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IMF approves $1.24 bn Iraq emergency lifeline

Iraqis shop in Baghdad's historic Saray Bazaar on June 2, 2015The International Monetary Fund approved a $1.24 billion emergency loan for Iraq Thursday, saying the country needs extra support in the face of the Islamic State insurgency and depressed oil prices. "The twin shocks faced by Iraq from the ISIS (Islamic State) insurgency and the drop in global oil prices have severely widened the government deficit and caused a decline in international reserves," said IMF Deputy Managing Director Mitsuhiro Furusawa. The seizure of more Iraq territory by Islamic State group jihadists and the costs of mobilizing a counterattack have further strained the government's budget, already eroded after crude oil prices, its key source of revenue, fell by half over the past year.



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Read dentist’s apology to patients

Dr. Walter Palmer is nowhere to be found.


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Allegiant executives were flying plane that ran low on fuel

Two executives with pilot licenses were flying the Allegiant Air jet that made an emergency landing at a closed airport because it nearly ran out of fuel.
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Great white shark thwarts marathon swim in San Francisco Bay

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A great white shark thwarted a Northern California man’s quest to become the first person to swim from the Golden Gate Bridge to the Farallon Islands.
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U.S. agency probes possible legal violation in lion killing: source

Family looks at stuffed animals that block the doorway of Bloomington's River Bluff Dental clinic in protest against the killing of a famous lion in ZimbabweThe U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is investigating whether the killing of a beloved lion by an American dentist in Zimbabwe was part of a conspiracy to violate a U.S. law against illegal wildlife trading, a source close to the case told Reuters on Thursday. The investigation is focused on whether Walter Palmer, a dentist in suburban Minneapolis, was involved in a conspiracy to violate the act, the source said. Separately, the Fish & Wildlife Service said it has been unable to contact Palmer.



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Sierra Leone faces Ebola setback; 500 under quarantine

FREETOWN, Sierra Leone (AP) — Authorities in Sierra Leone are now monitoring more than 500 people after one man died from Ebola in area where the virus had been gone for months.
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Health law’s nonprofit insurance co-ops awash in red ink

FILE - In this March 23, 2010, file photo, President Barack Obama reaches for a pen to sign the health care bill in the East Room of the White House in Washington. Nonprofit co-ops, the health care law’s public-spirited alternative to mega insurers, are awash in red ink and many have fallen short of sign-up goals, a government audit has found. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — Fed up with the insurance industry, Democrats used the health care overhaul to create nonprofit co-ops that would compete with the corporations. Now a government audit finds co-ops are awash in red ink.



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Valerie Harper hospitalized after falling ill before musical

OGUNQUIT, Maine (AP) — Officials at a Maine playhouse say Valerie Harper has been hospitalized after falling ill before a performance.
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Confederate flags placed near MLK’s church in Atlanta

Confederate Flags MLK CenterATLANTA (AP) — Confederate battle flags were stealthily placed on the grounds of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.'s church, and authorities said Thursday they were looking for two white males who were recorded on surveillance camera leaving the banners behind.



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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:



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Al-Qaida abducts US-backed rebels in northern Syria

BEIRUT (AP) — The leader of a U.S.-backed rebel group and several of his men have been abducted in northern Syria by the al-Qaida-affiliated Nusra Front, the rebel group and opposition activists said Thursday.
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American Pharoah 1-5 favorite for Haskell in 8-horse field

In this photo provided by Equi-Photo, Triple Crown winner American Pharoah is bathed at Monmouth Park in Oceanport, N.J., Thursday, July 30, 2015. American Pharoah is expected to run in the Haskell Invitational at Monmouth Park on Sunday, Aug. 2. (Ryan Denver/Equi-Photo via AP)OCEANPORT, N.J. (AP) — Triple Crown winner American Pharoah has been made the overwhelming 1-5 favorite in a field of eight 3-year-olds for Sunday's $1.75 million Haskell Invitational at Monmouth Park.



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Syrian group says Nusra abducts its leader, U.S. casts doubt

ANKARA/BEIRUT (Reuters) – Al Qaeda-linked fighters have abducted the leader of a U.S.-backed rebel group in north Syria, opposition sources and a monitoring group said, but the Pentagon cast doubt on the reports. A statement issued in the name of the rebel group, Division 30, accused al Qaeda’s Syria wing Nusra Front of abducting Nadim al-Hassan and a number of his companions in a rural area north of Aleppo. It urged Nusra to release them.
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Calais migrants undaunted by extra French riot police

Migrants walk past the barbed wire fence on the main access route to the Ferry harbour Terminal in Calais, northern FranceBy Miranda Alexander-Webber CALAIS, France (Reuters) – Migrants massed around the entrance to the Channel Tunnel said on Thursday they would keep trying to sneak across to Britain, undaunted by the arrival of 120 extra riot police on the French side. A police officer said the number of migrants trying to enter Britain eased slightly overnight compared to earlier in the week, with about 800 migrants around the site and some 300 intercepted by police. Some 3,000 migrants live around the tunnel entrance in a makeshift camp known as "The Jungle", making the northern French port one of the frontlines in Europe's wider migrant crisis alongside Italian and Greek islands used an entry point for those crossing the Mediterranean from Africa or the Middle East.



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IMF says it will not join new Greece bailout right now

The International Monetary Fund said it would not join a new bailout program for Greece until conditions for debt sustainability, including debt relief and economic reforms, are clearly assuredThe International Monetary Fund said Thursday it would not join a new bailout program for Greece until conditions for debt sustainability, including debt relief and economic reforms, are clearly assured. "In order to ensure that medium term sustainability, there is a need for difficult decisions on both sides… difficult decisions in Greece regarding reforms, and difficult decisions among Greece's European partners about debt relief," a senior IMF official said.



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Special Report: Indian doctor’s legal troubles bedevil World Medical Association

Arthur Caplan, director of the Division of Medical Ethics at New York University Langone Medical Center, is pictured at his home in Ridgefield, ConnecticutBy Steve Stecklow, Andrew MacAskill and Aditya Kalra LUCKNOW, India (Reuters) – The former president of the Medical Council of India, which regulates the country’s medical colleges, stood before a judge last week in a dingy courthouse in this northern city. For several years, Dr. Ketan Desai has been facing allegations that he conspired in 2009 to have the Medical Council recommend that a private medical college be allowed to add more students. Prosecutors there allege he was involved in a conspiracy in 2010 to obtain a 20 million rupee bribe – about $450,000 at the time – in return for having the Medical Council recommend allowing another school to expand its student body.



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Senate passes 6-year highway bill, short-term patch needed

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate passed a long-term transportation bill, but with House lawmakers already dispersed for their August recess, the bill will become just one more sticky issue on a jam-packed congressional agenda in the fall.
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Photos: Our fascination with the mob


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P&G earnings dive on lower sales, Venezuela charge

Proctor and Gamble saw its earnings fall 79.8% this quarter due to changes in Venezuela's foreign exchange policy and a strong dollarProcter & Gamble offered a tepid sales outlook Thursday after reporting a huge drop in quarterly earnings due to lower revenues and a big charge in its Venezuelan operations. Net income for the quarter ending June 30, P&G's fourth fiscal quarter of 2015, was $521 million, down 79.8 percent from the year-ago period. Revenues fell 9.2 percent to $17.79 billion, marking the sixth straight quarter of declining sales.



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Cincinnati cop pleads not guilty to murder in traffic stop

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 voluntary manslaughter.
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Prosecutors ask justices to review insider trading case

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration asked the Supreme Court Thursday to reinstate securities fraud convictions against two hedge fund portfolio managers, saying a federal appeals court ruling in the financiers’ favor makes it harder to prosecute insider trading.
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Maryland lawmaker says state will shut down Baltimore jail that was focus of corruption probe

BALTIMORE (AP) — Maryland lawmaker says state will shut down Baltimore jail that was focus of corruption probe.
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Clarkson and ‘Top Gear’ presenters sign with Amazon for new car show

BBC automobile program Top Gear presenters James May, Jeremy Clarkson and Richard Hammond pose outside 10 Downing Street in LondonBy Kate Holton LONDON (Reuters) – Britain's former BBC "Top Gear" host Jeremy Clarkson has signed an exclusive deal with Amazon to present a new motoring show for the online retailer's subscription service alongside co-presenters Richard Hammond and James May. Clarkson had generated both controversy and profits for Britain's publicly-funded broadcaster. The 55-year-old had become the popular face of the programme by mixing a passion for cars with a swagger and blunt commentary that offended numerous groups over the years, including environmentalists, mental health charities and cyclists.



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US economy posts solid 2.3 percent growth rate in Q2

In this photo taken on Thursday, Feb. 12, 2015, a man welds parts in fans for industrial ventilation systems at the Robinson Fans Inc. plant in Harmony, Pa. The Commerce Department releases second-quarter gross domestic product on Thursday, July 30, 2015. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. economy posted a solid rebound in the April-June quarter after a harsh winter, led by a surge in consumer spending and a recovery in foreign trade that bode well for the rest of the year.



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The Latest: MH370 passenger’s sister skeptical about wing

In this photo dated Wednesday, July 29, 2015, French police officers inspect a piece of debris from a plane in Saint-Andre, Reunion Island. Air safety investigators, one of them a Boeing investigator, have identified the component as a "flaperon" from the trailing edge of a Boeing 777 wing, a U.S. official said. Flight 370, which disappeared March 8, 2014, with 239 people on board, is the only 777 known to be missing. (AP Photo/Lucas Marie)PARIS (AP) — Here are the latest developments on the Malaysia Airlines flight that disappeared nearly a year and a half ago (all times local):



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