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President Barack Obama plays pool at Wynkoop Brewing Co. with Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper, rear, on Tuesday, July 8, 2014, in Denver. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

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Smoke and a ball of fire rises after an Israeli missile strike in Beit Lahia, northern Gaza Strip, Tuesday, July 8, 2014. The Israeli military launched what could be a long-term offensive against the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip on Tuesday, striking nearly 100 sites in Gaza and mobilizing troops for a possible ground invasion aimed at stopping a heavy barrage of rocket attacks against Israel. Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas called on Israel to halt the airstrikes immediately and appealed for calm, however he has little influence over a Gaza Strip that is ruled by Hamas militants who violently overthrew forces loyal to him in 2007. Smaller and more radical forces than Hamas are also involved in rocket fire from Gaza. (AP Photo/Hatem Moussa)
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A Brazil fan covers his face after the World Cup semifinal soccer match between Brazil and Germany at the Mineirao Stadium in Belo Horizonte, Brazil, Tuesday, July 8, 2014. Germany beat Brazil 7-1 and advanced to the final. (AP Photo/Frank Augstein)
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In this photo taken June 24, 2014, 2nd Lt. Oliver Parsons, right, and 1st Lt. Andy Parthum check systems in the underground control room where they work a 24-hour shift at an ICBM launch control facility near Minot, N.D., Minot Air Force Base. The crew is responsible for controlling and launching the 10 nuclear-tipped Minuteman 3 missiles located in remote launch sites under their command. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)
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Residents protest at the fire station, Monday, July 7, 2014, near a fire scene that claimed four young children early Saturday morning, in Philadelphia. About 200 residents turned out at the fire station after an afternoon community meeting to demand answers on firefighters' response to the blaze, which destroyed eight homes in Southwest Philadelphia. The protest drew dozens of police officers and resulted in several clashes. (AP Photo/Philadelphia Daily News, Steven M. Falk)
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In this July 2, 2014, photo, Haitian machete fencing expert Alfred Avril, left, instructs his son Roland in the little-known martial art of machete fencing, outside Jacmel, Haiti. Trying to bring the secretive, rural Haitian martial art to foreigners involves certain trade-offs, but Avril is now eager to share his machete-fighting expertise with anyone who is interested. The former Haitian army drill instructor trained his sons, grandsons and neighbors to carry on his school. (AP Photo/David McFadden)
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A view of downtown Cleveland Tuesday, July 8, 2014. Cleveland won the unanimous backing of a Republican National Committee panel on Tuesday, all but guaranteeing the GOP's 2016 presidential pick will accept the party's nomination in perennially hard-fought Ohio. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)
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Shelly Sterling, the estranged wife of Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling, leaves a Los Angeles courthouse Monday, July 7, 2014. A jurisdictional issue delayed Monday's scheduled start of a trial focusing on whether Donald Sterling's estranged wife had the authority under terms of a family trust to unilaterally negotiate a $2 billion sale of the Los Angeles Clippers. (AP Photo/Nick Ut)
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A relative assists a visually impaired man to cast his ballot during the presidential election at a polling station in Medan, North Sumatra, Indonesia, Wednesday, July 9, 2014. (AP Photo/Binsar Bakkara)

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

1. OBAMA HEADS TO TEXAS, BUT NOT TO THE BORDER

A day after asking Congress for $3.7 billion to help deal with the tens of thousands of unaccompanied children crossing into the U.S., the president will hold a meeting hundreds of miles from the Mexico line, in Dallas.

2. OFFENSIVE IN GAZA CONTINUES FOR SECOND DAY

Israeli strikes against Hamas targets intensify as rocket attacks by the militant group on Israel decline.

3. WHERE THE MONEY IS GOING

By its own estimate, the government made about $100 billion in payments last year to people who may not have been entitled to receive them. Medicare programs account for half the amount.

4. BRAZIL IN SHOCK OVER WORLD CUP EXIT

A humiliating 1-7 defeat against Germany threw the host team out of the tournament and crushed the dreams of millions of Brazilians.

5. ISOLATED AND UNDERGROUND, WITH MANKIND’S DEMISE

Some missileers find it hard to adjust to life under the prairie. There are reasons for that: ICBM duty is far removed from the glamor, guts and glory associated with the Air Force.

6. PHILADELPHIA NEIGHBORHOOD, IN MOURNING, CRITICIZES FIREFIGHTERS

About 250 people take to the streets over the response to a row house fire that left four children in a tight-knit West African community dead; the department’s timeline shows help arrived within minutes of the first call.

7. HAITI’S MACHETE FENCING ECHOES ITS REBELLIOUS HISTORY

The obscure practice, which blends martial arts with art, emerged from the Caribbean nation’s mix of European and African traditions.

8. GOP PICKS SWING STATE FOR 2016

Cleveland beats out a bid from Dallas to host the Republican National Convention in the next election.

9. WHO’S TESTIFYING AT CLIPPERS TRIAL

Donald Sterling takes the witness stand as he challenges his wife’s $2 billion sale of the NBA team to Steve Ballmer.

10. 'MAN OF THE PEOPLE’ LEADS IN INDONESIA’S PRESIDENTIAL RACE

Joko Widodo, a one-time furniture maker and current governor of the capital Jakarta, is edging out his ex-army general opponent in the Asian nation’s third direct election.

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