Mon July 28, 2014

For Muslims In Gaza, End Of Ramadan Marred By Fighting

Originally published on Mon July 28, 2014 5:56 pm

Members of a Palestinian family break their fast with the iftar meal during the holy month of Ramadan at a United Nations school, where hundreds of families have sought refuge after fleeing their homes following fighting between Israeli forces and Hamas.
Adel Hana AP

Um Ahmed Ahmed almost ignored Eid this year.

The Muslim holiday, which began Monday, marks the end of the holy month of Ramadan. This year, it also marks three weeks since the current war in Gaza started.

"My plans were to have no plans for Eid," Ahmed says, pausing in the Firaz market area on a main street in Gaza City. "But my son kept bugging me, 'Mom, aren't you going to buy me something for Eid?' "

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Mon July 28, 2014
The Two-Way

Dollar Tree To Buy Family Dollar In $8.5 Billion Deal

People shop outside of a Family Dollar discount store in Waterbury, Connecticut.
Spencer Platt Getty Images

With Dollar Tree's agreement to purchase Family Dollar on Monday, two of the United States' biggest discount stores are coming together in a deal estimated at $8.5 billion in cash and stock.

The New York Times reports:

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Mon July 28, 2014

Gov. Haslam: "Unacceptable" that Feds Didn't Alert State About 760 Immigrant Minors

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — In a letter to President Barack Obama, Gov. Bill Haslam says his administration should have been informed about the placement of 760 unaccompanied immigrant children in Tennessee.

According to The Tennessean, Haslam says in the letter that the Department of Health and Human Services didn’t directly tell Tennessee officials that unaccompanied minors were being released into the custody of sponsors living in the state.

Instead, state officials learned of the minors through a posting on the department's website. Haslam says that’s "unacceptable."

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Mon July 28, 2014

Tennessee Urging Residents to Vote Early

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — With an especially long primary ballot, Tennessee Secretary of State Tre Hargett is recommending that voters cast their ballots early.

Hargett tells WPLN-FM that early voting accounted for 47 percent of ballots in August 2010, but they’re hoping to increase that to 60 percent this year.

Hargett says that’s the only way to avoid long lines and late returns on Election Day, August 7. Even with heavy early voting, Hargett says some results won't be returned until after midnight.

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Mon July 28, 2014
Top Stories

Overnight Storms Destory 10 Homes in East Tennessee

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Communities across East Tennessee are cleaning up today after storms destroyed several homes and at least one business.

Media are citing the weather service in reporting that an EF-3 tornado with wind speeds of 140 mph touched down last night in the small town of Speedwell.

Authorities say there are no reports of any deaths or injuries, but Claiborne County emergency management spokeswoman Gina Breeding says local residents have quite a mess to clean up.

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Mon July 28, 2014
Goats and Soda

How Protecting Wildlife Helps Stop Child Labor And Slavery

Originally published on Mon July 28, 2014 4:45 pm

A child grabs sleep after a long day of labor in a struggling West African fishery.
Courtesy of Jessica Pociask, WANT Expeditions

When scientists talk about the destruction of rain forests or the acidification of oceans, we often hear about the tragic loss of plants and animals.

But ecologists at the University of California, Berkeley say there's also a human tragedy that frequently goes unnoticed: As fish and fauna are wiped out, more children around the world are forced to work, and more people are forced into indentured servitude, scientists wrote Thursday in the journal Science.

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Mon July 28, 2014
The Two-Way

Team Investigating Downing Of MH17 Turns Back Due To Heavy Fighting

Originally published on Mon July 28, 2014 9:21 am

Smoke from shelling rises over a residential apartment house in Shakhtarsk, which is in the Donetsk region of Ukraine, on Monday.
Dmitry Lovetsky AP

For a second day in a row, Dutch and Australian experts were unable to reach the debris field left by downed Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 in eastern Ukraine.

CNN reports that team members were attempting to make their way to the area when they heard explosions and were told there was heavy fighting, so they turned back. The network adds:

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Mon July 28, 2014
The Two-Way

Lawmakers Announce $17 Billion Deal Intended To Fix VA System

Originally published on Mon July 28, 2014 2:36 pm

House Veterans' Affairs Committee Chairman Jeff Miller, a Florida Republican.
Chip Somodevilla Getty Images

This post was updated at 3 p.m. ET:

House and Senate negotiators unveiled a $17 billion plan Monday to address the crisis in care for veterans.

The agreement would provide $10 billion to allow veterans to be treated outside the Veterans Affairs system, if they've had trouble getting appointments within it. More than two dozen clinics would be leased around the country, with $5 billion spent to hire additional doctors, nurses and other medical personnel at the VA.

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Mon July 28, 2014
The Two-Way

Conflict In Gaza: Here's What You Need To Know Today

Originally published on Mon July 28, 2014 5:29 pm

Palestinian Saeb Afana, 12, stands on the edge of a large crater from an Israeli missile strike that destroyed several graves, as he carries flowers at a cemetery in Gaza City on Monday.
Lefteris Pitarakis AP
(This post was last updated at 6:30 p.m. ET.)

In a resolution overnight, the United Nations Security Council called for an "immediate and unconditional" cease-fire in Gaza.

As USA Today reports, the Security Council called on both Israel and Hamas "to accept and fully implement the humanitarian cease-fire into the Eid period and beyond."

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Mon July 28, 2014
Latin America

Locked In U.S. Hedge Fund Battle, Argentina Faces Default

Originally published on Mon July 28, 2014 12:52 pm

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