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Gazans rush to enjoy life after ruinous war

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip — After a ruinous war, Gaza is rushing back to a veneer of normalcy at astonishing speed. Street cafes and beaches are packed with people until late at night. Families crowd the few public parks. Wedding halls are booked solid.

Fla.’s ‘Gray Belt’ a glimpse at nation’s future

INVERNESS, Fla. — A billboard at the county line advertises home health care services. Local churches try to create a feeling of belonging for elderly members who may be disconnected from family up north. Lawyers and accountants make house calls like doctors. Elderly residents get ferried to stores by a fleet of county minivans.

‘Wheel’ spinning on Big Island

Contestants are spinning the wheel and solving word puzzles as “Wheel of Fortune” is currently taping episodes on the Big Island at the Hilton Waikoloa Village. Celebrating its 32nd season, the episodes taped here will air in November and February. TIM WRIGHT/Special to West Hawaii Today

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Arab League chief: Confront Islamic State group

CAIRO — The head of the Arab League urged its members Sunday to confront Islamic State extremists “militarily and politically,” issuing an apparent call to arms as President Barack Obama prepares to go to lawmakers and the American public with his own plan to stop the militants.