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FAA prohibits US-Tel Aviv flights

In this file photo taken July 22, 2011 a Delta Air Lines jet takes off at the Detroit Metropolitan Airport in Romulus, Mich. Delta Air Lines on Tuesday, July 22, 2014 canceled all flights to Israel until further notice, citing reports that a rocket landed near Tel Aviv's Ben Gurion Airport. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio, File)After rocket lands near Israel's main airport, no flights for 24 hours, agency tells US airlines.



Tue, 22 Jul 2014 12:07:17 -0400
UK plans new laws against female genital mutilation

Pakistani schoolgirl activist Malala Yousafzai speaks at the 'Girl Summit 2014' at the Walworth Academy in LondonBy Kylie MacLellan and Emma Batha LONDON (Reuters) - Britain will introduce new laws to combat female genital mutilation (FGM) including making it compulsory for teachers and health workers to report cases, Prime Minister David Cameron said on Tuesday. "It's absolutely clear what we are trying to achieve...and that is to outlaw the practices of female genital mutilation and childhood and early forced marriage; Around 103,000 women aged between 15 and 49, and another 10,000 girls aged under 15 who have migrated to England and Wales are estimated to have undergone FGM, according to a report on Tuesday from City University London. Cameron said ending FGM and child marriage was a global challenge on a par with eradicating poverty and tackling diseases.



Tue, 22 Jul 2014 12:50:48 -0400
Victim of 'Slenderman' stabbing sent Purple Heart

Everything you need to understand the Slenderman stabbingWAUKESHA, Wis. (AP) - The Wisconsin girl stabbed 19 times, allegedly by classmates trying to please a fictional online character, has received a military Purple Heart from an anonymous donor.



Tue, 22 Jul 2014 12:10:21 -0400
France sells warship to Russia despite Ukraine sanctions

FILE - In this March 5, 2014 file photo, French-built warship BPC Vladivostock, designed to strengthen Russia's ability to deploy troops, tanks and helicopter gunships, leaves the Saint Nazaire's harbor, western France, for its test run on the open sea off coast of France. French President Francois Hollande is defending plans to deliver a 1.1 billion-euro French-made warship to Russia, despite increasing pressure for tougher European sanctions against Moscow over the fighting in Ukraine. European Union foreign ministers are meeting Tuesday July 22, 2014 in Brussels, with some calling for an arms embargo or other new punishment against Russia. (AP Photo/David Vincent, File)PARIS (AP) - France says it will go ahead with the sale of a warship to Russia despite calls for an arms embargo against the country, highlighting how Europe's strong business ties are hindering its ability to punish Moscow over the crisis in Ukraine.



Tue, 22 Jul 2014 12:57:55 -0400
Palestinians propose Gaza ceasefire, five-day peace talks

A Palestinian boy sits on the rubble of a destroyed building following an Israeli air strike in the center of Gaza City on July 22, 2014The Palestinian leadership proposed to Egypt a plan for a Gaza ceasefire to be followed by five days of negotiations to stop fighting between Palestinians and Israel, Palestinian official Azzam al-Ahmed told reporters in Cairo on Tuesday. "The Palestinian leadership offered a new suggestion in the framework of the Egyptian initiative for a ceasefire followed immediately by negotiations lasting five days," Fatah official al-Ahmed said. Writing by Shadia Nasralla;



Tue, 22 Jul 2014 12:14:50 -0400
Court deals setback to Obama health care law

A woman reads a pamphlet in Spanish at a health insurance enrollment event in CudahyWASHINGTON (AP) - A federal appeals court delivered a serious setback to President Barack Obama's health care law Tuesday, potentially derailing billions of dollars in subsidies for many low- and middle-income people who bought policies.



Tue, 22 Jul 2014 11:11:08 -0400
Airlines cancelling Israel flights

Delta cancels all Israel flights over missile fearDelta Air Lines cited reports rocket landed near Tel Aviv airport; US Airways cancels Philly-Tel Aviv flight.



Tue, 22 Jul 2014 11:38:37 -0400
Federal drug inmates to be deported under new guidelines

Federal PrisonThanks to new drug rules, thousands of federal prisoners will be sent home fast.



Tue, 22 Jul 2014 09:47:58 -0400
Akin tries, again, to clarify 'legitimate rape'

'Firing Back': Todd Akin Clarifies 'Legitimate Rape' Comment in New BookFormer GOP Congressman and 2012 Senate candidate from Missouri doesn't rule out another office run



Tue, 22 Jul 2014 08:50:01 -0400
Nearly a dozen parents of missing Nigerian girls have died

FILE-In this Monday, May 19, 2014 file photo, Martha Mark, the mother of kidnapped school girl Monica Mark cries as she displays her photo, in the family house, in Chibok, Nigeria. At least 11 parents of the more than 200 kidnapped Nigerian schoolgirls will never see their daughters again. Since the mass abduction of the schoolgirls by Islamic extremists three months ago, at least 11 of their parents have died and their hometown, Chibok, is under siege from the militants, residents report. Seven fathers of kidnapped girls were among 51 bodies brought to Chibok hospital after an attack on the nearby village of Kautakari this month, said a health worker who insisted on anonymity for fear of reprisals by the extremists. At least four more parents have died of heart failure, high blood pressure and other illnesses that the community blames on trauma due to the mass abduction 100 days ago, said community leader Pogu Bitrus, who provided their names. (AP Photo/Sunday Alamba File)Nearly a dozen parents of the more than 200 kidnapped Nigerian schoolgirls have died.



Tue, 22 Jul 2014 12:26:59 -0400
Missing Israeli soldier in Gaza presumed dead

Israeli soldier march during a drill near Israel and Gaza border, Tuesday, July 22, 2014. Israeli airstrikes pummeled a wide range of targets in the Gaza Strip on Tuesday as the U.N. chief and the U.S. secretary of state began an intensive effort to end more than two weeks of fighting that has killed hundreds of Palestinians and dozens of Israelis.(AP Photo/Tsafrir Abayov)By Maayan Lubell JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Israel said on Tuesday it had failed to trace any remains of one of its soldiers who it believes died in the Gaza Strip two days ago and whom Hamas said it had captured. The Israeli military named the missing man as Oron Shaul, 21, who was travelling in an armoured vehicle that was hit by at least one anti-tank missile fired by Palestinian fighters in Gaza on Sunday. "The efforts to identify the seventh soldier are ongoing and have yet to be determined," it added. Hamas's armed wing announced on Sunday it had captured an Israeli soldier identified as Shaul Aron, revealing his army ID number, but not saying whether he was dead or alive.



Tue, 22 Jul 2014 13:01:49 -0400
Is this evolution? Humans getting taller, fatter, older

21st Century Fox Bests Competition with Dawn of The Planet of The ApesHumans are getting taller; Most of the transformations that occur within such a short time period "are simply the developmental responses of organisms to changed conditions," such as differences in nutrition, food distribution, health care and hygiene practices, said Stephen Stearns, a professor of ecology and evolutionary biology at Yale University. But the origin of these changes may be much deeper and more complex than that, said Stearns, pointing to a study finding that British soldiers have shot up in height in the past century. "Evolution has shaped the developmental program that can respond flexibly to changes in the environment," Stearns said.



Tue, 22 Jul 2014 09:20:34 -0400
Train carrying MH17 bodies on final journey reaches Ukraine city

Armed pro-Russian separatists gather near the train transporting the remains of victims from the crashed Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777 plane before its departure from the railway station in the eastern Ukrainian town of TorezA train carrying the remains of crash victims arrived in Ukrainian government territory.



Tue, 22 Jul 2014 10:32:24 -0400
Strongest typhoon in decades leaves 46 dead in China's south

China typhoon cause massive floodingBEIJING (AP) - The death toll from the strongest typhoon to slam into China's south in decades has risen to 46, with 25 other people still missing, the government said Tuesday.



Tue, 22 Jul 2014 08:59:49 -0400
Korea ferry owner found dead

Fugitive ferry boss: body identifiedThe body of South Korea's most wanted man has been found in sordid circumstances.



Tue, 22 Jul 2014 08:03:54 -0400
Putin: I'll handle Ukraine rebels, West should butt out

Vladimir PutinBy Darya Korsunskaya MOSCOW (Reuters) - President Vladimir Putin said on Tuesday Russia would try to ensure Ukrainian separatists cooperate with an investigation into the downing of a Malaysian airliner, but said the West must do more to persuade Kiev to end hostilities. Putin came out fighting in his most detailed comments since the plane was brought down on Thursday, dismissing criticism of Russia's role in events in rebel-held east Ukraine and describing the West's position as "strange and unacceptable". Accusing the United States indirectly of pulling the strings in Kiev, trying to bully Russia and meddling in Russia's domestic affairs, the president said in televised remarks: "Such methods will not work on Russia." Reading from notes at the head of a long table flanked by his top government, parliament, security and defense officials, Putin spoke much more forcefully than during brief televised remarks on the plane's downing first released in the early hours of Monday, when he looked tired and less assured than usual.



Tue, 22 Jul 2014 11:44:01 -0400
Inside restaurant where your waiter could be convicted murderer

An inmate prepares food inside the kitchen of a restaurant run by Tihar Jail authorities in DelhiBy David Lalmalsawma NEW DELHI (Reuters) - As India's capital baked in a heat wave, banker Gaurav Gupta sat down for lunch at a new air-conditioned restaurant, to be greeted by a smiling waiter who took his order for a traditional "thali" meal of flat bread, lentils, vegetables and rice.Nothing unusual, except that the employee, like most of his colleagues, is a convicted murderer serving time in South Asia's largest prison complex."Tihar Food Court" in west Delhi, a rehabilitation effort kicked off by the Tihar prison, opened in the first week of July on an "experimental basis" while awaiting formal clearances. "The restaurant was set up to give employment to the inmates and project the positive aspects of prison work to the public," said spokesman Gupta.A similar experiment has run for more than two years in the southern state of Kerala, where prison inmates dish up food sold at a counter near the jail, or distributed by mobile vans.



Tue, 22 Jul 2014 07:42:05 -0400
Israeli soldier missing as Gaza fighting rages on
JERUSALEM (AP) - An Israeli soldier is missing following a deadly battle in the Gaza Strip, a defense official said Tuesday, as Israeli airstrikes pummeled a wide range of locations along the coastal area and diplomatic efforts intensified to end the two week war that has killed more than 600 Palestinians and 29 Israelis.
Tue, 22 Jul 2014 10:29:10 -0400
Clinton: US, Europe should get tough on Russia

Hillary Rodham Clinton signs copies of her new book "Hard Choices" at the Common Good Books store, Sunday July 20, 2014 in St Paul, Minn. (AP Photo/The Star Tribune, Jerry Holt)The former Secretary of State is urging tougher sanctions.



Mon, 21 Jul 2014 22:41:35 -0400
Detroit retirees back pension cuts by a landslide

FILE - In a May 30, 2014 file photo, Detroit emergency manager Kevyn Orr speaks with reporters after addressing the Mackinac Policy Conference on Mackinac Island, Mich. The average annual pension for police and fire retirees is $32,000, while most other retired city workers get $19,000 to $20,000. Orr has said pension changes are unfortunate but necessary because two funds are underfunded by billions. If investment performance improves in the years ahead, he said, the cuts could be restored. "I want to thank city retirees and active employees who voted for casting aside the rhetoric and making an informed positive decision about their future and the future of the city," Kevyn Orr said in a statement late Monday. (AP Photo/David Eggert, File)DETROIT (AP) - A year after filing for bankruptcy, Detroit is building momentum to get out, especially after workers and retirees voted in favor of major pension changes just a few weeks before a judge holds a crucial trial that could end the largest public filing in U.S. history.



Tue, 22 Jul 2014 09:13:10 -0400
S. Korean police confirm body belongs to ferry fugitive

FILE - In this April 17, 2014 file photo, South Korean Coast Guard officers search for missing passengers aboard sunken ferry Sewol in the waters off the southern coast near Jindo, South Korea. The anger, grief and deep remorse at Danwon High School in Ansan, outside of Seoul, was a reflection of what many South Koreans have felt since the April 16 sinking of the ferry that left more than 300 people dead or missing. Of the 325 students on a class trip to the southern holiday island of Jeju, 75 were rescued, 245 died and 5 are still missing. Two of those rescued had already returned to school, officials said. (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon, File)South Korean police say they've found a body of a fugitive billionaire businessman sought over April's ferry disaster that left more than 300 people dead or missing.



Mon, 21 Jul 2014 21:17:24 -0400
Gaza rocket lands near main Israel airport
JERUSALEM (AP) - A rocket fired from the Gaza Strip landed near Israel's main airport Tuesday, wounding one Israeli and prompting at least two American airlines to cancel flights to Israel in a reflection of high anxiety over air travel after last week's attack on a Malaysian jet over Ukraine.
Tue, 22 Jul 2014 12:45:08 -0400
EU imposes new sanctions against Russian officials

A refrigerated train loaded with bodies of the passengers of Malaysian Airlines flight MH17 departs Kharkiv railway station, Ukraine, Tuesday, July 22, 2014. The train carrying the remains of people killed in the Malaysia Airlines crash arrived in the eastern Ukrainian city of Kharkiv on Tuesday on their way to the Netherlands, a journey which has been agonizingly slow for relatives of the victims. (AP Photo/ Sergei Chizavkov)BRUSSELS (AP) - The European Union agreed Tuesday to impose new sanctions against officials deemed responsible for Russia's actions in Ukraine, amid mounting international anger after a Malaysia Airlines plane was shot down over rebel-held territory.



Tue, 22 Jul 2014 11:27:07 -0400
U.S. to present intelligence data on MH17
WASHINGTON (AP) - The Obama administration said Tuesday it would present data from the U.S. intelligence community laying out what's known about the Malaysia Airlines plane that was shot down in Ukraine.
Tue, 22 Jul 2014 12:57:36 -0400
Obamacare hit by ruling, but subsidies to continue

President Barack Obama speaks about the My Brother's Keeper Initiative, at the Walker Jones Education Campus in Washington, Monday, July 21, 2014. A US appeals court has delivered a serious setback to President Obama's health care law, potentially derailing subsidies for many low-and middle-income people who have bought policies. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama's health care law is enmeshed in another big legal battle after two federal appeals courts issued contradictory rulings on a key financing issue within hours of each other Tuesday.



Tue, 22 Jul 2014 13:08:02 -0400
2008 law unexpectedly at center of border debate

FILE - This June 25, 2014, file photo shows a group of immigrants from Honduras and El Salvador who crossed the U.S.-Mexico border illegally are stopped in Granjeno, Texas. The influx at the border is largely families with children or by minors traveling alone. (AP Photo/Eric Gay, File)WASHINGTON (AP) - Sen. Dianne Feinstein recalls turning on her television and seeing a young Chinese girl crying before a judge, without even an interpreter to help her after surviving a harrowing journey to the U.S.



Tue, 22 Jul 2014 10:58:26 -0400
Despite crush of children, illegal immigration low

In this July 12, 2014, photo, Central American migrants ride a freight train during their journey toward the U.S.-Mexico border in Ixtepec, Mexico. The last time so few people were arrested at the country's borders was 1973, when the Border Patrol recorded just fewer than 500,000 arrests. And the volume of people being arrested at the border remains dramatically lower than the all-time high of more than 1.6 people in 2000. (AP Photo/Eduardo Verdugo)WASHINGTON (AP) - Border Patrol agents stationed in South Texas are the busiest in the country, arresting tens of thousands of children illegally crossing the border without their parents and thousands more families with children.



Tue, 22 Jul 2014 12:07:15 -0400
Nigerian president meets parents of abducted girls

In this Sunday, May 18, 2014 file photo some of the parents of the kidnapped school girls sit outside a compound during a meeting in Chibok, Nigeria. At least 11 parents of the more than 200 kidnapped Nigerian schoolgirls will never see their daughters again. Since the mass abduction of the schoolgirls by Islamic extremists three months ago, at least 11 of their parents have died and their hometown, Chibok, is under siege from the militants, residents report. Seven fathers of kidnapped girls were among 51 bodies brought to Chibok hospital after an attack on the nearby village of Kautakari this month, said a health worker who insisted on anonymity for fear of reprisals by the extremists. At least four more parents have died of heart failure, high blood pressure and other illnesses that the community blames on trauma due to the mass abduction 100 days ago, said community leader Pogu Bitrus, who provided their names. (AP Photo/Sunday Alamba, File)ABUJA, Nigeria (AP) - President Goodluck Jonathan met for the first time Tuesday with parents of 219 kidnapped Nigerian schoolgirls and dozens of classmates who managed to escape from their Islamic extremist captors.



Tue, 22 Jul 2014 13:11:43 -0400
Big milestone for Britain's little prince

This photo taken Wednesday, July 2, 2014, and released Monday, July 21, 2014, to mark Prince George's first birthday, shows Britain's Prince William and Kate Duchess of Cambridge and the Prince during a visit to the Sensational Butterflies exhibition at the Natural History Museum, London. (AP Photo/John Stillwell, Pool)LONDON (AP) - The palace is releasing special pictures, the Royal Mint is striking a commemorative coin and newspapers are publishing glowing tributes.



Tue, 22 Jul 2014 06:36:44 -0400
JetBlue pilot among 6 arrested in Boston drug bust

Jet Blue pilot John Manwaring stands as he is arraigned in Boston Municipal Court on a heroin possession charge Monday, July 21, 2014, in Boston. Manwaring, who listed his home as Maitland, Fla., was among six people arrested Sunday during an investigation into drug dealing near the Boston Common, Boston police said. (AP Photo/The Boston Globe, Aram Boghosian, Pool)A JetBlue pilot from Florida is among six people arrested by Boston police over the weekend in an investigation of drug dealing incidents near the Boston Common.



Tue, 22 Jul 2014 10:40:14 -0400
Police: Retired couple strangled, killed by hired workers

In this undated photo combination provided by the Philadelphia Police Department, Justen Smith, left, and Terry Ballard are shown. Authorities in Philadelphia say a retired couple were strangled by two men hired to do household chores after the wife caught one trying to steal money. Police on Monday, July 21, 2014 charged 26-year-old Terry Ballard and 19-year-old Justen Smith with murder, robbery and related offenses. (AP Photo/Philadelphia Police Department)A retired Philadelphia couple was strangled by two men hired to do household chores after the wife caught one trying to steal money, authorities said Monday.



Mon, 21 Jul 2014 16:40:22 -0400
ACLU, nonprofit join Idaho nurse in appeal over NSA surveillance lawsuit

FILE - This Thursday, June 6, 2013, file photo, shows a sign outside the National Security Administration (NSA) campus in Fort Meade, Md. The latest study of the the bipartisan Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board takes the opposite view of a different set of National Security Agency surveillance programs revealed last year by former NSA systems administrator Edward Snowden. The board which was to vote on the report on Wednesday, July 2, 2014, found that the NSA's collection of Internet data within the United States passes constitutional muster and employs "reasonable" safeguards designed to protect the rights of Americans. Last January, the first time the board dissected an NSA surveillance program, it found fundamental flaws. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky, File)The American Civil Liberties Union and the Electronic Frontier Foundation are joining in a northern Idaho's woman appeal over the National Security Agency's collection of cellphone information.



Mon, 21 Jul 2014 15:15:46 -0400
Britain and U.N. host 1st summit to end child marriages

In this Friday, May 6, 2011 photo, child brides Chinti Bai, 12, left, and Anita, 12, sit outside the Maa Jalapa Devi temple after their marriage ceremony in Rajgarh, about 155 kilometers (96 miles) from Bhopal, India. Ignoring laws that ban child marriages, several young children, are still married off as part of centuries-old custom in some Indian villages. India law prohibits marriage for women younger than 18 and men under age 21. (AP Photo/Prakash Hatvalne)LONDON (AP) - More than 700 million women alive today were married before they turned 18, the United Nations' children agency said Tuesday, as it co-hosts a London summit calling for more progress to end child marriages and the practice of female genital mutilation.



Mon, 21 Jul 2014 19:28:54 -0400
Kerry, in Cairo, presses for Gaza truce

US Secretary of State John Kerry makes statements to the press in Cairo July 21, 2014U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry began a diplomatic push on Monday to secure a cease-fire between Israel and Hamas, but senior U.S. officials acknowledged this would be difficult. More than 500 people have died in the Gaza Strip fighting, the vast majority of them Palestinians, as Israel has pursued an air and ground offensive to stop rocket attacks on its territory from the Hamas-dominated Gaza Strip. Kerry began his consultations, which are expected to include meetings with top officials in Egypt and possibly elsewhere in the region, by meeting U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in Cairo on Monday night. "We're deeply concerned about the consequences of Israel's appropriate and legitimate effort to defend itself," Kerry said as he and Ban posed for pictures before their talks, according to a U.S. reporter who attended the picture-taking session.



Mon, 21 Jul 2014 18:47:58 -0400
Widow: Jury sent Big Tobacco a $23B message

Widow: Jury sent tobacco company a $23B messageA Florida widow awarded $23.6 billion in the death of her chain-smoking husband on Monday called the massive verdict a message to Big Tobacco, even though she likely won't see much if any of the money. ...



Mon, 21 Jul 2014 18:41:51 -0400
19-year-old charged with murder in Calif. bank robbery

This Thursday, July 17, 2014 booking photo provided by the Stockton Police Department shows Jaime Ramos, 19, who was booked on suspicion of homicide, kidnapping, robbery and attempted murder in a Stockton, Calif. bank robbery that led to a high speed chase. Two other suspects were killed and two of the hostages were wounded during the ensuing chase. The third hostage, who police believe was used as a human shield, was found dead in the SUV after the shootout.. (AP Photo/Stockton Police Department)A 19-year-old California man was charged Monday with three counts of murder in the deaths of a hostage and two accomplices, and 22 counts of attempted murder of police officers in a bank robbery and running gun battle.



Mon, 21 Jul 2014 19:45:36 -0400
MH17: Rebels hand over black boxes

Armed pro-Russian separatists stand guard in front of the crash site of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17, near the village of Grabove, in the region of Donetsk on July 20, 2014A separatist leader has handed over black boxes from downed MH17 to Malaysian experts.



Mon, 21 Jul 2014 19:20:20 -0400
Pregnant teen strangled, man decapitated in online sex case

Wyoming police Chief James Carmody holds a press conference about the triple homicide of Charles Oppenneer, Brooke Slocum and her unborn child at the Wyoming, Mich., Police Department Monday, July 21, 2014. (AP Photo/The Grand Rapids Press, Cory Morse)WYOMING, Mich. (AP) - A pregnant Michigan teenager was strangled and her boyfriend was decapitated after apparently connecting with a stranger through the online service Craigslist for a sexual encounter, police said Monday.



Mon, 21 Jul 2014 16:24:14 -0400
Americans from Texas, Calif. killed in Gaza

This 2012 photo provided by Rabbi Asher Hecht, shows Nissim Sean Carmeli, left, with Hecht in Jerusalem. The Israel Defense Forces said Sunday, July 20, 2014, in a statement that Carmeli was killed in combat in the Gaza Strip. Carmeli was from South Padre Island, Texas, said Deputy Consul General of Israel to the Southwest Maya Kadosh. (AP Photo/Rabbi Asher Hecht via Chabad of the Rio Grande Valley)Max Steinberg and Nissim Sean Carmeli grew up in America and had a passion for Israel.



Mon, 21 Jul 2014 18:23:12 -0400
15,000 Nigerians displaced after Boko Haram raid

A screengrab taken on July 13, 2014 from a video released by the Nigerian Islamist extremist group Boko Haram and obtained by AFP shows the leader of the Nigerian Islamist extremist group Boko Haram, Abubakar Shekau (C)A massive assault by Boko Haram in the northeast Nigerian town of Damboa displaced more than 15,000 people, an official said Monday, as the security forces sent reinforcements to flush out the Islamist fighters. The attack on Damboa began late Thursday but continued through the weekend, with witnesses saying that civilians were left defenceless by the security forces who withdrew from the area earlier this month. Officials from the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) were struggling to establish a death toll amid multiple reports that Boko Haram fighters were still occupying the town, having hoisted their flag above a public building. Abdulkadir Ibrahim of NEMA told journalists that at least 15,204 people had fled Damboa to escape the Islamist onslaught.



Mon, 21 Jul 2014 16:44:15 -0400

 

 
 
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