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7:31 am
Tue July 1, 2014

Israel Kills Man In Raid As Troops Seek Teens' Abductors

Relatives gather outside the damaged house of Amer Abu Eishe, a Palestinian member of Hamas in Hebron whom Israel named as one of two prime suspects in the murder of three kidnapped Israeli teenagers. The house was damaged in a raid.
Hazem Bader AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Tue July 1, 2014 11:33 am

Israel says its military killed a Palestinian man from the Hamas militant group during an arrest raid. The operation was part of the search for two Palestinians suspected in the deaths of three Israeli teens whose bodies were found Monday.

The man killed in the raid has been identified as Yosuf abu Zaghah; his age is being reported as 16 by some news outlets, and up to 20 by others.

From Jerusalem, Daniel Estrin reports for NPR's Newscast:

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7:23 am
Tue July 1, 2014

Asking Kids With Special Needs To Clear The Same Bar

Originally published on Tue July 1, 2014 2:48 pm

Jackson Ellis will soon head to fourth grade. Diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder, he's been receiving publicly funded services since he was 15 months old. Jackson's mother, Rebecca Ellis, a single parent, has made education advocacy her career. She's fighting to make sure her son gets the help he needs at his Mandeville, Louisiana public school. That's always been an uphill battle. But, since the state adopted the Common Core State Standards, Ellis says, it's become even harder.

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9:09 pm
Mon June 30, 2014

Supreme Court Deals A Blow To Public Employee Unions

Originally published on Tue July 1, 2014 8:30 am

Public employee unions suffered a major defeat at the U.S. Supreme Court on Monday, with worse probably to come soon.

The court's 5-4 decision will in the short run undercut the financing for some public employee unions by allowing people who don't join the union and don't pay any fees to get the same benefits as those who do pay union dues.

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The Two-Way
8:28 pm
Mon June 30, 2014

Ukraine's President Ends Ceasefire, Vows To 'Free Our Lands'

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko speaks during a media conference after a signing ceremony at an EU summit in Brussels on June 27, 2014.
Michel Euler AP

Ukraine's President Petro Poroshenko decided to end a 10-day-old ceasefire on Monday, vowing to launch an attack against pro-Russian separatists.

The Kyiv Post reports Poroshenko made the announcement during a televised address.

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The Two-Way
7:09 pm
Mon June 30, 2014

Obama Orders 200 More Troops To Iraq

Originally published on Mon June 30, 2014 7:32 pm

In a letter to Congress, President Obama said he is sending up to 200 additional troops to Iraq to provide security for U.S. personnel already on the ground in the country.

Obama said the force is equipped for combat, but it is being sent to "reinforce security at the U.S. Embassy, its support facilities, and the Baghdad International Airport."

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