Friday, August 1, 2014

National News

Obama holds foreign policy meeting with lawmakers
WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama is meeting with congressional leaders to discuss myriad pressing foreign policy issues.

US's Kerry says no deal yet on 7-day Gaza truce
JERUSALEM (AP) - U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry says he has not yet reached a deal between Israel and Hamas to call a 7-day humanitarian truce in the Gaza war but is continuing work.

Obama calls for immediate access to crash site
WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama is calling for international investigators to have "immediate and full access" to the site in eastern Ukraine, where a passenger jet was shot down last week.

Lawmaker: Texas to send 1,000 guardsmen to border
AUSTIN, Texas - A state lawmaker says Texas Gov. Rick Perry plans to deploy as many as 1,000 National Guard troops to South Texas to bolster security along the Mexico border.

Kerry to go to Middle East
WASHINGTON (AP) - The White House says Secretary of State John Kerry will go Egypt soon to press for a cease-fire between Israel and Hamas militants.

Movie, TV legend James Garner dies at 86
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Actor James Garner, wisecracking star of TV's "Maverick" who went on to a long career on both small and big screen, has died. He was 86.

Congressman's staffer denies guilt in gun case
PHILADELPHIA (AP) - A Pennsylvania congressman's press secretary has pleaded not guilty to a weapons charge after Capitol police say he carried a gun into a federal office building in Washington.

Obama: Downed jet in Ukraine a 'terrible tragedy'
WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - President Barack Obama says the United States will offer any assistance possible to determine what happened to a downed passenger jet in Ukraine and why.

Pentagon: More Russian troops on Ukraine border
WASHINGTON (AP) - The Pentagon says Russian combat troops are again building up along the border with Ukraine, and officials believe that Moscow may be sending heavy weapons into the country to aid the separatists.

Microsoft to cut up to 18,000 jobs over next year
REDMOND, Wash. (AP) - Microsoft says it will eliminate up to 18,000 jobs over the next year as it works on integrating the Nokia devices business it bought in April.