Armed pro-Russian separatists stand guard on the suburbs of Shakhtarsk, Donetsk region July 28, 2014. REUTERS/Sergei Karpukhin

West slaps Russia with more sanctions

KIEV/DONETSK Ukraine - U.S. and European leaders agreed to impose wider sanctions on Russia as Ukraine said its forces advanced toward the crash site of Malaysian flight MH17.  Full Article 

U.S. housing data weaker than expected, but services sector expands 12:04pm EDT

WASHINGTON - Contracts to buy previously-owned U.S. homes unexpectedly fell in June, but the data did little to change perceptions the housing sector was gradually recovering after slumping in late 2013.

An Israeli mobile artillery unit fires towards the Gaza Strip July 28, 2014.REUTERS/Baz Ratner

Israel warns of long Gaza war

GAZA/JERUSALEM - A grim-faced Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu warned of a protracted conflict in Gaza, dashing any hopes of a swift end to the three-week conflict as Palestinian fighters launched an audacious cross-border raid.  Full Article | Slideshow 

Senate Veterans' Affairs Committee Chairman Bernie Sanders (I-VT) (L) and House Veterans' Affairs Committee Chairman Jeff Miller (R-FL) (R) announce bipartisan legislation to address problems in the VA healthcare system, at the Capitol in Washington, July 28, 2014. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

Veteran funding deal allots $17 billion

WASHINGTON - Leaders of the Veterans Affairs committees in Congress said they had struck a rare compromise deal on legislation that provides about $17 billion in funding to ease long waiting times for VA medical centers.  Full Article 

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An American suicide bomber in Syria

Video has been released by Jihadists in Syria purporting to show U.S citizen, Moner Mohammad Abu-Salha, getting ready to carry out a suicide bombing.  Video 

Sold homes are seen in the southwest area of Portland, Oregon March 20, 2014. REUTERS/Steve Dipaola

Zillow, Trulia under one roof

What Zillow and Trulia's $3.5 billion online real estate merger says about the prospects for a boom in marketing homes over the internet.  Video 

Israeli medical personnel prepare smallpox vaccines in the ministry of health in Jerusalem January 2, 2003. REUTERS/Yossi Zamir/FLASH’90

How to avoid a pandemic

Over the past two months, a series of mishaps at the CDC and NIH has alarmed the scientific community. The common theme surrounding all of them is human error.  Commentary 

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(GRAPHIC IMAGES) Israel warns of long Gaza war, as militants storm Israel

An unofficial truce ends on Eid al-Fitr with continued bloodshed, as a grim-faced Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu warns of a protracted offensive in Gaza. Jillian Kitchener reports.