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Updated: Tue, 05 Aug 2014 01:15:13 EST


UPDATE: Israel: Troops will leave Gaza by beginning of cease-fire

Stations: Cease-fire scheduled to begin at 1 a.m. Eastern time

JERUSALEM (AP) — The Israeli military says all its ground troops will have pulled out of the Gaza Strip by the start of the cease-fire agreed to by both sides in the war.

Lt. Col. Peter Lerner says the withdrawal will be completed by 1 a.m. Eastern time Tuesday.

Lerner says the withdrawal is going forward after Israel completed the destruction of 32 cross-border tunnels meant to allow Islamic militants to carry out attacks against Israel.

The cease-fire is meant to end nearly four weeks of fighting between Israel and Hamas, which has claimed 1,900 Palestinian lives — most of them civilians. The war has also left 67 Israelis dead, all but three of them soldiers.


UPDATE: Obama signs funding package for Israel's Iron Dome

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. will spend an additional $225 million to replenish Israel's Iron Dome missile defense system.

It's been used against some of the rockets fired into Israel by Palestinian militants in recent weeks.

The additional funding was signed into law by President Barack Obama on Monday.

The U.S. has provided hundreds of millions of dollars for Iron Dome in the past.


UPDATE: Plane leaves Liberia with 2nd American with Ebola

ABUJA, Nigeria (AP) — An American woman infected with Ebola is due to arrive Tuesday at the same Atlanta hospital where an American doctor is being treated.

Missionary Nancy Writebol is being ferried on the same specialized plane that also brought the doctor from Liberia to Emory University Hospital over the weekend.

Both are receiving an experimental treatment.


NYC hospital testing patient for possible Ebola

NEW YORK (AP) — A New York City hospital says it's performing Ebola tests on a patient who recently traveled to West Africa.

Mount Sinai Medical Center in Manhattan says a male patient with a high fever and gastrointestinal symptoms came in Monday. The hospital says it placed him in strict isolation and he's undergoing medical screenings.

Officials at U.S. airports are watching travelers from Africa for flu-like symptoms that could be tied to the recent Ebola outbreak there.

The Ebola virus causes a hemorrhagic fever that has sickened more than 1,600 people, killing nearly 900 mostly in Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone. It's spread through direct contact with bodily fluids.

A spokesman for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says at least three Americans have been tested in the U.S. He says all three tested negative.


UPDATE: Lakes formed by quake in China threaten flooding

KUNMING, China (AP) — Efforts are being made in southern China to evacuate villages near rising lakes formed by landslides.

The barrier lakes pose a new threat to about 800 residents and seven power stations downstream in Yunnan province.

It's the same region hit by a strong earthquake on Sunday that killed nearly 400 people and left thousands homeless.


Former White House press secretary James Brady dead at 73

WASHINGTON (AP) — The family of James Brady, the White House press secretary who was wounded during the 1981 assassination attempt on President Ronald Reagan, says he has died. Brady was 73.

Brady undertook a personal crusade for gun control after he suffered a devastating head wound outside the Washington Hilton Hotel on March 30, 1981.

A federal law requiring a background check on handgun buyers bears Brady's name.

Although Brady returned to the White House only briefly, he was allowed to keep the title of presidential press secretary and his White House salary until Reagan left office in January 1989.

The Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence is named in his honor.


Brady remembered for government service, activism

WASHINGTON (AP) — The head of the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence says because of James Brady's work on gun control, "countless lives have been saved."

Dan Gross says with Brady's help, "an estimated 2 million gun sales to criminals, domestic abusers and other dangerous people have been dived."

At the White House, spokesman Josh Earnest is remembering Brady as someone who "revolutionized" the job of press secretary -- and who later showed his "patriotism" by being "very outspoken on an issue that was important to him."


White supremacist sentenced for carjacking deaths

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — White supremacist David "Joey" Pedersen (PED-er-sun) has been sentenced to life in prison for the carjacking murders of an Oregon teenager he mistakenly thought was Jewish and of a black man in Northern California.

Pedersen told those in the Portland federal courtroom that Monday's sentencing was "rather anti-climactic," because he had already been sentenced to life in prison in Washington state for the deaths of his father and stepmother.

Pedersen and his girlfriend, Holly Grigsby, committed the multistate crime rampage during nine days in 2011. Grigsby was sentenced to life in prison last month.

Pedersen made a lengthy statement to the court in which he blasted police, prosecutors and American foreign policy. His sister, Holly Perez, shouted at him to "shut up."


More than 30 homes damaged in California storms

MOUNT BALDY, Calif. (AP) — Authorities say more than 30 homes have been damaged after flash floods struck Southern California mountains — at least a dozen of them so severely that they're uninhabitable.

The Mount Baldy fire chief said Monday that some 25 houses are damaged and six of those are uninhabitable after a flash flood that ripped through his town.

Fire officials previously said between six and eight homes have the similar severe damages about 50 miles away near Forest Falls.

Mount Baldy fire Chief Bill Stead says the most significant damage in this tiny resort town popular with skiers and hikers is in the Goat Hill area where a rockslide buried some homes up to their roofs.

Dozens of volunteers are shoveling mud out of homes, digging out cars and removing large rocks by hand.


NEW: Wash. ferry tip hasn't led to missing Oregon woman

FRIDAY HARBOR, Wash. (AP) — The San Juan County, Washington, sheriff's office says it is working with the local community and the Washington State Ferries system but so far has been unable to confirm a report that a missing Dundee, Oregon, woman might be in the San Juan Islands of northwest Washington.

KPTV reports that the sheriff's office said Monday it has received "no information confirming the presence of Jennifer Huston in the San Juan Islands." Island authorities say they will remain alert for any information on the woman.

Investigators were checking out a report that the missing woman was spotted late last week on the ferry out of Anacortes to Friday Harbor in the San Juans.

A couple who notified deputies told KPTV that they saw a woman matching Huston's description driving a car that matched Huston's car.

The 38-year-old woman was last seen July 24 running errands. A search was conducted in Oregon.

Huston's family says she spent time in the San Juans in the past.


NEW: Married nearly 62 years, couple dies 4 hours apart

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (AP) — After nearly 62 years of marriage, little separated Don and Maxine Simpson — not even death.

The California couple died just four hours apart in July, spending their last moments side by side. He was 90 and she was 87.

Granddaughter Melissa Sloan tells The Bakersfield Californian that her grandmother died first, and when her body was taken away, Don Simpson's soul left with her.

The couple met at a Bakersfield, California, bowling alley and married in 1952. A civil engineer, Don at one point worked for the U.S. Army in Germany.

The couple adopted twin boys from a German orphanage and returned to Bakersfield, where she worked as a nurse and he owned his own engineering company.

The couple was active with local civic groups. They are survived by one son and five grandchildren.

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