At least 15 killed by shelling of Gaza school; toll exceeds 760

GAZA/JERUSALEM - Gazan authorities said Israeli forces shelled a shelter at a U.N.-run school on Thursday, killing at least 15 people as the Palestinian death toll in the conflict climbed over 760 and attempts at a truce remained elusive. | Video

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WASHINGTON - The number of Americans filing new claims for unemployment benefits fell to the lowest level in nearly 8-1/2 years last week, suggesting the labor market recovery was gaining traction.

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Russian court jails Putin foes on charges of inciting mass riots

MOSCOW - A Russian court sentenced two protest leaders to 4.5 years each in jail on Thursday on charges of inciting mass riots against President Vladimir Putin, in a case the opposition sees as part of a clampdown on his foes while all eyes are on Ukraine.

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GM's profit falls on recall costs, victims' compensation fund

DETROIT - General Motors Co reported a much lower second-quarter profit on Thursday due to numerous recalls and the expected cost of at least $400 million for a compensation fund for those killed or injured by a defective ignition switch linked to at least 13 deaths. | Video

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Ford's profit tops expectations, recall-hit GM misses

DETROIT - Ford Motor Co one-upped its larger rival General Motors Co in the second quarter, showing a profit in Europe for the first time in three years while GM was weighed down by recall-related costs in the United States.

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Lawyers call for outside probe of 'bungled' Arizona execution

PHOENIX - Lawyers for an Arizona killer who took two hours to die from a lethal injection demanded an outside review on Thursday of what they called a terribly "bungled" execution that has prompted renewed debate over the death penalty in the United States. | Video


Ukrainian prime minister quits, parties force new election

KIEV - Ukraine's prime minister tendered his resignation on Thursday, berating parliament for failing to pass legislation to take control over an increasingly precarious energy situation and to increase army financing. | Video