Egypt’s ousted leader Hosni Mubarak, wearing a white shirt and loafers while flashing a smile, was released from prison Thursday and transported to a military hospital in a Cairo suburb where he will be held under house arrest.
Prime Minister Hazem el-Beblawi had ordered that Mubarak be put under house arrest as part of the emergency measures imposed this month after a wave of violence sparked by the ouster of Islamist leader Mohammed Morsi, who had succeeded Mubarak as Egypt’s first freely elected president.
Footage on private TV stations showed the helicopter carrying the 85-year-old Mubarak landing at the pad outside the military hospital, which sits on the banks of the Nile. He was immediately transported to an ambulance and moved across the street to the hospital.
Thursday’s move followed a court decision ordering Mubarak’s release in relation to charges of receiving gifts from a state-owned newspaper.
FORT HOOD, Texas
goes to jury
The Army psychiatrist on trial for the 2009 shooting rampage at Fort Hood passed on his final chance to address jurors before they started deliberating Thursday, even after prosecutors insisted they hand down a verdict that would allow the death penalty.
Maj. Nidal Hasan is acting as his own attorney but declined to plead his case after prosecutors finished their closing argument. When the judge told Hasan he could begin, he said: “The defense chooses not to make a closing statement.”
The former Army psychiatrist is facing numerous counts of premeditated murder and attempted premeditated murder for the attack, which killed 13 people and wounded more than 30 others at the Army post in central Texas on Nov. 5, 2009.
It was the deadliest mass shooting ever on a U.S. military base.
Prosecutors laid out a detailed roadmap of their case during their closing argument, saying there was no question that Hasan planned and carried out the attack.
Jurors began deliberating the case just before 2 p.m. Thursday.
Tour bus flips,
A tour bus carrying gamblers to an Indian casino overturned on a Southern California freeway Thursday, injuring more than 50 people on board, authorities said.
The bus went through a chain-link fence off the side of Interstate 210 around 10 a.m. and ended up on its side.
More than 50 people received minor injuries, including nine who were taken to hospitals for evaluation or treatment, said Cheryl Sims, a dispatch supervisor with the county fire department. Tallies at the scene ranged between 52 and 55 and the discrepancy could not be immediately resolved.
At least five were flown by helicopters to trauma centers, fire Supervisor Ed Jacobs said.
FORT WORTH, Texas
Demolitions of substandard structures were halted as city officials review why two houses were wrongly torn down this summer and establish new procedures.
A supervisor was put on administrative leave amid a review of the mid-July incidents, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reported.
Bill Begley, a spokesman for the city, said Wednesday that a city-hired contractor on July 11 tore down two homes on the same north-side lot. The order was to raze only one house that had suffered fire damage, Begley said.
Fort Worth officials discovered that error while investigating the incorrect July 12 demolition of a Lake Worth-area home. Authorities later determined a city crew marked the wrong structure to be razed, as the house next door was approved for demolition by the city’s building standards commission, Begley said.