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House GOP weighs new border bill to break logjam

Rep. Steve Scalise, R-La., the new House GOP whip, leaves a closed-door Republican strategy session on the immigration crisis at the U.S.-Mexico border after last-minute maneuvering failed to lock down conservative support for a planned vote, at the Capitol in Washington, Thursday, July 31, 2014. The surprise developments, coming on Congress' final day of action ahead of a five-week summer recess, were an embarrassing setback for Speaker John Boehner and his leadership team as a small group of tea party lawmakers once again upset their plans. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)WASHINGTON (AP) — House Republicans expressed optimism on Friday that a revised, $694 million bill addressing the surge of immigrants at the U.S.-Mexico border would win over reluctant conservatives and give a divided GOP a political win.



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Colorado panel considers new look for edible pot

FILE - In this June 19, 2014, file photo, chef Alex Tretter carries a tray of cannabis-infused peanut butter and jelly cups to the oven for baking at Sweet Grass Kitchen, a well-established Denver-based gourmet marijuana edibles bakery which sells its confections to retail outlets throughout the state. Colorado marijuana regulators have drafted an emergency rule aimed at making it easier for new marijuana users to tell how much pot they are eating. (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley, File)DENVER (AP) — Edible marijuana comes with all kinds of warning labels in Colorado. But once those pot brownies and gummy bears are out of the package, they can look identical to straight-laced treats.



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Somali lawmaker killed in Mogadishu, fifth since April

By Abdi Sheikh and Feisal Omar MOGADISHU (Reuters) – Islamist militants shot dead a Somali lawmaker in the capital Mogadishu on Friday by blocking his car and spraying him with bullets, police and witnesses said, after the fifth killing of a legislator in less than four months. Al Shabaab said they killed Aden Madeer because he brought “Christian enemies” to Somalia, a reference mainly directed at African Union forces which are battling the Islamist group and remain the backbone of security in the embattled nation. Sheikh Abdiasis Abu Musab, the spokesman for al Shabaab’s military operations, said the rebels would kill lawmakers “one by one” if they continued to back President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud’s government. Al Shabaab gunmen killed two lawmakers in April and two more in July.
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P&G to slim down product lineup

CINCINNATI (AP) — Procter & Gamble is about to shrink.
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US manufacturing expands again in July

In this July 16, 2014 photo, a welder fabricates anchor bolts for roads and bridges at the custom manufacturer Fox Company Inc. in Philadelphia. The Institute for Supply Management, a trade group of purchasing managers, issues its index of manufacturing activity for July on Friday, Aug. 1, 2014. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)WASHINGTON (AP) — US manufacturing expanded for the 14th straight month in July in a good sign for the overall economy.



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Kerry challenges India’s Modi over WTO stance

Visiting US Secretary of State John Kerry (L) and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi meet at the Prime Minister's residence in New Delhi on August 1, 2014US Secretary of State John Kerry told Narendra Modi that India's stance on a key WTO trade deal sent the wrong message, as he met the country's new prime minister for the first time on Friday. Kerry has expressed optimism about expanding cooperation between the world's two largest democracies during a first visit aimed at reviving a relationship clouded by mistrust. During the meeting — aimed at breaking the ice with a leader once shunned by Washington — Kerry told Modi India's stance on the deal was at odds with his desire to open up the country's economy. "We note that the prime minister is very focused on his signal of open to business and creating opportunities and therefore the failure of implementing TFA (Trade Facilitation Agreement) sends a confusing signal and undermines that very message that he is seeking to send about India," a US official quoted Kerry as saying.



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US markets fluctuate a day after a major drop

FILE - This April 22, 2010, file photo, shows a Wall Street sign in front of the New York Stock Exchange. U.S. stocks slumped Thursday, July 31, 2014, as investors reacted to disappointing corporate earnings reports and assessed the implications of the approaching end to economic stimulus from the Federal Reserve. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File)NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. markets steadied on Friday a day after a major sell-off. Investors focused on a relatively strong jobs report, which showed the U.S. economy created 209,000 jobs in July, the sixth straight month of job growth above 200,000. Several large companies reported solid earnings including consumer products giant Proctor & Gamble.



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Holder cautions against use of data in sentencing

WASHINGTON (AP) — Attorney General Eric Holder cautioned against the use of data in sentencing criminal defendants, saying judges should base punishment on the facts of a crime rather than on statistical predictions of future behavior that can be unfair to minorities.
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Six die after Algerian quake sparks panic in capital

ALGIERS (Reuters) – At least six people died after a magnitude 5.5 earthquake hit southeast of the Algerian capital on Friday, shaking buildings and sending panicked families rushing into the streets of Algiers, authorities said. The United States Geological Survey said the quake had struck nine miles (14 km) southeast of Algiers and its epicentre was recorded at a relatively shallow depth of 6.2 miles. There were no reports of major damage, according to Algerian state television. …
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Florida preserve brings wolves, people together

In this July 8, 2014 photo, founder Cynthia Watkins kisses a wolf inside the Seacrest Wolf Preserve in Chipley, Fla. The 450 acre preserve is home to 30 gray, Arctic and British Columbian wolves. It is the largest wolf preserve in the Southeastern United States. The preserve was damaged during heavy rains that flooded the region in April. (AP Photo/Melissa Nelson-Gabriel)CHIPLEY, Fla. (AP) — At Seacrest Wolf Preserve in northern Florida, billed as the largest such facility in the Southeast, owners Cynthia and Wayne Watkins say they raise their wolves to become accustomed to humans — and for a $25 fee, they even let visitors mingle with a wolf pack.



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Russia plans training on new weapons for reservists: ministry

Russia’s Defence Ministry plans to call up military reservists across the country for two months of training exercises on new weapons, news agency Interfax reported on Friday. Moscow has previously used such exercises to boost troop numbers on its border with Ukraine. There are concerns in the West that Russian forces could intervene in the conflict between the Kiev’s government forces and pro-Russian separatists in eastern Ukraine. “Special attention will be given to military reservists’ mastering of new and modernized weapons, military and special equipment as well as their use,” Interfax quoted the ministry as saying.
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Experts start work at Ukraine crash site despite new fighting

Members of a group of international experts inspect wreckage at the site where the downed Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 crashed, near the village of HraboveBy Natalia Zinets and Gabriela Baczynska KIEV (Reuters) – International experts started recovery work at the wreckage site of a downed Malaysian airliner in east Ukraine on Friday despite clashes nearby between government forces and pro-Russian rebels. In the latest clashes, the rebels killed at least 10 Ukrainian paratroopers in an ambush after midnight near Shakhtarsk, one of the closest towns to the wreckage site, the Ukrainian military said. The rebels said they had pushed back government forces around Shakhtarsk, where fighting has raged for several days. The recovery mission included 70 experts from Australia and the Netherlands, whose countries suffered a big loss of life in the shoot-down, as well as representatives of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE).



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Ukraine detains central banker in suspected theft of $170 million

The Ukrainian prosecutor’s office has detained a deputy head of the central bank on suspicion of involvement in the theft of more than $170 million in state funds. Borys Prykhodko was appointed to his position during the presidency of Viktor Yanukovich, whose rule was marred by accusations of widespread corruption. He is the most senior official detained since Yanukovich’s overthrow in February. The National Bank of Ukraine said it had received no official word from prosecutors about Prykhodko and that it had asked for an explanation.
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Italy, Poland vie for top EU foreign policy job

BRUSSELS (AP) — As the European Union struggles to respond to what it perceives as Russia’s aggressive meddling in Ukraine, Italy and Poland are staking their claims to provide the bloc’s new foreign-policy chief — kicking off a race in which the candidates’ views of Moscow will likely be decisive.
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French PM attacks eurozone policies, warns of deflation

A giant Euro symbol stands outside the headquarters of the European Central Bank (ECB) in the central German city of Frankfurt am Main on June 2, 2010French Prime Minister Manuel Valls blasted eurozone policies for failing to deliver growth and warned that the European Central Bank seemed "powerless" to ward off deflation, in a speech on Friday. Valls, struggling to push through reforms of the lagging French economy, also said his government could not boost any further proposed tax breaks for businesses in return for jobs. Eurozone policies had not delivered economic rewards and there was a real risk of deflation in the face of lower-than-expected growth and low inflation, Valls told a seminar at the Elysee presidential palace. There was a real risk of deflation, Valls said "because at the European level, growth and inflation are lower than what we might have expected".



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35 killed in Gaza; Israeli soldier feared captured

A Palestinian inspects a destroyed house in the heavily bombed Gaza City neighborhood of Shijaiyah, close to the Israeli border, Friday, Aug. 1, 2014. A three-day Gaza cease-fire that began Friday quickly unraveled, with Israel and Hamas accusing each other of violating the truce as several Palestinians were killed in a heavy exchange of fire in the southern town of Rafah. (AP Photo/Dusan Vranic)GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — A Gaza cease-fire quickly unraveled on Friday as violence erupted in and around a southern town in the war-ravaged strip, with at least 40 Palestinians killed in Israeli shelling while the military said two soldiers were killed and an infantry officer was feared captured during fighting there.



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WHO chief says Ebola out of control but can be stopped

Health workers take blood samples for Ebola virus testing at a screening tent in the local government hospital in KenemaBy Tom Miles GENEVA (Reuters) – West Africa's Ebola outbreak is out of control but it can be stopped, World Health Organization chief Margaret Chan said on Friday. "This outbreak is moving faster than our efforts to control it," Chan told the presidents of Guinea, Liberia, Sierra Leone and Ivory Coast at a meeting in Guinea's capital Conakry.



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Scientific Games strikes $3.3B deal to buy Bally

FILE - In this June 6, 2007 file photo, Bally Technologies slot machines are showcased at the Palms hotel-casino in Las Vegas. Scientific Games on Friday, Aug. 1, 2014 said it will pay about $3.3 billion to buy slot machine maker Bally Technologies in a cash deal that expands its casino management system portfolio. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong, File)NEW YORK (AP) — Scientific Games plans to pay about $3.3 billion to buy Bally Technologies in a deal that would combine makers of gambling equipment ranging from slot machines to instant-win lottery games.



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US adds 209,000 jobs, unemployment rises to 6.2%

Job seekers check out opportunities at a job fair in Chicago, Illinois, on June 12, 2014The unemployment rate rose only by 0.1 points to 6.2 percent, still near its lowest level since October 2008 and well down from the 7.9 percent at the start of 2013. New jobs were well-spread between the construction, manufacturing, professional service and retail sectors, and got a boost as well from 11,000 new jobs in the government sector. Nevertheless, the number of unemployed rose by nearly 200,000 to 9.67 million, in part because of the constant increase in the number of working-age Americans, as well a return to the labor force by 141,000 people who had dropped out and were not previously counted as unemployed. Harm Bandholz of UniCredit pointed out that the growing return of dropouts has added more than a half-million people to the labor force over the past six months.



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Ukraine: Investigators start jet crash site search

Australian experts examine the area of the Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 plane crash in the village of Hrabove, Donetsk region, eastern Ukraine Friday, Aug. 1, 2014. The head of the Dutch-led international team investigating the Malaysian Airline Flight 17 disaster says his group has retrieved additional DNA samples from 25 victims at a mortuary in Donetsk in eastern Ukraine. (AP Photo/Dmitry Lovetsky)HRABOVE, Ukraine (AP) — Against the distant backdrop of artillery blasts, dozens of international investigators arrived Friday where Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 crashed in eastern Ukraine and began the painstaking search for the remains of as many as 80 victims.



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Construction spending falls 1.8 percent in June

In this July 3, 2014 photo, a construction worker builds housing for students near Drexel University in Philadelphia. The Commerce Department reports on U.S. construction spending in June on Friday, Aug. 1, 2014. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. construction spending fell in June by the largest amount in more than three years as housing, non-residential construction and government spending all weakened.



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Consumer sentiment dips in July

File image of a man near a display of carpets while shopping at a Home Depot store in New YorkU.S. consumer sentiment edged down in July, while an index of consumer expectations weakened for a third straight month, a survey released on Friday showed. The Thomson Reuters/University of Michigan's final July reading on the overall index on consumer sentiment came in at 81.8, a touch below the 82.0 estimate and down from the final June reading of 82.5. "What has recently dominated the attention of consumers is job and income growth," survey director Richard Curtin said in a statement. The survey's gauge of consumer expectations fell for a third straight month, to 71.8 from 73.5.



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US auto sales sizzle in July, helped by discounts

DETROIT (AP) — Big discounts helped keep U.S. auto sales sizzling in July.
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2 Americans detained in North Korea seek US help

North Korean leader Kim Jong UnPYONGYANG, North Korea (AP) — Two American tourists charged with "anti-state" crimes in North Korea said Friday they expect to be tried soon and pleaded for help from the U.S. government to secure their release from what they say could be long prison terms.



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Rep. Cantor to resign from House seat in August

FILE - House Majority Leader Rep. Eric Cantor, R-Va., pauses during a news conference on the payroll tax cut on Capitol Hill on in this Dec. 22, 2011 file photo taken in Washington. The Richmond Times-Dispatch reported early Friday Aug. 1, 2014 that Cantor says he will step down Aug. 18 to make sure constituents have a voice during the "consequential" lame-duck session. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci, File)RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — After a stunning primary election loss, former Majority Leader Eric Cantor said Friday that he will resign his seat in the House of Representatives months earlier than expected.



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Colorado issuing driver’s licenses to immigrants

Adriana Gaytan, who came to Colorado in 1997 from the Mexican state of Zacatecas, second from left, sits at home with her children who were born in the U.S. from left to right, Osbaldo, 11, Oscar 13, Indhira, 14, and their dog Kissy, in Aurora, Colo., Thursday July 31, 2014. Gaytan will get a drivers license soon, as Colorado will begin issuing driver's licenses and identification cards to people who are in the country illegally or have temporary legal status. (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley)DENVER (AP) — Colorado will begin issuing driver's licenses and identification cards to immigrants Friday regardless of their legal status, underscoring a sea change in a state that less than a decade ago passed strict immigration enforcement laws.



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Tunisia closes borders with Libya after violence

A man stands on the rubble of the main building of the security headquarters that was collapsed after an attack by Islamic hard-line militias in Benghazi, Libya, Friday, Aug. 1, 2014. Islamic hard-line militias, including the group accused by the United States in a 2012 attack that killed the ambassador and three other Americans, claimed control of Libya's second largest city, Benghazi, after overrunning army barracks and seizing heavy weapons. (AP Photo)RAS AJDIR, Tunisia (AP) — Tunisia's state news agency says the country closed its main border crossing with Libya after hundreds of stranded Egyptians, fleeing violence in Libya, tried to break through the passage.



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Survey: US manufacturing expands strongly in July, 14th straight monthly gain

WASHINGTON (AP) — Survey: US manufacturing expands strongly in July, 14th straight monthly gain.
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