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Investigators make it to Ukraine jet crash site

ROZSYPNE, Ukraine (AP) — International investigators got their first look Thursday at the wreckage of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17, finally reaching the site two weeks after a missile brought down the plane. Fighting between Ukrainian troops and separatist rebels raged around them but the investigators called their brief inspection visit a success.

Last Updated on Thursday, 31 July 2014

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Immigration courts speed up children's cases

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Immigration courts are speeding up hearings for the tens of thousands of Central American children caught on the U.S. border after criticism that the backlogged system is letting immigrants stay in the country for years while waiting for their cases to be heard.

Last Updated on Thursday, 31 July 2014

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Suing Obama: GOP-led House gives the go-ahead

WASHINGTON (AP) — A sharply divided House approved a Republican plan Wednesday to launch a campaign-season lawsuit against President Barack Obama, accusing him of exceeding the bounds of his constitutional authority. Obama and other Democrats derided the effort as a stunt aimed at tossing political red meat to conservative voters.

Last Updated on Thursday, 31 July 2014

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Congress races to finish veterans, highway bills

WASHINGTON (AP) — Congress is racing to wrap up legislation addressing chronic problems at the Veterans Affairs Department and a shortfall in highway money ahead of its five-week summer break. Deep divisions cast doubt on any resolution to the surge of immigrants at the border.

Last Updated on Thursday, 31 July 2014

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Israel vows to destroy Hamas tunnels

JERUSALEM (AP) — Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Thursday that Israel will destroy the Hamas tunnel network in the Gaza Strip "with or without a cease-fire," as the military called up another 16,000 reservists to pursue its campaign in the densely-populated territory.

Last Updated on Thursday, 31 July 2014

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Kansas congressman hit by farmers' backlash

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — Eleven biofuel plants dot the vast expanse of western and central Kansas, where farm fields stretch to the horizon and corn and sorghum are the backbone of the rural economy.

Last Updated on Thursday, 31 July 2014

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Argentina slides into default as debt talks fail

NEW YORK (AP) — The collapse of talks with U.S. creditors sent Argentina into its second debt default in 13 years and raised questions about what comes next for financial markets and the South American nation's staggering economy.

Last Updated on Thursday, 31 July 2014

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Trafficking bust reveals worries over missing kids

WASHINGTON (AP) — The 168 juveniles recovered last month during an FBI child sex trafficking bust included some kids who had never been reported missing, a population that law enforcement encounters often and that child welfare advocates say they're especially concerned about.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 30 July 2014

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