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UK man found guilty of attempt to buy deadly ricin online

LONDON (AP) — A British software programmer has been convicted of trying to obtain a chemical weapon after he attempted to buy enough ricin over the Internet to kill hundreds of people.
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IMF: China ‘strong enough’ to handle market turmoil

Investors react in front of screens showing stock market movements at a brokerage house in Shanghai on July 29, 2015International Monetary Fund Managing Director Christine Lagarde said Wednesday that China could weather the turmoil battering its stock exchanges. Lagarde noted that the Shanghai stock exchange, which fell 11 percent between Friday and Tuesday before rebounding modestly Wednesday, was still up 80 percent from a year ago.



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The Latest: Kraft says Pats provided Belichick’s cell to NFL

New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft, left, and head coach Bill Belichick enter a room full of reporters to address NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell's action upholding New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady's four game "Deflategate"suspension during an NFL football training camp media availability at the team's facility Wednesday, July 29, 2015, in Foxborough, Mass. (AP Photo/Stephan Savoia)FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) — Here is the latest surrounding the suspension of star Patriots quarterback Tom Brady for using underinflated footballs (all times local):



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Post-White House, Sam Kass to be food analyst for NBC News

BOSTON (AP) — After six years of helping the Obama administration determine the nation’s food policy, former White House chef and food policy adviser Sam Kass will now report on it.
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Brady vows to fight on; Kraft says he regrets not doing so

New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft addresses a room full of reporters to make a statement condemning NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell's action upholding New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady's four game "Deflategate" suspension during an NFL football training camp media availability at the team's facility Wednesday, July 29, 2015, in Foxborough, Mass. (AP Photo/Stephan Savoia)FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) — New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady vowed to fight his four-game suspension Wednesday, and team owner Robert Kraft opened training camp by saying he continues to "believe and unequivocally support" the three-time Super Bowl MVP.



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Western New York man charged for supporting Islamic State

U.S. authorities arrested a man in western New York and charged him with supporting Islamic State by traveling to Turkey to help the militant group, the Justice Department said on Wednesday. Arafat Nagi of Lackawanna, New York, was charged with attempting to provide material support to a terrorist organization after the Federal Bureau of Investigation discovered he had purchased military equipment and traveled to Turkey twice to meet members of Islamic State. Nagi had pledged allegiance to the Islamic State and community members said he had jihadi beliefs, court documents said.
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Kerry attempts to allay GOP concerns of Iran pact side deal

Defense Secretary Ash Carter waves as he arrives on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, July 29, 2015, to testify before the Senate Armed Services Committee hearing on the impacts of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) on U.S. Interests and the Military Balance in the Middle East. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)WASHINGTON (AP) — Secretary of State John Kerry attempted on Wednesday to allay the concerns of Republican senators who complained they are being asked to vote on the Iran nuclear deal without being privy to verification documents being separately negotiated by international nuclear inspectors.



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Lew gets more than 1 million comments on currency redesign

WASHINGTON (AP) — Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew said Wednesday he’s gotten more than a million responses to his request for comments on how U.S. currency should be redesigned and recommendations for what woman should become the first female on U.S. paper money in more than a century.
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Then & Now: Medicare and Medicaid turn 50

FILE - In this July 30, 1965 file photo, President Lyndon Johnson signs the Medicare Bill into law while former President Harry S. Truman, right, observes during a ceremony at the Truman Library in Independence, Mo. At rear are Lady Bird Johnson, Vice President Hubert Humphrey, and former first lady Bess Truman. When Johnson signed Medicare and Medicaid into law Americans 65 and older were the age group least likely to have health insurance. (AP Photo)WASHINGTON (AP) — When President Lyndon B. Johnson signed Medicare and Medicaid into law on July 30, 1965, roughly half of Americans 65 and older had no health insurance.



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AP source: Coast Guard suspending search for 2 teenage boaters missing off Florida

WASHINGTON (AP) — AP source: Coast Guard suspending search for 2 teenage boaters missing off Florida.
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Summer snow turns Wyoming mountains into winter wonderland

This Monday, July 27, 2015 photo provided by Jackson Hole Mountain Resort shows high-elevation snowfall during a cold front at Jackson Hole Mountain Resort in Teton County, Wyo. The middle of summer looked like the middle of winter in the mountains of western Wyoming. A cold front that moved through Monday afternoon dumped heavy rain on the valleys and snow above 9,000 feet. (Peter Landsman/Jackson Hole Mountain Resort via AP)TETON VILLAGE, Wyo. (AP) — The middle of summer looked like the middle of winter in the mountains of western Wyoming.



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Colorado theater shooter’s dad saw wide-eyed smirk before

In this image made from Colorado Judicial Department video, Robert Holmes, top right, the father of James Holmes, background second from left, and others stand as the jury enters the courtroom during the sentencing phase of the Colorado theater shooting trial in Centennial, Colo., Tuesday, July 28, 2015. The father of the Colorado theater shooter said he didn't know his son suffered from mental illness until he killed 12 people at a Batman movie. (Colorado Judicial Department via AP, Pool)CENTENNIAL, Colo. (AP) — James Holmes came home on winter break from graduate school looking haggard and making odd facial expressions, but his father didn't suspect at the time that he was descending into mental illness.



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Man says he petted zoo cougars after calling ‘Here, kitty’

DELAWARE, Ohio (AP) — An Ohio man who jumped a fence to pet cougars at the Columbus zoo and posted video of it on YouTube says he jokingly said “Here, kitty,” and moved closer when the animals seemed to respond.
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Afghanistan investigates reports of Taliban leader’s death

National Counterterrorism Center image of Mullah OmarBy Mirwais Harooni and Jessica Donati KABUL (Reuters) – Afghanistan said on Wednesday it was investigating reports of the death of Mullah Omar, leader of the Taliban movement behind an escalating insurgency against the government in Kabul. The announcement came a day or so before a second round of peace talks had been tentatively scheduled, and uncertainty over the fate of the elusive Omar could deepen Taliban divisions over whether to pursue negotiations and who should replace him. Omar, who would be in his mid-50s, has not been seen in public since fleeing when the Taliban was toppled from power by a U.S.-led coalition in 2001, and there has been speculation for years among militant circles that he was either incapacitated or had died.



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Hay for cheese? Barter booms in cash-squeezed rural Greece

Wild boar and power cuts were Greek cotton farmer Mimis Tsakanikas’ biggest worries until a bank shutdown last month left him stranded without cash to pay suppliers, and his customers without money to pay him. Squeezed on all sides, the 41-year-old farmer began informal bartering to get around the cash crunch. Tsakanikas is part of a growing barter economy that some Greeks deplore as a step backward from modernity, but others embrace as a practical means of short-term economic survival.
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Rome’s hot summer: corruption, breakdowns run city to ground

Public transport workers raise their hands during a protest at Campidoglio Capitol Hill square in Rome, Wednesday, July 29, 2015. Just when Rome needs to be at its best, the city is being shamed by corruption scandals and a breakdown in public services — especially in the mass transit that many of the pilgrim masses will be using. (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino)ROME (AP) — Pope Francis has declared a Jubilee Year for Rome, and the first of as many as 30 million people may start pouring into Rome.



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House, Senate move toward short-term highway bill

From left, Secretary of State John Kerry, Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew, Defense Secretary Ash Carter, Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz and Joint Chiefs Chairman Gen. Martin Dempsey, prepare to testify on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, July 29, 2015, before the Senate Armed Services Committee hearing on the impacts of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) on U.S. Interests and the Military Balance in the Middle East. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)WASHINGTON (AP) — The House and Senate are moving toward passage of a three-month patch to keep federal highway and transit aid flowing to states while lawmakers seek the right mix of policy and revenue to achieve a long-term transportation deal.



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Migrants storm Eurotunnel terminal in bid to reach Britain

Migrants walk along railway tracks at the Eurotunnel terminal in Calais-Frethun, on July 28, 2015One man died Wednesday in a desperate attempt to reach England via the Channel Tunnel as overwhelmed authorities fought off hundreds of migrants, prompting France to beef up its police presence. The man, thought to be in his late 20s and of Sudanese origin, was apparently crushed by a truck as he tried, with hundreds of others, to smuggle himself into Britain, seen as an "El Dorado" for migrants. Attempts to penetrate the 650-hectare Eurotunnel site have spiked in recent days, with migrants trying several times a night to outfox hopelessly outnumbered security officials and police.



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Islamic State claims car bomb in Yemen capital, three dead

A car bomb exploded outside an Ismaili mosque in an eastern district of the Yemen’s war-damaged capital Sanaa on Wednesday, killing three people and wounding seven, a security source said. The Islamic State militant group claimed responsibility for the attack on the Al Faydh Alhatemy mosque in the Nuqum district, describing it as revenge for what it called Ismaili support for Yemen’s dominant Houthi movement. The blast was the second bombing in Sanaa in three days.
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AP NewsAlert

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Pennsylvania US Rep. Fattah indicted in racketeering case; accused of misappropriating funds.
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US stocks edge higher in early trading; China shares rebound

Trader James Denaro, center, works with specialist Michael O'Connor, right, at the post that handles Yelp, on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange, Wednesday, July 29, 2015. Yelp plunged 28 percent after sinking to a loss and cutting its outlook. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks posted solid gains in late-morning trading Wednesday, as Chinese shares rebounded and traders wait to hear from the Federal Reserve. Strong results from companies like Gilead Sciences also helped push shares higher.



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Twitter shares tumbles amid fresh doubts on growth

Twitter, who made its entrance on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) on November 7, 2013, saw its shares fall hard after second quarter resultsTwitter shares fell hard Wednesday after the latest update from the one-to-many messaging platform revived doubts about its growth prospects. In early trades, Twitter was down 13 percent at $31.82, the lowest level in over a year. Twitter on Tuesday reported that it lost $137 million in the recently ended quarter on revenue that jumped 61 percent to more than half a billion dollars.



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Greek stock market unlikely to reopen this week due to IT glitch

Greece’s stock market will not reopen on Thursday and may not open on Friday either due to technical issues at local banks, a spokeswoman for the Athens Stock Exchange said on Wednesday. “The stock market will not open tomorrow and it is unlikely to open on Friday. The Greek banks need to resolve some IT issues regarding the restrictions,” she said.
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Nigeria president visits Cameroon to discuss militant threat

FILE- In this file photo taken Friday, May 29, 2015, former General and Nigerian President, Muhammadu Buhari, arrives for his Inauguration at the eagle square in Abuja, Nigeria. Nigeria’s new President Muhammadu Buhari makes his first official visit to one-time enemy Cameroon on Wednesday, July 29, 2015 to ease tensions and bolster support for a regional army to fight the Boko Haram Islamic uprising that is spilling across borders, his spokesman and Cameroon’s defense minister said. (AP Photo/Sunday Alamba, File)YAOUNDE, Cameroon (AP) — The president of Nigeria made his first official state visit to neighboring Cameroon on Wednesday, as the two former enemies struggle to contain the mutual threat posed by Islamic militants carrying out suicide bombings across the region.



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Taliban leader Mullah Omar is dead: Afghan intelligence

Afghan soldiers keep watch near the remains of the house belonging to Mullah Omar close to the mosque in Sangesar where he founded the Taliban movement in 1994Taliban leader Mullah Omar died two years ago, Afghanistan's intelligence agency spokesman Haseeb Sediqi said Wednesday.



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Israel PM approves 300 settler homes in occupied West Bank

Palestinians walking near the Israeli settlement of Beit El, in the occupied West Bank, on April 7, 2015Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu approved Wednesday the "immediate" construction of 300 settler homes in the occupied West Bank as his government came under pressure from right-wing Jewish groups. A senior Palestine Liberation Organisation official denounced the plans to build new homes as "war crimes" and accused Israel of sabotaging peace efforts. West Bank settlements are major impediments to peace negotiations with the Palestinians, who see the land as part of a future independent state, and Western nations have called on Israel to halt such projects.



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Turkey pounds PKK, allows US to use base against IS

A Hercules C-130 military aircraft maneuvres on the runway at Incirlik Air Base, near Adana in southeastern Turkey, on July 28, 2015Turkish warplanes on Wednesday pounded targets of PKK rebels in northern Iraq in a new wave of strikes in its campaign against militant groups, as Ankara allowed the United States to use one of its bases to carry out air raids on jihadists. Turkey is simultaneously fighting Islamic State (IS) jihadists in Syria and Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) militants in Iraq, in an "anti-terror" operation that began last week after a string of deadly attacks in the country blamed on the two starkly opposed groups. With the controversial campaign inflaming tensions in Turkey after June 7 legislative elections failed to produce a conclusive result, parliament held an emergency session to discuss the operations.



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