Asian shares hit six and a half year high, dollar steady before Fed 29 Jul 2014

TOKYO - Asian shares touched a six-and-half-year peak while the dollar held steady against the euro on Wednesday, as investors awaited key U.S. data as well as a U.S. Federal Reserve meeting that some believe might result in a more hawkish policy outlook.

Palestinian firefighters extinguish a fire following what witnesses said was an Israeli air strike on a house, in Khan Younis in the southern Gaza Strip July 29, 2014. REUTERS/Ibraheem Abu Mustafa

43 Palestinians killed as Israel pounds Gaza

GAZA/JERUSALEM - Israeli fire killed at least 43 Palestinians in the Gaza Strip early as the Jewish state said it targeted Islamist militants at dozens of sites across the coastal enclave, while Egyptian mediators prepared a revised ceasefire proposal.  Full Article | Slideshow 

Carol Leigh, a long-time sex worker and advocate for decriminalizing prostitution, poses for a photograph in her office in San Francisco, California July 18, 2014. REUTERS/Robert Galbraith

'A business that will never vanish'

SAN FRANCISCO - Calls by Bay Area sex workers for decriminalizing "consensual" prostitution have been spurred anew following the FBI seizure of a West Coast sex services website.  Full Article 

Comedian John Oliver poses for photographers backstage during the 41st International Emmy Awards in New York, November 25, 2013.  REUTERS/Carlo Allegri

Hard truths from John Oliver

John Oliver’s addition to the news-comedy landscape demonstrates the value of a half-American’s perspective on American politics and culture. He's at once an outsider and an insider, a powerful position from which to critique and mock the United States.  Commentary 

A Nest thermostat is installed in a home in Provo, Utah, January 15, 2014.  REUTERS/George Frey

Couples fight for control of the thermostat

NEW YORK - On its face, control of household temperature might seem like a trivial issue. But as any spouse will tell you, small issues can often turn out to have outsized effects - both on the marital relationship, and the family budget.  Full Article 

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A new boot to put a spring in your step

A British biomechanist believes he can help ease the strain on the shins of walkers and soldiers trekking for many miles while wearing heavy loads on their backs with a new type of footwear.  Video