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Israel kills 3 Hamas military commanders in Gaza

Israel stepped up its campaign against Gaza’s ruling Hamas on Thursday, killing three of the group’s senior military commanders in an airstrike that pulverized a four-story home, the second such attack targeting top leaders in two days.

Militants use British killer as propaganda

Islamic militants are using a beheading video to send a chilling message — not just through the gruesome act, but also by the choice of messenger.

Family Dollar rejects Dollar General offer

Family Dollar has rejected a takeover bid from dollar-store competitor Dollar General, saying it would be too hard for the deal to pass antitrust regulators.

Hamas admits kidnapping teens

A senior Hamas leader has said the group carried out the kidnapping and killing of three Israeli teens in the West Bank in June — the first time anyone from the Islamic militant group has said it was behind an attack that helped spark the current war in the Gaza Strip.

Bank of America settlement likely to benefit few

Bank of America’s record $16.65 billion settlement for its role in selling shoddy mortgage bonds — $7 billion of it geared for consumer relief — offers a glint of hope for desperate homeowners.

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Liberia gives food in slum sealed to stop Ebola

Government officials handed out bags of rice and sachets of drinking water Thursday to residents of an impoverished slum in Liberia’s capital where tens of thousands of people have been barricaded in an effort to stop the spread of Ebola.

United lures top fliers with promise of a hot meal

To win the hearts of frequent business travelers, United Airlines is going through their stomachs.

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Ohio diocese discourages ALS ice bucket challenge

A Roman Catholic diocese in Ohio is discouraging its 113 schools from participating in the ice bucket challenge to benefit the ALS Association, saying the group’s funding of embryonic stem cell research is “in direct conflict with Catholic teaching.”

US diplomats barred from ice bucket challenge

The charity stunt has lured athletes, celebrities, politicians and rock stars and gone viral on the Internet, but don’t look for U.S. diplomats to get in on the fun.

Brockers ready to return to Rams

Michael Brockers doesn’t know all the technical jargon for what kept him out of much of training camp. He just knows he’s ready to go.

Beleaguered Chiefs secondary adjusting to rules

Sean Smith backpedalled into the end zone with the scout-team wide receiver, careful not to lay a hand on him. When the quarterback let go of the ball, the Chiefs’ cornerback quickly jumped on it, snapping it away for an easy interception.

ESPN reports university mishandled Washington incidents

Former Missouri running back Derrick Washington was accused of rape in October 2008, and the university failed to properly conduct a Title IX investigation, according to an ESPN’s “Outside the Lines” report published Thursday.

McIlroy stumbles to 74, worst start in 2 months

Rory McIlroy took a week to celebrate his blockbuster summer and paid for it Thursday in The Barclays.

Thursday's MLB Capsules

MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL ROUNDUP: Denard Span scored from second on third baseman Jordan Pacheco's throwing error in the ninth inning, and the Washington Nationals stretched their winning streak to 10 games with a 1-0 victory over the Arizona Diamondbacks on Thursday.

St. Louis police release video of Powell shooting

The St. Louis police chief has released 911 audio, surveillance video and cellphone video of the fatal shooting of a knife-wielding man, acknowledging that tensions in nearby Ferguson have created a need for greater transparency when it comes to officer-involved shootings.

Prosecutor urges Gov. Nixon to decide on removal

St. Louis County prosecutor Bob McCulloch says he has no intentions of removing himself from the Michael Brown case, and he is urging Gov. Jay Nixon to once and for all decide if he will act on calls for McCulloch's ouster.

US judge strikes down Florida gay marriage ban

A federal judge on Thursday declared Florida’s ban on same-sex marriage unconstitutional, joining judges across the country who have sided with gay couples wishing to tie the knot.

Stocks advance to put S&P 500 at record high

The stock market advanced for a fourth straight day Thursday, pushing the Standard & Poor’s 500 index to a record high.

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Gov. Nixon taking National Guard out of Ferguson

Gov. Jay Nixon on Thursday ordered the Missouri National Guard to begin withdrawing from Ferguson, where nightly scenes of unrest have erupted since a white police officer fatally shot an unarmed black 18-year-old nearly two weeks ago.

Our Opinion: A time to begin healing

A verse in Ecclesiastes tells us “there is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens.”

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