Cease-fire possible as Gaza burns

A building within the port of Gaza is seen on fire after several strikes early on July 29, 2014Israel bombardment leaves scores dead on day 22 of conflict; Palestinian leaders say day-long truce on table.



Dozens of 'knife-wielding attackers' shot dead by China police

China Police Special Force Bomb squad personnel walk with metal detectors at Tiananmen Square in Beijing Monday, March 3, 2014, ahead of the opening ceremony of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC). (AP Photo/Vincent Thian)Chinese police shot dead dozens of knife-wielding attackers on Monday morning after they staged assaults on two towns in the western region of Xinjiang, the official Xinhua news agency said on Tuesday. A gang armed with knives had first attacked a police station and government offices in the town of Elixku, in Shache county, it said, quoting local police. The dead and injured include not just Uighurs but members of China's majority Han Chinese population, the report said. Shache, also known by its Uighur name of Yarkant, is located in Xinjiang's heavily Uighur southwestern part, close to the borders of Tajikistan, Pakistan and Afghanistan.



White House: Delay climate change action, pay $150B a year

Delaying efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions could cost the US $150 billion per year, the White House warnsDelaying efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions could cost the US $150 billion per year, the White House warned Tuesday in a report on the economic consequences of inaction on climate change. "Although delaying action can reduce costs in the short run, on net, delaying action to limit the effects of climate change is costly," the report said. "A delay that results in warming of 3 degrees Celsius (5.4 degrees Fahrenheit) above preindustrial levels, instead of 2 degrees, could increase economic damages by approximately 0.9 percent of global output," the report said. "These costs are not one-time, but are rather incurred year after year because of the permanent damage caused by increased climate change resulting from the delay," the report said.



NCAA settles concussion lawsuit by creating $70 million fund

FILE - In this Nov. 27, 2004 file photo, Bloomington High School running back Adrian Arrington tries to clear a pile of Providence Catholic defenders during the Class 6A championship football game in Champaign, Ill. Arrington, who later went on to play at Eastern Illinois in Charleston, is the lead plaintiff in a class-action head injury lawsuit working its way through federal court in Chicago. The NCAA and the plaintiffs announced a settlement on Tuesday, July 29, 2014. (AP Photo/ Stephen Haas, File)CHICAGO (AP) — The NCAA has agreed to settle a class-action head injury lawsuit by creating a $70 million fund to diagnose thousands of current and former college athletes to determine if they suffered brain trauma playing football, hockey, soccer and other contact sports, The Associated Press has learned.



Girl, 9, injured by plane that crashed on beach, has died

Inside the Frantic Moments After Florida Beach Plane CrashSARASOTA, Fla. (AP) — Law enforcement officials in Florida say a 9-year-old girl has died from injuries suffered when she was hit by a plane that crash-landed on the beach where she was walking with her father.





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