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  • Israel shells U.N.-run school in Gaza Strip

    24 July 2014, 10:20 am by: William Booth, Sudarsan Raghavan, Anne Gearan

    GAZA CITY — Israeli forces shelled a U.N.-run school filled with Palestinian refugees in the northern part of the Gaza Strip on Thursday, killing at least 15 people and wounding more than 100, Palestinian officials said. Read full article >>
  • PostEverything: I’m one of the people Sen. John Walsh plagiarized from

    24 July 2014, 9:28 am by: Sean M. Lynn-Jones

    On Wednesday afternoon, a flurry of phone calls and e-mails informed me that Sen. John Walsh (D-MT) had apparently included—verbatim and without attribution—several pages of a 1998 paper of mine in a work he submitted to the U.S. Army War College.…
  • Veteran Kurdish politician elected president of Iraq

    24 July 2014, 8:16 am by: Loveday Morris

    BAGHDAD — A veteran Kurdish politician was elected president of Iraq on Thursday, as political leaders moved a step closer to forming a new government that will face the momentous task of repairing the deep divisions that are tearing the country apart. Read…
  • Air Algerie plane disappears from radar in west Africa; 116 on board

    24 July 2014, 8:07 am by: J. Freedom du Lac, Sarah Larimer

    A flight operated by Air Algerie and carrying 116 people from Burkina Faso to Algeria’s capital disappeared from radar early Thursday, the plane’s owner said, according to reports. Swiftair, a private Spanish airline, said the plane carrying 110 passengers…
  • Intense battles continue in eastern Ukraine; Australia to send police to guard crash site

    24 July 2014, 7:42 am by: Michael Birnbaum, Carol Morello

    DONETSK, Ukraine — Intense fighting continued Thursday in eastern Ukraine, a day after separatists fighting the Kiev government claimed responsibility for shooting down two warplanes near where a passenger airliner crashed last week after being struck by a…
  • Some Republicans push compassionate, anti-poverty agenda ahead of 2016 contest

    24 July 2014, 6:02 am by: Zachary A. Goldfarb

    The last time Republicans began running for president, there was a race to be the most confrontational, the most unbending. Mitt Romney said he was a “severe conservative” and mocked the “47 percent.” Rick Perry called the Federal Reserve…
  • From burning at the stake to lethal injection, how America keeps reinventing capital punishment

    24 July 2014, 5:56 am by: Lindsey Bever, Justin Moyer

    Wednesday’s execution in Arizona appears to be another case of lethal injection gone awry. It’s not supposed to take two hours. Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer (R) called for a review. But the way America kills criminals has been under review for centuries. Read…
  • Kerry meets with Netanyahu amid Israeli anger over ban on U.S. flights

    24 July 2014, 12:28 am by: Anne Gearan, Sudarsan Raghavan, William Booth

    JERUSALEM — The United States on Wednesday put the most direct pressure yet on its ally Israel to cut short its military campaign against Hamas in Gaza, but Secretary of State John F. Kerry did not get a deal from Israel or the Palestinians to stop the…
  • Dionne: A conservative judiciary run amok

    23 July 2014, 8:26 pm by: E.J. Dionne Jr.

    Retired Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens captured our ideal when he wrote of the judge as “an impartial guardian of the rule of law.” By effectively gutting the Affordable Care Act on Tuesday, two members of a three-judge panel on the D.C. Circuit…
  • Document details procedure for placing terrorist suspects on government watch list

    23 July 2014, 7:38 pm by: Adam Goldman

    The president’s top counterterrorism adviser has the temporary ability to prevent categories of people — already in the government's vast databases of known or suspected terrorists — from flying, in the face of a credible threat, according to a newly…
  • U.S.-Israel ties help and hinder American efforts to secure a cease-fire

    23 July 2014, 6:57 pm by: Sudarsan Raghavan, William Booth

    JERUSALEM – In life, Max Steinberg was known for his courage, athletic prowess and love of Bob Marley songs, his family and friends told an estimated 30,000 people who attended his military funeral on Wednesday. In death, Sgt. Steinberg represented more.…
  • Former team leader with Centers for Disease Control’s bioterrorism lab resigns

    23 July 2014, 6:48 pm by: Brady Dennis

    The head of the lab that potentially exposed scores of employees of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta to anthrax resigned abruptly this week, the agency confirmed Wednesday. Michael Farrell had been the team leader for the CDC’s…
  • Border crisis creates discomfort for state, local politicians over housing children

    23 July 2014, 6:43 pm by: Manuel Roig-Franzia, Wesley Lowery, Niraj Chokshi

    TUCSON — A governor was moved to tears. A mayor fretted about disease and crime. A city councilman accused the federal government of keeping secrets. Around the country, in statehouses and mayor’s suites, in city council chambers and local police agencies,…
  • Two Ukrainian military jets shot down over rebel-held area

    23 July 2014, 6:26 pm by: Michael Birnbaum, Carol Morello

    TOREZ, Ukraine — Separatists fighting the Kiev government claimed responsibility for shooting down two warplanes Wednesday over eastern Ukraine near where a passenger airliner crashed last week after being struck by a missile. Read full article >>
  • BICEP2 experiment’s big-bang controversy highlights challenges for modern science

    23 July 2014, 6:02 pm by: Joel Achenbach

    For scientists, the really huge, cymbals-crashing discoveries are hard to come by these days. A breakthrough can take years of labor, and the final result might be a graph of data in which the signal is barely dis­cern­ible amid the noise. Dramatic findings…
  • The ‘breakthrough’ sixth-grade science project at the center of a fight over scientific glory

    23 July 2014, 6:00 pm by: Abby Phillip

    Thirteen-year-old Lauren Arrington has been busy on the media circuit these past few weeks, doing interview after interview about the sixth-grade science project that landed her in a published scientific paper. Read full article >>
  • Intelligence security initiatives have chilling effect on federal whistleblowers, critics say

    23 July 2014, 5:57 pm by: Scott Higham

    In early April, Sen. Charles E. Grassley summoned FBI officials to his Capitol Hill office. He said he wanted them to explain how a program designed to uncover internal security threats would at the same time protect whistleblowers who wanted to report…
  • Gastón Acurio, South America’s super chef

    23 July 2014, 5:41 pm by: Nick Miroff

    In the kitchens and cafes of the food-crazed Peruvian capital, history is divided into two epochs: Before Gastón and After Gastón. The BG era was a time of darkness, confusion and ketchup. Then Gastón Acurio opened his first restaurant in 1994, and began…
  • Report: Sen. John Walsh (D-Mont.) plagiarized War College thesis

    23 July 2014, 4:38 pm by: Sean Sullivan

    Sen. John Walsh (D-Mont.) plagiarized a substantial portion of of this final thesis at the United States Army War College, a news report Wednesday said -- a revelation that threatens to hamstring his underdog campaign for a full term. Read full article >>
  • Army officials on ‘pink slip’ controversy: We don’t have a choice

    23 July 2014, 4:10 pm by: Dan Lamothe

    For weeks, the Army has been taking a verbal beating for sending “pink slips” to officers while they were deployed. It was no joke or Internet rumor, either: About 1,100 captains received notice last month that they would be required to leave active duty…
  • Weather Gang: How a solar storm two years ago nearly caused a catastrophe on Earth

    23 July 2014, 3:49 pm by: Jason Samenow

    On July 23, 2012, the sun unleashed two massive clouds of plasma that barely missed a catastrophic encounter with the Earth’s atmosphere.
  • ‘Project Runway’ hasn’t launched a real star, but it is a lesson in fashion today

    23 July 2014, 3:42 pm by: Robin Givhan

    “Project Runway” returns Thursday for its 13th season with yet another Emmy nomination for best reality television show, respectable ratings and a modest list of upcoming celebrity guest judges. What it does not have are bragging rights to a dazzling…
  • Editorial: The U.S. should push for the disarming of Hamas in Gaza-Israel cease-fire

    23 July 2014, 3:33 pm by: Editorial Board

    THE DISTINGUISHING feature of the latest war between Israel and Hamas is “offensive tunnels,” as the Israeli army calls them. As of early Wednesday, 28 had been uncovered in Gaza, and nearly half extend into Israel, according to Israeli officials. The…
  • Will: Neel Kashkari could be California’s Goldwater

    23 July 2014, 3:26 pm by: George F. Will

    MENLO PARK, Calif. Fifty Julys ago, up the road near San Francisco, in the unfortunately named Cow Palace, the Republican National Convention gave its presidential nomination to Arizona Sen. Barry Goldwater, who knew he would lose: Americans were not going to…
  • Arizona execution lasts nearly two hours; lawyer says Joseph Wood was ‘gasping and struggling to…

    23 July 2014, 2:17 pm by: Mark Berman

    Update — 10:01 p.m.: The execution of a convicted murderer in Arizona lasted for nearly two hours on Wednesday, as witnesses said he gasped and snorted for much of that time before eventually dying. This drawn-out death of Joseph R. Wood III in Arizona…

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