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Spain, Catalonia meet in campaign for independence

Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy and the leader of the economically powerful Catalonia region are holding a crucial face-to-face meeting Wednesday in what could be a last chance for the two men to resolve a bitter dispute over the region’s plans to hold a secession referendum in November.

 
5 rescued after broken water main floods UCLA

A broken water main near the UCLA campus Tuesday sent a geyser of water some 30 feet into the air, trapping people in underground parking garages and covering some of the best-known parts of campus in water, including the school’s famed basketball arena.

 
Israel escalates military advances; 128 Palestinians killed

Israel escalated its military campaign against Hamas on Tuesday, striking symbols of the militant group’s control in Gaza and firing tank shells that Palestinian officials said shut down the strip’s only power plant.

 
Obama announces new sanctions on Russia

President Barack Obama has announced new economic sanctions against key sectors of the Russian economy in the latest move by the U.S. to force Russian President Vladimir Putin to end his support for Ukrainian rebels.

Teen’s body found in wheel well of Air Force plane

The body of a teen stowaway was found and removed from a compartment above the rear landing gear of a U.S. Air Force cargo aircraft after it landed at a military base in Germany, triggering questions of aircraft security.

 
Girl struck by plane on Florida beach dies

A 9-year-old girl who was struck by a plane that crash-landed on a beach while she vacationed with her family has died from her injuries, law enforcement officials in Florida said Tuesday.

35 percent of Americans facing debt collectors, study says

More than 35 percent of Americans have debts and unpaid bills that have been reported to collection agencies, according to a study released Tuesday by the Urban Institute.

 
Slimmed-down border bill has ‘sufficient support’ in House

House Republicans unveiled a slimmed-down bill Tuesday to address the immigration crisis on the U.S.-Mexico border by sending in National Guard troops and speeding migrant youths back home.

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