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Israel vows to destroy Hamas tunnels, with or without a cease-fire

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Thursday that Israel will destroy the Hamas tunnel network in the Gaza Strip...

Gas explosions kill 24, injure 271 in Taiwan

At least 24 people were killed and 271 others injured when several underground gas explosions ripped through Taiwan's second-largest city overnight, hurling concrete through the air and blasting... Read more »

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Death toll hits 51 from mudslide in Indian village

Heavy rains hampered efforts Friday by hundreds of rescue workers digging through heavy mud and debris, as the death toll from a landslide that engulfed an entire village in western India rose to 51. Read more »

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NTSB: Plane that crashed in Arizona killing two Utah teens was flying low

A federal investigator says the pilot of a small plane that crashed in far northwestern Arizona was flying well below what's allowed by regulation. Read more »

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Congress sends VA overhaul to White House

Congress has passed a landmark bill to help veterans avoid long waits for health care and fix other problems at the Department of Veterans Affairs. Read more »

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No national launch for Draft Mitt effort

A national launch for the Utah-based effort to draft Mitt Romney into running a third time for president in 2016 has been called off amid concerns from insiders from the former GOP candidate's... Read more »

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US, UN announce deal on Gaza cease-fire

Israel and Hamas have agreed to a humanitarian cease-fire in Gaza to start Friday morning for 72 hours, although Secretary of State John Kerry cautioned that the lull in violence did not guarantee... Read more »

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NASA to test making rocket fuel ingredient on Mars

NASA plans to make oxygen — a key ingredient of rocket fuel — on Mars early next decade. Read more »

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Tesla says decision on battery factory months away

Electric car maker Tesla Motors said Thursday that it is preparing a site near Reno, Nevada, as a possible location for its new battery factory, but is still evaluating other sites. Read more »

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112 arrested at protest against US deportations

Immigrant activists and religious leaders massed outside the White House on Thursday to protest against U.S. policies on deporting migrants in the country illegally, and police arrested 112... Read more »

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Ginsburg: High court won't 'duck' gay marriage

Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg says the Supreme Court won't duck the issue of same-sex marriage the next time a case comes to the court. Read more »

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Testimony, advocates clash at EPA coal hearings

Union miners and others opposed to stricter pollution rules for coal-burning power plants proposed by the Environmental Protection Agency clashed inside and outside the city's federal building on... Read more »

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House leaders abandon border bill

The House has abandoned a vote on legislation to address the immigration crisis on the border after tea partyers withdrew their support in a dispute over a separate measure on deportations. Read more »

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Palestinians mull war crime charges against Israel

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas is seeking written pledges of support from all political factions, including rival Hamas, before making any attempt to press for possible war crimes charges... Read more »

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Witness of Syrian atrocities testifies in Congress

Graphic images of emaciated and bloodied corpses in the Syrian civil war were presented to uncharacteristically silent members of Congress Thursday as a former military photographer testified about... Read more »

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West Africa Ebola outbreak tops 700 deaths

Security forces went house-to-house looking for Ebola patients and others exposed to the disease Thursday in Sierra Leone's capital as the death toll from the worst recorded outbreak in history... Read more »

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More than 3,300 US inmates have sought clemency under DOJ initiative

More than 3,300 federal inmates have applied since April to have their prison sentences cut short under a new Justice Department clemency initiative, according to data provided to The Associated... Read more »

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Associated Press analysis: Putin cornered over Ukraine

For Russian President Vladimir Putin, there are few options left in the Ukraine crisis and they all look bad. Read more »

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Haunting memories 70 years after Warsaw Uprising

Kazimierz Mikos ran down a Warsaw street, zig-zagging to avoid the bullets that whizzed past him. As the 14-year-old ran for his life, he was struck with terror at the sight of a dead body in the... Read more »

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Secretary of State John Kerry: 'No promise' of cease-fire in Israel

Secretary of State John Kerry said Thursday there is "no promise" of a negotiated cease-fire between Israel and militants in the Gaza Strip, but he said the U.S. remains hopeful. Read more »

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Wisconsin Supreme Court upholds voter ID law

The Wisconsin Supreme Court upheld a requirement Thursday that voters show photo identification at the polls, but the law remains blocked in federal court. Read more »

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Fired Ohio State University band director says he was fixing vulgar culture

Ohio State University's fired marching band director was working to fix a vulgar culture "in dire need of change" before he was dismissed last week, he said in a document released by his attorney. Read more »

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Argentina slides into second default as talks fail

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... Read more »

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CIA director apologizes to Senate leaders

CIA Director John Brennan apologized to Senate intelligence committee leaders after his inspector general found that CIA employees acted improperly when the CIA searched Senate computers earlier... Read more »

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Top UN aid official urges daily 'pauses' in Gaza

The U.N. humanitarian chief called Thursday for daily "humanitarian pauses" until a long-term cease-fire is reached between Israel and Hamas in order to deliver relief to hundreds of thousands in... Read more »

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Libya Islamic militias declare control of Benghazi

Islamic hard-line militias claimed to have taken control of Libya's second largest city, Benghazi, after defeating army units, taking over military barracks and seizing tanks, rockets and hundreds... Read more »

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