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08/03/2015 11:29 AM
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08/03/2015 11:28 AM
National Park Service buries report on effigy mounds scandal
IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — The National Park Service has shelved a blistering internal report that details a "decade of dysfunction" as the agency allowed dozens of illegal construction projects to cause significant damage to an ancient Iowa burial ground that Indian tribes consider sacred.

08/03/2015 11:26 AM
US stocks edge lower as energy sector slumps

Traders Anthony Riccio, left, and Michael Urkonis work on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange, Monday, Aug. 3, 2015. Stocks are opening slightly lower in the U.S. as energy companies slide along with the price of crude oil. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. stocks edged lower on Monday, led by a slumping energy sector as the price of oil continued to fall. Investors were also watching the latest earnings releases. Tyson Foods slumped after cutting its earnings outlook for the year.

08/03/2015 11:24 AM
Sen. Schumer, comedian Amy Schumer call for more gun control

This photo combo of file images shows comedian and actress Amy Schumer, left, and New York Democratic Sen. Chuck Schumer. The Schumers, who are cousins, are teaming up, Monday, Aug. 3, 2015, to call for tighter gun control, as the senator unveils a three-part plan that would make it harder for violent criminals and the mentally ill to obtain guns. They cite the July 2015 shooting in a Louisiana movie theater that killed two women and injured nine others during a screening of the movie “Trainwreck,” starring Amy Schumer. (AP Photo)NEW YORK (AP) — Stand-up comedian and actress Amy Schumer is teaming up with New York Sen. Charles Schumer to call for tighter gun control.

08/03/2015 11:22 AM
AT&T, as new owner of DirecTV, offers TV-wireless discount

FILE - This file combo made from file photos shows the AT&T logo on the side of a corporate office in Springfield, Ill., left, and a DirecTV satellite dish atop a home in Los Angeles. AT&T on Monday, Aug. 3, 2015 is unveiling a new package that combines traditional TV and wireless services as it seeks to broaden its offerings following its $48.5 billion purchase of satellite TV company DirecTV about a week ago. (AP Photo/File)NEW YORK (AP) — AT&T customers will save $10 a month and get a single bill for their TV and wireless services under a new package the company is offering after its $48.5 billion purchase of satellite TV company DirecTV 10 days ago.

08/03/2015 11:21 AM
Ike Barinholtz book coming in 2017

FILE - In this Feb. 17, 2015 file photo, Ike Barinholtz arrives at the 17th Costume Designers Guild Awards in Beverly Hills, Calif. Grand Central Publishing announced Monday, Aug. 3, that it had acquired a collection of humorous essays by Barinholtz whose credits include “The Mindy Project” and “MADtv.” The book, currently untitled, is scheduled for Fall 2017. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP, File)NEW YORK (AP) — Ike Barinholtz is the latest funny person with a book deal.

08/03/2015 11:21 AM
Two dozen Cuban migrants land in Key West: police

A group of 24 Cuban migrants landed on a beach in Key West on the southern tip of Florida after crossing from Cuba in a makeshift boat, local authorities saidA group of 24 Cuban migrants landed early Monday on a beach in Key West on the southern tip of Florida after crossing from Cuba in a makeshift boat, local authorities said. Some were treated for exposure to diesel fuel fumes, but the migrants -- 23 men and a woman -- were smiling in photographs posted by the Key West police after their arrival at about 4:00 am. "They said that they all came in the tiny makeshift boat named Mariana, which was just off the sea wall," police said on the department's Facebook page.

08/03/2015 11:21 AM
Trader gets 14 years in jail in UK for rigging Libor rate

British trader Tom Hayes leaves Southwark Crown Court in London, on July 31, 2015A trader who worked for UBS and Citigroup was jailed Monday for 14 years by a London court after becoming the first person to be found guilty by a jury of rigging the benchmark Libor inter-bank lending rate. The verdict on Tom Hayes, 35, came after a two-month trial at a London court. Hayes had denied eight counts of conspiracy to defraud between 2006 and 2010, when he worked for Swiss bank UBS and its US rival Citigroup.

08/03/2015 11:19 AM
US manufacturing growth slows in July

FILE - In this July 24, 2015 file photo, Esteban Lopez Perez rolls a cigar at a local cigar store in the Little Havana area in Miami. The Institute for Supply Management, a trade group of purchasing managers, issues its index of manufacturing activity for July on Monday, Aug. 3, 2015. (AP Photo/Alan Diaz, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. factories were a little less busy last month.

08/03/2015 11:17 AM
Automakers report strong US sales in July

Ford notched 4.9 percent rise in sales to 222,731 in July 2015, a gain that included an 11 percent rise in Ford SUVsAutomakers reported strong US sales in July, boosted by sport utility vehicles, as the industry benefited again from lower gasoline prices and a steadily improving US economy. General Motors, the biggest US automaker, said July sales surged six percent from a year ago to 272,512 vehicles behind a strong performance in pickup trucks, SUVs and some sedan lines. "The second half of 2015 is off to a great start, with industry sales above expectations," said GM vice president for sales Kurt McNeil.

08/03/2015 11:16 AM
Boko Haram 'under siege' as Nigeria rescues 178 hostages

Nigerian soldiers display a cache of weapons seized from Boko Haram fighters following clashes near the northeastern town of Dikwa, on July 26, 2015Nigeria's military said Monday it had "besieged" Boko Haram positions in the Islamist militant group's northeastern heartland after setting free 178 hostages, mainly women and children. The ongoing operation has led to the capture of a Boko Haram commander, according to the army, while a "large number" of the extremists have been killed in air strikes. The hostages were released on Sunday near Aulari, about 70 kilometres (40 miles) south of Maiduguri, the capital of Borno state, once a jihadist stronghold.

08/03/2015 11:15 AM
With new paint and grease, Navy tries to lengthen subs' life

In this Thursday, July 30, 2015 photo, shipyard workers at General Dynamics Electric Boat prepare the submarine Illinois for float-off in Groton, Conn. The U.S. Navy is using a new painting process and dozens of other innovations aimed at reducing the maintenance needs for attack submarines, which are coming out of service faster than they can be replaced. (AP Photo/Jessica Hill)GROTON, Conn. (AP) — As it tries to get the most out of each of its $2.6 billion attack submarines, the U.S. Navy is finding a lot depends on the right paint job.

08/03/2015 11:13 AM
School report: Illinois players' allegations unfounded

FILE - In this Feb. 17, 2015, file photo, Illinois head woman's basketball coach Matt Bollant reacts to a call during an NCAA college basketball game in Piscataway, N.J. A Chicago law firm hired by the University of Illinois to investigate allegations of poor treatment made by seven former players that sued the university, coach Matt Bollant, athletic director Mike Thomas and others has concluded those charges are unfounded. The university said Monday Aug. 3, 2015 that the firm's report recommends some changes, such as a code of conduct for coaches.The Players alleged Bollant and some other coaches used race to divide the team and drive players out. (AP Photo/Mel Evans, File)CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) — A Chicago law firm hired by the University of Illinois to investigate allegations of racially motivated mistreatment made by former women's basketball players concluded in a report released Monday that those charges are unfounded.

08/03/2015 11:11 AM
Weather helps crews battling massive California wildfire

Burned signs are shown on a road near Lower Lake, Calif., Friday, July 31, 2015. A series of wildfires were intensified by dry vegetation, triple-digit temperatures and gusting winds. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)LOWER LAKE, Calif. (AP) — Cooler, wetter weather helped crews make inroads Monday against a massive Northern California wildfire that tore through two dozen homes, threatened thousands more and forced 12,000 people to flee the flames.

08/03/2015 11:11 AM
Boston extends contract with young conductor Nelsons

Members of the Boston Symphony Orchestra rehearse on September 4, 2007The Boston Symphony Orchestra on Monday extended the contract of young Latvian conductor Andris Nelsons, hailing the warm reaction to his performances in his first year. The orchestra announced a new eight-year deal with the 36-year-old music director, replacing an initial five-year duration. The contract extends Nelsons' tenure through 2022 but includes a so-called evergreen clause, meaning it will be continually renewed unless otherwise decided.

08/03/2015 11:11 AM
Jackie Chan wants to work with son Jaycee on album, movie
BEIJING (AP) — Action star Jackie Chan said Monday that he wants to work with his son Jaycee on a movie and an album as they mend their relationship after Jaycee was imprisoned on a drug charge.

08/03/2015 11:03 AM
US manufacturing slows a tick in July

An employee builds a window at the Thompson Creek Window Company factory in Landover, Maryland, June 8, 2015US manufacturing activity slowed slightly in July amid weaker export orders and a continued drag from falling oil prices, the Institute for Supply Management reported Monday. The ISM purchasing managers index on the manufacturing sector fell to 52.7 in July from 53.5 in June. Both new export orders and imports fell 1.5 percent.

08/03/2015 11:02 AM
Gulf Arabs welcome Iran nuke deal but seek further assurance

Russia's Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, left, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, center, and Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir stand together before a trilateral meeting on Monday, Aug. 3, 2015 in Doha. Kerry is meeting his Gulf Arab counterparts for talks in Qatar as he attempts to ease the concerns of key allies over the Iran nuclear deal. (Brendan Smialowski/Pool photo via AP)DOHA, Qatar (AP) — Gulf Arab states on Monday welcomed the nuclear deal negotiated between Iran and world powers but said they would like further assurances that the U.S. would help them counter increasing Iranian assertiveness in the region.

08/03/2015 10:58 AM
Italy cracks Mafia sheep code to arrest Godfather's henchmen

Italian police say the 'Cosa Nostra' communicated using sheep-based phrases written on tiny bits of paper that were hidden under rocksItalian police on Monday arrested 11 suspects linked to the fugitive head of the Sicilian Mafia, including a former boss who ran a secret message system for the mobster using a sheep-based code. Matteo Messina Denaro, 53, who has been on the run since 1993, used a farm in Mazara del Vallo to communicate with his henchmen via the aged-old method of "pizzini", bits of paper containing messages often written in cipher, police said. Among those arrested was former boss Vito Gondola, 77, whose job it was to call the clan members to alert them to each new message, which was placed under a rock in a field at the farm and often destroyed on the spot after reading.

08/03/2015 10:58 AM
Troop reinforcements march on key rebel-held base in Yemen
SANAA, Yemen (AP) — Hundreds of pro-government troops and dozens of tanks and armored personnel carriers pushed north toward the al-Anad military base in Yemen on Monday, as Saudi-led coalition airstrikes cleared the path for their advance, military officials said.

08/03/2015 10:57 AM
Zimbabwean operator says American hunter didn't break law
HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — A Zimbabwean safari operator accused of facilitating an illegal lion hunt for an American citizen in April denies the bow and arrow kill was unlawful and says his client acted in "good faith."

08/03/2015 10:52 AM
US auto sales strong in July on SUV, luxury demand

In this Thursday, July 2, 2015, photo, Robert Schemer, his wife, Kelly, and their son Graham, 9, pose next to their newly purchased pre-owned 2013 Ford Flex Limited, at the Star Ford Lincoln dealership in Glendale, Calif. At right is sales consultant Allan Calix. Summer deals and big demand for SUVs and luxury vehicles kept U.S. auto sales strong in July, according to reports released, Monday, Aug. 3, 2015. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes)DETROIT (AP) — Summer deals and big demand for SUVs and luxury vehicles kept U.S. auto sales strong in July.

08/03/2015 10:41 AM
Iran nuclear deal was best available option: Qatar

US Secretary of State John Kerry (2ndL) attends a meeting of foreign ministers of the Gulf Cooperation Council on August 3, 2015 in Doha, QatarDoha (AFP) - Qatari Foreign Minister Khalid bin Mohammad Al-Attiyah on Monday backed the deal on Iran's nuclear programme as the best available option, after talks in Doha with US Secretary of State John Kerry.

08/03/2015 10:39 AM
Burundi tense amid gunfire after killing of a general
BUJUMBURA, Burundi (AP) — Gunfire rang out in Burundi's capital Sunday night following the killing of a military general who was a close ally of President Pierre Nkurunziza.

08/03/2015 10:38 AM
Obama poised to unveil major climate change plan

US President Barack Obama will unveil what he called the "biggest, most important step we've ever taken" to fight climate change, a sensitive issue central to his legacyUS President Barack Obama will unveil what he called the "biggest, most important step we've ever taken" to combat climate change Monday, slapping tough emission targets on power plants. Obama will tell plant owners they must cut carbon dioxide emissions by 32 percent from 2005 levels by 2030, in the first ever mandatory targets. The president was to deliver his eagerly anticipated remarks at the White House at 2:15 pm (1815 GMT), firing the starting gun on a months-long environmental drive that will shape his legacy.

08/03/2015 10:36 AM
31 dead as Syria army jet crashes in rebel-held town: monitor

The Syrian regime has been accused of launching barrel bomb attacks on rebel-held areas, such as this raid on the northern city of Aleppo, on June 3, 2015A Syrian army aircraft crashed during a bombing run over rebel-held Ariha on Monday, killing at least 31 people and destroying a vegetable market, a monitoring group and residents said. "It was flying at a low altitude when it had mechanical failure," Observatory chief Rami Abdel Rahman said. Five of them have not been identified," said Abdel Rahman, citing medical officials and residents inside the town.

08/03/2015 10:33 AM
Bobbi Kristina Brown to be buried next to mother

A gold colored hearse carrying the coffin bearing the body of Bobby Kristina Brown arrives with police escort at Whigham Funeral home in Newark, N.J., early Monday, Aug. 3, 2015. Bobbi Kristina, the only child of Whitney Houston and R&B singer Bobby Brown, died in hospice care July 26, about six months after she was found face-down and unresponsive in a bathtub in her suburban Atlanta townhome. (AP Photo/Mel Evans)WESTFIELD, N.J. (AP) — A hearse carrying the body of Bobbi Kristina Brown has arrived by police escort at a New Jersey funeral home.

08/03/2015 10:29 AM
Drivers weigh in on Uber boom in NYC

In this July 21, 2015 photo, yellow cab driver Jatinder Singh responds to questions during an interview in his taxi in New York. Singh owned a yellow cab, which he decided to paint black so he could start driving with Uber. He lasted about six months before he sold the car and returned to taxi driving. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)NEW YORK (AP) — On a muggy summer evening, a woman stood on a midtown Manhattan street corner and switched between raising her hand for a taxi and glancing at her phone, possibly for an Uber car.

08/03/2015 10:24 AM
UBS distances itself from Libor guilty ruling for former trader
Swiss bank UBS on Monday distanced itself from its former trader Tom Hayes, who was found guilty of conspiracy to defraud in the first trial of a defendant accused of Libor interest rate rigging. "It was a matter between the SFO (Serious Fraud Office) and Mr Hayes and UBS has no comment.

08/03/2015 10:24 AM
Missing Special Olympics athlete turns up 350 miles away

FILE - This undated photo provided by the Los Angeles Police Department shows a missing person's poster for Andi Gusmari. Gusmari, 44, an Albanian athlete who disappeared from the Special Olympics in Los Angeles turned up turned up safe Monday, Aug. 3, 2015 in Hayward, Calif. Gusmari, a bowling competitor, disappeared from the University of Southern California sometime Saturday night. (Los Angeles Police Department via AP) MANDATORY CREDITLOS ANGELES (AP) — An Albanian athlete who disappeared from the Special Olympics in Los Angeles turned up safe early Monday 350 miles away in the San Francisco Bay Area city of Hayward.

08/03/2015 10:20 AM
UK jury says trader guilty of manipulating key interest rate
LONDON (AP) — A British jury has found a former Citibank and UBS trader guilty of being the ringmaster in the manipulation of a key interest rate, the London Interbank Lending Rate, or Libor.

08/03/2015 10:17 AM
US construction spending rose a slight 0.1 percent in June

In this Wednesday, July 15, 2015 photo, Chris Esch, left, and Tony Ede, both of Conlon Construction Co., install a new window as Bryant Elementary School undergoes renovations, in Dubuque, Iowa. The Commerce Department reports on U.S. construction spending in June on Monday, Aug. 3, 2015. (Mike Burley/Telegraph Herald via AP) MANDATORY CREDITWASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. construction spending increased in June by the smallest amount in five months as a big drop in nonresidential building activity offset a third straight increase in home building.

08/03/2015 10:12 AM
US stocks open busy data week mixed

About 30 minutes into trade, the Dow Jones Industrial Average was at 17,649.61, down 40.25 points (0.23 percent)New York (AFP) - Wall Street stocks were mixed early Monday as a heavy week of US economic reports and earnings kicked off with data showing a slight rise in consumer spending in June.

08/03/2015 10:11 AM
Some extreme doping test results show athletes' health at risk: expert

Volunteer with IAAF's local organizing committee displays credential given to athletes who are selected for drug testing in anti-doping offices in OsakaBy Ossian Shine and Lincoln Feast KUALA LUMPUR/SYDNEY (Reuters) - Some of the readings from athletes' blood tests leaked by a whistleblower for a report exposing suspected doping were so extreme they were "downright dangerous", one of the experts cited in the report told Reuters on Monday. "There are real questions to be asked if there is no action taken, particularly for the results taken post-2009," said Robin Parisotto, an inventor of the test used to detect the blood doping agent EPO. "Some of the values in these athletes were so extreme that they were downright dangerous and the risks to their health were indisputable." The head of world athletics defended the International Association of Athletics Federations' (IAAF) anti-doping record as global sporting bodies called for a thorough probe into the latest allegations to plunge international sport into crisis.

08/03/2015 10:08 AM
Breaking taboo, Jerusalem Palestinians seek Israeli citizenship

Palestinians stand near a crosswalk in JerusalemBy Maayan Lubell JERUSALEM (Reuters) - "I declare I will be a loyal citizen of the state of Israel," reads the oath that must be sworn by all naturalized Israeli citizens. Increasingly, they are words being uttered by Palestinians. In East Jerusalem, which Israel captured from Jordan during the 1967 Middle East war and later annexed, a move not recognized internationally, issues of Palestinian identity are layered with complexity.

08/03/2015 10:02 AM
Former trader Hayes found guilty in world's first Libor trial

Former trader Tom Hayes arrives at Southwark Crown Court in LondonBy Kirstin Ridley LONDON (Reuters) - Tom Hayes, a former UBS and Citigroup trader, was found guilty of charges of conspiracy to defraud on Monday as a jury delivered its verdict in the first trial of a defendant accused of Libor interest rate rigging. Hayes, a 35-year-old former yen derivatives trader, faces up to 10 years in jail for each count of conspiracy over the manipulation of the London interbank offered rate (Libor), a crucial benchmark for around $450 trillion (£288.2 trillion) of financial contracts and consumer loans, between 2006 and 2010. The Serious Fraud Office (SFO) alleged Hayes set up a network of brokers and traders that spanned 10 leading financial institutions and cajoled and at times bribed them to help rig rates, designed to reflect the cost of inter-bank borrowing, for profit.

08/03/2015 10:01 AM
More pain seen for Greek bank stocks before buyers emerge
ATHENS/LONDON (Reuters) - Greek bank shares were expected to be hit by more losses on Tuesday following a 30 percent plunge on the first day of trading after a five-week stock market shutdown. Traders said buyers were not likely to start looking for bargains until yet lower levels were reached. "Market value is being destroyed on very light volumes as buyers stay away from bank shares," said one fund manager who declined to be named.

08/03/2015 09:59 AM
Sierra Leone concerns grow from new case, as CDC head visits
FREETOWN, Sierra Leone (AP) — Two new cases of Ebola surfaced in Sierra Leone's Tonkolili District after a man died last week in the area where the deadly virus had been gone for months, an official said.

08/03/2015 09:55 AM
Jeb Bush unveils border security, immigration reform plan
MIAMI (AP) — Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush is outlining a six-point strategy to bolster security at the nation's border and overhaul its immigration laws.

08/03/2015 09:53 AM
Alpha Natural files for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection
BRISTOL, Va. (AP) — Alpha Natural Resources is filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection, the fourth big coal producer to do so within the last two years.



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