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More people worldwide have gained access to an 'improved' source of drinking water, or one that is not likely to be susceptible to outside contamination, says the World Health Organization.
Weston Williams
Secretary of State John Kerry faces a tough job crafting a regional coalition to confront the Islamic State extremist group in Iraq and Syria. For one thing, potential coalition partners don't necessarily trust each other – or the US.Howard LaFranchi
Former Virginia governor Bob McDonnell and his wife Maureen face federal charges involving bribery and conspiracy for accepting lavish gifts from the promoter of a dietary supplement. The case goes to the jury next Tuesday.Brad Knickerbocker
Debate about whether Tony Stewart could have done more to avoid Kevin Ward has become emblematic of some of NASCAR’s rowdy Southern roots,Patrik Jonsson
A federal judge struck down two provisions of a controversial Texas abortion law on Friday, ruling that they created an unconstitutional burden on women seeking abortions in the state.Warren Richey
A federal judge in Austin, Texas, on Friday blocked a stringent new rule that would have forced more than half the state’s remaining abortion clinics to close.Erik Eckholm and Manny Fernandez | The New York Times
Backed by Russian troops and weaponry, hundreds of Ukrainian rebel militiamen mobilized on Friday in this southeastern town, vacated by the Ukrainian military two days ago, and began to push toward the strategic seaport of Mariupol 27 miles away. The leader of the rebels called the advance a broad new effort to wrest control of a wide swath of coastal territory from the central government.ANDREW E. KRAMER and ANDREW ROTH | The New York Times
The occupation of Hong Kong's central financial district could start early next week, after Beijing releases its guidelines Sunday on how the city's next leader will be elected. Beijing has promised Hong Kong will have 'universal suffrage' by 2017.Robert Marquand
The former inmate, who lives on Chicago's South Side, helps those who've served time to find work and keep out of trouble.Mark Guarino
Consumer spending in the US unexpectedly fell in July as savings rose to their highest level in more than 1-1/2 years, indicating that households remain cautious despite an acceleration in economic growth.Lucia Mutikani

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