10 things to know today
Jul 21, 2015 at 2:55 PM
1. ISRAEL PULLS MOST TROOPS FROM GAZA STRIP
The drawdown — and a limited 7-hour truce — could signal a winding down of the battle against Hamas. But it's unclear whether Israel will be able to unilaterally end the war.
2. 'WHAT I CAN SEE ARE ALL RUINS'
That's how Ma Liya, a resident of Zhaotong, China, describes the destruction following a strong earthquake, which toppled thousands of buildings, left hundreds dead and injured at least 1,800.
3. A SECOND EBOLA-STRICKEN AMERICAN TO RETURN TO U.S.
Nancy Writebol, along with U.S. colleague Dr. Kent Brantly, contracted the virus while working as a medical missionary in West Africa.
4. UKRAINE ARMY MOVES ON REBEL STRONGHOLD
Fighting rages on the western outskirts of Donetsk as the advancing Ukrainian army tries to seize control of the separatist stronghold.
5. WHEN LAKE ERIE'S ALGAE WOES BEGAN
The toxins that contaminated the drinking water for 400,000 in Toledo, Ohio, have long been a concern for water plant operators, due to algae blooms caused by farm runoff and sewage-plant sludge.
6. WHO'S UNWILLING TO STEP INTO LEGAL FIGHT OVER EXECUTION DRUGS
No Supreme Court justice has emerged as a principled opponent of the death penalty, despite problems with execution drugs and exonerations due to DNA evidence.
7. DEADLY SHOOTING EXPOSES LAPSES AT MENTAL HEALTH FACILITIES
The death of a caseworker at the hands of an armed patient in Philadelphia shows how mental health providers are at greater risk of assault than the general workforce, experts say.
8. GOLDEN RETIREMENT MAY ELUDE LOWER-INCOME WAGE EARNERS
With traditional pensions becoming rarer, and lower-paid workers less likely to have access to a 401(k), there is a growing gulf between the retirement savings of the wealthy and people with lower incomes.
9. BIBLE BELT BROTHERS TURN FAITH-BASED FILMS INTO BOX OFFICE GOLD
Filmmakers Alex and Stephen Kendrick have grossed nearly $80 million on four Christian-themed movies made for less than $4 million combined.
10. NFL SIDELINE TECHNOLOGY INCHES FORWARD
Coaches and players used tablets for the first time to view in-game photos of Sunday's Hall of Fame game.