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10 things to know for Thursday, July 17: Israel and Hamas begin five-hour truce

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Associated Press
July 17, 2014

Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today: 

1. ISRAEL AND HAMAS BEGIN FIVE-HOUR TRUCE 

Fighting between both sides continued in the lead-up to the humanitarian cease-fire on the tenth day of the conflict, lull allows Palestinians to stock up on food and water. 

2. WHAT PUTIN HAS TO SAY ABOUT NEW SANCTIONS 

The Russian president is criticizing the latest measures taken by the E.U. and the U.S. against his country, saying they will hamper bilateral relations and hurt American businesses.

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. TALIBAN LAUNCH ATTACK ON KABUL AIRPORT 

Police kill four militants in a gunbattle that comes as Afghanistan is holding a tense recount of votes in its presidential elections.

5. THE CASE OF THE VANISHING IRS EMAILS 

The Justice Department Investigation of the Internal Revenue Service over improper scrutiny of conservative groups broadens to include electronic correspondence that has disappeared from computer of former division head Lois Lerner.

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. BOLIVIA ON VERGE OF LEGALIZING CHILD LABOR FROM AGE 10 

While most of the world is trying to diminish the practice, the Latin American country’s congress approves the proposal that now awaits President Evo Morales’ signature.

8. WHO IS 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. WHERE STARBUCKS HAS OPENED ITS LATEST STORES 

The green-aproned baristas are making their debut in Colombia, famed for its high-prized Arabica beans. 

10. US HOME CONSTRUCTION DROPS IN JUNE

U.S. home construction fell in June to the slowest pace in nine months, a setback to hopes that housing is regaining momentum and will boost economic growth this year.



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