Monday’s Mini-Report, 7.20.15

Today’s edition of quick hits:
 
* I never thought I’d see the day: “The United States and Cuba restored full diplomatic relations Monday after more than five decades of frosty relations rooted in the Cold War.”
 
* Turkey: “An apparent suicide blast in a Turkish town near the Syrian border tore through a political meeting Monday, killing at least 30 people in an attack officials called a ‘terrorist’ strike.”
 
* Yemen: “The death toll in Yemen from the Shiite rebel shelling of a town near the southern port city of Aden rose Monday to nearly 100, the head of an international aid group said, describing it as ‘the worst day’ for the city and its surroundings in over three months of fighting.”
 
* Increased security: “The military plans to increase security at recruiting stations and reserve centers, following the shooting rampage in Chattanooga, Tennessee, last week that left five service members dead, two defense officials told NBC News on Monday.”
 
* Wisconsin: “Just in time for his nascent presidential campaign, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker signed a bill Monday banning abortion at 20 weeks – without an exception for rape and incest and with only a narrow emergency exception.”
 
* Sandra Bland case: “The lawyer for the family of a woman found dead in a Texas jail cell last week said dashcam video from the roadside traffic stop that led to her arrest shows the encounter grew confrontational after she refused an officer’s demand to put out her cigarette.”
 
* Greece: “Greek banks reopened Monday for the first time in three weeks, but strict limits on cash withdrawals and higher taxes on everything from coffee to diapers meant the economic outlook for the recession-battered country was far from back to normal.”
 
* Quite a sight: “A fast, wind-whipped wildfire swept over a crowded California freeway Friday, sending drivers running for safety and setting more than a dozen vehicles ablaze, officials said.”
 
* New details documenting Cosby’s suspected crimes: “He was not above seducing a young model by showing interest in her father’s cancer. He promised other women his mentorship and career advice before pushing them for sex acts. And he tried to use financial sleight of hand to keep his wife from finding out about his serial philandering.”
 
* It’s awful when politicians treat the government as a toy: “Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) says he will block all of President Barack Obama’s nominees to the State Department – there are about 40 ambassadors in the queue – in protest of the nuclear deal that the U.S. and other world powers struck with Iran this week.”
 
* Good news out of Florida: “U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson’s doctors have told him he is cancer-free after his prostate surgery last week, the Florida Democrat’s office said Monday.”
 
Anything to add? Consider this an open thread.
 

Monday's Mini-Report, 7.20.15