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U.S., U.N. announce Gaza cease-fire deal
Thu, 31 Jul 2014 18:46:39 -0400

Palestinian Bajes Jendiyah, left, walks past the rubble of the family house, partially destroyed by an Israeli strike earlier during the war, in the Sabra neighborhood of Gaza City, northern Gaza Strip, Thursday, July 31, 2014. The building houses 21 members of the extended family, and now with several rooms destroyed, they try to go about their lives, without electricity and without running water for several hours a day. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)Israel and Hamas have reportedly agreed to a humanitarian truce to begin Friday.




Ebola-infected aid worker to be moved to Atlanta hospital
Thu, 31 Jul 2014 18:03:00 -0400

This photo provided by the CDC shows an ebola Virus. U.S. health officials are monitoring the Ebola outbreak in Africa but say the risk of the deadly germ spreading to the United States is remote. (AP Photo/CDC)A U.S. humanitarian aid worker who was infected with Ebola in West Africa will be transferred back to the United States and treated in a special high security ward at Emory University Hospital in Atlanta, hospital officials said on Thursday. The aid worker, who was infected while working to help contain the Ebola outbreak in West Africa, will be moved in the next several days to a special isolation unit it has set up in collaboration with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Earlier on Thursday, White House spokesman Josh Earnest said in a news briefing that the State Department was working with the CDC facilitate options for potential medical evacuations of American humanitarian aid workers who have contracted Ebola in West Africa, although he did not mention the workers by name.




NASA to test making rocket fuel ingredient on Mars
Thu, 31 Jul 2014 18:14:56 -0400

The Mast Camera (Mastcam) instrument on NASA's Curiosity Mars rover shows a series of sedimentary deposits in the Glenelg area of Gale CraterNASA plans to make oxygen — a key ingredient of rocket fuel — on Mars early next decade.




15 dead, more than 230 injured in Taiwan gas blasts
Thu, 31 Jul 2014 18:50:19 -0400

Tossed vehicles line an destroyed street as flames continue to burn from multiple explosions from an underground gas leak in Kaohsiung, Taiwan, early Friday, Aug. 1, 2014. A massive gas leakage early Friday caused five explosions that killed several people and injured over 200 in the southern Taiwan port city of Kaohsiung. (AP Photo) TAIWAN OUTA gas leak reportedly caused multiple explosions in downtown Kaohsiung, Taiwan.




Witnesses: No security-camera videos show OKC blast
Thu, 31 Jul 2014 19:14:52 -0400

FILE - In this April 24, 1995 file photo, an Oklahoma City police car decorated with the words "We will never forget" and a small American flag sits near the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City. On Thursday, July 31, 2014, the FBI capped off its attempt to persuade a federal judge in Salt Lake City that it is not hiding unreleased surveillance videos from the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing by bringing witnesses who testified that there has never been any security-camera videos of the bomb going off. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer, File)The FBI capped off its attempt to persuade a federal judge that it is not hiding unreleased surveillance videos from the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing by bringing witnesses Thursday who testified that there has never been any security-camera videos of the bomb going off.




Violet Palmer, NBA's first female referee, comes out as gay
Wed, 31 Dec 1969 19:00:00 -0500

Violet Palmer came into the NBA as something of a trailblazer and pioneer, as she and Dee Kantner became the league's first ever female referees upon their arrival in 1997.




Sudanese Christian convert who faced execution due in U.S.
Thu, 31 Jul 2014 12:43:10 -0400

Meriam Ibrahim holds her baby girl Maya after landing from Khartoum, at Ciampino's military airport, on the outskirts of Rome, Thursday, July 24, 2014. Meriam Ibrahim, the Sudanese woman who was sentenced to death in Sudan for refusing to recant her Christian faith has arrived in Italy along with her family, including an infant born in prison. Italy's premier welcomed Meriam Ibrahim at Rome's Ciampino airport on Thursday, calling it "a day of celebration." Ibrahim, whose father was Muslim but whose mother was an Orthodox Christian from Ethiopia, was accompanied by her husband, who is a citizen of both the United States and South Sudan, her 18-month-old son and an infant born May 27. The family is to spend a few days in Rome before heading to the United States. (AP Photo/Daniele Leone, Lapresse)Mariam Ibrahim had faced execution in Sudan for converting from Islam to Christianity.




Ebola-infected doctor lauded for 'heroic and sacrificial service'
Thu, 31 Jul 2014 13:56:17 -0400

Even from his own sickbed, Dr. Kent Brantly continues to put the well-being of others before his own.

‘Woman in black,' a social-media phenomenon, reaches home
Thu, 31 Jul 2014 14:23:31 -0400

woman in blackA 50-something Army veteran who caused an Internet sensation as she traveled nearly 500 miles by foot, clad in long, black robes and sandals, has apparently reached what she calls “home” in Winchester, Va., police in Virginia say. Elizabeth Poles traveled for two months, and was seen from Georgia to West Virginia in her wanderings.




Bush impeachment never happened, co-sponsor says
Thu, 31 Jul 2014 10:25:27 -0400

Sheila Jackson Lee in charge of Homeland Security?!Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee said Dems never tried to impeach Bush.




House cancels vote on $659M border bill
Thu, 31 Jul 2014 14:28:56 -0400

Border Patrol officers guard the US Border Patrol facility in Murrieta, California on July 3, 2014, where tension is rising over the arrival of undocumented immigrantsDivided House abandoned immigration vote after tea partyers withdrew support.




U.S. issues travel warning for 3 Ebola-hit countries
Thu, 31 Jul 2014 18:53:20 -0400

This photo provided by the CDC shows an ebola Virus. U.S. health officials are monitoring the Ebola outbreak in Africa but say the risk of the deadly germ spreading to the United States is remote. (AP Photo/CDC)U.S. health officials are warning Americans not to travel to the three African countries hit by an outbreak of Ebola.




Ruth Bader Ginsburg on retirement rumors
Wed, 31 Dec 1969 19:00:00 -0500

Justice to Yahoo's Katie Couric: "I’m still here and likely to remain for a while."




Crashed drone tried to fly phones, pot into S.C. prison
Thu, 31 Jul 2014 12:01:55 -0400

A HEXO+ drone prototypeBy Harriet McLeod CHARLESTON S.C. (Reuters) - A drone being flown in a novel attempt to smuggle phones, marijuana and tobacco into a South Carolina maximum security prison crashed outside its walls, authorities said on Wednesday. The contraband smuggling attempt has been under investigation since the wreckage was discovered in April outside the Lee Correctional Institution in Bishopville, said state Department of Corrections spokeswoman Stephanie Givens. Officials believe it was the first time an unmanned aircraft had been used in an effort to breach prison walls in the state, Givens said. Illegal cellphones, an issue in prisons nationwide, have drawn particular alarm in South Carolina.




CIA director says sorry to Senate for improper computer searches
Thu, 31 Jul 2014 14:40:28 -0400

What Keeps CIA Director John Brennan Awake At NightWASHINGTON (AP) — CIA Director John Brennan is apologizing to Senate intelligence committee leaders after his inspector general found that CIA employees acted improperly when the CIA searched Senate computers earlier this year.




Tell it to the 99 percent
Thu, 31 Jul 2014 13:48:42 -0400

UNEMPLOYED VETS ARE ABOUT TO FLOOD THE JOB MARKETUnemployment at five-year low, July jobs report said positive, yet many feel wallet pain.




Ebola outbreak death toll rises: 729
Thu, 31 Jul 2014 09:57:35 -0400

Will Ebola Be The Next Pandemic? - TestTube Daily ShowNigerian authorities identified 59 people who had contact with U.S. citizen who died in Lagos last week.




VIDEO: UN official breaks down on camera discussing Gaza crisis
Thu, 31 Jul 2014 07:59:35 -0400

VIDEO: UN official breaks down on camera discussing Gaza crisisUN official Chris Gunness broke down in tears while filming an Al-Jazeera Arabic interview on July 30, after a UN school, sheltering thousands of displaced Palestinians, was shelled. Gunness is a spokesman for the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) and was discussing the “appalling” denial of rights for Palestinians when he broke down in tears. Gunness’s appearance has struck a chord with many viewers, perhaps because, as he tweeted himself, “There are times when tears speak more eloquently than words.” Credit: Al-Jazeera




Twitter twister over 'Sharknado 2' debut
Thu, 31 Jul 2014 08:12:49 -0400

'Sharknado 2' Debuts and Rules the Twitterverse"Sharknado 2," the sequel to the 2013 B-movie hit "Sharknado," premiered on the Syfy channel on Wednesday. And, judging by the reaction on Twitter, it was likely the most-watched movie about a tornado of sharks in the history of television.




Consequential ruling for Wisconsin same-sex couples
Thu, 31 Jul 2014 14:45:05 -0400

Rose Grindrod, center, gets married to Meghan Hamilton, as she hold their son Harry Hamilton, outside the City-County Building the day after the ban on same-sex marriage was struck down in Wisconsin, in Madison, Wis., Saturday, June 7, 2014. Dozens of gay couples married Saturday at courthouses in Milwaukee and Madison, taking advantage of what most believed would be a small window in which to get hitched before a judge's decision overturning the state's same-sex marriage ban was put on hold. (AP Photo/Wisconsin State Journal, Amber Arnold)By Brendan O'Brien MILWAUKEE (Reuters) - The Wisconsin Supreme Court on Thursday upheld a 2009 law that establishes a registry for same-sex couples, saying it does not violate an amendment to the state's constitution banning gay marriage. Wisconsin voters approved the gay marriage ban in a 2006 referendum. Wisconsin's ban on same-sex marriage was ruled unconstitutional by a federal judge in June. Wisconsin Family Action, an anti-gay rights group, argued in a 2010 lawsuit that the registry violated the amendment because it resembles marriage under state law.




Matt Bai: Rand Paul reaches out to black voters; why?
Thu, 31 Jul 2014 04:27:03 -0400

Kentucky Senator Rand Paul talks to attendees at the National Urban League Annual Conference in Cincinnati Friday July 25, 2014. (AP Photo/Tom Uhlman)You've got to give this much to Rand Paul: Kentucky's junior senator is willing to do something almost unheard of in modern presidential politics, which is to make arguments that not everyone in his party already cares about. For this reason alone, Paul is probably the most interesting presidential hopeful out there, if not the most likely to succeed.




Netanyahu: No ceasefire until underground tunnels destroyed
Thu, 31 Jul 2014 19:15:00 -0400

Palestinians mourn outside a morgue in Gaza CityBy Nidal al-Mughrabi and Ari Rabinovitch GAZA/JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Israel and Palestinian militant groups in the Gaza Strip have agreed to a three-day humanitarian truce to begin Friday morning, and negotiators from both sides will travel to Cairo to discuss a longer-term. The 72-hour break after more than three weeks of fighting was set to begin at 8 a.m. (0500 GMT), according to a joint statement released by U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. A spokesman for Hamas, the Islamist group dominant in Gaza, said all Palestinian factions would abide by the truce as long as Israel holds its fire. Officials in Israel were not available for immediate comment.




Blasts heard as inspectors arrive at MH17 crash site in Ukraine
Thu, 31 Jul 2014 12:38:20 -0400

A man stands at the crash site of the Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 on July 26, 2014, near the village of Hrabove, in the Donetsk regionAn international probe into the downing of flight MH17 in eastern Ukraine inched forward on Thursday as experts risked attack to reach the site for the first time in nearly a week after Kiev announced a halt to its military offensive. A small team of Dutch and Australian experts accompanied by international monitors accessed the vast site of the doomed Malaysia Airlines jet after days of fierce fighting between government forces and rebels had stopped them reaching the area. Ukraine's military had earlier announced a "day of quiet" across the entire east after a plea from UN chief Ban Ki-moon to halt fighting around the crash site, where the remains of some of the 298 victims lie festering in the sun two weeks after the jet was shot down over rebel territory. Kiev has continually blamed pro-Russian rebels controlling the site for blocking the probe and warned that insurgents were still shelling its troop positions across the region.




Wisc. Supreme Court upholds law that ended collective bargaining
Thu, 31 Jul 2014 13:20:59 -0400

Protesters occupy the Madison, Wisconsin state capitol June 14, 2011MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The fight over Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker's signature policy achievement, a law effectively ending collective bargaining for most public employees, ended Thursday with the state Supreme Court declaring it to be constitutional.




Ginsburg: Male justices have 'blind spot'
Wed, 30 Jul 2014 14:50:27 -0400

Ginsburg on Hobby LobbySupreme Court justice discusses her dissent in Hobby Lobby case with Yahoo's Katie Couric.




The impending death of Libya's dream to be a democracy
Thu, 31 Jul 2014 08:43:34 -0400

A masked Libyan gunman stands on a street in the eastern city of Benghazi, early on July 29, 2014, as violence flaresSince then, a chaotic welter of regional militias has been competing for riches and influence. No ordinary turf war, the latest fighting could define Libya’s future and perhaps end its dream of democracy. The violence is most likely a calculated attempt at politics by other means, says Karim Mezran at the Atlantic Council, a think-tank in Washington. Libya’s political landscape has polarized sharply in recent months between Islamists who have dominated the interim parliament and their non-Islamist rivals.




Gaza crisis overwhelms United Nations, leaves it broke
Thu, 31 Jul 2014 11:22:11 -0400

Smoke rises after an Israeli strike hit the offices of the Hamas movement's Al-Aqsa satellite TV station, in Gaza City, northern Gaza Strip, Thursday, July 31, 2014. Israel said Thursday it has called up another 16,000 reservists, allowing it to potentially widen its Gaza operation against the territory's Hamas rulers in a war that has killed more than 1,300 Palestinians and more than 50 Israelis. (AP Photo/Hatem Moussa)By Nidal al-Mughrabi and Noah Browning GAZA/JERUSALEM (Reuters) - The United Nations in Gaza is struggling to withstand a flood of almost a quarter of a million refugees into shelters that have repeatedly come under Israeli fire. Out of cash, the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA), the main U.N. body in the impoverished enclave of 1.8 million Palestinians, says it can barely handle the humanitarian crisis unleashed by more than three weeks of fighting between militants and Israel. ...




Argentina slides into default as debt talks fail
Thu, 31 Jul 2014 08:18:40 -0400

An activist holds a banner that reads in Spanish "Homeland or vultures, be strong Argentina"NEW YORK (AP) — The collapse of talks with U.S. creditors sent Argentina into its second debt default in 13 years and raised questions about what comes next for financial markets and the South American nation's staggering economy.




Israel calls up another 16,000 reserves
Thu, 31 Jul 2014 04:56:10 -0400

Smoke rises after an Israeli strike hit the offices of the Hamas movement's Al-Aqsa satellite TV station, in Gaza City, northern Gaza Strip, Thursday, July 31, 2014. Israel said Thursday it has called up another 16,000 reservists, allowing it to potentially widen its Gaza operation against the territory's Hamas rulers in a war that has killed more than 1,300 Palestinians and more than 50 Israelis. (AP Photo/Hatem Moussa)The new call-up orders may allow Israel to widen its Gaza offensive.




Archbishop says he didn't mismanage abuse scandal
Thu, 31 Jul 2014 01:26:26 -0400

Archbishop John Nienstedt talks with a reporterST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — The head of the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis says he won't resign, despite criticism that he and other local Roman Catholic Church leaders concealed allegations about abusive priests, and he again dismissed allegations of sexual misconduct of his own.




CIA spied on Senate, internal review finds
Thu, 31 Jul 2014 18:36:49 -0400

FILE - This March 11, 2014 file photo shows CIA Director John O. Brennan speaking in Washington. The CIA's insistence that it did not spy on its Senate overseers collapsed July 31 with the release of a stark report by the agency's internal watchdog documenting improper computer surveillance and obstructionist behavior by CIA officers. Those internal conclusions prompted Brennan to abandon months of defiance and defense of the agency and apologize to Senate intelligence committee leaders. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — The CIA's insistence that it did not spy on its Senate overseers collapsed Thursday with the release of a stark report by the agency's internal watchdog documenting improper computer surveillance and obstructionist behavior by CIA officers.




Default fuels uncertainty, stock drop in Argentina
Thu, 31 Jul 2014 18:13:53 -0400

An office worker looks at a man sleeping inside the basket he uses to collect cardboard for recycling at the financial district in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Thursday, July 31, 2014. The collapse of talks with U.S. creditors sent Argentina into its second debt default in 13 years and raised questions about what comes next for financial markets and the South American nation's staggering economy. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd)BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) — Stocks fell sharply in Argentina on Thursday as the country entered into economic uncertainty with its second default in 13 years, one forced upon it by New York hedge funds with the backing of U.S. courts.




Abbas seeks broad support for war crimes charges
Thu, 31 Jul 2014 17:11:09 -0400

UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, South African Navi Pillay, answers journalist's questions about the human rights situation in the world, during a press conference at the Geneva Press Club, in Geneva, Switzerland, Thursday, July 31, 2014. (AP Photo/Keystone, Martial Trezzini)GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — Nearly a month into Israel's fierce assault on Hamas in Gaza, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas is facing mounting domestic pressure to seek war crimes charges against Israel at the International Criminal Court.




Congress races to finish VA, highway bills
Thu, 31 Jul 2014 17:40:44 -0400

On the last day before Congress takes a five-week summer recess, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., checks her watch for a scheduled vote after speaking to reporters on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, July 31, 2014. Yesterday, Republicans pushed through legislation to launch a campaign-season lawsuit against President Barack Obama, accusing him of deliberately exceeding the bounds of his constitutional authority, Democrats have branded the effort a political charade and an effort by top Republicans to mollify conservatives who want Obama to be impeached. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)WASHINGTON (AP) — Congress ran full-tilt into election-year gridlock over immigration Thursday and staggered toward a five-week summer break with no agreement in sight on legislation to cope with the influx of young immigrants flocking illegally to the United States.




Investigators reach Ukraine jet wreckage site
Thu, 31 Jul 2014 16:29:37 -0400

A pro-Russian rebel throws a hat to his comrade to keep uniform formality as the convoy of the OSCE mission in Ukraine approaches to a check-point near the village of Rassipne, near the scene of the Malaysia Airlines plane crash, Donetsk region, eastern Ukraine, Thursday, July 31, 2014. (AP Photo/Dmitry Lovetsky)ROZSYPNE, Ukraine (AP) — As mortar fire landed nearby, an international team of investigators finally reached the Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 wreckage site Thursday and got their first look at a scene experts fear has been badly compromised in the two weeks since the plane was blown out of the sky.




Gas explosions kill 15, injure 228 in Taiwan
Thu, 31 Jul 2014 16:12:01 -0400

Taiwan's National Fire Agency says 15 people were killed and 228 were injured a series of gas leak explosions in a southwestern city.

In San Francisco real estate, $1M won't buy much
Thu, 31 Jul 2014 17:38:31 -0400

George Limperis, a realtor with Paragon Real Estate Group, walks in the backyard of a property in the Noe Valley neighborhood in San Francisco, Wednesday, July 30, 2014. In the souped-up world of San Francisco real estate, where the median selling price for homes and condominiums hit seven figures for the first time last month, the cool million that would fetch a mansion on a few acres elsewhere will now barely cover the cost of an 800-square foot starter home that needs work and may or may not include private parking. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — San Francisco Association of Realtors President Betty Taisch has two words of advice for those who want to live here and think $1 million will buy them their dream house: Think again.




AP PHOTOS: Mansion or shack? It's the $1M question
Thu, 31 Jul 2014 16:54:31 -0400

A sale balloon for a nearby store is shown next to a property in the Noe Valley neighborhood just sold for $1.8 million in cash, $600,000 more than its asking price, in San Francisco, Wednesday, July 30, 2014. In the souped-up world of San Francisco real estate, where the median selling price for homes and condominiums hit seven figures for the first time last month, the cool million that would fetch a mansion on a few acres elsewhere will now barely cover the cost of an 800-square-foot starter home. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Swimming pool with a hot tub. Four bedrooms and four-car garage. Granite countertops and stainless-steel appliances. That's what $ 1 million will buy you in the Phoenix suburb of Mesa.




Dow plunges as multiple worries vex investors
Thu, 31 Jul 2014 18:41:18 -0400

FILE - This April 22, 2010, file photo, shows a Wall Street sign in front of the New York Stock Exchange. U.S. stocks slumped Thursday, July 31, 2014, as investors reacted to disappointing corporate earnings reports and assessed the implications of the approaching end to economic stimulus from the Federal Reserve. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File)NEW YORK (AP) — For stock investors, the red flags were everywhere on Thursday.




1 dead as plane crashes into Costco parking lot
Thu, 31 Jul 2014 01:27:12 -0400

Light Plane Crashes in Busy Costco Parking Lot Near San DiegoSAN DIEGO (AP) — A small plane crashed in a San Diego shopping center parking lot Wednesday, killing an 80-year-old woman who was the lone passenger and injuring the pilot, authorities said.