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A ball of fire rises following an Israeli air strike on a building in Gaza, in the northern Gaza Strip, Friday, Aug. 22, 2014. The airstrike came as Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu warned Hamas would pay a ``heavy price’’ for the killing of a 4-year-old boy by a mortar shell fired from Gaza earlier Friday. (AP Photo/Adel Hana)

Hamas kills 18 suspected spies

Friday, August 22, 2014

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip — Gaza militants Friday gunned down 18 alleged spies for Israel in an apparent attempt to plug security breaches and deter others, a day after Israel killed three top Hamas military commanders in an airstrike likely guided by collaborators. In one incident, masked gunmen lined up seven men, their heads covered by bags, along a wall … 0

Birth control tweak gives religious groups new option

Friday, August 22, 2014

WASHINGTON — Seeking to quell a politically charged controversy, the Obama administration announced new measures Friday to allow religious nonprofits and some companies to opt out of paying for birth control for female employees while still ensuring those employees have access to contraception. Even so, the accommodations may not fully satisfy religious groups … 0

Florida father, girlfriend charged in death of boy mauled by dogs

Friday, August 22, 2014

MIAMI — Four-year-old Javon Dade Jr., was mauled to death by a pack of bull terriers and a pit bull last week while his father and his girlfriend were sleeping off a night of smoking weed laced with cocaine, police said. Javon Dade Sr. stayed up past 5 a.m. on the morning of Aug. 13, checked on his son once at 5 a.m., … 0

Pope: Intervention OK to protect Iraq minorities

Monday, August 18, 2014

ABOARD THE PAPAL PLANE — Pope Francis on Monday said efforts to stop Islamic militants from attacking religious minorities in Iraq are legitimate but said the international community — and not just one country — should decide how to intervene. Francis was asked if he approved of the … 0

Study: Less shake from artificial quakes

Monday, August 18, 2014

WASHINGTON — Man-made earthquakes, a side effect of some high-tech energy drilling, cause less shaking and in general are about 16 times weaker than natural earthquakes with the same magnitude, a new federal study found. People feeling the … 0

Obama: Iraq forces retake Mosul Dam

Monday, August 18, 2014

BAGHDAD — Iraqi and Kurdish forces recaptured Iraq’s largest dam from Islamic militants Monday following dozens of U.S. airstrikes, President Barack Obama said, in the first major defeat for the extremists since they swept across the country this … 0

Former Amherst teacher Ronald Garney may keep retirement benefits despite child pornography conviction

Monday, August 18, 2014

BOSTON — The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court ruled Monday that a former high school teacher in Amherst convicted of child pornography charges can keep his retirement benefits. The court ruled that Ronald T. Garney should still receive benefits … 0

Priest, 93, saved after falling into lake in wheelchair

Sunday, August 17, 2014

A retired 93-year old priest fell into Monroe Harbor in his wheelchair this afternoon after he and his caretaker were distracted by the Chicago Air and Water Show, officials said. The man was pulled from Lake Michigan near the Chicago Yacht Club by good samaritans who were in … 0

Woman climbs into giraffe pen, is cited

Sunday, August 17, 2014

MADISON, Wis. — Police say a California woman was cited after climbing into the giraffe exhibit at a Madison zoo and getting kicked in the face. A police report says 24-year-old Amanda Hall, of San Luis Obispo, California, climbed over one fence and almost got over the second … 0

Orthodox Jew sues hospital for cremating amputated leg

Sunday, August 17, 2014

CHICAGO — An Orthodox Jew whose religious traditions suggest that the deceased should be buried whole in preparation for the afterlife is suing Skokie (Ill.) Hospital for cremating his amputated leg instead of preserving the limb to be buried next to him. Moshe Lefkowitz, 43, alleges in court … 0

Elderly man crashes his car into pool

Sunday, August 17, 2014

ALTADENA, Calif. (AP) — An 85-year-old man was unharmed Saturday after he crashed his car into a backyard pool, authorities said. Officers responded around 11:45 a.m. to a report in Altadena of a car crashing into a pool in the 2700 block of Scripps Place, the Los Angeles … 0

Ukraine says its troops entered rebel-held city

Sunday, August 17, 2014

KIEV, Ukraine — Army troops have penetrated deep inside a rebel-controlled city in eastern Ukraine in what could prove a breakthrough development in the four-month-long conflict, the Ukrainian government said Sunday. However, the military acknowledged that another one … 0

Forces retake parts of Iraq’s largest dam from militants

Sunday, August 17, 2014

IRBIL, Iraq — Aided by U.S. and Iraqi airstrikes, Kurdish forces Sunday wrested back part of Iraq’s largest dam from Islamic militants who had captured it less than two weeks ago, security officials said. The U.S. began targeting … 0