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EU agrees first broad sanctions on Russia; U.S. expected to follow

By Justyna Pawlak and Aleksandar Vasovic BRUSSELS/DONETSK Ukraine (Reuters) - The European Union agreed for the first time on Tuesday to impose broad sanctions against Russian oil companies, banks and defense firms, by far the strongest international action yet over Moscow's support for rebels in eastern Ukraine. The United States could announce new measures of its own "as soon as today", the White House said. The measures mark the start of a new phase in the biggest confrontation between Moscow and the West since the Cold War, which worsened dramatically after the downing of Malaysian flight MH17 over rebel-held territory on July 17 by what Western countries say was a Russian-supplied missile. Russia's state run banks would be barred from raising funds in European capital markets.

Elegant Louvre Garden in Paris infested with rats

PARIS (AP) — Rats are on the rampage in the elegant garden of the Louvre Museum, so bold they romp on the grass in broad daylight, defying death threats from sanitation workers and scaring tourists.

House to vote on slimmed-down bill for border

WASHINGTON (AP) — House Republicans unveiled a slimmed-down bill Tuesday to address the immigration crisis on the U.S.-Mexico border by sending in National Guard troops and speeding migrant youths back home. The election-year measure would allow Republicans to say they tried to solve the humanitarian problem in South Texas, even though it stands no chance of becoming law.

Putin may have passed point of no-return over Ukraine

By Timothy Heritage MOSCOW (Reuters) - Vladimir Putin risks becoming an international pariah over the Ukraine crisis but the Russian president is battening down the hatches for the gathering economic and political storm. The United States and the European Union saw the downing of Malaysian Airlines flight MH17 as a chance for Putin to distance himself from pro-Russian separatists in east Ukraine and seal the border across which they say arms are reaching the rebels. Instead Putin has stood firm, blamed the crash on his pro-Western antagonists in Kiev and signaled no change in his stance, leaving Russia facing the threat of much tougher international sanctions and economic and political isolation. With an about-turn all but impossible for Putin after a fierce media campaign that has demonized the West, painted Ukraine's leaders as fascists and backed the rebels to the hilt, he appears to have passed the point of no-return.

Griffin skips worlds due to back injury: report

Los Angeles Clippers forward Blake Griffin reportedly withdrew from the US team of NBA stars that will defend their world title in a few weeks because of a back injury. The Los Angeles Times reported Tuesday that Griffin has a small fracture in his back that will not require surgery and that rest will permit the injury to heal in time for him to be ready for the Clippers' training camp in September.

Legal fallout begins for 'Jesus Christ Superstar'

NEW YORK (AP) — The abrupt cancellation of this summer's North American arena tour of "Jesus Christ Superstar" is apparently not being forgiven.

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Ex-China security chief probed

After months of intense political rumors, China's ruling Communist Party announced Tuesday an official probe into a retired senior leader for suspected "serious disciplinary violation," state-run Xinhua news agency reported.

Olympian's 10,000-calorie meal

He's used to making waves in the pool, but Ryan Lochte has caused a few ripples of excitement on social media after tweeting out a photo of himself in front of what he claims was 10,000 calories worth of food, including piles of chicken and asparagus.

Israel says its prepared for cease-fire

"When we get guarantees from the Zionists for an international mediation regarding a humanitarian pause, then we can consider it," a Hamas spokesman says.

Worried over weight, she built an empire

Would you spend $34 on an exercise class? SoulCycle co-founder Elizabeth Cutler thinks you will.

How often do you wash your sheets?

How often do you wash your jeans, bras and pillows? Here's a definitive guide to keeping all your quarters clean.

Why do women fail?

Carol Dweck and Rachel Simmons: Girls tend to have a "fixed mindset" but they should have a "growth mindset."

Could deadly virus spread to U.S.?

An American who worked in Liberia has died of the virus, falling ill during a stop in Nigeria on his way home to Minnesota. Which raises the question: Is Ebola a threat outside of Africa?

Opinion: Ebola is out of control

The Ebola epidemic now raging across three countries in West Africa is three-fold larger than any other outbreak ever recorded for this terrible disease; the only one to have occurred in urban areas and to cross national borders; and officially urgent and serious. At least 1,090 people have contracted the awful disease this year, though the epidemic's true scope is unknown because of widespread opposition to health authorities in afflicted Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone.

Dr. Gupta dispels Ebola myths

Reporting from Guinea, Dr. Sanjay Gupta explains some common misconceptions of one of the world's most deadly viruses.

2 other Americans infected

The deadliest Ebola outbreak in history continues to plague West Africa as leaders scramble to stop the virus from spreading.

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NCAA settles concussion suit with $70M fund

The NCAA agreed Tuesday to settle a class-action head-injury lawsuit by creating a $70 million fund to diagnose thousands of current and former athletes to determine if they suffered brain trauma playing football, hockey, soccer and other contact sports.

Agent: Lester didn't tell Sox contract terms

Jon Lester's agent denied a published report that claimed the pitcher's representatives informed the club what it would take to sign him, prompting the club's decision to trade him.

Report: LB Abraham passed out at wheel

An officer found John Abraham passed out behind the wheel of his black Dodge Challenger at around 4 p.m. on June 29 at the intersection of an Atlanta suburb after he had left the Pink Pony strip club, according to the police report.

NBPA elects 1st big league female union chief

Washington, D.C., attorney Michele Roberts has been voted in as the new executive director of the National Basketball Players Association, becoming the first woman to head up a major sports union.

Judge rules for S. Sterling in sale of Clippers

A judge ruled against Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling on Monday in his attempt to block the $2 billion sale of the Clippers to former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer.

Sources: Clippers' Griffin has back fracture

Clippers forward Blake Griffin withdrew last week from Team USA training camp for the FIBA World Cup because he was advised by doctors to give a small fracture in his back more time to heal before the start of the next NBA season, sources told ESPN.com

Seahawks sign NFLPA president, OT Winston

NFL Players Association president Eric Winston signed a one-year deal with Seattle Seahawks, a source told ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter, confirming multiple reports.

GM admits RG III played too early in 2013

Washington Redskins vice president and general manager Bruce Allen said quarterback Robert Griffin III should not have opened the season as the starter a year ago, not because his knee wasn't ready but rather because of his game.
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