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Airlines scrap Israel flights over missile fear

updated: 07/22/2014 12:38 p.m. Discuss

U.S. and European airlines halted flights to Israel on Tuesday after a rocket landed near Tel Aviv's Ben Gurion Airport.

Obamacare hit by ruling, but subsidies to continue

updated: 07/22/2014 1:09 p.m. Comments 16

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama's health care law is enmeshed in another big legal battle after two federal appeals courts issued contradictory rulings on a key financing issue within hours of each other Tuesday.

Fire burns in industrial part of North Dakota town

posted: 07/22/2014 9:06 a.m. Discuss

WILLISTON, N.D. — A large fire broke out early Tuesday at an oil supply company in an industrial part of the western North Dakota oil patch town of Williston.

No cease-fire; Hamas chief vows to fight on

posted: 07/22/2014 4:49 a.m. Comments 3

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip -- The top Hamas leader in the Gaza Strip signaled Monday that the Islamic militant group will not agree to an unconditional cease-fire with Israel, while Israel's defense minister pledged to keep fighting "as long as necessary" -- raising new doubt about the highest-level mediation mission in two weeks.

Insurgents yield stricken plane's bodies, 2 boxes

posted: 07/22/2014 4:39 a.m. Gallery Discuss

Bowing to international pressure Monday, pro-Russia separatists released a train packed with bodies and handed over the black boxes from the downed Malaysia Airlines plane, four days after it crashed in rebel-held eastern Ukraine.

Workers get U.S. gay-bias protection

posted: 07/22/2014 4:30 a.m. Comment 1

President Barack Obama on Monday ordered employment protection for gay and transgender employees working for the federal government and for companies holding federal contracts, telling advocates he embraced the "irrefutable rightness of your cause."

Vet given highest honor for continuing to fight

posted: 07/22/2014 4:10 a.m. Discuss

Bleeding from both legs and his arm, Ryan Pitts kept firing at about 200 Taliban fighters, even holding onto his grenades an extra moment to ensure the enemy couldn't heave them back. On Monday, President Barack Obama draped the Medal of Honor around his neck, in a White House ceremony that also paid tribute to his nine platoon comrades who died that summer day in 2008 in Afghanistan.

Perry to deploy 1,000 to border

posted: 07/22/2014 4:08 a.m. Comments 2

Gov. Rick Perry said Monday that he is deploying up to 1,000 National Guard troops over the next month to the Texas-Mexico border to combat criminals who Republican state leaders say are exploiting a surge of children and families entering the U.S. illegally.

Tsarnaev's friend found guilty

posted: 07/22/2014 4:05 a.m. Discuss

A college friend of Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev was convicted Monday of impeding the investigation into the bombing.

Detroit beneficiaries OK pension cuts

posted: 07/22/2014 3:54 a.m. Discuss

Workers and retirees approved pension cuts in Detroit's bankruptcy, the city announced Monday, a crucial step to emerging from the largest municipal insolvency in U.S. history.

The nation in brief

posted: 07/22/2014 3:49 a.m. Discuss

Florida judge puts gay weddings on hold MIAMI -- A Florida Keys judge who last week ruled the state's ban on same-sex marriage is unconstitutional refused Monday to allow gay couples to begin marrying in Monroe County, citing a pending appeal by the state attorney general.

Names and faces

posted: 07/22/2014 3:48 a.m. Discuss

The first trailer for the Fifty Shades of Grey movie will be released this week and the original Christian Grey, Charlie Hunnam, said he can't wait for the finished product.

In the news

posted: 07/22/2014 3:47 a.m. Discuss

President Barack Obama said, "I'm for it," when asked about the prospect of the District of Columbia becoming the 51st state, speaking at a town hall at a city school in Washington.

Obama gives protection to gay, transgender workers

posted: 07/21/2014 11:07 a.m. Comments 34

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama on Monday gave employment protection to gay and transgender workers in the federal government and its contracting agencies, after being convinced by advocates of what he called the “irrefutable rightness of your cause.”

Bill Clinton won't 'jump the gun' on wife's plans

posted: 07/21/2014 8:24 a.m. Discuss

WASHINGTON — Former President Bill Clinton says he doesn't know whether his wife, Hillary, is going to run for president and said "she hasn't asked me yet."

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