Israeli fire pushed the Palestinian death toll in Gaza to above 800 Friday, as the US and UN pressed Israel and Hamas to agree a humanitarian ceasefire and thrash out a durable truce In the West Bank, demonstrations began as Palestinian factions declared a "Day of Rage" after a night of clashes over Israel's Gaza offensive that left one Palestinian dead.
Back in 2012, the Sun erupted with a powerful solar storm that just missed the Earth but was big enough to "knock modern civilization back to the 18th century," NASA said. The extreme space weather that tore through Earth's orbit on July 23, 2012, was the most powerful in 150 years, according to a statement posted on the US space agency website Wednesday. "If the eruption had occurred only one week earlier, Earth would have been in the line of fire," said Daniel Baker, professor of atmospheric and space physics at the University of Colorado. Instead the storm cloud hit the STEREO-A spacecraft, a solar observatory that is "almost ideally equipped to measure the parameters of such an event," NASA said.
BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — A Buffalo Bills prospective ownership group that includes rocker Jon Bon Jovi has conducted a feasibility study into buying the NFL franchise and building a stadium in Toronto, a person close to the situation said.
GLASGOW, Scotland (AP) — European 400-meter hurdles champion Rhys Williams was ruled out of the Commonwealth Games on Friday after becoming the second Welsh athlete suspended for a doping offense this month.
ARGELES-GAZOST, France (AP) — As his team hoped, Vincenzo Nibali demonstrated he's the "boss" of the Tour de France. Just don't compare him to the last rider to regularly bear that sobriquet at cycling's greatest race, Lance Armstrong.