Negotiations in Egypt between Palestinian and Israeli representatives cooled today, as Hamas rejected what it says are insufficient offers toward compromise, Reuters reports.
"Israel must accept the demands of the Palestinian people or face a long war," Osama Hamdan, head of Hamas' foreign affairs, wrote on Facebook.
A 72-hour ceasefire between the two sides ends on Monday night, and while Israeli and Palestinian negotiators agreed to meet — separately, as neither side recognizes the other — with Egyptian mediators again on Sunday, the lack of progress points to the possibility of renewed fighting. Hamas demands an end to an Israeli-Egyptian blockade on the Gaza Strip, but Israel has shown little interest in conceding such a stand. For its part, Israel requires a disarmament of Hamas as part of any long-term agreement, which Gaza's Islamist group refuses to consider.
The United Nations says the Gaza offensive has killed more than 1,900 Palestinians — most of whom were civilians — so far. Sixty-four Israeli soldiers and three Israeli civilians have also died in the fighting. Sarah Eberspacher
Researchers have found that people who drink copious amounts of orange juice or eat a lot of grapefruit could be raising their risk of melanoma, the deadliest form of skin cancer.
In the Journal of Clinical Oncology, the researchers say that grapefruit and oranges contain compounds called furocoumarins and psoralen. Furocoumarins make the skin more sensitive to sunlight, and furocoumarins and psoralen cause melanoma cells to multiply when exposed to ultraviolet light. The team looked at more than 40,000 men participating in the Health Professionals Follow-Up Study and more than 60,000 women in the Nurses' Health Study, and found that the risk of melanoma was very low, with fewer than 2 percent ending up with melanoma over the course of 25 years.
For those who ate or drank at least 1.6 six-ounce servings of citrus fruit or juice daily, the risk of getting melanoma was 36 percent higher compared to those who consumed them less than twice a week. Researchers looked at other factors, like smoking, but didn't find any other connections. "That was our first thought, that people who live in Florida and California were out in the sun more and eating more citrus," Dr. Walter Willett of the Harvard School of Public Health told NBC News. "But that did not turn out to be the case." While researchers aren’t saying to cut back on citrus just yet, they do urge people to always wear sunscreen. Catherine Garcia
The Obama administration could announce as early as Tuesday that it plans to expand overtime eligibility for millions of Americans by 2016.
The 1938 law that established the federal 40-hour workweek exempts professional, administrative, and executive employees from overtime pay requirements. Under the draft rules, a person classified as a manager or professional who earns $970 a week or less and works more than 40 hours would have to earn overtime pay, an administration official told Bloomberg. Retail workers and restaurant employees are the most likely to be affected. "You would be hard pressed to find a rule change or an executive order that would reach more middle class workers than this one," says Jared Bernstein, former economic adviser to Vice President Joe Biden and senior fellow at the Center for Budget and Policy Priorities. Catherine Garcia
British Prime Minister David Cameron said Monday that the gunman behind last week's massacre in Sousse, Tunisia, declared war on Britain when he shot and killed at least 30 Britons.
Cameron said the government will provide a "full spectrum" response, including helping security forces in Tunisia track down any accomplices, The Guardian reports. Cameron said the government would not ramp up travel advisories to Tunisian coastal resorts for now, saying the killer wanted to destroy the tourist industry, which accounts for 15 percent of the country's economy. He also said that soon, his government will publish a new counter-extremism strategy that will likely ban several organizations deemed to be radical and suppress extremist messages online and on television stations.
Cameron announced that on Tuesday and Wednesday, a major exercise will take place in London to test the country's readiness for a terrorist attack. "We are a target," Cameron told BBC Radio 4's Today program. "Frankly, we cannot hide from this thinking that if you step back you become less of a target. They are attacking our way of life and what we stand for, and so we have to stand united with those that share our values." Catherine Garcia
Police in Seattle are looking for the operator of a drone that hit a woman in the head at the Seattle pride parade Sunday, knocking her out.
The two-pound drone hit the 25-year-old woman as she watched the parade, ABC News reports, causing her to collapse. She was caught by her boyfriend before she hit the ground, and an off-duty firefighter treated her at the scene. The extent of her injuries are not known.
Police are looking to speak with a man in his 20s, unshaven, with a tattoo of a woman, who was wearing a baseball cap, sunglasses, and cut-off pants during the parade. The drone was 18 square inches and retails for about $1,200. Catherine Garcia
The wildfire burning in and around Wenatchee, Washington, has destroyed at least 28 homes and three commercial buildings, officials said Monday.
Diane Reed, who lost her home in the fire, told The Seattle Times that her neighborhood looked "like a war zone." The Sleepy Hollow fire has burned about 3,000 acres since it broke out Sunday, state patrol spokesman Darren Wright told Reuters. Some firefighters have sustained minor injuries, he said, and several hundred homes are still under evacuation orders. Although crews have been unable to establish containment lines around the fire, overnight showers did help slow down its advance.
The cause of the fire is unknown at this point, but Janet Pearce, a spokeswoman for the state's Department of Natural Resources, said it started after several lightning strikes hit the region. Catherine Garcia
On Monday, FBI agents arrested a 23-year-old New Jersey man, charging him with conspiring to provide material support to ISIS.
Alaa Saadeh of West New York also stands accused of witness tampering, with the FBI saying he tried to persuade a witness to lie to the agency, CBS News reports. The criminal complaint states that Saadeh's brother went to the Middle East in May to join ISIS, but was arrested in Jordan. Saadeh's credit card was used to buy the plane ticket, and he was aware of his brother's plans, the complaint says. Prosecutors say Saadeh told another person he believed someone "snitched" on his brother, and if that was the case, he would have to "kill someone."
Saadeh was also secretly recorded by an informant earlier this month, the complaint alleges, with Saadeh telling a potential witness if they are confronted by the FBI, "You just play dumb. Like you just really don't know. That all you know is that he was going to see his parents." The FBI and Joint Terrorism Task Force have been investigating several people in the New York and New Jersey area due to concerns over terrorist attacks around the 4th of July. Catherine Garcia
The FBI has launched an investigation into corruption at the Clinton Correctional Facility, law enforcement officials told CNN Monday, looking into possible drug trafficking and other criminal behavior.
Convicted killers Richard Matt and David Sweat escaped from the upstate New York prison earlier this month, and the new inquiry is being fueled by evidence uncovered by authorities while investigating the jailbreak. Some employees told authorities that prisoners were using heroin and employees were part of the drug trade, sources told CNN, and specific people have been identified and are the focus of the investigation.
The New York Inspector General and New York State Police have also launched investigations into the escape, with the inspector general looking at the relationships between guards and inmates and the things they would discuss; investigators now believe Matt and Sweat spoke with guards about the terrain around the prison, gaining knowledge that would be useful during their escape. Corrections officer Joyce Mitchell is accused of smuggling in the tools Matt and Sweat used to break out of prison, while another prison worker, Gene Palmer, is charged with delivering those tools. Matt was killed on Friday, while Sweat was captured alive on Sunday. Catherine Garcia