Garbage truck kills Brooklyn cyclist in hit-and-run crash

A garbage truck smashed into a 27-year-old Brooklyn bicyclist, killing the man and then fleeing the scene early Saturday. The cyclist was riding his mountain bike south along Franklin St. near Noble St. in Greenpoint when he was hit by a white private sanitation truck driving south along Franklin St. around 12:30 a.m., according to authorities. A mangled yellow and black Hummer bicycle lay in …

Russia: Boundaries of Ghouta 'safe zone' determined

MOSCOW (AP) — Russia’s Defense Ministry says an agreement has been reached with the Syrian opposition on the boundaries for a de-escalation zone for the East Ghouta area near the Syrian capital Damascus. A ministry statement Saturday did not give details, but said the agreement includes the zone’s borders as well as routes for delivery of humanitarian aid and free movement of civilians. It said the agreement was reached in …

2 injured in extra-alarm fire in West Town

An elderly woman was among two people injured early Saturday in an extra-alarm fire in a residential building on the city’s West Town neighborhood, according to the Chicago Fire Department.  Just before 1:45 a.m., firefighters responded to the 2000 block of West Huron Street for a fire inside the second floor of an apartment building, according to fire officials. The response was elevated to a 2-11 alarm about 2:30 a.m.  …

More people are dying in Mexico's bloody drug war than ever before

Drug war bloodshed in Mexico has spiked to record levels, with more homicides recorded in June than in any month in at least two decades. Prosecutors opened 2,234 homicide investigations last month, according to government statistics released Friday. That’s an increase of 40% over June of last year and 80% over June of 2014. Rising demand for heroin in the United States and a bloody power struggle inside one of …

The Latest: Israeli minister: Palestinians must ask for calm

JERUSALEM (AP) — The Latest on developments in Israel (all times local): Israel’s deputy minister for public diplomacy says Palestinian leaders must call for calm as tensions soar over security measures at a major Jerusalem shrine. Michael Oren, who works in the office of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, spoke a day after a Palestinian stabbed three Israelis to death in their home and three Palestinians were killed during clashes over …