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  • Hosts seek end to 60-year Canadian Open drought
    Hosts seek end to 60-year Canadian Open drought

    The PGA Canadian Open returns to Royal Montreal Golf Club on Thursday, with Graham DeLaet leading a Canadian contingent vying to end a 60-year drought in their home event. Pat Fletcher's 1954 win was the last by a Canadian in the Canadian Open. Two dozen players have crossed the Atlantic Ocean to follow up their British Open campaigns at Royal Liverpool with a title tilt in Quebec.

  • A Disturbing Look at the New Retirement

    For an increasing number of American workers, traditional retirement no longer exists. In the August issue of Harper's magazine, journalist Jessica Bruder delves into the hidden world of these older, struggling American workers, many of whom live in RVs, frequently moving to the location of their next job opportunity. Bruder spent three weeks camping on federal land in the Sonoran Desert in Arizona and interviewing members of this itinerant community. They told her what it was like to work at Home Depot for $10.50 an hour while struggling to pay for a $600-a-month trailer, and about traveling to find seasonal jobs shipping packages out of Amazon warehouses or picking fruit.

  • Iran's supreme leader calls for end to 'murderous' Israeli regime

    Iran's supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei on Wednesday called for a referendum canvassing the Arabs and Jews that live in Israel in order to end the "Zionist state", but said until such a vote could be held, armed resistance was necessary. Khamenei and his predecessor the Ayatollah Rouhollah Khomeini have called repeatedly over the years for an end to the Jewish state, including through a referendum in the region, where Palestinians are in the majority. In his first official comments on Israel since the start of its offensive on the Gaza Strip on July 8, Khamenei reiterated the call. Until then, Khamenei said, "while waiting for an end to this cold-blooded murderous regime, mighty armed resistance is the only way to deal with it." Khamenei made clear for the first time that he was talking about the dismantling of the state of Israel, not the death of Jews.

  • And America’s most-hated social media company is…

    Social-media networks like Facebook and LinkedIn rank low—barely ahead of airlines—in a national customer satisfaction survey.

  • Big cities trade happiness for money: survey shows
    Big cities trade happiness for money: survey shows

    If you’re feeling unhappy with the daily grind of city life, you’re not alone. In fact, residents across some of America’s largest cities - including New York - are feeling the same way according to a new survey.

  • Hamas tactics exact high toll in Israeli ground thrust
    Hamas tactics exact high toll in Israeli ground thrust

    By Noah Browning GAZA (Reuters) - Using tunnels, mines, booby traps and snipers, Hamas fighters have inflicted record casualties on Israeli troops waging an offensive in the Gaza Strip, applying years of training in urban warfare with a new tactical acumen and suicidal resolve. The Israelis say weapons and know-how supplied by Iran and its Lebanese ally Hezbollah make Hamas a more formidable foe. Four days after Israel launched a withering ground assault on the Palestinian Islamist militants in their stronghold of Shejaia following intensive air strikes, the army still does not have complete control of the area. Exploiting a vast network of secret tunnels to snipe at enemy troops and blast their vehicles even inside Israel, Hamas has killed 32 Israeli soldiers -- almost three times as many as in the last major ground clashes in a 2008-9 conflict.

  • Agents get subsidized 'Obamacare' using fake IDs
    Agents get subsidized 'Obamacare' using fake IDs

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Undercover investigators using fake identities were able to secure taxpayer-subsidized health insurance under President Barack Obama's health care law, congressional investigators said Wednesday.

  • FAA lifts ban on US flights to Tel Aviv airport
    FAA lifts ban on US flights to Tel Aviv airport

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Federal Aviation Administration lifted its ban Wednesday on U.S. flights in and out of Israel, which the agency had imposed out of concern for the risk of planes being hit by Hamas rockets.

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