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Flash Flood Watch issued July 22 at 12:53PM PDT until July 23 at 11:00PM PDT by NWS

...HEAVY RAINFALL MAY LEAD TO FLASH FLOODING ALONG THE EAST SLOPES OF THE NORTHERN CASCADES... .A BAND OF MODERATE TO HEAVY RAINFALL IS EXPECTED TO DEVELOP IN THE CASCADES FROM WEDNESDAY MORNING INTO THE AFTERNOON. THIS BAND WILL ALSO CONTAIN SOME EMBEDDED THUNDERSTORMS WITH LOCALLY HEAVIER RAINFALL RATES POSSIBLE WITH FLASH FLOODING POSSIBLE. THUNDERSTORMS

Late Afternoon

Hi75° Isolated Thunderstorms

Tonight

Lo63° Scattered Showers

Wednesday

Hi75° Heavy Rain

Wednesday Night

Lo59° Heavy Rain

Thursday

Hi74° Breezy

Thursday Night

Lo59° Mostly Clear

Friday

Hi85° Sunny

Friday Night

Lo62° Mostly Clear

Saturday

Hi90° Sunny

Saturday Night

Lo67° Clear

Cantwell, DelBene lecture tech giants on gender equality

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Congress is hardly a bastion of diversity. The Senate is 93 percent white. The Republicans in the House don’t have a single African-American or Asian-American member. And men in both chambers outnumber women 4 to 1.

Gaza rocket lands near Israel’s main airport

JERUSALEM — A rocket fired from the Gaza Strip landed near Israel’s main airport today, wounding one Israeli and prompting at least two American airlines to cancel flights to Israel in a reflection of high anxiety over air travel after last week’s attack on a Malaysian jet over Ukraine.

EU imposes new sanctions on Russian after crash

BRUSSELS — The European Union agreed today to impose new sanctions against officials deemed responsible for Russia’s actions in Ukraine, amid mounting international anger after a Malaysia Airlines plane was shot down over rebel-held territory.

Jakarta governor wins Indonesian presidency

JAKARTA, Indonesia — Jakarta Gov. Joko Widodo, who captured the hearts of millions of Indonesians with his common man image, won the country’s presidential election with 53 percent of the vote, officials said today.

North Korea threatens to boycott Asian Games

SEOUL, South Korea — North Korea threatened today to review its decision to enter the upcoming Asian Games in South Korea, a day after their talks on the games broke down.

Militants kill 8 security personnel in NW Pakistan

PESHAWAR, Pakistan — A group of militants attacked a security checkpoint in a troubled northwestern tribal region before dawn today, and eight security forces and four militants were killed, a government official said.

Malaysia defends downed jet’s path

KIEV, Ukraine — A day after a Malaysia Airlines plane traveling from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur crashed near the Russian border in eastern Ukraine, the Malaysian transportation minister said he believed the crew bore no responsibility for the deadly flight plan.

Israel PM says expansion of Gaza assault possible

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip — Israeli troops pushed deeper into Gaza today to destroy rocket launching sites and tunnels, firing volleys of tank shells and clashing with Palestinian fighters in a high-stakes ground offensive meant to weaken the enclave’s Hamas rulers.
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Passenger plane shot down over Ukraine

KIEV, Ukraine — A Ukrainian official said a passenger plane carrying 295 people was shot down today over a town in the east of the country, and Malaysia Airlines tweeted that it lost contact with one of its flights over Ukrainian airspace.
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Gaza cease-fire ends with rockets

JERUSALEM — A short humanitarian cease-fire between Israel and Hamas that began this morning as both sides accepted a United Nations request to hold their fire for a five-hour window has ended.

Assad sworn in for third term as Syrian president

IRBIL, IRAQ — With global attention turned to crises raging elsewhere in the region, a triumphant and defiant Bashar Assad was sworn in Wednesday for a third term as president of war-ravaged Syria.

Putin: U.S. sanctions hurt American businesses

MOSCOW, RUSSIA — President Vladimir Putin today lamented the latest round of U.S. sanctions against Russia, saying they will stalemate bilateral relations and hurt not only Russian but also American businesses.

Gunmen attack Kabul airport

KABUL, AFGHANISTAN — Gunmen carried out a pre-dawn rocket attack on Kabul International Airport today, temporarily shutting down the facility and setting off a gunbattle with security forces in which four attackers were killed, officials said.

Israeli strike kills 4 Gaza youths near coastal road

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip — Israeli war planes and naval vessels intensified attacks across the Gaza Strip today, targeting senior Hamas leaders and bombarding a coastal area, where four Palestinian boys were killed.

Typhoon kills 20 in Philippines, spares Manila

MANILA, Philippines — A typhoon blew out of the northern Philippines today after causing at least 20 deaths, knocking out power in entire provinces, damaging two parked jetliners and forcing nearly half a million people to flee from its lethal wind and rains, officials said.

Subway derails beneath Moscow: 20 people killed, 150 injured

MOSCOW — A subway train derailed today deep below Moscow streets, twisting and mangling crowded rail cars at the height of morning rush hour. At least 20 people were killed, Russian officials said, and 150 more were hospitalized, many with serious injuries.
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Hamas rejects Gaza cease-fire

JERUSALEM — Israel and Hamas exchanged fire today, throwing into disarray an Egyptian-brokered cease-fire meant to end eight days of fighting. Israel initially accepted the proposal while Hamas rejected it. Under the Egyptian plan, proposed late Monday, a 12-hour period of de-escalation was to begin at midmorning today. Hamas lobbed more than 50 rockets at Israel in the six hours after the suggested period began today, before Israel resumed its offensive. The offer, though, is still on the table and Israel says it will halt its fire if Hamas accepts ...

Big gaps in Iran nuclear talks

VIENNA — The fate of a possible landmark nuclear deal with Iran sank further into limbo today, with U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry noting “very real gaps” ahead of a July 20 target date for a deal meant to put firm curbs on Tehran’s atomic program.