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Israel vows to destroy Hamas tunnels 


July 31, 2014

JERUSALEM (AP) — Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Thursday that Israel will destroy the Hamas tunnel network in the Gaza Strip "with or without a cease-fire," as the military called up another 16,000 reservists to pursue its campaign in the densely-populated territory.

Netanyahu's vow came as international efforts to end the 23-day-old conflict seemed to sputter despite concern over the mounting death toll, with more than 1,300 Palestinians, mostly civilians, and more than 50 Israelis, almost all of them soldiers, killed since July 8.

Police: Arkansas man tried to mail meth to jail

July 31, 2014

JONESBORO, Ark. (AP) — Police say twin brothers in Arkansas will soon be together after one tried to mail methamphetamine to the other who was in jail.

The Jonesboro Sun reports that 27-year-olds Brandon and David Buck were charged July 2 for meth possession. David Buck posted bond, but his brother remained incarcerated with a parole hold.

Craighead County Deputy David Bailey says he was monitoring inmate phone calls Sunday when David Buck told his brother he was going to mail him meth. Bailey says the drugs would be hidden under the label on an envelope.

Arkansas ask judge to keep marriage ban in place

July 31, 2014

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas officials asked a federal judge Wednesday to keep the state's marriage ban in place, arguing the prohibition is constitutional and serves a legitimate purpose.

Attorney General Dustin McDaniel's office asked U.S. District Judge Kristine Baker to reject the motion for summary judgment filed by two same-sex couples challenging the ban. The couples earlier this month asked Baker to rule immediately and find a 2004 constitutional amendment and any related laws barring gay marriage unconstitutional. The couples sued the state over the ban last year.

 

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