Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about Thursday July 31, 2014:
1. WHY RIFT BETWEEN US, ISRAEL IS WIDENING
The White House has been making increasingly strong statements about Palestinian civilians dying in Israeli attacks in Gaza.
2. SENATE PREPARES TO UNVEIL PROBE INTO CIA INTERROGATIONS
The report does not draw the legal conclusion that the CIA's actions after the 9/11 attacks constituted torture, two people who have read document tell the AP.
3. HOUSE OKS SUIT AGAINST OBAMA
Republicans say the legal action will focus on the implementation of "Obamacare" and accuse the president of exceeding his constitutional authority.
4. HOW LATEST SANCTIONS OVER UKRAINE COULD IMPACT RUSSIA
If left in place, experts say the penalties imposed by the U.S. and EU will stifle development in the Russian economy and sap its financial sector.
5. PEACE CORPS EVACUATING VOLUNTEERS
The organization says it is pulling out of three West African countries amid the largest recorded Ebola outbreak in history.
6. WHAT'S BOOSTING US ECONOMY
More spending by consumers is credited with helping the economy grow at a fast 4 percent annual rate last quarter.
7. ARGENTINA FACING SECOND DEFAULT IN 13 YEARS
Negotiations break down between the government and U.S. hedge funds demanding a $1.5 billion payment on outstanding Argentine bonds.
8. WHO PENNED BIO OF EX-PRESIDENT GEORGE H.W. BUSH
Former President George W. Bush has quietly completed a biography of his father that's scheduled to be released in November.
9. GROWING TREND: GROUP SELFIES
With smartphone users capturing moments shared with other people, the usie (prounounced uss-ee, like fussy) now rivals the selfie.
10. PAULEY PAVILION TO HOST HOOPS, DESPITE DRENCHING
UCLA says the famed court - waterlogged after a water main break - will be refurbished or replaced, and the men's and women's basketball teams will play on it this fall.
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