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    In this photo taken Sunday, July 20, 2014, Liu Chang, second from left, takes part in a game with Roseann Lake, third from left, and others before rehearsing for "The Leftover Monologues" at a cafe in Beijing. In "The Leftover Monologues,” a China-inspired version of “The Vagina Monologues,” Chinese and foreign women and men will tell their own stories of searching for a partner, their observations of love and sex, and the frenzy the thought of becoming a leftover woman - unmarried and over 27 - sends new graduates into. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)

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  • Rick-Perry-Tech-Fund

    FILE - Texas Gov. Rick Perry talks to the media before speaking to a meeting of local party activists, in this July 19, 2014 file photo taken in Algona, Iowa. Perry has distributed $205 million in taxpayer money to scores of technology startups using a pet program designed to bring high-paying jobs and innovation to the nation’s second most-populous state. An Associated Press review of the program found that one of the companies actually operates in California. Some have stagnated trying to find more capital. A few have even forfeited their right to do business in Texas by not filing tax reports. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall, File)

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  • Social-Security-Computer-Woes

    FILE - This Friday, Jan. 11, 2013 file photo, shows the Social Security Administration's main campus is seen in Woodlawn, Md. Six years ago the Social Security Administration embarked on an aggressive plan to replace outdated computer systems overwhelmed by a growing flood of disability claims. Nearly $300 million later, the new system is nowhere near ready and agency officials are struggling to salvage a project racked by delays and mismanagement. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky, File)

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

1. ARIZONA INMATE DIES 2 HOURS AFTER START OF EXECUTION

The condemned man gasps and snorts as the lethal injection used adds to the scrutiny of the death penalty in the U.S.

2. GAZA FIGHTING RAGES AS U.S., OTHERS PUSH FOR END TO VIOLENCE

More war dead as Washington announces signs of progress in cease-fire talks, but prospects for a quick cessation to the hostilities seem distant. Hamas says the lifting of an Israeli and Egyptian blockade must be addressed in tandem with a truce.

3. DOZENS OF VICTIMS OF MALAYSIAN JET CRASH ARE LEAVING UKRAINE

Kiev says 51 containers holding bodies and body parts of the Flight 17 passengers are departing for the Netherlands aboard two military transport planes.

4. WHERE GUNMEN ATTACK RESULTS IN 60 DEAD

Militants fire mortar rounds on Iraqi army bases north of Baghdad, setting off a gunbattle with troops in which 52 prisoners and eight soldiers are killed.

5. WHAT CAUSED TAIWAN PLANE CRASH

Stormy weather on the trailing edge of Typhoon Matmo is suspected to have led to the tragedy that killed 48 people.

6. AP FINDS GOV. RICK PERRY’S PET PROJECT ISN’T ALL IT SEEMS

A closer look at the Texas Emerging Technology Fund, designed to bring high-paying jobs and innovation to the state, reveals that some of the businesses that received money moved away or forfeited their right to do business.

7. SOCIAL SECURITY’S TECHNOLOGY ‘BOONDOGGLE‘

An internal report reveals that six years and nearly $300 million after embarking on an aggressive plan to replace its outdated computer systems, the agency still can’t say when it will be completed or how much it will cost.

8. COUPLING IN CHINA: IT’S COMPLICATED

Dating, love, and family are topics of the play “The Leftover Monologues,” an amateur production by American journalist Roseann Lake, to be held at a central Beijing arts venue.

9. IN A CAVERN OUT WEST, THE BONES OF NATURAL HISTORY

A new scientific expedition will study remains of thousands of ancient animals that accidentally fell to their deaths in hidden Wyoming cave.

10. WHY IS NFL OWNER STEPPING DOWN

Pat Bowlen, 70, announces that he’s giving up control of the Denver Broncos because of Alzheimer’s disease.

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