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Showboat closes after 27 years in Atlantic City

Showboat Casino closesThe show is over for the Showboat Casino Hotel.

The Mardi Gras-themed casino shut down Sunday after 27 years on the Atlantic City Boardwalk. It was one of three casinos closing within the next two weeks as Atlantic City deals with the impact of increasing competition from casinos in neighboring states. Revel will begin a two-day closing Monday, and Trump Plaza is closing Sept. 16.

One of the final songs piped in over the Showboat's loudspeakers: Queen's "Another One Bites The Dust."

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Israel confiscates nearly 1,000 acres of Palestinian land in the West Bank

Israel grabs more landThe Israeli authorities have announced the confiscation of 4,000 dunam of land near the Jewish settlement of Gush Etzion in Hebron province, southern West Bank, the Israeli radio reported.

The confiscation order was taken by the Israeli authorities as a response to the kidnapping and subsequent killing of three Jewish settlers two months ago in Hebron, according to the Israeli radio.

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Kurdish oil tanker 'vanishes' with $100M cargo off Texas

Kurdish oil tankerThe U.S. Coast Guard has lost track of a Kurdish tanker carrying $100 million in disputed oil off the coast of Texas, the Independent reports.

Headed for Galveston, the United Kalavyrvta was anchored at least 60 miles off-shore when it vanished from radar screens. The ship's haul fell under legal dispute when Iraq filed a lawsuit in U.S. courts, urging American officials to grab the ship's oil in Galveston because it belongs to Iraq, not the Kurdish National Government.

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US trained Alaskans as secret 'stay-behind agents'

j edgar hooverFearing a Russian invasion and occupation of Alaska, the U.S. government in the early Cold War years recruited and trained fishermen, bush pilots, trappers and other private citizens across Alaska for a covert network to feed wartime intelligence to the military, newly declassified Air Force and FBI documents show.

Invasion of Alaska? Yes. It seemed like a real possibility in 1950.

"The military believes that it would be an airborne invasion involving bombing and the dropping of paratroopers," one FBI memo said. The most likely targets were thought to be Nome, Fairbanks, Anchorage and Seward.

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Islamic State siege of Amerli, Iraq, broken

Iraqi soldierAfter a two-month siege by Islamic State militants, the town of Amerli, Iraq, received some relief as the Iraqi military entered the town and the United States carried out airstrikes nearby.

IS fighters had surrounded the town of about 17,000 ethnic Turkmen Shiites, leaving the residents without power, food, water and other supplies.

The Sunni militants, also known as ISIS or ISIL, had taken control of strategic locations throughout Iraq and Syria, including several villages surrounding Amerli.

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Israeli fire on Gaza town raises war crimes claim

Israeli war crimesThe first of August dawned as a day of promise for the Mahmoum clan and thousands of other Palestinians stuck in United Nations shelters in Rafah — thanks to a temporary cease-fire with Israel they could go home for three days.

But the expected respite quickly turned into one of the deadliest and most controversial episodes in the recent war between Israel and Hamas in the Gaza Strip. After just two hours, amid fear that Hamas had captured an Israeli soldier, the Israeli military sealed off the Rafah area and began shelling. By the end of the next day, 190 Palestinians were dead, according to a list of names compiled by two Gaza human rights groups, including 14 members of the Mahmoum family.

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Study: Novel heart failure drug shows big promise

NovartisA new study reports one of the biggest potential advances against heart failure in more than a decade - a first-of-a-kind, experimental drug that lowered the chances of death or hospitalization by about 20 percent.

Doctors say the Novartis drug - which doesn't have a name yet - seems like one of those rare, breakthrough therapies that could quickly change care for more than half of the 6 million Americans and 24 million people worldwide with heart failure.

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Justice Dept. Sues St. Anthony, MN over mosque rejection

mosque rejection The U.S. Dept. of Justice is suing the city of St. Anthony for denying a special permit for mosque in 2012.

U.S. Attorney Andrew Luger said St. Anthony Village City Council applied its zoning laws unevenly, and the federal government is seeking an injunction that will, in effect, undo the panel's vote.

"An injustice has been done," Luger told reporters, "And it is my job as the united states attorney to enforce the constitution and protect the civil rights of all members of our community, including Abu Huraira."

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Pa. releases list of wells impacted by drilling

gas drillingAfter years of delays and confusion Pennsylvania has released details of 243 cases where regulators determined that oil or natural gas drilling or related activities ruined private drinking water wells.

The Department of Environmental Protection on Thursday released links to the documents. The Associated Press and other news outlets have waged legal battles for several years seeking the records. DEP had previously given some documents to different news organizations, but had never released a comprehensive list.

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