UCLA wades through damages from pipe flooding

Water covers the playing floor of Pauley Pavilion, home of UCLA basketball, after a 30-inch water main burst on nearby Sunset Boulevard on the campus in the Westwood district of Los Angeles Tuesday, July 29, 2014. (AP Photo/Matt Hamilton)LOS ANGELES (AP) — A ruptured 93-year-old water main left the UCLA campus awash in 8 million gallons of water in the middle of California's worst drought in decades, stranding people in parking garages and flooding the school's storied basketball court less than two years after a major renovation.



Israeli troops, using sniffer dogs and robots, hunt for Gaza tunnels

By Dan Williams GAZA STRIP (Reuters) - Israeli Colonel Tomer was literally tipped off to the tunnel snaking under a Palestinian village when the tank-churned earth gave way under the weight of one of his behemoth bulldozers. Then explosives would be dropped in and the network destroyed as part of a tunnel-hunt throughout the Gaza Strip's eastern frontier that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu says will be completed, whether or not Israel reaches a ceasefire with the territory's dominant Hamas Islamists. There is too much risk of booby traps," Tomer, who under military rules can be identified only by his first name, told a Reuters correspondent invited by the army to view his force's operations. Were the troops to track the tunnel in the other direction they would end up 2 km (1.2 miles) deeper in Gaza, in the middle of a bustling neighborhood, Tomer said.
Twitter's surge revives valuation debate

Twitter logo is displayed on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange(Reuters) - The surge in Twitter Inc's shares has revived debate about whether the stock warrants a valuation that is five times that of Facebook Inc , its biggest rival in social media. Twitter reported on Tuesday that its active users jumped 24 percent to 271 million in the second quarter. If Facebook was trading at Twitter's valuation, it would be worth nearly $1 trillion.



A look at the EU's new sanctions against Russia

Sign reading 'Bank of Moscow" is installed on the headquarters of Russian Agricultural Bank in downtown Moscow, Russia, on Wednesday, July 30, 2014. The European Union approved dramatically tougher economic sanctions Tuesday against Russia, followed swiftly by a new round of U.S. penalties. Among the targets were three Russian banks: the Bank of Moscow, Russian Agricultural Bank and VTB Bank, Russia's second largest bank. (AP Photo/Ivan Sekretarev)BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union's sanctions against Russia are bound to inflict pain on the country's ailing economy. While still narrowly targeted, they come as a warning shot to convince Moscow to change its Ukraine policies or face even tougher penalties.



Bribery case kicks off vs. Utah attorneys general

Former Utah Attorney General John Swallow arrives at court for his initial court appearance on bribery charges, Wednesday, July 30, 2014, in Salt Lake City. Swallow and former Utah Attorney General Mark Shurtleff made their first appearance as criminal defendants Wednesday, vowing to beat bribery charges and other counts. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Two former Utah attorneys general made their first appearance as criminal defendants Wednesday, vowing to beat a slew of bribery charges and other counts.





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