U.S. Secretary of State, John Kerry, announces a 72-hour humanitarian ceasefire between Israel and Hamas, in New Delhi August 1, 2014. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson

Israel, Hamas agree to three-day Gaza truce

GAZA/JERUSALEM - Israel and Palestinian militant groups in the Gaza Strip have agreed to a three-day humanitarian truce to begin Friday morning, and negotiators from both sides will travel to Cairo to discuss a longer-term.  Full Article 

Tea Party out-muscles Boehner on border-security funding 9:02pm EDT

WASHINGTON - A bill to fund border security blew up in House Speaker John Boehner's face on Thursday, leaving Republicans in disarray and struggling to reconcile Tea Party demands with the need to deal with a humanitarian crisis on the southwestern border with Mexico.

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A trader works on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange shortly after the market's opening in New York July 28, 2014. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson

S&P500 index posts worst fall since April

NEW YORK - The U.S. S&P500 stock index posted its worst daily fall since April and its first monthly drop since January, as economic data sparked concern the Federal Reserve could raise interest rates sooner than some have expected.  Full Article 

The dashboard of a Tesla Model S is shown at a Tesla Motors dealership at Corte Madera Village, an outdoor retail mall, in Corte Madera, California May 8, 2014. REUTERS/Robert Galbraith

Tesla posts $61.9 million loss

DETROIT - Tesla Motors Inc, the California-based maker of luxury electric cars, said it lost $61.9 million, or 50 cents a share, in the second quarter, as revenue nearly doubled to $769.3 million.  Full Article 

Ukrainian tanks move along a road near Eastern Ukrainian village of Novoselivka Persha July 31, 2014. REUTERS/Valentyn Ogirenko

New EU sanctions target five Russian banks

BRUSSELS - The European Union published a law that will curb arms sales to Russia and to cut off financing for five major Russian banks over Moscow's support for rebels in Ukraine.  Full Article 

Occupy Wall Street demonstrators participating in a street-theater production wear signs around their neck representing their student debt during a protest against the rising national student debt in Union Square, in New York, April 25, 2012. REUTERS/Andrew Burton

Take the middleman out of student loans

Millions of students use loans granted by the Department of Education. Once the loan is approved, however, borrowers usually deal with third-party servicers — and that’s where the trouble often begins.  Commentary 

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Fed torn between falling jobless, rising inflation

The Fed wrapped up its latest meeting by reducing bond purchases by another $10 billion but with the economy heating up and the jobless rate slowly improving, policymakers are not ready to raise rates