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Associated Press

Posted on July 12, 2014 at 9:00 PM

Updated Saturday, Jul 12 at 9:00 PM

HOUSTON-SUBURBAN-SHOOTING-VICTIM

Girl whose 6 family members were killed recovering

HOUSTON (AP) — A 15-year-old girl suburban Houston girl who survived an attack in which her parents and four younger siblings were killed says she's on the road to recovery.

The Houston Chronicle (http://bit.ly/W7DO9W ) reports that Cassidy Stay also thanked first responders Saturday during a gathering in her hometown of Spring to honor her and her family.

Stay was released from a hospital Friday, two days after the attack in which her skull was fractured by a bullet graze.

Authorities say her aunt's ex-husband, Ronald Lee Haskell, stormed into the family's home Wednesday and fatally shot her parents and four siblings, who ranged in age from 4 to 13 years old. They say Stay survived by playing dead and called police to warn that Haskell intended to go to her grandparents' house next.

PASADENA SHOOTING

3 killed in California home, suspect surrenders

PASADENA, Calif. (AP) — Authorities say three people have been shot and killed at a home in Pasadena, California, and a suspect is in custody after shooting at police cars.

Pasadena Fire Department spokeswoman Lisa Derderian says the shooting occurred late Saturday afternoon inside a home in the Los Angeles suburb. The suspect surrendered and was taken into custody after barricading himself inside the home, shooting at two police cars and exchanging words with authorities who urged him to give up.

The spokeswoman says one person in the home suffered minor injuries.

ISRAEL-PALESTINIANS

UPDATE: Israel: 4 soldiers lightly hurt in battle in Gaza

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — The Israeli military says four soldiers have been lightly wounded in fighting in northern Gaza.

The military says the soldiers were hurt during a brief incursion to destroy a rocket launching site. It says they have returned to Israeli territory.

It is the first time that Israeli ground troops are known to have entered Gaza in the current offensive. But the operation was carried out by special forces and did not appear to be the beginning of a broad ground offensive.

ISRAEL-EMERGENCY LANDING

Israel-NY flight makes safe emergency landing

NEW YORK (AP) — Delta Air Lines says a flight leaving Israel for New York developed a mechanical problem and had to return to Tel Aviv and make an emergency landing.

An airline spokeswoman says Delta Flight 469, with 370 passengers and 17 crew members aboard a Boeing 747, returned safely to Ben Gurion Airport early Sunday local time. Spokeswoman Jennifer Martin says the emergency landing was made "out of an abundance of caution."

The flight interruption came at a time of heightened tension in Israel as it continues to exchange rocket fire with Palestinian militants. There was no indication the mechanical problem was related.

The plane took off about 5:30 p.m. Eastern time Saturday and was due at New York's John F. Kennedy International Airport around 4:30 a.m. Eastern on Sunday.

UNITED STATES-AFGHANISTAN

Kerry: Afghan candidates agree to audit results

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Afghanistan's two rival candidates have agreed to a complete audit of their contested presidential election. Under the breakthrough deal brokered by Secretary of State John Kerry, the rivals also agreed to form a national unity government once the results are announced.

Kerry stood with the two candidates who are disputing the results of Afghanistan's presidential election on Saturday night. He announced that Finance Minister Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai (ahsh-RAHF' gah-NEE' ah-mahd-ZEYE') and former Foreign Minister Abdullah Abdullah have agreed to abide by a 100 percent, internationally supervised audit of all ballots in the presidential election in Kabul.

The prolonged uncertainty about the outcome of the election threatened to split the country's government and security forces at a time the U.S. is pulling out most of its troops.

KOREAS-TENSIONS

Media: North Korea again test-fires missiles

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korean and Japanese media say North Korea has launched two ballistic missiles into the sea off its east coast in its latest test-firing.

Impoverished North Korea has staged a series of recent missile and rocket test-firings seen by analysts as expressions of anger over its failure to win talks meant to provide outside aid, and over South Korean and U.S. military drills.

South Korean military officials couldn't immediately confirm the reports of Sunday's launches.

North Korea regularly conducts test-firings, but this year has seen an unusually large number of launches. South Korean officials have confirmed about 90 test-firings of missiles, artillery and rockets by the North since Feb. 21. More than 10 of them have been ballistic launches.

PORT LABOR-TRUCKERS

Truckers at 2 Calif. ports OK cooling off period

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Truck drivers at the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach have agreed to a cooling-off period following five days of striking that briefly shut the massive ports.

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti said he requested the cooling-off period, and the truckers agreed Saturday to pull down pickets while the city investigates their allegations of unfair labor practices.

The drivers began striking Monday against three trucking companies that they said have prevented them from unionizing and improperly classified them as contractors to minimize wages and benefits.

Cargo moved normally, but on Tuesday nearly 1,000 dockworkers at four terminals walked off their jobs in solidarity with the truckers. The walkout briefly disrupted the movement of international cargo before an arbitrator ruled that what they were doing was not permissible.

WCUP-BRAZIL-NETHERLANDS

Netherlands beats host Brazil 3-0 to finish 3rd

BRASILIA, Brazil (AP) — Robin van Persie and Daley Blind scored early goals to help give the Netherlands a 3-0 win over host Brazil in the third-place match at the World Cup on Saturday.

Van Persie converted a penalty kick three minutes into the match after Arjen Robben was brought down by Brazil captain Thiago Silva. Blind added to the lead in the 17th with a shot from near the penalty spot after defender David Luiz made a mistake while trying to clear a cross in front of the goal. Georginio Wijnaldum rounded off the win in injury time.

With the result, the Netherlands finishes a World Cup unbeaten in regular play for the first time. It lost to Argentina on penalties in the semifinals.

The loss added to Brazil's frustration at the home tournament following the disastrous 7-1 defeat to Germany.

AMELIA EARHART FLIGHT

Amelia Rose Earhart completes global flight

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Amelia Rose Earhart has completed the round-the-world journey that her namesake never finished nearly eight decades ago.

The 31-year-old pilot completed the 24,300-mile journey Friday when her single-engine plane landed at Oakland International Airport, where she was greeted by her parents and crowds of supporters.

Earhart is not related to the famed aviator who disappeared during her attempted global flight in 1937.

The Denver resident and her co-pilot Shane Jordan took off from Oakland on June 26 and made 17 stops in 14 countries. They flew in a Pilatus C-12 plane equipped with GPS and other modern technology her namesake never had.

Earhart hopes the global flight will inspire girls to fly. She runs a nonprofit called the Fly With Amelia Foundation that sends teenage girls to flight school.

UNDERWATER MUSIC

NEW: Divers, snorkelers converge for undersea 'concert'

BIG PINE KEY, Fla. (AP) — You could call it "water music," although it's not exactly what George Frideric Handel had in mind.

Nearly 500 divers and snorkelers submerged themselves in the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary on Saturday for an underwater broadcast by a local radio station.

The 30th annual Lower Keys Underwater Music Festival featured four hours of commercial-free music piped below the surface via underwater speakers.

The water-themed playlist included such tunes as the Beatles' "Octopus's Garden" and the themes from Disney's "The Little Mermaid" and television's classic "Flipper." Some divers were costumed and pretended to play quirky metal instruments sculpted by Florida Keys artist August Powers.

The event was staged by radio station WWUS in partnership with the Lower Keys Chamber of Commerce.

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