Monday, July 13, 2009

Black bear sightings on the rise in the Piedmont. Officials are warning Winston-Salem residents to be cautious after confirmed reports of black bear sightings on the city's western edge between Country Club and Robinhood roads. Several bear sightings were reported last week in Greensboro. For additional information: www.ncwildlife.org (click on “Coexisting with Wildlife)

Several Iraqi political leaders have condemned the deadly bombings of five Christian churches in Baghdad on Sunday. The attacks claimed the lives of four people and wounded two dozen others.

A bomb blast killed two U.S. Marines in Afghanistan over the weekend. About 4,000 Marines are travelling through the southern region of Afghanistan in a massive operation to oust Taliban fighters.

CONFIRMATION HEARINGS BEGIN TODAY FOR SUPREME COURT NOMINEE JUDGE SONIA SOTOMAYOR. The hearings are being held by the Senate Judiciary Committee. If Sotomayor is confirmed, she would become the first Latina and the third woman to serve on the High Court.

North Korean leader Kim Jong ll (ill) has life-threatening pancreatic cancer. The 67-year-old Communist ruler was diagnosed with the cancer around the time of a stroke last summer.

You’ve probably heard of the Monday morning blues. A new study shows that Americans are most likely to commit suicide on Wednesdays. In a five-year study, nearly 25% of suicides will take place on Wednesdays, followed by Mondays then Saturdays. Also, contrary to earlier research that showed more suicides in winter and spring, the new study found almost no seasonal differences. http://www.healthday.com/Article.asp?AID=628836

NASA WILL TRY AGAIN TODAY TO LAUNCH SPACE SHUTTLE ENDEAVOUR. Lift-off is set just before 7pm from the Kennedy Space Center in Florida.

SPORTS: Seven time Tour de France champion Lance Armstrong is in 3rd place (8 seconds behind the race leader). The racing continues through July 26. FYI: Lance Armstrong says he could be back for one more Tour de France . The 37-year-old Texan, who is competing in the Tour for the first time since 2005, was asked by a French TV interviewer if this will be his last one. Probably not…