Thousands of foreign fighters have bolstered the ranks of militant groups in Syria and Iraq in recent months, according to U.S. officials, driving fresh concern about potential terrorist plots aimed at the United States or its allies.
Israel pummeled the Gaza Strip from the air, land and sea on Tuesday, hitting government buildings, a television station and other symbols of the Hamas militant group's power in the coastal enclave.
A brief lull in fighting Saturday sent Palestinians in the battered Gaza Strip flocking to shops and banks and surging into devastated neighborhoods to search for missing relatives and recover belongings.
It was supposed to be a place of refuge from a devastating war.
Homer Smith, who served three stints as a UCLA football assistant coach and may have been college's most intellectually gifted offensive mind, died Sunday in Tuscaloosa, Ala., after a long battle with cancer. He was 79. Smith, who spent 37 of his 39 coaching seasons at the collegiate level, never received the acclaim of the headliners he served — UCLA's Pepper Rodgers and Terry Donahue and Alabama's Gene Stallings. Smith was introverted and nomadic by nature, never spending enough time in one place to establish a school-specific legacy. He was an assistant coach at Stanford, the Air Force Academy, UCLA, Alabama, Arizona and the NFL's Kansas City Chiefs. He also...