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Editor's Note: The CNN Wire is a running log of the latest news from CNN World Headquarters, reported by CNN's correspondents and producers, and The CNN Wire editors. "Posted" times are Eastern Time.

Officials: N.J. fire 70 percent contained, residents returning

(CNN) -- A New Jersey wildfire that may have been caused by flare dropped from an F-16 during a training exercise was 70 percent contained as of Wednesday night, and evacuated residents were being allowed to return to their homes, officials said.

The fire has burned 14,000 acres since Tuesday afternoon in southern New Jersey.

Residents of three evacuated nursing homes would be returned Thursday, said Maris Gabliks, the state's chief fire warden. Firefighters believe they have turned the corner in their efforts to contain the blaze, assisted by a half-inch of rain Wednesday afternoon, officials said.

The Air Force has formed a safety investigation board and an accident investigation board to determine if a flare indeed started the fire, Maj. Gen. Glenn K. Rieth of the National Guard told reporters. (Posted 10:19 p.m.)

Hagel joins calls for Gonzales' resignation after Comey testimony

WASHINGTON (CNN) -- Republican Sen. Chuck Hagel of Nebraska joined calls for Attorney General Alberto Gonzales to resign Wednesday, as Democrats questioned whether Gonzales had misled a Senate committee about the administration's warrantless eavesdropping.

The latest complaints about Gonzales follow testimony by former Deputy Attorney General James Comey on Tuesday. Comey, the No. 2 official at Justice until 2005, said Gonzales tried to get his ailing predecessor, John Ashcroft, to sign off on the surveillance program from his hospital bed after Comey raised questions about the program.

He told the Senate Judiciary Committee that Gonzales, then White House counsel, and former White House Chief of Staff Andrew Card tried "to take advantage of a very sick man" by going to Ashcroft.

In a written statement Wednesday, Hagel -- a possible GOP presidential contender -- said the "honesty and capability" of the attorney general must be unquestioned, and Gonzales "can no longer meet this standard." (Posted 8:19 p.m.)

Clinton tries to head off flap over explanation of war funding vote

WASHINGTON (CNN) -- Sen. Hillary Clinton touched off a tempest with some of her rival Democratic presidential campaigns Wednesday as she sought to explain her vote in favor of moving ahead with an amendment that would have cut off funding for the war in Iraq next spring.

Clinton and all three of her Democratic presidential rivals in the Senate -- Barack Obama, Chris Dodd and Joe Biden -- voted "yes" on a procedural motion to move to a vote on the amendment, known in Senate parlance as a "cloture" vote. Despite their support, the motion failed 29-67.

On Tuesday, Clinton spokesman Philippe Reines said Clinton supported both the cloture motion and the underlying amendment. But The New York Times reported that after the vote, Clinton was noncommittal when queried about whether she would have supported the amendment if cloture had passed and a vote had been held.

-- From CNN's Ted Barrett and Dana Bash (Posted 7:42 p.m.)

Ex-Gonzales aide Goodling going before House committee

WASHINGTON (CNN) -- A former Justice Department aide who had invoked the Fifth Amendment rather than answer questions about the firings of several U.S. attorneys will go before a House committee next week, committee leaders announced Wednesday.

Monica Goodling, who resigned as counselor to Attorney General Alberto Gonzales after taking the Fifth, is slated to appear before the House Judiciary Committee on May 23, the committee announced. Members voted in April to offer Goodling immunity from prosecution in exchange for her honest testimony about the dismissals, which have sparked a firestorm on Capitol Hill and led to bipartisan calls for Gonzales' resignation.

Goodling and another Gonzales aide, former chief of staff Kyle Sampson, have resigned over the controversy. (Posted 7:29 p.m.)

Gaza clashes, airstrikes kill 25; Israel vows 'harsh and severe' response to rockets

GAZA CITY (CNN) -- Sporadic fighting between armed Palestinian factions in Gaza stretched into Wednesday night despite another attempt at a cease-fire, including an attack on Prime Minister Ismael Haniya's bodyguards.

Meanwhile, Israel threatened a "harsh and severe" response to a wave of rocket attacks by Hamas on towns outside Gaza, and launched airstrikes on several targets in the increasingly chaotic territory. At least 19 people were killed Wednesday, the fourth day of heavy fighting between the two parties, and another six died in Israeli airstrikes, Palestinian officials reported.

Palestinian security sources in Gaza said gunmen fired on guards protecting the prime minister's residence. Haniya, of the ruling Islamic party Hamas, was home at the time of the shooting, the sources said, but there was no immediate report of injuries from the attack. (Posted 6:46 p.m.)

Officials: Negotiations under way for Wolfowitz to resign

WASHINGTON (CNN) -- Embattled World Bank President Paul Wolfowitz and the White House were in talks Wednesday afternoon with World Bank officials to work out details of his resignation, senior administration officials told CNN.

In a statement released Wednesday evening, the bank's executive directors said that their "deliberations" would continue Thursday morning.

Under a proposed agreement, the administration officials said, Wolfowitz would leave voluntarily but the World Bank would admit some culpability in the handling of his girlfriend's transfer to a State Department job, along with a hefty pay increase.

Administration officials told CNN that they expect Wolfowitz to leave "soon." --From CNN's Ed Henry, Zain Verjee and Elise Labott (Posted 6:27 p.m.)

Senate GOP sends message to White House with Iraq war vote

WASHINGTON (CNN) -- After soundly rejecting a call to cut off funds for the Iraq war by next spring, a majority of the Senate voted Wednesday for a GOP-crafted amendment that would have forced President Bush to tell Congress how he would revise U.S. strategy if the Iraqi government failed to meet certain benchmarks for progress.

Though the amendment fell short of the 60 votes needed to move ahead under Senate rules, the vote showed that 44 of the chamber's 49 Republicans stand ready to impose conditions on Bush's conduct of the war unless the Iraqis demonstrate more progress -- a sharp message to the White House about the frustration within the president's own party.

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., said after the vote that the Iraqi government "is a big disappointment."

"The Iraqi government ... needs to understand that they're running out ot time to get their part of the job done," he said. (Posted 6:06 p.m.)

Critics to House panel: mismanagement, lack of competition led to record prices

WASHINGTON (CNNMoney.com) -- This spring's record gasoline prices are a result of mismanagement and a lack of competition in the oil industry, critics of Big Oil said Wednesday before a House panel.

Gas prices hit $3.10 a gallon Wednesday, according to AAA. It's the fourth record day in a row, and the surge has been attributed to low gasoline supplies caused by a lack of refining capacity.

Mark Cooper, research director for the Consumer Federation of America, was blunt in his testimony before the House Judiciary Committee antitrust panel. "This is a picture of fundamental market failure," he said. "And Congress and the administration have stood by and done nothing to help consumers."

Representatives of the American Petroleum Institute, an oil industry group, told the committee that the accusations are false. --By CNNMoney's Steve Hargreaves in New York (Posted 5:59 p.m.)

Suspect pleads guilty in 1990s slayings in Buffalo

(CNN) -- A Buffalo man pleaded guilty Wednesday to killing three women -- two in the early 1990s and one just last year.

Altermio Sanchez, 49, a husband and father of two, pleaded guilty to second degree murder in the slayings of Linda Yalem in 1990, Majane Mazur in 1992 and Joan Diver last September. He was arrested in January after police recovered DNA linking him to the murders.

Sanchez is also the only suspect in at least seven rapes, dating back to 1981, carried out by an attacker known as the "bike path rapist" because many of the attacks happened on or near a bike path in the Buffalo area. Although DNA links him to four of the seven victims, he will not be charged with any of them because a New York state statute prohibits any kind of legal proceeding if five years has passed since the rape occurred.

Sanchez will be sentenced on August 3. He faces up to 75 years in prison. --From CNN's Amy Sahba (Posted 5:37 p.m.)

Northeast Florida remains dry; red flag warning issued

(CNN) -- Firefighters in northeast Florida were making progress on the monster Bugaboo Fire, officials said Wednesday, but were concerned about changing weather conditions and shifting wind over the next couple of days.

"This is probably the largest fire the state has ever had," said Florida Lt. Gov. Jeff Kottkamp, who toured the area Wednesday and spoke with reporters afterward.

But, he said, "the troops on the front line, their spirits are high. ... Everybody seems to have a task, and they're at work."

The U.S. Forest Service said earlier Wednesday the area remains tinder-dry. The National Weather Service issued a red flag warning until 7 p.m. because of low humidity. (Posted 5:04 p.m.)

Justice says it doesn't have documents sought in latest subpoena

WASHINGTON (CNN) -- The Justice Department on Wednesday told an angry Senate Judiciary Committee chairman the department does not have the documents demanded in his subpoena for all materials relating to Karl Rove's possible involvement in the U.S. attorney firings.

Instead, it said, Rove's lawyer must have them.

The response from a top Justice Department official came just hours after the chairman, Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., and the panel's top Republican, Sen. Arlen Specter, R-Pa,, sent a blistering letter to Attorney General Alberto Gonzales chastising him for ignoring the subpoena's Tuesday deadline.

A top Justice Department official responded Wednesday, insisting a further Justice Department search yielded only two documents. --From Justice Producer Terry Frieden

N.Y. attorney general sues Dell over deceptive business practices

NEW YORK (CNN) -- Dell Inc., one of the world's largest manufacturers of personal computers, is accused of deceptive business practices in a lawsuit filed Wednesday by New York Attorney General Andrew Cuomo.

The suit accuses Dell and its financial affiliate of deceiving its customers through "bait and switch" financing tactics and by failing to provide adequate customer service.

Cuomo, speaking at a news conference, claimed that Dell lured its customers with advertisements offering "no interest" financing promotions, then denied that deal to most of them, offering instead financing exceeding 20 percent.

"Dell could have resolved this matter themselves," Cuomo said. "They didn't and we will." --From CNN's Richard Davis (Posted 4:26 p.m.)

Suicide bombs target Mosul police, Kurdistan political party

BAGHDAD (CNN) -- Violence spread in and around the northern Iraqi city of Mosul Wednesday, as at least six suicide car bombs exploded, killing at least four Iraqi police, an official with the Mosul police told CNN.

Details on some of the attacks were sketchy.

Two suicide car bombs targeted the Nabi Younis police station in central Mosul, where four police were killed and 30 people were wounded, including 14 police.

Two car bombs also targeted the offices of the Kurdistan Democratic Party in Mosul, but no details were immediately available. Two other car bombs targeted the Badosh Bridge over the Tigris River about 50 km (30 miles) northwest of the city, destroying the span. (Posted 4 p.m.)

Iraqi security forces battle Mehdi Army in south; 12 dead in two-day battle

BAGHDAD (CNN) -- Fighting between Iraqi security forces and Mehdi Army fighters went into a second day in the southern Iraqi city of Nasiriya and nearby Shatra on Wednesday, sparked by an Iraqi military raid on a political office of radical Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr, Iraqi officials told CNN.

At least 12 people have been killed and dozens wounded in the clashes, which began Tuesday night and stopped Wednesday around 3 p.m. (7 a.m. ET), police and hospital officials said.

Among the dead were Iraqi security forces, Mehdi militiamen and civilians, an official with the Iraqi Interior Ministry said.

Two mortar rounds targeted the mayor's headquarters in Nasiriya, an official with the mayor's office told CNN. (Posted 3:45 p.m.)

Officials: Negotiations under way for Wolfowitz to resign

WASHINGTON (CNN) -- Embattled World Bank President Paul Wolfowitz and the White House were in talks Wednesday afternoon with World Bank officials to work out details of his resignation, senior administration officials told CNN.

Under a proposed agreement, Wolfowitz would leave voluntarily but the World Bank would admit some culpability in the handling of his girlfriend's transfer to a State Department job, along with a hefty pay increase.

Administration officials told CNN that they expect Wolfowitz to leave "soon," if not today.

Reached at his office Wolfowitz's lawyer, Bob Bennett, said it would be "premature" to say Wolfowitz is about to leave, but would not comment any further. In the past, Bennett has said that Wolfowitz would not resign "under a cloud." --From CNN's Ed Henry, Zain Verjee and Elise Labott (Posted 3:35 p.m.)

Hagel joins calls for Gonzales' resignation after Comey testimony

WASHINGTON (CNN) -- Nebraska Republican Sen. Chuck Hagel joined calls for Attorney General Alberto Gonzales to resign Wednesday, saying Gonzales has "lost the moral authority to lead."

James Comey, the No. 2 official at Justice until 2005, testified Tuesday that Gonzales tried to get his ailing predecessor, John Ashcroft, to sign off on the administration's warrantless surveillance program from his hospital bed after Comey raised questions about the program.

Comey told the Senate Judiciary Committee that Gonzales, then White House counsel, and former White House Chief of Staff Andrew Card tried "to take advantage of a very sick man" by going to Ashcroft's hospital room.

In a written statement Wednesday, Hagel said the "honesty and capability" of the attorney general must be unquestioned. Posted 1:50 p.m.)

Fighting rages in Gaza for a 4th day; new cease-fire announced

GAZA CITY (CNN) -- Battles between Palestinian factions in Gaza claimed more than a dozen lives Wednesday, while Hamas militants launched rockets into Israel, provoking Israeli military airstrikes on Hamas targets in Gaza.

The Palestinian leadership, both Fatah and Hamas, announced another cease-fire to take effect at 8 p.m. (1 p.m. ET), Palestinian Information Minister Mustafa Barghouti told CNN.

It will be the fourth attempt at implementing a truce in as many days.

"I hope it will work," Barghouti told CNN, adding that "the situation is miserable."

The latest Israeli airstrike targeted a rocket-launching site outside Jabaliya in northern Gaza, killing one Hamas militant and wounding three others, Palestinian security sources said. (Posted 1:19 p.m.)

British official: Because of threats, Prince Harry won't go to Iraq

LONDON (CNN) -- Prince Harry of Wales will not deploy to Iraq as a troop commander because of "a number of specific threats" against him, the chief of the general staff, Sir Richard Dannatt, said Wednesday.

The decision will make him "extremely disappointed," Dannatt predicted.

However, he left room for a change of heart, after a reporter's question.

"I'm not ruling anything in. I'm not ruling anything out," he said. "My clear preference now on the basis of this episode is to say the minimum about what he might or might not be doing."

An official for Clarence House, the residence of Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall, said Prince Harry "is very disappointed that he will not be able to go to Iraq with his troop on this deployment, as he had hoped." (Posted 1:15 p.m.)

N.J. wildfire may have been caused by F-16 flare

(CNN) -- A flare dropped from an F-16 during a training exercise may have caused a wildfire that has burned more than 13,500 acres since Tuesday afternoon in southern New Jersey, according to the New Jersey National Guard.

The Air Force has formed a safety investigation board and an accident investigation board to determine if a flare indeed started the fire, Maj. Gen. Glenn K. Rieth of the National Guard told reporters. He said the accident investigation results will be released to the public when they become available.

The blaze -- whipped by strong westerly winds -- pushed the fire toward the Garden State Parkway in southern New Jersey Wednesday.

A total of 50 homes have been affected by the fire. Five are believed to be destroyed and 13 sustained serious damage, according to New Jersey State Police Lt. Col. Drew Lieb. About 2,500 homes have been evacuated, along with three nursing homes and five retirement communities. More than 600 people are being kept in shelters at nearby schools, authorities said. --From CNN's Citabria Stevens (Posted 1:13 p.m.)

No sign of letup in rise of gasoline prices

NEW YORK (CNNMoney.com) -- Gasoline prices hit a record high for the fourth straight day Wednesday, according to AAA, and more records could be on the way.

The motorist group said the average price for a gallon of self-serve unleaded gasoline rose to $3.103 in its latest reading, which is based on a daily survey of purchases at up to 85,000 gas stations. That's up from Tuesday's record of $3.087 a gallon. Prices are now up 2.3 percent in just the last week and 8.6 percent over the past month.

California had the highest average price, with a gallon of self-serve unleaded costing $3.474 in the latest survey, although that was off of Tuesday's reading of $3.478.

South Carolina had the cheapest gas, but it is also creeping toward the mark of $3 a gallon with an average price of $2.853, up from $2.838 on Tuesday. (Posted 12:17 p.m.)

Fire-threatened Florida areas 'very, very dry'

(CNN) -- Although firefighters in northeast Florida are holding their own, the area remains "very, very dry," the U.S. Forest Service said, and the National Weather Service said a red flag warning is likely Wednesday afternoon because of low humidity.

If the Bugaboo fire spreads, it could impact thousands of homes, said Jim Caldwell, spokesman for the U.S. Forest Service.

So far, 730 homes have been evacuated, and he said several communities are being watched for more possible evacuations if the fire spreads. Those include Five Points, Deep Creek, Benton, Lake City and Watertown in Columbia County, and Moccasin Creek Circle and Taylor in Baker County, he said.

Aleasa Winter, a spokeswoman with the Florida Division of Forestry, said the closest the fire has come to a home is about a mile.

"There's no imminent danger right now," she added. (Posted 12:01 p.m.)

2 dead, 10 wounded in Green Zone mortar attack

BAGHDAD (CNN) -- A barrage of 10 mortars struck Baghdad's heavily fortified Green Zone on Wednesday, killing two Iraqis and wounding 10 people -- most of them Iraqis -- a U.S. Embassy spokesman told CNN.

It is the second day in a row that an indirect attack on the Green Zone has resulted in casualties.

None of the casualties in Wednesday's attack were employees or contractors of the U.S. Embassy, spokesman Lou Fintor said.

Of the 10 wounded, eight were Iraqis, he said. The nationalities of the remaining two were not released, but Fintor said they were neither American nor Iraqi.

Fintor said the embassy is open and operating normally. (Posted 11:57 a.m.)

Official: U.S. military offers reward for information on missing American soldiers

BAGHDAD (CNN) -- The U.S. military is offering a $200,000 reward for any information about the location of three missing American soldiers, or who was involved in their possible abduction, a senior U.S. military official at the Pentagon told CNN's Barbara Starr.

The military is also dropping approximately 150,000 leaflets from helicopters in the region south of Baghdad where the soldiers went missing after an ambush Saturday, urging Iraqis to call a tip line with any information and informing them of the reward money, the official said.

Four U.S. soldiers and an Iraqi soldier were killed in the early Saturday attack outside Mahmoudiya, south of Baghdad.

So far, the U.S. military has sifted through more than 140 tips that have led to dozens of "deliberate operations" in its massive search for the missing soldiers, Maj. Gen. William Caldwell said during a briefing on Wednesday. (Posted 10:38 a.m.)

3 of 4 people arrested in connection with London terror attacks released

LONDON (CNN) -- Three of the four people who were arrested earlier this month in connection with the July 2005 terror attacks in London have been released without charges, a Metropolitan police statement said Wednesday.

One of those released Tuesday was Hasina Patel, the widow of Mohammad Sidique Khan, her lawyer told CNN.

Her husband is blamed for organizing the July 7, 2005, attacks on the London transportation system. Fifty-two people died, including Khan and three other bombers.

One of the four people arrested May 9, a 34-year-old man, is still in police custody in London after authorities were granted a warrant of further detention. (Posted 9:55 a.m.)

GOP senators want Bush to detail Iraq changes if benchmarks aren't met

WASHINGTON (CNN) -- A group of Republican senators uneasy about the level of progress in Iraq are putting forward an amendment that would force President Bush to tell Congress how he intends to revise U.S. strategy if the Iraqi government fails to meet certain benchmarks for progress.

A top GOP leadership aide described the amendment, which will come up for a vote Wednesday, as a "pressure valve" that will allow senators to vent their concerns about the lack of progress in Iraq. It marks the first time Senate Republican leaders have allowed a vote on a measure sponsored by one of their members to impose conditions on Bush's conduct of the war.

"There's a lot of sentiment in our conference that you can't force order and democracy on people who don't want it," the aide said, adding that the lack of progress "is having an impact on us."

With war funding dwindling amid a political impasse between Bush and Democratic lawmakers, leaders on both sides of the aisle say they want to get a supplemental appropriations bill to Bush's desk by Memorial Day, less than two weeks away. (Posted 9:53 a.m.)

Iraqi security forces battle Mehdi Army in south; 9 dead

BAGHDAD (CNN) -- Fighting between Iraqi security forces and Mehdi Army fighters entered a second day in the southern Iraqi city of Nasiriya on Wednesday, sparked by an Iraqi military raid on a political office of radical Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr, Iraqi officials told CNN.

At least nine people have died and dozens have been hurt in the clashes, which began Tuesday night and stopped Wednesday afternoon.

Two mortar rounds targeted the mayor's headquarters in Nasiriya, an official with the mayor's office told CNN. An al-Sadr political leader said an Iraqi "Quick Intervention Force" raided al-Sadr's political office in Nasiriya Tuesday night and arrested two members. When clashes erupted, Iraqi police fired rocket-propelled grenades at the office building.

That attack killed five people and injured 14 inside the office, which was then occupied by the forces, Abd al-Mahdi al-Motairi said. The Iraqi forces refused to leave the office, the aide said.

Al-Sadr's Mehdi Army militia is blamed for much of the sectarian violence in Iraq. (Posted 9:46 a.m.)

Falwell's body to lie in repose at Liberty University

LYNCHBURG, Va. (CNN) -- The body of the Rev. Jerry Falwell will lie in repose at the Arthur DeMoss Learning Center at Liberty University Thursday and Friday, the university announced Wednesday.

The televangelist founded the university and the Thomas Road Baptist Church, where his body will lie in repose Sunday and Monday, and where his funeral will take place. His burial will be a private service.

The Moral Majority leader died Tuesday at age 73. (Posted 9:33 a.m.)

Palestinian leader may declare state of emergency amid Hamas-Fatah fighting

GAZA CITY (CNN) -- Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas may declare a state of emergency in Gaza Wednesday after a fourth day of fighting between Palestinian factions.

Thirteen people were killed despite numerous calls for a cease-fire by Hamas and Fatah leaders. If the state of emergency is declared, it would also affect the West Bank, deputy Palestinian Prime Minister Azzam al-Ahmad said.

The fighting among Palestinians in Gaza has claimed at least 39 lives since Sunday, and on Wednesday, the Israeli military carried out airstrikes on targets in southern Gaza, the Israel Defense Forces confirmed.

The Israeli missiles struck Hamas headquarters in Rafah -- near the Gaza-Egypt border -- and were carried out in response to numerous rocket attacks on southern Israel, an Israeli army spokeswoman told CNN. Hamas claimed responsibility for the rocket attacks. (Posted 9:25 a.m.)

At least four Madrid bombing defendants on hunger strike

MADRID (CNN) -- At least four key defendants in the Madrid train bombings trial are on a hunger strike, and the judge immediately sent one of them for medical treatment Wednesday after he lay down in the courtroom.

Judge Javier Gomez Bermudes announced at the beginning of Wednesday's session that although the accused Islamic terrorists had the right to go on a hunger strike, it would not delay the trial. He said he could order them to be force fed and expelled from the courtroom, under Spanish law.

Shortly after, one of the hunger strikers, Moroccan-born Youssef Belhadj -- an accused mastermind of the 2004 Madrid train bombings that killed 191 people -- lay down on a bench in the bulletproof glass enclosure where he has attended the trial with other defendants.

The coordinated bombings of four Madrid commuter trains was the deadliest terrorist attack in Western Europe since al Qaeda became active. Prosecutors charge that the attack was inspired by, but not directed, by the terror group. (Posted 8:30 a.m.)

Yolanda King, daughter of MLK Jr., dies at 51

ATLANTA (CNN) -- Yolanda Denise King, the oldest daughter of civil rights activist Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. has died at age 51, according to a family friend and former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, Andrew Young.

Young told Atlanta TV station WXIA on Wednesday that he received a call from Yolanda's brother, Martin Luther King III, informing Young she had died. Early Wednesday, the flag outside The King Center was flying at half-staff, WSB TV footage showed.

She is survived by sister Bernice Albertine King and brothers Martin Luther King III and Dexter Scott King. Her mother, Coretta Scott King, died late January in 2006. Born Nov. 17, 1955, Yolanda King was an actress, author, producer and civil rights activist. (Posted 7 a.m.)

Palestinian militants fire rockets into Israel

JERUSALEM (CNN) -- Palestinian militants fired at least four Qassam rockets from northern Gaza into Israel Wednesday, an Israel Defense Forces spokesman said.

According to the IDF, one of the rockets landed south of Sderot and caused no injuries. Miri Eisen, a spokeswoman for the prime minister's office, said the rocket in Sderot landed in a football field and said another one of the rockets landed near the home of Defense Minister Amir Peretz in the western Negev. He was not home at the time.

Hamas claimed responsibility for the attacks on the militant group's Web site, saying a total of eight Qassam had been launched Wednesday -- four on Sderot and four others on other communities in the western Negev desert.

The Israeli military said 25 Qassams were fired from Gaza on Tuesday, injuring at least 17 people. (Posted 4:15 a.m.)


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