakistani intelligence center in Bethlehem and toured officials said a U.S. drone fired the church built over the traditwo missiles at a house in tional birth grotto of Jesus. northwest Pakistan, killing at The Associated Press least four suspected militants.

Turkey warns Syria away from its border





Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II waves Tuesday to the public after leaving St Michael’s Roman Catholic Church in Enniskillen, Northern Ireland. She and Prince Philip arrived for a two-day visit to mark the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee.

Arizona police chiefs, sheriffs ponder immigration decision THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

TUCSON, Ariz. — Arizona’s police chiefs and county sheriffs hoped a U.S. Supreme Court ruling would settle their long-running debate on what role, if any, they should play in immigration enforcement. Instead, the justices’ decision to uphold the state’s “show me your papers” statute left them with more questions. How long must officers wait for federal authorities to respond when they encounter someone illegal, especially given President Barack Obama’s new policy to deport only dangerous criminals and repeat offenders? If they release a person too soon, are they exposing themselves to a lawsuit?

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How do they avoid being sued for racial profiling? Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio anticipated no change in how he does his job, but that comes from someone accused of racially profiling Latinos in a lawsuit filed by the Justice Department.

‘Terrible position’ “We’re going to get sued if we do. We’re going to get sued if we don’t. That’s a terrible position to put law enforcement officers in,” said Pima County Sheriff Clarence Dupnik. The justices unanimously approved the Arizona law’s provision requiring police to check the immigration status of those they

stop for other reasons. But it struck down provisions allowing local police to arrest people for federal immigration violations. They also warned against detaining people for any prolonged period merely for not having proper immigration papers. “It’s uncharted territory,” said Tony Estrada, sheriff of Santa Cruz County on the state’s southern border with Mexico. “It’s a complicated issue, and it’s not going to be solved by this particular decision.” Tucson Police Chief Roberto Villasenor estimated the statute will result in 50,000 additional calls a year to federal immigration authorities in his city alone, saying, “I’m not sure [the federal government is] set up to accom-

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Nation: Home prices rise across major U.S. cities

Nation: Final beam lifted at new World Trade Center

Nation: Heat hampering wildfire fight in Rockies

World: Number of Haitians displaced by quake drops

HOME PRICES ROSE in nearly all major U.S. cities in April from March, further evidence of a housing market that is slowly improving even while the job market slumps. The Standard & Poor’s/Case-Shiller home price index released Tuesday showed increases in 19 of the 20 cities tracked. That’s the second straight month that prices have risen in a majority of U.S. cities. And a measure of national prices rose 1.3 percent in April from March, the first increase in seven months. San Francisco, Washington and Phoenix posted the biggest increases in April. Prices fell 3.6 percent in Detroit.

A FINAL STEEL beam was lifted Monday atop a new World Trade Center skyscraper — the first expected to open at the site next year since the twin towers were decimated on 9/11. With gospel superstar BeBe Winans offering a powerful rendition of “God Bless America,” workers raised their hard hats in tribute as the mammoth beam was hoisted by a crane. A U.S. flag attached to the beam fluttered above several hundred spectators at the topping-off ceremony. “Ten years later, it’s pretty remarkable,” said a teary-eyed Sally Rexach, a nurse who aids workers constructing 4 World Trade Center.

SEARING RECORD-SETTING HEAT was keeping its grip on firefighters struggling to contain blazes in Colorado, Utah and other Rocky Mountain states Tuesday. Colorado has endured nearly a week of 100-plus-degree days, creating a devastating formula for volatile wildfires across the state and punishing conditions for firefighters. All of Utah and much of Wyoming, Colorado and Montana were under a red flag warning, meaning conditions were hot, dry and ripe for fires. The forecast for Denver called for a fifth straight day of 100-plus degree temperatures Tuesday.

THOSE STILL LIVING in the precarious settlements that became glaring symbols of the Haitian earthquake’s devastation now total less than 400,000 for the first time since the January 2010 disaster, according to the International Organization for Migration. A report released Tuesday said 390,276 people are living in the tent cities that were erected in the aftermath of the earthquake. This figure is down from the high of some 1.5 million people who were staying in the camps six months after the quake. It is also a drop of 7 percent from April.