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Israel vows to destroy Hamas tunnels, calls up 16K reservists

Palestinians watch smoke rising from a building following an Israeli strike on Rafah, in the southern Gaza Strip, on July 31. SAID KHATIB / AFP/Getty Images

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said today that Israel will destroy the Hamas tunnel network in the Gaza Strip 'with or without a cease-fire,' as the military called up another 16,000 reservists to pursue its campaign in the densely-populated territory. More

Investigators get first look at Ukraine jet crash site

A Ukrainian soldier stands guard on top a humvee with a Ukrainian flag behind him, on July 31 at a check-point in the village of Debaltseve, in the Donetsk region, eastern Ukraine. BULENT KILIC / AFP/Getty Images

Rozsypne, Ukraine — Two weeks after a missile brought down Malaysia Airlines Flight 17, an international team of investigators Thursday reached a wreckage site in eastern Ukraine that remains bitterly contested between government forces and pro-Russia sep More

Snowden's asylum status in Russia ending

Edward Snowden. CHANNEL 4 / AFP/Getty Images

Moscow — Edward Snowden's temporary asylum status in Russia will expire at midnight Thursday, but the former U.S. National Security Agency systems administrator appears set to stay on until authorities decide on his application for an extension. More

Demoted worker shoots CEO, kills self in Chicago

Police investigate a shooting reported on the 17th floor at 231 South LaSalle Street, July 31, 2014 in Chicago. One man was killed and another wounded in the incident, which is still being investigated. Nancy Stone / MCT

Chicago — A demoted worker shot and critically wounded his company's CEO before fatally shooting himself Thursday inside a downtown high-rise office building in Chicago's bustling financial district, police said. More

West Africa Ebola outbreak tops 700 deaths

Liberia President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, right, demonstrates to people how to wash their hands properly in order to prevent the spread of the Ebola virus, during Independence Day celebrations in the city of Monrovia, Liberia. Abbas Dulleh / AP

Dakar, Senegal — The worst recorded Ebola outbreak in history surpassed 700 deaths in West Africa as the World Health Organization on Thursday announced dozens of new fatalities. More

CIA director apologizes to Senate leaders over computer search

Washington — CIA Director John Brennan apologized to Senate intelligence committee leaders after his inspector general found that CIA employees acted improperly when the CIA searched Senate computers earlier this year. More

Passenger dies, pilot hurt in San Diego parking lot plane crash

An aviation safety inspector looks inside the cockpit of a small airplane after it crashed in a shopping center parking lot Wednesday afternoon, July 30, 2014, in San Diego. One woman was killed and another seriously injured, a fire spokesman said. Hayne Palmour IV / AP

San Diego — A small plane clipped the top of a store before it crashed in the parking lot of a San Diego shopping center, killing a 78-year-old passenger and seriously injuring the 52-year-old pilot, authorities said. More

Sudan woman who faced death over faith heads to US

Philadelphia — A Sudanese woman who refused to recant her Christian faith in the face of a death sentence, which was later overturned, left Europe on Thursday for the United States, where she will make her new home. More

3 hurt when glass falls from NYC office tower

New York — Glass has fallen from a midtown Manhattan office tower, injuring three people. More

Toronto mayor Rob Ford orders 5 espressos in DJ deadmau5's video

Toronto — Famed DJ deadmau5 asked Rob Ford to go for a coffee run in his Ferrari and was jolted by the Toronto mayor's order: five espressos in one cup. More

UN official: Israel, Hamas committing war crimes

Geneva — The U.N.’s top human rights official accused both Israel and Hamas militants of committing war crimes in the latest Gaza war, but reserved her harshest words for the Israeli government, which she said Thursday was deliberately defying international law. More

Judge rejects suit by Pennsylvania teacher fired over blog

Philadelphia — A federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit by a former suburban Philadelphia teacher fired two years ago over a blog in which she called students 'disengaged, lazy whiners.' More

Former aide to Prince Philip charged in sex case

London — Prosecutors have charged a former aide to Prince Philip with three indecent assaults against a young girl in the early 1970s. More

Mudslide swallows Indian village; at least 30 dead

Rescue workers carry the body of a victim after a massive landslide in Malin village in Pune district of western Maharashtra state, India, July 31, 2014. Two days of torrential rains triggered the landslide early Wednesday, killing more than two dozen people and trapping more than 150, authorities said. Rafiq Maqbool / AP

Malin, India — Rescuers using earth-moving equipment and their bare hands dug through heavy mud and debris Thursday after a landslide engulfed an entire village in western India, killing at least 30 people and leaving about 100 missing and feared dead. More

Israel shells U.N. school filled with Gaza refugees

A Palestinian girl carries belongings as she and her family leave the Abu Hussein U.N. school in the Jebaliya refugee camp that was hit earlier by an Israeli strike on Wednesday. Khalil Hamra / AP

Israeli strikes hit a crowded shopping area in Gaza City Wednesday, hours after tank shells tore through the walls of a U.N. More

Peace Corps pulls volunteers in W. Africa as Ebola spreads

The Peace Corps is removing more than 300 of its volunteers from Sierra Leone, Liberia and Guinea as an Ebola outbreak that has left hundreds dead worsens in West Africa. More

Obama to GOP: 'Stop just hating all the time'

President Barack Obama speaks about the economy, July 30, 2014, at the Uptown Theater in Kansas City, Mo. Jacquelyn Martin / AP

Kansas City, Mo. — Pointing the finger at Republicans for congressional inaction, President Barack Obama chided lawmakers Wednesday for spending the waning days before their month-long summer break trying to sue him rather than addressing economic issues that could boost the middle class. More

Husband shot dead after killing 2 people, wounding several cops in N. Carolina

Fayetteville, N.C. — An angry husband sprayed his father-in-law's house with bullets from two 30-round magazines, killing two people, after his wife ran to the home during an argument Wednesday. More

California crews work to keep Yosemite fire from giant sequoias

A plane drops fire retardant as firefighters battle a blaze in El Portal, Calif., near Yosemite National Park on Tuesday. Al Golub / AP

Yosemite National Park, Calif. — Fire crews strengthened old containment lines on Wednesday, as they tried to keep a blaze in Yosemite National Park away from a grove of treasured giant sequoia trees. More

2 women survive ordeal along Indiana rail bridge

A video camera captured the terrifying plight of two women who became trapped on an 80-foot-high railroad bridge in Indiana when a freight train surprised them as they walked along the tracks. More

UCLA flooding reflects aging pipe issues many cities face

Los Angeles firefighters help drivers whose cars became stranded on Sunset Boulevard after a 30-inch water main broke and sent water flooding down Sunset and onto the UCLA campus, background, in the Westwood section of Los Angeles on July 29, 2014. Steve Gentry / AP

Los Angeles — The rupture of a nearly century-old water main that ripped a 15-foot hole through Sunset Boulevard and turned a swath of the University of California, Los Angeles, into a mucky mess points to the risks and expense many cities face with miles More

China corruption probe reaches higher

Zhou LIU JIN / AFP/Getty Images

— China announced Tuesday that its powerful former security czar is under investigation, confirming the hushed whispers that have been circulating over the last year. More

Florida mom charged for letting son, 7, go to park alone

Port St. Lucie, Fla. — A Florida woman is charged with child neglect after police say she let her 7-year-old son walk to a park alone. More

Heavy rains flood roads, strand cars in Colorado

Katie Zrubek, center, heads down a flooded street in her Windsor, Colo., neighborhood July 29, 2014. Windsor was hit by 4 inches of rain in 90 minutes. The National Weather Service issued a flash flood watch for nearly the whole state Tuesday. Erin Hull / AP

Windsor, Colo. — Northern Colorado got the brunt of heavy rains that flooded streets and stranded drivers up and down the Front Range. More

Passenger dies on US Airways flight to Phoenix

Phoenix — Authorities in Phoenix say a passenger has died on a US Airways flight to Phoenix from Honolulu after a suffering an unknown medical emergency. More

Weather kills 2,000 a year; cold is top culprit

Sarah Davis, left, puts on earmuffs over her hat as John Davis, right, burrows under some blankets, as they try to keep warm in their tent at a homeless encampment in Oklahoma City in December 2013. The weather kills at least 2,000 Americans each year, and the deaths are most common in the largest cities and the most rural areas, according to a new Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report released July 30, 2014. Sue Ogrocki / AP

New York — The weather kills at least 2,000 Americans each year and nearly two-thirds of the deaths are from the cold, according to a new government report. More

Ukraine: Clashes prevent visit to jet debris site

Alexander Hug, deputy head of the OSCE mission to Ukraine, center, and his colleagues examine a map as they discuss the situation around the site of the crashed Malaysia Airlines Flight 17, in the city of Donetsk, eastern Ukraine July 30, 2014. Dmitry Lovetsky / AP

Donetsk, Ukraine — Almost two weeks after Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 went down, clashes on Wednesday between Ukrainian forces and separatist rebels again prevented international experts from reaching the crash site to recover remains still baking in mids More

Florida mother charged after baby left in hot minivan

Orlando, Fla. — A Florida mother is facing a felony charge after leaving her 2-month-old baby in a hot minivan parked outside a doctor's office for about an hour. More

Landslide hits Indian village, killing at least 17

Mud and slush surround a building after a mudslide in Malin village, in the western Indian state of Maharashtra, July 30, 2014. Torrential rains triggered a massive landslide that buried a remote village in western India Wednesday, sweeping away scores of houses and possibly trapping more than 150 people, officials said. AP

New Delhi — Torrential rains triggered a massive landslide that buried a remote village in western India on Wednesday, killing at least 17 people as it swept away scores of houses and possibly trapping many more people under debris, officials said. More

Police: Naked intruder fell asleep in couple's bed in New Mexico

Albuquerque, N.M. — A New Mexico man faces charges after authorities say a couple found him naked and sleeping in their bed. More

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