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Saturday, Jul 26, 2014 at 1:11 AM

Israel to Observe 12-Hour Pause in Gaza Offensive: IDF

Israel will observe a 12-hour "humanitarian window" in Gaza on Saturday at 1 a.m. ET, a spokesman for the Israeli Defense Forces said Friday on Twitter. Hamas will also observe the 12-hour ceasefire, a spokesman for the group said, according to the Associated Press. An optimistic U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said Friday that he'll continue peace talks in Paris on Saturday and hopes to achieve a seven-day halt to hostilities in honor of the post-Ramadan festival of Eid, which will likely fall on Monday. Eighteen days of fighting have left 867 Palestinians and 38 Israelis, including 35 soldiers, dead. Read »
Friday, Jul 25, 2014 at 3:06 PM

Serial Flamingo Bomber Strikes Again in St. Louis

A neighborhood in St. Louis, Missouri has been hit by a serial "flamingo bomber," with 41 pink plastic flamingos appearing in residents' lawns, NBC affiliate KSDK reported. "I thought it was weird that people just started getting flamingos," said an eight-year-old girl. Some suspect the neighborhood block party leader is the bomber, but he maintains his innocence. Read »
Friday, Jul 25, 2014 at 2:30 PM

Could Migrant Children Get Refugee Status? 6 Things to Know

Friday, Jul 25, 2014 at 12:18 PM

Dutch Mourn as More Crash Bodies Arrive From Ukraine

Friday, Jul 25, 2014 at 7:35 PM

Foster Dad of Baby Who Died in Hot Car "Wants to Die"

The foster dad who was arrested for leaving his 10-month-old daughter in a hot car in Wichita, Kansas is so traumatized that he "wants to die," his family said. The child died after being left in the car for two hours on a 90-degree day, police said Friday. The foster parents, two men ages 26 and 29, were questioned and the older one was booked on a charge of child endangerment while an investigation into the Thursday evening tragedy continues. Read »
Friday, Jul 25, 2014 at 8:56 AM

MH17 Debris Site Deserted, Unsecured for Hours

Portions of the Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17's wreckage appeared to be left unattended for hours on Friday, with no sign of international monitors or pro-Russian rebels at one of the main debris sites. While the crash site has never been guarded 24 hours a day, the NBC News team on the ground said one of the main impact sites was left unguarded for most of the morning. OSCE spokesman Michael Bociurkiw emailed NBC News and denied that OSCE monitors were not at the scene in the morning but declined to clarify further. Read »
Friday, Jul 25, 2014 at 7:19 PM

"Day of Rage" Protests Erupt in Jerusalem, West Bank

Israeli security forces surrounded Jerusalem’s Old City on Friday as Palestinian leaders called for a “day of rage” after massive protests shook the West Bank overnight, NBC News reported. Confrontations between Palestinians and police erupted in East Jerusalem Friday during a protest to show solidarity with people in the Gaza Strip, where Israeli strikes have killed more than 800 since July 8. In the West Bank, three Palestinians were shot in separate incidents involving both the Israeli army and a civilian, medics and witnesses said, Reuters reported. Meanwhile, Israel's Security Cabinet is set to meet Friday to discuss international cease-fire efforts, but also the option of expanding its eight-day-old ground operation in Gaza, a defense official told The Associated Press. Read »
Friday, Jul 25, 2014 at 7:49 AM

Weather Blamed in Africa Jet Crash; Black Box Found

A passenger jet that crashed after vanishing over west Africa was likely brought down in northern Mali by bad weather, French officials said, NBC News reported. The wreckage of Air Algerie Flight AH5017 was found in the town of Gossi and French soldiers secured on of its black boxes, France's president said. Operated by Spain-based Swiftair, the jet had been traveling from Ouagadougou, the capital of Burkina Faso, to Algiers, when it lost contact with air traffic controllers about 50 minutes into the flight. President Francois Holland announced there were no survivors among the 118 onboard, The Associated Press reported. Read »
Friday, Jul 25, 2014 at 3:06 AM

U.S. General: Putin May "Light a Fire" He Can't Put Out

Friday, Jul 25, 2014 at 11:59 AM

Market Basket Employees Hold "Grand Finale" Rally

Market Basket protestors in Massachusetts were rallying Friday in a "grand finale" protest, as the employees' walkout grinds on and the chorus of calls for the company to reinstate its ousted CEO grows louder, New England Cable News reported. Employees are angry over the firing and replacement of former CEO Arthur T. Demoulas by his cousin after decades of bitter feuding. "There’s not a CEO in the country that’s like Mr. Demoulas, so we’re here for a reason," Market Basket forklift driver Tom Aylward said Friday. Read »
Thursday, Jul 24, 2014 at 9:57 PM

7 Hours May Be the Optimal Amount of Sleep

Although experts have long recommended eight hours of sleep a night for adults, several new studies show that seven hours may be the best amount. Those who sleep seven hours, not more or less, tend to do better on memory tests and live longer. But shaving just 20 minutes off of that can impair brain function. Teenagers, however, need about as much sleep as a toddler, while older adults require the least amount of sleep. Read »
Thursday, Jul 24, 2014 at 8:33 PM

8 Days, 3 Plane Crashes, More Than 450 Likely Dead

Thursday, Jul 24, 2014 at 5:12 PM

American Airlines to Resume Israel Flights

Friday, Jul 25, 2014 at 7:30 AM

Inside the Botched Execution of Arizona Killer

Convicted killer Joseph Wood died while his attorney and an Arizona judge were in the middle of an emergency phone hearing trying to decide whether or not stopping his execution would cause him more pain. The emergency hearing was prompted by the fact that Wood was still "gasping, snorting, and unable to breathe and not dying" well into his execution, his lawyer said. Wednesday's execution took nearly two hours to complete, with a member of the medical team checking eight times to see if the double-murderer was still alive, state officials said. Read »
Thursday, Jul 24, 2014 at 4:45 PM

Fukushima Monkeys Show Signs of Radiation Exposure