9:44am

Thu July 24, 2014
The Two-Way

'This Is Wrong': U.N. Secretary General Condemns Attack On Gaza School

Originally published on Thu July 24, 2014 6:59 pm

Injured Palestinian children lie on the floor of an emergency room after the U.N. school where they took refuge in the northern Gaza Strip was shelled.
Lefteris Pitarakis AP

Updated at 7:59 p.m. ET.

A United Nations-run school sheltering civilians in Gaza came under attack Thursday, the U.N. says. More than a dozen people have been killed, according to Palestinian officials.

Reuters quotes Chris Gunness, a spokesman for the U.N. Relief and Works Agency, the main U.N. agency in Gaza, as confirming that the shelter in Beit Hanoun was hit.

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8:32am

Thu July 24, 2014
The Two-Way

Montana Sen. Walsh Says PTSD May Have Played A Role In His Plagiarism

Originally published on Thu July 24, 2014 9:24 am

Sen. John Walsh, a Democrat from Montana.
J. Scott Applewhite AP

After The New York Times reported that Sen. John Walsh plagiarized at least a quarter of his master's thesis, the Montana Democrat is telling The Associated Press that post-traumatic stress disorder may have played a role.

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8:27am

Thu July 24, 2014
The Two-Way

Iraq Elects Kurdish Politician To Ceremonial Post Of President

Originally published on Thu July 24, 2014 4:32 pm

Fouad Massoum speaks to the press after an Iraqi Parliament session in Baghdad in 2010. Massoum, a Kurd, has been elected to the largely ceremonial post of president in Iraq.
Hadi Mizban AP

Kurdish politician Fouad Massoum has been elected president of Iraq by the country's parliament, another step in forming a new government after months of deadlock.

As Leila Fadel reports from Irbil in Iraq's northern Kurdistan region, "Massoum took his oath vowing to protect the constitution and the unity of Iraq. He made the promise as Iraq threatens to splinter into three pieces."

The vote for the largely ceremonial post of president was delayed for a day after the Kurdish bloc of legislators asked for more time to make their pick. Massoum was their choice.

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7:35am

Thu July 24, 2014
Commentary

What Was I Thinking for July 24, 2014

Commentator Brian O'Nuanian love a good cultural contradiction, and this morning he a bit hot and bothered about the weather.

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6:57am

Thu July 24, 2014
Shots - Health News

A Simple Way To Reduce Stroke Risk: Take Your Pulse

Originally published on Thu July 24, 2014 5:02 pm

Sure, your doctor can do this. But you can, too. And for stroke patients, it could be a lifesaver.
iStockphoto

An irregular heartbeat called atrial fibrillation is a big cause of stroke, especially for people who have recently had a stroke. But it's not something that most people can feel.

Doctors test for atrial fibrillation by hooking people up to an electrocardiogram machine at the office, or having them wear a Holter monitor for a day or a week. There are also implantable monitors to check for afib, but they aren't widely used.

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6:40am

Thu July 24, 2014
The Two-Way

Gaza Conflict Day 17: Here's What You Need To Know

Originally published on Thu July 24, 2014 6:44 pm

The grief-stricken Palestinian mother of 1-year-old Abdulrahamn Abed al-Nabi carries his body after he was killed in an Israeli military strike along with their cousin, 3-year-old Hadi Abed al-Nabi.
Mohammed Abed AFP/Getty Images

Updated at 4:40 p.m. ET.

The Federal Aviation Administration is now allowing American flights in and out Israel.

If you remember, the FAA banned flights to Ben Gurion Airport on Tuesday, after a rocket landed about a mile from the airport.

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6:39am

Thu July 24, 2014
U.S.

Advocates Say Military Dogs Aren't Pets — They're Veterans

Originally published on Thu July 24, 2014 2:43 pm

Zzarr, a Dutch shepherd, with K-9 handler U.S. Army Sgt. Nathan Arriaga (partly hidden), in 2011.
Romeo Gacad AFP/Getty Images

It's dog days on Capitol Hill — or, more precisely, dogs have had their day there.

Five in particular — all war dog veterans. The canines joined their human advocates at a Capitol Hill briefing Wednesday, "Military Dogs Take the Hill," to spotlight an effort to require that all military working dogs be retired to the U.S.

Congress passed a law last year saying the military may bring back its working dogs to the U.S. to be reunited with their handlers, but it does not say they must be brought back.

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6:39am

Thu July 24, 2014
Asia

With New Safety Measures, Nuclear Reactors May Reopen In Japan

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6:39am

Thu July 24, 2014
Business

New Rules Proposed For Oil-Carrying Trains In Wake Of Fiery Crashes

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6:39am

Thu July 24, 2014
U.S.

Iowa Mayor Calls For 'Caring Cities' To Take In Young Immigrants

Originally published on Thu July 24, 2014 3:44 pm

Bill Gluba, the mayor of Davenport, is trying to find appropriate sites that could serve as shelters for Central American minors.
pioneer98 Flickr

Thousands of unaccompanied children from Central America have been crossing the Southern border of the U.S. over the past few months.

That's led to protests and debates — not only in the Southwest but across the country, as children have been given shelter in cities and towns that are sometimes quite far from the border.

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