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Gaza cease-fire set for 72 hours, say U.S., U.N.

Israel, Hamas accept pause to let aid flow to civilians

Subscriber onlyIsrael and Hamas have agreed to a 72-hour humanitarian cease-fire to begin this morning, the United Nations and United States announced, although Secretary of State John Kerry cautioned there were "no guarantees" the lull in violence would bring an end to the 24-day-old Gaza war. Continue reading...

Alien bill splits GOP, but VA measure sails

Subscriber onlyHouse Republican leaders were struggling Thursday evening to find support for a plan addressing an influx of Central American children at the U.S.-Mexico border, as some members blamed Republican Sen. Ted Cruz for helping scuttle a vote on it earlier in the day. Continue reading...

'Merciless' Ebola virus spreading, CDC chief says

Travel restricted as dead top 700

Subscriber onlySecurity forces went house-to-house in Sierra Leone's capital Thursday looking for Ebola patients and others exposed to the disease as the death toll from the worst recorded outbreak in history surpassed 700 in West Africa. Continue reading...

Hand’s cut is focus in porch-death trial

Subscriber onlyA former medical examiner sparred with a prosecutor Thursday over a wound on the hand of a woman who was fatally shot on a Detroit-area porch, telling jurors it seems to fit the defense’s claim that Renisha McBride was pounding on the homeowner’s doors before she was killed. Continue reading...

CIA's Brennan makes apology

He aims to placate senators

Subscriber onlyWASHINGTON -- CIA Director John Brennan apologized to leaders of the Senate intelligence committee after an investigation found his agency inappropriately searched congressional computers. Continue reading...

State's delegates split on funds to ease border influx

Subscriber onlyThe six members of Arkansas' delegation were split Thursday on congressional bills to provide extra funding to help with the thousands of children crossing into the United States from Central America. Continue reading...

Union limits upheld in Wisconsin

State high court also affirms voter-ID law requiring photo

Subscriber onlyThe Wisconsin Supreme Court on Thursday upheld a law that significantly limits collective-bargaining rights for most public workers in the state and another that requires voters to show photo identification. Continue reading...

Obama aims to halt labor-law violations

Subscriber onlyPresident Barack Obama signed an executive order Thursday to improve working conditions for employees of federal contractors, some of whom have gone on strike over what they contend are unfair labor practices by companies doing business with the U.S. government. Continue reading...

3 sign plea deals in lottery scam

Subscriber onlyThe first plea agreements have been reached in a wide-ranging federal investigation into a Jamaican lottery scam targeting mostly elderly victims in the United States, including one woman from North Dakota who agreed to empty her savings account and then take out a loan on a life insurance policy. Continue reading...

Study plots dinosaurs downsizing into birds

Subscriber onlyWASHINGTON -- Scientists have mapped how a group of fearsome dinosaurs evolved and shrank to the likes of robins and hummingbirds. Continue reading...

See-through mice aid anatomy study

Subscriber onlyResearchers have found a way to make see-through mice, but you won’t find these critters scampering in your kitchen. Continue reading...

The nation in brief

Subscriber onlyDemoted worker shoots CEO, police say Continue reading...

Names and faces

Subscriber onlyAlicia Keys is getting ready for another big release: her second child. Continue reading...

In the news

Subscriber only• Ruth Bader Ginsburg, 81, the Supreme Court justice, said in an interview with The Associated Press that the nation's highest court won't duck the issue of same-sex marriage the next time a case goes to the court. Continue reading...

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...

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