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Top Hamas commanders killed in Israeli airstrikes in Gaza

Top Hamas commanders killed in Israeli airstrikes in Gaza

GAZA CITY, Gaza, Aug. 21 (UPI) -- Israeli airstrikes killed three Hamas commanders overnight Wednesday as peace negotiations between Israel and Gaza showed no sign of restarting.
Gabrielle Levy
U.S. attempted rescue of James Foley, ISIS demanded $132M ransom

U.S. attempted rescue of James Foley, ISIS demanded $132M ransom

WASHINGTON, Aug. 21 (UPI) -- Ahead of this week's grisly execution of journalist James Foley, the U.S. failed in a rescue attempt after his captors demanded millions in ransom.
Gabrielle Levy
Oil spill reported in North Dakota

Oil spill reported in North Dakota

BISMARCK, N.D., Aug. 21 (UPI) -- The government of North Dakota said it was responding to an oil spill from a broken pipeline in the northern part of the state near the Canadian border.
Daniel J. Graeber
Amanda Curtis launches Montana Senate campaign after Walsh bows out

Amanda Curtis launches Montana Senate campaign after Walsh bows out

WASHINGTON, Aug. 21 (UPI) -- With less than 11 weeks to go, Amanda Curtis, a high school math teacher and single-term Montana state legislator, is kicking off her campaign for U.S. Senate.
Gabrielle Levy
Gulf of Mexico auction draws $100 million in bids

Gulf of Mexico auction draws $100 million in bids

NEW ORLEANS, Aug. 21 (UPI) -- An auction for acreage in the western Gulf of Mexico drew more than $100 million in high bids from energy companies, the Interior Department said.
Daniel J. Graeber
Gas prices dropping, Energy Department says

Gas prices dropping, Energy Department says

WASHINGTON, Aug. 21 (UPI) -- Nearly across the board, the average price for a gallon of regular unleaded gasoline in the United States is still falling, the U.S. Energy Department said.
Daniel J. Graeber
Sara Bareilles to sing during Emmys 'In Memoriam' Tribute to Robin Williams

Sara Bareilles to sing during Emmys 'In Memoriam' Tribute to Robin Williams

LOS ANGELES, Aug. 21 (UPI) -- Sara Bareilles will join Billy Crystal during his In Memoriam tribute to Robin Williams at the 66th Primetime Emmy Awards ceremony on Monday.
Veronica Linares
Obama denounces Islamic State execution video, reaffirms military action in Iraq

Obama denounces Islamic State execution video, reaffirms military action in Iraq

EDGARTOWN, Mass., Aug. 20 (UPI) -- President Barack Obama, speaking from Martha's Vineyward, said "the entire world is appalled by the brutal murder of Jim Foley by the terrorist group, ISIL."
JC Finley
New research explains insomnia prevalence among elderly

New research explains insomnia prevalence among elderly

BOSTON, Aug. 20 (UPI) -- As part of a recent study, a group neurologists have pinpointed specific inhibitory neurons related to sleep.
Brooks Hays
Record rainfall triggers landslides in Japan; at least 27 dead

Record rainfall triggers landslides in Japan; at least 27 dead

TOKYO, Aug. 20 (UPI) -- Heavy rain triggered landslides in western Japan on Wednesday, killing at least 27 people.
JC Finley
Chris Christie flips at town hall attendee over Bruce Springsteen

Chris Christie flips at town hall attendee over Bruce Springsteen

WASHINGTON, Aug. 20 (UPI) -- If there's one thing Chris Christie won't stand for, it's someone challenging his love for Bruce Springsteen.
Gabrielle Levy
Father of 'affluenza' teen charged with impersonating cop

Father of 'affluenza' teen charged with impersonating cop

NORTH RICHLAND HILLS, Texas, Aug. 20 (UPI) -- Fred Couch, whose son became notorious as a victim of "affluenza," has been charged in a Fort Worth, Texas, suburb with impersonating a police officer.
Frances Burns
U.N. aid delivery to northern Iraq 'largest single aid push' in over a decade

U.N. aid delivery to northern Iraq 'largest single aid push' in over a decade

ERBIL, Iraq, Aug. 20 (UPI) -- On Wednesday, the United Nations delivered its biggest aid shipment in more than a decade to northern Iraq.
JC Finley
Endangered bats find sanctuary in Vermont power plant

Endangered bats find sanctuary in Vermont power plant

MIDDLEBURY, Vt., Aug. 20 (UPI) -- Some 200 mouse-eared bats have made their home in Green Mountain Power's hydro power facility in Middlebury, Vermont.
Brooks Hays
Billy Crystal to honor Robin Williams at 2014 Emmy ceremony

Billy Crystal to honor Robin Williams at 2014 Emmy ceremony

LOS ANGELES, Aug. 20 (UPI) -- Billy Crystal will pay tribute to friend and former co-star Robin Williams at the 2014 Emmy awards ceremony on August 25.
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