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WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama says he and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (neh-ten-YAH'-hoo) are meeting at a challenging time, and he says Israel is in a "turbulent neighborhood." Obama and Netanyahu spoke at the beginning of their meeting at the White House, their first since the 50-day Gaza war between Israel and Hamas. Netanyahu says nations should "look outside the box" on a solution that creates a Palestinian state, including bringing in other Arab states.

DONETSK, Ukraine (AP) — Rebels in eastern Ukraine could be ready to claim a strategic victory. They appear to be closing in on the airport in Donetsk, which has been in the hands of government troops. At least 10 people were killed in the latest fighting as residential areas near the airport were caught in the crossfire. The fighting further weakens a shaky truce that was imposed last month.

WASHINGTON (AP) — Two senior lawmakers are urging Secret Service Director Julia Pierson to leave her job. Republican Jason Chaffetz (CHAY'-fihtz) of Utah and Democrat Elijah Cummings of Maryland say they've lost confidence and trust in the ability of Julia Pierson to protect President Barack Obama. Yesterday, they were among the lawmakers questioning Pierson about last month's security breach at the White House, in which a man who jumped over the fence was able to make it deep into the executive mansion before being stopped.

NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks are sliding today, putting the market on course for its third loss in a row. The Dow has been down by more than 150 points in midday trading. Airlines stocks fell as investors feared that news of the first case of Ebola being diagnosed in the U.S. might discourage people from traveling.

TIJERAS, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico transportation officials are hoping a "singing road" along historic Route 66 will curb speeding. A production company is creating the road between Albuquerque and the mountain community of Tijeras (tee-HAYR'-ahs) for a new National Geographic Channel series dubbed "Crowd Control." The road uses a series of rumble strips to create music. The driver will hear the tune as long as the speed limit is obeyed. There are only a few such "singing roads" in the world.

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