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July 27, 2012

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1. US ECONOMIC GROWTH SLOWS

The economy grew at just 1.5 percent from April through June on a steep cutback in consumer spending. And that doesn't do anything to abate fears that the economy is stalling.

2. OBAMA TO SIGN U.S.-ISRAELI COOPERATION BILL

At 9:15 a.m., the president is reaffirming U.S. ties with Israel, upstaging Romney a day before the Republican challenger visits Jerusalem.

3. ROMNEY'S KEY MEETING AHEAD OF OPENING CEREMONY

The likely GOP nominee for president is scheduled to meet with Irish Prime Minister Edna Kenny at 9:15 a.m. before attending the London Olympics' curtain-raiser at 3 p.m.

4. VICTIM NO. 2 POISED TO SUE PENN STATE

The boy Nittany Lions graduate assistant Mike McQueary saw in the showers with Jerry Sandusky has stepped forward to say it was him and his attorneys promise to file a lawsuit against the heavily sanctioned university.

5. WOMEN DEEMED MAJOR FACTOR IN THIS SWING STATE

Both Obama and Romney see women — specifically suburbanites from their 30s to their 50s — as the key to victory in Colorado as well as in other hard-fought places like Virginia and Nevada.

6. WHAT YOU MAY NOT KNOW ABOUT IRAQ

In the first tally of its kind, a federal investigative agency calculates that at least 719 people, nearly half of them Americans, were killed working on projects to rebuild Iraq following the U.S. invasion in 2003.

7. WHY THIS TREATY HAS GUN ACTIVISTS UP IN ARMS

An AP Fact Check by Tom Raum explores why Second Amendment backers denounce a pending U.N. crack down on the global, $60 billion business of illicit trading in small arms as an end-run around their constitutional right to bear arms.

8. DELAY IN AMBULANCE RESPONSE CITED

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