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US, UN announce deal on Gaza cease-fire

Thu, 07/31/2014 - 12:35
The United States and United Nations are announcing that Israel and Hamas have agreed to a humanitarian cease-fire to start Friday morning for 72 hours.

Congress' August recess delayed as immigration gridlock continues

Thu, 07/31/2014 - 12:10
Congress ran full-tilt into election-year gridlock over immigration Thursday and staggered toward a five-week summer break with no agreement in sight on legislation to cope with the influx of young immigrants flocking illegally to the United States.

Congress races to finish veterans, highway bills before break

Thu, 07/31/2014 - 10:00
Rushing toward the exits, Congress on Thursday scrambled to wrap up legislation addressing the troubled Veterans Affairs Department and a looming shortfall in highway money. House Republicans sought to win over reluctant, tea party conservatives on a border security bill.

All South Shore beaches open

Thu, 07/31/2014 - 09:59
All 61 salt-water beaches on the South Shore are open after passing the latest round of bacteria tests.See water quality test results for each community and for Cape Cod, the South Coast and North Shore.For more on Quincy beaches,  call 617-376-1288, or visit [...]

West Africa Ebola outbreak tops 700 deaths

Thu, 07/31/2014 - 09:00
The worst recorded Ebola outbreak in history surpassed 700 deaths in West Africa as the World Health Organization on Thursday announced dozens of new fatalities.

Investigators make it to Ukraine jet crash site

Thu, 07/31/2014 - 06:00
As fighting raged in eastern Ukraine, an international team of investigators on Thursday reached the crash site of the Malaysian Airline Flight 17 and got a first look at where it was brought down by a missile two weeks ago.

Morning Jolt: Israel calls up more reservists, asks US for ammo

Thu, 07/31/2014 - 04:51
Israel said today that 16,000 more reservists will be called up, bringing the total called up during the latest round of fighting to 86,000. Israel is trying to target Hamas in Gaza, and wants to destroy all the tunnels Hamas has built in the region. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said today that Israel will continue to target the tunnels.

Houghs Neck getting set to hold annual ChowdaFest

Wed, 07/30/2014 - 18:23
QUINCY – If you’re a fan of chowder, the ChowdaFest in Houghs Neck is for you.Two dozen local restaurants and residents will be serving chowder at the Quincy neighborhood’s 10th annual festival, which is set for 2 to 6 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 13, at the Maritime Center on Bay View Avenue.Admission to the all-you-can-eat festival will be $5. Music will be provided by the Danny Gallagher Band.Organizers [...]

Today in the News: Peace Corps removed from areas hit by Ebola virus

Wed, 07/30/2014 - 15:00
"The agency has been and will continue to closely monitor the outbreak of the virus in collaboration with leading experts from the (U.S.) Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the U.S. Department of State." - Statement from the Peace Corps, which today announced hundreds of volunteers will be withdrawn from the areas most affected by the Ebola virus. Two volunteer workers last week were confirmed to have the virus, for which there is no known cure.

Quincy police officer on leave pending investigation

Wed, 07/30/2014 - 14:59
A Quincy police officer has been placed on paid administrative leave pending an investigation. The mayor's office would not disclose the name of the officer or the nature of the investigation.

Suing Barack Obama: GOP-led House gives the go-ahead

Wed, 07/30/2014 - 13:34
A sharply divided House approved a Republican plan Wednesday to launch a campaign-season lawsuit against President Barack Obama, accusing him of exceeding the bounds of his constitutional authority. Obama and other Democrats derided the effort as a stunt aimed at tossing political red meat to conservative voters.

Business update: Lawyer sues GM on behalf of 658 plaintiffs

Wed, 07/30/2014 - 13:00
A Texas lawyer has filed a lawsuit against General Motors on behalf of 658 people who were injured or killed in crashes allegedly caused by faulty ignition switches.

Sanctions will damage Russia if not lifted quickly

Wed, 07/30/2014 - 10:00
U.S. and European sanctions against Russia's energy and finance sectors are strong enough to cause deep, long-lasting damage within months unless Moscow persuades the West to repeal them by withdrawing support for Ukrainian insurgents.

Ukraine: Clashes prevent visit to jet debris site

Wed, 07/30/2014 - 09:00
Almost two weeks after Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 went down, clashes on Wednesday between Ukrainian forces and separatist rebels again prevented international experts from reaching the crash site to recover remains still baking in midsummer heat in farm fields — deepening frustration for victims' relatives and the governments whose citizens died.

Shelling of UN school kills 15 as Gaza war rages

Wed, 07/30/2014 - 06:00
Israeli tank shells slammed into a crowded U.N. school sheltering Gazans displaced by fighting on Wednesday, killing 15 and wounding 90 after tearing through the walls of two classrooms, a spokesman for a U.N. aid agency and a health official said.

Morning Jolt: U.S. economy bounces back

Wed, 07/30/2014 - 04:29
The U.S. economy recovered from its worst quarter in five years to post a gain of 4 percent in the second quarter of this year. That beat economists’ estimates of 3 percent, according to CNN Money.

Today in the News: Senate confirms new VA secretary

Tue, 07/29/2014 - 15:00
Robert McDonald was unanimously confirmed by the Senate today for Veterans Affairs secretary, CNN reported. McDonald will replace Eric Shinseki, who led the VA until the health care scandal forced him to resign. McDonald is a former Army officer.

Business update: Study says 35 percent in US facing debt collectors

Tue, 07/29/2014 - 13:00
More than 35 percent of Americans have debts and unpaid bills that have been reported to collection agencies, according to a study released Tuesday by the Urban Institute.

Shelling adds to mounting civilian toll in Ukraine

Tue, 07/29/2014 - 10:00
Shelling in at least three cities in eastern Ukraine has hit a home for the elderly, a school and several apartment blocks, adding to a rapidly growing civilian death toll Tuesday.

House to vote on slimmed-down immigration bill for border

Tue, 07/29/2014 - 09:00
House Republicans unveiled a slimmed-down bill Tuesday to address the immigration crisis on the U.S.-Mexico border by sending in National Guard troops and speeding migrant youths back home. The election-year measure would allow Republicans to say they tried to solve the humanitarian problem in South Texas, even though it stands no chance of becoming law.