- Associated Press - Friday, August 1, 2014

House passes tougher bill dealing with crisis on US-Mexico border; Obama condemns plan

WASHINGTON (AP) - The House has approved a $694 million bill to address the crisis of unaccompanied migrant youths arriving at the U.S.-Mexico border.

The GOP legislation passed 223-189 late Friday on a nearly party-line vote. Last-minute changes won support from conservative holdouts who had forced GOP leaders to pull the bill from the floor a day earlier.

The bill would increase spending for National Guard at the border and add immigration judges and detention facilities.

It makes policy changes so that the migrant kids could be sent home more quickly.

But with the Senate already out of session for the summer, the bill stands no chance of becoming law.

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Israel pushes deeper into Gaza after soldier is captured by militants and cease-fire collapses

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) - Backed by tank fire and airstrikes, Israeli forces pushed deep into southern Gaza on Friday, searching for an Israeli army officer believed to be captured by Hamas fighters during deadly clashes that shattered an internationally brokered cease-fire.

The apparent capture of the soldier and the collapse of the truce set the stage for a possible expansion of Israel’s 25-day-old military operation against Hamas.

President Barack Obama and U.N. chief Ban Ki-moon called for the immediate release of the soldier but also appealed for restraint. In Israel, senior Cabinet ministers convened late Friday in a rare emergency meeting after the start of the Jewish Sabbath.

The search for the missing soldier centered on the outskirts of the town of Rafah, on the Egypt-Gaza border.

At least 140 Palestinians were killed Friday in Gaza, with at least 70 killed in the Rafah area along with two Israeli soldiers.

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Obama says in aftermath of 9/11, US ‘tortured some folks’ and crossed the line

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