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Israeli soldiers work on their tanks near the Israel and Gaza Strip border, Monday, July 7, 2014. The Islamic militant group Hamas that rules Gaza vowed revenge on Israel for the death of several of its members killed in an airstrike early Monday morning in the deadliest exchange of fire since the latest round of attacks began weeks ago. (AP Photo/Ariel Schalit)

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This photo taken June 24, 2014 shows an ICBM launch site located among fields in the countryside outside Minot, N.D. on the Minot Air Force Base. The nuclear missiles hidden in plain view across the prairies of northwest North Dakota reveal one reason why trouble keeps finding the nuclear Air Force. The “Big Stick,” as some call the 60-foot-tall Minuteman 3 missile, is just plain old. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)
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In this June 25, 2014 photo, a group of immigrants from Honduras and El Salvador who crossed the U.S.-Mexico border illegally are stopped in Granjeno, Texas. The epicenter of the recent surge in illegal immigration is a 5-mile slice of deep South Texas that has become a hot spot for migrants, human smugglers and drug cartels. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)
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In this Thursday, June 26, 2014 photo, a model wears a FingerReader ring at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology's Media Lab in Cambridge, Mass. Researchers designed and developed the instrument, which enables people with visual disabilities to read text printed on paper or electronic devices. (AP Photo Stephan Savoia)
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FILE - In this July 4, 2014 file photo, Chinese President Xi Jinping, left, and South Korean President Park Geun-hye attend the Korea China Investment Forum at a hotel in Seoul, South Korea. Moscow is cozying up to its old rival China. China is holding hands with Seoul. Tokyo is striking deals with Pyongyang. In the ever-shifting game of Asian alliances, where just about everybody has a dispute over something or can actually remember a shooting war with their neighbors, past grudges run deep. But expedience and pragmatism often run deeper. (AP Photo/Kim Hong-ji, Pool, File)
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Oscar Pistorius stands in court in Pretoria, Tuesday, July 8, 2014, at his murder trial for the shooting death of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp on St. Valentine's Day, 2013. The chief defense lawyer in the murder trial says he has closed his case, and the judge says final arguments will be held in court on Aug. 7 and 8. (AP Photo/Siphiwe Sibeko, Pool)
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A Ukrainian government soldier holds his weapon atop of an armored personal carrier with a Ukrainian national flag in the background rolling to the base in Devhenke village, Kharkiv region, eastern Ukraine, Monday, July 7, 2014. There was no word Monday from Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko, who had promised to start negotiations on a new cease-fire last week. A contact group for the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe met in Kiev on Sunday to discuss the situation in Donetsk, but no representatives from the rebels attended and no breakthroughs were announced. (AP Photo/Evgeniy Maloletka)
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FILE - In this June 27, 2014, file photo, President Barack Obama gestures while speaking about the economy at Lake Harriet Band Shell in Minneapolis, Minn. “It’s easy to be cynical. In fact, these days it’s kind of trendy,” Obama told a crowd of thousands in Minneapolis. With a mix of alarm and dismay, Obama has started musing about the dangers of cynicism in nearly every major public appearance. The cautionary note has showed up in speeches to students and civil rights groups, at Democratic fundraisers, even in his meeting with Pope Francis. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais, File)
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Cannabis City owner James Lathrop briefly leans against the exterior of his new recreational marijuana store Monday, July 7, 2014, in Seattle. The shop will be the first and, initially, only store in Seattle to legally sell recreational pot when sales begin Tuesday. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)
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FILE - In this Jan. 25, 2012 file photo taken from video, Hall of Fame football player Tony Dorsett is interviewed in his home in suburban Dallas. The NFL agreed Wednesday, June 25, 2014 to remove a $675 million cap on damages from thousands of concussion-related claims after a federal judge questioned whether there would be enough money to cover as many as 20,000 retired players. More than 4,500 former players have filed suit, some accusing the league of fraud for its handling of concussions. They include former Dallas Cowboys running back Dorsett and Super Bowl-winning Chicago Bears quarterback Jim McMahon, who suffers from dementia. (AP Photo/Martha Irvine, File)

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

1. ISRAEL LAUNCHES MILITARY OFFENSIVE AGAINST GAZA

At least 50 sites are struck by air and sea as troops mobilize for a possible ground invasion in order to quell rocket attacks.

2. WHY MORALE IN THE SILOS IS IN A SLUMP

The nuclear weapons corps behind the “Big Sticks,” as some people call the 60-foot-tall Minuteman 3 missiles, have been getting the short end of the stick, and so has their mission: the AP finds equipment necessary for their support is aging into obsolescence.

3. PRESIDENT TO REQUEST $2B IN AID FOR IMMIGRATION CRISIS

Obama will seek just the money and not–at least, for now– the legal changes necessary to more quickly send home unaccompanied children arriving in droves at the border.

4. SCIENTISTS HELP THE BLIND WITH A SEEING-EYE RING

The visually impaired can wear the audio reading device on their index finger and scan written material with it which is then read to them in real time.

5. HOW PRAGMATISM SHAPES SHIFTING ASIAN DIPLOMACY

Old feuds between the continent’s powers run deep–but their self-interest often runs deeper, leading to an ever-changing array of alliances.

6. DEFENSE WRAPS CASE IN PISTORIUS TRIAL

The court will hear final arguments in the case against the former Olympian next month.

7. WHERE UKRAINE FIGHTING COULD ERUPT NEXT

Separatist militants driven from eastern towns by the Ukrainian army are regrouping in Donetsk, a major industrial city of 1 million where pro-Russia rebels have declared independence.

8. FROM HOPE AND CHANGE TO HOPING FOR CHANGE

President Obama muses about the dangers of cynicism in major public appearances in a markedly different tone from his days as a candidate, when he rallied millions with ambitious aspirations.

9. RETAIL POT STORES OPENING IN WASHINGTON

The state’s first two dozen recreational marijuana outlets will be able to start selling cannabis Tuesday morning.

10. JUDGE OKS DEAL TO PAY FORMER NFL PLAYERS FOR CONCUSSION CLAIMS

The settlement is designed to give $1 million or more to retirees who develop Lou Gehrig’s disease or other profound neurological problems.

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