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A Palestinian boy sits next to the destroyed 15-story Basha Tower following early morning Israeli airstrikes in Gaza City, Tuesday, Aug. 26, 2014. Israel bombed two Gaza City high-rises with dozens of homes and shops Tuesday, collapsing the 15-story Basha Tower and severely damaging the Italian Complex in a further escalation in seven weeks of cross-border fighting with Hamas. (AP Photo/Khalil Hamra)

Weary of war

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip — Israel and Hamas agreed Tuesday to an open-ended cease-fire, halting a seven-week war that killed more than 2,200 people, the vast majority Palestinians, left tens of thousands in Gaza homeless and devastated entire neighborhoods in the blockaded territory. Hamas declared victory and bursts of celebratory gunfire erupted across Gaza, but the terms of the deal … 0

‘Spiral of silence’ Social media users shy away from opinions

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

WASHINGTON — People who use Facebook and Twitter are less likely than others to share their opinions on hot-button issues, even when they are offline, according to a surprising new survey by the Pew Research Center. The study, done in conjunction with Rutgers University in New Jersey, challenges the view of social media … 0

Burger King plans expansion of Tim Hortons

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

MIAMI — The fight for the coffee and breakfast crowd is heating up, both at home and abroad. Burger King said Tuesday it will buy Tim Hortons in an $11 billion deal that would create the world’s third largest fast-food chain. The company is hoping to turn the coffee-and-doughnut chain into a household … 0

Officials: Girl accidentally kills gun instructor

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

DOLAN SPRINGS, Ariz. — A 9-year-old girl accidentally killed an Arizona shooting instructor as he was showing her how to use an automatic Uzi, authorities said Tuesday. Charles Vacca, 39, of Lake Havasu City, died Monday shortly after being airlifted to University Medical Center in Las Vegas, Mohave … 0

American woman is being held hostage in Syria

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

WASHINGTON — The Islamic State militant group is holding hostage a young American woman who was doing humanitarian aid work in Syria, a family representative said Tuesday. The 26-year-old woman is the third American known to have been kidnapped by the militant group. The Islamic State group recently … 0

Interfax: Ukraine cites support for peace plan

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

MINSK, Belarus — Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko said early Wednesday that he has support for a peace plan from leaders who attended a summit meeting in Minsk, including Russian President Vladimir Putin, the Interfax news agency reported. But … 0

Colleges increasingly warn students of sex-abuse, alcohol ‘red zone’

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Halee Bazer, a freshman at Quinnipiac University in Hamden, Conn., said she has heard about the wave of sexual assault lawsuits on college campuses and plans to be cautious about parties, never go anywhere alone and call campus … 0

Embattled Syrian government asks for help fighting Islamic State

Monday, August 25, 2014

ISTANBUL — One day after losing a major airbase to Islamic extremists, Syria said Monday it was willing to work with other countries to fight terror groups in Syria provided they show respect for the Syrian regime and … 0

Burger King may move to Canada

Monday, August 25, 2014

NEW YORK — Some Burger King customers are finding it hard to swallow that the home of the Whopper could move to Canada. Investors seemed to welcome the announcement by Burger King late Sunday that it was in … 0

Ukrainian president dissolves parliament

Monday, August 25, 2014

KIEV, Ukraine — Ukraine’s president on Monday dissolved parliament and called for early elections in October as his country continues to battle a pro-Russian insurgency in its eastern regions. In a statement on his website, President Petro Poroshenko … 0

Border escalation

Monday, August 25, 2014

KRASNODON, Ukraine — For several evenings this month, convoys of military weaponry passed with clockwork-like regularity through Krasnodon, a rebel-held town in eastern Ukraine near the porous border with Russia. The convoys were seen three times last week … 0

Soldier dies after shooting herself in Virginia

Monday, August 25, 2014

FORT LEE, Va. — An enraged soldier barricaded herself in a building at a Virginia Army base, threw objects around the office and then fatally shot herself in the head Monday as law enforcement officials tried to negotiate … 0

Experimental Army weapon explodes after launching

Monday, August 25, 2014

KODIAK, Alaska — A rocket carrying an experimental Army strike weapon exploded early Monday after taking off from a launch pad in Alaska, the Department of Defense said. The rocket carrying the Advanced Hypersonic Weapon was terminated near … 0