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Caesars Entertainment Installing Electric Vehicle Charging Stations at Resorts

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Caesars Entertainment Corporation is installing electric vehicle charging stations at a number of its resorts and casinos and plans to continue to expand the presence of charging stations.

Thus far, the company says it has installed operational charging stations at nearly all of its Northern and Southern Nevada locations. In total, 48 charging stations have been installed in parking lots and valet areas. Each station is free and available to guests.

The next Caesars locations to receive charging stations will include Harrah’s New Orleans Hotel and Casino, Harrah’s Philadelphia, Harrah’s Resort Atlantic City and Horseshoe Casino Hammond.

“We want to make it easy for our guests to continue their green habits while they stay and play at our resorts,” said Eric Dominguez, corporate director of facilities, engineering and sustainable operations at Caesars Entertainment.

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US Releases Photos Purported to Show Russia Fired Artillery Into Ukraine

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) — The United States has released images that, it says, prove Russian military forces have fired artillery from Russian territory into Ukraine.

The Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI) released a series of overhead images that, it says, show evidence of artillery fire from the Russian side of the border directed at Ukrainian military positions in Ukraine.

ODNI claims the images prove Russian military — not Russian-backed separatists operating from across the border — were responsible.

“The following images provide evidence that Russian forces have fired across the border at Ukrainian military forces, and that Russia-backed separatists have used heavy artillery, provided by Russia, in attacks on Ukrainian forces from inside Ukraine,” ODNI wrote atop a four-page file that includes four images ODNI says were taken July 21-26.

The newly released images back up the claim of direct Russian involvment made Thursday by the State Department and the Pentagon, as international tensions have risen sharply over the conflict in eastern Ukraine since the downing of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 in rebel-held territory.

“We have new evidence that the Russians intend to deliver heavier and more powerful multiple rocket launchers to the separatist forces in Ukraine, and have evidence that Russia is firing artillery from within Russia to attack Ukrainian military positions,” State Dept. spokeswoman Marie Harf told reporters at a daily press briefing on Thursday.

The U.S. has alleged Russian complicity in the downing of the Malaysia Airlines jet, pointing to Russian support for separatists and alleged supplying of heavy weaponry. Recordings of phone conversations released by the Ukrainian government purportedly show separatists telling Russian officials they shot down the airliner.

Russian President Vladimir Putin has not directly addressed recent allegations of Russian military support for the rebels, or that rebels downed the plane with a missile system provided to them by Russia.

In a statement on MH17 released through the Kremlin on July 21, Putin warned that “no one should and no one has the right to use this tragedy to pursue their own political goals” and promised that “[f]or its part, Russia will do everything within its power to move the conflict in eastern Ukraine from the military phase we see today to the negotiating phase, with the parties using peaceful and diplomatic means alone.”

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“New York Times” Editorial Page Editor: ‘I Have Smoked Pot’

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — After the New York Times editorial board came out in support of national legalization of marijuana on Saturday, the editorial page editor for the Grey Lady told ABC’s Jon Karl Sunday on This Week, that he has indeed smoked pot.

“I’ve never asked the people that work for me whether they smoke pot, and I’m not going to ask. I have smoked pot in my life. I went to college in Colorado in the 1970′s, you figure it out,” Andrew Rosenthal told Karl.

On Saturday, the Times editorial board published their endorsement of the legalization of marijuana nationwide, stating the “federal government should repeal the ban on marijuana. We reached that conclusion after a great deal of discussion among the members of The Times‘s Editorial Board, inspired by a rapidly growing movement among the states to reform marijuana laws.”

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American Doctor in Liberia Tests Positive for Ebola

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(MONROVIA, Liberia) — An American doctor working with an international relief organization in Liberia tested positive for the Ebola virus.

Dr. Kent Brantly had been working as the medical director for Samaritan’s Purse, an organization working to provide aid to those affected by the spread of Ebola. Brantly is undergoing treatment in an isolation center.

Samaritan’s Purse released a statement saying that it was “committed to doing everything possible to help Dr. Brantly during this time of crisis.”

Ebola, a contagious and deadly disease, is spreading in part because of trade across the borders of three countries: Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone, health officials said. The World Health Organization reported about 930 cases of Ebola in the three countries, with the virus causing about 580 deaths.

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Israel Resumes Attacks in Gaza, Hamas Offers Cease-Fire

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(JERUSALEM) — The Israeli Army resumed its attacks on Gaza on Sunday, pointing at “incessant rocket fire” launched by Hamas throughout the previous humanitarian cease-fire.

The two sides had, on Saturday, agreed to a temporary truce to allow residents of Gaza to gather supplies and retrieve the bodies of those killed in the ongoing tension. Israel stated late on Saturday that it would extend the cease-fire for 24 hours — through Sunday — but promised that it would respond to any Hamas rocket fire.

Sunday morning, the Israel Defense Forces said that seven rockets were fired from Gaza. Two of the rockets were intercepted by Israel’s Iron Dome defense system.

Also on Sunday, Hamas spokesman Sami abu Zoihri said that the organization had agreed to call for a 24-hour cease-fire beginning at about 2 p.m. local time. Still, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said that Hamas was not abiding by that cease-fire, firing rockets at Israel, which prompted the Israeli military activity to resume.

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Love Takes Himself Off Team USA

Minnesota Timberwovles/NBA(NEW YORK) — Kevin Love won’t be playing for Team USA in the FIBA World Cup this summer.

The 25-year-old Love is the center of trade speculation which led him to withdraw from the team.

“The fact is we can only look to the players we have available,” Team USA managing director Jerry Colangelo said in a statement. “Our job is to get the job done with our very, very deep roster, and we’re anxious to get things started.”

There has been speculation that Love, who currently plays for the Minnesota Timberwolves, could be traded to a number of teams, with Cleveland being the likeliest destination. But Cavaliers rookie Andrew Wiggins, who would probably be a center piece of the deal, just signed a contract with Cleveland and can’t be traded for 30 days (Aug. 23)

Love won gold medals with Team USA at the 2012 Olympics and 2010 world championship.

The 6-foot-10, 260 pound forward has played in six NBA seasons averaging 19.2 points, 12.2 boards and 2.7 assists per game.

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Tyson Foods to Close Three Facilities to Improve Business

Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images(SPRINGDALE, Ark.) — Tyson Foods will close three of its facilities by the middle of 2015 in an effort to “improve the performance of its prepared foods business.”

According to a release from the company, Tyson will close plants in Cherokee, Iowa, Buffalo, N.Y., and Santa Teresa, N.M. The Iowa plant will close on Sept. 27, and the other two will be closed “during the first half of…2015.”

The decision impacts approximately 950 employees, who the company says will be encouraged to apply for openings within the company and will receive invitations to Tyson-hosted job fairs.

Tyson says the closures are caused by “changing product needs, the age of the Cherokee facility and prohibitive cost of its renovation, and the distance of the Buffalo and Santa Teresa plants from their raw material supply base in the Midwest.”

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Gaza Cease-Fire Ends, No Agreement Reached on Extension

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(JERUSALEM) — A 12-hour cease-fire between Israel and Hamas ended on Saturday, and despite efforts to negotiate an extension, no deal was reached.

The two sides had been discussing a four-hour extension of the humanitarian truce. During the 12 hour truce, Palestinians in Gaza stocked up on supplies and retrieved the bodies of the dead.

According to the Palestinian Health Ministry, the death toll includes over 1,000 people killed in Gaza. The Israel Defense Forces notes that three more soldiers were killed in combat since Friday night, bringing the total number of Israeli deaths to 43, including 40 soldiers.

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Warner Bros. Shows First Footage from “Batman vs. Superman” Film at Comic-Con

Clay Enos/Warner Bros.(SAN DIEGO) — Warner Bros. opened its two-hour panel at Comic-Con International with a video featuring the first footage from the upcoming Batman vs. Superman film.

Director Zach Snyder introduced the footage, after which Ben Affleck and Henry Cavill were brought out, along with Wonder Woman Gal Gadot.

In the video, Batman responds to the call of the bat signal atop a building, where Superman hovers above him. The Man of Steel’s eyes glow red, while the Caped Crusader’s glow blue.

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Warner Bros. Shows First Footage from “Batman vs. Superman” Film at Comic-Con

Clay Enos/Warner Bros.(SAN DIEGO) — Warner Bros. opened its two-hour panel at Comic-Con International with a video featuring the first footage from the upcoming Batman vs. Superman film.

Director Zach Snyder introduced the footage, after which Ben Affleck and Henry Cavill were brought out, along with Wonder Woman Gal Gadot.

In the video, Batman responds to the call of the bat signal atop a building, where Superman hovers above him. The Man of Steel’s eyes glow red, while the Caped Crusader’s glow blue.

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