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After Two Disasters, Can Malaysia Airlines Still Attract Passengers?

Even before the double calamity of its two downed flights, Malaysia Airlines was trying to adapt to momentous shifts in Asia's aviation industry. Now, it faces either bankruptcy or privatization.

FAA Extends Ban On Flights To Tel Aviv For Another 24 Hours

The Federal Aviation Administration banned flights to the region on Tuesday after a rocket landed about a mile from Ben Gurion International Airport.

Legalizing Prostitution Would Protect Sex Workers From HIV

When the police clamp down on female sex workers, the women may end up taking more risks — and making themselves more vulnerable to HIV.

The Epic 2,200-Mile Tour De France Is Also A Test Of Epic Eating

Tour de France cyclists need to eat up to 9,000 calories a day to maintain their health and weight during the race. But many teams hire chefs to elevate the meals to gourmet status.

An Animal Makes A $10,000 Deposit, But Not At The Bank

A Beverly Hills auction house has an unusual fossil for sale. It's not an ancient animal. It's something an ancient animal left behind — and it's very, very long.

Ukraine Says 2 Military Jets Shot Down Over Rebel-Held Area

The two jets were downed less than a week after a Malaysia Airlines jet was shot down, killing 298 people.

States Help New Mothers Get Birth Control Through Medicaid

New York and five other states are helping women on Medicaid get contraception immediately after giving birth. New moms can get an IUD or long-acting implant before leaving the hospital.

WATCH: Wreckage Of Costa Concordia Begins Its Final Voyage

More than two years after the luxury liner wrecked off the Italian island of Giglio, it is finally being moved to a salvage yard in the port of Genoa.

A Plan To Untangle Our Digital Lives After We're Gone

In the digital age, our online accounts don't die with us. A proposed law might determine what does happen to them. But the tech industry warns the measure could threaten the privacy of the deceased.

White House Adviser: Cease-Fire Should Include Demilitarization Of Gaza

In an interview with NPR, Deputy National Security Adviser Tony Blinken endorsed Israel's demand that before the conflict ends, Gaza must be demilitarized. It's a demand Hamas is unlikely to agree to.

New California Law Tackles Brain Injuries Head-On

July 23, 2014
Central Catholic's Reggie Bland (24) in action in a California Interscholastic Federation Division 4 high school football championship game in Carson, Calif., Friday, Dec. 20, 2013. (Ringo H.W. Chiu/AP)

Amid concerns about concussions and brain injuries, the law will limit full-contact drills for teams in both public and private schools.

Foreign Policy Challenges Pile Up For Kerry

July 23, 2014
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry gestures upon his arrival for a meeting with Palestinian leader Mahmud Abbas in the West Bank city of Ramallah on July 23, 2014. (Abbas Momani/AFP/Getty Images)

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry is logging lots of miles as he deals with challenges in Ukraine, the Middle East and more.

Congress Not Likely To Agree On Border Crisis Plan Before Recess

July 23, 2014
The U.S. Capitol in Washington is pictured in June 2013. (J. Scott Applewhite/AP)

A week before Congress leaves for its five-week recess, the House and Senate are introducing dueling immigration plans.

Why Come North? A Panel Discussion On US Immigration Policy

July 23, 2014
In this Saturday, July 12, 2014, photo, migrants walk along train tracks and boxcars after getting off a train during their journey toward the US-Mexico border, in Ixtepec, southern Mexico. (AP)

Crisis at the US border. What do Latinos on this side of the border have to say? We’ll ask our special roundtable.

Texas To Deploy National Guard To Mexico Border

July 22, 2014
Texas Gov. Rick Perry announces he is deploying up to 1,000 National Guard troops over the next month to the Texas-Mexico border to combat criminals that Republican state leaders say are exploiting a surge of children and families entering the U.S. illegally, July 21, 2014, in Austin, Texas. (Eric Gay/AP)

Governor Rick Perry is sending up to 1,000 National Guard troops to the border, amid an influx of Central Americans to the region.

Why Iran Nuclear Talks Failed To Meet Deadline

July 22, 2014
Catherine Ashton, High Representative of the Union of Foreign Affairs and Security Policy for the European Union, and Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif (right) give a press statement after round of talks of the European Union and Iran in Vienna, on July 18, 2014. (STR/AFP/Getty Images)

The U.S. and Iran have agreed to extend negotiations over Iran’s nuclear program for four more months.

Courts Issue Contradictory Rulings On Health Law

July 22, 2014
The United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, known informally as the D.C. Circuit, is pictured in Washington, D.C. (Wikimedia Commons)

Within hours of each other, two federal appeals courts issued contradictory rulings on a key financing issue of the Affordable Care Act.

The 'Elephant Whisperer' Of World War II

July 22, 2014
Lt. Col. James Howard Williams, aka "Elephant Bill," is the hero of Vicki Constantine Croke's new book, "Elephant Company." (Courtesy Random House)

We’ll travel to the jungles of Burma for the remarkable true story of Billy Williams—aka “the elephant whisperer”—and his World War II heroism.

A Deeper Look At The Israel-Gaza Conflict

July 22, 2014
Smoke rises after an Israeli shelling at the Shijaiyah neighborhood in Gaza City, Monday, July 21, 2014. The top Hamas leader in the Gaza Strip signaled Monday that the Islamic militant group will not agree to an unconditional cease-fire with Israel, while Israel's defense minister pledged to keep fighting "as long as necessary," raising new doubt about the highest-level mediation mission in two weeks. (AP)

The escalated Gaza offensive. We’ll get the views from both sides and the latest developments.

Mass. Senate To Debate PAC Disclosure Bill

July 22, 2014

A version of the bill approved last month by House lawmakers would require so-called super PACs to disclose their contributors within seven days of running an ad.

Gay Florida Couple In Limbo After Winning Right To Marry

July 21, 2014
William Jones, left, and his partner, Aaron Huntsman, speak with the media Thursday, July 17. The couple is challenging the state of Florida's ban on gay marriage. (Rob O'Neal/AP/Key West Citizen)

Amid a flurry of legal activity and uncertainty, we speak with the gay couple in Key West who brought the lawsuit.

Unpacking The Geo-Politics Of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH 17

July 21, 2014
Toys and flowers are placed on the charred fuselage at the crash site of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 near the village of Hrabove, eastern Ukraine, Sunday, July 20, 2014. (AP)

The United States and Russia after the downed plane. We’ll unpack the politics and latest news. Plus: the latest from Gaza.

Defenseless: Children Stranded In A Foreign Land And A Foreign Legal System

July 21, 2014
Carol Rose and Adriana Lafaille: "With Governor [Deval] Patrick clearing the way for hundreds of child migrants to be brought to shelters in the Commonwealth, it is essential that the federal government act to protect their right to legal representation." Pictured: June 18, 2014: Child detainees sleep in a holding cell at a U.S. Customs and Border Protection processing facility in Brownsville,Texas. For years, children from Central America traveling alone, and immigrants who prove they have a credible fear of returning home, have been entitled to a hearing before an immigration judge. (Eric Gay /AP)

With Governor [Deval] Patrick clearing the way for hundreds of child migrants to be brought to shelters in the Commonwealth, it is essential that the federal government act to protect their right to legal representation.

State House Roundup: Children’s Caucus

July 18, 2014

The china in Bob DeLeo’s House is rattling, and it has nothing to do with plane-loads of migrant children invited by Gov. Deval Patrick to Massachusetts circling overhead in Winthrop as they wait for the okay to land.

Bolivia Legalizes Child Labor

July 18, 2014
A boy helps his older siblings to wash a car in a street of La Paz, Bolivia, on May 7. Bolivian children work on farms, in mines, and other dangerous jobs for children. Now, child labor is officially legalized in the country. (Aizar Raldes/AFP/Getty Images)

The country has passed a law allowing “self-employed children” as young as 10 to work, as long as they still attend school.

A Conversation With Immigrant Activist Jose Antonio Vargas

July 18, 2014
In this June 20, 2012, file photo former Washington Post journalist turned immigration reform activist, Jose Antonio Vargas, center, an illegal immigrant himself, speaks in Washington. (Jacquelyn Martin/AP)

The immigrant-rights activist has written extensively about the fact that he has been living illegally in the U.S. for years.

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