Liberals Swoon for Warren, Point to Clinton in ’16

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At a summertime getaway for liberals, Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren has captured the hearts of Democratic activists beginning to think about an heir to President Barack Obama.

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Ukraine says rebels destroy MH17 evidence as battles flare

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Armed pro-Russian separatist stands at a site of a Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777 plane crash in the settlement of Grabovo in the Donetsk regionBy Anton Zverev HRABOVE Ukraine (Reuters) – Ukraine accused Russia and pro-Moscow rebels on Saturday of destroying evidence of "international crimes" from the wreckage of the Malaysian airliner that Kiev says militants shot down with a missile, killing nearly 300 people. Fighting and artillery barrages flared near the Russian border in the hours after President Barack Obama called the loss of flight MH17 a "wake-up call" to Europe to join the United States in threatening Moscow with heavier economic sanctions if it does not use its influence to help end a conflict that has driven the gravest East-West confrontation since the Cold War. Malaysia, whose national airline has been battered by its second major disaster this year, said it was "inhumane" to bar access to the site around the village of Hrabove, near the city of Donetsk, and said Russia was doing its "level best" to help.


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Raging Washington state wildfire destroys 80 homes

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Trees are consumed by flames from the Carlton Complex Fire near MethowBy Victoria Cavaliere SEATTLE (Reuters) – A fast moving wildfire burning east of Washington state’s Cascade Mountains destroyed some 80 homes and displaced hundreds of people on Friday as it scorched through parched vegetation and showed no sign of letting up, emergency officials said. In the town of Pateros, about 120 miles northeast of Seattle, the entire population of about 650 people was under mandatory evacuation orders, though some began returning Friday to survey the charred remains of their homes and belongings. “The fire basically burned out the town of Pateros,” said Mark Clemens, a spokesman with the Washington Emergency Management Division. So far, about 83 homes and other dwellings have been confirmed lost, including at least 35 in Pateros, 40 at Alta Lake and the remaining spread through the region, according to the Okanogan Sheriff’s Office.


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World stocks shaky as jetliner downed over Ukraine

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A man walks by an electronic stock board of a securities firm in Tokyo, Friday, July 18, 2014. Tokyo’s Nikkei 225, the regional benchmark, tumbled 1.1 percent lower at 15,202.55. (AP Photo/Koji Sasahara)MUMBAI, India (AP) — Global stock markets fell Friday, unnerved by a ratcheting up of global political tensions after a Malaysian jetliner was shot down over Ukraine.


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Shooting down of Malaysia Airlines plane could force airlines into costly route changes

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The possibility that the civilian jetliner downed over war-torn eastern Ukraine with nearly 300 people onboard was hit by a missile could have profound consequences for the world’s airlines.

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Jerry Sandusky’s son recounts sexual abuse by his father

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Jerry Sandusky leaves the Centre County Courthouse after his sentencing in his child sex abuse case in Bellefonte in this file photoBy David DeKok HARRISBURG Pa. (Reuters) – An adopted son of convicted child molester Jerry Sandusky recounted to Oprah Winfrey in often graphic detail how the former Penn State University assistant football coach had molested him as a teenager in what became a "bedtime ritual." In an interview broadcast on Thursday in a segment of Winfrey's "Oprah Prime" program, Matthew Sandusky, the youngest of the family's six adopted children, also said he found it hard to believe that his adoptive mother, Jerry Sandusky's wife Dottie, had been unaware of the abuse. "She has walked into the bedroom when I was laying on top of Jerry Sandusky in my underwear," recalled Matthew Sandusky, now aged 33. Dottie Sandusky was shown in a separate video clip asserting that her husband was innocent and had not molested anyone. She has accused Matthew Sandusky of stealing her husband's football championship rings, a claim he denied in Thursday's interview.


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Ukraine hails sanctions as Russian stocks plunge

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A building destroyed by the Ukrainian Air Force in Snezhnoye, 80 km east of Donetsk, pictured on July 16Ukraine on Thursday hailed tougher Western sanctions against Russia over its alleged backing for pro-Moscow rebels as separatists inched towards talks with mediators on a potential ceasefire to halt the fighting. The United States and Europe stiffened sanctions on Moscow over Ukraine Wednesday, with President Barack Obama taking his first direct swipes at the Russian economy's finance, military and energy sectors. The American package of sanctions packed the most punch and drew an angry threat of serious retaliation from Moscow, further escalating the worst standoff between the Kremlin and the West since the Cold War. More hesitant EU leaders meeting in Brussels lagged behind but agreed to bolster their own sanctions against Russia, despite fears from some members that they might damage their own fragile economies.


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Senate Democrats push bills on contraception, equal pay to fire up female voters this fall

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In this Sept. 16, 2013, file photo, the U.S. Capitol at sunset in Washington. Democrats and Republicans are fervently pursuing a batch of doomed bills in Congress because they target a coveted prize in the Nov. 4 elections: female voters.

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