M/cloudy
53°
M/cloudy
Hi 78° | Lo 53°

Nation / World

Smoke and fire from the explosion of an Israeli strike rises over Gaza City, Tuesday, July 29, 2014. Israel escalated its military campaign against Hamas on Tuesday, striking symbols of the group's control in Gaza and firing tank shells that shut down the strip's only power plant in the heaviest bombardment in the fighting so far. The plant’s shutdown was bound to lead to further serious disruptions of the flow of electricity and water to Gaza’s 1.7 million people.(AP Photo/Hatem Moussa)

Israel hits Gaza harder

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip — Israel unleashed its heaviest air and artillery assault of the Gaza war on Tuesday, destroying key symbols of Hamas control, shutting down the territory’s only power plant and leaving at least 128 Palestinians dead on the bloodiest day of the 22-day conflict. Despite devastating blows that left the packed territory’s 1.7 million people cut off … 0

Lawmakers employ gimmicks to pay for highway funds

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

WASHINGTON — The House and Senate have passed competing versions of legislation to prevent the federal trust funds providing highway and transit funds from running dry next month and to buy more time for Congress to draft a new highway bill. The House measure provides $11 billion to keep the fund solvent through May; the Senate approved an $8 billion measure that would … 0

Body of young stowaway found in US cargo plane

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

WASHINGTON — The body of a young stowaway was found inside a compartment near the wheel well of an Air Force cargo plane that had landed in Germany, U.S. military officials said Tuesday, triggering questions about the security of an aircraft that had made several stops in Africa. Air Force personnel found the boy’s body Sunday night after spotting an orange cloth in … 0

Surveillance, crackdown causes sources to clam up

Monday, July 28, 2014

WASHINGTON — Recent revelations of the U.S. government’s pervasive surveillance program and its crackdown on leaks are making it increasingly difficult for American journalists and lawyers to do their jobs, the advocacy group Human Rights Watch and the American Civil Liberties Union said in a report released Monday. … 0

Israeli PM warns of prolonged Gaza war

Monday, July 28, 2014

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip — Israel’s prime minister warned Monday that the country faced a prolonged campaign against Hamas in the Gaza Strip, as the military urged residents in parts of the embattled territory to evacuate ahead of … 0

Jail time for play time?

Monday, July 28, 2014

NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C. — Plenty of working parents can relate to the dilemma Debra Harrell faced when her 9-year-old daughter asked to play unsupervised in a park this summer. How do you find the time and money for … 0

House bill lets airlines advertise pre-tax ticket prices

Monday, July 28, 2014

WASHINGTON — In a victory for airlines and their workers’ unions, the House rejected consumers’ complaints and easily passed legislation Monday letting airline advertising emphasize the base price of tickets, before taxes and fees are added. The bipartisan legislation would roll back federal regulations that since 2012 have … 0

Abuse suspect dead; 2 marshals, NY policeman hurt

Monday, July 28, 2014

NEW YORK — A California man who skipped town after being accused of molesting a boy was killed and three law enforcement officers trying to arrest him were wounded in a daytime shootout inside a small smoke shop in one of New York’s most bustling neighborhoods, officials said … 0

Hamas, Israel trade blame for deaths of 9 children

Monday, July 28, 2014

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip — Hamas and Israel blamed each other for an explosion at a Gaza park Monday that killed at least 10 Palestinians — including nine children playing on a swing — in a horrific scene … 0

Storms knock down US-Mexico fence in Arizona

Monday, July 28, 2014

TUCSON, Ariz. — An unusual amount of rain that ravaged parts of southern Arizona also knocked down 60 feet of the rebar-reinforced steel fence that divides the U.S. and Mexico. The storms began Friday in Sonora, Mexico, and … 0

Federal appeals court strikes down Virginia’s same-sex marriage ban

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

WASHINGTON — Appellate judges on Monday struck down Virginia’s same-sex marriage ban, further teeing up the marriage equality question for final resolution by the Supreme Court. In a 2-1 decision, the 4th U.S. Court of Appeals concluded Virginia’s marriage restrictions violated constitutional guarantees of equal protection. “If courts … 0

Not in my backyard: US sending dirty coal abroad

Sunday, July 27, 2014

NEWPORT NEWS, Va. — As the Obama administration weans the U.S. off dirty fuels blamed for global warming, energy companies have been sending more of America’s unwanted energy leftovers to other parts of the world where they could … 0

Gaza war rages despite Hamas, Israel truce pledges

Sunday, July 27, 2014

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip — Israel and Hamas launched new attacks Sunday in the raging Gaza war, despite going back and forth over proposals for a temporary halt to nearly three weeks of fighting ahead of a major … 0