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Israel rushes forces to southern border with Gaza

Israeli soldiers stand at a damaged home after a rocket fired by Palestinian militants in Gaza, landed in the southern town of Sderot Thursday, July 3,2014. Israeli military carried out airstrikes on the Gaza Strip after Palestinian militants fired rockets into Israel early...
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Iraqi Kurdish leader urges independence referendum

Turkish truck drivers kidnapped by militants in northern Iraq get on board an airplane at an airport in Irbil, north of Baghdad, Iraq, Thursday, July 3, 2014. Militants released the 32 Turkish truck drivers who were captured when the extremists overran the city of Mosul....
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Solid US job gains pointing to a stronger recovery

In this Thursday, June 12, 2014 photo, people wait in line for the Cleveland Career Fair in Independence, Ohio. The Labor Department releases employment data for June on Thursday, July 3, 2014. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak) In this Thursday, June 12, 2014 photo, people wait in line for...
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Iraqi airstrikes target Islamic militants

Iraqi security forces celebrate after clashes with followers of Shiite cleric Mahmoud al-Sarkhi, in front of his home in the Shiite holy city of Karbala, 50 miles (80 kilometers) south of Baghdad, Iraq, Wednesday, July 2, 2014. (AP Photo/Ahmed al-Husseini) Iraqi security forces...

3rd Philippine senator arrested for graft

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — A Philippine senator and dictatorship-era defense chief surrendered Friday to face a charge of large-scale corruption, the most prominent of three top politicians to fall in a government anti-graft crackdown in recent weeks. Sen. Juan Ponce...
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Ex-editor Coulson gets 18 months for hacking

Former News of the World editor Andy Coulson arrives at the Old Bailey court to be sentenced, in London, Friday, July 4, 2014. Coulson, 46, has been found guilty of being involved in the conspiracy to hack into the phone voicemails of many celebrities, royals, politicians and...

AP Source: Cavaliers Meet With Agent For James

CLEVELAND (AP) — A person familiar with the discussion says the Cavaliers met with the agent for LeBron James about the superstar’s possible return to the team he left four years ago. Cavs officials and Rich Paul visited this week as James continued his family vacation,...

Midwest League

x-clinched first half ___ Fort Wayne at Dayton, 7 p.m. Lansing at West Michigan, 7 p.m. Bowling Green at Lake County, 7 p.m. South Bend at Great Lakes, 7:05 p.m. Kane County 10, Peoria 2 Clinton at Burlington, 7:30 p.m. Quad Cities at Beloit, 8 p.m. Cedar Rapids at Wisconsin,...

Baseball: AP’s picks for All-Star game

By MIKE FITZPATRICK AP Sports Writer NEW YORK — Without regard to fan or player balloting, here are our selections for the 85th All-Star game July 15 at Target Field, home of the Minnesota Twins since 2010. There are 34 spots on each roster, with at least 13 reserved for...

Baseball: Scherzer breezes, Tigers beat Rays

By NOAH TRISTER AP Baseball Writer DETROIT — Max Scherzer could have probably pitched one more inning after breezing through the first eight. Detroit’s powerful offense made that unnecessary. Scherzer allowed two hits and struck out seven, and the Tigers backed their...