Obama and McChrystal - President Obama says he regrets having to accept Gen. Stanley McChrystal's resignation but felt he had no choice. The ousting of the top U.S. commander in Afghanistan came after publication of a Rolling Stone magazine article in which McChrystal and his staff appeared to disparage decisions from Washington. Gen. David Petraeus,Â commander of U.S. Central Command, will take over in Afghanistan. CNN takes a look at what happened inÂ Wednesday's meeting between Obama and McChrystal and evaluates what the implications may be for the war in Afghanistan.
Gulf oil disaster - The U.S. Coast Guard has released a document showing that BP did not cooperate in providing accurate information about how much oil was leaking from the well blowout in the Gulf of Mexico. The records show that BP was offered technology to measure the flow but delayed acting on it because the oil giant wanted to rely on its own efforts.
In other Gulf oil news, a New Orleans judge could decide Thursday whether a government ban on deepwater drilling will continue. The Obama administration has asked U.S. District Judge Martin Feldman to delay his decision to lift the ban until an appeals court reviews the case later in the summer.
Spain train accident - At least 12 people were killed and several others injured when a train ran over them in a town south of Barcelona, Spain, a spokesman for Catalonia Emergency Center said Thursday. At least 14 more were hurt, and three remained in critical condition, the spokesman said. The accident occurred between 11:30 p.m. and midnight Wednesday local time as a group tried to cross the tracks after getting off a local train that had stopped at the town of Castelldefels, authorities said. Many of the victims were headed to a fiesta. A witness said the train hit them at full speed.
Jailed hikers in Iran - The mothers of U.S. hikers held by Iran said a magazine article that contradicts Iranian government claims the three Americans crossed the border before their arrests is "concerning" and raises many questions. The article for the July 12 edition of The Nation cites two witnesses who said they saw members of Iran's national police force cross the border into northern Iraq to apprehend Shane Bauer, Sarah Shourd and Josh Fattal.
Apple iPhone 4 - After lining up for hours, or sometimes days, Apple fanatics on Thursday morning started to get their hands on the iPhone 4, the latest gizmo in that company's line of trend-setting smartphones. The iPhone 4 went on sale at 7 a.m. local time Thursday in U.S. stores, and at 8 a.m. local time in France, Germany, Japan and the United Kingdom. We'll watch for iReporters sharing their experience with the new phone and take a look at Apple's forgotten co-founder.