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Binyamin Netanyahu makes vowGaza campaign will continue ‘until mission is accomplished’ as nine children are killed in Gaza refugee camp and four Israelis die in mortar attack

Smoke rises after Israeli air strikes in Gaza City

Smoke rises after Israeli air strikes in Gaza City: at least 10 Palestinians were killed and more than 40 injured, medics said. Photograph: Majdi Fathi/NurPhoto/Corbis

The war in Gaza erupted afresh on Monday as Israel warned of a protracted military campaign to destroy cross-border tunnels and disarmHamas and other militant groups.

“We need to be prepared for a long operation until our mission is accomplished,” Binyamin Netanyahu, the Israeli prime minister, said in a televised press conference, flouting mounting international calls for an immediate and unconditional ceasefire.

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NBA star Charles Barkley offered to pay for funerals for 3 siblings killed in fatal Philadelphia carjacking, district attorney says

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Detectives say 33-year-old man killed wife, 3 children and then himself over the weekend in Saco, Maine; family had domestic issues, financial problems

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    A body is moved from a crime scene at an apartment complex where five members of a family, including three children, were found dead authorities said Sunday, July 27, 2014, in Saco, Maine. Investigators said a family friend had contacted a worker at the apartment complex worried about the well-being of the family. The worker entered the apartment and discovered one body, then immediately called police. (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty)

SACO, Maine (AP) — A suicidal man having financial problems killed his wife, three children and then himself over the weekend, police said Monday.

Detectives said 33-year-old Joel Smith shot his family inside their apartment about 11:30 p.m. Saturday with a 12-gauge shotgun.

Twelve-year-old Jason Montez and 7-year-old Noah Montez were shot to death in their separate bedrooms. Thirty-five-year-old Heather Smith and 4-year-old Lily Smith were shot in the parents’ bed. Joel Smith’s body was found on the floor nearby, the gun by his side.

Police said no suicide note was found, but investigators said the wife had told a family friend the night of the shooting that Joel Smith recently had threatened suicide. The friend later contacted an apartment complex worker to express concerns about the family’s well-being, leading to the grisly discovery, investigators said.

The family had domestic issues and financial problems, said Sgt. Christopher Harriman, a state police detective.

The family had moved from Arizona because of the sour economy, said Joel Smith’s mother, Jerys Caruthers-Thorpe, of Scottsdale, Arizona. Heather Smith also was getting help for substance abuse, Caruthers-Thorpe said.

“I know something had to have snapped because Joel never would have done that in his right mind,” she told The Associated Press

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FAMILY OF 5 SHOT DEAD IN MAINE, GUN RECOVERED

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    State Police investigate an apartment complex where five members of a family, including three children, were found dead Sunday, July 27, 2014, in Saco, Maine. The bodies of a father, mother and children were found inside the apartment, state police spokesman Steve McCausland said. (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty)

SACO, Maine (AP) — A family of five, including three children ranging in age from 4 to 12 years old, were found shot to death Sunday inside a southern Maine apartment, authorities said.

Investigators said a gun was found near one of the bodies and it appeared someone in the family was responsible for the shootings. A state police spokesman said causes of death would be determined by the state medical examiner.

Authorities did not release the names of the family but said the parents were in their 30 and the children were ages 4, 7 and 12.

Neighbors Heather and Dellas Mason stopped to place flowers on the ground outside the apartment building, which was surrounded by crime scene tape. Heather Mason said she used to baby-sit the children.

“I still don’t want to believe it,” she said. “I love those children like they were my own.”

Their father was a maintenance worker for the complex who was friendly and outgoing, neighbors said.

“You’d walk and he’d ask how your day was going. He was really nice,” said neighbor Kristi Harkins. She said she had seen the eldest boy playing outside on Saturday.

Investigators said a family friend had contacted a worker at the apartment complex worried about the well-being of the family. The worker entered the apartment and discovered one body, then immediately called police.

Saco police found the bodies in three different rooms.

Neighbors described the complex along the Saco River as a friendly and safe place where kids rode bicycles and played together. But the droves of children who usually circle the complex were all inside Sunday night, replaced by concerned adults.

State and local police, along with the medical examiner, were at the scene Sunday night. Officials said autopsies are scheduled for Monday.

Saco is a city of about 18,000 people in southern Maine, about 10 miles southwest of Portland.

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UN: 68 Palestinians, including 10 children, killed or had their bodies recovered in past 24 hours; death toll reaches 857 -

 
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Three shot at Pennsylvania hospital, one person in custody: report

Thu Jul 24, 2014 

(Reuters) – Three people were shot at Mercy Fitzgerald Hospital in Darby, Pennsylvania, on Thursday and one person was in custody, according to NBC10 television station in Philadelphia.

Darby Borough Police were at the scene of the hospital, about 7 miles (11 km) west of Philadelphia, according to NBC10.

The shooting took place inside the hospital’s wellness center.

Authorities said a 911 call identified one of the victims as a doctor but police had not confirmed the identity, NBC10 reported.

No information was immediately available about the victims’ conditions.

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Fla. gets $42 million in refunds under new health law ObamaCare

Federal health officials say nearly 1 million Floridians who bought insurance under the Affordable Care Act will receive roughly $42 million in refunds thanks to a provision in the law.

The law requires insurers to spend at least 80 percent of premium dollars on patient care. If insurers spend an excessive amount on profits and red tape, they must refund consumers or employers.

Health and Human Services officials said Thursday that Florida consumers could receive a refund check or a reimbursement to the credit card they used to pay their insurance premium. The savings averages about $65 a family.

Among the insurers that feds say owe refunds in the individual and group markets are Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Florida Inc., which owes $10.1 million. Golden Rule Insurance Company owes $4 million and Health Options, Inc. owes $9 million

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Posted by on July 24, 2014 in Uncategorized

 

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