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Cease-fires collapse in Gaza as Israel as Hamas hold out for more gains
JERUSALEM — Israel and Hamas went back and forth Sunday over proposals to continue a humanitarian cease-fire in Gaza, but the Israeli military said it was resuming its aerial, naval and ground combat because of Hamas’s “incessant rocket fire throughout the humanitarian window.”
Some Israeli politicians have begun talking of the possibility of escalating the offensive against Hamas and other Palestinian militant groups, which entered its 20th day Sunday.
Chelsea closes notorious strip club King Arthur’s
The site of a legendary police brutality case has long been a kind of unofficial Wild West for Greater Boston.
Auto insurance rates bounce back up
Despite the increase in premiums, the state says deregulation still brings benefits.
Heroin deaths shock, mobilize Scituate families
Officials fear more fatalities before the region’s drug crisis abates.
Drumbeat of plagiarism cases among leaders test educators
Schools have long fought an uphill battle against plagiarism, with endless source material for book reports and research papers just a few keyboard clicks away. But in teaching students the importance of citing other people’s work, educators increasingly face another awkward challenge: a steady drumbeat of recent plagiarism incidents among adults, including two superintendents of Massachusetts school systems.
Plan to simplify 2015 health renewals may backfire
WASHINGTON — If you have health insurance on your job, you probably don’t give much thought to each year’s renewal. But make the same assumption in one of the new health law plans, and it could lead to costly surprises.
Insurance exchange customers who opt for convenience by automatically renewing their coverage for 2015 are likely to receive dated and inaccurate financial aid amounts from the government.
Singular sensations at Newport Folk Festival
This year’s installment sold out before the lineup was even announced, drawing 10,000 fans each day.
Super PAC backing Grossman releases ad targeting Coakley
Martha Coakley’s campaign released a video in response.
Ukraine fighting stalls deployment of investigators to plane crash site
KHARKIV, Ukraine — Trying to restart an effort to recover the last bodies from the crash site of a downed Malaysian airliner, about 30 unarmed Dutch police officers left this eastern Ukrainian city Sunday for the debris-strewn site but decided to put off the mission because of intense fighting in the area.
The Malaysian government struck a deal with pro-Russia rebels to give the investigators access.
Tentative deal reached on fixing VA health system
WASHINGTON — The chairmen of the House and Senate Veterans Affairs committees have reached a tentative agreement on a plan to fix a veterans’ health program scandalized by long patient wait times and falsified records covering up delays.
Representative Jeff Miller, Republican of Florida, and Senator Bernie Sanders, Independent of Vermont, scheduled a news conference Monday to talk about the plan.
Israeli Arabs caught in the middle of Gaza war
TIRA, Israel — Facing the threat of rocket fire along with the rest of Israel, residents in this central Israeli Arab town have found themselves caught in the middle between Jewish neighbors and their fellow Palestinians who are dying in growing numbers in the Gaza Strip.
The people of Tira, a town of some 25,000 people, are known for their warm relations with nearby Jewish communities.
Touring with Nine Inch Nails, Soundgarden looks to the future
A chat with Soundgarden guitarist Kim Thayil about the band’s tour with Nine Inch Nails, hitting the Xfinity Center Tuesday.
US assures ‘minimal’ local impact on temporary housing facilities for immigrants
In Massachusetts and across the country, residents have balked at the prospect of hundreds of immigrant children coming to their towns, angry that public money is being spent on illegal immigrants and worried that the influx would burden local schools and social services. Yet the federal government insists that the impact would be minimal, and many immigration lawyers and advocates describe the emergency shelters established in other states as worlds apart, secure, secluded facilities that quietly serve as way stations for thousands of young migrants.
Judge strikes down D.C. ban on guns outside home
WASHINGTON — A federal judge struck down the District of Columbia’s ban on carrying guns outside of a person’s home, concluding it violates Second Amendment rights.
The ruling from US District Judge Frederick J. Scullin is the latest in a protracted fight over gun laws in Washington. In 2008, the US Supreme Court issued a landmark decision striking down the city’s ban on handguns.
38 killed as Libyan forces battle militias in east
CAIRO — Heavy clashes between Libyan soldiers loyal to a renegade general and Islamist-led militias killed 38 people, health officials said Sunday, as fighting between rival militias around the international airport in Tripoli raged on and European nations warned their citizens to leave.
Forces loyal to General Khalifa Hifter battled militias in the eastern city of Benghazi in clashes that started Saturday and continued through early Sunday morning.
Health commission official alleges Boston police wrongfully reported her for child neglect
The head of the Boston Public Health Commission’s Tobacco Prevention and Control Program has filed a complaint alleging that a Boston Police Department sergeant wrongfully reported her to the Department of Children and families for possible child neglect after she accidentally locked her 11-month-old son inside her air-conditioned car.
Lawmakers push for airline safety devices
ALBANY, N.Y. — Two Democratic lawmakers from New York on Sunday urged the government to study whether American passenger jets should be equipped with devices protecting them against missiles like the one that brought down a Malaysian airliner over Ukraine and projectiles fired near Tel Aviv’s airport.
Senator Charles Schumer and Representative. Steven J. Israel made the request.
New youth orchestra spreads wings at home
Jeremy Eichler reviews a concert by the National Youth Orchestra of the United States of America at the Tanglewood Music Festival, presented on Thursday night at Seiji Ozawa Hall.
Hospital shooting suspect charged with murder
PHILADELPHIA — A man accused of fatally shooting his caseworker and grazing his psychiatrist at a suburban Philadelphia hospital complex before the doctor returned fire has been charged with murder.
Richard Plotts was arraigned late Saturday at his hospital bedside after emerging from sedation. Plotts, 49, was ranting about Mercy Fitzgerald Hospital’s gun ban Thursday before he shot 53-year-old caseworker Theresa Hunt.
US says satellite images show Russia has fired rockets into Ukraine
WASHINGTON — Stepping up pressure on Moscow, the United States on Sunday released satellite images it says show that rockets have been fired from Russia into neighboring eastern Ukraine and that heavy artillery for separatists has crossed the border.
The images, which came from the US director of national intelligence, show blast marks where rockets were launched and craters where they landed.