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Shujaiya neighborhood, Gaza

Palestinian Information Center

Israel: Ball 'is in Hamas' court'

Hamas and Israel blamed one another for the lack of a cease-fire in a conflict that has left more than 1,200 people dead, raising questions about just what it will take to end the fighting in Gaza.

The violence continued Wednesday morning, when Israel...

Obama statement on Ukraine

Pool

US, EU hit Russia with more sanctions

Russia became more isolated Tuesday than it has been at any time since the end of the Cold War after new, hard-hitting sanctions were announced by the European Union and the United States, U.S. officials said.

Ebola virus in black and white

Centers for Disease Control

Ebola doctor in Sierra Leone dies

A doctor who was on the front lines fighting the Ebola outbreak in Sierra Leone has died from complications of the disease, Doctors Without Borders said Tuesday.

Dr. Sheik Humarr Khan fell ill early last week while overseeing Ebola treatment at Kenema...

VA Medical Center

CNN

More VA employees told to falsify data

Roughly half the schedulers at multiple Veterans Affairs hospitals said they received instructions from supervisors to falsify data and hide the true time it took patients to be seen by a doctor after making an appointment, new details from an intern...

US Mexican border

REUTERS/Mike Blake

House GOP leaders unveil smaller border bill

Struggling to come up with enough votes to pass a funding bill to address the southern border crisis, House Republican leaders further scaled-back their proposal on Tuesday, unveiling a $659 million measure aimed at bringing conservatives on board.

John Boehner

CNN

Boehner denies GOP plans to impeach Obama

House Speaker John Boehner flatly denied Tuesday that congressional Republicans are moving to impeach President Barack Obama, blasting talk about it as "a scam started by Democrats at the White House."

"We have no plans to impeach the President. We ha...

Affordable Care Act website, health care website

Healthcare.gov

Appeals court rejects Health law challenge

Score one for Affordable Care Act supporters in court on Tuesday. A three-judge appeals panel in Washington unanimously rejected a novel challenge to how the the legislation took shape in Congress.

C-130 landing

REUTERS/Tobias Schwarz

'Apparent stowaway' body found in wheel well

The body of an "apparent stowaway" was found in the wheel well of a U.S. Air Force plane that traveled around Africa before returning to an American base in Germany, a Pentagon spokesman said Tuesday.

Stock traders

Brendan McDermid / Reuters

Telecom bounce not enough to buoy stocks

The summer doldrums appear to be officially here. Stocks didn't do much Tuesday -- a day after the market was mostly spinning its wheels.

Bob McDonald VA nominee

REUTERS/Lucas Jackson

Senate confirms McDonald as Veterans Affairs secretary

The Senate on Tuesday unanimously confirmed Robert McDonald, a former corporate CEO and an ex-Army officer, as the next Veterans Affairs secretary.

Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam

Frustrated governor writes Obama about border kids

Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam expressed frustration with the Obama administration's decision to place 760 unaccompanied minors in his state without notification.

In a letter addressed to President Barack Obama dated July 25, Haslam said it was "unaccepta...

Plane lands on Florida beach

Sarasota County Sheriff's Office

Girl hit by plane dies from injuries

The 9-year-old girl critically injured when an airplane struck her on a Florida beach last weekend has died, the Sarasota County Sheriff's Office said Tuesday.

The girl, Oceana Irizarry, and her father, Ommy Irizarry, 36, of Georgia were both struck S...

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On this day: July 30

Jimmy Hoffa file photo

Library of Congress

Henry Ford is born, the host nation captures the very first World Cup, the USS Indianapolis sinks into shark-infested waters, and Hoffa goes missing, all on this day.

20 scariest states in America

scared woman driving car

iStock/cookelma

Clowns, spiders and snakes, oh my! These states are the scariest in America, according to, well, Americans.

On this day: July 29

Prince Charles, Diana kissing at 1981 wedding

Reuters

Vincent van Gogh dies, the Summer Olympics return after World War II, Jack Paar debuts on the "Tonight" show, Dylan crashes his motorcycle, and Prince Charles marries Diana, all on this day.

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