Fighting Intensifies in Tripoli; Hurricane Season May Start With Irene; DA to Dismiss All DSK Charges?

Rebels in Libya have claimed to surround the capital, the New York Times reports. Tripoli had been a stronghold for Muammar Gaddafi, but opposition forces are making inroads with the help of NATO airstrikes. "If you can call any mobile number in Tripoli, you will hear in the background the beautiful sound of the bullets of freedom," a rebel leader told the Times. Their calls to Libyan households confirmed the sounds of gunfire. [NYT]

Tropical Storm Irene is developing and the Dominican Republic has issued a hurricane warning for its shores. The storm is strengthening as it heads westward and could make it to the southeastern United States as soon as Thursday. [CNN]

The Post has learned that the District Attorney's office will ask the Judge to dismiss all charges against Dominique Strauss-Kahn on Tuesday. According to their sources, "the motion will ask Manhattan Supreme Court Justice Michael Obus, who has handled the matter since Strauss-Kahn's arraignment days after the arrest, to dismiss the indictment." [NYP]

Verizon workers will return to work tomorrow, ending a two-week strike. Participating unions agreed to return to the negotiation table to discuss health care and other provisions. [Washington Post]

Stong thunderstorms are expected starting this afternoon. [Weather.com]


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