Also: A water main break floods the UCLA campus; Obama has dinner in Missouri with 4 people who wrote to him; and Hall of Famer Vin Scully will continue announcing L.A. Dodgers games for a 66th year.
The news from the Commerce Department comes after the economy shrank at a 2.1 percent rate in the first quarter of the year. The numbers raise hope for continued growth in the second half of 2014.
One U.N. official said this was a "breaking point." The conflict, now going into its 23rd day, shows no sign of abating. The death toll in Gaza has now surpassed 1,200.
It took officials about four hours to figure out which valve needed to be closed. By then, the UCLA campus was under water, with some staircases looking like waterfalls.
The federal highway trust fund will run short of money starting this week unless Congress acts. But the Senate's bill differs significantly from what the House passed last week.
Israel broadened its bombing campaign on Tuesday, bringing the Palestinian death toll above 1,200. Brief hope for a cease-fire was quickly dashed.
The National Labor Relations Board has found that McDonald's shares responsibility for working conditions at its franchised restaurants. The company will fight the ruling.
A federal appellate court rejected arguments that women could seek abortions outside the state, saying no state can farm its constitutional duties out to its neighbors.
Having offended its own staff, Oak Ridge National Laboratory has canceled a course intended to help employees "speak with a more neutral American accent."
Former Minnesota Gov. Jesse Ventura said his reputation had been damaged by an account of a fight in a book. In a split verdict, a federal jury agreed with him.