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Israel hits symbols of Hamas rule; 128 killed

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip — Israel unleashed its heaviest air and artillery assault of the Gaza war on Tuesday, destroying key symbols of Hamas control, shutting down the territory’s only power plant and leaving at least 128 Palestinians dead on the bloodiest day of the 22-day conflict.

US, Europe impose tough new sanctions on Russia

WASHINGTON — Spurred to action by the downing of the Malaysian airliner, the European Union approved dramatically tougher economic sanctions Tuesday against Russia, including an arms embargo and restrictions on state-owned banks. President Barack Obama swiftly followed with an expansion of U.S. penalties targeting key sectors of the Russian economy.

US fuming over Israeli criticism of Kerry

WASHINGTON — The Obama administration pushed back strongly Monday at a torrent of Israeli criticism over Secretary of State John Kerry’s latest bid to secure a cease-fire with Hamas, accusing some in Israel of launching a “misinformation campaign” against the top American diplomat.

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Hawaii leading the way on tackling skin cancer

HONOLULU — Hawaii is already ahead of most of the nation when it comes to tackling skin cancer. The state’s new restrictions on tanning device use to those 18 and over is among the top suggestions included in the Surgeon General’s new Call to Action to Prevent Skin Cancer. The report, released today, lays out strategies focused on both personal responsibility and public policy that will help Americans make healthy choices to protect their skin.