Costumers are seen at a McDonald's restaurant on the outskirts of Moscow July 25, 2014. REUTERS/Maxim Shemetov

EU edges to economic sanctions on Russia

BRUSSELS - The European Union reached agreement to impose the first economic sanctions on Russia over its behavior in Ukraine, but scaled back the scope to exclude technology for the crucial gas sector.  Full Article | Video 

Wall St. closes lower on Amazon, Visa; S&P's weekly gain erased 4:31pm EDT

NEW YORK - U.S. stocks closed lower on Friday in a broad consumer discretionary-led selloff after Visa and Amazon, a pair of closely watched bellwether names, reported disappointing results.

Palestinians walk past a fire following what witnesses said was an Israeli air strike on a building in Gaza City July 24, 2014. REUTERS/Suhaib Salem

Israel rejects ceasefire plan, death toll mounts

GAZA/JERUSALEM - Israel rejected international proposals for a ceasefire in its fight against Islamist militants in Gaza, but is discussing changes to the truce plan with U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry.  Full Article | Slideshow 

A undated handout released on July 25, 2014 by ECPAD, the French Army Communication Audiovisual office, shows the crash site of Air Algerie flight AH5017 near the northern Mali town of Gossi.  REUTERS/ECPAD/Handout via Reuters

Bad weather likely cause of Air Algerie crash

PARIS - Poor weather was the most likely cause of the crash of an Air Algerie flight over the West African state of Mali with 118 people on board.  Full Article 

President Barack Obama speaks about education and the economy while at Los Angeles Trade Technical College in California, July 24, 2014.        REUTERS/Larry Downing

Aide talks of Republican impeachment effort

WASHINGTON - A top White House adviser said Republicans might try to impeach President Barack Obama over his go-it-alone immigration strategy.  Full Article 

Baltimore Ravens Ray Rice reacts after scoring a touchdown against the Denver Broncos during the second quarter in their NFL football game in Denver, Colorado September 5, 2013. REUTERS/Rick Wilking

The problem with being a female football fan

While Augusts past have been a time of feverish Fantasy Football drafting and handwringing hope for my beloved Pats’ upcoming season, my enthusiasm now wavers. The NFL’s attitude toward women has never been quite so apparent as it is now.  Commentary 

Officials recover black box recorders at Mali crash site

French troops have secured the site of the Air Algerie crash in northern Mali. It's believed bad weather was the most likely cause. Nathan Frandino reports.