WASHINGTON (AP) — More than 3,300 federal inmates have applied to have their prison sentences cut short in the months since the Justice Department rolled out a new clemency initiative, according to data provided to The Associated Press.
By Phil Stewart WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States on Thursday called on Israel to do more to protect civilians in its military offensive in Gaza and condemned an Israeli strike on a U.N.-run school, even as it defended moves to resupply its close ally with ammunition. The White House reiterated its position that it was Israel's right to defend itself and described the resupply of ammunition disclosed as the fighting raged this week as "routine." White House spokesman Josh Earnest rejected suggestions that resupplying the Israelis might prolong the conflict, saying it was "part of a routine foreign military sales delivery." "The requested items were readily available and were provided as they have been on numerous other occasions," Earnest said. Israel says 56 of its soldiers and three civilians have been killed.