Israel will observe a 12-hour "humanitarian window" in Gaza on Saturday at 1 a.m. ET, a spokesman for the Israeli Defense Forces said Friday on Twitter. The move is likely the unspecified “goodwill gesture” mentioned earlier on Friday by U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry at a Cairo news conference. Hamas will also observe the 12-hour ceasefire, a spokesman for the group said, according to the Associated Press. An optimistic Kerry said Friday that he'll continue peace talks in Paris on Saturday and hopes to achieve a seven-day halt to hostilities in honor of the post-Ramadan festival of Eid, which will likely fall on Monday. Eighteen days of fighting have left 867 Palestinians and 38 Israelis, including 35 soldiers, dead.
Three siblings who were helping their mother sell fruit along a North Philadelphia street are dead after carjackers ran them down, police say. Their mother and the carjacking victim are now fighting for their lives. The crash happened around 11:15 a.m. on Friday, officials said. Minutes before, police say two men carjacked a woman driving a white Toyota 4Runner at gunpoint about a mile from the crash scene.
Russia plans to give pro-Russia separatists in Ukraine more sophisticated weapons, including large caliber, multiple launch rocket systems, in the very near future, U.S. defense officials said Friday. Weapons and equipment from Russia continue to flow to separatists in Ukraine unabated and Russia is targeting Ukrainian military sites from across the border, something one Pentagon official said is "unquestionably an escalation." Russia said the accusations are "defamation."
A Miami-Dade judge has struck down Florida's gay marriage ban, becoming the second Florida judge in a week to find it unconstitutional.
Miami-Dade Circuit Judge Sarah Zabel found that the state's ban, approved by a referendum in 2008, "offends basic human dignity" and violates the 14th Amendment's guarantee of equal protection under the law.
Her ruling applies only in Miami-Dade County.
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House Republicans left a special conference about the border crisis on Friday optimistic that they could pass a package by the end of next week — but the bill they've proposed significantly trims down the $3.7 billion that Pres. Obama requested for the border crisis. The Republican's bill will likely provide less than $1 billion, decreasing the chances that it'll make it past the Democrat-controlled Senate. Meanwhile on Friday, Pres. Obama called on Central American leaders to help combat the influx of minors illegally entering the U.S. and said Congress should approve his stalled $3.7 billion request for funding before their August recess.
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Undocumented immigrants who joined gangs while in the U.S. took American gang culture back to their home countries when they were deported, where it mixed with local gangs, creating a violent mash-up that has left entire swaths of Central America with some of the worst crime rates in the world, NBC News reported. U.S. immigration policy was tightened in 1996, leading to the mass deportation of undocumented men with criminal rap sheets. When these men arrived back in their home countries, the gang culture they brought with them "took off like a wildfire, like a virus out of control," said one expert.
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Passengers on a plane from Toronto to Panama were left shaken Friday morning after one passenger's remark about bombing the plane resulted in a heavily armed SWAT team rushing into the aircraft's cabin, NBC News reported. After the remark, the plane was intercepted by two U.S. fighter jets around the Ohio-Pennsylvania border and escorted back to Canada, where the SWAT team got on board. "It was just awful," said one passenger. "The kids were scared, I was scared." A 25-year-old Canadian man is under arrest, charged with making threats against an aircraft.
Most of the unaccompanied children who have been placed with relatives or other adults since surging across the border this year are in Texas, followed by New York, Florida and California, according to numbers released by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
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A burglar who told a homeowner she was pregnant before he fatally shot her during a break-in was not pregnant, coroner's officials said Friday. Tom Greer appeared to have no regret when he told NBC4 Wednesday night that he shot the woman twice in the back with his .22-caliber Smith and Wesson revolver as she was fleeing with a male accomplice.
French soldiers have reached the crash site of Air Algerie Flight 5017, which crashed in Mali on Thursday in bad weather,
NBC News and the Associated Press reported. The soldiers have recovered a black box from the plane and more than 200 troops are guarding the site before French accident and criminal investigators arrive Saturday, French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius said. France announced there were no survivors among the 118 people on board.
It's been three months since the adorably cute baby bear Tahoe arrived at Lake Tahoe Wildlife Care center. The story of her survival – she was mysteriously left on a doorstep one night and transported to LTWC – is a happy one, thanks to her caretakers, who bottle-fed her and looked after her every need. Now, they have their hands full with eight new bear cubs. No one really knows the reason for so many black bear cubs showing up at once. All the cubs are orphans with one exception.
The presidents of Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador are at the White House today meeting with Pres. Obama and Vice Pres. Biden about how to stem the flow of children to the U.S. from Central America. Although the Obama administration is trying to speed up deportation, it is also considering allowing kids to apply for U.S. refugee status. There are several ways this could happen, including setting up "in-country" processing in the migrants' home countries to figure out which kids are eligible to enter the U.S. as refugees.
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The foster dad who was arrested for leaving his 10-month-old daughter in a hot car in Wichita, Kansas is so traumatized that he "wants to die," his family said. The child died after being left in the car for two hours on a 90-degree day, police said Friday. The foster parents, two men ages 26 and 29, were questioned and the older one was booked on a charge of child endangerment while an investigation into the Thursday evening tragedy continues.
The violence in Gaza between Israel and Hamas continues to escalate...
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