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  • Obama wants limits on US company mergers abroad
  • President Barack Obama speaks about the economy at the Los Angeles Trade-Technical College in Los Angeles, Thursday, July 24, 2014, on the final day of his three-day West Coast trip. Striking a populist stand ahead of the midterm elections, Obama is demanding "economic patriotism" from American corporations that seek overseas mergers to avoid U.S. taxes. Obama and congressional Democrats are pushing to severely limit such deals, a move resisted by Republicans who argue the entire corporate tax code needs an overhaul. (AP Photo)LOS ANGELES (AP) ? Staking out a populist stand ahead of the midterm elections, President Barack Obama on Thursday demanded "economic patriotism" from U.S. corporations that use legal means to avoid U.S. taxes through overseas mergers.



  • Malkovich, Cumberbatch make Comic-Con premieres
  • Benedict Cumberbatch attends "The Penguins of Madagascar" press line on Day 1 of Comic-Con International on Thursday, July 24, 2014, in San Diego. (Photo by Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP)SAN DIEGO (AP) ? John Malkovich and Benedict Cumberbatch each made their Comic-Con debuts ? as themselves and as their first animated characters.



  • After much movement, stocks end where they began
  • FILE - The New York Stock Exchange is shown, in this Aug. 9, 2011 file photo taken in New York. World shares were rattled Thursday July 24, 2014 by reports the European Union is weighing stiffer financial sanctions against Russia. .(AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File)NEW YORK (AP) ? Only Wall Street could make the buying and selling of more than 3 billion shares look like nothing happened.



  • Starbucks US sales rise with help of revamped food
  • NEW YORK (AP) ? Starbucks said Thursday that its revamped breakfast sandwiches and other new menu items helped boost sales at its U.S. cafes.

  • Tornado slams Virginia campground; 2 dead
  • In this aerial photo people inspect damage at Cherrystone Family Camping & RV Resort in Northampton County, Thursday, July 24, 2014, near Cheriton, Va., after a severe storm swept through the area. Softball-sized hail and rain toppled dozens of trees and flipped recreational vehicles at the campground Thursday, killing two people and injuring more than two dozen, officials said. (AP Photo/The Virginian-Pilot, L. Todd Spencer) MAGS OUTCAPE CHARLES, Va. (AP) ? The sky turned black and cellphones pinged with emergency messages. Moments later, a tornado ripped through a sprawling, carnival-like campground Thursday, snapping dozens of trees and flipping over RVs.



  • House, Senate chairs offer competing bills on VA
  • Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., right, with Sen. Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., speaks during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, July 24, 2014, on the Veterans Administration. The chairmen of the House and Senate Veterans Affairs committees offered competing new proposals to fix a veterans health care program scandalized by long waits and falsified records covering up the delays. (AP Photo)WASHINGTON (AP) ? With Congress scheduled to recess in a week, the chairmen of the House and Senate Veterans Affairs committees offered competing proposals Thursday to fix a veterans' health care program scandalized by long patient wait times and falsified records covering up the delays.



  • Ruling on antibiotics in livestock reversed
  • NEW YORK (AP) ? The U.S. Food and Drug Administration isn't required to hold public hearings to evaluate the health risks of widespread use of antibiotics in animal feed, a federal appeals court ruled Thursday.

  • Amazon posts bigger 2Q loss
  • This June 4, 2014 photo shows Amazon.com boxes in Phoenix. Amazon reports quarterly financial results on Thursday, July 24, 2014. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)SEATTLE (AP) ? Amazon.com Inc. (AMZN) on Thursday reported a bigger loss in its second quarter, and missed analysts' expectations.



  • 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 Thursday 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 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.



  • Ex-Venezuelan intelligence chief detained in Aruba
  • BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) ? Authorities in Aruba announced Thursday that they arrested a close confidant of late Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez who was sent as that country's consul to the Caribbean island despite being sanctioned by the U.S. government on charges of drug trafficking.

  • French warplanes search Mali desert for crashed Air Algerie plane
  • Burkina Faso - Algeria mapBy Hamid Ould Ahmed ALGIERS (Reuters) - French warplanes and U.N. helicopters scoured the north of Mali on Thursday for the wreckage of an Air Algerie flight after it crashed carrying 110 passengers, nearly half of them French, from Burkina Faso to Algiers. French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius said authorities believed flight AH5017 may have encountered bad weather after the pilot requested to change direction shortly after takeoff due to a storm. Officials in Mali and Burkina Faso gave conflicting accounts of locating the crash. Malian President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita said wreckage of the flight had been spotted in his country's far north, toward the Algerian border between the towns of Aguelhoc and Kidal.



  • US weighs refugee status for youth from Honduras
  • WASHINGTON (AP) ? 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.

  • Senator: No arms to Iraq unless Congress gets info
  • FILE - In this July 17, 2014, file photo,. Senate Foreign Relations Chairman Robert Menendez, D-N.J., gestures as she speaks on Capitol Hill in Washington. Menendez threatened Thursday, July 24, to block U.S. arms sales to Iraq if Congress doesn't get an assessment of Iraqi forces and assurances the weapons won't fall into the hands of extremist militants.(AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)WASHINGTON (AP) ? An influential Democratic senator threatened Thursday to block U.S. arms sales to Iraq if Congress doesn't get an assessment of Iraqi forces and assurances the weapons won't fall into the hands of extremist militants.



  • Recalls slam GM earnings, Europe drives Ford higher
  • General Motors headquarters in Detroit, Michigan on January 14, 2014General Motors is crying and Ford is laughing: The top US automakers posted wildly different earnings Thursday, the first hurt by recalls, the second lifted by new cash from Europe. The stock market told the tale: GM shares plunged 4.5 percent to close at $35.74, while Ford rose 0.3 percent to $17.84. GM, America's largest automaker, saw heavy charges related to its recall of faulty models push its second-quarter its profit down to $190 million, a hefty 85 percent drop from a year ago. Ford Motor Company, by contrast, posted a 6.3 percent rise in profit to $1.31 billion in the second quarter, helped by its first profit from European operations in three years.



  • Irish, Dutch, UK law firms in tax inversion beauty contest in U.S
  • By Soyoung Kim and Olivia Oran NEW YORK (Reuters) - A series of European law firms are aggressively pitching low corporate taxes in their countries to prospective U.S. clients, seeking to tap into the tax inversion frenzy that has seized Corporate America in recent months. At least eight European law firms are pitching their services to major U.S. law firms and Wall Street banks, hoping that U.S. companies considering an inversion choose Ireland, Britain or the Netherlands for their new tax domicile, according to people with knowledge of the matter.

  • US stocks little changed; S&P 500 inches to record
  • Traders work on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) on July 14, 2014 in New York CityNew York (AFP) - Wall Street stocks Thursday finished little changed with the S&P 500 inching to a new record following mixed US economic data and a flood of corporate earnings.



  • Facebook stock hits all-time highs on strong earnings
  • Facebook stock jumped to record highs Thursday as strong earnings from the leading social network sparked fresh buyingFacebook stock jumped to record highs Thursday as strong earnings from the leading social network sparked fresh buying. The rise lifted Facebook's market value to some $190 billion. Facebook said Wednesday that profits leapt to $791 million during the three months ended June 30, a 138 percent increase from a year earlier. Revenue in the quarter surged to $2.91 billion, with approximately 62 percent of that money coming from ads served up on mobile devices such as smartphones or tablet computers.



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  • At least 15 killed by Israeli shelling of Gaza school; toll exceeds 760
  • A Palestinian mother comforts her child in a hospital a few hundred meters from where medics said Israeli shelling hit a U.N-run school sheltering Palestinian refugees, in Beit Hanoun the northern Gaza StripUnited Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon expressed his horror at the attack on the school at Beit Hanoun in the northern Gaza strip. I strongly condemn this act." Ban later arrived to Cairo where he was expected to meet U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, who has been working the telephones to try to broker an elusive truce. Israel Defense Forces (IDF) Lieutenant Colonel Peter Lerner said there was a chance the school had been hit by stray Hamas rockets. "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," he told Reuters TV.



  • EU targets state-owned Russia banks in sanctions plan
  • Russian President Vladimir Putin arrives for a meeting of the Security Council in Moscow's KremlinBy Justyna Pawlak and Adrian Croft BRUSSELS (Reuters) - The European Union would target state-owned Russian banks vital to financing Moscow's faltering economy in the most serious sanctions so far over the Ukraine crisis under proposals considered by EU governments on Thursday. Ambassadors of the 28-nation bloc discussed options to curb Russian access to capital markets, arms and energy technology in response to the downing of a Malaysian airliner in an area of eastern Ukraine held by Russian-backed separatists on July 17. Talks on the options for stepped-up action drafted by the European Commission will continue on Friday morning, an EU official said, and diplomats said decisions on wider sanctions were likely at the earliest next week. Ambassadors also agreed to further expand the scope of sanctions to include companies and people who support Russian decision-makers responsible for the annexation of Ukraine's Crimea region or for destabilising eastern Ukraine.



  • Execution offers evidence against lethal injection
  • 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)ST. LOUIS (AP) ? The nation's third botched execution in six months offers more evidence for the courts that lethal injection carries too many risks and amounts to cruel and unusual punishment, death-row lawyers and other opponents said Thursday.



  • Ban 'shocked and appalled' by shelling of Gaza school
  • U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon said he was appalled by the shelling of a U.N. school in the Gaza Strip on Thursday and made a vehement plea for both sides to end the conflict. "I was shocked and appalled by what has happened in Beit Hanoun," Ban told reporters, referring to the northern Gaza town where the attack, in which at least 15 people died according to Gaza authorities, took place.

  • Taiwan sweeps US in 1st day of International Crown
  • Lexi Thompson follows through on a drive on the seventh hole during the first round of the International Crown LPGA golf tournament Thursday, July 24, 2014, in Baltimore.(AP Photo/Gail Burton)OWINGS MILLS, Md. (AP) ? Yani Tseng made a 12-foot birdie putt on the 18th hole to give Taiwan a sweep of the top-seeded United States team Thursday in the opening round of the International Crown.



  • 1 dead, 2 hurt in Pennsylvania hospital shooting
  • Hospital ShootingA shooting at a suburban Philadelphia hospital campus has killed one worker and injured two other people.



  • Senate hopefuls risk 'oppo-research' revelations
  • FILE - In this Friday, Jan. 26, 2014, file photo, U.S. Sen. John Walsh speaks to reporters in Helena, Mont. The Democrat's thesis written for the U.S. Army War College contains unattributed passages that appear to be taken word-for-word from previously published papers. Walsh faces Republican U.S. Rep. Steve Daines on Nov. 4.(AP Photo/Matt Volz, File)WASHINGTON (AP) ? It's one thing to be Montana's lieutenant governor. It's another to be a U.S. Senate candidate in one of the states that will determine which party controls that 100-member chamber.



  • Iraq elects new president as attacks kill dozens
  • Civilians inspect the site of a car bomb attack near a restaurant in central Baghdad's busy commercial Karradah neighborhood, Iraq, Thursday, July 24, 2014. Police officials say a double car bombing in central Baghdad has killed and wounded scores of people, hours after lawmakers elected the country's new president. (AP Photo/Hadi Mizban)BAGHDAD (AP) ? Iraqi lawmakers elected a veteran Kurdish politician on Thursday to replace long-serving Jalal Talabani as the country's new president in the latest step toward forming a new government. But a series of attacks killed dozens of people and Islamic militants destroyed a Muslim shrine traditionally said to be the burial place of the Prophet Jonah, underscoring the overwhelming challenges facing the divided nation.



  • 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.



  • 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. An airliner crashes during a storm, and yet another disappears. Aviation has suffered one of its worst weeks in memory, a cluster of disasters spanning three continents.



  • Busy Gaza morgue performs Muslim burial rituals
  • Palestinian Ahmed Jadallah, centre, 75, prepares a child's body for burial at the morgue of Kamal Adwan hospital in Beit Lahiya, northern Gaza Strip, Thursday, July 24, 2014. Over the past three decades, the 75-year-old Jadallah has dressed hundreds of 'martyrs' _ those killed in conflict with Israel. He said his volunteer work fulfills an Islamic commandment and that he hopes it will earn him a place in paradise. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)BEIT LAHIYA, Gaza Strip (AP) ? In the morgue at a small Gaza hospital, the anguished cries of those who lost loved ones in Israeli airstrikes fell silent Thursday when Ahmed Jadallah began attending to the corpses, one by one, on his wooden work table.



  • US stocks end little changed after mixed news
  • NEW YORK (AP) ? U.S. stocks are ending little changed after a day of mixed signals on corporate earnings and the economy.

  • Cavaliers sign rookie Andrew Wiggins
  • 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) ? The Cavaliers have signed No. 1 overall draft pick Andrew Wiggins, a contract that prevents him from being traded for 30 days.



  • Official at center of Chinese oil purge was a politic businessman
  • By Charlie Zhu and David Lague HONG KONG (Reuters) - Throughout his career at China's biggest oil producer, Jiang Jiemin was careful to put politics before business, say colleagues who worked closely with the purged executive. In strongly supporting government energy strategy, often at the expense of profitability, the former chief of China National Petroleum Company was a vocal proponent of what he called national and social responsibility for state-owned enterprises, according to his speeches and public statements. Jiang's former colleagues say the Shandong University-trained economist is a sharply different personality than some of the rough and tumble engineers and geologists at the top of CNPC. "More of a politician than an oil man." His polish set him apart from colleagues like current CNPC boss Zhou Jiping, a garrulous engineer widely known and liked in the global oil industry.

  • Inside Xi Jinping's purge of China's oil mandarins
  • File photo of then China's Public Security Minister Zhou reacting as he attends the Hebei delegation discussion sessions at the 17th National Congress of the CPC in BeijingBy David Lague , Charlie Zhu and Benjamin Kang Lim BEIJING/HONG KONG (Reuters) - Oil executive Jiang Jiemin rose to power in Communist China in time-honored fashion: by hitching his star to a mighty mentor. In Jiang's case, that patron was another oil man, Zhou Yongkang, who went on to become the chief of China's internal security apparatus and one of the country's most powerful men. Like Zhou before him, Jiang rose to the top of country?s biggest oil producer, China National Petroleum Corporation. ...



  • Jet with 116 aboard 'probably crashed' in Mali
  • Swiftair MD83ALGIERS, Algeria (AP) ? An Air Algerie jetliner carrying 116 people vanished Thursday in a rainstorm over restive northern Mali, and French officials say it has probably crashed ? the third major international aviation disaster in a week.



  • Ford's profit tops expectations, recall-hit GM misses
  • A man walks past new Ford car at Jacob Javits Convention Center during New York International Auto Show in New YorkBy Ben Klayman DETROIT (Reuters) - Ford Motor Co one-upped its larger rival General Motors Co in the second quarter, showing a profit in Europe for the first time in three years while GM was weighed down by recall-related costs in the United States. Ford managed to eke out stronger earnings that sent its shares higher on Thursday, while GM shares fell 5 percent even though both automakers had good quarters in North America and poor results in South America. Still, the picture remains cloudy for both automakers in the second half, which for Ford will carry heavy costs because of new vehicles. The tough outlook was echoed by South Korea's Hyundai Motor Co, which also reported second-quarter results on Thursday.



  • Challenges, drug shortages, mark US executions
  • John Zemblidge, right, of Phoenix, leads a group of about a dozen death penalty opponents in prayer as they protest the possible execution of Joseph Rudolph Wood at the state prison in Florence, Ariz. on Wednesday, July 23, 2014. Arizona's highest court on Wednesday temporarily halted the execution of the condemned inmate so it could consider a last-minute appeal. The Arizona Supreme Court said it would consider whether he received inadequate legal representation at his sentencing. The appeal also challenges the secrecy of the lethal injection process and the drugs that are used. (AP Photo)The prolonged execution in Arizona looked troubling, but was it unconstitutional? The U.S. Supreme Court, which upheld the use of lethal injection six years ago, has held that "an isolated mishap" during an execution does not violate the Eighth Amendment. A question and answer look at the current state of executions.



  • Coast Guard: Wreckage of teen pilot's plane found
  • In a photo provided by Citizens Foundation, Haris Suleman, center right, in blue shirt, and his father, Babar Suleman, center left, stand with the plane in early July 2014 in Pakistan that they were flying on an around-the-world trip. Haris Suleman, 17, who was attempting to set a record for an around-the-world flight, was killed when his plane crashed in the Pacific Ocean, and crews were searching Wednesday, July 23, 2014, for his father, who was also on board. Family spokeswoman Annie Hayat said the plane flown by Haris Suleman went down shortly after leaving Pago Pago in American Samoa Tuesday night. Hayat said the body of Haris Suleman had been recovered, but crews were still looking for Babar Suleman. The father and son were using the trip to raise money for the Citizens Foundation, a nonprofit that builds schools in Pakistan. (AP Photo/Citizens Foundation)PLAINFIELD, Ind. (AP) ? The U.S. Coast Guard has found wreckage from an airplane piloted by a teenager who was killed when he crashed during an around-the-world flight, a Coast Guard spokesman said Thursday.



  • 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.



  • Prosecutor: 1 worker dead in suburban Philadelphia hospital shooting; 2 hurt, including gunman
  • DARBY, Pa. (AP) ? Prosecutor: 1 worker dead in suburban Philadelphia hospital shooting; 2 hurt, including gunman.

  • FAA lifts ban on US flights to Tel Aviv airport
  • WASHINGTON (AP) ? The Federal Aviation Administration has lifted its ban on U.S. flights in and out of Israel.