BAGHDAD (AP) — There's been more sectarian violence in Baghdad. A bombing today killed 12 people in a Shiite neighborhood that is also home to a revered shrine. And south of the capital, police found the bodies of eight Sunnis who had been shot dead. Meanwhile, some lawmakers preparing to meet next week are working to see Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki ousted and a new inclusive government installed.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew says the Obama administration is extending for another year a program aimed at helping people struggling to avoid foreclosure on their homes. Lew says the administration is extending its Home Affordable Modification Program, which has provided assistance to about 1.4 million borrowers to lower their monthly payments.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Law enforcement authorities throughout Southern California say they've arrested more than 275 child predators. The suspects nabbed in a sting include a teaching assistant for special needs kids, a retired sheriff's deputy, a U.S. Army soldier and a Los Angeles Fire Department explorer. Undercover investigators pretended to be 12 to 14-year-old children online and arrested people who showed up to engage in sex acts with children.
WEST ALLIS, Wis. (AP) — A former Wisconsin police officer has been charged with killing two women he met online and carrying their bodies around in his vehicle for months. Court documents charge Steven Zelich with two counts of hiding a corpse. Both women were found bound, and their bodies had started to decompose. One had a ball gag in her mouth
WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal health regulators have approved a first-of-a-kind set of robotic leg braces that can help some disabled people walk again. The ReWalk system functions like a motorized exoskeleton for people paralyzed from the waist down, allowing them to stand and walk with assistance from a caretaker. Crutches are used for stability.