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(AP Photo/Massoud Hossaini). A U.S. helicopter flies during clashes between Taliban fighters and Afghan government forces in Kabul, Afghanistan, Thursday, July 17, 2014. (AP Photo/Massoud Hossaini). A U.S. helicopter flies during clashes between Taliban fighters and Afghan government forces in Kabul, Afghanistan, Thursday, July 17, 2014.
(AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis). A Palestinian girl walks with a toy that she salvaged from debris of the el-Yazje apartment building which was destroyed following an overnight Israeli missile strike in Gaza City, Thursday, July 17, 2014. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis). A Palestinian girl walks with a toy that she salvaged from debris of the el-Yazje apartment building which was destroyed following an overnight Israeli missile strike in Gaza City, Thursday, July 17, 2014.
(AP Photo/Patrick Semansky). In this July 9, 2014 photo, Baltimore Orioles batboy Andrew Guinart jogs off the field after picking up a bat during a baseball game between the Orioles and the Washington Nationals in Baltimore. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky). In this July 9, 2014 photo, Baltimore Orioles batboy Andrew Guinart jogs off the field after picking up a bat during a baseball game between the Orioles and the Washington Nationals in Baltimore.
By The Associated Press

Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about Friday:

1. PASSENGER JET SHOT DOWN OVER UKRAINE

Both the government and the pro-Russia separatists fighting in the region deny any responsibility for downing the Malaysia Airlines plane, which was carrying 298 people.

2. MIND-BOGGLING COINCIDENCE FOR AIRLINES

Malaysia reels from the second tragedy to hit its national airline in less than five months.

3. ISRAEL INVADES GAZA STRIP

It's the first major Israeli ground offensive in Gaza in just over five years and comes after efforts to broker a cease-fire between the Israelis and Palestinians failed.

4. MICROSOFT CUTTING 18,000 JOBS

The biggest layoffs in the company's history are aimed at allowing Microsoft to "become more agile and move faster," the CEO says.

5. VIRUS APPEARS IN US FOR FIRST TIME

The mosquito-borne illness, which has been tearing through the Caribbean, typically causes fever, severe joint pain and swelling, muscle aches and headaches.

6. WHO'S BEING SUED FOR ALLEGEDLY DECEPTIVE ADS

5-Hour Energy claims its users get extra energy and focus from a unique blend of ingredients - when the boost actually comes from a stiff dose of caffeine, a lawsuit says.

7. ARMY TO BEGIN CHELSEA MANNING'S GENDER TREATMENTS

The former intelligence analyst who leaked secret documents has been diagnosed with gender dysphoria, the sense of being a woman in a man's body.

8. HOW TO MARK ANNIVERSARY OF MOON LANDING

One way is to follow on Twitter as the Smithsonian recreates - in 140 characters or less per tweet - the eight-day Apollo flight that took place 45 years ago.

9. BROADWAY LEGEND DIES AT 89

Elaine Stritch was known for her brashness; gravelly, gin-laced voice; and impeccable comic timing.

10. WHY FIRST-ROUND LEADER AT BRITISH OPEN ISN'T RESTING EASY

Six times in his last eight tournaments, Rory McIlroy has played poorly each Friday, robbing him of a chance to win.

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