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An alleged Israeli strike hit a crowded U.N. school used as shelter for refugees in the northern Gaza Strip killing at least 15 people the Palestinian Health Ministry said, on July 30, 2014.

WH: Shelling Was 'Indefensible'

The Obama administration issued a tough critique of the Israeli shelling of a U.N. school-turned-shelter for Palestinian civilians on Wednesday

IDF soldiers of the Paratroopers Brigade guarding and neutralizing tunnels that were dug by the Hamas organization and leading into Israel, Khan Younis, Gaza, July 30, 2014.

'Determined' to Destroy Tunnels

Israel has pledged to keep up the offensive against Palestinian militants in Gaza until the tunnels it claims are facilitating Hamas' attacks are destroyed

Central Intelligence Agency Director John Brennan delivers remarks at a Council on Foreign Relations forum in Washington on March 11, 2014.

Hacking Bad: CIA Says Sorry for Senate Snooping

A report from the Central Intelligence Agency’s Inspector General faulted agency employees for improperly accessing Senate staffers' computers during an investigation into Bush-era CIA interrogation practices

Alexander Hug deputy head for the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe's (OSCE) monitoring mission in Ukraine, looks on next to armed pro-Russian separatists on the way to the Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 crash site, near Donetsk on July 30, 2014.

Investigators Reach MH17 Site

International investigators have reached the crash site of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 for the first time since the jet was downed by a missile in eastern Ukraine on July 17; they had been blocked by fighting between pro-Russia separatists and the Ukrainian military

Argentina's Economy Minister Axel Kicillof speaks to the media at a press conference at the Argentine Consulate in New York, July 30, 2014. Economy Minister Axel Kicillof speaks to the media at a press conference at the Argentine Consulate in New York

Argentina Defaults After Debt Talks Collapse

The South American nation failed to strike a deal to avert its second debt default in 13 years, leaving political leaders in a state of deep denial. "Who believes in credit rating agencies at this stage?" said the nation's Economy Minister


Facebook App Gives Free Web Access to Developing World

The social network launched its first app on Thursday for, jumpstarting a partnership among tech giants to beam wireless service to sites like Facebook, Google and Wikipedia to developing markets, with an initial rollout in Zambia

Tylenol Pills Spilling Out Of Bottle

It’s Easier Than You Think to Overdose on Tylenol

A new analysis from Consumer Reports calls out the Food and Drug Administration for inconsistent and potentially dangerous labeling of acetaminophen painkillers, finding that nearly 17,000 people die each year from overdosing on them

Recording artist Alicia Keys attends the 2014 Essence Music Festival on July 4, 2014 in New Orleans.

Alicia Keys Pregnant With Her Second Child

Alicia Keys and her husband Swizz Beatz announced via Instagram on Thursday that they're expecting a second child, with Swizz posting a photo of his clearly pregnant wife alongside a birthday message that included the good news


Exclusive: Holder to Oppose Data-Driven Sentencing

The Attorney General told TIME in an interview he now opposes certain statistical tools used to determine jail time, citing concerns about equal justice in sentencing, which puts the White House at odds with an increasingly effective method for managing prison populations

Dance Ecstasy Pills

Police Arrest Man Who Allegedly Dealt Deadly MDMA

Federal prosecutors have charged a man in Buffalo, 23-year-old Patrick Morgan, for allegedly distributing the drugs—more commonly known as molly—that led to the death of a concertgoer at the Electric Zoo music festival last year

Rooftops in suburban development in Colorado Springs, Colorado.

The Rise of Suburban Poverty in America

The suburbs aren't the middle-class haven many imagine them to be, with a report released Thursday by the Brookings Institution showing a significant rise in suburban Americans who are living beneath the poverty line