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Setback in US-led Gaza truce efforts; humanitarian cease-fire Saturday

Israel-Hamas fighting looked headed for escalation after John Kerry failed to broker a weeklong truce

Hamas calls for end to blockade of Gaza border

Hamas leader Khaled Meshaal is calling for the opening of Gaza's borders and the end of a more than seven-year-long blockade imposed by Israel and Egypt on the Palestinian strip. Read more »

July 23, 2014

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Medicaid enrollees strain Oregon; state expanded program under health care overhaul

Low-income Oregon residents were supposed to be big winners after the state expanded Medicaid under the federal health care overhaul and created a new system to improve the care they received. Read more »

July 23, 2014

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Man linked to gun said Boston Marathon 'bomber' was best friend

A man linked to a gun used to kill a university police officer days after the Boston Marathon bombing allegedly told police he smoked marijuana every day because, in his words, "my best friend was... Read more »

July 23, 2014

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Head of troubled CDC anthrax lab has resigned

The head of the government lab that potentially exposed workers to live anthrax has resigned, an agency spokesman said Wednesday. Read more »

July 23, 2014

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Honduran families deported back to a bleak future

Elsa Ramirez already had lost two brothers to violence in this remote Caribbean region when co-workers handling clandestine cocaine flights from South America murdered her husband four months ago. Read more »

July 23, 2014

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European carriers suspend more Tel Aviv flights

Air France and Germany's two largest airlines on Wednesday canceled more flights to Tel Aviv because of ongoing safety concerns amid the fighting between Israel and Hamas. Read more »

July 23, 2014

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US pushes for truce as Gaza battle rages

Israeli troops battled Hamas militants on Wednesday near a southern Gaza Strip town as the top U.S. diplomat reported progress in efforts to end fighting that has so far killed more than 680... Read more »

July 23, 2014

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UN rights chief warns of possible Gaza war crimes

The U.N.'s top human rights official warned all sides in the two-week war in the Gaza Strip to not indiscriminately attack civilians, and that violations may amount to war crimes. Read more »

July 23, 2014

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Plane crashes while landing in Taiwan, killing 47

A plane attempting to land in stormy weather crashed on a small Taiwanese island late Wednesday, killing 47 people and wrecking houses and cars on the ground. Read more »

July 23, 2014

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Abandoned horses across the country keep flooding overtaxed rescues

Almost every horse rescue in the country is running out of room or money as they continue to be strained by an influx of abandoned equines, a trend that began during the recession. Read more »

July 23, 2014

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Iraq lawmakers postpone vote on new president

Iraq's parliament agreed to postpone a vote for a new president by a day on Wednesday as the extremist Islamic State group claimed responsibility for a suicide bombing in Baghdad the night before... Read more »

July 23, 2014

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Officials probe fire at North Dakota company

Federal and state investigators are at a Williston oil supply and logistics company where a massive fire erupted and disrupted road and air traffic. Read more »

July 23, 2014

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Shipwrecked Concordia making final voyage off isle

The Costa Concordia cruise liner began its final voyage Wednesday, slowly being towed away from the tiny Italian island where it capsized more than two years ago, killing 32 people. Read more »

July 23, 2014

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2 Ukrainian military fighter jets shot down

Two Ukrainian military fighter jets have been shot down in the east, according to the country's Defense Ministry. Read more »

July 23, 2014

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Obama fundraises for Dems; demands GOP cooperation

As hopes dim for bipartisan action in Congress this summer, President Barack Obama is calling on Republican lawmakers to cooperate while complaining that they have "gone off the rails" and urging... Read more »

July 23, 2014

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Gaza families plead for evacuation amid battle

Israeli troops battled Hamas militants on Wednesday near a southern Gaza Strip town as dozens of Palestinian families trapped by the fighting scrambled to flee the area. The U.S. secretary of state... Read more »

July 23, 2014

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Flight bans show skittishness over trouble spots

When U.S. and European airlines quickly canceled flights to Israel on Tuesday, they showed both a skittishness and a new sense of urgency in dealing with global trouble spots following last week's... Read more »

July 23, 2014

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Israel, Hamas battle over public opinion online

Beyond the boom of Israeli airstrikes and the stream of rockets fired from Gaza, Israel and Hamas are also battling to control the message emanating from this latest Israeli-Palestinian conflagration. Read more »

July 23, 2014

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Suspect in Texas police shooting 'presumed dead'

A man suspected of shooting two South Texas police officers during an hours-long standoff Tuesday night is "presumed dead" after officers raided the house he had barricaded inside and exchanged... Read more »

July 23, 2014

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Malaysia jet victims' bodies arrive in Netherlands

Victims of the Malaysian jetliner shot down over Ukraine returned at last Wednesday to Dutch soil in 40 wooden coffins, solemnly and gently carried to 40 identical hearses, flags at half-staff... Read more »

July 23, 2014

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A kiss, a prayer: The last hours of MH17's victims

The Boeing 777 tasked with shepherding its passengers from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, held the promise of beginnings and endings for many on board: the thrill of a new adventure or dream... Read more »

July 23, 2014

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Obama nominee Robert McDonald pledges to 'transform' VA

President Barack Obama's choice to lead the Department of Veterans Affairs pledged Tuesday to transform the beleaguered agency, saying that "systematic failures" must be addressed. Read more »

July 22, 2014

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Airlines scrap Israel flights over missile fear

Two U.S. airlines cancelled all flights to Israel until further notice, after a rocket landed near Tel Aviv's Ben Gurion Airport. Read more »

July 22, 2014

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