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07/25/2014 12:06 AM
Russia firing artillery on Ukraine troops: US

Ukrainian soldiers sit in a tank as their convoy passes through the eastern Ukrainian city of Konstantinovka, in the Donetsk region, on July 21, 2014The United States on Thursday said it had evidence Russian forces were firing artillery from inside Russia on Ukrainian troops, in what officials called a "clear escalation" of the conflict. Moscow is also planning to "deliver heavier and more powerful multiple rocket launchers" to the pro-Russian separatist forces in Ukraine, US deputy State Department spokeswoman Marie Harf said. The evidence was based on "intelligence information" indicating arms were "continuing to flow across the border" into Ukraine since the shooting down of a Malaysian airliner with 298 on board, Harf said. "They're firing artillery from within Russia to attack Ukrainian military," Harf told reporters.



07/25/2014 12:03 AM
Impossible to determine cause of South Korea ferry businessman's death: agency

Maritime police search for missing passengers near capsized South Korean ferry "Sewol" at the sea off JindoBy Ju-min Park SEOUL (Reuters) - South Korea's forensic agency said on Friday it was impossible to determine the cause of death of a businessman linked to a ferry that sank and killed 304 people in April, deepening the mystery surrounding the final days of Korea's most wanted man. An autopsy and DNA tests on the badly decomposed body of Yoo Byung-un revealed no evidence that he was poisoned, and there was also no indication of external trauma, forensic agency chief Seo Joong-seok told a news conference. Yoo, 73, was found dead in an orchard on June 12 after eluding authorities for nearly two months in South Korea's biggest manhunt, hiding behind the wall of a rural cabin in the final days while it was being searched. Police identified his body only this week, 40 days after a farmer reported its discovery at his orchard, stirring a storm of public outrage at what many said was incompetent work to arrest Yoo over the ferry disaster.



07/25/2014 12:03 AM
Key senator urges Myanmar to reform constitution
WASHINGTON (AP) — The top-ranking Republican senator issued a strong call for Myanmar to amend its constitution to allow opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi to run for president and for the military to submit to civilian rule.

07/25/2014 12:01 AM
Japan consumer inflation eases in June as weak yen impact fades

People are reflected in mirrors at an entrance of a shopping complex in TokyoBy Leika Kihara TOKYO (Reuters) - Japan's core consumer inflation eased slightly in the year to June, highlighting the challenges the central bank faces in meeting its 2 percent inflation target sometime next year. The BOJ expects inflation to pick up again as a tight labor market lifts wages. "Exports are weak and household spending - hit by the April sales tax hike - won't bounce back so strongly, which means the economy lacks a strong driver ahead," said Yoshiki Shinke, chief economist at Dai-ichi Life Research Institute. "The economy may not recover as strongly as expected, which will certainly affect price moves," he said, predicting that the BOJ may ease policy in April next year if inflation fails to approach 2 percent by then.



07/25/2014 12:00 AM
Today in History
Today is Friday, July 25, the 206th day of 2014. There are 159 days left in the year.

07/24/2014 11:55 PM
Very bad week: Airline disasters come in a cluster

A forensic team recovers human remains among the wreckage of crashed TransAsia Airways flight GE222 on the outlying island of Penghu, Taiwan, Thursday, July 24, 2014. Stormy weather on the trailing edge of Typhoon Matmo was the likely cause of the plane crash that killed more than 40 people, the airline said. Aviation has suffered one of its worst weeks in memory, a cluster of disasters spanning three continents. (AP Photo/Wally Santana)WASHINGTON (AP) — Nearly 300 passengers perish when their plane is shot out of the sky. Airlines suspend flights to Israel's largest airport after rocket attacks. Two airliners crash during storms. Aviation has suffered one of its worst weeks in memory, a cluster of disasters spanning three continents.



07/24/2014 11:55 PM
Baidu profit up 34 percent as mobile service grows
BEIJING (AP) — Baidu Inc., which operates China's most popular search engine, said Friday its quarterly profit rose 34 percent over a year earlier as its mobile business grew.

07/24/2014 11:53 PM
Doctor: Patient killed caseworker before gunfight

A hospital worker views police activity near the scene of a shooting at a wellness center attached to Mercy Fitzgerald Hospital in Darby, Pa., on Thursday, July 24, 2014. A doctor grazed by gunfire from a patient who had entered his office in a suburban hospital's psychiatric unit stopped him by returning fire with his own gun and injuring him, authorities said. (AP Photo)DARBY, Pa. (AP) — A doctor told police that a patient fatally shot a caseworker at their hospital complex before the doctor pulled out his own gun and exchanged fire with him and wounded him, a prosecutor said Thursday night.



07/24/2014 11:46 PM
Argentina, hedge funds fail to strike debt deal

A woman passes a poster reading "Enough Vultures - Argentine united in a national cause" in Buenos Aires on June 18, 2014, a reference to hedge funds demanding full payment on its defaulted bonds which Argentina calls "vulture" fundsArgentina failed to reach a deal with hedge funds demanding full payment on its defaulted bonds, veering closer to what the IMF warned could be a painful new default. With less than a week to go to either pay up or risk being declared in default, Argentine officials met with the US court-appointed mediator trying to break the impasse, but refused to meet the hedge funds' representatives directly, said the mediator, New York lawyer Dan Pollack. One of the main funds battling for full payment, NML Capital, said Argentina had "made clear that it will be choosing to default." "There is currently a total lack of willingness on Argentina's part to solve this problem."



07/24/2014 11:26 PM
Man says he shot burglar who said she was pregnant
LONG BEACH, Calif. (AP) — Police said Thursday they're deciding whether to arrest an 80-year-old man who shot a fleeing, unarmed burglar despite her telling him she was pregnant, but they have arrested the woman's accomplice on suspicion of murder for taking part in a crime that led to her death.

07/24/2014 11:20 PM
AP Source: NFL stadium sites explored in Toronto

FILE - In this June 26, 2014, file photo musician Jon Bon Jovi performs during a concert of the American rock band Bon Jovi in Lisbon, Portugal. Bon Jovi is part of a Toronto group that has retained a banking firm and submitted paperwork expressing interest in buying the Buffalo Bills, three people who have reviewed documents regarding the sale process told The Associated Press on Friday, July 18, 2014. (AP Photo/Armando Franca, File)BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — A Buffalo Bills prospective ownership group that includes rocker Jon Bon Jovi has conducted a feasibility study into buying the NFL franchise and building a stadium in Toronto, a person close to the situation said.



07/24/2014 11:18 PM
Lynch expected to hold out from Seahawks camp
RENTON, Wash. (AP) — Marshawn Lynch isn't expected to be present for the first day of the Seattle Seahawks' training camp, close friend and former teammate Michael Robinson said Thursday.

07/24/2014 11:17 PM
Report: China to declare Qualcomm a monopoly
BEIJING (AP) — A government newspaper says Chinese regulators have concluded Qualcomm Inc., one of the biggest makers of chips used in mobile devices, has a monopoly.

07/24/2014 11:16 PM
As inmate died, lawyers debated if he was in pain

FILE - This undated file photo provided by the Arizona Department of Corrections shows inmate Joseph Rudolph Wood. Wood took nearly two hours to die and gasped for about 90 minutes during his execution in Arizona on Wednesday, July 23, 2014. (AP Photo/Arizona Department of Corrections, File)FLORENCE, Ariz. (AP) — The nearly two-hour execution of a convicted murderer prompted a series of phone calls involving the governor's office, the prison director, lawyers and judges as the inmate gasped for more than 90 minutes.



07/24/2014 11:01 PM
Cavs sign Wiggins, who can't be traded for 30 days

FILE - In this July 11, 2014, file photo, Cleveland Cavaliers' Andrew Wiggins, the No. 1 overall pick in the NBA draft, dunks against the Milwaukee Bucks during an NBA summer league basketball in Las Vegas. Wiggins will sign his rookie contract with the Cavaliers, an agreement that would prevent any potential trade involving the small forward from being completed for 30 days, a person familiar with the negotiations says. (AP Photo/John Locher, File)CLEVELAND (AP) — Andrew Wiggins has an NBA home. Maybe a temporary one.



07/24/2014 10:56 PM
Pressure for Gaza truce mounts after Israel shells UN refuge

A picture taken from the northern Israel-Gaza border shows Israeli flares above Palestinian houses in the northern Gaza strip on July 24, 2014There were signs of renewed efforts for a Gaza ceasefire on Friday as the death toll continued to climb after Israel shelled a UN shelter killing 15 Palestinians. Israel's secretive security cabinet was expected to meet later in the day to discuss truce proposals passed to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu by US Secretary of State John Kerry at a meeting in Tel Aviv on Wednesday, Israeli media said. Fresh Israeli fire early Friday pushed the overall Palestinian death toll in Gaza to over 800 Palestinian emergency services spokesman Ashraf al-Qudra said. He said that an air strike on a house in the southern Gaza town of Deir-el-Balah killed a woman of 26 and another aged 23 who was pregnant, as Israel pressed on with its 18-day campaign to stamp out Gaza rocket fire.



07/24/2014 10:56 PM
Sudanese Christian woman spared death sentence meets Pope

Pope Francis blesses Sudanese Christian Meriam Yahia Ibrahim Ishag and her daughter Maya during a private audience at the Vatican, as shown in this Osservatore Romano photo from July 24, 2014A Sudanese Christian woman whose death sentence for renouncing Islam sparked a global outcry that eventually led to an acquittal, met Pope Francis after arriving in Italy en route to the United States. Meriam Yahia Ibrahim Ishag and her family were received by the Argentine pontiff at his home for a 30-minute meeting Thursday in which he thanked her for her "courageous testament of faith" and her "tenacity", the Vatican said in a statement. Ishag and her American husband Daniel Wani in turn thanked Francis for the "great support and comfort" they had taken from "the pope's and many other believers' prayers". The White House in Washington said it was "delighted" Ishaq is now "safe and free and will soon be traveling to the United States".



07/24/2014 10:50 PM
Doctor describes Pennsylvania hospital shooting

A hospital worker views police activity near the scene of a shooting at a wellness center attached to Mercy Fitzgerald Hospital in Darby, Pa., on Thursday, July 24, 2014. A doctor grazed by gunfire from a patient who had entered his office in a suburban hospital's psychiatric unit stopped him by returning fire with his own gun and injuring him, authorities said. (AP Photo)DARBY, Pa. (AP) — A psychiatrist has told police a patient fatally shot a caseworker at a suburban Philadelphia hospital complex before the doctor pulled out his own gun and exchanged fire with the patient.



07/24/2014 10:46 PM
Amazon spending more than $100 million on original content in third-quarter
By Deepa Seetharaman SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Amazon.com Inc is spending more than $100 million on original video content in the third quarter, considerably higher than its spending a year ago and in the second quarter, Chief Financial Officer Tom Szkutak said on Thursday. The largest U.S. online retailer, which also reported a larger-than-expected second-quarter loss Thursday, is beefing up its digital content. Szkutak told analysts during a call that members of Amazon's Prime membership program are increasingly streaming free videos online.

07/24/2014 10:43 PM
White House: Obama offers Netherlands condolences
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama and Netherlands Prime Minister Mark Rutte are in agreement that Russia is still working to destabilize Ukraine.

07/24/2014 10:41 PM
Exclusive: China meat supplier faced claims last year over unethical work practices

Security guards stand inside the Husi Food factory in ShanghaiBy Kazunori Takada SHANGHAI (Reuters) - Shanghai Husi Food, the U.S.-owned Chinese food supplier at the center of a meat safety scandal, won a court case earlier this year against a former quality control officer whose claims included that he was made to forge meat production dates. Wang Donglai, who worked at Shanghai Husi Food from 2007 to 2013, sought around 38,000 yuan ($6,100) in compensation for damage to his health from exposure to chlorine used as a cleaning agent by the meat processor. He also sought to terminate his contract at Shanghai Husi, claiming he was forced to work overtime and made to do "unethical work" that violated food safety laws, court documents showed. At his hearing last October, Wang said he was unwilling to illegally forge dates at the plant, adding that he repeatedly urged his employer to change a practice which he said violated food safety laws and hurt consumer interests, according to court documents seen by Reuters.



07/24/2014 10:40 PM
Cowboys' Romo happy to spend hours nursing back

Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo throws a pass during NFl football training camp, Thursday, July 24, 2014, in Oxnard, Calif. (AP Photo/Gus Ruelas)OXNARD, Calif. (AP) — Tony Romo paused to add up how long it would take to coddle his surgically repaired back on the first day of training camp.



07/24/2014 10:27 PM
Wreckage of missing Algerian airliner found in Mali

An Air Algerie plane prepares to land at the Houari-Boumediene International Airport in Algiers on July 24, 2014The wreckage of an Air Algerie plane missing since Thursday with 116 people on board has been found in Mali near the Burkina Faso border, an army coordinator in Burkina Faso and the French presidency said. The wreck has been located ... 50 kilometres (30 miles) north of the Burkina Faso border" in the Malian region of Gossi, said General Gilbert Diendiere of the Burkina Faso army. A "French military unit has been sent to (the area) to secure the site and gather evidence", it added in a statement. President Francois Hollande expressed his solidarity with the families and friends of the victims.



07/24/2014 10:25 PM
Ukraine's PM resigns, complicating MH17 probe

This handout picture taken and released by the Ukrainian Prime Minister Press-Service on July 24, 2014 shows Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk as he addresses members of parliament during a parliamentary session in KievUkraine's prime minister resigned after his governing coalition collapsed, plunging the former Soviet state into political limbo as it struggles to quell a deadly rebellion in the east. The shock announcement Thursday added to an already chaotic situation in the rebel-controlled east, where international experts are carrying out a complex investigation into last week's downing of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 that left 298 dead. Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk said he was stepping down over the "dissolution of the parliamentary coalition and the blocking of government initiatives" after several parties walked out on the ruling group. The collapse of the ruling coalition paves the way for early elections to be called by President Petro Poroshenko within 30 days.



07/24/2014 10:17 PM
Gang violence, fears for children fuel rush to US

FILE - In this June 18, 2014, file photo, detainees sleep in a holding cell at a U.S. Customs and Border Protection, processing facility in Brownsville,Texas. Many of the immigrants recently flooding the nation’s southern border say they’re fleeing violent gangs in Central America. These gangs were a byproduct of U.S. immigration and Cold War policies, specifically growing from the increase in deportations in the 1990s. With weak dysfunctional governments at home, U.S. street gang culture easily took hold and flourished in these countries. (AP Photo/Eric Gay, Pool, File)LOS ANGELES (AP) — Many immigrants flooding across the border from Mexico into the U.S. say they're fleeing violent gangs in Central America.



07/24/2014 10:15 PM
Planes with Ukraine bodies arrive in Netherlands

People watch a convoy of hearses bearing the remains of passengers and crew killed in the downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 on July 17, as it makes its way along a highway near Boxtel, Netherlands, Thursday, July 24, 2014. The second flight of two military aircraft carrying remains of victims arrived in the Netherlands on Thursday. The bodies are to be taken to a military barracks in Hilversum, where a team of 25 forensic experts and dozens of support staff began working to identify remains Wednesday evening after coffins of the first flight arrived. (AP Photo/Phil Nijhuis)KHARKIV, Ukraine (AP) — Two more military aircraft carrying remains of victims from the Malaysian plane disaster arrived in the Netherlands on Thursday, while Australian and Dutch diplomats joined to promote a plan for a U.N. team to secure the crash site which has been controlled by pro-Russian rebels.



07/24/2014 10:11 PM
Indians' Kluber is perfect through 6 innings

Cleveland Indians pitcher Corey Kluber throws in the first inning of a baseball game against the Kansas City Royals at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City, Mo., Thursday, July 24, 2014. (AP Photo/Colin E. Braley)KANSAS CITY (AP) — Corey Kluber of the Cleveland Indians has had his perfect game broken up with a one-out single in the seventh inning by Omar Infante of the Kansas City Royals.



07/24/2014 10:07 PM
Amazon loss widens despite climbing sales

Amazon.com founder and CEO Jeff Bezos presents the company's first smartphone, the Fire Phone, on June 18, 2014 in Seattle, WashingtonInternet retail titan Amazon reported a money-losing quarter despite impressive growth in sales, sending shares plummeting by more than 10 percent. Amazon shares plunged more than 10 percent to $322.20 in after-market trades that followed release of the earnings figures. The loss came as Amazon poured money into a new Fire smartphone, original programming for its Prime subscription service, drone package delivery and more. "We continue working hard on making the Amazon customer experience better and better," Amazon founder and chief executive Jeff Bezos said in the earnings release.



07/24/2014 09:58 PM
US weighs refugee status for Central American kids

House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., center, is seen with Guatemalan President Otto Molina, right, and Honduran President Juan Hernández on Thursday, July 24, 2014 on Capitol Hill in Washington. The Obama administration is weighing giving refugee status to young people from Honduras as part of a plan to slow the influx of unaccompanied minors arriving at the U.S.-Mexico border, White House officials said Thursday. The plan would involve screening youths in Honduras, one of the world's most violent nations, to determine whether they qualify for refugee status. (AP Photo/Lauren Victoria Burke)WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration is considering creating a pilot program giving refugee status to young people from Honduras as part of a plan to slow the influx of unaccompanied minors arriving at the U.S.-Mexico border, White House officials said Thursday.



07/24/2014 09:52 PM
House panel clears way for vote on Obama lawsuit

U.S. President Barack Obama pauses while he delivers remarks about Ukraine while in the press briefing room at the White House in WashingtonOver Democratic objections, Republicans cleared the way Thursday for a House vote on legislation authorizing an election-year lawsuit accusing President Barack Obama of failing to implement the 4-year-old health care law as it was written.



07/24/2014 09:47 PM
Lethal injections face scrutiny after two-hour US execution

The US Supreme Court is under increasing pressure to consider halting death sentences by lethal injection after a convicted Arizona killer took two hours to dieThe US Supreme Court is under increasing pressure to consider halting death sentences by lethal injection after a convicted Arizona killer took two hours to die. Opponents and supporters of capital punishment alike say they believe the highest US court will agree to consider the issue. Double murderer Joseph Wood gasped and snorted as he lay on a gurney for 117 minutes after officials from the US state of Arizona injected him with a relatively untested lethal drug cocktail. His was the third execution this year to have been drawn out far beyond the usual 10 minutes, as states face a shortage of tried and tested drugs after European manufacturers halted exports.



07/24/2014 09:41 PM
Aviation officials to meet on plane shot down
WASHINGTON (AP) — An aviation official says global aviation leaders will meet in Montreal next week to initiate discussions on a plan to address safety and security issues raised by the shoot-down of a Malaysia Airlines jet over eastern Ukraine, as well as two other air crashes.

07/24/2014 09:32 PM
France sends troops to secure crash site of Air Algerie plane
France said on Friday it had sent a military unit to secure the site of the wreckage of an Air Algerie flight carrying 110 passengers and six crewmembers which was found in Mali close to the border with Burkina Faso. "A French military unit has been sent to secure the site and gather the first elements of information," it said.

07/24/2014 09:30 PM
House votes to simplify education tax breaks
WASHINGTON (AP) — The House passed a bill Thursday that would simplify a complicated patchwork of tax breaks for higher education but would exclude many graduate students.

07/24/2014 09:29 PM
'Under the Dome' cast teases possibility of escape

Alexander Koch, from left, Eddie Cahill, Colin Ford, Rachelle Lefevre, Mike Vogel, Neal Baer and Dean Norris attend the "Under the Dome" panel on Day 1 of Comic-Con International on Thursday, July 24, 2014, in San Diego. (Photo by Tonya Wise/Invision/AP)SAN DIEGO (AP) — "Under the Dome" is broadening its scope.



07/24/2014 09:29 PM
US star Malkovich hits out at Sydney Opera House

File photo of US actor John Malkovich, who has criticised the acoustics at the Sydney Opera HouseUS actor John Malkovich has hit out at Sydney's famous Opera House, saying the acoustics were so hideous they "would do an aeroplane hangar a disservice". The thespian and star of movies including "Burn After Reading" and "Dangerous Liaisons" performed at the iconic building in the 2011 Sydney Festival production "The Giacomo Variations", which was booed and critically savaged.



07/24/2014 09:29 PM
Israel kills Palestinian, dozens injured in West Bank protest
Israeli soldiers shot and killed a Palestinian protester and wounded about 200 on Thursday in confrontations with several thousand people demonstrating in the occupied West Bank against a 17-day-old Israeli offensive in Gaza, Palestinian medical officials said. The Israeli military confirmed troops had used "riot dispersal means" against protesters who threw rocks and firebombs at them and blocked a road with burning tyres. The protest erupted after allies of Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas's Fatah movement marched from the West Bank city of Ramallah to the edges of Jerusalem in protest against Israel's war against Hamas militants in Gaza where the Palestinian death toll has neared 800. Israel Radio said the protest appeared to be the largest since the end of a 2000-2005 Palestinian uprising.

07/24/2014 09:29 PM
Shelling of Gaza school kills at least 15; toll nears 800

A Palestinian mother comforts her child after what medics said was an Israeli shell that hit a U.N-run school sheltering Palestinian refugees, at a hospital in Jabaliya in the northern Gaza StripUnited Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon expressed horror at the Thursday attack on the school at Beit Hanoun in the northern Gaza strip. I strongly condemn this act." Ban later arrived at Cairo where he was expected to meet U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, who has been working the telephones to try to broker a truce. Israel Defence Forces spokesman Lieutenant-Colonel Peter Lerner told Reuters TV: "It could be errant fire from the IDF or rockets landing from Gaza terrorists but we still don't know, there's still a question mark." A spokesman for the U.N. Relief and Works Agency said it had tried in vain to arrange an evacuation of civilians from the school with the Israeli army, and noted reports of Hamas rockets falling in the area at the same time.



07/24/2014 09:23 PM
SD museum, collector dispute Elvis' broken guitar

FILE - This April 22, 2013 file photo shows Memphis-based guitarist Robert Johnson standing by a display of guitars that belonged to Chet Atkins and Johnny Cash that he donated to the National Music Museum in Vermillion, S.D. Johnson also donated the guitar played by Elvis Presley during his final tour, but that may have to be taken off display. A lawsuit filed in July 2014 in South Dakota is seeking to determine who is the legal owner of the Elvis Presley guitar. A man now claims he is the owner of the slightly smashed acoustic guitar. (AP Photo/Dirk Lammers, File)SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — An acoustic guitar Elvis Presley smashed during his final tour has sparked a custody fight between the South Dakota museum that currently displays it and a collector who insists the instrument never should have ended up there.



07/24/2014 09:22 PM
Harmon: 'Community' online won't be too different

Joel McHale, left, and Gillian Jacobs attend the "Community" panel on Day 1 of Comic-Con International on Thursday, July 24, 2014, in San Diego. (Photo by Tonya Wise/Invision/AP)SAN DIEGO (AP) — Just because "Community" is going online to Yahoo doesn't mean it's in for a lot of changes.



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