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Most Of California Reported To Be In 'Extreme Drought'  |   

About 58 percent of California is currently in the worst of the four drought levels used by experts, in conditions normally seen only once every 50-100 years.

Israel And Hamas Agree To 3-Day Cease-Fire, U.N. Says  |   

The truce begins Friday morning local time. Envoys will travel to Cairo to negotiate a possible longer peace deal.

Ebola Patient Will Be Treated In Atlanta Hospital  |   

An isolation unit at Emory University's hospital will be used to treat a patient infected with Ebola, the virus that has killed more than 700 people in a recent outbreak in West Africa.

House Cancels Vote On $659 Million Border Security Bill   |   

Tea Party conservatives objected to sending money to the White House to deal with the immigration crisis, leaving the issue unaddressed as Congress gets ready to leave for a five-week break.

Amid Smoking Decline, Look Who's Still Lighting Up   |   

Analysts say the merger of Reynolds American and Lorillard is driven by the changing demographics of smoking. But the lower smoking rate masks a more complex and varied pattern of cigarette usage.

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