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Biden blasts Israeli government at J Street gala

Biden at J Street galaVice President Joe Biden several times criticized what he called an Israeli government that causes “overwhelming frustration” in a speech that seemed to rule out the chances of a final year peace push from the Obama administration.

“The present course Israel’s on is not one that’s likely to secure its existence as a Jewish, democratic state— and we have to make sure that happens,” Biden said, in a speech to the annual gala dinner of the left-leaning J Street held in Washington.

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Lin-Manuel Miranda's 'Hamilton' wins Pulitzer Prize for drama

Lin Manuel Miranda play wins Pulitzer“Hamilton,” the Broadway smash that’s looked like an awards-season favorite from the moment it opened, has been awarded the 2016 Pulitzer Prize for Drama.

Although it’s rare for a musical to the win the drama prize over plays, “Hamilton” had nonetheless looked like a lock for the Pulitzer, given its link to American history and the fresh, contemporary resonances it finds in the nation’s foundational moments. (The most recent musicals to nab the Pulitzer were the 2010 show “Next to Normal” and 1996’s “Rent.”)

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Va. Ex-cop pleads to involuntary manslaughter in 2013 shooting

Adam TorresA former Fairfax County police officer accused of fatally shooting a man who had his hands up during a 2013 standoff pleaded guilty Monday to involuntary manslaughter, prosecutors said.

The prosecutors noted the former officer was angry about the breakup of his marriage and unfit for duty when he responded to a domestic dispute.

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Hundreds killed in powerful Ecuador earthquake

Ecuador earthquakeThe death toll from Ecuador's biggest earthquake in decades has risen to at least 235 as rescue teams raced to find survivors in shattered coastal towns.

The powerful 7.8-magnitude quake struck off the Pacific coast on Saturday and was felt around the country, flattening buildings and buckling roads in several western towns.

Officials had previously put the toll at 77 dead and nearly 600 injured.

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About 40,000 Verizon unionized workers walk off the job

About 40,000 Verizon unionized workers walk off the jobTens of thousands of Verizon Communications Inc (VZ.N) workers walked off the job on Wednesday in one of the largest U.S. strikes in recent years after contract talks hit an impasse.

The strike could affect service in Verizon's Fios Internet, telephone and TV services businesses across several U.S. East Coast states, including New York, Massachusetts and Virginia.

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Music Producer David Gest Found Dead in London

David GestThe entertainer David Gest has been found dead in the Four Seasons hotel in Canary Warf, London. He was 62-years-old.

His death was confirmed by a statement from his friend and former bodyguard, Imad Handi. Mr Handi said: “It is with great sadness that I can confirm that David Gest has died today.

“David was truly larger than life. He was not just a huge talent and a dear friend but a showbiz icon.

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Cory Batey found guilty of aggravated rape in retrial

Corey Batey found guilty of weightA jury found former Vanderbilt University football player Cory Batey guilty of aggravated rape in the assault of an unconscious woman late Friday after a weeklong trial in Nashville.

The jury deliberated about 2½ hours after hearing five days of testimony. Jurors reached their verdict about 11 p.m. On three of seven counts, the jury found Batey guilty as charged of aggravated rape and two counts of aggravated sexual battery.

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