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Failures in management led to ObamaCare website woes, investigation finds

A failure of management by the Obama administration led to the disastrous rollout of the ObamaCare website and caused the government to incur tens of millions in additional costs, according to a congressional watchdog report released Wednesday. The ... read more

In Ebola fight, security forces to make villagers comply with medical plan

(CNN)-- Hundreds dead. Many more infected. Pervasive fear and denial are challenging authorities in west Africa who are trying to assess and address the Ebola crisis. So far, it has killed more than 650 people, says Doctors Without Borders. Son of American ... read more

Israel vows to demolish Hamas tunnels 'with or without cease-fire'

Video released by Hamas appears to show militants emerging from a tunnel and attacking Israeli soldiers at an outpost near the border with Gaza. Video provided by Reuters Newslook TEL AVIV — Israel vowed Thursday to press ahead with its offensive in Gaza ... read more

EXCLUSIVE: Report reveals ‘disturbing trend’ of brazen attacks against border security by gangs, drug and human traffickers

EXCLUSIVE: A game warden hit in the head with a rock while trying to seize a raft. Police officers wounded in an hours-long standoff with a gang member wanted for murder. Criminals spewing obscenities and death threats at local cops before asking for ... read more

MH17 crash site: Dangers delay investigators; Ukraine warns of mines

Donetsk, Ukraine (CNN)-- The road isn't easy -- past shelling and eerie separatist checkpoints. But where it leads is harder still. Twelve days after MH17 was blown out of the sky, pieces of the plane remain here, but for days investigators haven't been ... read more

LIVE UPDATES: Two Israelis wounded by rocket; Iron Dome interception over ... - Haaretz


LIVE UPDATES: Two Israelis wounded by rocket; Iron Dome interception over ...
Netanyahu: Tunnels will be destroyed, with or without truce; UN rights chief blames both Hamas, Israel of war crimes; U.S. agrees to Israeli request for ammunition; ministers order military to press on with Gaza op. By Haaretz | Jul. 31, 2014 | 6:00 PM | 3 ...
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Rolex Passed Among Jurors in Ex-Va. Gov Trial - ABC News


Rolex Passed Among Jurors in Ex-Va. Gov Trial
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A key witness in the corruption trial of former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell testified that he made a mistake when he bought a Rolex watch for the governor at the first lady's request. Businessman Jonnie Williams said Thursday that he thought it was wrong to ...
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Wisconsin Supreme Court upholds 2011 union law - USA TODAY


Wisconsin Supreme Court upholds 2011 union law
Wisconsin's controversial 2011 law that severely limited collective bargaining for public workers, sparked massive protests and drove the failed effort to recall Republican Gov. Scott Walker was upheld Thursday by the state's highest court. The Wisconsin ...
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Sierra Leone declares emergency as Ebola death toll hits 729 - Reuters

Sierra Leone declares emergency as Ebola death toll hits 729
FREETOWN (Reuters) - Sierra Leone declared a state of emergency and called in troops to quarantine Ebola victims on Thursday, joining neighboring Liberia in imposing tough controls as the death toll from the worst-ever outbreak of the virus hit 729 in West ...
Sierra Leone declares Ebola public health emergencyBBC News
Sierra Leone declares state of emergency as it struggles to contain the Ebola
Ebola outbreak: West African death toll tops 700, WHO
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House lawsuit doesn't stop Obama executive orders - Politico


House lawsuit doesn't stop Obama executive orders
The House's vote to sue President Barack Obama for allegedly abusing his executive authority won't dissuade him from keeping up his executive action campaign, administration officials said Thursday as they discussed the latest step in the president's “pen ...
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Ebola outbreak death toll rises: 729

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Nigerian authorities identified 59 people who had contact with U.S. citizen who died in Lagos last week.
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VIDEO: UN official breaks down on camera discussing Gaza crisis

VIDEO: UN official breaks down on camera discussing Gaza crisis
UN official Chris Gunness broke down in tears while filming an Al-Jazeera Arabic interview on July 30, after a UN school, sheltering thousands of displaced Palestinians, was shelled. Gunness is a spokesman for the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) and was discussing the “appalling” denial of rights for Palestinians when he broke down in tears. Gunness’s appearance has struck a chord with many viewers, perhaps because, as he tweeted himself, “There are times when tears speak more eloquently than words.” Credit: Al-Jazeera
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Twitter twister over 'Sharknado 2' debut

'Sharknado 2' Debuts and Rules the Twitterverse
"Sharknado 2," the sequel to the 2013 B-movie hit "Sharknado," premiered on the Syfy channel on Wednesday. And, judging by the reaction on Twitter, it was likely the most-watched movie about a tornado of sharks in the history of television.
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Consequential ruling for Wisconsin same-sex couples

Rose Grindrod, center, gets married to Meghan Hamilton, as she hold their son Harry Hamilton, outside the City-County Building the day after the ban on same-sex marriage was struck down in Wisconsin, in Madison, Wis., Saturday, June 7, 2014. Dozens of gay couples married Saturday at courthouses in Milwaukee and Madison, taking advantage of what most believed would be a small window in which to get hitched before a judge's decision overturning the state's same-sex marriage ban was put on hold. (AP Photo/Wisconsin State Journal, Amber Arnold)
The Wisconsin Supreme Court on Thursday upheld a 2009 law that establishes a registry for same-sex couples, saying it does not violate an amendment to the state's constitution banning gay marriage. The gay marriage ban was approved by Wisconsin voters in 2006. It now has more than 2,000 couples on it, according to Fair Wisconsin, a gay-rights organization based in Madison. Wisconsin Family Action, an anti-gay rights group, argued in a 2010 lawsuit that the registry violated the amendment because it resembles marriage under state law.
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Matt Bai: Rand Paul reaches out to black voters; why?

Kentucky Senator Rand Paul talks to attendees at the National Urban League Annual Conference in Cincinnati Friday July 25, 2014. (AP Photo/Tom Uhlman)
You've got to give this much to Rand Paul: Kentucky's junior senator is willing to do something almost unheard of in modern presidential politics, which is to make arguments that not everyone in his party already cares about. For this reason alone, Paul is probably the most interesting presidential hopeful out there, if not the most likely to succeed.
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