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Israel hits symbols of Hamas rule; scores killed

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) - Israel unleashed its heaviest bombardment in a 3-week-old war against Hamas on Tuesday, striking symbols of the militant group's control in Gaza and firing tank shells that Palestinian officials said shut down the strip's only power plant.

July 29, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Senate confirms McDonald for VA

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Senate has confirmed former Procter & Gamble CEO Robert McDonald as the new Veterans Affairs secretary. He has the mission to overhaul an agency beleaguered by long veterans' waits for health care and VA workers falsifying records to cover up delays.

July 29, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Lawmakers try to seal $225M aid package for Israel

WASHINGTON (AP) - Democratic and Republican members of Congress scrambled Tuesday to seal a $225 million boost to Israel's Iron Dome missile defense system before they break this week for a month-long recess.

July 29, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


House to vote on slimmed-down bill for border

WASHINGTON (AP) - House Republicans are heading toward a vote Thursday on a slimmed-down bill to address the immigration crisis on the border by sending in National Guard troops and speeding unaccompanied migrant youths back to Central America.

July 29, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Study: 35 percent in US facing debt collectors

WASHINGTON (AP) - More than 35 percent of Americans have debts and unpaid bills that have been reported to collection agencies, according to a study released Tuesday by the Urban Institute.

July 29, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Va. gay marriage ban ruled unconstitutional

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - A federal appeals court has struck down Virginia's same-sex marriage ban.

July 28, 2014 | MICHAEL FELBERBAUM, Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Deal on veterans' health care costs at least $15B

WASHINGTON (AP) - A bipartisan deal to improve veterans health care would authorize at least $15 billion in emergency spending to fix a veterans health program scandalized by long patient wait times and falsified records covering up delays.

July 28, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Take off your clothes to make it in TV

NEW YORK (AP) - A male contestant on a new VH1 dating show didn't beckon a woman to walk in front of him out of politeness. He wanted to check her out from behind, and didn't need to use his imagination.

July 28, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Hamas rockets end 12-hour truce

BEIT HANOUN, Gaza Strip (AP) - Hamas said it fired five rockets at Israel late Saturday after rejecting Israel's offer to extend a 12-hour humanitarian cease-fire by four hours, casting new doubt on international efforts to broker an end to 19 days of fighting.

July 26, 2014 | KARIN LAUB, Associated Press IAN DEITCH, Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Israel agrees to extend Gaza truce

JERUSALEM (AP) - Israel agreed Saturday to extend a 12-hour humanitarian truce in the Gaza war by four hours, a Cabinet minister said. In Gaza, a health official said the Palestinian death toll in 19 days of fighting had surpassed 1,000.

July 26, 2014 | KARIN LAUB, Associated Press IAN DEITCH, Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Woman shot, killed by police south of Atlanta

HAMPTON, Ga. (AP) - Authorities say a Henry County police officer shot and killed a woman in Hampton, about 30 miles south of Atlanta.

July 25, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Man run over by own truck during road rage

GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) - A man in Florida apparently got a dose of road rage karma when police say he was run over by his own pickup truck after getting out to bang on another driver's window.

July 24, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


French minister: Missing plane 'probably crashed'

PARIS (AP) - France's foreign minister says the Air Algerie flight that has gone missing over Mali has "probably crashed."

July 24, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


SEC votes to end $1 a share for some money funds

WASHINGTON (AP) - Regulators have voted by a narrow margin to end a longtime staple of the investment industry - the fixed $1 share price for money-market mutual funds - at least for some money funds used by big investors.

July 23, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


House GOP: Send National Guard, speed removals

WASHINGTON (AP) - House Republicans want to slash President Barack Obama's emergency spending request for the border, speed young migrants back home to Central America, and send in the National Guard.

July 23, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


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All eyes on Isaac, GOP convention

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) - Mitt Romney's Republican National Convention sputters to life with the lonely banging of a gavel in a mostly empty hall, hardly the opening splash intended for the nation. With a sprawling and strengthening storm bearing down on the region, the party hastily rewrote the convention script to present the extravaganza's prime rituals and headline speakers later in the week - Tropical Storm Isaac willing.

August 27, 2012 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Armstrong banned for life, loses wins

Update, 1 p.m.: The U.S. Anti-Doping Agency erased 14 years of Lance Armstrong's career Friday - including his record seven Tour de France titles - and banned him for life from the sport that made him a hero to millions of cancer survivors after concluding he used banned substances.

August 24, 2012 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Gunman kills 1 at Empire State Building

NEW YORK (AP) - New York City officials say a laid-off women's accessories designer fatally shot a former co-worker outside the Empire State Building, then was killed by police in a shootout that wounded nine bystanders.

August 24, 2012 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Romney uses secretive data-mining

WASHINGTON (AP) - Mitt Romney's success in raising hundreds of millions of dollars in the costliest presidential race ever can be traced in part to a secretive data-mining project that sifts through Americans' personal information - including their purchasing history and church attendance - to identify new and likely, wealthy donors, The Associated Press has learned.

August 24, 2012 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


West Nile outbreak 'one of the worst'

ATLANTA (AP) - U.S. health officials reported Wednesday three times the usual number of West Nile cases for this time of year and one expert called it "one of the worst" outbreaks since the virus appeared in this country in 1999.

August 22, 2012 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


GOP fighting fires on abortion, Medicare

Heading into next week's GOP convention, Republicans are finding themselves confronting controversies over Medicare and abortion - far from the issues they've been trying to highlight for months: jobs and the slack economy.

August 22, 2012 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Deadline puts pressure on congressman

ST. LOUIS (AP) - Rep. Todd Akin vowed to fight on in his embattled Senate campaign, but a significant deadline loomed Tuesday that was bound to intensify pressure on the Missouri congressman to abandon the race over his comments that women's bodies can prevent pregnancies in cases of "legitimate rape."

August 21, 2012 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Study: Less religious states less charitable

BOSTON (AP) - A new study on the generosity of Americans suggests that states with the least religious residents are also the stingiest about giving money to charity.

August 20, 2012 | JAY LINDSAY, Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


10 Things to Know for Monday

Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today (times EDT):

August 20, 2012 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Romney, Obama battle turns to Medicare

SOUTHAMPTON, N.Y. (AP) - The jobs-and-economy election suddenly seems all about Medicare - for now, at least.

August 17, 2012 | BEN FELLER, Associated Press and CHARLES BABINGTON, Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Band guilty for stunt against Putin

MOSCOW (AP) - A judge found three members of the provocative punk band Pussy Riot guilty of hooliganism on Friday, in a case that has drawn widespread international condemnation as an emblem of Russia's intolerance of dissent.

August 17, 2012 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


2 sheriff's deputies dead in La. shootout

LAPLACE, La. (AP) - Two sheriff's deputies in Louisiana were shot to death and two others were injured in an early morning shootout west of New Orleans, authorities said Thursday.

August 16, 2012 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


7 American troops die in Afghan helicopter crash

Seven American troops and four Afghans died in a Black Hawk helicopter crash on Thursday in southern Afghanistan, the NATO military coalition said. The Taliban claimed their fighters shot down the aircraft.

August 16, 2012 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Deeping drought hurting U.S. harvests

ST. LOUIS (AP) - A deepening drought in the nation's farm states has cut further into this fall's harvest, with farmers now expected to pull from their fields the lowest corn yield in more than a decade.

August 15, 2012 | JIM SUHR, AP Business Writer | NATION/WORLD


'F-bomb,' others added to dictionary

NEW YORK (AP) - It's about freakin' time.

August 15, 2012 | LEANNE ITALIE, Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


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