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Jerusalem • Israel and Hamas have agreed to a 72-hour humanitarian cease-fire beginning Friday, during which time there will be negotiations on a more durable truce in the 24-day-old Gaza war, the United States and United Nations announced Thursday. The announcement comes hours after Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu vowed to destroy Hamas’ tunnel network with or without a cease-fire” as the Palestinian death toll soared past 1,400 — surpassing the number killed in Israel’s last major i... <img src="http://mngislctrib.112.2O7.net/b/ss/mngislctrib/1/H.17--NS/0?&pageName=RSS" height="1" width="1" border="0" alt=""/> 58247873@www.sltrib.com Thu, 31 Jul 2014 20:07:02 MDT Libya Islamic militias declare control of Benghazi http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/world/58247946-68/militias-benghazi-libya-tripoli.html.csp Benghazi, Libya • Islamic hard-line militias, including the group accused by the United States in a 2012 attack that killed the ambassador and three other Americans, claimed control of Libya’s second largest city, Benghazi, after overrunning army barracks and seizing heavy weapons. The sweep in the eastern city is part of a new backlash by hard-liners against their rivals ahead of the sitting of a new parliament. In the capital Tripoli, escalating battles Thursday between militias prompted mult... Benghazi, Libya • Islamic hard-line militias, including the group accused by the United States in a 2012 attack that killed the ambassador and three other Americans, claimed control of Libya’s second largest city, Benghazi, after overrunning army barracks and seizing heavy weapons. The sweep in the eastern city is part of a new backlash by hard-liners against their rivals ahead of the sitting of a new parliament. In the capital Tripoli, escalating battles Thursday between militias prompted mult... 58247946@www.sltrib.com Thu, 31 Jul 2014 20:07:02 MDT Obama order presses contractors to obey labor laws http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/world/58247928-68/obama-labor-workers-order.html.csp Washington • President Barack Obama moved Thursday to require federal contractors to give their workers more rights in labor disputes, putting his pen to an executive order the day after the House voted to sue him for allegedly exceeding his presidential powers. In an election-year dare to Republicans, Obama said congressional obstinacy would only embolden him to take even more aggressive actions on his own. By forcing companies to disclose recent labor law violations, Obama hopes to pressure t... Washington • President Barack Obama moved Thursday to require federal contractors to give their workers more rights in labor disputes, putting his pen to an executive order the day after the House voted to sue him for allegedly exceeding his presidential powers. In an election-year dare to Republicans, Obama said congressional obstinacy would only embolden him to take even more aggressive actions on his own. By forcing companies to disclose recent labor law violations, Obama hopes to pressure t... 58247928@www.sltrib.com Thu, 31 Jul 2014 18:46:02 MDT CIA chief apologizes to senators over covert computer searches http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/world/58247803-68/cia-committee-intelligence-brennan.html.csp Washington • CIA Director John Brennan has apologized to leaders of the Senate intelligence committee after an investigation found his agency inappropriately searched congressional computers. The Central Intelligence Agency’s inspector general concluded that agency personnel searched the computers “in a manner inconsistent” with an agreement with the committee, CIA spokesman Dean Boyd said Thursday in an emailed statement. Brennan “is committed to correcting any shortcomings related to this mat... Washington • CIA Director John Brennan has apologized to leaders of the Senate intelligence committee after an investigation found his agency inappropriately searched congressional computers. The Central Intelligence Agency’s inspector general concluded that agency personnel searched the computers “in a manner inconsistent” with an agreement with the committee, CIA spokesman Dean Boyd said Thursday in an emailed statement. Brennan “is committed to correcting any shortcomings related to this mat... 58247803@www.sltrib.com Thu, 31 Jul 2014 17:59:02 MDT Obama holds foreign policy meeting with lawmakers http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/world/58247814-68/obama-president-foreign-israel.html.csp Washington • President Barack Obama huddled with congressional lawmakers Thursday to discuss the numerous foreign policy crises facing his administration, including tensions with Russia and the war between Israel and Hamas. The meeting came amid rampant criticism of Obama’s foreign policy from Republicans on Capitol Hill. Some of those who have criticized Obama were among the 14 lawmakers who attended Thursday’s meeting, including Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., who said shortly ... Washington • President Barack Obama huddled with congressional lawmakers Thursday to discuss the numerous foreign policy crises facing his administration, including tensions with Russia and the war between Israel and Hamas. The meeting came amid rampant criticism of Obama’s foreign policy from Republicans on Capitol Hill. Some of those who have criticized Obama were among the 14 lawmakers who attended Thursday’s meeting, including Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., who said shortly ... 58247814@www.sltrib.com Thu, 31 Jul 2014 17:59:02 MDT Congress races to finish V.A. and highway bills http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/world/58247855-68/congress-legislation-vote-bill.html.csp Washington • Congress ran full-tilt into election-year gridlock over immigration Thursday and staggered toward a five-week summer break with no agreement in sight on legislation to cope with the influx of young immigrants flocking illegally to the United States. Prospects were considerably brighter for bipartisan measures to improve veterans’ health care and prevent a cutoff in highway construction aid. Officials said both bills appeared likely to clear Congress by day’s end, and that legislatio... Washington • Congress ran full-tilt into election-year gridlock over immigration Thursday and staggered toward a five-week summer break with no agreement in sight on legislation to cope with the influx of young immigrants flocking illegally to the United States. Prospects were considerably brighter for bipartisan measures to improve veterans’ health care and prevent a cutoff in highway construction aid. Officials said both bills appeared likely to clear Congress by day’s end, and that legislatio... 58247855@www.sltrib.com Thu, 31 Jul 2014 17:59:02 MDT See-through mice reveal details of inner anatomy http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/world/58247072-68/transparent-details-mouse-cell.html.csp New York • Researchers have found a way to make see-through mice, but you won’t find these critters scampering in your kitchen. The transparent rodents aren’t alive and they’re for research only, to help scientists study fine details of anatomy. Before they are treated with chemicals, the animals are euthanized and their skin removed. Researchers made their inner organs transparent, but not their bones. The results look like a rodent-shaped block of gelatin with the organs held in place by conn... New York • Researchers have found a way to make see-through mice, but you won’t find these critters scampering in your kitchen. The transparent rodents aren’t alive and they’re for research only, to help scientists study fine details of anatomy. Before they are treated with chemicals, the animals are euthanized and their skin removed. Researchers made their inner organs transparent, but not their bones. The results look like a rodent-shaped block of gelatin with the organs held in place by conn... 58247072@www.sltrib.com Thu, 31 Jul 2014 14:11:03 MDT Study traces dinosaur evolution into early birds http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/world/58247067-68/birds-lee-million-evolution.html.csp Washington • Scientists have mapped how a group of fearsome, massive dinosaurs evolved and shrank to the likes of robins and hummingbirds. Comparing fossils of 120 different species and 1,500 skeletal features, especially thigh bones, researchers constructed a detailed family tree for the class of two-legged meat-eaters called theropods. That suborder of dinos survives to this day as birds, however unrecognizable and improbable it sounds. The steady downsizing and elegant evolution of the therop... Washington • Scientists have mapped how a group of fearsome, massive dinosaurs evolved and shrank to the likes of robins and hummingbirds. Comparing fossils of 120 different species and 1,500 skeletal features, especially thigh bones, researchers constructed a detailed family tree for the class of two-legged meat-eaters called theropods. That suborder of dinos survives to this day as birds, however unrecognizable and improbable it sounds. The steady downsizing and elegant evolution of the therop... 58247067@www.sltrib.com Thu, 31 Jul 2014 13:47:02 MDT CIA director apologizes to Senate leaders http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/world/58247057-68/cia-senate-brennan-director.html.csp Washington • An internal CIA investigation has found that agency officers improperly accessed Senate computers earlier this year in a dispute over interrogation documents, prompting CIA Director John Brennan to abandon his defiant posture in the matter and apologize to Senate intelligence committee leaders. Brennan has convened an internal accountability board chaired by former Sen. Evan Bayh, D-Indiana, that will examine whether the CIA officers should be disciplined, said his spokesman, Dean B... Washington • An internal CIA investigation has found that agency officers improperly accessed Senate computers earlier this year in a dispute over interrogation documents, prompting CIA Director John Brennan to abandon his defiant posture in the matter and apologize to Senate intelligence committee leaders. Brennan has convened an internal accountability board chaired by former Sen. Evan Bayh, D-Indiana, that will examine whether the CIA officers should be disciplined, said his spokesman, Dean B... 58247057@www.sltrib.com Thu, 31 Jul 2014 13:46:03 MDT U.S. warns against traveling to Ebola-hit countries http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/world/58247047-68/ebola-cdc-travel-countries.html.csp New York • U.S. health officials on Thursday warned Americans not to travel to the three African countries hit by an outbreak of Ebola. The travel advisory applies to non-essential travel to Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone. The outbreak in those West Africa countries has killed more than 700 people this year. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention say the risk of the deadly disease coming to the United States remains small. The last time the federal agency issued such a travel warning w... New York • U.S. health officials on Thursday warned Americans not to travel to the three African countries hit by an outbreak of Ebola. The travel advisory applies to non-essential travel to Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone. The outbreak in those West Africa countries has killed more than 700 people this year. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention say the risk of the deadly disease coming to the United States remains small. The last time the federal agency issued such a travel warning w... 58247047@www.sltrib.com Thu, 31 Jul 2014 13:43:02 MDT Investigators reach Ukraine jet wreckage site http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/world/58246989-68/site-investigators-ukraine-wreckage.html.csp Rozsypne, Ukraine • Two weeks after a missile brought down Malaysia Airlines Flight 17, an international team of investigators Thursday reached a wreckage site in eastern Ukraine that remains bitterly contested between government forces and pro-Russia separatist rebels. For the families of the victims, it was an important start in locating and recovering bodies still rotting in the fields and building a case against those who perpetrated the tragedy. Harun Calehr, the uncle of two young victims... Rozsypne, Ukraine • Two weeks after a missile brought down Malaysia Airlines Flight 17, an international team of investigators Thursday reached a wreckage site in eastern Ukraine that remains bitterly contested between government forces and pro-Russia separatist rebels. For the families of the victims, it was an important start in locating and recovering bodies still rotting in the fields and building a case against those who perpetrated the tragedy. Harun Calehr, the uncle of two young victims... 58246989@www.sltrib.com Thu, 31 Jul 2014 13:29:01 MDT Chinese man brings gay conversion therapy lawsuit http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/world/58246201-68/therapy-electric-shock-beijing.html.csp Beijing • A gay Chinese man said Thursday he was suing a psychological clinic for carrying out electric shocks intended to turn him straight, as well as the search engine giant Baidu for advertising the center. The Beijing LGBT Center, which campaigns for gay rights, said it was the first court case involving so-called conversion therapy in China. China declassified homosexuality as a mental disorder in 2001. The center’s executive director, Xin Ying, said some professional hospitals in China, a... Beijing • A gay Chinese man said Thursday he was suing a psychological clinic for carrying out electric shocks intended to turn him straight, as well as the search engine giant Baidu for advertising the center. The Beijing LGBT Center, which campaigns for gay rights, said it was the first court case involving so-called conversion therapy in China. China declassified homosexuality as a mental disorder in 2001. The center’s executive director, Xin Ying, said some professional hospitals in China, a... 58246201@www.sltrib.com Thu, 31 Jul 2014 11:43:08 MDT Utah Republicans join GOP-led House in OKing suit vs. Obama http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/world/58243176-68/obama-republicans-lawsuit-democrats.html.csp Washington • A sharply divided House approved a Republican plan Wednesday to launch a campaign-season lawsuit against President Barack Obama, accusing him of exceeding the bounds of his constitutional authority. Obama and other Democrats derided the effort as a stunt aimed at tossing political red meat to conservative voters. Just a day before lawmakers were to begin a five-week summer recess, debate over the proposed lawsuit underscored the harshly partisan tone that has dominated the Congress... Washington • A sharply divided House approved a Republican plan Wednesday to launch a campaign-season lawsuit against President Barack Obama, accusing him of exceeding the bounds of his constitutional authority. Obama and other Democrats derided the effort as a stunt aimed at tossing political red meat to conservative voters. Just a day before lawmakers were to begin a five-week summer recess, debate over the proposed lawsuit underscored the harshly partisan tone that has dominated the Congress... 58243176@www.sltrib.com Thu, 31 Jul 2014 11:25:50 MDT Divided House abandons vote on U.S.-Mexico border bill http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/world/58246203-68/bill-border-lawmakers-support.html.csp Washington • House Republicans abruptly abandoned a bill to address the immigration crisis on the U.S.-Mexico border Thursday after last-minute maneuvering failed to lock down sufficient conservative support. The surprise move, coming on Congress’ final day of action ahead of a five-week summer recess, was an embarrassing setback for Speaker John Boehner and his leadership team as a small group of tea party lawmakers once again upset their plans. It was also a disappointment for the majority of... Washington • House Republicans abruptly abandoned a bill to address the immigration crisis on the U.S.-Mexico border Thursday after last-minute maneuvering failed to lock down sufficient conservative support. The surprise move, coming on Congress’ final day of action ahead of a five-week summer recess, was an embarrassing setback for Speaker John Boehner and his leadership team as a small group of tea party lawmakers once again upset their plans. It was also a disappointment for the majority of... 58246203@www.sltrib.com Thu, 31 Jul 2014 10:06:02 MDT Sorting out the claims after UCLA pipe break: Who pays? http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/world/58246135-68/department-power-angeles-break.html.csp Los Angeles • Repair crews on Thursday were shoring up a giant hole in the middle of Sunset Boulevard caused by a ruptured pipe, as officials at the water-logged University of California, Los Angeles, continued to assess damage from the 20 million gallons that inundated the campus. Workers were reinforcing the excavated 56-by-41 foot crater and making the site safe for crews, said Mike Miller, district superintendent for the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power. Meanwhile workers off-site w... Los Angeles • Repair crews on Thursday were shoring up a giant hole in the middle of Sunset Boulevard caused by a ruptured pipe, as officials at the water-logged University of California, Los Angeles, continued to assess damage from the 20 million gallons that inundated the campus. Workers were reinforcing the excavated 56-by-41 foot crater and making the site safe for crews, said Mike Miller, district superintendent for the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power. Meanwhile workers off-site w... 58246135@www.sltrib.com Thu, 31 Jul 2014 09:52:01 MDT Gay couples denied marriage licenses in S.Carolina http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/world/58246130-68/marriage-gay-couples-carolina.html.csp Greenville, S.C. • Five same-sex couples have been turned down for marriage licenses in a South Carolina county. The couples had expected their requests would be rejected Wednesday in Greenville County because the state’s ban on gay marriage still stands. The couples are part of Campaign for Southern Equality’s “We Do” project. Supporters of gay marriage get together for a rally and request marriage licenses they know will be turned down. This was the third event in Greenville County. Similar ev... Greenville, S.C. • Five same-sex couples have been turned down for marriage licenses in a South Carolina county. The couples had expected their requests would be rejected Wednesday in Greenville County because the state’s ban on gay marriage still stands. The couples are part of Campaign for Southern Equality’s “We Do” project. Supporters of gay marriage get together for a rally and request marriage licenses they know will be turned down. This was the third event in Greenville County. Similar ev... 58246130@www.sltrib.com Thu, 31 Jul 2014 09:49:01 MDT Congress races to finish veterans, highway bills http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/world/58246082-68/bill-congress-senate-republicans.html.csp Washington • Rushing toward the exits, Congress on Thursday scrambled to wrap up legislation addressing the troubled Veterans Affairs Department and a looming shortfall in highway money. House Republicans unexpectedly put off a vote on a border security bill as tea partyers withdrew their support. On the final day before a five-week summer break, Congress was leaving a long list of unfinished business after 18 months of bitter partisanship. Democrats cast Republicans as the obstacle; Republicans... Washington • Rushing toward the exits, Congress on Thursday scrambled to wrap up legislation addressing the troubled Veterans Affairs Department and a looming shortfall in highway money. House Republicans unexpectedly put off a vote on a border security bill as tea partyers withdrew their support. On the final day before a five-week summer break, Congress was leaving a long list of unfinished business after 18 months of bitter partisanship. Democrats cast Republicans as the obstacle; Republicans... 58246082@www.sltrib.com Thu, 31 Jul 2014 09:40:01 MDT Wisconsin Supreme Court upholds voter ID law http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/world/58246080-68/court-law-state-voter.html.csp Madison, Wis. • The Wisconsin Supreme Court upheld a requirement Thursday that voters show photo identification at the polls, but the law remains blocked in federal court. For the state law to take effect, the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals would have to overturn a federal judge’s decision in April that struck it down as unconstitutional. Wisconsin’s Republican-led Legislature passed the photo ID requirement and Gov. Scott Walker signed it in 2011, achieving a long-sought GOP priority. Former... Madison, Wis. • The Wisconsin Supreme Court upheld a requirement Thursday that voters show photo identification at the polls, but the law remains blocked in federal court. For the state law to take effect, the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals would have to overturn a federal judge’s decision in April that struck it down as unconstitutional. Wisconsin’s Republican-led Legislature passed the photo ID requirement and Gov. Scott Walker signed it in 2011, achieving a long-sought GOP priority. Former... 58246080@www.sltrib.com Thu, 31 Jul 2014 09:39:01 MDT Sudan woman who faced death over faith heads to U.S. http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/world/58246070-68/sudan-ibrahim-death-sudanese.html.csp Philadelphia • A Sudanese woman who refused to recant her Christian faith in the face of a death sentence, which was later overturned, left Europe on Thursday for the United States, where she will make her new home. The woman, Meriam Ibrahim, was due to arrive with her husband and their children in Philadelphia on Thursday on a flight from Rome, where last week they met privately with Pope Francis. The Rev. William Devlin, a New York City pastor who has helped the family, said they would be flyi... Philadelphia • A Sudanese woman who refused to recant her Christian faith in the face of a death sentence, which was later overturned, left Europe on Thursday for the United States, where she will make her new home. The woman, Meriam Ibrahim, was due to arrive with her husband and their children in Philadelphia on Thursday on a flight from Rome, where last week they met privately with Pope Francis. The Rev. William Devlin, a New York City pastor who has helped the family, said they would be flyi... 58246070@www.sltrib.com Thu, 31 Jul 2014 09:35:01 MDT W. Africa Ebola outbreak tops 700 deaths http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/world/58246054-68/ebola-liberia-health-leone.html.csp Dakar, Senegal • The death toll from the worst recorded Ebola outbreak in history surpassed 700 in West Africa as security forces went house-to-house in Sierra Leone’s capital Thursday looking for patients and others exposed to the disease. Fears grew as the United States warned against travel to the three infected countries — Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia — and Sierra Leone’s soccer team was blocked from boarding a plane in Nairobi, Kenya, that was to take them to the Seychelles for a game ... Dakar, Senegal • The death toll from the worst recorded Ebola outbreak in history surpassed 700 in West Africa as security forces went house-to-house in Sierra Leone’s capital Thursday looking for patients and others exposed to the disease. Fears grew as the United States warned against travel to the three infected countries — Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia — and Sierra Leone’s soccer team was blocked from boarding a plane in Nairobi, Kenya, that was to take them to the Seychelles for a game ... 58246054@www.sltrib.com Thu, 31 Jul 2014 09:33:02 MDT