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Athlete, football supporters, vacationing family among Flight 17 victims

By Thom Patterson, Zoe Li and Casey Tolan- CNN (CNN) -- A nun, an international athlete and a family traveling on summer vacation.

International investigators begin search for cause of passenger jet crash in a region of Ukraine

Today, international investigators are hoping to begin their search for the cause of the crash of a passenger jet in war-torn eastern Ukraine.

Barbie loses popularity along with other Mattel toys

By Ben Rooney NEW YORK (CNNMoney) -- There's trouble in toy land. Mattel, the largest company in the toy industry, reported a sharp drop in sales and earnings during the second quarter.

Obama orders new federal spending to aid citizens with flooding & drought due to climate change

Saying that climate change is undeniable, President Obama ordered federal spending Wednesday on new programs aiding citizens who are experiencing the negative results of climate change.

New research suggests Niacin may contribute to early deaths

Millions of Americans have taken Niacin for decades to control their cholesterol, but there is growing evidence that the popular pill may do more harm than good.

Not in my backyard: Communities protest surge of immigrant kids

By Halimah Abdullah- CNN WASHINGTON (CNN) -- In places such as Murrieta, California, and Oracle, Arizona, the message is clear: Thousands of immigrant children fleeing Central America are unwelcome in Small Town U.S.A.

Research shows teens drive most dangerous used cars

Research from a highway safety group shows the people who need to be driving the safest cars, are actually driving the most dangerous ones.

House passes transportation bill for short-term fix

(NBC News) The US House of Representatives passed a bill late this afternoon in Washington D.C. that will help keep money flowing for highways, bridges and other infrastructure.

Republicans & Democrats work on a bill to ease pressure on southern border before summer break

Congress is getting ready for a showdown over the immigration crisis, and today, the battle lines are growing sharper.

Gunman still at large after opening fire in crowded Las Vegas mall

Police are looking for a gunman after one person was shot in the shoulder at a Fashion Show Mall Tuesday evening. The shots were fired at a Fashion Show Mall at 6 p.m. and forced stores in the mall to close early.

Oklahoma mother says 1-year-old got herpes at daycare

An Oklahoma City mother is furious at what she says happened to her child at daycare. She says her daughter contracted a form of herpes from her daycare teacher.

TX man violently kills girlfriend in front of her 4 children

A Texas man is accused of stabbing his girlfriend several times, then throwing her off a balcony-- all in front of her four young children. The victim died later at the hospital, and the boyfriend is now in jail being held without bond.

Jindal group to release Obamacare report

By CNN's Dana Davidsen and Paul Steinhauser