1. MIDEAST CRISIS
Egyptian initiative: Israel’s Cabinet today accepted a cease-fire with Hamas – a development that could provide a possible breakthrough in the ongoing crisis. The Egyptian proposal calls for all sides to cease hostilities in Gaza. The military wing of Hamas said it rejects the offer and its battle with “the enemy” will “increase in ferocity and intensity.
2. THEME PARK SEX STINGS
Checking court records: A CNN investigation finds that dozens of employees at Central Florida theme parks – 35 at Disney, five at Universal Studios and two at SeaWorld – have been arrested since 2006 and accused of sex crimes involving children, trying to meet a minor for sex, or for possession of child pornography. So far, a total of 32 have been convicted, with the remaining cases pending. None of the cases involved children or teenagers visiting the parks.
Looking for common ground: A Congress that has trouble agreeing on the color of the sky has scheduled 12 work days to forge a compromise on one of the most volatile issues it will face – immigration. The White House wants $3.7 billion. Republicans want the borders secured. And Democrats want additional resources to speed up the processing of those who are already here. Congress has some motivation to complete the job quickly. Vacation is scheduled to start in a couple of weeks.
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