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Smoke rises from an Israeli strike at a building in Gaza City, foreground, as black smoke billows from Gaza's electricity distribution company, background, after it was hit earlier by Israeli strikes in the Nusayrat refugee camp, central Gaza Strip, Tuesday, July 29, 2014. Israel struck symbols of Hamas' control of Gaza and the strip's only power plant on Tuesday, escalating its military campaign against the Islamic militant group with the heaviest bombardment in the fighting so far.(AP Photo/Khalil Hamra)Senior PLO official says also speaking for Hamas; at least 100 Palestinians killed Tuesday.


2014-07-29 06:38:51 -0600

Boat full of whale watchers stranded off coast of MassachusettsBOSTON (AP) — Passengers on a whale watch boat are back on dry land after spending a long night stuck at sea outside Boston.


2014-07-29 06:18:48 -0600

woman in blackBy Brendan O'Brien (Reuters) - A quiet woman wearing a flowing, black dress and mysteriously strolling along busy highways in parts of the U.S. Southeast and Midwest has the curious wondering who she is and spurred a social media site to document her trek. She has been dubbed the "Woman in Black," by TV stations, police and followers on the Web, including those on a Facebook page where she has been tracked on a nearly 500-mile journey with a black bag and walking stick in hand that has taken her from Ranger, Georgia, to Athens, Ohio, since July 18. Raymond Poles told Reuters he is the woman's brother, identifying her as Elizabeth Poles, 56, a U.S. Army veteran, mother of two children and a widow from Motts, Alabama. Elizabeth Poles had been receiving treatment at Veterans Affairs hospitals to deal with the deaths of her husband in 2008 and her father in 2009, he said.


2014-07-28 16:12:54 -0600