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Brain-eating Amoeba Found in Louisiana Water

A potentially deadly brain-eating amoeba has been discovered in a water system that serves more than 12,500 people in southeast Louisiana.


Russian Troops Openly Fighting in Ukraine, Kiev Says

Russian forces have seized the coastal town of Novoazovsk and several villages near the border in Ukraine, and are now openly involved in the fighting, Kiev said Thursday.


Californians Go Surfing as Big Waves Pound Coast

Hurricane Marie sent waves as high as 20 feet to the Southern California coast, delighting surfers but causing dangerous conditions and property damage.


30-Year Mortgage Rate Steady at 4.1 Percent

The average 30-year U.S. mortgage rate remained at a 52-week low this week.


Gaza Fighting Hit Hamas Hard, Israel Says

Israel in its first official statement on the ceasefire it signed with Hamas, said the Palestinian group that runs Gaza has been dealt a major blow and that it did not receive any of the demands it had made.


Ebola Could Strike 20,000 People: WHO

The Ebola outbreak in West Africa could infect more than 20,000 people, the World Health Organization said Thursday in a bleak assessment of the deadly disease.


Russia Opens 2nd Front in Ukraine Fighting

Ukrainian forces are digging in around the southern town of Mariupol, bracing for conflict with separatists after pro-Russian units seized a nearby town threatening to open up a second front in the war in the east.


Busiest Labor Day Weekend Since 2008 Expected

On Labor Day weekend, people will hit the roads in numbers not seen since the pre-recession year of 2008, according to AAA.


Pot Cookbooks Moving to the Mainstream

Cannabis cuisine may be a small niche in the culinary world, but it's drawing more interest as the legalization movement moves pot closer to the mainstream.


U.S. Unemployment Applications Slip to 298,000

The number of Americans seeking unemployment benefits slipped 1,000 last week to a seasonally adjusted 298,000, a low level that signals employers are cutting few jobs and hiring is likely to remain strong.


U.S. Economy Grew at Brisk 4.2 Percent in Q2

After a bleak start to the year, the U.S. economy grew at a brisk annual rate of 4.2 percent in the April-June quarter, the government said Thursday, slightly above first estimates.


U.S. Banks' Earnings Rose 5.2 Percent in Q2

U.S. banks' earnings rose 5.2 percent in the April-June quarter from a year earlier, as banks reduced their expenses and lending marked its fastest pace since 2007.


Americans Still Pessimistic Despite Economic Growth

Americans are more anxious about the economy now than they were right after the Great Recession ended despite stock market gains, falling unemployment and growth moving closer to full health.


Pending Home Sales in U.S. Rise in Hopeful Sign

More Americans signed contracts to buy homes in July, a sign that buying has improved as mortgage rates have slipped, the number of listings has risen and the rate of price increases has slowed.


Dad Acquitted in Slaying of Driver Who Killed His Kids

A Texas jury on Wednesday acquitted a man of murder in the fatal shooting of a drunken driver who had just caused an accident that killed the man's two boys.


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