WASHINGTON (AP) — Gates at the Washington Navy Yard have reopened to workers this morning, three days after a gunman killed 12 people in a shooting rampage there. The building where the shootings took place remains off limits, and the base gym is being used as an FBI staging area. Investigators are still trying to determine a motive for Monday's attack, but are focusing on Aaron Alexis' mental health and the alarming behavior he displayed in the weeks before the massacre.
CAIRO (AP) — Egyptian security forces have swept into a town on the outskirts of Cairo today after militants shot and killed a senior police officer. Backed by helicopters, police arrested 32 suspects in house-to-house raids in Kerdasa, a town known to be an Islamist stronghold. Egypt's Interior Ministry says militants opened fire from the rooftops of several schools and mosques in an effort to repel the security forces.
DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — A roadside bomb in central Syria has reportedly killed 19 people. The governor's office in Homs province says the explosion targeted a bus in a village that is predominantly Alawite, a minority sect to which President Bashar Assad belongs. Syria's civil war has taken increasingly sectarian overtones in recent months. Most of the rebels trying to overthrow Assad belong to the majority Sunni sect.
WASHINGTON (AP) — New U.S. census data suggests Americans are feeling the economic recovery unevenly. While poverty is leveling off overall, it's on the rise for single-mother families. By race, a growing proportion of poor children are Hispanic, a record 37 percent of the total. Whites make up 30 percent, and blacks 26 percent. The numbers also reflect widening economic inequality, with lower-income households making up an increasing share of the population.
BANGKOK (AP) — The Federal Reserve's unexpected decision to continue its current levels of bond buying has spurred a global rally in stocks. European shares are higher in early trading while Asian markets closed with strong gains. Japan's Nikkei jumped 1.8 percent despite data showing the country's trade deficit expanding. The Dow rose 147 points yesterday, to close at 15,676.94, a new record high.