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Israel and Hamas Resume Fire

Welcome to #theBrief, the four stories to know about right now—from the editors of TIME

Here are the stories TIME is following on Thursday, July 17.

The “humanitarian pause” between Israel and Hamas is over as rockets were fired into Israel at 3 p.m. local time. Israeli officials say a ground invasion of Gaza is increasingly likely.

A Federal Judge ruled that California’s death penalty system is so broken that it has become unconstitutional, violating the eighth amendment’s ban on “cruel and unusual punishment.”

President Obama announced further sanctions against Russian companies in response to the country’s continued involvement in Ukraine .

And finally, the ESPYS had a lot of winners, and rapper-turned-host Drake dressed up as a whole lot of them, cosplaying some of the night’s biggest stars as part of his emcee duties.

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