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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

Was inmate in pain?

Thursday, July 24, 2014

FLORENCE, Ariz. — The nearly two-hour execution of a convicted murderer prompted a series of phone calls involving the governor’s office, the prison director, lawyers and judges as the inmate gasped for more than 90 minutes. They discussed … 0

War College to investigate plagiarism allegations

Thursday, July 24, 2014

HELENA, Mont. — Sen. John Walsh remained steadfast Thursday amid an investigation into whether he plagiarized a research project required for a master’s degree, winning fresh backing from fellow Democrats in Montana and the governor who appointed him … 0

School in Gaza hit

Thursday, July 24, 2014

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip — Israeli tank shells hit a compound housing a U.N. school in the Gaza Strip on Thursday, killing at least 15 people and wounding dozens who were seeking shelter from fierce clashes on the … 0

Plumbing ancient depths

Thursday, July 24, 2014

CHEYENNE, Wyo. — For the first time in three decades, scientists are about to revisit one of North America’s most remarkable troves of ancient fossils: the bones of tens of thousands of animals piled at least 30 feet … 0

Alabama man claims penis mistakenly amputated

Thursday, July 24, 2014

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — An Alabama man who went into surgery for what was supposed to be a routine circumcision filed a lawsuit contending doctors mistakenly amputated his penis, but a hospital said Thursday the claims were without merit. The lawsuit, filed in state court on Tuesday, says Johnny … 0

Judge argues for return of firing squad executions

Thursday, July 24, 2014

SAN FRANCISCO — An influential federal appeals court judge said Thursday that the nation’s third lethal injection execution to go awry in six months underscores his call to bring back firing squads. Chief Judge Alex Kozinski of the … 0

Refugees or not?

Thursday, July 24, 2014

WASHINGTON — The Obama administration is weighing giving refugee status to young people from Honduras as part of a plan to slow the influx of unaccompanied minors arriving at the U.S.-Mexico border, White House officials said Thursday. The … 0

Satellites show major Southwest groundwater loss

Thursday, July 24, 2014

SAN FRANCISCO — Groundwater losses from the Colorado River basin appear massive enough to challenge long-term water supplies for the seven states and parts of Mexico that it serves, according to a new study released Thursday that used NASA satellites. Researchers from NASA and the University of California, … 0

Eau Canada: Caravan totes water to Detroit

Thursday, July 24, 2014

DETROIT — A caravan of Canadians bringing jugs with 1,000 liters of water arrived in Detroit on Thursday afternoon in a symbolic protest against the bankrupt city shutting off water to residents who haven’t paid their bills. Eleven … 0

More US girls now getting cervical cancer vaccine

Thursday, July 24, 2014

NEW YORK — More teen girls are getting a controversial cervical cancer vaccine but the increase isn’t much of a bump, the government reported Thursday. Last year’s rise follows a couple of years when the girls’ HPV vaccination … 0