Israel rejects cease-fire proposal, though talks continue  

Los Angeles Times By : Staff Reporting

Hopes for a cease-fire in the Gaza Strip, where fighting between Palestinian militants and Israeli troops has left more than 840 Palestinians dead, faltered late Friday when Israel’s security cabinet unanimously rejected a U.S.-backed accord, Israeli media reports said.

But negotiations were continuing. Earlier, Israeli forces again pounded targets in the Gaza Strip, and scattered clashes between Israeli security forces and protesters across the West Bank left at least five Palestinians dead, pointing to an ominous widening of the 18-day-old conflict. - Full Article


Editorial: Tony Dungy and his uncivil comments regarding Michael Sam  

eNews Reference By : Staff Reporting

People used the same argument against Jackie Robinson to prevent him from coming into Major League Baseball.

I would argue that Jackie Robinson was even more of a media circus.

Given Dungy's own experiences in the league; not being drafted as quarterback, the position he played in college and the scrutiny he received as a Steeler because of race, you would've thought his comments would've been more supportive.

I have to say Dungy's comments don't hold muster. One would argue the player in question's stock dropped because of his sexual orientation and Dungy's comments didn't do enough to advance civil rights they only added to the distraction that Dungy claims he wants to avoid.


Diane Feinstein: Putin should man up on plane disaster  

CNN By : Shannon Travis

Russian President Vladimir Putin should "man up" and offer clear explanations amid important questions about the crash of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17, Senate Intelligence Committee Chairman Dianne Feinstein said on Sunday.

"I think the nexus between Russia and the separatists have been established very clearly.

So the issue is, where is Putin?" Feinstein said in an interview on CNN's "State of the Union." - Full Article


Israel Claims Destruction of 2 More Gaza Tunnels  

New York Times By : Staff Reporting

The Israeli military said it thwarted two more infiltrations into its territory via tunnels from the Gaza Strip on Monday morning and killed 10 militants, as the bloody conflict entered its 14th day amid mounting diplomatic pressure for a cease-fire.

An initial statement from the Israel Defense Forces gave few details about the incidents outside Gaza’s northeast corner, saying only that “two terror squads were detected.” - Full Article


Washington wildfires destroy about 100 homes  

Fox News By : Staff Reporting

Residents strolled through the smoldering rubble of their neighborhoods, some wearing surgical masks to protect their lungs from the smoke and ash lingering in the air of the riverside community they call "Paterodise."

"Paterodise is hurting right now," said one, Stephanie Brown, as she surveyed what was left of a friend's home. - Full Article


Ukraine charges anti-aircraft systems moved to Russia  

Los Angeles Times By : Staff Reporting

Three Buk missile systems have made their way from eastern Ukraine across the border into Russia, Ukrainian officials said Saturday, including one lacking the missile they believe brought down a Malaysia Airlines jet the day before.

Officials also described difficult conditions at the aircraft's crash site, which they say is being kept under strict control by pro-Russian separatists who may have removed bodies and the plane's "black boxes." - Full Article


Israel military says it has shot down drone along southern coastline  

Fox News By : Staff Reporting

Israel's military said Monday that it had downed a drone along its southern coastline, marking the first time it had encountered such a weapon in its week-long campaign against Islamic militants in the Gaza Strip.

The drone came from Gaza and was shot down by a Patriot surface-to-air missile near the southern city of Ashdod, the military said. It did not say what the drone was carrying and there was no immediate confirmation from Gaza on the use of unmanned aircraft. - Full Article


Details of the Lebron James exodus and return home  

ESPN By : Staff Reporting

LeBron James is heading back to Cleveland. The four-time league MVP told SI.com on Friday that he is returning to the Cleveland Cavaliers.

"My relationship with Northeast Ohio is bigger than basketball," James told SI.com in a first-person essay.

"I didn't realize that four years ago. I do now." - Full Article

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Clues and Questions Pile Up as LeBron Leaves Meeting with Heat Without Decision  

bleacher report By : Staff Reporting

It was an offhand comment and barely audible over the din of party-goers who were trying to get the attention, or capture the image, of LeBron James.

It came late last September, a few hours after James had returned from a European vacation, on the roof of a South Beach garage where Audemars Piguet was unveiling his new limited edition, outrageously expensive watch. - Full Article


In Dallas, Obama, Perry, local officials discuss influx at border  

Dallas News By : Staff Reporting

President Barack Obama pressured Congress on Wednesday to move quickly to address the massive influx of children at the border, and he aimed to deflect mounting criticism over his administration’s attention to the issue.

Visiting Dallas as part of a two-day swing to raise money for Democratic campaigns this fall, Obama praised Gov. Rick Perry’s suggestions in a private meeting for more resources at the border.  - Full Article


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