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Israeli soldiers stand near their tank while smoke due to airstrikes and shelling rises from Gaza on July 22, 2014 near Sderot, Israel.

Israel Hammers Gaza

Israeli forces continue to strike targets across Gaza as Secretary of State John Kerry and the U.N.'s chief accelerated diplomatic efforts for a cease-fire

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Inside Russia's PR Bubble

RT, the Russian English-language propaganda outlet, has kicked into overdrive with a series of strange reports following the MH17 crash in Ukraine

U.S. President Barack Obama during a Ceremony to Commemorate D-Day 70 on Sword Beach on June 6, 2014 in Ouistreham, France.

Court Deals Blow to Obama Health Law

A federal appeals court delivered a big setback to President Obama's health care law and, if upheld, could mean premium increases for some four million Americans who purchased taxpayer-subsidized insurance under the law

A man holds a bottle of water as he joins other demonstrators protesting against the Detroit Water and Sewer Department July 18, 2014 in Detroit.

Detroit Temporarily Stalls Water Shutoffs

More than 7,500 customers had their water shut off in April and May as part of a crackdown on unpaid bills following a long period of lax enforcement, but now they're getting 15 days to come forward and show they cannot pay

Apple Inc. CEO Tim Cook addresses the crowd during the Apple Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) 2013 in San Francisco

Your Next iPhone May Have a Way Larger Screen

Apple could be increasing the size of the iPhone display from 4 inches (diagonal) to 4.7 or 5.5, keeping in line with competitors like Samsung, amid it reportedly asking suppliers to manufacture between 70 and 80 million units of these versions

Children try to do their homework at an evacuation shelter in a high school gymnasium in Kentwood, Louisiana on August 30, 2012.

The Five Worst States for a Child's Well-Being

A new report released by the Annie E. Casey Foundation on kids' well-being finds that child poverty rates are rising across the country. Here are the five states that rank the highest and lowest for kids' overall well-being—with northern states faring better than southern ones

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Netflix Crosses 50 Million Customer Streams

Netflix’s customer base passed 50 million members, adding 1.69 million new members during its second quarter and generating $1.1 billion in revenue. The company touted the success of its original programming, including the hit show Orange Is the New Black

The Starbucks's coffee logo is displayed outside a Starbucks coffee shop at Dupont Circle in Washington, DC in 2003.

China's Expired Meat Scandal Hits Starbucks

The coffee chain has been pulled into a food scandal involving Shanghai's Husi Food Co., which is U.S.-owned and has come under fire for using meat that was expired or had fallen on the floor before supplying products to chains like McDonald's, KFC and Pizza Hut

A Google logo is seen at the garage where the company was founded on Google's 15th anniversary in Menlo Park, California

Italy Tells Google to Change Data-Use Policies

A data-regulation official in Italy, among several European nations that are jointly probing Google's consolidation of 60 privacy policies into one, told the tech giant it must present a game plan in September and then alter the way it stores user data within 18 months

A supporter holds a photo cutout of Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling while standing in line for the NBA Playoff game 5 between Golden State Warriors and Los Angeles Clippers at Staples Center in Los Angeles

Donald Sterling, Steve Ballmer Meet for the First Time

No progress was made on Ballmer's bid to buy the L.A. Clippers, but it was otherwise reported to be a "friendly conversation." If nothing's certain by Sept. 15, the league has the option to take matters into its own hands and sell the team itself

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Study Finds New Way to Kick HIV From Infected Cells

Researchers have come up with a technique to address the problem of hidden reservoirs of HIV in the body, which could herald a new way of battling the virus. So far, the method has only been tested in cell culture, though could move on to animal and human trials