July 29, 2014
Valerie, a single mom from Kansas City, Missouri, who owns a small business, wrote to President Barack Obama last week "in the middle of the night," describing just how hard she works.
Israel knocked out Gaza's only power plant, flattened the home of its Islamist Hamas political leader and pounded dozens of other high-profile targets in the enclave. Health officials said at least 30 Palestinians were killed in some of heaviest bombardments from air, sea and land since the Israeli offensive began in response to Hamas rocket fire.
European shares were unchanged as encouraging corporate results were offset by the threat of economic fallout from more sanctions against Russia. The pan-European FTSEurofirst 300 was steady at 1,369.12 points, giving up earlier gains as markets remained cautious about the situation in Ukraine.
Vice President Joe Biden told Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseny Yatseniuk that the United States would provide almost US$7 million in reconstruction aid to parts of eastern Ukraine, including US$1 million in new support, the White House said.
A rocket hit a fuel storage tank today in a chaotic battle for Tripoli airport that has all but closed off international flights to Libya, leaving fire-fighters struggling to extinguish a giant conflagration.
Dinosaurs were wiped out by an asteroid impact when they were at their most vulnerable, according to a new study. Its author, Dr. Steve Brusatte said they might have survived if the asteroid had hit the Earth a few million years later or earlier and called it "colossal bad luck".