• Israeli fire hits UN facility in Gaza, killing 15

    Deaths from Israeli strike on compound housing U.N. school, shelter feared higher.

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  • Air Algerie flight crashes, 116 aboard

    Search for site where Flight AH5017, from Burkina Faso to Algiers, went down underway.

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  • 'Isolated' Amazon tribe feared to have flu, which could be deadly

    Advocates for indigenous tribes and Brazilian officials are worried that a group of people in the Amazon who had been living in isolation from the outside world may have contracted the flu — a potentially deadly disease that these individuals had never been exposed to before. On three separate occasions, they voluntarily made contact with Ashaninka people in the village of Simpatia, just across the border in western Brazil's Acre state, said Fiona Watson, a researcher and field director with the advocacy group Survival International, who spoke with Brazilian officials who went to the region. But representatives from Brazil's Indian Affairs Department, or FUNAI, noticed that the group of seven showed signs of influenza during their visit on June 30, Watson said.

    LiveScience.com
  • Matt Bai: On Bush-era torture report, confrontation ahead

    Sometime this summer, probably when as many Americans as possible are tanning on a beach and not paying attention, the White House is expected to release a version of a classified report on torture during the Bush years. Actually, what's likely to become public is only the executive summary of the Senate Intelligence Committee's report.

  • FAA lifts ban on US flights to Tel Aviv airport

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Federal Aviation Administration has lifted its ban on U.S. flights in and out of Israel.

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  • Israeli fire hits UN facility in Gaza; 7 dead, 150 injured

    GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — Gaza health officials say at least seven people were killed when Israeli tank shells hit a compound housing a U.N. school in the northern Gaza Strip during clashes with Palestinian militants.

    Associated Press
  • How Arizona, Ohio, Oklahoma, executions went awry

    Lethal injections in the three states left inmates writhing and gasping for breath.

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  • France: Air Algerie flight vanishes over N Mali

    ALGIERS, Algeria (AP) — An Air Algerie flight carrying 116 people from Burkina Faso to Algeria's capital disappeared from radar early Thursday over northern Mali after heavy rains were reported, according to the plane's owner and government officials in France and Burkina Faso.

    Associated Press32 mins ago
  • Arizona execution takes nearly 2 hours

    PHOENIX (AP) — A condemned murderer took nearly two hours to die and gasped for about 90 minutes during an execution in Arizona that quickly rekindled the national debate on capital punishment in the U.S.

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  • Ukraine accused of targeting civilians in east

    DONETSK, Ukraine (AP) — War literally came to Alexander Litvinenko's living room, when a missile punched a gaping hole into the wall of his ninth-floor apartment. The 53-year-old college philosophy teacher had just stepped into his study to check the news online, barely escaping death.

    Associated Press43 mins ago
  • Taiwan airline suspects bad weather caused crash

    XIXI, Taiwan (AP) — Stormy weather trailing behind a typhoon was the likely cause of a plane crash on a Taiwanese island that killed 48 people on board and injured 10 on the plane and five on the ground, the airline said Thursday.

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  • Social Security's $300M IT project doesn't work

    WASHINGTON (AP) — After spending nearly $300 million on a new computer system to handle disability claims, the Social Security Administration still can't get it to work. And officials can't say when it will.

    Associated Press
  • Iraq: Kurdish politician Massoum named president

    BAGHDAD (AP) — Kurdish politician Fouad Massoum was named Iraq's new president on Thursday hours after an attack on a prison convoy killed dozens of people, brutally underscoring the challenges faced by the country's leaders as they struggle to form a new government.

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  • Family: Teen pilot who crashed in ocean knew risks

    PLAINFIELD, Ind. (AP) — Haris Suleman knew that flying around the world carried risks. But like adventurers before him, the 17-year-old pilot from Indiana also believed dreams aren't achieved without taking chances.

    Associated Press
  • JFK returns to old look in new collectors' coins

    WEST POINT, N.Y. (AP) — President John F. Kennedy is getting his old look back on new collectors' coins.

    Associated Press
  • Wyoming cave with fossil secrets to be excavated

    CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — For the first time in more than 30 years, paleontologists are about to revisit one of North America's most remarkable troves of late Pleistocene fossils: The bones of tens of thousands of animals piled at least 30 feet deep at the bottom of a sinkhole-type cave.

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  • Ukraine fighting rages as Australia ready for MH17 site deployment

    Fighting between Ukrainian troops and rebels raged Thursday near the crash site of Malaysian flight MH17, as countries which lost 298 citizens in the disaster moved to deploy their police to secure the impact zone. The Dutch team leading the crash probe was stuck in Kiev, unable to join a handful of international investigators at the rebel-controlled site. Meanwhile, Ukraine's army reported four soldiers killed over the last 24 hours in its offensive to retake the eastern industrial heartland from the pro-Russian insurgents. Two Ukrainian fighter jets were shot down Wednesday 45 kilometres (28 miles) from the crash site, just as the first bodies recovered from the fated flight were flown out to the Netherlands, which counts 193 citizens lost in the disaster.

    AFP50 mins ago
  • Judge strikes down Colorado gay marriage ban

    A federal judge in Denver has declared Colorado's gay marriage ban unconstitutional, but he issued a temporary stay of the ruling until an appeals court hearing next month.

    Associated Press
  • Senator: PTSD influenced thesis plagiarism

    Sen. John Walsh of Montana said Wednesday his failure to attribute conclusions and verbatim passages lifted from other scholars' work in his thesis to earn a master's degree from the U.S. Army War College was an unintentional mistake caused in part by post-traumatic stress disorder.

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  • UN: Rockets 'have gone missing'

    Twenty rockets found in an abandoned Gaza school this week are missing: U.N.

    Reuters