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San Francisco sells record million-dollar homes

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A research firm says a record number of million-dollar homes were sold in the San Francisco Bay Area during the second quarter, another sign that affording a place to live is a growing challenge for anyone who isn’t tied to the technology economy.
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Chicago cops: Man shoots CEO before killing self

CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago police say a demoted worker shot and critically injured his company’s CEO before fatally shooting himself at their office in a downtown high-rise office building.
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Rescuers battle rain in search for India landslide victims

Villagers look on as rescue work continues while rain falls at the scene of the landslide in Malin village on July 31, 2014Rescuers battled through heavy rains on Thursday in a desperate search for victims of a landslide in western India that buried dozens of homes, with fears the death toll could reach 150. Thirty people were confirmed dead and eight pulled alive from the mud and debris in Maharashtra state, but with the rain and strong winds hampering rescue efforts, hopes of finding any more survivors were fading. "Miracles do happen, we will keep looking, but under current conditions it is very, very bleak," said Alok Avasthy, NDRF regional commandant at the scene, who said about 160 people were thought to have been living in the dozens of damaged houses. The NDRF said eight survivors have so far been pulled from the site, but rescue efforts were slow going, with heavy machinery halted at one point on Thursday morning because of the rains.



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Civilian casualties in Gaza ‘too high,’ Pentagon says

The Pentagon called on Israel on Thursday to do more to protect civilian life during its military operations in Gaza, saying the conflict was taking too high a toll on civilians. “The civilian casualties in Gaza have been too high. Gaza officials say more than 1,370 Palestinians, most of them civilians, have been killed in the battered enclave. Israel says 56 of its soldiers and three civilians have been killed.
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Cops: Demoted worker kills CEO before killing self

CHICAGO (AP) — A demoted worker shot and critically injured his company’s CEO before fatally shooting himself Thursday inside a downtown Chicago high-rise in the city’s bustling financial district, police said.
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EU identifies 5 Russian banks it is sanctioning

BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union on Thursday revealed the details of its broad economic sanctions against Russia, including the names of five major banks which will see their access to the 28-nation bloc’s capital market curtailed.
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Afghan electoral officials to restart vote audit

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Despite lingering disputes, Afghan electoral officials said Thursday that they will resume an audit of the presidential election this weekend after the presidential candidates sparred over how to disqualify ballots amid allegations of massive fraud.
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Mom’s wild drive with son on roof

Two Ohio men say they recorded a mother driving down the street with her 19-year-old son on the roof of her car.


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China says pro-government imam murdered in NW

BEIJING (AP) — China said Thursday that a leading pro-government Muslim cleric in the volatile northwestern territory of Xinjiang was murdered, and police killed two suspects and captured another.
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MH17 probe inches forward as experts reach Ukraine site

An international probe into the downing of flight MH17 in eastern Ukraine inched forward on Thursday as experts risked attack to reach the site for the first time in nearly a week after Kiev announced a halt to its military offensive. A small team of Dutch and Australian experts accompanied by international monitors accessed the vast site of the doomed Malaysia Airlines jet after days of fierce fighting between government forces and rebels had stopped them reaching the area. Ukraine’s military had earlier announced a “day of quiet” across the entire east after a plea from UN chief Ban Ki-moon to halt fighting around the crash site, where the remains of some of the 298 victims lie festering in the sun two weeks after the jet was shot down over rebel territory. Kiev has continually blamed pro-Russian rebels controlling the site for blocking the probe and warned that insurgents were still shelling its troop positions across the region.
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US stocks fall sharply as earnings disappoint

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) — Stocks fell sharply on Thursday as investors reacted to disappointing corporate earnings and outlooks from major U.S. companies including Exxon Mobil and Whole Foods Markets. The slide put major indexes into the red for July, leaving the market on track for its first monthly loss since January. Argentina's stock market plunged after the South American nation defaulted on its debt for the second time in 13 years.



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See-through mice reveal details of inner anatomy

This undated photo combo provided by the journal Cell and taken with a bright field camera, shows a mouse with its skin removed during various stages of examination. In a study released by the journal Cell on Thursday, July 31, 2014, researchers describe a way to make see-through mice and rats, a step that should help them study fine details of anatomy for basic research. The center image shows the mouse after one week of the process. The image at right shows the latter stage, showing the brain of the mouse with it's skull removed. (AP Photo/Cell, Yang et al)NEW YORK (AP) — Researchers have found a way to make see-through mice, but you won't find these critters scampering in your kitchen.



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Divided House moves toward vote on border crisis

WASHINGTON (AP) — House Republicans moved toward a vote Thursday to address the immigration crisis on the border, after GOP leaders agreed to conservative demands for a separate vote aimed at blocking President Barack Obama from expanding deportation relief to millions.
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Mudslide swallows Indian village; at least 41 dead

Indian villagers watch rescue operations at the site of a massive landslide in Malin village in Pune district of western Maharashtra state, India, Thursday, July 31, 2014. Two days of torrential rains triggered the landslide early Wednesday, killing more than two dozen people and trapping more than 150, authorities said. (AP Photo/Rafiq Maqbool)MALIN, India (AP) — Rescuers using earth-moving equipment and their bare hands dug through heavy mud and debris Thursday after a landslide engulfed an entire village in western India, killing at least 41 people and leaving about 100 missing and feared dead.



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Congress races to finish veterans, highway bills

On the last day before Congress takes a five-week summer recess, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi of Calif., speaks to reporters on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, July 31, 2014, about Republicans pushing through legislation to launch a campaign-season lawsuit against President Barack Obama, after accusing him of deliberately exceeding the bounds of his constitutional authority. Democrats have branded the effort a political charade and an effort by top Republicans to mollify conservatives who want Obama to be impeached. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)WASHINGTON (AP) — Rushing toward the exits, Congress on Thursday scrambled to wrap up legislation addressing the troubled Veterans Affairs Department and a looming shortfall in highway money. House Republicans sought to win over reluctant, tea party conservatives on a border security bill.



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EU adopts toughest Russian sanctions yet, targets five Russian banks

Russia's President Vladimir Putin chairs a government meeting at the Novo-Ogaryovo state residence outside MoscowBy Barbara Lewis and Martin Santa BRUSSELS (Reuters) – The European Union has published a law that will curb arms sales to Russia and to cut off financing for five major Russian banks over Moscow's support for rebels in Ukraine. Russia has denounced the measures, agreed by the 28 EU member states on Tuesday, as "destructive and short-sighted", while fighting has intensified in eastern Ukraine between Kiev forces and the pro-Russian separatists. EU officials say the sanctions aim to inflict maximum pain on Russia and minimum pain on the EU. "We will for sure have an effect and a very substantial and concrete effect on Russia," one EU official said, speaking on condition of anonymity.



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Thai junta appoints army-dominated legislature

BANGKOK (AP) — Thailand’s junta on Thursday appointed a military-dominated interim legislature in another step in the slow return of promised electoral democracy.
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CIA director apologizes to Senate leaders

Central Intelligence Agency headquartersWASHINGTON (AP) — CIA Director John Brennan is apologizing to Senate intelligence committee leaders after his inspector general found that CIA employees acted improperly when the CIA searched Senate computers earlier this year.



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Report: French company bidding for T-Mobile US

NEW YORK (AP) — French telecom company Iliad has made a bid for T-Mobile US, the country’s fourth-largest cellphone company, according to a published report.
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Greece to help ‘hundreds’ of Chinese leave Libya

Black smoke billows over the skyline as a fire at the oil depot for the airport rages out of control after being struck in the crossfire of warring militias battling for control of the airfield, in Tripoli, Libya Monday, July 28, 2014. The latest violence to plague the country has so far killed scores of people and wounded hundreds as foreigners flee the chaos. Libya's interim government said in a statement that the fire could trigger a "humanitarian and environmental disaster" in Tripoli, appealing for "international help" to extinguish the inferno. (AP Photo/Mohammed Ben Khalifa)ATHENS, Greece (AP) — With the violence in Libya escalating to its worst level since the 2011 ouster of dictator Moammar Gadhafi, governments from around the world are scrambling to evacuate their citizens from the country, many seeking help from nearby Greece.



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Israel vows to crush Gaza tunnels, snubs UN

Palestinian firefighters try to extinguish the flames in a van that was reportedly targeted by an Israeli military strike, in Gaza City on July 31, 2014Israel vowed Thursday it would not pull troops out of Gaza until they finish destroying a network of cross-border tunnels, despite sharp United Nations criticism over the Palestinian death toll. Speaking at a special cabinet meeting in Tel Aviv, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said he would not accept any ceasefire that did not allow troops to continue destroying tunnels used by militants to attack Israel. "So I will not accept any (truce) proposal that does not allow the (military) to complete this work for the security of Israel's citizens." Israel does not say how many troops are currently fighting inside the Gaza Strip.



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Homeowner who fought off Trump is moving on

Trump Plaza Hotel and Casino towers over Vera Coking's three story rooming house Wednesday, July 23, 2014, in Atlantic City, N.J. The decrepit boarding home owned by the Atlantic City woman who has been turning down multi-million dollar offers for the building in the shadow of Trump Plaza since the 80’s is now up for auction. With a reserve price of only $199,000, the fate of the house has gone down along with the city’s casino industry. On July 31, the property, at 127 South Columbia Place, will go up for auction. As recently as eight years ago, Donald Trump was willing to pay at least 10 times that amount so he could expand Trump Plaza Hotel and Casino. (AP Photo/Mel Evans)She once called Donald Trump "a maggot, a cockroach and a crumb." This week, he remembered her as "an impossible person."



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Our atheists are better than yours

S.E. Cupp states the case for atheists joining the conservative ranks.


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Native tribes cataloged in photos

In 2012, photographer Matika Wilbur sold everything in her Seattle apartment and hit the road on a cross-country journey.


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NFL rule changes for 2014 season

Andy Scholes outlines the rule changes the NFL has made for the upcoming football season.


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9/11-related cancer cases growing

Cancer is plaguing a growing number of first responders and rescuers who worked at ground zero after the terrorist attack on the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001. These are cancers the federal government says are thought to be directly related to that effort — cancers like leukemia, myeloma, thyroid and prostate cancers.


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‘Sharknado 2′ whips up Twitter frenzy

Peace. Love. And Snarknado 2.


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Drew Barrymore’s half-sister dead

Jessica Barrymore, the half-sister of actress Drew Barrymore, was found dead early Tuesday morning.


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