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- Plane crashes in bad weather in Taiwan, killing 51 TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — A plane making a second landing attempt in stormy weather crashed at an airport on a small Taiwanese island late Wednesday, killing 51 people and injuring seven, fire officials said.
- Dutch military plane carrying bodies from Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 crash lands in Eindhoven EINDHOVEN, Netherlands (AP) — Dutch military plane carrying bodies from Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 crash lands in Eindhoven.
- House GOP: Send National Guard, speed removals
- Dow Chemical profit beats due to higher prices, lower costs Dow Chemical Co reported a better-than-expected quarterly profit as sales rose and margins improved due to higher prices and a tight control on costs. Dow, which makes everything from insecticides to plastics, said sales rose across all six of its businesses in the quarter ended June 30. "It was a solid quarter all around and I think it caught some people by surprise because of the leverage they saw to commodity prices," said Stephen Hoedt, senior equity research analyst with Key Private Bank. Dow Chemical's shares were up 1.2 percent at $52.91 in early trading.
- 4-day Comic Con festival kicks off in San Diego
- Bodies of Malaysia jet victims leave Ukraine KHARKIV, Ukraine (AP) — Two military aircraft carrying the first bodies of victims of the Malaysia Airlines crash left the embattled plains of eastern Ukraine Wednesday, and pro-Russian rebels shot down two Ukrainian fighter jets as fighting flared in the region.
- Red Cross urges all sides in Ukraine civil war to uphold law All sides in Ukraine's civil war must protect civilians and take what measures they can to search for the victims of downed Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 airliner and ensure their bodies are returned, the International Committee of the Red Cross said. In a statement on Wednesday, the ICRC also said that international law required warring parties to distinguish between military targets and civilian objects such as schools and to protect the wounded, former combatants and detainees. "The parties to the conflict must ensure the highest possible standards are met as regards search, recovery, handling and identification of the remains, and must keep the bereaved informed throughout the process," ICRC director of operations Dominik Stillhart said. With 193 of the dead Dutch nationals, the Netherlands was observing a national day of mourning in memory of the 298 people killed when flight MH17 crashed in an area of eastern Ukraine held by Russian-backed separatists on July 17.
- Ukraine says pro-Russia rebels shoot down two fighter jets
Pro-Russian rebels shot down two Ukrainian fighter jets on Wednesday, not far from where a Malaysian airliner was brought down last week in eastern Ukraine, killing all 298 passengers on board. A spokesman for Ukraine's military operations said the planes were downed near Savur Mogila, a burial mound in the Shaktersky region where a memorial marks ambushes by the Soviet army on occupying Nazis during World War Two. Igor Strelkov, who is now in charge of the rebel ranks in the eastern city of Donetsk, said the separatists had brought down one plane and that the pilot had ejected. Fierce fighting raged near the rebels' two main centers in Donetsk and nearby Luhansk, where they have been pushed back by Ukrainian government forces, who have taken control of villages and suburbs around the cities.
- More than 40 dead in Taiwan plane crash
- Commercial jets push Boeing profits up 52 percent Increased production of passenger jets helped push up Boeing's profit by 52 percent in the second quarter, topping Wall Street's expectations.
- Dumb Starbucks explained on Comedy Central show
- US hedge fund files suit against Puerto Rico gov SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — The government of Puerto Rico is now facing a second lawsuit in response to a new law that would allow certain public corporations in the U.S. territory to restructure their debt if needed.
- PepsiCo raises profit forecast as North America snack sales rise
(Reuters) - PepsiCo Inc reported a higher-than-expected quarterly profit and raised its full-year adjusted earnings forecast, helped by strong sales of snacks such as Lays and Doritos chips in North America. Shares of the maker of Pepsi-Cola, Frito-Lay snacks and Tropicana juice rose 2.3 percent to $91.25 before the bell. The company said organic revenue grew 5 percent in its global snacks business, partly due to price hikes. Organic revenue rose 2 percent in its beverages business. Snack volumes in North America grew 2. ...
- Dutch await first MH17 bodies as nation mourns
The Netherlands on Wednesday anxiously awaited the much-delayed return of the first bodies from flight MH17, declaring an exceptional day of mourning for the 298 dead, 193 of them Dutch. In a reminder of the ongoing war that is hampering recovery and investigation efforts, the Ukrainian military said that two of its fighter jets had been shot down Wednesday, possibly close to the Boeing's crash site. Dutch and Australian planes carrying a total of 40 bodies were expected to arrive at Eindhoven in the south of the country at around 1350 GMT, almost a week after the Malaysia Airlines 777 was shot down over rebel-held Ukraine. The Netherlands has been united in grief and growing anger because of delays in getting bodies home and over the way pro-Russian separatists have treated the crash site, bodies and personal possessions.
- Higher commercial jet deliveries boost Boeing's profit
Boeing Co reported a 52 percent increase in quarterly profit, helped by a rise in commercial aircraft deliveries, and raised its full-year earnings forecast. Still, that was not enough for the company to beat Wall Street's average revenue estimate. Boeing's shares, which have gained 21 percent in the past year, were down 1 percent at $128.40 premarket on Wednesday. The company said commercial aircraft deliveries rose 7 percent to 181, including 30 Dreamliner jets, in the second quarter ended June 30.
- Bank of England's Carney sees conflicting signals from jobs market By Alistair Smout GLASGOW Scotland (Reuters) - The Bank of England is weighing up conflicting data on Britain's labour market as it prepares to start raising interest rates off their record low of the last five years, BoE Governor Mark Carney said on Wednesday. Britain's economy is now back to its size of before the financial crisis but the mismatch between strong jobs growth and weak pay was posing a challenge for the central bank, Carney said. "As the economy normalises, Bank Rate will need to start to rise in order to achieve the inflation target," he said in a speech to business leaders in Glasgow. "But the MPC (Monetary Policy Committee) has no pre-set course and the timing of any increases in interest rates will be determined by the data." Earlier on Wednesday, the BoE said its policymakers discussed at their July meeting if there was a case for an early interest rate rise but were held back in part by pay growth that was strikingly low given Britain's strong job creation.
- Somali woman MP famed for political songs shot dead by Islamists NAIROBI (Reuters) - A Somali member of parliament famed for political and patriotic songs she sang over decades was shot dead on Wednesday in Mogadishu by Islamist gunmen, a fellow lawmaker and Islamist rebels said. "Gunmen killed MP Saado Ali Warsame and another clerk for the parliament," legislator Dahir Amin Jesow said, referring to the well-known singer, believed to be in her 70s. She was one of fewer than 30 women MPs in the 275-seat parliament, MPs said. The Islamist group al Shabaab claimed responsibility.
- Delta CEO says will continue to bar flights to Israel: CNBC Delta Air Lines will extend its suspension of flights to Israel on Wednesday amid hostilities between Israel and the militant group Hamas, its chief executive said on CNBC. "Today ... we are not flying to Israel," Delta CEO Richard Anderson said in an interview with CNBC. His comments come a day after air carriers in the United States and Europe halted flights to Tel Aviv as turmoil in Israel and the Gaza Strip intensified. The German airline Lufthansa on Wednesday also said it would extend its suspension on flights to Israel for another 24 hours.
- Black leaders worry about low turnout in November
LAS VEGAS (AP) — Civil rights leaders at the NAACP annual convention in Las Vegas on Tuesday worried that dwindling African-American turnout in November could lead to the expansion of voter-identification laws that make it harder for that community to vote in subsequent contests.
- GSK cuts earnings forecast after weak 2nd quarter LONDON (AP) — Drug maker GlaxoSmithKline has cut its full-year earnings expectations as it says its second-quarter profits were hit by currency moves and a fall in sales of its respiratory drugs.
- Americans aplenty as UK's Booker Prize goes global
- Somali lawmaker shot dead in drive-by shooting MOGADISHU, Somalia (AP) — Gunmen killed a Somali lawmaker in a drive-by shooting Wednesday in the Somali capital, Mogadishu, a police official said.
- Memorial honoring injured veterans under way in DC WASHINGTON (AP) — Army Lt. Dawn Halfaker was on patrol 10 years ago in Baqubah, Iraq, when a rocket-propelled grenade tore through her military vehicle and exploded inside.
- No romance for 'Downton Abbey' in-laws, say actors
- EU seeks energy efficiency to ease Russia gas link BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union's executive is proposing legislation to curb the energy use of households and firms by almost one third by 2030 to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and lower its dependence on gas imports, particularly those from Russia.
- Boeing boosts 2014 profit forecast after solid quarter
- Swift, Coldplay set for iHeartRadio festival
- Arrest linked to gun used after Boston bombings
BOSTON (AP) — It has been one of the lingering questions since the dramatic manhunt that gripped the Boston area in the days after the marathon bombings: Where did the suspects get the gun that authorities say they used to kill a university police officer?
- Police custody death tests 'Broken Windows' tactic
NEW YORK (AP) — Eric Garner, who died in police custody last week after he was put in an apparent chokehold, was suspected of committing the relatively minor crime of selling loose, untaxed cigarettes on the street.
- Obama fundraises for Dems; demands GOP cooperation
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — As hopes dim for bipartisan action in Congress this summer, President Barack Obama is calling on Republican lawmakers to cooperate while complaining that they have "gone off the rails" and urging Democrats to get over their complacency and vote them out of office.
- Kerry cites progress in Gaza cease-fire talks
JERUSALEM (AP) — Offering the first glimmer of hope for a Gaza cease-fire, the United States on Wednesday said negotiations to broker a truce between Israel and Hamas militants are making some progress even if an end to more than two weeks of bloodshed is nowhere near.
- US stock futures rise as earnings reports roll in NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. stock futures are edging up ahead of the opening bell as investors size up earnings reports from Apple, Boeing and other big companies.
- Broncos owner giving up control due to Alzheimer's DENVER (AP) — Denver Broncos owner Pat Bowlen is giving up control of the team as he battles Alzheimer's disease.
- Veteran says he was forgotten in VA clinic DELTONA, Fla. (AP) — A veteran of the U.S. Marines says he was locked inside a central Florida community clinic operated by the Veteran's Administration.
- Bomb targeting imam in north Nigeria kills at least 15 A bomb tossed off the back of a motorcycle at a Nigerian Muslim cleric killed at least 15 people on a busy commercial road in the northern city of Kaduna on Wednesday, witnesses said. The blast scattered debris and dead bodies on the Alkali Road in the city centre, but missed Sheikh Dahiru Bauchi, who was conducting Muslim prayers in Murtala Muhammed square, two witnesses told Reuters by telephone. There was no immediate claim of responsibility, but Islamist militant group Boko Haram has been staging attacks, especially with explosives, outside its northeastern heartlands in the past three months. Boko Haram, which is fighting to carve out an Islamic state in Nigeria, has repeatedly targeted civilians this year, mostly in remote northeastern Borno state.
- Polish airline LOT suspends flights to Israel over safety concerns WARSAW (Reuters) - Polish state airline LOT has suspended its flights to Israel from Warsaw until Monday because of concern for passengers' safety, the airline's spokeswoman said on Wednesday. "This is caused by the tense situation in the region," LOT added in a statement. "The connection will be re-established as soon as possible and when we are sure that our operations are hundred percent safe." (Reporting by Marcin Goettig; Editing by Erica Billingham)
- Ukraine says EU reverse gas flows lower on Gazprom opposition Ukrainian Energy Minister Yuri Prodan said on Wednesday reverse gas flows from the European Union to Ukraine had fallen because of opposition from Russian gas producer Gazprom. Ukraine - which consumes around 50 billion cubic metres of gas annually - has increased its efforts to secure more gas from the European Union after Gazprom raised prices for its supplies in a dispute. "Reverse gas supplies are reduced at present. This is linked to certain actions by Gazprom," Prodan told reporters, adding Ukraine first saw a decrease two weeks ago.
- PepsiCo raises forecast after profit beats
- LeBron apologizes to neighbors, sends cupcakes
- Delta 2Q profit rises 17 percent
ATLANTA (AP) — Delta Air Lines Inc. said Wednesday that second-quarter earnings rose 17 percent, topping analysts' expectations, as passengers flew more miles at higher average fares and fuel spending declined.
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