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40 Dead, 150 Injured in Gaza as Cease-Fire Collapses

At least 40 people are dead and 150 others were injured in Gaza today despite a planned 72-hour cease-fire between Israel and Hamas, the Palestinian health ministry says.

The cease-fire went into effect at 1 a.m. EST Friday.

Homes were struck in Rafah, which lies near Gaza’s borders with Israel and Egypt, with "tens" of people killed, Palestinian authorities say. Gray smoke was visible following the attack.

The hospital in the area is very small and overwhelmed by the number of people needing medical care, the general director of the health ministry told ABC News.

Israel Defense Forces reports that eight rockets and mortars were recently fired at Israel, with one intercepted and seven hitting open areas.

A spokesperson for United Nations Envoy Robert Serry could neither confirm or deny reports that Israel informed the U.N. it considers the cease-fire over.

The conflict between Israel and Hamas has been ongoing for nearly a month, with more than 1,400 people killed.

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Company ‘Shocked’ After Demoted Employee Allegedly Shot CEO

A gunman killed himself today after shooting his boss in the Bank of America building in Chicago's financial district, authorities said.

The victim was the CEO of the company that the shooter worked for, and police said the gunman had been demoted last Friday.

Chicago Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy did not name the company that both men worked for. Several companies are based in the Bank of America building.

The 59-year-old man shot the 54-year-old man before turning the gun on himself, police said.

PHOTO: People gather outside 231 South Lasalle St. in Chicago following a shooting inside

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PHOTO: People gather outside 231 South Lasalle St. in Chicago following a shooting inside

The 54-year-old victim was taken to Northwestern University Hospital and is in critical condition after suffering a gunshot wound to the head.

The shooter was confirmed dead at the scene, police said.

PHOTO: Police vehicles are parked outside of 231 South Lasalle St. in Chicago following a shooting inside the building.

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PHOTO: Police vehicles are parked outside of 231 South Lasalle St. in Chicago following a shooting inside the building.

Law enforcement officials have not released the names of either individual. Police were alerted to the shooting at 9:50 a.m. local time.

The shooting took place on the 17th floor of a building on South LaSalle Street.

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Two Americans With Ebola to Be Flown Back to US

Two American patients stricken with Ebola are to be flown from Africa to the U.S., ABC News has learned.

Meanwhile, there are plans to transfer a patient with Ebola virus infection to Emory University Hospital's special facility containment unit within the next several days, hospital officials said today in a statement. Officials added that it's unclear when the patient will arrive in Atlanta.

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"Emory University Hospital has a specially built isolation unit set up in collaboration with the CDC to treat patients who are exposed to certain serious infectious diseases," hospital officials said. "It is physically separate from other patient areas and has unique equipment and infrastructure that provide an extraordinarily high level of clinical isolation. It is one of only four such facilities in the country."

"Emory University Hospital physicians, nurses and staff are highly trained in the specific and unique protocols and procedures necessary to treat and care for this type of patient. For this specially trained staff, these procedures are practiced on a regular basis throughout the year so we are fully prepared for this type of situation."

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Why the Crosswalk Buttons in Your City May Not Work

Why did the pedestrians cross the road? Before they got to the other side, they likely pressed crosswalk buttons. But in Dallas and New York City, walkers who pushed the metal buttons likely pushed placebos that did nothing to influence traffic patterns.

Only about 9 percent of crosswalk buttons in New York actually work, a New York City Department of Transportation spokeswoman told ABC News.

"The majority of traffic signals in New York are programmed with a fixed-time operation so the 'walk' message is displayed automatically during each phase of the signal cycle," the spokeswoman said. "Citywide, there are about 100 active push-to-cross pedestrian buttons."

Those 100 active buttons are referred to as "actuated" pedestrian signals, she said.

"At intersections where buttons are no longer functional, the 'walk' message still gets displayed since the signal operates on a regular interval," she said.

New York City's Department of Transportation estimated there were about 1,000 intersections with "decommissioned buttons."

"These are removed when capital projects are scheduled for locations that include them or these intersections undergo other modifications," the spokeswoman said.

In Dallas, nearly all of the 200 traffic signals operate on a pre-timed basis, so hitting crosswalk buttons do nothing, the Dallas Morning News reported on Wednesday.

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The ineffective or decommissioned buttons weren't a surprise to an engineer for a crosswalk button manufacturer.

Zane Sapp, senior engineer from Campbell Company in Idaho, which sells the buttons to the cities through a distributor, said it's up to cities to connect the buttons to the traffic signals.

Campbell Company manufactures all sorts of crosswalk buttons in the U.S. Some are marketed as audible buttons to inform the blind of the waiting time to cross the street.

“I would guess the majority of Americans don’t know how traffic signals work," he told ABC News.

He suggested cities educate residents and visitors to improve the efficiency of transportation and movement.

In those intersections where crosswalk buttons do influence traffic, he said pushing multiple buttons to cross a street in different directions can slow drivers and pedestrians alike.

Cities can provide technology enhancements for impatient walkers, he said, including new buttons that provide an audio or visual confirmation such as a light that the press was registered.

He said, "People like to press buttons 20 times."

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French Cellphone Carrier Iliad Makes Offer for T-Mobile US, but Is Turned Down – New York Times


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T-Mobile shares jump on Iliad buyout offer

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NEW YORK — Shares of T-Mobile surged 4% after French telecom company Iliad confirmed it has made an offer to acquire T-Mobile.

According to The Wall Street Journal, and later confirmed by Illiad, the deal would involve control of the wireless carrier, but does not break down financial details of the acquisition offer.

The deal arrives as T-Mobile's disruptive "Un-Carrier" strategy seems to be working, based on reported quarterly results. The nation's fourth largest wireless provider added 1.5 million new customers during the second quarter of the year and passed the 50 million customer milestone.

The company said on Thursday it has added 7.6 million new net customers overall during the past 15 months and now expects branded postpaid net additions for 2014 to be between 3 and 3.5 million. The prior guidance was 2.8 to 3.3 million.

Shares of T-Mobile surged 3.8% following a report from The Wall Street Journal that French telecom company Iliad made an offer to acquire T-Mobile.

T-Mobile reported quarterly profits of 49 cents per share, up from a first quarter loss of 19 cents per share, though the company says much of that was a driven by a non-cash $731 million spectrum license transaction.

"We have completely reversed T-Mobile's trajectory and started a revolution that is changing the rules in wireless," said T-Mobile CEO John Legere in a release.

Among its Un-Carrier initiatives since 2013, T-Mobile has eliminated onerous wireless contracts, agreed to reimburse early-termination fees for customers who switch to T-Mobile and most recently announced that folks could test drive an iPhone 5s for a week.

The company sold 6.2 million smartphones during the quarter and says tablet sales that were five times greater than sales in the prior quarter helped buoy the increase in mobile broadband lines. T-Mobile indicated that the upside in tablets and wearables provides a lot of opportunity.

Another opportunity presumably arrives in the fall when Apple is expected to launch an iPhone 6. People often consider switching carriers when new devices hit the market. For now T-Mobile's iPhone penetration is lower than rival carriers, and Legere in a conference call with analysts cited a report suggesting that T-Mobile's own customers are less likely to bail for another wireless provider compared to its competitors.

Not everything has gone swimmingly of late. T-Mobile was recently sued by the Federal Trade Commission over alleged unauthorized bogus "cramming" charges. And the results come amid reports that T-Mobile's long-anticipated merger with Sprint now won't happen until September at the earliest.

Legere wouldn't specifically on the rumored Sprint deal or any other, but said that T-Mobile "is not in need of doing something to be successful in the short to medium term." Still, he hinted that a potential transition could accelerate the scale game required to compete over the long haul against AT&T and Verizon Wireless.

Legere also told USA TODAY that the latest Un-Carrier moves would come later in the summer. He didn't offer specific clues on what those moves would be but said that "you can trust is that they'll be bigger and better than ever."

Legere acknowledged during the interview that there are still areas to be covered. But T-Mobile has been expanding and modernizing its network and now provides 4G LTE coverage to more than 233 million people in 325 metro areas.

Around mid-day Thursday, T-Mobile's stock price was at 32.75, up 5.85%.

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Landslide buries Indian village killing at least 24 – TVNZ


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Rescue workers and desperate villagers dug through deep mud, rocks and the debris of shattered homes today after a massive landslide buried a remote village in western India, killing at least 24. More than 150 people were trapped, authorities said.
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FCC ‘deeply troubled’ by Verizon’s plan to slow down LTE for unlimited data customers, chairman says – @verge

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