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WASHINGTON — Congress ran full-tilt into election-year gridlock over immigration Thursday and staggered toward a five-week summer break after failing to agree on legislation to cope with the influx of young immigrants flocking illegally to the United States.

OKEMAH, Okla. — A man accused of killing two girls along a rural Oklahoma road in 2008, but who wasn't arrested until after being questioned in his fiancée's death three years later, pleaded guilty in both cases Thursday.

GRUETLI-LAAGER, Tenn. — A deputy who was out walking in a remote area near Gruetli-Laager spotted some water hose that led him to several pots with marijuana growing in them and, ultimately, to at least $37 million worth of the plants, according to Grundy County Sheriff Brent Myers.

NEW DELHI — Hours past midnight Thursday, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry was still working the phones, trying to come up with a cease-fire plan to stop the bloodshed in the Gaza Strip. He'd been pushing for a deal all day — in fact, for more than a week — and nailing down a final agreement was proving elusive.

DENVER — Recreational pot brownies in Colorado are about to get weaker. Or at least, easier to break up into manageable doses.

WASHINGTON — The CIA's insistence that it did not spy on its Senate overseers collapsed Thursday with the release of a stark report by the agency's internal watchdog documenting improper computer surveillance and obstructionist behavior by CIA officers.

NEW YORK — For investors, there were few havens on Thursday.

A traffic crash occurred at 6100 Highway 58 at approximately 8 a.m. this morning involving a minivan and a pickup truck, according to a news release from the Chattanooga Police Department.

NASHVILLE — Four years ago, U.S. Rep. Diane Black was battling fellow Republican Jim Tracy in a tough three-person GOP primary in Tennessee's 6th Congressional District.

Calhoun, Ga.-based flooring giant Mohawk Industries’ profits jumped 20 percent in the second quarter to $162 million, excluding unusual charges, or $2.21 per share, up from $134 million in the second quarter of 2013.

JERUSALEM — Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Thursday that Israel will destroy Hamas' tunnel network in the Gaza Strip designed for deadly attacks inside Israel, "with or without a cease-fire," as the military called up another 16,000 reservists to pursue its campaign against Palestinian militants in the densely-populated territory.

The city's first traffic signal for bicycles went into operation today at the north end of the Walnut Street Bridge at Frazier Avenue.

BENGHAZI, Libya — Islamic hard-line militias, including the group accused by the United States in a 2012 attack that killed the ambassador and three other Americans, claimed control of Libya's second largest city, Benghazi, after overrunning army barracks and seizing heavy weapons.

CHICAGO — A demoted worker shot and critically wounded his company's CEO before fatally shooting himself Thursday inside a downtown high-rise office building in Chicago's bustling financial district, police said.

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