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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

Ebola epidemic worsens

Sunday, July 27, 2014

MONROVIA, Liberia — One of Liberia’s most high-profile doctors has died of Ebola, a government official said Sunday, as an American doctor was treated in the West African country after contracting the disease, highlighting the risks facing health … 0

Boko Haram kidnaps top official’s wife in Cameroon

Sunday, July 27, 2014

YAOUNDE, Cameroon — A government spokesman says Boko Haram fighters kidnapped the wife of Cameroon’s vice prime minister in an attack that also resulted in multiple deaths. Communications Minister Issa Tchiroma Bakary said the attack occurred early Sunday morning in the town of Kolofata, in the Far North … 0

UK Deputy PM wants Russia stripped of World Cup

Sunday, July 27, 2014

LONDON — Britain’s Deputy Prime Minister wants Russia stripped of the right to host the 2018 World Cup to punish President Vladimir Putin for “belligerent behavior” in the Ukraine crisis. While calling for tougher sanctions against Russia, Nick Clegg told The Sunday Times newspaper that it is “unthinkable” … 0

Tentative deal reached on VA reform

Sunday, July 27, 2014

WASHINGTON — The chairmen of the House and Senate Veterans Affairs committees have reached a tentative agreement on a plan to fix a veterans’ health program scandalized by long patient wait times and falsified records covering up delays. … 0

Islamic militants destroy historic mosque in Mosul

Sunday, July 27, 2014

BAGHDAD — Militants from the Islamic State group blew up a mosque and shrine dating back to the 14th century in Mosul on Sunday, local residents said, the latest casualty in a week that has seen a half … 0

House votes to boost child tax credit for wealthy but poor will lose

Friday, July 25, 2014

WASHINGTON — More families with higher incomes could claim the popular child tax credit under a bill that won approval Friday in the House. But in a dispute that divides Republicans and Democrats, millions of the poorest low-income … 0

Grocery workers revolt in favor of ousted CEO

Friday, July 25, 2014

WEST BRIDGEWATER — It’s been called a David vs. Goliath story, a “Tale of Two Arthurs” and even the “ultimate Greek tragedy,” but the characters in this drama are not Biblical or literary figures. They’re grocery store owners. … 0

US: Russia is firing across border

Friday, July 25, 2014

KIEV, Ukraine — Russia is launching artillery attacks from its soil on Ukrainian troops and preparing to move heavier weaponry across the border, the U.S. and Ukraine charged Friday in what appeared to be an ominous escalation of … 0

Fast food workers prepare to escalate wage demands

Friday, July 25, 2014

CHICAGO — Fast food workers say they’re prepared to escalate their campaign for higher wages and union representation, starting with a national convention in suburban Chicago where more than 1,000 workers will discuss the future of the effort … 0

Gaza sides agree to lull but truce efforts stall

Friday, July 25, 2014

JERUSALEM — Israel-Hamas fighting looked headed for escalation after U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry failed Friday to broker a weeklong truce as a first step toward a broader deal and Israel’s defense minister warned Israel might soon … 0