Top Weekend Links: US embassies remain closed for the week

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The closed US Embassy in Cairo, Egypt, August 4, 2013. The USA issued a warning to its citizens and travelers following message intercepts by senior al-Qaida...
The closed US Embassy in Cairo, Egypt, August 4, 2013. The USA issued a warning to its citizens and travelers following message intercepts by senior al-Qaida...
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From extended embassy closures to “Stand Your Ground” hearings, here are some of the top stories from the weekend:

  • U.S. officials have extended the closure of at least 19 embassies and consulates across the Middle East and North Africa for another week due to a suspected al Qaeda terror threat. (NBC News)
    • The State Dept. released an official statement Sunday afternoon announcing the closures, saying, “Given that a number of our embassies and consulates were going to be closed in accordance with local custom and practice for the bulk of the week for the Eid celebration at the end of Ramadan, and out of an abundance of caution, we’ve decided to extend the closure of several embassies and consulates including a small number of additional posts.” (U.S. Department of State)

  • A man has reportedly been taken into custody after allegedly driving into a crowd of people at the Venice boardwalk on Saturday in southern California. As of Sunday night, one person has died and 11 others were injured. No motive has yet been determined. (LA Times)
  • House Majority Leader Eric Cantor told Fox News Sunday that the House would not bring up the Senate immigration bill. “We’ve said we are not going to be bringing the Senate bill up, we don’t believe that that’s the right path toward an immigration reform bill,” Cantor said. (Fox News)
  • Florida House Speaker Will Weatherford announced Friday he plans to order hearings over Florida’s “Stand Your Ground” law this fall. (Miami Herald)
  • Sen. Mitch McConnell and Democratic challenger Alison Lundergan Grimes faced off Saturday in Kentucky at the 133rd Fancy Farm political forum. The two sparred over the economy, women’s rights, and the current political climate in D.C. (Politico)
  • Former 2012 presidential hopeful Rick Santorum said on Sunday’s Meet the Press that he would be open to running again in 2016. (National Review)
  • San Diego City Attorney Jan Goldsmith said he and his staff will question Mayor Bob Filner under oath in the sexual harassment lawsuit filed against the mayor. Filner begins “behavioral therapy treatment” Monday. (NBC San Diego)
  • Closing arguments will begin Monday in the murder trial of notorious Boston mobster James “Whitey” Bulger. (USA Today)
  • Retired NBC News correspondent John Palmer died Saturday at the age of 77. (Associated Press)

Top Weekend Links: US embassies remain closed for the week

Updated