WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama escalated U.S. sanctions against Russia but dismissed suggestions the growing chill marked the start of a new Cold War. Full Article
NEW YORK - Applications for U.S. home mortgages slipped last week as refinancing applications dropped, an industry group said on Wednesday.
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
NEW YORK - U.S regulators may relax rules that require the fastest possible execution of securities trades, potentially helping IEX Group, made famous in Michael Lewis' book "Flash Boys," to become a full-fledged stock exchange. Full Article
SAN FRANCISCO - Twitter Inc halted a slowdown in user-growth in the second quarter with the help of product tweaks and services built around the summer's World Cup, assuaging concerns for now that the online messaging service had peaked. Full Article | Video