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Judge Rules Against D.C. Ban on Guns

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Washington — A federal judge struck down the nation’s last complete prohibition on carrying guns outside the home, declaring the District of Columbia’s strict handgun ban unconstitutional. The ruling by a federal judge in New York, announced late Saturday, is the latest blow to the decades-long gun law in the nation’s capital, which is plagued by violent crime. In 2008, the Supreme Court struck down the city’s handgun ban, establishing …

Dollar Tree To Acquire Family Dollar

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

New York — The fight for penny pinchers is intensifying. Dollar Tree said Monday it is buying rival discounter Family Dollar for $8.5 billion, significantly broadening its reach as it looks to fend off Wal-Mart, which has been increasingly targeting lower-income customers. The deal makes Dollar Tree the biggest player in the dollar store segment, with its more than 13,000 combined locations eclipsing …

‘What Is Coming Will Be Worse’

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Gaza City, Gaza Strip — Israel’s prime minister warned Monday that the country faced a prolonged campaign against Hamas in the Gaza Strip, as the military urged residents in parts of the embattled territory to evacuate ahead of what appeared to be a broadening of the three-week war. “What is coming will be …

Gaza Conflict To ‘Pause’ For 12 Hours

Monday, July 28, 2014

Jerusalem —Large Palestinian protests against Israel’s assault on the Gaza Strip spread across the West Bank on Friday, as U.S.-led talks to secure a lasting truce sputtered while Gaza residents awaited a possible lull in fighting. In Cairo, Secretary of State John Kerry said Friday that his efforts …

Experts: U.S. Policy Set Stage

Monday, July 28, 2014

Violence, poverty, unemployment and Obama’s immigration policy have all been blamed for the massive arrival of unaccompanied children from Central America at the U.S. southern border. Some immigration experts and advocates suggest another factor: U.S. policies of the …

Report Finds Huge Increase In Border Kids

Monday, July 28, 2014

Houston — Not only have more unaccompanied children illegally crossed the southern border this year — more than twice last year’s total — but they are crossing at much younger ages, according to a study released this week. There has been a 117 percent increase in apprehensions among …

Video of OKC Bombing Sought

Monday, July 28, 2014

Oklahoma City — One man’s quest to explain his brother’s mysterious jail cell death 19 years ago has rekindled long-dormant questions about whether others were involved in the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing. What some consider a far-flung conspiracy …

U.S. Says Satellite Photos Show Russia Shelling Into Ukraine

Monday, July 28, 2014

Kiev, Ukraine — Satellite photos show that Russia has shelled across the border into Ukraine, the Obama administration said, as Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte said signs of heavy fighting prevented investigators from reaching the crash site of Malaysian Air Flight 17. “Russian forces have fired across the …

Beware of ‘ObamaCare’ Auto Renewal

Monday, July 28, 2014

Washington — If you have health insurance on your job, you probably don’t give much thought to each year’s renewal. But make the same assumption in one of the new health law plans, and it could lead to costly surprises. Insurance exchange customers who opt for convenience by …

Iraq’s Maliki Could Be Forced Out Soon

Monday, July 28, 2014

Baghdad — Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki’s days at the helm of his country appear to be numbered after his own party seemed resigned to finding another candidate for the post, releasing a statement urging politicians not to “cling” to their positions. Shiite politicians were meeting Sunday night …

Trial in Salmonella Deaths to Start in Georgia

Monday, July 28, 2014

Atlanta — Three people accused of scheming to manufacture and ship salmonella-tainted peanuts that killed nine people, sickened more than 700 and prompted one of the largest food recalls in history are set to go to trial this week in south Georgia. A federal indictment unsealed in February …

NASA: Solar Storm Barely Missed Earth

Monday, July 28, 2014

Earth missed a potentially catastrophic encounter with a solar storm by one week in 2012, physicists report. “I have come away from our recent studies more convinced than ever that Earth and its inhabitants were incredibly fortunate that the 2012 eruption happened when it did,” physicist Daniel Baker …

Casinos Not Gold For Atlantic City

Monday, July 28, 2014

Atlantic City, N.J. — The fortune-tellers hawk their services along the boardwalk, offering to read palms, study tarot cards and gaze into crystal balls for $5. But for free, you can get most anyone along the seaside stretch to peer into the future, and it doesn’t look pretty. …