Nov 20th, 2012 - International News
JERUSALEM (AP) — Palestinian militants have fired a rocket toward Jerusalem, causing an explosion moments after air raid sirens sounded across the city.
The sound of today's blast could be heard in the distance from downtown Jerusalem.
A police spokesman says the rocket apparently did not reach the city and authorities are searching for the blast site.
It's the second rocket attack aimed at Jerusalem since a round of fighting broke out between Israel and Palestinian militants in Gaza last Wednesday. Jerusalem, nearly 80 kilometers (50 miles) from Gaza, is the most distant city the militants have targeted.
The rocket attack occurred as diplomats are trying to work out a cease-fire.
A man identified as the most elusive top military commander of Hamas is urging the group's fighters to keep up attacks on Israel.
Mohammed Deif, seriously wounded in an Israeli airstrike in 2003, says Hamas "must invest all resources to uproot this aggressor from our land," a reference to Israel.
He was speaking from hiding on Hamas-run TV and radio.
Deif is one of the founders of the Hamas military wing and was its top commander until he was wounded in 2003. He was replaced as by Ahmed Jabari, who was assassinated by Israel last week in the opening salvo of its latest Gaza offensive.
The speaker on TV and radio was introduced as Deif, and a Gaza reporter said the speaker sounded like Deif.
President Barack Obama is sending Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton to the Middle East to help mediate an end to the bloody conflict between Israel and the Palestinians.
Israel has been firing rockets into the Gaza Strip in an attempt to end months of rocket fire out of the Hamas-ruled territory.
Clinton has been with Obama in Cambodia for the Southeast Asia Summit.
Iran says Palestinians in the Gaza Strip should be "equipped" to defend themselves against Israel.
But a Foreign Ministry spokesman refuses to comment on Israeli allegations that Iran is already sending arms to Gaza, which has been under Israel's attack since last week in retaliation for rockets fired by Hamas into Israel.
At least 113 Palestinians have been killed — nearly half of them civilians.
Iran is a major supporter of the militant groups such as Islamic Jihad and Hamas, which controls Gaza.
The spokesman also says Israel should be put on trial for war crimes over the latest offensive.
Iran has previously denied it had directly supplied Hamas with Iranian-made Fajr-5 missiles that have hit near Tel Aviv and Jerusalem.
Dec 6th, 2013 - Local News
KALAMAZOO, Mich. (AP) — Western Michigan University plans to become tobacco-free starting Sept. 1 as part of a broader effort to improve the health of the campus community.
The Kalamazoo school's...
Dec 5th, 2013 - Local News
A teacher from Hamilton Community Schools died after his car collided with a semi-truck near Holland Wednesday morning. 30-year-old Josh Hoppe from Zeeland taught government and did some coaching for...
Dec 6th, 2013 - State News
EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) — A new center at Michigan State University aims to look for better ways to preserve roadways.
The school's Transportation Center on Highway Pavement Preservation will le...
Dec 5th, 2013 - State News
DETROIT (AP) — Workers walked off their jobs at a fast-food restaurant in Detroit as part of a national protest against low wages.
Dozens of sign-carrying McDonald's employees and others marched ...
Dec 6th, 2013 - National News
— A storm that's already dumped up to 2 feet of snow in parts of Minnesota and Wisconsin has draped many communities in skin-stinging cold.
Winter storm and ice warnings are in effect through muc...
Dec 5th, 2013 - National News
DENVER (AP) — Some people have chosen to retreat indoors as an arctic blast sweeps across the Northern Plains.
And the blowing snow and single digit temperatures in North Dakota and across Montan...
Dec 6th, 2013 - International News
— There's a makeshift shrine of flowers and candles outside the old Soweto home of former South African President Nelson Mandela. Mandela died yesterday at age 95. One man says when Mandela was free...
Dec 5th, 2013 - International News
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Dec 6th, 2013 - Sports News
More than 30,000 tickets have been sold for the Grand Rapids Griffins outdoor hockey game against Toronto on Dec. 30th at Comerica park. The Griffins said more than 10,000 seats remain and you can re...
Dec 5th, 2013 - Sports News
EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) — J.P. Tokoto had 12 points and a career-high 10 rebounds to help North Carolina beat No. 1 Michigan State 79-65 Wednesday night, giving the Tar Heels another impressive vic...
Nov 7th, 2013 - Health News
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The institute, which is funded by insurers, r...
Sep 30th, 2013 - Health News
CHICAGO (AP) — The government's latest infant bed-sharing numbers are out leaving health officials concerned.
The percentage of babies sleeping with parents or another child more than doubled...