Some needed a stick, others a carrot, but drought-conscious Californians racked up their biggest water savings yet in July, conserving more than 30 percent, a dramatic reduction in one of the hottest months of the year.

Julia Prodis Sulek
Every major stock market in the world surged higher Thursday, helped by an unexpectedly strong economic report in the United States and a late rally in Chinese stocks.AMIE TSANG and PETER EAVIS
Washington Gov. Jay Inslee is traveling to the frontline to visit the firefighters battling some of the worst fires the state has ever seen.Kelsey Warner
When the financial crisis brought the global economy to its knees, Norway was largely unscathed. But oil under $50? That's another story.Saleha Mohsin
After the murder of two journalists on live television by a former co-worker, the father of one of the victims made a series of emotional appeals for gun control laws.HAWES SPENCER and RICHARD PÉREZ-PEÑA
The decomposing bodies of as many as 50 people assumed to be migrants being smuggled across Europe were found in a truck abandoned on a highway east of Vienna on Thursday, police said.Alison Smale
A ruling by the National Labor Relations Board makes it substantially easier for unions to bargain for higher wages and benefits.NOAM SCHEIBER
The world’s glaciers are retreating at a faster rate than any time in recorded history, according to a new study published online in the Journal of Glaciology.Asaf Shalev
Democratic leaders are increasingly frustrated by Hillary Rodham Clinton’s failure to put to rest questions about her State Department email practices.PATRICK HEALY, JONATHAN MARTIN and MAGGIE HABERMAN
In one sad sense there was nothing new, or even very unusual, about the televised killing of two journalists in Virginia on Wednesday morning.FARHAD MANJOO