In crowded Gaza, civilians urged by Israel to leave homes often have nowhere to go GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — The text message was as urgent as it was unwelcome: The Israeli army advised Mouin Ghaffir to leave his home quickly or risk being killed in airstrikes against Hamas rocket squads.
He swiftly sent his wife and 11 children to a dirty U. emergency shelter, with more than 40 people crammed in each classroom, but had to endure a night under bombardment at home after failing to find a safe place for his ailing 75-year-old mother. shelters lack the space, and relatives, with their own overcrowded homes, often cannot help.
Democrats reach for political advantage with women in birth control setback WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Democrats suffered what looked like a difficult setback on birth control Wednesday, but they hope it pays big political dividends in November.
Republicans blocked a bill that was designed to override a Supreme Court ruling and ensure access to contraception for women who get their health insurance from companies with religious objections.
The vote was 56-43 to move ahead on the legislation — dubbed the "Not My Boss' Business Act" by proponents — four short of the 60 necessary to proceed.
But Democrats hope the issue has enough life to energize female voters in the fall, when Republicans are threatening to take control of the Senate.
GOP senators said Wednesday's vote was simply a stunt, political messaging designed to boost vulnerable Democratic incumbents.
The GOP needs to gain six seats to seize control."Democrats are just trying to win an election," Sen. sanctions, which hit Russian individuals and companies with travel bans and asset freezes.
Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., said bluntly.___US escalating economic sanctions against Russia in response to crisis in Ukraine WASHINGTON (AP) — The United States imposed new sanctions Wednesday on lucrative Russian energy and defense entities, as well as major banks, as the Obama administration struggles for a way to quell an insurgency in eastern Ukraine widely believed to be backed by Moscow. But the new sanctions stop short of fully cutting off key Russian economic sectors, a step U. officials said they were continuing to hold in reserve in case Moscow launches a full-scale invasion of Ukraine or takes similarly provocative actions.
Obama was expected to speak about the sanctions from the White House Wednesday afternoon.
The Treasury Department sanctions target two major Russian energy firms, Novatek and Rosneft, and a pair of leading Russian financial institutions, Gazprombank and VEB. Eight Russian arms firms responsible for the production of small arms, mortar shells and tanks were also hit with sanctions.___Studies reveal more side effects for cholesterol drug niacin; some doctors say it's too risky New details from two studies reveal more side effects from niacin, a drug that many Americans take for cholesterol problems and general heart health.