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  • Tea Party out-muscles Boehner on border-security funding
    Tea Party out-muscles Boehner on border-security funding

    By Richard Cowan WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A bill to fund border security blew up in House Speaker John Boehner's face on Thursday, leaving Republicans in disarray and struggling to reconcile Tea Party demands with the need to deal with a humanitarian crisis on the southwestern border with Mexico. A carefully crafted, $659 million bill to pay for more border security and help feed and house tens of thousands of Central American children arriving illegally in the United States unexpectedly collapsed on Thursday. Tea Party-backed Senator Ted Cruz of Texas had his fingerprints all over Thursday's debacle for Boehner. The measure, complained Cruz, would not reverse President Barack Obama's 2012 policy of suspending deportations of undocumented residents who were brought to the United States as children by their parents.

  • Pacific leaders say climate will claim entire nations
    Pacific leaders say climate will claim entire nations

    Pacific leaders warned Thursday that entire island nations will disappear under the waves unless action is taken to address climate change. The Pacific Islands Forum (PIF) wrapped up its annual meeting in Palau with a call to action on the issue of global warming, with the 15-nation regional grouping saying there was no excuse not to act to curb climate change. "We all know the causes of climate change, we know the solutions," Samoa Prime Minister Sailele Malielegaoi told reporters after releasing a communique from the three-day meeting. Malielegaoi said Pacific island nations, some of which are barely one metre (three foot) above sea level, were at the forefront of the climate change issue because it was a matter of survival for them.

  • Student settles suit over mistaken beer purchase

    RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A college student who says she fled in terror when undercover officers who thought she had illegally bought beer swarmed her SUV has reached a $212,500 settlement with the state of Virginia.

  • AP ANALYSIS: Amid war, endgames in Gaza emerge
    AP ANALYSIS: Amid war, endgames in Gaza emerge

    TEL AVIV, Israel (AP) — The savage fighting between Israel and Hamas is escalating in Gaza, cease-fire efforts take on elements of farce, and bravado rules the public discourse. But even through the fog of war, a few endgame scenarios can nonetheless be glimpsed.

  • Israel, Palestinian militant groups agree to three-day Gaza truce
    Israel, Palestinian militant groups agree to three-day Gaza truce

    By Nidal al-Mughrabi and Ari Rabinovitch GAZA/JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Israel and Palestinian militant groups in the Gaza Strip have agreed to a three-day humanitarian truce to begin Friday morning, and negotiators from both sides will travel to Cairo to discuss a longer-term. The 72-hour break after more than three weeks of fighting was set to begin at 8 a.m. (0500 GMT), according to a joint statement released by U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. A spokesman for Hamas, the Islamist group dominant in Gaza, said all Palestinian factions would abide by the truce as long as Israel holds its fire. Officials in Israel were not available for immediate comment.

  • Home sweet shipping container?
    Home sweet shipping container?

    Apartment building under construction in Washington D.C. built with used shipping containers

  • Coke Under Pressure as Sales Abroad Weaken
    Coke Under Pressure as Sales Abroad Weaken

    The pressure is on for Coke. For more than a century, Coca-Cola Co. believed it could keep growing as long as it could place a Coke within "an arm's reach of desire." But in the U.S., Americans have been drinking less of it for more than a decade. Now, desire for Coke in its foreign markets is slackening too. Coke missed overall growth targets in 2013 as a result.

  • Gas blasts kill 22, injure 270 in Taiwan
    Gas blasts kill 22, injure 270 in Taiwan

    A series of powerful gas blasts killed at least 22 people and injured up to 270 in the southern Taiwanese city of Kaohsiung, overturning cars and ripping open roads, officials said Friday. "The blasts late Thursday killed at least 22 people and left 270 others injured," the National Fire Agency said, adding that the injured were being rushed to hospitals across the port city. The explosions, believed to have been triggered by gas leaks, were powerful enough to upturn cars and tear open paved roads. One street had been split along its length, swallowing fire engines and cars.

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