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Gaza market hit; earlier 17 die at school

16 killed in shopping area as Israel shelling toll grows

Subscriber onlyIsraeli strikes hit a crowded shopping area in Gaza City on Wednesday, hours after tank shells tore through the walls of a United Nations school crowded with war refugees in the deadliest of a series of attacks that pushed the Palestinian death toll above 1,360. Continue reading...

Veterans care fix clears U.S. House in 420-5 vote

Subscriber onlyU.S. military veterans would have easier access to medical care under a rare bipartisan agreement passed Wednesday by the House and set for final Senate passage by the end of the week. Continue reading...

Administration blamed for woes of health website

Investigators releasing report

Subscriber onlyManagement failures by President Barack Obama's administration set the stage for the computer woes that paralyzed the president's new health care program last fall, nonpartisan investigators said in testimony released Wednesday. Continue reading...

In email, ex-IRS official disparages GOP 'crazies'

Subscriber onlyA former IRS official at the center of the agency's Tea Party controversy referred to some Republicans as "crazies" and more in emails released Wednesday. A key GOP lawmaker said the remarks show that Lois Lerner was biased against conservative groups and targeted them for extra scrutiny. Continue reading...

Old pipe breaks, floods parts of LA

Subscriber onlyThe rupture of a nearly century-old water main that ripped a 15-foot hole through Sunset Boulevard and turned a swath of the University of California at Los Angeles into a mucky mess points to the risks and expense many cities face with miles of waterlines that were installed generations ago. Continue reading...

Senate vote backs child-alien bill

Obama-supported measure far different from House version

Subscriber onlyThe U.S. Senate on Wednesday advanced legislation backed by President Barack Obama's administration that would provide $2.7 billion in emergency spending to cope with a surge of Central American children at the U.S.-Mexico border. Continue reading...

U.S. House votes 225-201 to sue Obama

GOP says delays in fully activating health act illegal

Subscriber onlyA divided House approved a Republican plan Wednesday to sue President Barack Obama, accusing him of exceeding the bounds of his constitutional authority. Obama and other Democrats derided the effort as an election-year stunt. Continue reading...

Gift-giver testifies in corruption trial

Ex-Virginia governor, wife charged

Subscriber onlyCuring his wife's thyroid disease. Connections in the high-end fashion world. Learjet flights for politicians. Continue reading...

Ukrainian lauds Russia sanctions

But fight against rebels won’t yield to crash probe, he says

Subscriber only A senior Ukrainian official said Wednesday that he welcomed the expanded sanctions against Russia that were announced this week by Western nations, while Russian officials belittled them, saying they would only make Russia economically stronger. Continue reading...

Report: Powell, envoys in dark on CIA tactics

Secretary said to be told later of interrogations, black sites

Subscriber onlyA Senate report on the CIA's interrogation and detention practices after the 9/11 attacks concludes that the agency initially kept the secretary of state and some U.S. ambassadors in the dark about harsh techniques and secret prisons, according to a document circulating among White House staff members. Continue reading...

Moon slightly flat, bulging, study says

Subscriber only Forty-five years after astronauts landed on the moon, scientists said they have finally discovered its true shape: slightly flattened, with a bulge on one side. Continue reading...

The nation in brief

Subscriber onlyBill seeks to curb campus sex assaults WASHINGTON -- A bipartisan group of senators on Wednesday introduced legislation designed to curb the number of sexual assaults on college campuses. Continue reading...

Names and faces

Subscriber onlyNBC has picked its Peter Pan: Girls star Allison Williams. The network announced Wednesday that Williams will play the boy who refused to grow up in NBC's new staging of Peter Pan Live. The live telecast will air Dec. 4. The 26-year-old actress-comedian plays Marnie Michaels on HBO's Girls, for which she has recorded several songs. Continue reading...

In the news

Subscriber onlyNavy Adm. William McRaven, the commander of the Pentagon's secretive U.S. Special Operations Command, will become the next chancellor of the University of Texas system later this year after retiring from the military, university officials said. Continue reading...

Gaza toll 128 in bloody day

Israeli strike disables only power plant

Subscriber onlyIsrael unleashed its heaviest air and artillery assault of the Gaza fighting on Tuesday, destroying key symbols of Hamas control, shutting down the territory's only power plant and leaving at least 128 Palestinians dead on the bloodiest day of the 22-day conflict. Continue reading...

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