JERUSALEM – Dozens of Palestinian prisoners on Wednesday ended their 63-day-long hunger strike after reaching a deal with Israeli prison authorities, a Palestinian official said.
The development comes against the backdrop of a broad Israeli ground operation in the West Bank in search of three Israeli teens who went missing in the Palestinian territory nearly two weeks ago. There have also been near-daily rocket attacks from Gaza, prompting Israeli airstrikes in retaliation.
Earlier Wednesday, a rocket fired by Palestinian militants toward Israel exploded in the northern Gaza Strip, killing a 3-year-old Palestinian girl and wounding three other people, a Gaza health official said.
Actor Eli Wallach dies at age of 98
Eli Wallach, the raspy-voiced character actor who starred in dozens of movies and Broadway plays over a remarkable and enduring career and earned film immortality as a conniving, quick-on-the-draw bandit in the classic Western The Good, the Bad and the Ugly, has died. He was 98.
The actor’s son, Peter Wallach, confirmed Wednesday that his father passed away Tuesday evening in New York from natural causes.
The best way to honor him is to put on one of his movies, he said. Put on Baby Doll’ or Magnificent Seven.’ Those live forever.
Missing 12-year-old found in his home
A 12-year-old boy who had been missing for a week and a half and was the subject of an extensive police search was found alive and well Wednesday in the basement of his Detroit home.
Officers discovered the boy while serving a search warrant on the home as part of their investigation into his disappearance.
It’s not clear if the boy had been there the entire time; officers had been inside the home before and cadaver dogs searched the house last week.
Detroit Police Chief James Craig said when police found Charlie Bothuell V, he appeared to be hiding.
Government sorry for FAFSA tweet
The Education Department on Wednesday apologized for a tweet that depicted a scene from the movie Bridesmaids with the words Help me. I’m poor imprinted on it as part of an effort to get students to apply for federal aid.
If this is you, then you better fill out your FAFSA: fafsa.gov, the tweet reads. The quote is said during a comedic scene on an airplane.
The department was seeking to encourage students to fill out a Free Application for Federal Student Aid. A posting on the @FAFSA Twitter page now reads, We apologize for the insensitivity of our previous tweet. Our goal is to make college a reality for all. We’re very sorry.