EGYPT'S ISIS AFFILIATE CLAIMS CREDIT FOR WAVE OF ATTACKS BY JIHADISTS ON EGYPTIAN ARMY CHECKPOINTS IN SINAI PENINSULA THAT KILLED AT LEAST 38 SOLDIERS *

OFFICIALS SAY SIMULTANEOUS ATTACKS TARGETED AT LEAST SIX MILITARY CHECKPOINTS JUST SOUTH OF TOWN OF SHEIKH ZUWEID *

MILITANTS ALSO TOOK SOLDIERS CAPTIVE AND SEIZED SEVERAL ARMORED VEHICLES *

ATTACKS COME TWO DAYS AFTER EGYPT'S CHIEF PROSECUTOR WAS ASSASSINATED IN CAIRO, AND A DAY AFTER PRES ABDEL FATTAH AL-SISI VOWED TO STEP UP A TWO-YEAR CRACKDOWN *

PRELIMINARY INDICATIONS SHOW FIRE AT BLACK CHURCH IN SC WASN'T WORK OF AN ARSONIST *

NO INJURIES HAVE BEEN REPORTED IN THE FIRE AT CHURCH IN GREELEYVILLE, ABOUT 65 MILES NORTH OF CHARLESTON, AND FIREFIGHTERS HAVE BLAZE UNDER CONTROL *

FIRE RAISED CONCERNS OF HATE CRIME FOLLOWING LAST MONTH'S SHOOTING DEATHS OF NINE PEOPLE AT EMANUEL AME CHURCH IN CHARLESTON, ALLEGEDLY BY A WHITE SUPREMACIST *

AT LEAST SIX PREDOMINANTLY AFRICAN-AMERICAN CHURCHES IN THE SOUTH HAVE BEEN SET ABLAZE SINCE JUNE 17 ATTACK *

INTL ATOMIC ENERGY AGENCY (IAEA) CHIEF TRAVELING TO TEHRAN THURS TO DISCUSS MONITORING SENSITIVE NUCLEAR SITES AS DIPLOMATS TRY TO FINALIZE DEAL *

IAEA CHIEF YUKIYA AMANO WILL MEET IRANIAN PRES HASSAN ROUHANI AND OTHER TOP OFFICIALS TO DISCUSS FUTURE COOPERATION BETWEEN IRAN AND INTL INSPECTORS *

IRAN AND SIX WORLD POWERS, INCLUDING U.S., ANNOUNCED 1-WEEK EXTENSION TUES OF A DEADLINE TO REACH AN AGREEMENT ON CURBING IRAN'S NUCLEAR PROGRAM *

MAJOR STICKING POINTS ARE ACCESS TO MILITARY SITES AND TIMING OF INTL SANCTIONS RELIEF *

PRIVATE SECTOR ADDED 237,000 JOBS IN JUNE, BIGGEST GAIN SINCE DEC, ACCORDING TO PAYROLL PROCESSOR ADP *

MAY PRIVATE PAYROLL GAINS WERE REVISED UP TO 203,000 FROM AN ORIGINALLY REPORTED 201,000 INCREASE, WHICH WAS THE SMALLEST RISE SINCE JAN 2014 *

BIG GAINS COULD MEAN A HIKE BY FED RESERVE IN INTEREST RATES LATER THIS YEAR *

MORE COMPREHENSIVE LABOR DEPT JOBS REPORT BY IS DUE OUT THURS *

INDONESIA'S AIR FORCE TO INVESTIGATE WHETHER MILITARY TRANSPORT PLANE THAT CRASHED INTO A CITY NEIGHBORHOOD TUES WAS VIOLATING ORDERS BY CARRYING PAYING PASSENGERS *

AT LEAST 141 PEOPLE WERE KILLED WHEN THE PLANE CRASHED IN MEDAN, COUNTRY'S THIRD-LARGEST CITY, INCLUDING ALL 122 PASSENGERS AND 12 CREW MEMBERS AND AT LEAST THREE PEOPLE ON THE GROUND *

C-130 WAS CARRYING MANY MORE PASSENGERS THAN THE MILITARY FIRST REPORTED *

AIR FORCE SPOX SAYS MOST PASSENGERS WERE FAMILY OF SERVICE-MEMBERS *

U.S. AND CUBA AGREE TO OPEN EMBASSIES IN THEIR CAPITAL CITIES AFTER MORE THAN 50 YEARS OF BROKEN DIPLIMATIC TIES *

PRES OBAMA MADE ANNOUNCEMENT WED MORNING AS PART OF A LARGER EFFORT TO RESTORE TIES BETWEEN COLD WAR FOES *

SECY OF STATE JOHN KERRY SAYS HE'LL TRAVEL LATER THIS SUMMER TO HAVANA TO RAISE THE AMERICAN FLAG OVER THE NEW U.S. EMBASSY *

THE PRES ALSO CALLED ON CONGRESS TO LIFT THE U.S. EMBARGO ON CUBA *

OBAMA ADMIN JUST LAST WEEK BRANDED CUBA A SERIAL HUMAN-RIGHTS ABUSER, AND EMBASSY DECISION HAS BEEN MET WITH OPPOSITION FROM REPUBLICAN LEADERSHIP IN CONGRESS *

HOUSE SPKR JOHN BOEHNER (R-OH) SAYS THE OBAMA ADMIN IS HANDING PRES RAUL CASTRO "LIFETIME DREAM OF LEGITIMACY" WITHOUT CONCESSIONS ON HUMAN RIGHTS *

APPARENT SHARK ATTACK SERIOUSLY WOUNDS 50-YR-OLD MAN OFF NC'S OCRACOKE ISLAND *

AUTHORITIES SAY MAN SUFFERED WOUNDS TO HIS RIBCAGE, LOWER LEG, HIP AND BOTH HANDS AS HE TRIED TO FIGHT OFF THE ANIMAL *

THERE WERE 6 SHARK ATTACKS REPORTED OFF NC IN JUNE, WHILE ONLY 4 WERE REPORTED ALL LAST SUMMER *

BODIES OF BRITISH TOURISTS KILLED IN LAST WK'S TUNISIAN BEACH MASSACRE RETURNED TO BRITAIN ON MILITARY PLANE *

AT LEAST 27 BRITONS ARE AMONG 38 PEOPLE MURDERED WHEN A TUNISIAN STUDENT OPENED FIRE ON BEACH IN RESORT OF SOUSSE *

BRITISH DEATH TOLL IS EXPECTED TO RISE *

ASSAULT IS ONE OF WORST TERROR ATTACKS ON BRITONS SINCE JULY 7, 2005 TRANSIT SYSTEM BOMBINGS THAT KILLED 52 *

EGYPT'S CABINET APPROVES DRAFT ANTI-TERRORISM AND ELECTION LAWS, WHICH IT SAYS WILL PROVIDE "QUICK AND JUST DETERRENCE" AGAINST TERRORISM *

PRES ABDEL FATTAH AL-SISI HAD PROMISED A TOUGHER LEGAL SYSTEM AFTER CAR BOMB ATTACK MON KILLED EGYPT'S SR PUBLIC PROSECUTOR, THE HIGHEST-LEVEL STATE OFFICIAL TO BE ASSASSINATED IN YRS *

LEGISLATION ALSO COMES HOURS AFTER ISIS TERRORISTS IN NORTH SINAI ATTACKED SEVERAL MILITARY CHECKPOINTS, KILLING AT LEAST 70 *

LIBERIAN OFFICIALS CONFIRM SECOND EBOLA CASE IN SAME TOWN WHERE VIRUS WAS DETECTED ON THE CORPSE OF A TEEN LAST WK *

CASES COME SEVEN WKS AFTER LIBERIA WAS DECLARED EBOLA-FREE *

MEANWHILE, BETWEEN 100-200 EBOLA CENTER WORKERS STORMED HEALTH MINISTRY DEMANDING HAZARD PAY THEY SAY THEY HAVEN'T RECEIVED *

HEALTH MIN MAINTAINS IT PAID HAZARD BENEFITS TO "99%" OF WORKERS...LIBERIA WAS HARDEST-HIT IN WEST AFRICA, WITH 4,800 EBOLA DEATHS BEFORE DISEASE WAS CONTAINED *

PM ALEXIS TSIPRAS CALLS ON GREEKS TO REJECT INTL BAILOUT, LESS THAN 24 HRS AFTER HE WROTE TO CREDITORS OFFERING TO ACCEPT DEAL IF SOME CONDITIONS WERE CHANGED *

IN TV APPEARANCE, TSIPRAS SAID GREECE IS BEING "BLACKMAILED" AND URGED CITIZENS TO VOTE "NO" ON SUN'S REFERENDUM, WHICH WILL EFFECTIVELY DECIDE WHETHER GREECE REMAINS IN EURO OR RETURNS TO THE DRACHMA *

TSIPRAS' COMMENTS COME A DAY AFTER GREECE BECAME THE FIRST DEVELOPED COUNTRY TO DEFAULT ON INTL MONETARY FUND LOAN *