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In this aerial photo people inspect damage at Cherrystone Family Camping & RV Resort in Northampton County, Va., Thursday, July 24, 2014, near Cheriton, Va., after a severe storm swept through the area. Softball-sized hail and rain toppled dozens of trees and flipped recreational vehicles at the campground Thursday, killing two people and injuring more than two dozen, officials said. (AP Photo/The Virginian-Pilot, L. Todd Spencer)  MAGS OUT

Tornado kills 2 at Va. campground

Thursday, July 24, 2014

CAPE CHARLES, Va. — Albert Thorn awoke in his rental cottage Thursday to the sound of heavy rain and wind. Then, there was screaming. Within minutes, the sky turned dark, cellphones pinged with emergency messages and a tornado tore through a popular campground, ripping awnings from trailers and flipping RVs on their sides. A couple from New Jersey was killed … 0

Air Algerie jet crashes in rainstorm over Mali

Thursday, July 24, 2014

OUAGADOUGO, Burkina Faso — An Air Algerie jetliner carrying 116 people crashed Thursday in a rainstorm over restive Mali, and its wreckage was found near the border of neighboring Burkina Faso — the third major international aviation disaster in a week. The plane, owned by Spanish company Swiftair and leased by Algeria’s flagship … 0

UN school in Gaza shelled; 15 killed

Thursday, July 24, 2014

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip — A U.N. school in Gaza crowded with hundreds of Palestinians seeking refuge from fierce fighting came under fire Thursday, killing at least 15 civilians and leaving a sad tableau of blood-spattered pillows, blankets and children’s clothing scattered in the courtyard. Palestinian officials blamed Israel for the shelling, which … 0

A brief getaway: 200 pairs of panties stolen at Georgia mall

Monday, July 21, 2014

AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) — Authorities are investigating the theft of 200 pairs of panties at an east Georgia shopping mall. Richmond County sheriff’s officials say a thief stole the panties from Victoria’s Secret in Augusta Mall shortly before noon Saturday. The Augusta Chronicle reports that security video shows … 0

Maine town fights plan to use pipeline to export oil sands crude

Monday, July 21, 2014

SOUTH PORTLAND, Maine — Tom Blake, like thousands of his neighbors in this coastal town, is used to living alongside the oil industry. Tank farms cluster in neighborhoods, by the park where families watch the movie “Frozen” on a summer night, next to schools and senior citizens apartment … 0

Ground war sends Gazans fleeing

Sunday, July 20, 2014

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip — The first major ground battle in two weeks of Israel-Hamas fighting exacted a steep price Sunday: It killed 65 Palestinians and 13 Israeli soldiers and forced thousands of terrified Palestinian civilians to flee … 0

US: Russia complicit in downing of jetliner

Sunday, July 20, 2014

WASHINGTON — Video of a rocket launcher, one surface-to-air missile missing, leaving the likely launch site. Imagery showing the firing. Calls claiming credit for the strike. Recordings said to reveal a cover-up at the crash site. “A buildup … 0

Iraqi PM blasts jihadis’ targeting of Christians

Sunday, July 20, 2014

BAGHDAD — Iraq’s prime minister on Sunday condemned the Islamic State extremist group’s actions targeting Christians in territory it controls, saying they reveal the threat the jihadists pose to the minority community’s “centuries-old heritage.” The comments from Nouri … 0

Weather turning helpful for Wash. firefighters

Sunday, July 20, 2014

WINTHROP, Wash. — Cooler temperatures and lighter winds are forecast to descend on wildfire-stricken Washington state, helping firefighters battle flames that have been growing unfettered for a week and have covered hundreds of square miles. While Sunday’s weather … 0

Dutch mother: ‘Send my children home’

Sunday, July 20, 2014

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — A distraught, grieving mother summed up a swelling mood of despair and anguish in the Netherlands on Sunday at faltering efforts to repatriate the bodies of loved ones killed in the downing of … 0

Suddenly, the sun is quiet: Where did the sunspots go?

Sunday, July 20, 2014

The sun has gone quiet. Almost too quiet. A few weeks ago it was teeming with sunspots, as you would expect since we are supposed to be in the middle of solar maximum-the time in the sun’s 11-year cycle when it is the most active. But now, there … 0

‘Funnel of fire’ destroys homes in Wash. state

Friday, July 18, 2014

PATEROS, Wash. — A fire racing through rural north-central Washington destroyed about 100 homes, leaving behind smoldering rubble, solitary brick chimneys and burned-out automobiles as it blackened hundreds of square miles in the scenic Methow Valley. Friday’s dawn … 0

Credible probe sought in jet tragedy

Friday, July 18, 2014

ROZSYPNE, Ukraine — World leaders demanded Friday that pro-Russia rebels who control the eastern Ukraine crash site of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 give immediate, unfettered access to independent investigators to determine who shot down the plane. At an … 1