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  • Samsung Electronics posts 8% fall in Q2 net profit
  • South Korean giant Samsung Electronics posted an 8.0 percent fall in second quarter net profit on less than stellar sales of its flagship smartphone and stiff competition from cheaper Chinese rivalsSouth Korean giant Samsung Electronics posted an 8.0 percent fall in second quarter net profit Thursday and promised "flexible" pricing of its new flagship smartphone after less than stellar sales contributed to a slump in its mobile unit's earnings. The world's largest smartphone maker said net profit for the April-June period stood at 5.75 trillion won ($4.9 billion), down from 6.25 trillion won a year ago and slightly below analyst estimates. The market reacted negatively, with Samsung shares down 2.5 percent in morning trade.



  • Investigators scramble to analyse wreckage for MH370 link
  • Police and gendarmes carry a piece of debris from an unidentified aircraft found in the coastal area of Saint-Andre de la Reunion on July 29, 2015Saint-André (France) (AFP) - Aviation investigators headed to the French Indian Ocean island of Le Reunion on Thursday to determine whether a piece of plane wreckage that washed up on its shores is part of missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370. The discovery fuelled hopes in Malaysia and across the globe that one of aviation history's greatest mysteries could move closer to being solved, but authorities and Malaysia Airlines warned against jumping to conclusions. French, Malaysian, and Australian authorities have all begun looking into the object's origin, with Malaysia saying it was sending a team of experts to the island on Thursday.



  • AP Sources: Phillies agree to trade Cole Hamels to Texas
  • FILE - In this June 14, 2015, file photo, Philadelphia Phillies starting pitcher Cole Hamels collects himself on the mound during the fourth inning of a baseball game against the Pittsburgh Pirates in Pittsburgh. Two people familiar with the deal say the Phillies have agreed to trade Hamels to the Texas Rangers for a package of prospects. Both people spoke to The Associated Press late Wednesday night, July 29, 2015, on condition of anonymity because the trade has not been finalized. Hamels has a limited no-trade clause but does not have to approve a deal to the Rangers. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar, File)PHILADELPHIA (AP) ? After years of trade speculation, Cole Hamels' time in Philadelphia is ending.



  • Asian stocks mixed after Fed leaves rates unchanged
  • Trader James Denaro, center, works with specialist Michael O'Connor, right, at the post that handles Yelp, on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange, Wednesday, July 29, 2015. Yelp plunged 28 percent after sinking to a loss and cutting its outlook. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)BEIJING (AP) ? Chinese stocks held steady Thursday following this week's turbulence while other Asian markets were mixed after the U.S. Federal Reserve left interest rates unchanged at a record low.



  • Kaka helps MLS All Stars to 2-1 win over Tottenham
  • MLS All-Star forward David Villa, center, celebrates scoring a goal with teammates Graham Zusi, left, and Omar Gonzalez, right, against Tottenham Hotspur during the first half of the MLS All-Star soccer game, Wednesday, July 29, 2015, in Commerce City, Colo. The game is the 20th annual mid-season classic for the league. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)COMMERCE CITY, Colo. (AP) ? The news kids in the league can play a little bit.



  • Afghan Taliban say 'unaware' of peace talks, no comment on Mullah Omar
  • Afghan security forces patrol in Kunduz, the site of continued conflict with the Taliban, on April 30, 2015The Taliban Thursday rejected reports of any fresh round of peace talks expected this week with the Afghan government, while making no comment on Kabul's reported death of their leader Mullah Omar. Afghanistan on Wednesday said Omar died two years ago in Pakistan, in the first such official confirmation from Kabul after unnamed government and militant sources reported the demise of the reclusive warrior-cleric. The insurgents have not officially confirmed his death, and the claim -- just two days before a fresh round of talks were expected -- cast doubt over the tenuous peace process.



  • Fast-spreading fire explodes to more than 4 square miles
  • A helicopter flies over Willow Creek Canyon as a wildfire continues burning in the Sierra near Bass Lake, Calif., Monday, July 27, 2015. More wildfires have torn across California so far this year compared with the same period of 2014, but firefighters said Monday that efforts to confine and extinguish the latest blazes have been more successful than in the past. (Eric Paul Zamora/The Fresno Bee via AP)NAPA, Calif. (AP) ? California fire officials say a wildfire burning east of Lower Lake has grown to more than 4 ˝ square miles in a few hours.



  • Rugby-Top officials to meet 2019 World Cup organisers over arena
  • By Karolos Grohmann KUALA LUMPUR, July 30 (Reuters) - World Rugby officials will meet 2019 World Cup organisers on Thursday in the hope of thrashing out a solution after hosts Japan decided to scrap plans for a new stadium that would have hosted the tournament's feature matches. Costs for a New National Stadium, set to be the centrepiece of the 2020 Tokyo Summer Olympics as well as the venue for the rugby World Cup opening game and final, soared to $2.1 billion, nearly twice original estimates. The inflated price tag sparked widespread outrage and prompted Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to abandon the initial design earlier this month, meaning the rugby World Cup will not have a new stadium in the Japanese capital.

  • US official: Plane debris in Indian Ocean same type as MH370
  • A policeman and a gendarme stand next to a piece of debris from an unidentified aircraft found in the coastal area of Saint-Andre de la Reunion on July 29, 2015WASHINGTON (AP) ? Air safety investigators have a "high degree of confidence" that a photo of aircraft debris found in the Indian Ocean is of a wing component unique to the Boeing 777, the same model as the Malaysia Airlines plane that disappeared last year, according to a U.S. official said Wednesday.



  • Lennon honored with artwork showing him in yellow submarine
  • Yoko Ono, widow of John Lennon, second right, reacts after the unveiling of a 24' x 10' tapestry depicting the island of Manhattan as a yellow submarine piloted by a waving John Lennon at Ellis Island Wednesday, July 29, 2015, in New York. Standing with Ono are Bono, right, and The Edge, of the Irish rock band U2, third from right. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)NEW YORK (AP) ? Standing in front of artwork depicting Manhattan as a yellow submarine and John Lennon as the pilot displaying the peace sign, Yoko Ono joined Bono and other guests to honor her late husband Wednesday.



  • Mumbai bomb plotter Yakub Memon hanged in India
  • Indian police guard a road leading to the former residence of Yakub Memon, a key plotter of the Mumbai bomb attacks that killed hundreds in 1993, in Mumbai on July 30, 2015India on Thursday executed Yakub Memon for his role in the nation's deadliest attacks, a series of bombings in Mumbai more than two decades ago, police said. Memon was hanged at Nagpur jail in the western state of Maharashtra on the day of his 53rd birthday after last-ditch pleas for clemency were rejected by India's president and supreme court. Yakub Memon was hanged today at 7:00 am (0130 GMT)," Nagpur police sub-inspector R.V Halami told AFP.



  • Ford F-150 gets mixed crash test results
  • This combination made from 2015 photos provided by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) shows crash tests of 2015 Ford F-150 Super Crew, top, and Super Cab pickup trucks. The four-door Super Crew got top ratings in all five of the crash tests. But the Super Cab version, which has a smaller rear door and back seat, did poorly in a small front overlap test, which slams 25 percent of the front of the truck into a barrier at 40 miles per hour. (Insurance Institute for Highway Safety via AP)DETROIT (AP) ? Ford's new aluminum-sided F-150 pickup saw mixed results in new crash tests by the insurance industry, and the damaged trucks cost more to repair than steel-bodied ones.



  • Drachma revolt adds unease to Greece's awkward alliance
  • Greece's Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras arrives at Syriza party headquarters for a meeting with senior party officials in Athens, Monday, July 27, 2015. After passing a series of reforms demanded by creditors, the Greek government is hoping that negotiations on the bailout will be completed by Aug. 20 when the country has a big debt repayment of around 3.2 billion euros ($3.5 billion) to make to the European Central Bank. (AP Photo/Thanassis Stavrakis)ATHENS, Greece (AP) ? Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras' power-sharing acrobatics look harder to perform by the day.



  • Takeaway from Fed meeting: Expect a rate increase this year
  • FILE - In this July 16, 2015, file photo, Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen prepares to testify before the Senate Banking Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington. Federal Reserve policymakers meet Wednesday, July 29, 2015, to set interest rates and release a statement. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh, File)WASHINGTON (AP) ? Expectations have grown that sometime this year, the Federal Reserve will raise interest rates from record lows. The only question seems to be when.



  • Galaxy S6 fails to reverse profit decline at Samsung
  • A woman passes by an advertisement of Samsung Electronics' Galaxy S6 smartphone at a Samsung Electronics shop in Seoul, South Korea, Thursday, July 30, 2015. Samsung Electronics reported Thursday a fifth straight drop in quarterly earnings as the Galaxy S6 failed to reverse its declining fortunes in the smartphone industry. (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon)SEOUL, South Korea (AP) ? Samsung Electronics suffered a fifth straight drop in quarterly earnings as the Galaxy S6 failed to reverse its declining fortunes in global smartphone sales.



  • Al-Jazeera reporters await Egypt retrial verdict
  • Australia's Peter Greste, (not pictured) Canadian Mohamed Fahmy (C-R) and Egyptian Baher Mohamed (C-L) were sentenced last year for "spreading false news" in support of the blacklisted Muslim Brotherhood during their coverage of the turmoil in EgyptAn Egyptian court delivers its verdict Thursday in the retrial of three Al-Jazeera journalists whose previous sentencing to up to 10 years in jail sparked an international outcry. Australia's Peter Greste, Canadian Mohamed Fahmy and Egyptian Baher Mohamed were sentenced last year for "spreading false news" in support of the blacklisted Muslim Brotherhood during their coverage of the turmoil after the army ousted Islamist president Mohamed Morsi in July 2013. An appeals court ordered a retrial, saying the initial verdict lacked evidence against the three journalists working for the Doha-based network's English channel.



  • China says seeking to confirm situation over possible MH370 debris
  • BEIJING (Reuters) - China said on Thursday that it is "seeking to confirm the situation with relevant countries" after French authorities said they were studying a piece of plane debris found on Reunion Island in the Indian Ocean to determine whether it came from Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370. In a faxed statement to Reuters, Foreign Ministry spokesman Hong Lei said that the Chinese government "will pay close attention to developments". (Reporting by Sui-Lee Wee and Ben Blanchard; Editing by Alex Richardson)

  • Panicked 911 caller: Dispatcher had no reason to hang up
  • ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) ? A 911 caller said Wednesday she was panicked about a friend being shot but stayed as calm as possible before a New Mexico dispatcher told her to "deal with it yourself" and hung up as she sought aid.

  • GOP leaders rally around Kirk after fundraiser's criticism
  • FILE - In this June 9, 2014 file photo, U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk R-Ill., speaks during an interview in his office, in Chicago. Political experts say Kirk can survive damaging criticism from a fellow Republican fundraiser. The first-term Republican who suffered a debilitating 2012 stroke is seeking re-election in 2016. But GOP fundraiser Ronald Gidwitz said in a published report Tuesday, July 28, 2015, that public gaffes by Kirk hurt his re-election chances and put the party on the defensive. Gidwitz later tried to retract the statement. (AP Photo/M. Spencer Green, File)SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) ? Illinois Republicans rallied around first-term U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk on Wednesday after a top fundraiser briefly suggested that the moderate elected to Barack Obama's former seat should abandon his re-election bid due to a recent series of public gaffes.



  • Ohio cop indicted on murder charge in traffic stop shooting
  • Mourners Shanicca Soloman cries in the embrace of friend Terrell Whitney outside funeral services for Samuel Dubose at the Church of the Living God in the Avondale neighborhood of Cincinnati, Tuesday, July 28, 2015. Dubose was fatally shot by a University of Cincinnati police officer who stopped him for a missing license plate. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)CINCINNATI (AP) ? A University of Cincinnati officer who shot a motorist during a traffic stop over a missing front license plate has been indicted on murder charges, a prosecutor said Wednesday, adding that the officer "purposely killed him" and "should never have been a police officer."



  • Authorities study plane debris found off Madagascar for links to missing MH370
  • A relative of a passenger aboard missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 uses her phone at a remembrance event for missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 on the one year anniversary of its disappearance, in Kuala LumpurBy Tim Hepher and Lincoln Feast PARIS/SYDNEY (Reuters) - French authorities are studying a piece of plane debris found on Reunion Island in the Indian Ocean to determine whether it came from Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370, which vanished last year in one of the biggest mysteries in aviation history. A person familiar with the matter told Reuters the part was almost certainly from a Boeing 777, the type of aircraft operated by Malaysia Airlines on the ill-fated flight, but that it had not yet been established if it was a piece of the missing plane. France's BEA air crash investigation agency said it was examining the debris, found washed up on the French island east of Madagascar, in coordination with Malaysian and Australian authorities, but that it was too early to draw conclusions.



  • Brazil raises key interest rate to 14.25% to curb inflation
  • Trade union members demonstrate in front of the headquarters of Brazil's Central Bank, in Sao Paulo, Brazil, on July 28, 2015 demanding a reduction of the basic interest rateBrazil's central bank raised its benchmark interest rate by half a point to 14.25 percent, seeking to fight inflation during a major slump in the local currency. The bank's monetary policy committee COPOM decided in a unanimous vote to raise the Selic rate by 0.50 percentage points, the seventh consecutive raise. Analysts say Brazil's once booming economy suffers deep underlying illnesses, notably the massive corruption scandal unfolding at national oil company Petrobras and rippling across other top companies and into political circles.



  • Moore, Lynx spoil Candace Parker's season debut
  • Minnesota Lynx forward Maya Moore (23) shoots against Los Angeles Sparks forward Nneka Ogwumike (30) during the first half of a WNBA basketball game, Wednesday, July 29, 2015, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Stacy Bengs)MINNEAPOLIS (AP) ? Maya Moore scored 27 points and Lindsay Whalen had 24 to help the Minnesota Lynx hold off the Los Angeles Sparks 82-76 on Wednesday night, spoiling the season debut of two-time MVP Candace Parker.



  • Minnesota dentist rarely discussed hunting with patients
  • A woman writes on a sign outside Dr. Walter James Palmer's dental office in Bloomington, Minn., Wednesday, July 29, 2015. Palmer reportedly paid $50,000 to track and kill a black-maned lion, just outside Hwange National Park in Zimbabwe. (AP Photo/Ann Heisenfelt)ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) ? A Minnesota dentist who has become the target of worldwide outrage for hunting and killing a protected lion in Zimbabwe advised patients Wednesday to seek care elsewhere and said he rarely discussed his big-game hunting because it can be a "divisive and emotionally charged topic."



  • Sanders rallies supporters in nationwide simulcast
  • Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., speaks at the 2015 International Association of Sheet Metal, Air, Rail, and Transportation Workers (SMART) Conference, Tuesday, July 28, 2015, in Washington. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)WASHINGTON (AP) ? Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders called on supporters to spark a "political revolution" for his candidacy on Wednesday night, offering a rallying cry of "enough is enough" on a video simulcast to events across the country.



  • Judge chides State official over AP records request response
  • WASHINGTON (AP) ? A judge on Wednesday chided a State Department official for the department's slowness in responding to Associated Press requests for documents from Hillary Rodham Clinton's tenure as secretary of state.

  • India execution brings out mixed feelings on punishment
  • In this July 27, 2015, photo, activists of the Social Democratic Party of India carry placards with portraits of Yakub Abdul Razak Memon, convicted in the 1993 Mumbai bombings, during a protest against his death sentence outside Maharashtra House in New Delhi, India. Jailed for more than two decades over his role in the 1993 Mumbai bombings that killed 257 people, he has made many appeals and is scheduled to be hanged Thursday, July 30, 2015. (AP Photo/Tsering Topgyal)NEW DELHI (AP) ? Few countries sentence more people to death than India. Whether those punishments are actually carried out is another matter. Though well over a thousand people have been sent to death row this century, just four have been executed.



  • John Legend to handle music for slave drama 'Underground'
  • FILE - In this May 13, 2015 file photo, John Legend arrives for the opening ceremony and the screening of the film "La Tete Haute" (Standing Tall), at the 68th international film festival, Cannes, southern France. Legend is bringing his talents to a TV drama about Southern slaves fighting for freedom. WGN America said Wednesday, July 29, 2015, that Legend and his production company will be in charge of the score and soundtrack for "Underground." (Photo by Arthur Mola/Invision/AP, File)BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) ? John Legend is bringing his talents to a TV drama about Southern slaves fighting for freedom.



  • Zimbabwe hunter given bail over death of Cecil the lion
  • Professional Zimbabwean hunter Theo Bronkhorst (L) and his defence lawyer wait outside the Magistrate's Court in Hwange on July 29, 2015A professional hunter was granted bail Wednesday on charges of "failing to prevent an illegal hunt" after he organised the expedition on which an American dentist killed Zimbabwe's beloved Cecil the lion. The lion's death triggered an outpouring of anger around the world after it was alleged that he was lured out of Hwange National Park and shot with a powerful bow and arrow. Theo Bronkhorst, wearing a green sleeveless jacket, was ordered to lodge a $1,000 deposit at the court in Hwange in northwestern Zimbabwe after a day of negotiations between police, prosecutors and lawyers.



  • Brady fights on, files lawsuit to stop suspension
  • New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft addresses a room full of reporters to make a statement condemning NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell's action upholding New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady's four game "Deflategate" suspension during an NFL football training camp media availability at the team's facility Wednesday, July 29, 2015, in Foxborough, Mass. (AP Photo/Stephan Savoia)FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) ? Tom Brady took the fight over his "Deflategate" suspension to social media and federal court Wednesday, and New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft backed the three-time Super Bowl MVP, saying "I was wrong to put my faith in the league."



  • US officer charged with murder after deadly traffic stop
  • This July 29, 2015 booking photo provided by the Hamilton County Justice Center in Cincinnati, Ohio shows University of Cincinnati police officer Ray TensingA white Ohio police officer who shot a black man during a routine traffic stop was charged with murder n what prosecutors called a "senseless" act motivated by anger. University of Cincinnati campus police officer Ray Tensing initially told investigators that he shot Sam DuBose in the head after DuBose tried to drive away and dragged the officer along with him.



  • Indian media: Yakub Memon, convicted in 1993 Mumbai bombings that killed 257 has been hanged
  • NEW DELHI (AP) ? Indian media: Yakub Memon, convicted in 1993 Mumbai bombings that killed 257 has been hanged .

  • California Guard uses drone to search for missing teacher
  • SAN FRANCISCO (AP) ? The California National Guard is using a drone to search El Dorado National Forest for a missing San Francisco teacher, marking the first time the Guard has used an unmanned aircraft for a search-and-rescue mission.

  • Bach: Boston failed to deliver on 'promises' to USOC
  • International Olympic Committee (IOC) President Thomas Bach speaks during a press conference in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Wednesday, July, 29, 2015. Malaysia is hosting the 128th IOC executive board meeting where the vote for the host cities of the 2022 Olympic Winter Games and for the 2020 Youth Olympic Winter Games will take place.(AP Photo/Joshua Paul)KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) ? IOC President Thomas Bach said Boston was firmly to blame for its aborted bid for the 2024 Olympics and that the city failed to deliver on "promises" made to U.S. Olympic leaders when they selected the Massachusetts capital as the American candidate for the games.



  • Police release video of traffic stop of Chattanooga shooter
  • In this April 20, 2015 frame from dashcam video provided by the Chattanooga Police Department, Mohamad Youssef Abdulazeez is detained following roadside sobriety checks in Chattanooga, Tenn. On July 16, Abdulazeez opened fire on a recruiting office and then headed across town and blasted his way through a Navy-Marine reserve center. (Chattanooga Police Department via AP)CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP) ? Police have released dashcam video of an April traffic stop that led to driving-under-the-influence charges against the Chattanooga man who later went on a shooting rampage that left five servicemen dead.



  • US with plenty to prove in World Championships pool
  • Marquee names including Olympic champion Missy Franklin, ought to see the Americans favored for multiple gold in the meeting that will set the tone for the 2016 Rio OlympicsVulnerable, or perfectly primed to destroy the opposition -- that's the tantalizing question surrounding the US team headed to Russia for the 2015 swimming World Championships. Marquee names including Olympic champions Missy Franklin, Katie Ledecky, Ryan Lochte and Nathan Adrian ought to see the Americans favored for multiple gold in the meeting that will set the tone for the 2016 Rio Olympics.



  • Alabama prisoner, in court documents, drops bid for abortion
  • BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) ? An Alabama prisoner who went to federal court seeking an abortion filed a court document Wednesday saying she'd changed her mind and wanted to give birth, after the state had sought to prevent her from undergoing the procedure.

  • 10 Things to Know for Thursday
  • Zafar Hashemi, a deputy spokesman for Afghan President Ashraf Ghani, speaks during a press conference in Kabul, Afghanistan, Wednesday, July 29, 2015. An Afghan official said Wednesday his government is examining claims that reclusive Taliban leader Mullah Omar is dead. The Taliban could not be immediately reached on the government's comments about Omar, who has been declared dead many times before. (AP Photo/Rahmat Gul)Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about Thursday:



  • Planned Parenthood seeks fed study of fetal tissue research
  • Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Ky., joined by, from left, Sen. John Thune, R-S.D., Sen. Joni Ernst, R-Iowa, Republican presidential candidate, Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., and Sen. James Lankford, R-Okla., speaks during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday,July 29, 2015, to discuss Planned Parenthood. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)WASHINGTON (AP) ? Under fire for its role in providing fetal tissue for research, Planned Parenthood asked the government's top health scientists Wednesday to convene a panel of independent experts to study the issues surrounding the little-known branch of medicine.



  • US court says drug-sniffing dog fails the smell test
  • This May 13, 2014 photo provided by the Canine Training Institute in Emden, Ill., shows Lex, a K-9 with the Bloomington, Ill., Police Department during a training session with his handler Officer Justin Shively in Bloomington. On Tuesday, July 28, 2015, Chicago's 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals upheld a conviction that Lex played a role in. The opinion stems from an appeal by Larry Bentley Jr, a St. Louis man serving 20 years in prison for drug possession. He argued the 20 kilograms of cocaine Bloomington police found in his car during a 2010 traffic stop derived from an illegal search triggered by Lex. (Michael Bieser/Canine Training Institute via AP)CHICAGO (AP) ? Lex the police dog from central Illinois is far from top dog in drug-sniffing skills.