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Stocks lower in US after some weaker company results

This July 6, 2015 photo shows a Wall Street sign near the New York Stock Exchange. Most major global markets rose Thursday, July 30, 2015, after the U.S. Federal Reserve left interest rates unchanged at a record low, corporate earnings mostly did better than expected and investors awaited U.S. economic growth figures. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks were lower Thursday, following disappointing results from several big companies including Procter & Gamble and Facebook. A positive report on U.S. economic growth did little to help the market.


Afghan Taliban confirm Mullah Omar's death, choose successor

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)KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Afghanistan's Taliban on Thursday confirmed the death of Mullah Mohammad Omar, who led the group's self-styled Islamic emirate in the 1990s, sheltered al-Qaida through the 9/11 attacks and led a 14-year insurgency against U.S. and NATO troops.


HBO to air two-part U2 tour specialNEW YORK (AP) — HBO and U2 are collaborating on a double-barreled special about the veteran Irish rock band's current world tour.U.S. asks Supreme Court to reverse major insider trading ruling

A police officer patrols the plaza in front of the U.S. Supreme Court building in WashingtonWASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Justice Department asked the Supreme Court on Thursday to reverse a federal appellate court's ruling that authorities said limited their ability to pursue insider trading cases. Solicitor General Donald Verrilli filed a petition seeking review of a December ruling by the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New York that had reversed the insider trading convictions of hedge fund managers Todd Newman and Anthony Chiasson. (Reporting by Lawrence Hurley and Nate Raymond; Editing by Susan Heavey)


The Latest: Police: Hate crime not ruled out over MLK flags

Confederate flags sit in the back of a police car as tourists walk by Ebenezer Baptist Church Thursday, July 30, 2015, in Atlanta. U.S. authorities are investigating after several Confederate battle flags were discovered near the church and a civil rights center named after Martin Luther King, an iconic leader in the African-American Civil Rights Movement, Thursday morning. (AP Photo/David Goldman)ATLANTA (AP) — The latest on the investigation into Confederate flags found at the Ebenezer Baptist Church near the Martin Luther King Jr. Center in Atlanta:


California beaches remain open as source of oil slick sought

In this photo provided by the Santa Barbara County, Calif., Fire Department, Henry Duncan, left, and Bob Seiler, legs covered in oil, foreground, stand in the Goleta Beach parking lot with their oil-covered kayaks, on the truck at rear, in Goleta, Calif., Wednesday, July 29, 2015. The pair encountered a large oil sheen and called the fire department to investigate. The Coast Guard is investigating this new oil slick off the Southern California coast about a dozen miles from where a broken pipeline spilled thousands of gallons of crude into the ocean in May. (Mike Eliason/ Santa Barbara County Fire Department via AP)GOLETA, Calif. (AP) — The Coast Guard hopes lab tests will determine the source of a mysterious miles-long oil slick floating about 1,000 yards off California's Santa Barbara County shoreline.


Royal Bank of Scotland reports rise in 2nd quarter profits

FILE - This is Thursday, Feb. 23, 2012 file photo of a Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) branch is seen in central London. Taxpayer-owned Royal Bank of Scotland said Thursday July 30, 2015, that second-quarter profit rose 27 percent, even as it warned the cost of past scandals may continue to weigh on earnings. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis, File)LONDON (AP) — Second-quarter profit at taxpayer-owned Royal Bank of Scotland rose 27 percent, it announced Thursday, but warned the cost of past scandals may continue to weigh on earnings.


Confederate flags placed at Ebenezer church near MLK Center

Confederate Flags MLK CenterATLANTA (AP) — Four Confederate battle flags were found on the grounds of the Ebenezer Baptist Church near the Martin Luther King Jr. Center in Atlanta on Thursday, and police and federal authorities were investigating.


US economy revives in second quarter

US growth was boosted in the April-June period by higher consumer spending which accounts for about 70 percent of US economic activityThe US economy revived in the second quarter, shaking off its winter slumber as consumers flung open their wallets and exports rebounded, official data released Thursday showed. Gross domestic product expanded at an annual rate of 2.3 percent in the April-June period, the Commerce Department reported, slightly below the 2.5 percent consensus estimate. Most notably job growth is strong and broad-based, and wage increases are set to accelerate more significantly as the economy approaches full employment," said Scott Hoyt of Moody's Analytics.


Correction: Zimbabwe-Lion Killed-3 Things story

Stuffed animals are placed in front of Walter Palmer's dental practice, River Bluff Dental, in Bloomington, Minn., on Wednesday, July 29, 2015. Palmer, who went on a guided bow hunting trip for big game in Zimbabwe, said that he had no idea the lion he killed was protected and that he relied on the expertise of his local guides to ensure the hunt was legal. (Glen Stubbe/Star Tribune via AP) MANDATORY CREDITWASHINGTON (AP) — In a story July 29 about U.S. regulations and big game hunting, The Associated Press erroneously referred to The Human Society of the United States. It is The Humane Society of the United States.


Jon Stewart: Meeting with Obama wasn't a secret

FILE - In this July 21, 2015 file photo, President Barack Obama, left, talks with Jon Stewart, host of "The Daily Show with Jon Stewart" during a taping in New York. Stewart reacted to a Politico story headlined "Jon Stewart's Secret White House Visits." The article said Stewart had met with the president in 2011 and again last year. Stewart noted that he entered the White House through its public entrance and that both meetings were listed in the White House visitor logs, available for anyone to see. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci, File)NEW YORK (AP) — Jon Stewart says his "secret" White House meetings with President Barack Obama weren't so secret, and not that big a deal.


Colorado theater shooter went from happy boy to mass killer

FILE - In this July 29, 2015 file image made from Colorado Judicial Department video, a family photo is displayed on the screen showing James Holmes when he was a toddler, as James Holmes' mother Arlene, top right, gives testimony during the sentencing phase of the Colorado theater shooting trial in Centennial, Colo. James Holmes sits in court at far left. A fuller portrait of the Colorado movie theater shooter has emerged during Holmes' death penalty trial. Testimony given by Holmes' parents revealed a family laid bare by the tragic consequences of a son's incomprehensible descent from a well–behaved child with a quirky sense of humor into a killer capable of gunning down defenseless strangers. (Colorado Judicial Department via AP, Pool, File)CENTENNIAL, Colo. (AP) — He flashed a toothy grin in his second grade photograph, but by the ninth grade, the smile was gone, replaced with an awkward smirk and a wild look in his eye.


Hackers used Twitter to target US systems: researchers

A report by the security firm FireEye says Russian-based hackers are using malicious software concealed in Twitter images to relay commands and steal data from US computer networksRussian-based hackers are using malicious software concealed in Twitter images to relay commands and steal data from US computer networks, security researchers said this week. A report by the security firm FireEye examined stealth techniques used by hacker groups believed to be sponsored by the Russian government. "Using a variety of techniques -- from creating an algorithm that generates daily Twitter handles to embedding pictures with commands -- the developers... have devised a particularly effective tool," FireEye said in the report released Wednesday.


Patriots open camp, try to ignore 'Deflategate' noise

New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady wipes the sweat from his head during an NFL football training camp in Foxborough, Mass., Thursday, July 30, 2015. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) — Tom Brady received a big cheer from Patriots fans when he came out on the practice field Thursday for New England's first practice of training camp.


Fiat Chrysler raises outlook as Q2 profit jumps 70 percent

FILE - In this March 4, 2014 file photo, the 2015 Jeep Renegade is on display at the Geneva International Motor Show in Geneva, Switzerland. Fiat Chrysler Automobiles on Thursday, July 30, 2015 raised its revenue forecast after strong sales in North American and a recovery in the European market boosted second-quarter profits by 70 percent. North American sales volumes were up 8 percent, boosted by the Jeep Renegade and new Chrysler 200. (Sandro Campardo/Keystone via AP)MILAN (AP) — Fiat Chrysler Automobiles on Thursday raised its revenue forecast after strong sales in North American and a recovery in the European market boosted second-quarter profits by 70 percent.


Brady lawsuit transferred from Minnesota to New York court

New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady, right, gets set to run a drill with his back-up Jimmy Garoppolo during an NFL football training camp in Foxborough, Mass., Thursday, July 30, 2015. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)NEW YORK (AP) — Tom Brady's lawsuit against the NFL in which he wants his four-game suspension overturned will be heard in New York instead of Minnesota.


Average US rate on 30-year mortgage falls to 3.98 percent

FILE - In this Tuesday, June 9, 2015, file photo, a sold sign is displayed in the yard of a newly built home in the Briar Chapel community in Chapel Hill, N.C. Freddie Mac reports on average U.S. mortgage rates on Thursday, July 30, 2015. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — Average long-term U.S. mortgage rates fell for a second straight week, with the key 30-year rate slipping below 4 percent.


Cardinals, Fox Sports Midwest announce new long-term dealST. LOUIS (AP) — The St. Louis Cardinals will stay on Fox Sports Midwest through 2032 thanks to a new agreement.Serbia lottery chief resigns in live ticket draw scandalBELGRADE, Serbia (AP) — The head of Serbia's state lottery has resigned following allegations of a fraud during a live ticket draw this week.Australia 73-2 against England in third Ashes Test

Australia's Michael Clarke (left) and David Warner leave the field as they break for tea on the second day of the third Ashes Test match at Edgbaston in Birmingham, on July 30, 2015Australia in their second innings were 73 for two, a deficit of 72 runs, at tea on the second day of the third Ashes Test against England at Edgbaston on Thursday. David Warner was 56 not out and Michael Clarke, the Australia captain, two not out after England had made 281 in reply to the visitors' first innings 136. The five-match series is level at 1-1 after England won the first Test in Cardiff by 169 runs and Australia the second at Lord's by 405 runs.


'It's a gift' _ Leslie Odom Jr. relishes his 'Hamilton' shot

FILE - In this May 18, 2015 file photo, Leslie Odom Jr. attends the 19th Annual Webby Awards in New York. Odom portrays Aaron Burr, the rival to Alexander Hamilton, played by Lin-Manuel Miranda in the musical "Hamilton." (Photo by Andy Kropa/Invision/AP, File)NEW YORK (AP) — During an early version of the Founding Fathers musical "Hamilton," Leslie Odom Jr. was in the seats with the audience, blown away. The guy playing Aaron Burr was making him a little envious, too.


Jon Stewart signing off 'Daily Show' fake newscast for real

FILE - This Nov. 30, 2011 file photo shows television host Jon Stewart during a taping of "The Daily Show with Jon Stewart" in New York. Stewart will sign off for good on Aug. 6. (AP Photo/Brad Barket, File)NEW YORK (AP) — After more than 16 years and nearly 2,600 telecasts, Jon Stewart can feel proud of his scads of Emmys and his pair of Peabody Awards, his cultural gravitas (he hung with the Prez, both on and off the air!), even his reprobate status at Fox News.


Cincinnati cop pleads not guilty to murder in traffic stop

Former University of Cincinnati police officer Ray Tensing appears at Hamilton County Courthouse for his arraignment in the shooting death of motorist Samuel DuBose, Thursday, July 30, 2015, in Cincinnati. Tensing pleaded not guilty to charges of murder and involuntary manslaughter. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)CINCINNATI (AP) — A University of Cincinnati police officer who shot a motorist after stopping him over a missing front license plate pleaded not guilty Thursday to charges of murder and involuntary manslaughter.


Crews battle fast-moving fire in California's Lake County

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)LOWER LAKE, Calif. (AP) — A fast-spreading wildfire in Northern California's Lake County has destroyed two buildings and more than doubled in size overnight.


Eurosceptic Farage says pro-EU campaign is stealing a march on 'No'

Nigel Farage the leader of Britain's anti-EU UK Independence Party poses after a news conference in LondonBy Kylie MacLellan LONDON (Reuters) - Eurosceptics who want Britain to quit the European Union are letting pro-EU campaigners get a head start in mobilising opinion ahead of an In/Out referendum that could take place within a year, Britain's most prominent Eurosceptic said on Thursday. Prime Minister David Cameron, buoyed by an unexpectedly decisive election win in May, has already begun trying to renegotiate Britain's relationship with the EU, saying he will campaign for a 'Yes' to continued membership if the talks are successful. Nigel Farage, leader of the anti-EU UK Independence Party (UKIP), said high-profile interventions such as U.S. President Barack Obama saying he wanted Britain to stay in the EU, and the launch of pro-EU campaign groups such as Universities for Europe, had left the 'No' side lagging.


Turkey onslaught on Kurds, after IS attack, fuels anger

A United States Navy aeroplane about to land at the Incirlik Air Base, in the outskirts of the city of Adana, southern Turkey, Wednesday, July 29, 2015. Turkish Foreign Ministry spokesman Tanju Bilgic said Wednesday, that an agreement allowing the U.S.-led coalition against the IS to launch airstrikes from Incirlik and other Turkish bases has been approved by Cabinet. Coalition forces could start using the bases “any moment,” Bilgic said. (AP Photo/Emrah Gurel)DIYARBAKIR, Turkey (AP) — Just when it seemed Turkey was getting serious about the fight against IS, it has turned its military focus to pounding its old foe: the Kurdish rebels.


US officer pleads not guilty in murder of black man

This July 29, 2015 booking photo provided by the Hamilton County Justice Center in Cincinnati, Ohio shows University of Cincinnati police officer Ray TensingA judge set a $1 million bond for Ray Tensing at a brief hearing broadcast on television. A campus police officer with the University of Cincinnati, Tensing initially told investigators that he shot Sam DuBose after DuBose tried to drive away and dragged the officer along with him.


Judge sets $1 million bond for Ohio officer charged in murder

University of Cincinnati police officer Ray Tensing's body camera shows his handgun drawn in CincinnatiBy Steve Bittenbender CINCINNATI (Reuters) - A judge on Thursday set a bond of $1 million for a former University of Cincinnati campus police officer charged with the murder of an unarmed black man he had stopped for a missing license plate. Ray Tensing, 25, pleaded not guilty at the arraignment before Hamilton County Court of Common Pleas Judge Megan Shanahan in Cincinnati. Tensing was indicted on Wednesday on murder and voluntary manslaughter charges in the July 19 death of Samuel Dubose, 43, who was shot in the head during a traffic stop.


South Sudan soldiers accused of stealing relief food

In this photo taken on Saturday, July 25, 2015, James Gatmai Yoah, in Dablual, South Sudan, who has been living on leaves to survive. His home was burned in a previous attack. Soldiers believed to be South Sudanese government troops and allied militia stole relief food and killed seven people in an attack in a rebel-held part of Unity state, a local official said Thursday. The attack happened Monday in the village of Dablual. (AP Photo/Jason Patinkin)JUBA, South Sudan (AP) — Soldiers believed to be with the South Sudanese army and allied militia stole relief supplies and killed seven people in an attack on a rebel-held part of Unity state, a local official said Thursday.


Factbox: U.S. energy companies slash jobs as oil prices weakenHalliburton Co , which is buying Baker Hughes in a $35 billion deal, is slashing 14,000 jobs. Baker Hughes plans to cut about 13,000 jobs worldwide. Halliburton said in April it would cut 9,000 jobs, while Baker Hughes said it planned to reduce 10,500 jobs.Indians trade outfielder Moss to Cardinals for pitcher

Cleveland Indians’ Brandon Moss, right, looks back as Chicago White Sox catcher Tyler Flowers chases him in the third inning of a baseball game, Sunday, July 26, 2015, in Cleveland. Moss was out on the play. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)CLEVELAND (AP) — Brandon Moss was sorry to see close friend David Murphy traded earlier this week by the Indians.


Rolling Stone sued over flawed rape story

Three former members of Phi Kappa Psi, the fraternity from the University of Virginia where Rolling Stone said an alleged rape took place, filed a lawsuit against the magazineFormer fraternity members and graduates from the University of Virginia have sued Rolling Stone magazine over a gang rape story that sparked outrage and eventually had to be retracted, the New York Times reported. The defamation lawsuit came as news emerged that the editor who oversaw the flawed story -- which was retracted after unprecedented criticism and scrutiny of the iconic publication -- was leaving the magazine. Managing editor Will Dana will leave more than eight months after the story alleging a gang rape on campus was published, the Times also reported Wednesday.


Plane debris to be probed in France as MH370 enigma swirls

Police carry a piece of debris from an unidentified aircraft found in the coastal area of Saint-Andre, La Reunion on July 29, 2015Plane wreckage washed up on a tiny Indian Ocean island will be sent to France for investigation, as hopes mounted Thursday the mysterious object could unlock the riddle of missing flight MH370. After a fruitless 16-month search for the Malaysia Airlines plane, the discovery of a piece of a plane wing offered up the bittersweet hope of closure to the families of 239 people who seemingly disappeared into thin air on the doomed flight. Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak said the two-metre (six-foot) long piece of wreckage found on the French island of La Reunion was "very likely" from a Boeing 777, but it remained to be seen if it indeed came from MH370.


Hit by migrant exodus, Eritrea urges UN to investigate trafficking

A group of migrants react as they are evacuated by Italian police from the Saint Ludovic border crossing on the Mediterranean Sea between Vintimille and Menton, FranceEritrea urged the U.N. Security Council to help bring human traffickers to justice on Thursday and said smuggling groups, not human rights abuses, were causing an exodus of migrants to Europe. About 5,000 people flee Eritrea each month, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees says. "The principal objective of this organised crime is to prevent Eritrea and its people from defending their sovereignty by dispersing and debilitating their human resources," Eritrea's foreign ministry said in a statement.


Egypt raises electricity prices for mid-to-high household usage

Electricity pylons and power transmission lines are seen at western desert road near Minya governorate, south of CairoCAIRO (Reuters) - Egypt raised electricity prices on Thursday for mid-to-high household usage by an average of 19 percent for the 2015/2016 fiscal year, the electricity ministry said. The government began raising electricity prices last year as part of a five-year plan to reduce subsidies. Low-end household consumption was not affected by the latest rises.


India hangs only man sentenced to die for 1993 Mumbai blasts

An Indian police officer stops a family at a barricade in the neighborhood of Yakub Abdul Razak Memon's family residence in Mumbai, India, Thursday, July 30, 2015. Memon, 53, the only death row convict in India's deadliest terror attack, the 1993 Mumbai bombings that killed 257 people, was hanged early Thursday after the country's president rejected a last-minute mercy plea, several newspapers and TV stations reported. He was executed inside a prison in western India where he had been incarcerated since 1994. (AP Photo/Rafiq Maqbool)NEW DELHI (AP) — Ignoring pleas and petitions by civil society groups, India on Thursday hanged an accountant convicted of supporting the 1993 Mumbai bombings that killed 257 people in the country's worst terrorist attack.


Triple Crown winner American Pharoah tours Monmouth Park

Triple Crown winner American Pharoah with Jorge Alvarez up jogs on the track at Monmouth Park in Oceanport, N.J., Thursday, July 30, 2015. American Pharoah is preparing for Sunday's running of the Haskell Invitational horse race. (AP Photo/Mel Evans)OCEANPORT, N.J. (AP) — Triple Crown winner American Pharoah took an easy tour of the track at Monmouth Park on Thursday morning, another step toward the $1.75 million Haskell Invitational.


US stocks fall on mixed earnings

Traders work on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange on July 29, 2015 in New York CityNew York (AFP) - Wall Street stocks fell early Thursday following mixed earnings and government data that showed the US economic rebound in the second quarter was slightly lower than expected.


Afghan Taliban confirm leader Mullah Omar's death

Afghan soldiers patrol the compound of the mosque where Mullah Omar founded the Taliban movement over 20 years ago, in the village of SangesarThe Taliban on Thursday confirmed the death of their leader Mullah Omar but gave no word about who would take charge of the movement still waging a bloody insurgency in Afghanistan. The militants said Omar died of "sickness", citing family members, a day after the Afghan government said the one-eyed warrior-cleric had passed away in Pakistan two years ago. Omar's death marks a significant blow to the Taliban, which is riven by internal divisions and threatened by the rise of the Islamic State group, the Middle East jihadist outfit that is making steady inroads in Afghanistan.


Greek leader seeks to quash rebellion with party vote

Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras addresses a meeting of his ruling radical left Syriza party's central committee in Athens, on Thursday, July 30, 2015. Tsipras called for an extraordinary party congress in September, after Greece is expected to seal a new bailout deal with its international creditors, in a bid to end a rebellion by his hardline lawmakers that is threatening to topple his coalition government. (AP Photo/Thanassis Stavrakis)ATHENS, Greece (AP) — In a bid to consolidate his political support and complete a crucial bailout with creditors, Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras on Thursday called for a vote within his party to decisively sideline rebels opposed to the rescue deal.


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