Shelling of UN school kills 15 as Gaza war rages JEBALIYA REFUGEE CAMP, Gaza Strip (AP) - Israeli tank shells slammed into a crowded U.N. school Wednesday sheltering Gazans displaced by fighting, killing 15 and wounding 90 after tearing through the walls of two classrooms, a spokesman for a U.N. aid agency and a health official said. The Israeli military said mortar shells had been fired from near the school, and that soldiers fired back.
AP ANALYSIS: Amid war, endgames in Gaza emerge TEL AVIV, Israel (AP) - The savage fighting between Israel and Hamas is escalating in Gaza, cease-fire efforts take on elements of farce, and bravado rules the public discourse. But even through the fog of war, a few endgame scenarios can nonetheless be glimpsed. For the moment, the deadlock is well-entrenched: As long as the crippling blockade of Gaza remains in place, Hamas says it will continue firing rockets at Israel - terrifying but mostly ineffectual, thanks to the "Iron Dome" defense system. Israel says the blockade must stay to stop a terrorist government from importing yet more weapons.
10 Things to Know for Today Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today: 1. ISRAELI TANK SHELLS SLAM INTO UN SCHOOL IN GAZA, KILLING 15
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Russia's central bank supports sanctions targets MOSCOW (AP) - Russia's central bank promised to support financial institutions hit by U.S. sanctions as stocks took a tumble in Moscow on Wednesday. In an online statement, the bank promised to "take adequate measures" to support targeted institutions. Russia's state-owned VTB bank - Russia's second-largest - was down 0.5 percent on Wednesday morning.
Landslide hits Indian village, 150 may be trapped NEW DELHI (AP) - A landslide hit a remote village in western India following torrential rains Wednesday, sweeping away scores of houses and possibly trapping more than 150 people, officials said. One hundred rescuers reached the area and more were on the way, however, their progress was being hampered by continuing rains and bad roads leading to Ambegaon, a village in Pune district in Maharashtra state where the landslide buried about 40 houses, said Alok Avasthy, a National Disaster Response Force commander.
Trafficking bust reveals worries over missing kids WASHINGTON (AP) - When FBI agents and police officers fanned out across the country last month in a weeklong effort to rescue child sex trafficking victims, they pulled minors as young as 11 from hotel rooms, truck stops and homes. Among the 168 juveniles recovered was a population that child welfare advocates say especially concerns them: children who were never reported missing in the first place.
How high-level Chinese officials are taken down BEIJING (AP) - The investigation into China's former security chief Zhou Yongkang could pave the way for him to stand trial as the most senior politician ever prosecuted for graft. It's hard to predict how his case will be handled in the opaque, secretive world of Chinese politics, but here's how such prosecutions tend to play out, though not necessarily always in this sequence: ASSOCIATES FALL
Ukraine official: Rebels lay mines near crash site DONETSK, Ukraine (AP) - International observers turned back Wednesday after making another attempt to reach the site where Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 went down in eastern Ukraine, and a government official said the area near the zone had been mined by pro-Russian separatists who control it. Observers from the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe set out Wednesday in two vehicles - without frustrated crash investigators from the Netherlands who have been trying to reach the site for four days.
Poll: Americans cool to border-crossing children SAN DIEGO (AP) - Americans are wary of granting refugee status to children crossing the U.S. border to flee strife-torn countries in Central America, and most in an Associated Press-GfK poll say the U.S. does not have a moral obligation to accept asylum seekers generally. The new poll found 53 percent of Americans believe the United States has no moral obligation to offer asylum to people who escape violence or political persecution, while 44 percent believe it has that responsibility.
Senate likely to come up short on border bill WASHINGTON (AP) - A bill to deal with the immigration surge at the border appears headed for procedural defeat in the Senate as lawmakers trade blame over their inaction on the crisis. Days ahead of Congress' five-week summer recess, Senate Democrats' $3.5 billion emergency spending bill designed to help deal with tens of thousands of young migrants crossing the border illegally has yet to draw the necessary support to move forward. A vote in the Senate was expected Wednesday.