At least 107 Palestinians were killed and an Israeli soldier was missing presumed captured as a fresh wave of violence swept through the Gaza Strip Saturday following the failure of an agreed ceasefire. The attacks continued throughout the night, leaving at least 35 Palestinians dead in the Gaza town of Rafah alone in a series of Israeli air raids in the hours since midnight (2100 GMT) Friday. US President Barack Obama called for the missing soldier, 23-year-old Second Lieutenant Hadar Goldin to be "unconditionally" released, but also said more must be done to protect Gaza civilians. Israeli Justice Minister Tzipi Livni, a member of the eight-strong security cabinet, accused Hamas of being behind the disappearance of the missing soldier and said the group would pay a high price.
When 10 young Israelis and Palestinians came to Washington in June to talk, listen and learn from one another, the outbreak of war back home was never on the program. On Friday they bid farewell on the steps of the Thomas Jefferson Memorial, having stuck together through a seven-week bridge-building internship overshadowed by the conflict in Gaza. "Putting aside everything that was going on at home was really hard," said Ranin Faidi, 22, one of the Palestinian participants in the annual New Story Leadership (NSL) program. "Especially when things (in Israel and Gaza) got really close to our families and friends... those were the most challenging moments," added Asi Garbarz, 27, from a kibbutz in northern Israel.
The US PGA Tour said that golfer Dustin Johnson's leave of absence was voluntary, and not a suspension by the tour for a failed drug test. "With regard to media reports that Dustin Johnson has been suspended by the PGA Tour, this is to clarify that Mr Johnson has taken a voluntary leave of absence and is not under a suspension from the PGA Tour," the statement said. The report said Johnson was previously suspended for the 2012 season but as is common with PGA Tour disciplinary action the ban was never made public. While the PGA Tour denied suspending Johnson, its statement did not specifically address the veracity of the reports that Johnson had tested positive for recreational drugs.
Friday saw solidly triple digit high temperatures across the Central Valley and surrounding lower foothill regions. One high temperature record for the day was tied Friday in Modesto with 106 degrees. The weekend will see the beginning of a cooling trend across interior Northern California as an onshore flow slowly develops.Read More
By Karen Freifeld NEW YORK (Reuters) - Trustees involved in JPMorgan Chase & Co's proposed $4.5 billion settlement with investors in money-losing mortgage bonds accepted the bank's offer on Friday for the vast majority of the trusts holding the securities. The trustees rejected the deal for six of about 330 trusts included in the offer, according to a notice posted on a website run by the trustees. JPMorgan reached the $4.5 billion agreement in November with 21 institutional investors in 330 residential mortgage-backed securities trusts issued by JPMorgan and Bear Stearns, which the bank took over during the financial crisis. One of the trusts was later excluded from the deal.
Monsoon moisture will move back northward into Los Angeles County on Sunday. Just about any location from the beach to the mountains and the Antelope Valley will be susceptible to isolated thunderstorms. The main impacts will be lightning and brief heavy downpours. Keep aware of the weather situation and when skies look threatening move to a safe place. When Thunder Roars, Go Indoors!Read More
The US Congress approved $225 million for Israel's Iron Dome anti-missile defense system, credited with destroying missiles fired by Hamas before they could reach their targets. House of Representatives approved the funding by 395-8 in a late Friday vote. The Senate earlier approved the measure unanimously before the start of its five week summer recess. The measure now awaits President Barack Obama's signature.
By David Lawder and Richard Cowan WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Republicans in the U.S. House of Representatives voted on Friday to crack down on Central American migrants, including unaccompanied children, who are flooding to the U.S. border with Mexico, as lawmakers passed a $694 million border security bill. The 223-189 vote came one day after conservative Republicans balked at an earlier version of the measure, exposing a deep rift between Tea Party activists and more mainstream Republicans. In passing the retooled bill, the Republican-led House ignored a veto threat from the White House. "We couldn't go home (for recess) and not have a decision," said Representative Kay Granger of Texas, who helped draft the original bill.
Wimbledon semi-finalist Milos Raonic and 2013 US Open semi-finalist Richard Gasquet advanced to the last four of the ATP and WTA Washington Open with straight-set triumphs. Canadian second seed Raonic fired 16 aces and lost only nine service points in defeating American Steve Johnson 7-6 (7/2), 6-2, taking only 79 minutes to book his third semi-final of the season. "I'm getting better and better," Raonic said. Raonic, seeking his sixth ATP title, lost the Rome semi-final to top-ranked Novak Djokovic and at Wimbledon to 17-time Grand Slam winner Roger Federer.
Scattered showers and thunderstorms are beginning to fill into valley locations of southeast Arizona this evening. These storms are slow moving and may linger in the same area for some time. Heavy rain with localized flooding, gusty winds, and frequent lightning will be possible.Read More
Former Malaysian prime minister Mahathir Mohamad has called for the Internet to be censored to preserve "public morality", in what the opposition suggested Saturday was an attempt to silence government critics. Mahathir, who was the country's longest-serving prime minister, in office from 1981 to 2003, remains an influential figure in Malaysian politics. "The Internet has played a major role in undermining public morality," 89-year-old Mahathir said in a blog posting Friday, adding that "today any child can access pornography of the worse kind. "I don’t care how sacred is freedom but I think the time has come for governments, at least the Malaysian government to censor the Internet."
In the 30-second spot posted to Twitter, Siri overhears two Beats spokes-speakers happily discussing the news about their new corporate owners. Siri's disembodied voice lets them know that Beats founder Dr. Dre is hosting a party tonight, leading to much rejoicing. The man Pill asks for directions, but Siri shoots him down. "Sorry, Mikey and Tina," Siri says, not sounding sorry at all.
Indiana Pacers star Paul George suffered a grisly lower right leg injury in a United States intra-squad scrimmage in preparation for the Basketball World Cup. The injury was bad enough that the exhibition before fans at the Thomas and Mack Center was immediately halted and George was quickly hospitalized. The Pacers small forward landed hard and his leg buckled horribly near the basket stanchion after he had fouled James Harden on a drive early in the fourth quarter of the contest. USA Basketball chairman Jerry Colangelo did not immediately confirm the exact nature of the injury, but just said the organization's only concern at the moment was for the player.