The Brief

Palestinians search for victims as people gather atop the remains of a house, which witnesses said was destroyed in an Israeli air strike, in Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip on July 29, 2014.

Gaza Fighting Intensifies

Any semblance of a possible ceasefire in the restive Palestinian coastal strip withered as fighting intensified throughout Monday night into Tuesday

President Vladimir Putin talks to reporters during a meeting in Brasilia, Brazil, July 16, 2014.

Russia 'Violating' Missile Treaty

Russia is violating a treaty that bans medium-range missiles, the U.S. has stated, coming as Western leaders agree to wider sanctions on Moscow

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Judge Rules Against Move to Block Clippers Sale

A judge ruled against Donald Sterling's attempt to block the $2 billion sale of the Los Angeles team to former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer. Judge Michael Levanas sided with Sterling's estranged wife Shelly, who negotiated the deal

The word "Bankruptcy" is painted on the side of a building in Detroit on Oct. 25, 2013.

A Third of Americans Are Getting Chased For Debt

More than 35 percent of Americans have debts and unpaid bills that have been reported to collection agencies, according to a study released Tuesday by the Urban Institute. The debt is overwhelmingly concentrated in Southern and western states

A long exposure image shows the El Portal Fire burning near Yosemite National Park, Calif., on July 27, 2014.

Rapid Wildfire Threatens Yosemite National Park

Firefighters are struggling, despite what the National Park Service called "incredible" work, to contain a fast-moving wildfire in Yosemite National Park early on Tuesday, after it burned four square-miles of the landmark and neighboring Stanislaus National Forest

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Apple Boosts MacBook Pro Line, Drops Some Prices

The baseline 13-inch models with a retina display now include eight gigabytes of RAM—15-inch models with the retina screen now have 16 gigabytes—and the starting price for the non-retina 13-inch MacBrook Pro has dropped $100 to $1,099

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Dubai's Golden Plan to Encourage Healthier Living

The global city is turning its successful program for adults—last year, it paid out $762,340 in gold for weight lost—into one for youth called "Your Child in Gold," which will award kids a gram of gold (worth about $42) for every 2.2 pounds of weight shed over two months

Bloomberg New Energy Finance Summit

Politicians Give Living on Minimum Wage a Whirl

Tim Ryan, Ted Strickland and Jan Schakowsky took part in the #LiveTheWage challenge, and Pat Quinn agreed to try it in the future. "Washington is in a bubble that keeps our representatives away from the experiences of those they represent," Strickland wrote

Various automatic handguns are shown in the weapons vault during a media open house at the Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (ATF) National Laboratory Center in Beltsville, Md. on June 18, 2013.

D.C. Handgun Ban Struck Down in Court

The ban on carrying handguns outside the home is unconstitutional and violates the Second Amendment, a federal judge ruled on Monday. U.S. District Judge Frederick J. Scullin said the District of Columbia's ban violated citizens' right to self-defense

Kendrick Johnson rally in Atlanta, Georgia

Family Files New Suit Over Teen's Death at School

The family of a Georgia teenager found dead in his high school gym last year has sued school officials, accusing them of ignoring patterns of harassment they believe culminated in his death. Seventeen-year-old Kendrick Johnson was murdered, claim his parents

Southwest Airlines Reveals New Destinations For Dallas Travelers

FAA Proposes $12M Fine Against Southwest Airlines

The Federal Aviation Administration proposed a $12 million fine, the second largest in FAA history, against Southwest Airlines for allegedly not complying with regulations during jetliner repairs. In 2010, the FAA proposed a $24.2 million fine against American Airlines