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New Mexico city attempts to woo ‘The Bachelor’

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The city of Santa Fe, New Mexico, is trying to land the “The Bachelor,” and it may shell out some money for the mission.
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Woman forgives husband who left son in hot car

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) — A Connecticut woman whose 15-month-old son died this month after her husband left him in a car on a hot day said Tuesday he is an amazing father and that she forgives him.
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US negotiator gives no hard deadline for Iran deal

U.S. State Department Under Secretary For Political Affairs Wendy Sherman testifies before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, July 29, 2014, on the P5 + 1 negotiations with Iran. The Obama administration is refusing to impose a hard deadline for a deal with Iran to prevent it from developing nuclear weapons. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration's chief nuclear negotiator refused Tuesday to provide a hard deadline for a deal with Iran to prevent it from developing nuclear weapons. She vowed to consult with Congress before suspending more economic sanctions on Tehran, but said the administration won't necessarily seek lawmakers' approval.



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Sources: EU adopts tough new sanctions on Russia

BRUSSELS (AP) — Frustrated by the apparent ineffectiveness of previous sanctions and outraged by the deaths of 298 people aboard the Malaysia Airlines plane downed over eastern Ukraine, the European Union adopted tough new economic sanctions against Russia Tuesday, two diplomats said.
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Clean air rules assailed as too much, too little

FILE - In this June 2, 2014 file photo, a hill of coal is seen at the North Omaha Station, a coal-burning power station, in Omaha, Nebraska. Hundreds of people have signed up to tell the EPA what they think of proposed rules to cut pollution from power plants during public hearings to take place in Denver on July 29 and 30, 2014. (AP Photo/Nati Harnik, File)DENVER (AP) — Hundreds of people across the country are telling the Environmental Protection Agency its new rules for power-plant pollution either go too far or not far enough.



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US: No sign Russia helping to ease Ukraine fight

Secretary of State John Kerry, speaks to reporters at the State Department in Washington, Tuesday, July 29, 2014, during a news conference with Ukrainian Foreign Minister Pavlo Klimkin. The United States says there's been "no shred of evidence" that Russia is willing to help end the violence and bloodshed between the Ukraine separatists backed by Moscow and the government in Kiev. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen)WASHINGTON (AP) — The United States on Tuesday said Russia has "not shown a shred of evidence" that it is willing to help end the violence between the Ukraine separatists backed by Moscow and the government that is trying to maintain its sovereignty.



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EU agrees economic sanctions on Russia

By Justyna Pawlak and Barbara Lewis BRUSSELS (Reuters) – The European Union reached agreement on Tuesday on the bloc’s first broad economic sanctions on Russia over its role in Ukraine, diplomats said, marking a new phase in the biggest confrontation between Moscow and the West since the Cold War. The measures will shut state-owned Russian banks out of European capital markets and target the defence sector and sensitive technologies, including oil, but exclude the vital gas sector, on which Europe is heavily dependent. In contrast to the United States, the 28-nation EU, with bigger economic interests at stake, hesitated for months to take decisive action against Moscow. Washington believes flight MH17 was shot down in error by the separatists with a missile supplied by Russia.
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East Ukraine rebels threaten to ban OSCE from plane crash site

KIEV (Reuters) – Rebels in east Ukraine accused the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe on Tuesday of “serving the interests of the United States and Ukraine” and said they could ban the security and rights group from working at the crash site of a Malaysian airliner. The self-proclaimed “Donetsk People’s Republic” also said in an emailed statement it was going to halt cooperation with the OSCE, until now the main body tasked with negotiating access to the crash site for international experts. (Reporting by Gabriela Baczynska, Editing by Timothy Heritage)
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Corning donates $1.8M in parts for space telescope

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Corning Inc. has donated $1.8 million in high-tech components for a telescope a private group wants to launch into space.
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Israeli TV says sides provisionally agree to Gaza truce

JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Israel and Hamas, the Islamist group that rules Gaza, have agreed in principle to a ceasefire in Gaza, Israel’s Channel Two television said on Tuesday, citing an unnamed senior Israeli official. The report, which was not immediately confirmed by the Israeli government or Hamas, said the sides had not yet agreed on how long the truce would last. It said Egypt had brokered the reported deal. (Writing by Dan Williams; Editing by Kevin Liffey)
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Kerry shrugs off Israeli criticism

WASHINGTON (AP) — Secretary of State John Kerry says he is not concerned about widespread criticism of his efforts to win a cease-fire between Israel and Hamas and will continue to work toward that goal.
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$1,000 Sovaldi now hepatitis treatment of choice

This undated handout photo provided by Gilead Sciences shows the Hepatitis-C medication Sovaldi. A $1,000-per-pill drug that insurers are reluctant to pay for has quickly become the treatment of choice for a liver-wasting viral disease that affects more than 3 million Americans. In less than six months, prescriptions for Sovaldi have eclipsed all other hepatitis-C pills combined, according to new data from IMS Health. (AP Photo/Gilead Sciences)WASHINGTON (AP) — The price may be high but so is demand. A new $1,000-per-pill drug has become the treatment of choice for Americans with hepatitis C, a liver-wasting disease that affects more than 3 million.



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Netherlands: new EU sanctions on Russia would have immediate effect

Dutch Foreign Minister Frans Timmermans said on Tuesday that sanctions on Russian capital markets being considered by European Union member states in response to the Ukraine crisis would have a “far-reaching and immediate effect”. Speaking during a debate about the downing of a Malaysian airliner over rebel-held eastern Ukraine that killed 298 people, most of them Dutch, he said the sanctions would send a strong signal to Moscow that “you are on the wrong path”. Earlier, Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte called Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko to ask him to suspend military operations in the area where the airliner came down to allow international experts to reach the crash site.
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IMF’s Lagarde says Ukraine program may change if conflict lasts

The International Monetary Fund’s $17 billion loan program for Ukraine may have to be revised if the country’s conflict in its eastern regions continues for much longer, the head of the IMF said without specifying further. “(The IMF program) is premised on having a degree of resolution of the current conflict in the not-too-distant future,” IMF Managing Director Christine Lagarde told reporters on Tuesday.
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Democrats have million-dollar day on impeachment

Speaker of the House John Boehner of Ohio, flanked by Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers, R-Wash., left, and incoming Majority Leader Rep. Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., right, speaks to reporters on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, July 29, 2014, following a Republican strategy session. Boehner discussed various topics including that he dismisses suggestions that Republicans are planning to impeach President Barack Obama. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)WASHINGTON (AP) — House Democrats are cashing in on chatter about impeaching President Barack Obama, raising $1 million on Monday alone, their campaign chief said Tuesday.



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Immigration debate roils politics in … Maine?

Maine Gov. Paul LePage speaks to the media at a homeless shelter Monday, July 28, 2014, in Lewiston, Maine. LePage, the governor of the state with the largest percentage of white people, placed thousands of miles from the southern border, has thrust the issue of immigration to the forefront with his criticism over the federal government's placement of eight immigrants in the state. (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty)LEWISTON, Maine (AP) — In the whitest U.S. state, thousands of miles from the Mexican border, the debate over immigration is becoming a central issue in one of the nation's most closely watched governor's races.



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Fed is weighing key issues but may reveal little

FILE - In this July 16, 2014 file photo, Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen gestures as she testifies before the House Financial Services Committee hearing entitled: "Monetary Policy and the State of the Economy," on Capitol Hill in Washington. Federal Reserve policymakers begin a two-day meeting to set interest rates on Tuesday, July 29, 2014. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — This much is clear: The Federal Reserve will make another cut this week in its monthly bond purchases, which have been aimed at keeping long-term loan rates low.



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Aetna 2Q profit rises 2.4 percent

FILE - In this July 31, 2008 file photo, a woman strides past the Hartford, Conn., headquarters of Aetna, Inc. Health insurer Aetna Inc. reports quarterly financial results on Tuesday, July 29, 2014. (AP Photo/Bob Child, File)Aetna's second-quarter profit climbed more than 2 percent, as gains from an acquisition helped the health insurer top expectations and raise its 2014 earnings forecast again.



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Music aside, Queen of Soul is pumped for fair food

FILE - In a Thursday, May 29, 2014 file photo, singer Aretha Franklin looks up while seated on stage during Harvard University commencement ceremonies, in Cambridge, Mass. Franklin, the Queen of Soul says she's looking forward to tracking down one of the powdered sugar-covered confections while she's at the Ohio State Fair to perform on Thursday, July 31, 2014. (AP Photo/Steven Senne, File)COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — There's something beyond delivering a set packed with her hits that's got Aretha Franklin jazzed about fair season: the food.



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U.S. to seize $100 mln of Iraqi Kurdish oil in tanker off Texas

The oil tanker United Kalavyrta approaches Galveston, TexasBy Anna Driver and Julia Payne HOUSTON/LONDON (Reuters) – U.S. authorities were set on Tuesday to seize a cargo of crude worth more than $100 million from Iraqi Kurdistan anchored off the Texas coast after a judge approved a request from Baghdad, raising the stakes in an oil sales dispute between Iraq's central government and the autonomous region. The tanker United Kalavrvta, carrying some 1 million barrels of Iraqi Kurdish crude oil, arrived near Galveston Bay on Saturday, but has yet to unload its disputed cargo. The U.S. judge's overnight approval of the request from Baghdad on Monday deals another blow to the Kurdistan Regional Government's (KRG) attempts to establish its own oil sales, which are seen as a crucial step in the autonomous region's push for independence.



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IMF warns of potential risks to global growth

International Monetary Fund Managing Director Christine Lagarde speaks during a conference about the future of the Euro zone in ParisBy Anna Yukhananov WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Sharply higher interest rates around the world could combine with weaker growth in emerging markets to slice as much as 2 percentage points off global growth in the next five years, the International Monetary Fund said on Tuesday. In a report assessing how individual national policies could interact to undermine the world economy, the IMF also warned the conflict between Russia and Ukraine could reverberate to the rest of the region if sanctions against Russia escalate, hitting natural gas supplies to Europe and weakening European banks. The resulting impact could prompt further gyrations in financial markets, in contrast to the recent period of market calm, the IMF said in its 'spillovers' report. In its worst-case scenario, the IMF said the United States and United Kingdom could tighten monetary policy sooner than expected, leading to higher borrowing costs worldwide, even as key emerging market growth slows a further 0.5 percentage point over the next three years.



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IMF’s Lagarde says Argentina default not market-shaking

A potential default by Argentina is unlikely to prompt broader market repercussions given the country’s relative isolation from the financial system, the IMF’s head said on Tuesday. “While default is always regrettable, we do not believe that it would have major substantive consequences outside, on a much broader basis,” IMF Managing Director Christine Lagarde told reporters, echoing widespread perception that any default would be highly unlikely to send shockwaves through emerging markets worldwide. “The debt restructuring principles and the efficiency of collective action clauses will have to be reviewed.” The IMF has said a decision in favor of Argentina’s holdout creditors could make it easier for investors in sovereign bonds to hold out for more money in the event of a restructuring.
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Study: 35 percent in US facing debt collectors

FILE - In this May 9, 2012 file photo, a Visa credit card is tendered at the opening of the Superdry store in New York's Times Square. More than 35 percent of Americans have debts and unpaid bills that have been reported to collection agencies, according to a study released Tuesday, July 29, 2014, by the Urban Institute. (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — More than 35 percent of Americans have debts and unpaid bills that have been reported to collection agencies, according to a study released Tuesday by the Urban Institute.



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House-Senate negotiators approve $17B VA bill

House Veterans’ Affairs Committee Chairman Rep. Jeff Miller, R-Fla., joined by Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committee Chairman Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., left, speaks during a news conference on Capitol Hill, in Washington, Monday, July 28, 2014, about a bipartisan deal to improve veterans' health care that would authorize at least $17 billion to fix the health program scandalized by long patient wait times and falsified records covering up delays. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)WASHINGTON (AP) — House and Senate negotiators have approved a $17 billion compromise bill to overhaul the Department of Veterans Affairs and reform a program scandalized by veterans' long waits for health care and VA workers falsifying records to cover up delays.



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Austrian business grits teeth, would back Russia sanctions

By Michael Shields and Alexandra Schwarz-Goerlich VIENNA (Reuters) – Austrian businesses would back tougher economic sanctions against Russia should Europe go down that path, even though such measures will likely be counterproductive, the head of the country’s Chamber of Commerce said on Tuesday. Christoph Leitl, one of Austria’s most vocal opponents of leveling tough sanctions against Moscow over its role in Ukraine’s crisis, told Reuters he could not estimate the economic impact of stepped-up economic pressure on Russia. Neutral Austria has walked a fine line between showing solidarity with European Union partners and calling for dialogue with Russia, whose President Vladimir Putin got a warm welcome when he visited Vienna last month. He was speaking after Germany’s main business lobby group took a similar line and as EU diplomats met to thrash out the bloc’s first broad economic sanctions on Russia.
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London’s iconic Gherkin building put up for sale

FILE - In this Monday April 10, 2006 file photo, a view from Nelson's Column shows the Gherkin building over central London's skyline. One of London’s most iconic office buildings has been put up for sale. The Norman Foster-designed tower, nicknamed The Gherkin for its distinctive pickle-like shape, was put into bankruptcy protection last year. Deloitte Real Estate and Savills expect interest in the building to come from all over the globe. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth, file)LONDON (AP) — One of London's most recognizable office buildings has been put up for sale.



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Elegant Louvre Garden in Paris infested with rats

A rat runs next to a Maillol Statue in The Tuileries gardens of the Louvre Muesum in Paris, France, Tuesday, July 29, 2014. Rats have been on the rampage on the grass in broad daylight, defying death threats from sanitation workers. (AP Photo/Francois Mori)PARIS (AP) — Rats are on the rampage in the elegant garden of the Louvre Museum, so bold they romp onto the grass in broad daylight, defying sanitation workers and scaring tourists visiting the site.



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China reports deadly attack in northwest

BEIJING (AP) — A mob armed with knives rampaged through part of China’s volatile northwestern region of Xinjiang and police responded with gunfire, leaving dozens of people dead in the latest violence blamed on Islamic militants, state media reported Tuesday.
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