Fighting erupts after start of Gaza ceasefire

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry announces a 72-hour humanitarian ceasefire between Israel and Hamas, while in New DelhiBy Nidal al-Mughrabi and Jeffrey Heller GAZA/JERUSALEM (Reuters) - A Gaza ceasefire was in jeopardy just hours after it began on Friday, with the Islamist group Hamas saying Israeli tank fire killed four people and Israel accusing militants of violating the truce. The 72-hour break announced in a joint statement by U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon was the most ambitious attempt so far to end more than three weeks of fighting, and followed mounting international alarm over a rising Palestinian civilian death toll. Israel launched its offensive in Hamas Islamist-dominated Gaza on July 8, unleashing air and naval bombardments in response to a surge of cross-border rocket attacks. Three civilians have been killed by Palestinian rockets in Israel.



South Africa: Giraffe's head hits highway overpass

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Officials in South Africa say they plan to file charges after the death of a giraffe whose head struck a highway overpass while it was being transported in a truck.
UN: Iraq deaths drop to 1,700 in July

BAGHDAD (AP) — The United Nations says 1,737 people, mostly civilians, were killed in Iraq in July, marking a dramatic decline from the previous month, when some 2,400 people were killed as Sunni militants swept across large parts of the country, capturing the second largest city Mosul.
Lawmakers employ gimmicks to pay for highway funds

WASHINGTON (AP) — Congress is providing $11 billion to prevent a 28 percent reduction in federal highway and mass transit spending at the peak of the summer construction season. The Senate passed a House-written bill to augment federal gasoline and diesel fuel taxes for keeping the federal Highway Trust Fund solvent through next May. The bill raises the money through:
Florida preserve brings wolves, people together

In this July 8, 2014 photo, founder Cynthia Watkins kisses a wolf inside the Seacrest Wolf Preserve in Chipley, Fla. The 450 acre preserve is home to 30 gray, Arctic and British Columbian wolves. It is the largest wolf preserve in the Southeastern United States. The preserve was damaged during heavy rains that flooded the region in April. (AP Photo/Melissa Nelson-Gabriel)CHIPLEY, Fla. (AP) — At Seacrest Wolf Preserve in northern Florida, billed as the largest such facility in the Southeast, owners Cynthia and Wayne Watkins say they raise their wolves to become accustomed to humans — and for a $25 fee, they even let visitors mingle with a wolf pack.





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