Twitter's user growth beats targets, shares skyrocket 4:52pm EDT

SAN FRANCISCO - Twitter Inc's monthly active users rose a better-than-expected 24 percent in the second quarter as the online messaging service mostly succeeded in stemming a dwindling pace of growth, sending its shares soaring almost 30 percent.

A Palestinian firefighter participates in efforts to put out a fire at Gaza's main power plant, which witnesses said was hit in Israeli shelling, in the central Gaza Strip July 29, 2014. REUTERS/Mohammed Salem

Israel intensifies Gaza assault

GAZA/JERUSALEM - Israel knocked out Gaza's only power plant and pounded dozens of other high-profile targets, while Egyptian mediators prepared a revised proposal for halting the war with Islamist guerrillas in the enclave  Full Article | Slideshow 

Carol Leigh, a long-time sex worker and advocate for decriminalizing prostitution, poses for a photograph in her office in San Francisco, California July 18, 2014. REUTERS/Robert Galbraith

'A business that will never vanish'

SAN FRANCISCO - Calls by Bay Area sex workers for decriminalizing "consensual" prostitution have been spurred anew following the FBI seizure of a West Coast sex services website.  Full Article 

Comedian John Oliver poses for photographers backstage during the 41st International Emmy Awards in New York, November 25, 2013.  REUTERS/Carlo Allegri

Hard truths from John Oliver

John Oliver’s addition to the news-comedy landscape demonstrates the value of a half-American’s perspective on American politics and culture. He's at once an outsider and an insider, a powerful position from which to critique and mock the United States.  Commentary 

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A new boot to put a spring in your step

A British biomechanist believes he can help ease the strain on the shins of walkers and soldiers trekking for many miles while wearing heavy loads on their backs with a new type of footwear.  Video 

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Obama announces new U.S. sanctions against Russia

President Obama says the U.S. has expanded sanctions against Russia over its support for rebels in Eastern Ukraine. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).