Under fire and out of cash, U.N. overwhelmed in Gaza

GAZA/JERUSALEM - The United Nations in Gaza is struggling to withstand a flood of almost a quarter of a million refugees into shelters that have repeatedly come under Israeli fire.  Full Article 

Wall Street drops, S&P on track for worst day since April 3:30pm EDT

NEW YORK - U.S. stocks fell more than 1 percent on Thursday, with the S&P 500 on track for its worst daily decline since April and first monthly drop since January, as concerns mounted over the strength of overseas economies and ongoing tensions with Russia.

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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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White House: Shelling of U.N. facility by Israelis 'totally unacceptable'

The shelling of a U.N. facility in Gaza this week by the Israeli military is "totally unacceptable and totally indefensible," a White House official says. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).