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Israeli Attack on Gaza School Kills 17

At least 17 Palestinian civilians were killed, including several children, on Thursday when a UN school used as a shelter in northern Gaza was hit by Israeli tank shells, medical sources said.

Varying Health Insurance Subsidies Worry Consumers

Some consumers are going without health insurance because of the uncertainty while others who bought policies through state exchanges worry they are going to owe the government money next tax season.

Charles Schwab Adding 1,200 Jobs in Texas

Charles Schwab Corp. is getting nearly $6 million in incentives to open an El Paso operations center and increase its presence in Austin.

IMF Cuts World, U.S. Growth Forecast for 2014

The International Monetary Fund foresees the global economy expanding less than it had previously forecast, slowed by weaker growth in the U.S., Russia and developing economies.

Data Dimensions to Create 100 Jobs

Data Dimensions plans to open a data processing center in Mount Sterling, Ky., and create 100 new jobs, with hiring to start in fall.

Sales of New Homes in U.S. Tumbled in June

Sales of new U.S. homes plunged in June, a sign that real estate continues to be a weak spot in the economy.

Ukraine OKs Partial Mobilization of Armed Forces

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko signed into law a bill authorizing the partial mobilization of Ukraine's armed forces in response to unrest in the east and provocations from Russia.

Alligator Attacks Man Diving for Golf Balls

A country club worker in Florida was bitten by an alligator while fetching errant golf balls from the bottom of a lake Wednesday.

Downed Fighters Part of Pattern in East Ukraine: U.S.

The White House cast the downing of two fighter jets in Ukraine on Wednesday as part of a pattern of Russian-backed separatists using Russian weapons, and hinted at deeper sanctions against Russia.

Rebel Commander Admits Separatists Had Buk Missile System

A top rebel commander in eastern Ukraine has admitted the armed separatists had control of a Buk missile system, which Kiev and western countries say was used to shoot down a Malaysia Airlines plane last week.

Inland Empire Is Recovering, CSUSB Study Shows

The study by the Institute of Applied Research at Cal State San Bernardino surveyed county residents' opinions about the economy, among other quality-of-life issues.

Long-term Strengths Emerge in U.S. Economy

Out of a seemingly hollow recovery from the Great Recession, a more durable if still slow-growing U.S. economy has emerged.

IMF Sees U.S. Growth After First-Quarter Contraction

U.S. economic growth this year will likely be at the weakest pace since the Great Recession ended but should pick up in the April-June quarter, the International Monetary Fund said Wednesday.

Shipwrecked Concordia Making Final Voyage Off Isle

The Costa Concordia cruise liner began its final voyage Wednesday, slowly being towed away from the tiny Italian island where it capsized more than two years ago, killing 32 people.

U.N. Warns of War Crimes in Gaza

The U.N.'s top human rights official has warned all sides in the two-week war in the Gaza Strip to not indiscriminately attack civilians, and that violations may amount to war crimes.

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