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Missile strike kills 33, levels block in Syria

– A Syrian missile strike leveled a block of buildings in an impoverished district of Aleppo on Tuesday, killing at least 33 people, almost half of them children, anti-regime activists said.

Many were trapped under the rubble of destroyed houses and piles of concrete, and the death toll could still rise further if more bodies are uncovered.

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Discount on pizza for gun owners

A Virginia Beach, Va., pizza shop owner is showing his support for firearm rights by giving gun owners a 15 percent discount.

The discount is given to anyone who brings a gun or concealed handgun permit to All Around Pizzas and Deli.

Since the discount began last Friday, owner Jay Laze says 80 percent of his customers have brought guns into the pizza shop. He says one customer came in with an AK-47.

Stay of execution for Georgia man

A federal appeals court has halted the execution of a Georgia man who killed a fellow inmate in 1990.

Defense attorney Brian Kammer said the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals granted a stay of execution to Warren Lee Hill, who had been set to die Tuesday.

Hill was convicted in the Aug. 17, 1990, beating death of Joseph Handspike. Hill was serving a life sentence at the time for the slaying of his 18-year-old girlfriend.

Hill’s lawyer had argued his client is mentally disabled and shouldn’t be executed.

14 hurt in explosion at Kansas City mall

An official says 14 people have been confirmed as injured in a massive gas explosion in an upscale shopping district in Kansas City, Mo.

Kansas City Manager Troy Schulte says officials don’t yet know whether anyone was killed in the explosion, which destroyed JJ’s restaurant.

Authorities also are still trying to determine the full cause of the blast. Schulte says they know there was a gas leak followed by an explosion. At this point, he says, authorities believe it may have stemmed from an accident involving a utility contractor.

Postal Service to launch clothing line

The U.S. Postal Service is taking drastic steps to make itself relevant and profitable these days.

The cash-strapped agency announced plans Tuesday to launch a line of all-weather apparel and accessories next year.

Criticism abounds for TV’s Dr. Drew

The criticism of Dr. Drew Pinsky spread on the Internet almost as quickly as news of Mindy McCready’s death.

The country singer with the tumultuous personal life became the fifth cast member of his “Celebrity Rehab” series to die since appearing on the show and the third from Season 3. The previous deaths stirred up rumors of a curse and a debate about the show’s helpfulness, and McCready’s apparent suicide upped the pitch of the reaction.

While many noted that Drew took on hard cases, others rendered stark judgment. Singer Richard Marx on Twitter compared Pinsky to Dr. Jack Kevorkian, the so-called suicide doctor: “Same results.”

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