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Ukraine: Clashes prevent visit to jet debris site

Alexander Hug, deputy head of the OSCE mission to Ukraine, left, his colleagues and a pro-Russian rebel, 2nd left, examine a map as they try to estimate security conditions outside the city of Donetsk, eastern Ukraine Wednesday, July 30, 2014. (AP Photo/Dmitry Lovetsky)DONETSK, Ukraine (AP) — Almost two weeks after Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 went down, clashes on Wednesday between Ukrainian forces and separatist rebels again prevented international experts from reaching the crash site to recover remains still baking in midsummer heat in farm fields — deepening frustration for victims' relatives and the governments whose citizens died.



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Britain to turn off lights to mark World War One centenary

By Tess Little LONDON (Reuters) – On the eve of World War I, Britain’s foreign minister, Edward Grey, observed: “The lamps are going out all over Europe. We shall not see them lit again in our lifetime.” As Britain and Commonwealth countries mark the centenary of the declaration of war on Germany on Monday, London will switch off the lights at landmarks such as Trafalgar Square, the Houses of Parliament and St Paul’s Cathedral for an hour in the evening in tribute. Other cities around Britain will do the same. More than one million soldiers from Britain and its former empire died in the conflict.
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Internet privacy service Tor warns users it was attacked

By Jim Finkle BOSTON Reuters – Tor, the Internet privacy protecting service, said on Wednesday it discovered a compromise on its network that indicated somebody was trying to monitor the activity of its users. “While we don’t know when they started doing the attack, users who operated or accessed hidden services from early February through July 4 should assume they were affected,” Tor said in a blog entry. Tor is an anonymity tool designed to protect the identity of Internet users by routing traffic through multiple nodes around the globe. The blog post said that it was not sure how much information the attackers were able to obtain in their efforts to monitor traffic on Tor.
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Tunisia’s chief of army land forces resigns: official

The commander of Tunisia’s army land forces has resigned, the defence ministry said on Wednesday, as the military struggles to contain attacks by al Qaeda-linked militants. Earlier this month, 15 Tunisian soldiers were killed when dozens of gunmen with rocket-propelled grenades attacked two checkpoints in Chaambi, one of the deadliest strikes on the North African country’s armed forces. “We confirm the resignation of the General Mohammed Salah al-Hamedi, the chief of staff of the Tunisian army land forces, for personal reasons,” Rachid Bouhoula, a defence ministry spokesman said, adding that Colonel Major Mohssen al-Farissi would take the role until the president appoints a new chief. Clashes between militants and the armed forces have intensified over the years since a 2011 revolt ousted Tunisia’s former autocrat Zine El-Abidine Ben Ali.
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UCLA wades through damages from pipe flooding

Water covers the playing floor of Pauley Pavilion, home of UCLA basketball, after a 30-inch water main burst on nearby Sunset Boulevard on the campus in the Westwood district of Los Angeles Tuesday, July 29, 2014. (AP Photo/Matt Hamilton)LOS ANGELES (AP) — The quiet summer campus of UCLA suddenly was steeped in water and chaos after a major water pipe burst and spewed some 8 million gallons, stranding people in parking garages and flooding the school's storied basketball court less than two years after a major renovation.



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Bolt denies foul-mouthed criticism of Commonwealth Games

Usain Bolt of Jamaica (3rd right) with mascot Clyde at a Commonwealth Games press conference in Glasgow on July 26, 2014Usain Bolt denied reports Wednesday that he called the Glasgow Commonwealth Games "a bit shit", ahead of his appearance in the 4×100 metres relay. Asked whether he was having a good time in Glasgow, the Jamaican sprint star replied "not really" and said that the London 2012 Olympics "were better", according to The Times. Angus Macleod, The Times's Scottish editor, said that the paper had "utter confidence" in the story and that the reporter has "verbatim notes" of her encounter with Bolt. The six-time Olympic gold medallist is due to make his first appearance in the Commonwealth Games at the 4×100 metres heats on Friday, with the final on Saturday.



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Leaders of Spain, Catalonia hold secession talks

Catalonia's regional president Artur Mas, right, and Spain's Premier Mariano Rajoy, left, pose for the photographers before a meeting at the Moncloa Palace in Madrid, Spain, Wednesday, July 30, 2014. Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy and the leader of the economically powerful Catalonia region Artur Mas are holding a crucial face-to-face meeting Wednesday in what could be a last chance for the two men to resolve a bitter dispute over the region’s plans to hold a secession referendum in November. (AP Photo/Andres Kudacki)MADRID (AP) — The leader of the economically powerful Catalonia region held firm in a meeting with Spain's prime minister on Wednesday, saying he intends to push ahead with a secession referendum in November despite the central government's vows to stop it from happening.



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Major markets little changed after economic news

Trader James Dresch, right, works on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange, Monday, June 30, 2014. European stocks were lower Wednesday July 30, 2014 ahead of U.S. economic data while cheery earnings from major Japanese companies such as Honda Motor Co. boosted Asian markets.(AP Photo/Richard Drew)NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. stocks crept higher following news that the economy surged ahead in the spring. Trading was quiet as investors waited for a statement from the Federal Reserve later Wednesday. Most world markets were mixed.



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Landslide hits Indian village, killing at least 17

Mud and slush surround a building after a mudslide in Malin village, in the western Indian state of Maharashtra, Wednesday, July 30, 2014. Torrential rains triggered a massive landslide that buried a remote village in western India Wednesday, sweeping away scores of houses and possibly trapping more than 150 people, officials said. (AP Photo/Press Trust of India) INDIA OUTNEW DELHI (AP) — Torrential rains triggered a massive landslide that buried a remote village in western India on Wednesday, killing at least 17 people as it swept away scores of houses and possibly trapping many more people under debris, officials said.



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Bank of England imposes 7-year bonus clawback on errant bankers

A painted sign for a public house named 'The Banker' is seen in the City of LondonBy Huw Jones LONDON (Reuters) – Miscreant bankers face having their bonuses clawed back for up to seven years after their award under measures set out on Wednesday by the Bank of England, as it tightens its regulatory clampdown on wrongdoing in the financial sector. The measures, some of the world's toughest on the financial sector, are the Bank's latest attempt to avoid a repeat of the multi-billion pound taxpayer bailouts of Royal Bank of Scotland and Lloyds which marked the peak of the financial crisis of 2008 and 2009 in Britain. Despite the scale of the crisis, few bankers were subsequently punished for reckless behaviour and the sector's hefty bonuses remain a focus of public concern, given they have been blamed for encouraging the excessive risk-taking for rich short-term rewards which led to the financial sector meltdown. The rule goes beyond the Bank of England's proposal in a consultation paper in March for a clawback of bonuses up to six years from the date they were fully paid out.



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2 women survive ordeal along Indiana rail bridge

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (AP) — A video camera captured the terrifying plight of two women who became trapped on an 80-foot-high railroad bridge in Indiana when a freight train surprised them as they walked along the tracks.
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Revised data: US grew faster in 2nd half of 2013

WASHINGTON (AP) — Fueled by healthier consumer spending, the U.S. economy grew in the second half of last year at the strongest pace in a decade and more than previously estimated, new government data show.
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Air Algerie jet plunged rapidly from altitude before crash: official

The crash site of Air Algerie flight AH5017 is seen near the northern Mali town of GossiThe Air Algerie flight that crashed in Mali last week appears to have plummeted to the ground from an altitude of 10,000 metres in just a few minutes after flying into a storm, a senior official involved in the investigation was quoted as saying. French officials have said they believe bad weather was most likely to blame for the crash, which killed all 118 passengers and crew when the McDonnell Douglas MD-83 aircraft smashed into the ground south of the Malian town of Gossi, near the border with Burkina Faso. General Gilbert Diendere, head of Burkina Faso's crisis cell, said radar data showed that the plane appeared to try to fly around the bad weather before reverting to its initial course, which took it back into the eye of the storm. "The accident took place while the plane performed this manoeuvre." Diendere said the last contact with the plane at its altitude of 10,000 metres was at 0147 GMT and the crash was reported by witnesses to have taken place at 0150.



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Fiat 2Q profits drop by 55 percent

MILAN (AP) — Italian carmaker Fiat SpA, which controls Chrysler, says its second-quarter profits dropped by more than a half due to lower performance in North and Latin America.
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US economy grew at strong 4 percent rate in spring

In this July 17, 2014 photo, construction workers build a commercial complex in Springfield, Ill. The government issues its first of three estimates of how fast the U.S. economy grew in the April-June quarter on Wednesday, July 30, 2014. (AP Photo/Seth Perlman)WASHINGTON (AP) — After a dismal winter, the U.S. economy sprang back to life in the April-June quarter, growing at a fast 4 percent annual rate on the strength of higher consumer and business spending.



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Argentine debt mediator, holdouts’ lawyer arrive for talks: witness

(Reuters) – The lawyer for the holdout creditors in the Argentina debt standoff and the court mediator assigned to oversee talks between the parties arrived Wednesday morning at the scene for the negotiations, according to Reuters witnesses. (Reporting by Dan Burns; Editing by James Dalgleish)
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Hyundai recalls 883K Sonatas to fix gear shifters

FILE - This undated file product image provided by Hyundai shows the 2013 Hyundai Sonata. Hyundai is recalling its popular Sonata midsize sedan to fix problems with the gear shift levers, the Korean automaker said Wednesday, July 30, 2014. The recall covers 883,000 cars from the 2011 through 2014 model years. (AP Photo/Hyundai, File)DETROIT (AP) — Hyundai is recalling its popular Sonata midsize sedan to fix problems with the gear shift levers.



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Allison Williams headed skyward as NBC’s Peter Pan

NEW YORK (AP) — NBC has picked its Peter Pan: high-flying “Girls” star Allison Williams.
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Israeli military offers four-hour humanitarian ceasefire in Gaza

ISRAEL STEPS UP GAZA AIR STRIKESJERUSALEM (Reuters) – The Israeli military said on Wednesday it would hold fire unilaterally in limited areas of the Gaza Strip for four hours from 3 p.m. (1200 GMT) for humanitarian purposes, an army statement said. Hamas described the truce as a media stunt because it only applied to some areas. "IDF (Israel Defence Forces) has authorized a temporary window in the Gaza Strip. The humanitarian window will not apply to the areas in which IDF soldiers are currently operating," the Israeli statement said. …



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More VA staffers told to falsify

Roughly half the schedulers at multiple Veterans Affairs hospitals said they received instructions from supervisors to falsify data and hide the true time it took patients to be seen by a doctor after making an appointment, new details from an internal VA audit show.


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APNewsBreak: Ventura passage to be cut from book

former Minnesota Gov. Jesse VenturaMINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Publisher HarperCollins says it will remove a passage from best-seller "American Sniper" that sparked former Minnesota Gov. Jesse Ventura's defamation lawsuit against book author Chris Kyle.



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Officials: pipe repairs could take several days

In this photo taken from video provided by nbc4la.com, water reaches the main entry doors to Pauley Pavilion, home of UCLA basketball, after a 30-inch water main burst on nearby Sunset Boulevard Tuesday, July 29, 2014, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/nbc4la.com) MANDATORY CREDITLOS ANGELES (AP) — Los Angeles officials say it could take several days to repair a nearly century-old water pipe that burst from under Sunset Boulevard, spewing some 8 million gallons and inundating UCLA campus.



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US bars some Venezuela officials from US travel

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Amid escalating tensions with socialist Venezuela, the U.S. State Department on Wednesday announced new travel restrictions against Venezuelan officials believed to have committed human rights abuses during a spring crackdown on anti-government protests.
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Senate heads toward vote on border bill

Speaker of the House John Boehner, R-Ohio, arrives for a meeting of the Republican Conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, July 29, 2014. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)WASHINGTON (AP) — A bill to deal with the immigration surge at the border was headed for a procedural vote in the Senate Wednesday despite bickering between Democrats and Republicans over which party is to blame for Congress's failure to act.



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Israeli shelling causes carnage in Gaza school: U.N.

By Nidal al-Mughrabi GAZA (Reuters) – United Nations officials had told the Israeli military 17 times that a school in Gaza’s biggest refugee camp was a shelter for Palestinian civilians fleeing fighting in the teeming coastal strip, but it was not enough to save them from deadly shelling. Blown to pieces as they huddled asleep on mattresses on classroom floors, at least 15 men, women and children were killed and more than 100 wounded when Israeli artillery fire struck Jabalya Girls Elementary School on Wednesday, U.N. officials said. The victims had fled their homes in other battle zones hoping they would be safe under the blue-and-white U.N. flag. Abdel-Karim al-Masamha, 27, said he and his family had come to the school after fleeing fighting near their home in the northern Gaza Strip.
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WellPoint 2Q tops Wall Street expectations

FILE - This Tuesday, July 17, 2012, file photo shows the corporate headquarters of Wellpoint in Indianapolis. Wellpoint reports quarterly financial results on Wednesday, July 30, 2014. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy, File)NEW YORK (AP) — WellPoint's second-quarter profit fell 8.6 percent as expenses tied to changes in the nation's health care laws climbed.



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Mobile money grows in Africa but hurdles remain

To match Special Report DAVOS/AFRICABy Bate Felix DAKAR (Reuters) – IT technician Mansour Diagne is one of the lucky few in Senegal to have a bank account, but when he needs to pay some bills or transfer cash to his sisters on the other side of the crowded capital Dakar, he reaches for his mobile phone. Fewer than 20 percent of adults in the West African nation have a bank account and 26-year-old Diagne says the charges for using his are too high anyway, so he keeps at least 40,000 CFA francs ($82) in his mobile money account for transactions. Diagne said he goes to a near-by sales point for Orange Money – one of five operators of mobile money services in Senegal – and hands over cash. The vendor credits his account with mobile money which he can then use to top up his phone, carry cash in a "digital wallet", pay his utility bills or transfer funds to other subscribers.



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Russia counts cost of new economic sanctions

Russian President Vladimir Putin heads the Cabinet meeting in the Novo-Ogaryovo residence, outside Moscow, Russia, Wednesday, July 30, 2014. The meeting focused on measures to encourage Russian companies to pull their assets back from offshores. The United States and the European Union on Tuesday announced a raft of new sanctions against Russian companies and banks over Moscow’s support for separatists in Ukraine. (AP Photo/RIA Novosti, Alexei Nikolsky, Presidential Press Service)MOSCOW (AP) — Russia blasted the West's new economic sanctions on Wednesday, accusing the U.S. of being "prosecutorial" in its drive to impose penalties on the country's key energy and finance sectors.



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