ABC News on the Map: August 16

Aug 16, 2012 2:18pm


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Two Louisiana Deputies Killed in Shootout; 5 Suspects in Custody

Two Louisiana sheriff’s deputies were killed in a early-morning shootout at a trailer park outside New Orleans after being led there in pursuit of suspects.

Ecuador Grants WikiLeaks Founder Julian Assange Political Asylum

Ecuador will grant political asylum to Julian Assange, founder of the anti-secrecy website WikiLeaks, the country’s foreign ministry announced today.

New York-to-Moscow Flight Diverted After Bomb Threat

A passenger jet flying from New York’s John F. Kennedy Airport to Moscow was diverted to Iceland because a caller told a law enforcement agency in New York that there were explosives on board the plane.

Obama Defends Biden After ‘Chains’ Remark

After Vice President Joe Biden suggested Tuesday that Republicans want to put voters in “chains,” triggering a war of words between the rival campaigns, Obama stood behind Biden during a campaign trail interview.

Seven American Troops Killed in Fiery Helicopter Crash in Afghanistan

The troops were on a mission in the Shah Wali Kot district of Kandahar Thursday morning when their helicopter, a Black Hawk UH-60, went down.

Idaho Towns Pack up as Massive Wildfire Nears

Hundreds of people in two Idaho towns packed their belongings and left Wednesday ahead of a massive blaze expected to spread to the area later this week.

$337 Million Powerball Ticket Sold in Michigan

A Michigan lottery spokesman told ABC News Radio that the winning ticket was sold at a Sunoco gas station in Lapeer, Mich. There has been no word yet on the identity of the lucky winner.

Siberian Mummy Has Detailed Tattoos

High in the Altai mountains of Siberia, not far from the border between Russia and Mongolia, researchers found the mummified body of a young woman covered with tattoos that archeologists say look remarkably modern.

McCartney Backs Punk Rockers Against Putin

Sir Paul McCartney has added his voice to the growing chorus of music stars supporting a Russian punk rock group that is on trial for staging an anti-Putin protest on the altar of a Moscow cathedral.

Teacher Accused of Having Group Sex With Students on Video

A former Texas high school English teacher and mother of three is on trial, accused of having sex with five male students.

‘Baywatch’ Alum Determined to Continue Search for Noah’s Ark

Former “Baywatch” star Donna D’Errico said she is determined to continue her search for Noah’s Ark, despite injuries that forced her to cut her trip to Turkey short.

Facebook Stock (FB) Resumes Slide as Lockup Expires

The beaten-down shares of Facebook slid further Thursday morning, the first day the social network’s “lockup” period expired for early investors, allowing them to sell their stakes.

Parents Sue After Daughter Dies in Hawaii Jet Ski Crash

Kristen Fonseca, 16, was jet skiing on Aug. 5 at Keehi Lagoon in Honolulu when her watercraft was hit by an Australia tourist, Tyler Dagley. He now faces third-degree homicide charges and a civil lawsuit.

Townsfolk Sickened After Peru Toxic Spill

The pipeline that carries slurry at high pressure 188 miles from Peru’s most productive mine to its desert coast had sprung a leak at a pumping station, which was in a village of poor farmers.

Egyptian TV Presenter, Chief Editor to Go on Trial

An Egyptian court says a popular TV anchor and the chief editor of an independent daily are to go on trial for insulting the country’s newly elected Islamist president.

Gunmen Attack Ivory Coast Jail, Free Prisoners

An Ivory Coast official says gunmen have freed 100 inmates from a prison in the latest attack on the country’s military.

German Far-Right Lawmaker Convicted of Defamation

The deputy leader of Germany’s far-right National Democratic Party has been convicted of defamation after a 2010 speech in which he criticized a Holocaust memorial event.

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