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AP Wire
Jul 17, 2014

1. WHAT'S SEEN AS POSSIBLE BREAKTHROUGH IN MIDEAST

Israel and Hamas agree to a five-hour "humanitarian" pause to their 9-day-long battle, the most encouraging sign that the fierce battle could come to an end.

2. U.S., EUROPE ESCALATE ECONOMIC SANCTIONS ON RUSSIA

Struggling to defuse the crisis in Ukraine, Obama declares that the Kremlin must see that its actions supporting rebels "have consequences."

3. GOP BLOCKS BIRTH CONTROL BILL

The legislation would have ensured access to contraception for women who get their health insurance from companies with religious objections.

4. MURDOCH'S $76 BILLION BID FOR TIME WARNER REJECTED

But if talks resume and a takeover succeeds, analysts see some possible consumer benefits.

5. STUDIES SEE NEW RISKS FOR NIACIN

Doctors say the drug that hundreds of thousands of Americans take for cholesterol problems and general heart health now seems too risky for routine use.

6. ATTORNEY: WOMAN HAD NO REASON TO KILL GOOGLE EXEC

Alix Tichelman, accused by police of being a high-priced prostitute, would never have wanted him to die because he was paying her well, her lawyer says.

7. HOW STRANDED HIKER SURVIVED SIX DAYS

Greg Hein, 33, suffered a broken leg in California's Sierra Nevada and sought sustenance by eating crickets and moths, and drinking melting ice.

8. PONDERING A DIGITAL AFTERLIFE

A lawyers' commission backs a plan that would give loved ones access to — but not control of — the deceased's online accounts, unless specified otherwise in a will.

9. WHO BECAME A 'SAINTSATION' OVERNIGHT

Kriste Lewis, who's battling kidney disease, passes a tryout with the New Orleans Saints and becomes only the second cheerleader in her 40s in the NFL.

10. BRITISH OPEN SET TO TEE OFF

Adam Scott and Justin Rose are favored to win golf's third major at Royal Liverpool, according to Ladbrokes.

Comments

Vladtheimp

#1. UPDATE: Hamas violates humanitarian ceasefire... http://www.cnn.com/2014/07/17/wo...

#3. More AP Distortions

No one, no Party, no law denies women access to contraception. The proposed bill intended to partially repeal Ted Kennedy's Religious Freedom Restoration Act by forcing persons to provide all contraception to female employees at no cost to the employees, even if contrary to their religious beliefs.

11. WHAT PERCENTAGE OF THE U.S IS GAY?

Forget about their portrayal in the media and by politicians -

Based on the 2013 NHIS data [collected in 2013 from 34,557 adults aged 18 and over], 96.6% of adults identified as straight, 1.6% identified as gay or lesbian, and 0.7% identified as bisexual. The remaining 1.1% of adults identified as “something else[]” [0.2%,] stated “I don’t know the answer[]” [0.4%] or refused to provide an answer [0.6%]. http://www.washingtonpost.com/ne...

12. TYPICAL DEMOCRAT HYPOCRISY

Maryland Governor and Presidential Hopeful Martin O'Malley sharply criticized a White House proposal to give new legal authorities to the Department of Homeland Security to expedite the deportation of the unaccompanied minors and their families.

"Instead, the governor urged the administration to show compassion toward the children, describing some of the facilities where the young detainees are being kept as "kennels."

“Through all of the great world religions we are told that hospitality to strangers is an essential human dignity,” O’Malley said."

But in secret, he asked a top White House official that the children not be sent to a site that was under consideration in his home state, sources familiar with the conversation said. http://politicalticker.blogs.cnn...

13. OBAMA CUT BILLIONS FROM HOME HEALTH CARE AGENCIES; BOTH REPUBLICANS AND DEMOCRATS TRYING TO ROLL IT BACK http://therightscoop.com/obama-c...

echo5oscar

You delved into hypocrisy and didn't even mention Harry Reid?

TheBee

14. ^^THIS GUY!

Barry Soetoro

15. A couple of weeks old but still a must read, Lani:

http://www.washingtontimes.com/n...

Looks like Barry S. needs to step up his game...

Lanivan

I guess so!...that guy is ripped. Don't be too hard on yourself, Barry. It's summer, and the weather is too nice to be dabbling in social media.

Barry Soetoro

Haven't I told everyone how good I look in my spandex bike shorts? I was thinking more along the lines of running shirtless by the township offices and yelling obscenities at the manager.

Barry Soetoro

16. My "Dispute Comment Moderation" button doesn't seem to be working.

LessThanAmused

LOL! You wore the d*** thing out!

I'm sure glad I don't have that problem, at least to the degree you do!

Barry Soetoro

Ha! There you go taunting me with Lani's patented symbol obscenities! She's got that down to an art and escapes the mods every time!

LessThanAmused

ahhh, everything may not be as it seems grasshopper.

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