PRES OBAMA ANNOUNCES NEW ECONOMIC SANCTIONS AGAINST KEY SECTORS OF THE RUSSIAN ECONOMY *

OBAMA SAYS THE SANCTIONS TARGET RUSSIA'S ENERGY, WEAPONS AND FINANCE INDUSTRIES, INCLUDING BIG BANKS *

U.S. PENALTIES FOLLOW TOUGHER SANCTIONS THAT EU LEADERS AGREED TO EARLIER IN THE DAY *

THEY'RE INTENDED TO FORCE RUSSIAN PRES VLADIMIR PUTIN TO END HIS SUPPORT FOR PRO-RUSSIA SEPARATISTS IN EASTERN UKRAINE *

ISRAELI STRIKES IN GAZA KILL AT LEAST 128 PALESTINIANS TUES IN HEAVIEST DAY OF BOMBARDMENT IN THE THREE-WEEK CONFLICT *

ISRAELI WARPLANES LEVELED THE HOME OF THE TOP HAMAS LEADER IN GAZA *

AND THE ONLY POWER PLANT IN THE GAZA STRIP WAS SHUT DOWN AFTER PALESTINIAN OFFICIALS SAID IT WAS HIT BY ISRAELI TANK SHELLS *

STRIKES COME A DAY AFTER ISRAELI PM BENJAMIN NETANYAHU WARNED OF A "PROLONGED" CAMPAIGN AGAINST HAMAS *

MEANWHILE, HAMAS LEADER MOHAMMED DEIF SAYS HIS GROUP WILL NOT CEASE FIRE UNTIL ISRAEL AND EGYPT LIFT A BLOCKADE *

CANADIAN GOVT ACCUSING CHINA OF HACKING INTO THE COUNTRY'S TOP RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT ORG *

CANADA'S TREASURY BOARD SAYS A "HIGHLY SOPHISTICATED CHINESE STATE-SPONSORED ACTOR" HACKED INTO THE NATL RESEARCH COUNCIL, AN ORG WHICH HELPS BRING NEW TECHNOLOGIES TO MARKET *

IN MAY, THE U.S. CHARGED FIVE CHINESE MILITARY OFFICIALS WITH HACKING INTO U.S. COMPANIES TO STEAL TRADE SECRETS *

CO SUPREME COURT ORDERS BOULDER COUNTY TO STOP ISSUING MARRIAGE LICENSES TO GAY COUPLES PENDING AN APPEAL FROM THE STATE'S ATTY GENERAL *

COURT PREVIOUSLY RULED IN ATTY GEN JOHN SUTHERS' FAVOR IN ORDERING DENVER TO QUIT ISSUING LICENSES *

BOULDER WAS THE FIRST CO COUNTY TO BEGIN ISSUING MARRIAGE LICENSES TO GAY COUPLES IN JUNE AFTER THE 10TH U.S. CIRCUIT COURT OF APPEALS RULED AGAINST UTAH'S BAN ON SAME-SEX MARRIAGE *

LAST SURVIVING MEMBER OF THE FLIGHT CREW THAT DROPPED AN ATOMIC BOMB ON HIROSHIMA DURING WWII DEAD AT AGE 93 *

THEODORE "DUTCH" VANKIRK WAS THE NAVIGATOR ON BOARD THE ENOLA GAY, THE B-29 SUPERFORTRESS THAT DROPPED THE WORLD'S FIRST ATOMIC BOMB ON HIROSHIMA ON AUG 6, 1945 *

IN A 2005 INTERVIEW, VANKIRK SAID HE WOULD LIKE TO SEE NUCLEAR WEAPONS ABOLISHED *

CA MAN SOUGHT FOR REFUSING TREATMENT FOR TUBERCULOSIS FOUND AND ARRESTED *

AUTHORITIES OBTAINED AN ARREST WARRANT FOR 25-YR-OLD EDUARDO ROSAS CRUZ LAST WEEK, SAYING HE WAS DIAGNOSED WITH TB IN MARCH AND RESISTED TREATMENT *

ROSAS CRUZ COMES FROM AN AREA OF MEXICO KNOWN FOR A DRUG-RESISTANT STRAIN OF TB *

SENATE UNANIMOUSLY CONFIRMS FORMER PROCTER & GAMBLE CEO ROBERT MCDONALD AS NEW VA SECY *

61-YR-OLD MCDONALD REPLACES ACTING VA SECY SLOAN GIBSON, WHO TOOK OVER IN MAY AFTER ERIC SHINSEKI'S RESIGNATION *

MCDONALD HAS VOWED TO TRANSFORM THE VA AND PROMISED "SYSTEMATIC FAILURES" WILL BE ADDRESSED *

THE 97-0 VOTE TO CONFIRM MCDONALD COMES AS CONGRESS APPEARS READY TO APPROVE A $17 BIL COMPROMISE BILL TO OVERHAUL THE VA *

AUTHORITIES IN EAST TX CLEAR MORE THAN TWO DOZEN MARIJUANA FIELDS THAT CONTAINED ABOUT 100,000 PLANTS WORTH AN ESTIMATED $175 MIL *

POLICE, WHO HAVE ARRESTED ONE SUSPECT, SAY THE FIELDS WERE PART OF A SOPHISTICATED GROWING OPERATION *

A DEER HUNTER STUMBLED ACROSS THE FIELDS SAT NEAR THE TOWN OF GOODRICH, LOCATED ABOUT 70 MILES NORTHEAST OF HOUSTON *

ACTING U.S. SURGEON GEN URGING AMERICANS TO STOP SUNBATHING AND USING INDOOR TANNING BEDS *

NEW REPORT SAYS MELANOMA CASES HAVE INCREASED BY 200% SINCE 1973 AS A RESULT OF INCREASED SUN EXPOSURE AND TANNING BED USAGE *

5 MIL AMERICANS ARE TREATED FOR SKIN CANCER EACH YEAR AT A COST OF $8 BIL *

HOUSE ARMED SERVICES CMTE PASSES RESOLUTION CONDEMNING MAY SWAP OF FIVE TALIBAN PRISONERS AT GUANTANAMO BAY FOR THE RELEASE OF ARMY SGT BOWE BERGDAHL *

THE VOTE, PASSED LARGELY ALONG PARTISAN LINES, DISAPPROVES OF THE SWAP AND FAULTS PRES OBAMA FOR FAILING TO NOTIFY CONGRESS OF THE EXCHANGE 30 DAYS IN ADVANCE, AS REQUIRED BY LAW *

THE JOINT CHIEFS OF STAFF HAVE DEFENDED THE SWAP, ARGUING THE U.S. HAS A COMMITMENT TO LEAVE NO SOLDIER BEHIND ON THE BATTLEFIELD *

A NEW REPORT FROM THE CENTERS FOR DISEASE CONTROL AND PREVENTION SAYS AT LEAST 2 THOUSAND AMERICANS DIE ANNUALLY DUE TO WEATHER-RELATED CONDITIONS *

ALMOST TWO-THIRDS OF THE DEATHS ARE DUE TO COLD CONDITIONS *

HEAT, HEAT STROKE, OR SUN STROKE ACCOUNT FOR NEARLY 31 PER CENT OF ALL DEATHS *

STORMS, FLOODS, OR LIGHTNING KILL THE REMAINING 6 PER CENT *

THE DEATH RATE FOR PEOPLE 65 AND OLDER IS MUCH HIGHER THAN FOR YOUNGER PEOPLE *

A COMPUTER GLITCH AFFECTING ATTORNEY HOPEFULS AROUND THE COUNTRY *

TESTING SOFTWARE PROVIDER "EXAMSOFT WORLDWIDE" SAYS THE PROCESSING ISSUE CAUSED A DELAY FOR SOME PEOPLE TAKING THE BAR EXAM *

THE PROBLEM AFFECTED LAW STUDENTS IN SEVERAL STATES AND FORCED AN EXTENSION OF THE DEADLINE *