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Friday, July 18, 2014
New U.S. home construction fell sharply in June, and building permits also dropped, official data showed Thursday in a report signaling persistent weakness in the housing market.
Sex abuse at group home house of horror: Mexico
Mexican prosecutors said Wednesday that victims told harrowing tales of sexual abuse, beatings, hunger and filth in a once well-regarded group home where authorities freed a total of 607 adults and children in a raid.
Mother of 2 makes NFL cheerleading squad at 40
She hadn't done splits and high kicks since her cheerleading days in high school, but 40-year-old dance instructor Kriste Lewis set a lofty goal — to try out for the New Orleans Saints cheerleading squad, known as the Saintsations.
A Silicon Valley investor proposing to split California into six separate U.S. states passed an initial poll hurdle this week, even if the initiative appears ultimately doomed to fail.
A federal U.S. judge ruled Wednesday that the death penalty in California is unconstitutional, mainly because of the dysfunctional system that administers it.
A U.S. actress who tried to blame her husband for sending ricin-laced letters to President Barack Obama, then-New York mayor Michael Bloomberg and a gun control activist got 18 years in prison Wednesday.
Thursday, July 17, 2014
Israel, Hamas agree Gaza humanitarian aid truce
Israel and Hamas have agreed to a UN request to briefly halt hostilities Thursday on humanitarian grounds, after an Israeli strike killed four Palestinian children on a beach, while efforts intensify to secure a formal truce.
US, EU stiffen sanctions against Russia over Ukraine
The United States and Europe strengthened sanctions on Moscow over Ukraine Wednesday, with President Barack Obama taking his first direct swipes in the finance, military and energy sectors of the Russian economy.
Japan nuclear watchdog says two reactors safe
Japan's nuclear regulator said Wednesday that two atomic reactors were safe enough to switch back on, marking a major step towards restarting atomic plants that were shuttered after the Fukushima crisis.
Palestinians flee after Israeli warning
Hundreds of Palestinian families, their children crying, fled Wednesday, as Israel intensified airstrikes on Hamas targets, including homes of the movement's leaders, following failed Egyptian cease-fire efforts. Before the renewed bombardment, Israel had ordered tens of thousands of residents of border areas to evacuate their neighborhoods.
  
  
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