10 Things to Know for Thursday

July 30, 2014 - 10:05 PM
Mideast Israel Palestinians

A displaced Palestinian child waves to a friend from inside a damaged classroom at the Abu Hussein U.N. school, in Jebaliya refugee camp, northern Gaza Strip, hit by an Israeli strike earlier, on Wednesday, July 30, 2014. Israeli tank shells tore through the walls of the U.N. school crowded with war refugees Wednesday in the deadliest of a series of air and artillery attacks that pushed the Palestinian death toll above 1,300 in more than three weeks of fighting. The attack on the U.N. school in the Jebaliya refugee camp was the second deadly strike on a U.N. compound in a week. Tank shells slammed into the compound before dawn, said Adnan Abu Hasna, a spokesman for the U.N. Relief and Works Agency, UNRWA, which is sheltering more than 200,000 people displaced by the fighting at dozens of U.N. schools across Gaza. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)

Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about Thursday:

1. WHY RIFT BETWEEN US, ISRAEL IS WIDENING

The White House has been making increasingly strong statements about Palestinian civilians dying in Israeli attacks in Gaza.

2. SENATE PREPARES TO UNVEIL PROBE INTO CIA INTERROGATIONS

The report does not draw the legal conclusion that the CIA's actions after the 9/11 attacks constituted torture, two people who have read document tell the AP.

3. HOUSE OKS SUIT AGAINST OBAMA

Republicans say the legal action will focus on the implementation of "Obamacare" and accuse the president of exceeding his constitutional authority.

4. HOW LATEST SANCTIONS OVER UKRAINE COULD IMPACT RUSSIA

If left in place, experts say the penalties imposed by the U.S. and EU will stifle development in the Russian economy and sap its financial sector.

5. PEACE CORPS EVACUATING VOLUNTEERS

The organization says it is pulling out of three West African countries amid the largest recorded Ebola outbreak in history.

6. WHAT'S BOOSTING US ECONOMY

More spending by consumers is credited with helping the economy grow at a fast 4 percent annual rate last quarter.

7. ARGENTINA FACING SECOND DEFAULT IN 13 YEARS

Negotiations break down between the government and U.S. hedge funds demanding a $1.5 billion payment on outstanding Argentine bonds.

8. WHO PENNED BIO OF EX-PRESIDENT GEORGE H.W. BUSH

Former President George W. Bush has quietly completed a biography of his father that's scheduled to be released in November.

9. GROWING TREND: GROUP SELFIES

With smartphone users capturing moments shared with other people, the usie (prounounced uss-ee, like fussy) now rivals the selfie.

10. PAULEY PAVILION TO HOST HOOPS, DESPITE DRENCHING

UCLA says the famed court — waterlogged after a water main break — will be refurbished or replaced, and the men's and women's basketball teams will play on it this fall.