Elmo and Cookie Monster have long delighted young viewers on
TV's "Sesame Street," but the recent antics of New York
street performers dressed as the beloved characters have
drawn the ire of city officials and now the show's producers.
Israel has knocked out Gaza's only power plant and pounded
dozens of other high-profile targets, while Egyptian
mediators prepare a revised proposal for halting its war with
Islamist militants in the enclave.
Analysis of the black box flight recorders from a downed
Malaysian airliner show it was destroyed by shrapnel coming
from a rocket blast and went down because of "massive
explosive decompression", a Ukrainian security official says.
A suspected child molester from the San Diego area who had
been a fugitive for two years has been killed in a shootout
in New York City that also left three law enforcement
officials wounded, officials said.