- Setback in US-led Gaza truce efforts
JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel-Hamas fighting looked headed for escalation after U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry failed Friday to broker a weeklong truce as first step toward a broader deal and Israel's defense minister warned Israel might soon expand its Gaza ground operation "significantly."The stalled efforts to halt the fighting came amid ominous signs that the Gaza war is spilling over into the West Bank. In a "Day of Rage," Palestinians across the territory, which had been relatively calm for years, staged protests against Israel's Gaza operation and the rising casualty toll there. In the West Bank, at least six Palestinians were killed by Israeli fire, hospital officials said.
- AP ANALYSIS: Old story, new twists in Gaza war
CAIRO (AP) — The third Gaza war is playing out much like the first one more than five years ago: The harrowing civilian toll in Gaza is now at the center of the discourse, eclipsing the rocket attacks by Hamas militants that were the stated reason for the Israeli assault.Then as now, a question persists: Beyond the carnage, are Israel's airstrikes against civilian locations achieving anything at all?
- US: Russia is firing across border into Ukraine
KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — Russia is launching artillery attacks from its soil on Ukrainian troops and preparing to move heavier weaponry across the border, the U.S. and Ukraine charged Friday in what appeared to be an ominous escalation of the crisis.Russia accused Washington of lying and charged Ukraine with firing across the border on a Russian village. It also toughened its economic measures against Ukraine by banning dairy imports.
- Migrants: Obama urges Latin leaders, GOP to help
WASHINGTON (AP) — Pressing for swift action, President Barack Obama on Friday urged Central American presidents and congressional Republicans to help ease the influx of minors and migrant families crossing the southwest border of the U.S.He emphasized to the regional leaders that despite U.S. compassion for migrant children, those who do not have a proper claim to remain in the U.S. will be turned back.
- What happened? The day Flight 17 was downed
SNIZHNE, Ukraine (AP) — It was lunchtime when a tracked launcher with four SA-11 surface-to-air missiles rolled into town and parked on Karapetyan Street. Fifteen hundred miles (2,400 kilometers) to the west, passengers were checking in for Malaysia Airlines Flight 17.It had been a noisy day in this eastern Ukrainian town, residents recounted. Plenty of military equipment was moving through. But still it was hard to miss the bulky missile system, also known as a Buk M-1. It left deep tread marks in the asphalt as it rumbled by in a small convoy.
- Browns' Manziel: "I've made rookie mistakes"
BEREA, Ohio (AP) — Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel says he "made some rookie" mistakes during the offseason and vowed to be focused on just football in the future.Speaking on the eve of Cleveland's first training camp practice, Manziel briefly addressed his behavior during the offseason when photos of him partying around the country were a weekly occurrence. Manziel said he has spoken to Browns coach Mike Pettine and general manager Ray Farmer and "we've been on the same page." Manziel said he spoke them about a photo of him holding a rolled up $20 bill, but he provided no other details.
- Marshawn Lynch missing as Seahawks camp begins
RENTON, Wash. (AP) — Marshawn Lynch famously said during Super Bowl week that he was "all about that action, boss."His action on Friday was defiance. The Super Bowl champion Seattle Seahawks opened training camp and Lynch chose to stay away because of his current contract situation.
- Houston WR Andre Johnson reports to camp
HOUSTON (AP) — Andre Johnson had some issues with the Houston Texans.In the end, they weren't serious enough to keep the star receiver off the field.
- Gronk's back: Star tight end practices with Pats
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) — Rob Gronkowski ran short routes, caught passes and jogged back to the line of scrimmage.He didn't cut sharply, run hard at defensive backs or participate in 11-on-11 drills.
- Dallas Cowboys LB McClain convicted in Alabama
DECATUR, Ala. (AP) — A judge on Friday convicted Dallas Cowboys linebacker Rolando McClain of resisting arrest and disorderly conduct in his Alabama hometown and imposed an 18-day jail term that could interrupt the player's bid to restart his career.Municipal Judge Billy Cook convicted McClain on the misdemeanor counts after a non-jury trial that lasted about three hours. McClain was accused of yelling an obscenity at police trying to arrest him during a disturbance in a crowded city park in 2013.