Bill Chappell http://wshu.org en 12-Hour Cease-Fire Begins In Gaza http://wshu.org/post/israel-and-hamas-reportedly-agree-12-hour-truce <em><strong>Updated 3:03 a.m.</strong></em><p>A humanitarian cease-fire went into effect on Saturday, a plan agreed to hours earlier by Hamas and Israeli leaders. The truce would allow Palestinian civilians to get food and aid where it's needed, and would last for 12 hours, officials say.<p>The Associated Press reported that the Israeli military warned that it "shall respond if terrorists choose to exploit" the lull to attack Israeli troops or civilians.<p>News of the truce came after prolonged U.S. Fri, 25 Jul 2014 23:51:00 +0000 Bill Chappell 21276 at http://wshu.org 12-Hour Cease-Fire Begins In Gaza 'I Love Your Country,' New House Member Tells U.S. Officials http://wshu.org/post/i-love-your-country-new-house-member-tells-us-officials Rep. Curt Clawson hasn't been in Congress long — he was sworn into office exactly one month ago. We mention that as a caveat, because in a congressional hearing Thursday, Clawson seems to have mistaken Americans who work in the U.S. Fri, 25 Jul 2014 22:32:00 +0000 Bill Chappell 21275 at http://wshu.org 'I Love Your Country,' New House Member Tells U.S. Officials Bill Allowing Americans To Unlock Cellphones Passes House, Heads To Obama http://wshu.org/post/bill-allowing-americans-unlock-cellphones-passes-house-heads-obama Approving a bill that has already passed the Senate, the House of Representatives has given its consent to legislation that lets U.S. Fri, 25 Jul 2014 20:49:00 +0000 Bill Chappell 21267 at http://wshu.org Campaign Finance Transparency Bill Gets Chilly Reception In Senate http://wshu.org/post/campaign-finance-transparency-bill-gets-chilly-reception-senate A bill that would require transparency by nonprofit groups related to federal elections met with united opposition from Republicans Wednesday, at the first Senate hearing on what its supporters call the Disclose Act.<p>The legislation would require any politically active group that spends more than $10,000 to list its donors. Wed, 23 Jul 2014 22:56:00 +0000 Bill Chappell 21155 at http://wshu.org Obama Declares Emergency As Huge Fires Burn In Washington State http://wshu.org/post/obama-declares-emergency-huge-fires-burn-washington-state Fires are still raging in Washington state, where officials hope rain might help them contain the large fires — but there's also a chance that heavy rainfall could trigger flooding and mudslides.<p>Fire crews have been battling several major fires in central and eastern Washington for the past two weeks. Wed, 23 Jul 2014 21:57:00 +0000 Bill Chappell 21150 at http://wshu.org Obama Declares Emergency As Huge Fires Burn In Washington State