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Palestinian mourners cry at Gaza City's al-Shifa hospital after an explosion killed at least seven children in a public playground in the beachfront Shati refugee camp on July 28, 2014.

Bloody Day in Gaza

Israel and Hamas traded blame for explosions at a refugee camp and a hospital in Gaza that left at least 10 children dead and scores wounded

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D.C. Gun Ban Struck Down

The ban on carrying handguns outside the home is unconstitutional and violates the Second Amendment, a federal judge ruled on Monday

High school girl arrested for killing, dismembering friend

Japanese Schoolgirl Arrested for Murdering Classmate

A 16-year-old has been arrested in Nagasaki for bludgeoning a classmate with a blunt object, then decapitating her and cutting off her left hand. "I did it all by myself," she reportedly told police. The victim's body was found in the suspect's apartment, where she lives alone

WASHINGTON GIANT PANDA

Nixon Asked a Reporter to Watch Panda Sex

A new book details the former President’s keen interest in making sure pandas Ling Ling and Hsing Hsing, gifted to the U.S. in 1972 by former Chinese Premier Zhou Enlai, got busy. "Now, if they don’t learn it, they’ll get over here and nothing will happen," said Nixon

Ebola in Liberia

Liberia Closes Borders to Curb Ebola Outbreak

All nonmajor entry points were sealed off in a bid to curb the largest Ebola outbreak on record, which has killed scores in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone, including a prominent doctor in Liberia. The airport will remain open, but travelers will be tested for the virus

A Southwest Airlines Co. Terminal Ahead Of Earnings Figures

FAA Proposes $12M Fine Against Southwest Airlines

The Federal Aviation Administration proposed a $12 million fine, the second largest in FAA history, against Southwest Airlines for allegedly not complying with regulations during jetliner repairs. In 2010, the FAA proposed a $24.2 million fine against American Airlines

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Judge Rules Against Move to Block Clippers Sale

A judge ruled against Donald Sterling's attempt to block the $2 billion sale of the Los Angeles team to former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer. Judge Michael Levanas sided with Sterling's estranged wife Shelly, who negotiated the deal and pursued the court's approval of the sale

Bloomberg New Energy Finance Summit

Politicians Give Living on Minimum Wage a Whirl

Tim Ryan, Ted Strickland and Jan Schakowsky took part in the #LiveTheWage challenge, and Pat Quinn agreed to try it in the future. "Washington is in a bubble that keeps our representatives away from the experiences of those they represent," Strickland wrote

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House Passes Bill to Update Sunscreen-Review Rules

The Sunscreen Innovation Act (H.R. 4250), which would change some of the procedural steps that can draw out the review process and was created in cooperation with the Food and Drug Administration, is the first major update to the review process since the 1990s

Christopher Walken leaves the "Late Show with David Letterman" at Ed Sullivan Theater on June 11, 2014 in New York City.

Christopher Walken Joins Disney's New Jungle Book

The actor has signed to work on the upcoming feature film, alongside Lupita Nyong'o, Scarlett Johansson, Idris Elba and Ben Kingsley. Giancarlo Esposito, better known as Gus from Breaking Bad, has also joined the cast

Leaked Nunn Memos Exemplify Campaign Calculation

Documents leaked by a conservative magazine offer a rare inside look at campaign strategy — giving a clear outline of the Michelle Nunn campaign's perceptions of the candidate's weaknesses as a moderate Democrat in the conservative state of Georgia