It's Friday, July 18 and here is your day ahead:
In local news...
WEATHER: Mostly sunny skies this morning turning partly sunny this afternoon. Highs will climb to the lower 80s, but humidity levels will remain low. It will be mostly clear tonight with lows falling to near 60 degrees. Full forecast
1. UKRAINE-MALAYSIA AIRLINES CRASH
MH17: International inspectors headed to the crash site of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 today to search for the flight data recorders among human remains and debris. A helicopter ferried a group of monitors from the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe to rebel territory in the Donetsk region. From there, they will have to drive. The Boeing 77 jet fell from the sky in eastern Ukraine with 298 people aboard. There's lots of finger pointing, but few hard answers at this point. Full story
The news of the crash of a Malaysia Airlines flight in the Ukraine was alarming to a group visiting Madison from the region. A group of children, along with a chaperone and interpreter, have been in the Madison area for a month as part of the Circle of Love: Children of Chernobyl program. Full story
2. DAY CARE SEX ABUSE ALLEGATIONS
The state Department of Children and Families revoked the Red Caboose Day Care Center’s child care license Thursday for alleged sexual abuse. The Department of Children and Families sent a license revocation letter yesterday. On July 8, the state was notified of evidence of sexual abuse that was said to have at the center. The center is still open, but cannot accept new children. Full story
3. MAZOMANIE HOMICIDE
An ex-boyfriend entered a guilty plea in the death of a Mazomanie woman, Cheryl Gilberg. Phillip Byrd made a deal with prosecutors to plead guilty to a second-degree homicide charge. He faces up to 40 years in prison. Gilberg was shot earlier this year. A sentencing hasn't been scheduled yet. Full story
4. MAXWELL STREET DAYS
It's shaping up to be the perfect weekend for Maxwell Street Days. The 40th annual summer sidewalk sale begins at 8 a.m. and runs through Sunday. Several shops, boutiques and restaurants along State Street and the Capitol Square are offering deals.
In national news...
Tanks roll: Deadly clashes broke out after Israeli tanks drove into Gaza and launched a ground operation that escalates the conflict with Hamas. The incursion Thursday night follows 10 days of Israeli bombardment of Gaza that has killed more than 250 people. Israel launched the aerial offensive last week, saying it aimed to halt the firing of Hamas rockets from Gaza into Israel. The ground operation is to destroy tunnels dug from Gaza into Israeli territory, Israel said. Full story
2. FEDEX DRUG INDICTMENT
Delivering the world: Federal prosecutors have charged FedEx with knowingly shipping prescription drugs from illegal online pharmacies to dealers and addicts across the country. A prosecutor said corporations that "enable illegal activity" must be held accountable. The shipping giant said it's innocent and will plead not guilty. Full story
3. MICROSOFT JOB CUTS
Reboot: The CEO at Microsoft is swinging a heavy ax. Satya Nadella promised bold changes and he's delivering. The software giant said yesterday that it would cut 18,000 jobs within the next year - about 14% of the company's 125,000 employees. Microsoft is trying to keep pace with Google, Apple and Amazon in mobile and cloud development. Full story
4. NEW CAPTAIN AMERICA
Comic reboot: Marvel Comics pulls its second switcheroo of the week. The new Captain America will be African-American. Falcon, already the superhero buddy of Captain America, will slip into his friend's red, white and blue tights. We guess someone else will now become the Falcon or else he'll be doing double duty. On Tuesday, the company announced that the new Thor will be a woman. Full story