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Deadly Israeli strikes hit UN school, market area

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip — Israeli artillery shells tore through the walls of a U.N. school crowded with sleeping war refugees and back-to-back explosions rocked a market filled with shoppers Wednesday as Israel’s stepped up campaign against Gaza’s Hamas rulers claimed at least 116 Palestinian lives.

Suing Obama: GOP-led House gives the go-ahead

WASHINGTON — A sharply divided House approved a Republican plan Wednesday to launch a campaign-season lawsuit against President Barack Obama, accusing him of exceeding the bounds of his constitutional authority. Obama and other Democrats derided the effort as a stunt aimed at tossing political red meat to conservative voters.

Ukraine clashes keeping experts from bodies

DONETSK, Ukraine — Almost two weeks after Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 was blown out of the sky, the remains of some passengers are feared rotting in the 90-degree midsummer heat, deepening the frustration of relatives desperate to recover the bodies of their loved ones.

Research: Kilauea affected Tropical Storm Flossie

One might assume that a tropical storm moving through vog would sweep up the tainted air and march on, unchanged. However, a recent study from atmospheric scientists at the University of Hawaii revealed that gasses and particles from Kilauea volcano exerted an influence on Tropical Storm Flossie — affecting the formation of thunderstorms and lightning in the storm.

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US: Russia is firing across border

KIEV, Ukraine — Russia is launching artillery attacks from its soil on Ukrainian troops and preparing to move heavier weaponry across the border, the U.S. and Ukraine charged Friday in what appeared to be an ominous escalation of the crisis.

Tropical storm forms in Eastern Pacific

Tropical storm Genevieve formed in the Eastern Pacific overnight. Located about 1,400 miles east-southeast of Hilo, the system is forecast to pass well south of the islands. The storm is moving to the west at approximately seven miles an hour, with sustained winds to 45 miles per hour extending 60 miles out from the center.