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Three children dead after Philly carjacking

A police officer walks past the wreckage of a carjacked vehicle that police say hit a group of people on a corner in Philadelphia on Friday, July 25, 2014, killing two children and critically injuring three other people. One of the children was pronounced dead at the scene and another at a hospital, Homicide Capt. James Clark said. (AP Photo/Philadelphia Daily News, Alejandro A. Alvarez) MANDATORY CREDIT; THE EVENING BULLETIN OUT, TV OUT; MAGS OUT; NO SALESThree other people were critically injured after a hijacked car was driven into a crowd.


Hospital gunman planned to kill others, official says

Police at the scene of a shooting at the Mercy-Fitzgerald Hospital in DarbyA psychiatrist's patient ranted about a gun ban at a suburban medical complex before opening fire there, killing his caseworker and grazing his psychiatrist before the doctor pulled out his own weapon and fired back, authorities said Friday.


Large Sandy-struck family splits $20M New Jersey lottery win

In this Thursday, July 24, 2014 photo, Forked River 7-Eleven owner Manny Chaudhari, right, poses for a photo with winning lottery ticket buyer Sigrid Endreson during a news conference, in Beachwood. Endreson's large New Jersey shore family that suffered losses during Superstorm Sandy will share a $20 million lottery jackpot that Endreson, one of 17 siblings, said would be "a great pick-me-up." (AP Photo/The Asbury Park Press, Doug Hood) NO SALESA lottery-playing tradition started by the matriarch of a large New Jersey shore family paid off for her 17 children this week when the group won a $20 million jackpot that will partly be used to help family members recover from 2012's Superstorm Sandy.


FBI's Mueller: Gaza will fuel al-Qaida threat

Israeli APCs drive near the Israeli border with Gaza as the come out of the Gaza StripA former FBI director says Israel's Gaza offensive will inflame anti-U.S. sentiment.


Washington wildfire: 300 homes burned

This aerial photo shows structures which were destroyed by wildfires near Pateros, Wash. on Thursday, July 24, 2014. Fire spokesman Pete Buist says the biggest wildfire in the state's history remains at 52 percent contained on Thursday. However, the weather forecast calls for hot and dry conditions to return over the next few days. (AP Photo)A sheriff in Washington state says a massive wildfire has burned 300 homes, double the number previously estimated.


Jailed Russian opposition leader goes on hunger strike

Russian opposition activist Sergei Udaltsov gestures in a court room during a trial in Moscow, Russia, Thursday, July 24, 2014. Russian news agencies say two opposition activists, Sergei Udaltsov and Leonid Razvozzhayev, have been convicted of organizing riots at the May 2012 protest in Moscow, a day before the inauguration of President Vladimir Putin. (AP Photo/Ivan Sekretarev)Russian opposition leader Sergei Udaltsov began a hunger strike on Friday, a day after being sentenced to four-and-a-half years in prison for inciting public unrest. "Today is the first day of the indefinite hunger strike declared by Udaltsov. Udaltsov, a leftist opposition leader, and his co-defendant Leonid Razvozzhayev were convicted on Thursday of fomenting mass riots ahead of President Vladimir Putin's inauguration to a third term in 2012. Udaltsov wrote a letter to the head of the prison in Moscow informing him that was going on hunger strike, said prison service spokesman Sergei Tsygankov.


AH5017: First images emerge of Air Algerie crash site

AH5017: First images emerge of Air Algerie crash siteThis photo provided Friday July 25, 2014 by the French army shows a helicopter at the site of the plane crash in Mali. French soldiers secured a black box from the Air Algerie wreckage site in a desolate region of restive northern Mali on Friday, the French president said. Terrorism hasn't been ruled out as a cause, although officials say the most likely reason for the catastrophe that killed all onboard is bad weather. At least 116 people were killed in Thursday's disaster, nearly half of whom were French. (AP Photo/ECPAD)

Israel rejects Gaza truce plan

Two and a half-year-old Muhammad Al Masri rests on his mother's legs in a classroom at a United Nations school where hundreds of families have sought refuge after fleeing their homes following heavy Israeli forces' strikes, in Jebaliya refugee camp, Gaza Strip, Friday, July 25, 2014. Over 140,000 Palestinians are seeking shelter in 83 UNRWA schools, according to UNRWA spokesman Chris Gunness. The number of Palestinians seeking shelter since the ground operation began has increased seven-fold. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)Israeli media say the country's Security Cabinet has unanimously rejected a U.S. proposal for a temporary pause in Israel-Hamas fighting.


Congress faces high price for border inaction

Speaker of the House John Boehner, R-Ohio, talks with reporters about the border crisis, veterans' health care, and future funding, on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, July 24, 2014. House Republicans and Senate Democrats are at an impasse on dealing with tens of thousands of young migrants showing up at the southern border, leaving any solution unclear with Congress' annual August recess looming. (AP Photo)Lawmakers could end up paying more to address immigration crisis.


Russian execs fear economic damage after plane crash

FILE - In this Monday, July 21, 2014 pool file photo Russian President Vladimir Putin listens during a meeting in Samara, Russia. Having for months dismissed Western sanctions on Russia as toothless, business leaders here are now afraid that the crash of the Malaysian jetliner will bring about an international isolation that will cause serious and lasting economic damage. The U.S. and EU are still playing something similar to “good cop, bad cop” with Russia, said Chris Weafer of the Moscow-based Macro-Advisory, but it remains to be seen whether the Malaysian plane crash will be a game changer for Russia’s economy. (AP Photo/RIA-Novosti, Alexei Nikolsky, Presidential Press Service, File)MOSCOW (AP) — Having for months dismissed Western sanctions on Russia as toothless, business leaders here are now afraid that the downing of the Malaysian jetliner will bring about an international isolation that will cause serious and lasting economic damage.


Judge: Defendant in 9/11 Gitmo case to be tried separately

Undated photo released January 17, 2002 by the U.S. Government of Ramzi Binalshibh, one of five susp..MIAMI (AP) — A military judge has ruled that one of five prisoners at the Guantanamo Bay naval base charged in the Sept. 11 attack should be tried separately from his co-defendants.


FIFA rejects calls to strip Russia of World Cup despite pressure

Ecuador's forward Jefferson Montero kicks the ball during the Group E football match against France at the Maracana Stadium in Rio de Janeiro during the 2014 FIFA World Cup on June 25, 2014GENEVA (AP) — FIFA rejected calls to move the 2018 World Cup from Russia, saying the tournament "can achieve positive change."


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Vatican staff gets surprise lunch guest

Pope Francisnhas lunch at the Vatican workers' cafeteria, FridayBut a cafeteria cashier balks at handing Pope Francis the bill.


Aide: White House takes impeachment threat seriously

President Barack Obama walks from Marine One to board Air Force One and leave Los Angeles en route to Washington from Los Angeles International Airport Thursday, July 24, 2014, on the final day of his three-day West Coast trip. (AP Photo)WASHINGTON (AP) — One of President Barack Obama's top advisers says the White House takes seriously the possibility that House Republicans could pursue impeachment of the president.


Drought, disease to drive up U.S. meat, seafood prices

Fish and chipsBy Ros Krasny WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Overall U.S. food inflation will remain near the historic norm in 2014, even as prices for meat and seafood are pushed higher by disease and widespread drought, the U.S. Department of Agriculture said on Friday. Prices for shelf-stable and processed items made by companies such as General Mills and Kraft Foods Group are relatively flat. "It appears that supermarkets are maintaining minimal price inflation on packaged food products, possibly in an effort to keep prices competitive in light of rising cost pressures for most perishable items," the USDA said.


Gunman to face bedside arraignment

A hospital worker views police activity near the scene of a shooting at a wellness center attached to Mercy Fitzgerald Hospital in Darby, Pa., on Thursday, July 24, 2014. A doctor grazed by gunfire from a patient who had entered his office in a suburban hospital's psychiatric unit stopped him by returning fire with his own gun and injuring him, authorities said. (AP Photo)Man accused of shooting his caseworker, then was shot by his psychiatrist, police say.


Comic-Con fanboys, girls confront changes in beloved characters

Guests attend Day 1 of Comic-Con International 2014 on July 24, 2014 in San Diego, CaliforniaCaptain America is now black, Thor becomes a woman, and comic character Archie Andrews is shot and killed while saving his gay friend. The annual pop-culture carnival that is the Comic-Con Festival got under way in San Diego on Thursday with fans welcoming the world of change facing so many beloved characters. An estimated 150,000 devotees of comics, video games, fantasy and action movies are expected to throng the four-day extravaganza in southern California, many opting to don costumes of their favorite characters. The streets surrounding the festival resemble a surreal bazaar: a miniature Darth Vader asleep on the shoulders of his father, dressed as Bart Simpson, or Princess Elsa from "Frozen" posing with "Avengers" heroine Black Widow.


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Cyclist reprimanded for Gaza protest on gloves

New Zealand's Sam Webster, left, leads Malaysia's Mohd Azizulhasni Awang, right, during the Men's sprint Quarter final at the Velodrome in Glasgow, Scotland, Friday, July 25, 2014. (AP Photo/Scott Heppell)GLASGOW, Scotland (AP) — A Malaysian cyclist at the Commonwealth Games who wore gloves with "Save Gaza" written on them has been reprimanded by his team and warned he will be expelled if he does it again.