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FAA Warns Airlines of Rocket Threat at Israeli Airport

July 22, 2014 The Federal Aviation Administration has suspended all U.S. flights to Israel for at least 24 hours. The official advisory Thursday came not long after two major U.S. airlines—Delta and American—decided to suspend their flights to Israel independent of FAA instructions. Earlier Tuesday, a rocket fired from the Gaza Strip landed ...

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FAA Suspends all U.S. Flights to Israel for 24 Hours

July 22, 2014 The Federal Aviation Administration has suspended all U.S. flights to Israel for at least 24 hours. The official advisory on Thursday came not long after two major U.S. airlines—Delta and American—decided to suspend their flights to Israel independent of FAA instructions. Earlier Tuesday, a rocket fired from the Gaza strip ...

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Obama on Ukraine's Pro-Russia Separatists: 'What Are They Trying to Hide?'

July 21, 2014 Echoing frustrations felt across the world, President Obama called for "immediate and full access to the crash site" of Malaysian Airlines flight 17 from the White House Monday. "We have to make sure that the truth is out," he said. Four days after the crash, the bodies of victims have ...

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Obama: We Know At Least One American Was Killed on Downed Malaysian Flight

July 18, 2014 President Obama confirmed in a news conference Friday that at least one American was killed aboard Malaysian Airlines Flight MH17. The citizen, who had dual Dutch-American citizenship, is Quinn Lucas Schansman. "At this point, the individual that I mentioned is the sole person that we can definitively say was a ...

Additional Sanctions 'Tighten Noose' Around Russia

July 17, 2014 President Obama has increased sanctions intended to hurt selected segments of the Russian economy, he announced Wednesday night. The new sanctions will prevent some Russian companies—including oil and gas producers—from obtaining long-term loans from American debt markets. "I've repeatedly made it clear that Russia must halt the flow of weapons ...

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FAA Has Issued Advisories Against Region Where Plane Crashed in Ukraine

July 17, 2014 A Malaysian passenger plane carrying 295 on board has crashed in Ukraine near the border with Russia. Few details have been confirmed right now and this story continues to develop. The plane was traveling from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur in Malaysia and was found burning on the ground in Ukraine. ...

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4 Times the Federal Government Held State Highway Funding Hostage

July 16, 2014 The federal government can't force states to comply with all of its whims. But it certainly has the means to put the pressure on. Congress is debating how to extend funding for the Highway Trust Fund, the money that has in the past acted as the federal government's muscle in ...

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Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson Wants the Border Law Changed

July 11, 2014 In 2008, both chambers of Congress unanimously approved a law that intentionally slowed down the removal process for unaccompanied child migrants. But it was written with 5,000 children a year in mind. This year, it's possible that 90,000 kids will arrive at the border, and the system is absolutely crushed. ...

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The Most Colorful Quotes From Washington State's First Day of Marijuana Sales

July 10, 2014 Could there be a more perfect lead character for a story about the first day of legal marijuana sales in Washington state than a 65-year-old retiree? The very first person to purchase pot in the Seattle area was Deb Greene, a retired grandmother who arrived at 3 p.m. the day ...

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Obama on Border-Crisis Fix: 'This Can Get Done Next Week'

July 10, 2014 President Obama called on congressional leaders Wednesday night to quickly pass an emergency measure that would ease the border crisis, where tens of thousands of unaccompanied minors have created a logjam. Speaking from Dallas, the president called on Congress to approve a $3.7 billion plan announced Tuesday that would confront ...