Nation & world

  1. Backlogged immigration courts face new deluge


    LOS ANGELES — Adolescent girls in braids and pigtails and teenage boys wearing jeans and sneakers sat alongside their parents in the courtroom of Immigration Judge Frank Travieso to hear how long they might be allowed to stay in the United States.

    U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents in Brownsville, Texas, should expect to see long lines, like this one at their processing facility in June, for many years to come.
  2. Army recruiter says tougher tattoo rules bring fewer recruits


    CHICAGO — Uncle Sam still wants you — just not as heavily inked.

  3. Tommy Ramone, last original member of the Ramones, dies at 65


    Tom Erdelyi, better known as Tommy Ramone, the founding drummer and last surviving original member of the Ramones — the New York City band whose dizzying, short blasts of melody codified the sound of punk rock — died Friday at his home in New York. He was 65. The cause was cancer of the bile duct, his family …

    In 2002, the Ramones — the four founders and drummer Marky — were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Shown are Dee Dee, left, Johnny, Tommy and Marky.
  4. Death toll of Israel's Gaza campaign hits 114 as U.S. seeks cease-fire


    JERUSALEM — Israel kept up a steady bombardment of the Gaza Strip from the air and sea Friday as the United States offered to broker a cease-fire that would end an offensive launched to quell rocket fire from the territory.

    Members of the Abu Lealla family inspect the remains of the building they lived in following an airstrike in Gaza City on Friday. At least eight Palestinians were killed overnight in airstrikes.
  5. Eastern Ukrainians flee as army suffers losses


    DONETSK, Ukraine — Ukraine's president vowed vengeance in blood after 19 troops were killed in an insurgent rocket attack Friday, and residents of the rebel-held city of Donetsk began fleeing in large numbers for fear of a government siege.

    A man works to haul away the rubble of his shop on Friday in the village of Semyonovka. Fighting between Ukrainian troops and pro-Russian rebels near the Russian border reportedly extended to nearby communities.