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Aug 2, 2014

NYT | Today's Headlines August 2, 2014: Gaza Fighting Intensifies as Cease-Fire Falls Apart

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An unexploded bomb drew Palestinian onlookers on Friday on a main road in Deir el-Balah in the central Gaza Strip.
Gaza Fighting Intensifies as Cease-Fire Falls Apart

By JODI RUDOREN and ISABEL KERSHNER

A cease-fire in Gaza collapsed on Friday as the Israeli military said that two soldiers had been killed and a third apparently captured. Gaza health officials said at least 70 Palestinians had been killed by Israeli airstrikes.
The Senate majority leader, Harry Reid, left the Capitol on Friday. He has tried to protect politically vulnerable Democrats.
Congress Off for the Exits, but Few Cheer

By JONATHAN WEISMAN and ASHLEY PARKER

After a session in which both parties shared the blame for inaction on major issues, a five-week recess lies ahead.
. Votes: Emergency Border Spending Bill
Nadezda Ivanovna, 84, of Slovyansk, a city held by pro-Russian rebels who have since fled.
A Test for Ukraine in a City Retaken From Rebels

By ANDREW HIGGINS

In Slovyansk, a city of 80,000 that was a stronghold for pro-Russian rebels, Ukraine authorities have a difficult task ahead to shift the loyalties of residents to keep the peace.
For more top news, go to NYTimes.com »
Editors' Picks
Lila Faria, 19, at her home in Maplewood, N.J. Ms. Faria, a student at New York University, recently returned from a trip to the Middle East with the Taglit-Birthright Israel organization.

WORLD

Birthright Trips to Israel Continue Despite Mideast Conflict

By ELENA SCHNEIDER

There have been some cancellations since the hostilities began, but 6,000 young people have visited Israel as planned.

OPINION | OP-ED CONTRIBUTORS

Censorship in Your Doctor's Office

By PAUL SHERMAN and ROBERT McNAMARA

Florida puts gun rights above the right to free speech.

QUOTATION OF THE DAY

"So much for her being called the Material Girl!"
LIZ ROSENBERG, Madonna's publicist, after learning that the singer has at least two paychecks from the Walt Disney Company and Warner Music being held by New York State.
Today's Video
Video VIDEO: Measuring the 113th Congress's Futility
How this Congress is on pace to becoming the most ineffectual in history.
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Video VIDEO: Brown Sugar-Cured Salmon
Melissa Clark uses hickory wood chips to grill salmon cured with brown sugar, allspice and mace.
Video VIDEO: Bill Cunninhgam | Great Lengths
This summer, for women in Midtown Manhattan going to work or out for midday shopping, the long, sensuous jersey dress or skirt is a dominant look.
For more video, go to NYTimes.com/Video »
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World
Israeli soldiers near the Kerem Shalom crossing into Gaza on Friday. A retired Israeli general said Hamas had
In Tunnel War, Israeli Playbook Offers Few Ideas

By ISABEL KERSHNER

Though Israel knew about Hamas's tunnels, it has been surprised by how the militant group trained its fighters to use them.
Disinfectant is used in an attempt to prevent the spread of the Ebola virus at a government building in Monrovia, Liberia.
Ebola Virus Is Outpacing Efforts to Control It, World Health Body Warns

By ADAM NOSSITER and ALAN COWELL

Leaders of the affected countries and the head of the World Health Organization introduced a $100 million plan to combat the disease that will allow hundreds of medical professionals to be deployed to West Africa.
Gay rights activists celebrated on Friday in Kampala, Uganda, after a five-judge panel announced that a punitive anti-gay law was invalid.
Uganda Anti-Gay Law Struck Down by Court

By JEFFREY GETTLEMAN

A panel of five judges ruled on narrow technical grounds, preserving the possibility that the measure could be altered and revived.
For more world news, go to NYTimes.com/World »
U.S.
Dr. Richard Thorp, president of the California Medical Association, called the measure for drug testing and to raise the cap on medical malpractice awards a
California Asks: Should Doctors Face Drug Tests?

By ADAM NAGOURNEY

A battle over a proposal, packed away in a broader initiative meant to raise the financial cap on medical malpractice awards, is being closely watched across the country.
The Fifth District is held by Representative Corrine Brown, center, a Democrat.
Deadline Set to Redraw Voting Map in Florida

By FRANCES ROBLES

A judge admitted that he was unsure how to resolve the problem of illegally gerrymandered districts before elections in November.
Joseph R. Wood III
Executed Arizona Inmate Got 15 Times Standard Dose, Lawyers Say

By FERNANDA SANTOS

The State Department of Corrections said it was seeking an outside investigator to conduct an independent inquiry into the execution of Joseph R. Wood III.
For more U.S. news, go to NYTimes.com/US »
Politics
Cantor, Ex-Majority Leader, Is Planning Early Exit From House

By STEVE KENNY

The early departure of Eric Cantor, the Virginia Republican, could allow his successor to participate in the lame-duck session of Congress this fall.
. Video  Video: Cantor Gives Farewell Address
Voters see the border turmoil as a domestic issue, according to party strategists and independent analysts.

POLITICAL MEMO

Foreign Crises Fade on Congressional Campaign Trail

By JACKIE CALMES

Violence in Gaza, Iraq, Syria and Ukraine has dominated the news this summer, but is drawing little reaction from candidates in the midterm elections.
Obama Expresses Confidence in C.I.A. Director

By CARL HULSE and MARK MAZZETTI

Senator Ron Wyden has urged the Justice Department to reopen its investigation into the agency over its improper search of computer files of the Senate Intelligence Committee.
For more political news, go to NYTimes.com/Politics »
Business
A recent job fair in Philadelphia. The average monthly gain in payrolls across the country has been above 200,000 for the last six months.
More Rejoin Labor Force; Jobless Rate Up to 6.2%

By DIONNE SEARCEY

The government said 209,000 jobs were created in July, while economists had expected about 230,000. The unemployment rate inched up to 6.2 percent.

YOUR MONEY

Summer Job? Time to Start a Roth I.R.A.

By RON LIEBER

Opening a retirement savings account as a teenager instead of a few years after college can lead to hundreds of thousands of extra dollars after a half-century of growth.
Steven St. Peter with his dog, Flo. His company, Aratana Therapeutics, has conditional approval for two biotech  drugs to treat canine lymphoma.
Start-Ups Work on Biotech Drugs for Pets

By ANDREW POLLACK

Entrepreneurs hope to develop innovative drugs for dogs and cats like those that have revolutionized the treatment of diseases like cancer in people.
For more business news, go to NYTimes.com/Business »
Technology
A screen shot of books available through Amazon's Kindle Unlimited subscription service on an iPhone.

BITS BLOG

Amazon Wants Cheaper E-Books. But Should It Get to Enforce Prices?

By FARHAD MANJOO

The retailer argues that e-books should be priced at $9.99. But there is a risk that eliminating price experimentation could stifle creative business ideas.

BITS BLOG

Microsoft Sues Samsung Over Android Royalty Payments

By NICK WINGFIELD

The lawsuit claimed that Samsung failed to follow the terms of a 2011 patent licensing deal between the two companies.
Demonstrators in San Francisco earlier this week protested the high rate of evictions in the city as Airbnb's popularity there grows.

BITS BLOG

Airbnb Pushes to Modify San Francisco Housing Laws

By MIKE ISAAC

The start-up introduced a new lobbying effort this week, with the goal of allowing residents to rent out their homes without fear of retribution from local government agencies.
For more technology news, go to NYTimes.com/Technology »
Sports
Michael Strahan at the ABC studio in New York where he shoots the morning show
New Stop After a Seamless Move

By KEN BELSON

Michael Strahan, a former Giants defensive end who will enter the Pro Football Hall of Fame on Saturday, has not left the public eye since he retired in 2008.
Dustin Johnson announced on Thursday that he would take a leave from competition, but was vague about his reasoning for doing so.

ON GOLF

Also Missing: Explanation for an Absence

By KAREN CROUSE

After Dustin Johnson took a leave of absence from golf, the PGA Tour was mostly silent about the news, casting a spotlight on the opacity of the tour's drug policy.
. In Line for Spot on Ryder Cup Team, Dustin Johnson Takes a Leave
. Roundup: García Ties a Course Record to Take the Bridgestone Lead
The Red Sox traded Jon Lester and Jonny Gomes to the Athletics for Yoenis Cespedes.

ON BASEBALL

Trade Winds Scatter a Roster of Champions

By TYLER KEPNER

The number of veterans chopped from the roster of the World Series champion Boston Red Sox is staggering.
. On Baseball: Vintage Blockbusters Reshuffle Race
For more sports news, go to NYTimes.com/Sports »
Arts
Siegfried Sassoon
A Soldier Poet, Baring His Soul

By ALAN COWELL

Cambridge University has digitized 4,100 handwritten pages of notes by the British wartime poet Siegfried Sassoon and has made them available free online.
The National Cryptologic Museum in Annapolis Junction, Md., has two Enigma machines from Nazi Germany on display.

MUSEUM REVIEW