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.

Palestinians attend the Eid al-Fitr prayer at al-Farouk mosque, which witnesses said was hit by an Israeli air strike, in Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip July 28, 2014. REUTERS/Ibraheem Abu Mustafa

Truce disintegrates in Gaza, fighting persists

GAZA/JERUSALEM - Palestinian fighters slipped into an Israeli village from the Gaza Strip and fought a gun battle with troops as an unofficial truce called for the Muslim Eid al-Fitr festival disintegrated.  Full Article | Slideshow 

A damaged building is pictured after clashes between rival militias, in an area at Alswani road in Tripoli July 28, 2014. REUTERS/Hani Amara

Libya descends into chaos

TRIPOLI - A huge fuel depot in Libya's capital burned out of control, set ablaze in fighting between rival militias that has driven the country to chaos three years after the revolt that toppled Muammar Gaddafi.  Full Article 

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 

A new home is being built next to a home with a for sale sign on a street in Vienna, on the morning the National Association of Realtors issues its Pending Home Sales for February report, in Virginia March 27, 2014. REUTERS/Larry Downing

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 

Morgan Wienberg (L), 22, poses with 14-year-old Ysaac Jeudy of Haiti, an orphan who lost his mother in the 2010 earthquake, in Miami, Florida June 17, 2014. REUTERS/David Adams

Reuniting Haitian 'orphans' with parents

MIAMI - A young volunteer was driven to action after witnessing appalling conditions at a Haitian orphanage - and discovering that almost all the children were not orphans but were being used to milk donations from unwitting charities.  Full Article 

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 

Two Americans contract Ebola in Liberia

Two American aid workers in Liberia test positive for Ebola while working to combat the deadliest outbreak of the virus ever. Linda So reports.