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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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Obama: US to expand airstrikes on Islamic State

WASHINGTON — In a major reversal, President Barack Obama moved Wednesday night to deepen the U.S. military role in the volatile Middle East, vowing to wage an unrelenting counterterror effort using airstrikes to target Islamic State fighters in both Iraq and Syria.

Tropical Storm Odile forms off Mexico

Tropical Storm Odile formed in the Eastern Pacific overnight Tuesday and is forecast to reach hurricane strength. The storm, with 40 mph winds, is located about 220 miles south-southwest of Lazaro Cardenas, Mexico, and is not on a track for Hawaii. The system is projected to follow a path very similar to Hurricane Norbert as it moves slowly northwest off the west coast of Baja California, with winds to 100 mph by the weekend. Dangerous high surf is expected to threaten the southern coast of Mexico by Thursday.