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  • Landslide buries Indian village; at least 24 dead

    Rescue workers carry the body of a victim at the site of a landslide 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 on Wednesday, killing more than a dozen people as it swept away scores of houses and possibly trapping many more people under debris, officials said. (AP Photo)MALIN, India (AP) — Rescue workers and desperate villagers dug through deep mud, rocks and the debris of shattered homes Thursday after a massive landslide buried a remote village in western India, killing at least 24 people and trapping more than 150, authorities said.


  • Homeowner who triumphed over 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."


  • Colorado man dies when trailer collapses in wind

    Lyons volunteer coordinators Lucy Banta, right, and Ed Kean help sandbag a neighborhood while steady rains fell over Lyons, Colo., which was hit hard in the previous year's flooding, Wednesday, July 30, 2014. High and low pressure systems, combined with typical summer monsoon weather, drew the abundant moisture to Colorado. More rain is forecast Wednesday. (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley)DENVER (AP) — Heavy rain has brought much-needed moisture to Colorado's drought-stricken plains and has tested the recovery efforts in the foothill communities hit hard by flooding in September.


  • Deaths in shelling of Gaza market, school enrage UN

    Palestinian paramedics move a victim of an Israeli air strike on a market to an ambulance in the Shejaiya neighbourhood near Gaza City on July 30, 2014More than 100 Palestinians were killed in the bomb-scarred Gaza Strip, among them victims of Israeli fire on a crowded market and a United Nations school. The United States and United Nations condemned the school shelling and Hamas said it fired a salvo of rockets into Israel in retaliation for both attacks. At least 17 people were killed in the strike on the market in Shejaiya, near Gaza City, as Israel observed a four-hour humanitarian lull in other parts of the crowded coastal strip.


  • Argentina slides into default as debt talks fail

    An activist holds a banner that reads in Spanish "Homeland or vultures, be strong Argentina", during a demonstration in support of the government in their dispute over $1.5 billion with a U.S. hedge fund, known locally as "vulture funds", in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Wednesday, July 30, 2014. Argentina's economy minister leads a last-gasp effort Wednesday to strike a deal with U.S. creditors that would prevent the South American country from slipping into default. (AP Photo/Victor R. Caivano)NEW YORK (AP) — The collapse of talks with U.S. creditors sent Argentina into its second debt default in 13 years and raised questions about what comes next for financial markets and the South American nation's staggering economy.


  • Veteran TV impresario Robert Halmi Sr. dies at 90

    FILE - Executive producer Robert Halmi, Sr., of "Tin Man," is seen during the NBC Press Tour in this July 17, 2007 file photo taken in Beverly Hills, Calif. Halmi died Wednesday July 30, 2014 in his New York City home at 90, said spokesman Russ Patrick. (AP Photo/Nick Ut, File)NEW YORK (AP) — Prolific TV producer Robert Halmi, Sr., has died.


  • Asian markets drift after US Fed stays course

    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)MUMBAI, India (AP) — Asian stock markets were uninspired by an upbeat report on the U.S. economy, with most drifting lower Thursday after the U.S. Federal Reserve said it would make further cuts to its monetary stimulus as expected.


  • First lady asks leaders to change gender attitudes

    First lady Michelle Obama speaks to selected participants of the Presidential Summit for the Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders in Washington, Wednesday, July 30, 2014, during a roundtable discussion. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)WASHINGTON (AP) — Michelle Obama called on young African leaders to change traditional attitudes and beliefs that harm girls and women, adding that educating and making women financially literate is not enough.


  • Suing Obama: GOP-led House gives the go-ahead

    House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio strides to the House chamber on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, July 30, 2014, as lawmakers prepare to move on legislation authorizing an election-year lawsuit against President Barack Obama that accuses him of exceeding his powers in enforcing his health care law. Democrats have branded the effort a political charade aimed at stirring up Republican voters for the fall congressional elections. They say it's also an effort by top Republicans to mollify conservatives who want Obama to be impeached — something Boehner said Tuesday he has no plans to do. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)A sharply divided House approved a Republican plan Wednesday to launch a campaign-season lawsuit against President Barack Obama, accusing him of exceeding the bounds of his constitutional authority. Obama and other Democrats derided the effort as a stunt aimed at tossing political red meat to conservative voters.


  • Russia says U.S. accusations over nuclear treaty 'unfounded' Russia on Wednesday dismissed Washington's accusations that it has violated the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Treaty as "unfounded", and said it had its own complaints against the United States over the treaty. This includes... production of armed drones by the Americans, which...fall into the category of ground-based cruise missiles as defined by the Treaty," the Foreign Ministry said in a statement. The ministry was reacting to Washington's allegations that Moscow had violated the 1988 accord. The exchange of the accusations took place amid the deepest East-West rift since the end of the Cold War over Moscow's role in the Ukraine crisis and the EU and United States economic sanctions against Moscow.
  • G7 leaders warn of further costs to Russia over Ukraine G7 leaders issued a joint statement on Wednesday warning Russia that it will face added economic sanctions if Moscow does not change the course of its Ukraine policy. The statement from the leaders of the G7 countries, the United States, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan and Britain, was a show of solidarity among allies. They expressed grave about Russian actions that have undermined "Ukraine's sovereignty, territorial integrity and independence." "Russia still has the opportunity to choose the path of de-escalation," the statement said, a day after Europe and the United States imposed a fresh found of sanctions. "If it does not do so, however, we remain ready to further intensify the costs of its adverse actions." The G7 leaders called on all sides to establish a ceasefire at the crash site of the Malaysian jet that was shot down on July 17 in eastern Ukraine.
  • EU names 8 Russians, three firms subject to asset freeze By Justyna Pawlak and Barbara Lewis BRUSSELS (Reuters) - The European Commission published the names of eight Russians, including some of President Vladimir Putin's associates, and three companies which will have their assets frozen as part of sanctions against Russia's actions in eastern Ukraine. The people on the list include Arkady Rotenberg who is Putin's long-time judo partner, and already on a U.S. sanctions list since March. Yury Kovalchuk and Nikolai Shamalov - the two largest shareholders in Bank Rossiya, a St. Petersburg company that expanded rapidly after Putin moved to Moscow and became president in 2000 - were also blacklisted. The companies named include Russian National Commercial Bank, which was the first Russian bank into Crimea after the region's annexation by Russia earlier this year.
  • 'Complacent' NATO unprepared for Russian threat: British lawmakers By Kylie MacLellan LONDON (Reuters) - NATO is not prepared for the threat of a Russian attack on one of its members, British lawmakers said on Thursday, calling for more equipment and troops to be positioned in the Baltic States, which, they said, were particularly vulnerable. Parliament's Defense Select Committee said events in Crimea and eastern Ukraine had revealed "alarming deficiencies" in NATO's preparedness and should be a "wake-up call". The military alliance has stepped up exercises in eastern Europe since Russia annexed Ukraine's Crimea Peninsula in March. ...
  • Argentina faces default as 'vulture fund' talks fail

    Argentina's Economy Minister Axel Kicillof speaks during a press conference at the Argentina Consulate July 30, 2014 in New YorkLast-ditch talks between Argentina and the US hedge funds it has branded "vultures" failed to reach agreement, effectively pushing the country into default. Ratings agency Standard and Poor's had already placed Argentina in "selective default" when Economy Minister Axel Kicillof emerged from the New York talks to confirm that no deal had been reached. "Unfortunately, no agreement was reached and the Republic of Argentina will imminently be in default," said Daniel Pollack, the lawyer appointed by a US court to oversee the talks. Kicillof slammed S&P's downgrade, arguing that Argentina could not be regarded as being in default since the money for the repayment was in a US bank account ready to be paid but frozen by court order.


  • Samsung profit falls as smartphone sales slow

    FILE - In this July 8, 2014 file photo, a woman visits the Samsung Electronics Co.'s showroom in Seoul, South Korea. Samsung Electronics Co. reported lower-than-expected profit for the second quarter on Thursday, July 31, 2014 and said it was uncertain if handset business profit would improve during the current period. (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon, File)SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Samsung Electronics Co. reported a bigger-than-expected fall in second quarter profit on Thursday and said it was uncertain if earnings from its handset business would improve in the current quarter.


  • Samsung posts 19.6% fall in Q2 net profit

    Samsung reports a near 20% decline in second quarter net profit, blaming increased competition from cheap Chinese devicesSamsung said Thursday net profit plunged almost 20 percent in the second quarter as intensifying competition from cheap Chinese phones and the strong won saw sales slump in its key mobile business. Second quarter sales of its mobile unit fell 20 percent on-year to 28.45 trillion won, while operating profit slid nearly 30 percent to 4.42 trillion won.


  • As US economy accelerates, Fed remains cautious

    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 grim start to 2014, the U.S. economy has rebounded with vigor and should show renewed strength into next year.


  • Today in History Today is Thursday, July 31, the 212th day of 2014. There are 153 days left in the year.
  • Argentina fails to reach debt agreement, default imminent

    Argentina's Economy Minister Axel Kicillof arrives at a press conference at the Argentine Consulate in New YorkBy Richard Lough, Eliana Raszewski and Daniel Bases BUENOS AIRES/NEW YORK (Reuters) - Argentina will default on its debt within hours after talks with holdout creditors broke down on Wednesday. As the clock ticked toward a midnight (0400 GMT) deadline, Economy Minister Axel Kicillof stuck firmly to the government line, repeatedly denigrating the holdouts as "vultures" after two days of intense negotiations. Argentine banks scrambled to put together a proposal to buy out the non-performing debt held by hedge funds and avert a default. It also marks a set-back to the Buenos Aires government's attempts to return to global credit markets.


  • Olympic champions Rudisha, Pearson take centre stage

    Kenya's David Rudisha competes in the heats of the men's 800m athletics event at Hampden Park during the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, Scotland on July 29, 2014Olympic champions David Rudisha and Sally Pearson take centre stage at the Commonwealth Games on Thursday where seven medals are up for grabs on the fifth day of track and field. Kenya's Rudisha, who set a blistering world record when winning Olympic gold in London in 2012, will go in the 800m against arch-rival Nijel Amos of Botswana. The men's 400m hurdles also features a strong line-up for the final, with Jehue Gordon gunning for Trinidad and Tobago's first track gold, but with South African Cornel Fredericks looking strong. Australia's Olympic champion Pearson will be hoping to put the controversy over suspended head coach Eric Hollingsworth behind her when she takes to the track for heats in the 100m hurdles.


  • Journal Communications, Scripps Co. announce deal MILWAUKEE (AP) — Journal Communications Inc. of Milwaukee and E.W. Scripps Co. of Cincinnati have an agreement to merge broadcasting operations while spinning off newspaper holdings into a separate public entity, the companies announced late Wednesday.
  • Gaza toll soars as Israel 'days' from completing tunnel hunt

    Palestinians mourn outside a morgue in Gaza CityBy Nidal al-Mughrabi and Dan Williams GAZA/JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Israel pressed ahead with its Gaza offensive saying it was days from achieving its core goal of destroying all Islamist guerrilla cross-border attack tunnels, but a soaring Palestinian civilian toll has triggered international alarm. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's security cabinet on Wednesday approved continuing the assault launched on July 8 in response to a surge of rocket attacks by Gaza's dominant Hamas Islamists. Israel has lost 56 soldiers to Gaza clashes and three civilians to Palestinian shelling. Israel said its forces were attacked by guerrillas near the school, in northern Jabalya, and had fired back.


  • Berdych, Raonic win, Isner falls at Washington

    Tomas Berdych returns a shot to Robby Ginepri during their Washington Open match on July 30, 2014Czech top seed Tomas Berdych and Wimbledon semi-finalist Milos Raonic advanced while US fifth seed John Isner lost in second-round matches at the ATP and WTA Washington Open. Berdych, seeking his 10th career ATP title and first on US soil, defeated US qualifier Robby Ginepri 6-1, 6-4 on Wednesday at the $1.9 million (1.4m euro) hardcourt tune-up for the US Open. Canadian second seed Raonic fired 16 aces in ousting American Jack Sock 7-6 (7/3), 7-6 (7/3) while American Steve Johnson never faced a break point and withstood a 29-ace barrage to defeat countryman Isner 6-7 (5/7), 6-3, 7-6 (8/6).


  • Hospital: 33 dead after Guinea concert stampede

    A boy is treated after he was injured in a stampedeCONAKRY, Guinea (AP) — Hundreds of people leaving a late-night rap concert on a beach in Guinea rushed to leave through a single exit, creating a stampede that killed at least 33 people, officials said Wednesday.


  • George W. Bush writes bio of his US president dad

    Former presidents George W. Bush (L) and George H.W. Bush attend a game between the Oakland Raiders and Houston Texans at Reliant Stadium on November 17, 2013 in Houston, TexasFormer US president George W. Bush has written a "personal biography" of his presidential father, said Crown publishers Wednesday, which announced it will release the book in November. Crown announced that the biography of ex-president George H. W. Bush will be released on November 11 -- Veteran's Day holiday in the United States. The elder Bush, the 41st US president was a decorated World War II aviator. "George H. W. Bush is a great servant, statesman, and father," George W. Bush said in a statement.


  • Yosemite Park fire threatens famous giant sequoia trees

    File picture shows a Giant Sequoia (Sequoiadendron giganteum) at Yosemite National ParkA fire raging in California's Yosemite National Park threatens a grove of famous giant sequoia trees. The blaze, which began on Saturday, has scorched some 3,545 acres (1,234 hectares) of the popular tourist spot and is about one-third contained, a spokeswoman for the Yosemite Fire Information call center told AFP. Some 830 firefighters and seven helicopters have been mobilized but the inferno is still moving toward the northwest, encroaching on Merced Grove -- home to some of the park's cherished giant sequoias.


  • KFC owner says China scandal hurting sales BEIJING (AP) — The owner of the KFC and Pizza Hut restaurant chains said Thursday a food safety scandal in China has hurt sales and might be severe enough to cut into the company's global profit.
  • Man on FBI's Most Wanted list in custody

    FBI Most wantedNEW ORLEANS (AP) — A man on the FBI's Ten Most Wanted Fugitives list in connection with a 2008 rape and homicide has been captured and brought to Louisiana, where the crime took place.


  • Kluber outpitches Hernandez in 2-0 win

    Cleveland Indians starting pitcher Corey Kluber delivers in the fifth inning of a baseball game against the Seattle Mariners Wednesday, July 30, 2014, in Cleveland. Kluber pitched nine innings and gave up three hits. The Indians defeated the Mariners 2-0. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)CLEVELAND (AP) — The Indians' new ace outdueled one of the top pitchers in baseball Wednesday night.


  • Pipe break that flooded UCLA dumps 20M gallons

    The site of a water main break is shown near UCLA Wednesday July 30, 2014, in Los Angeles. A ruptured 93-year-old water main on Tuesday left the UCLA campus awash in 8 million gallons of water in the middle of California's worst drought in decades, stranding people in parking garages and flooding the school's storied basketball court less than two years after a major renovation. (AP Photo/Nick Ut)LOS ANGELES (AP) — The rupture of a nearly century-old water main that ripped a 15-foot hole through Sunset Boulevard and turned a swath of the University of California, Los Angeles, into a mucky mess points to the risks and expense many cities face with miles of water lines installed generations ago.


  • AP PHOTOS: At least 17 die in Gaza school attack

    Palestinians collect body parts in a classroom at Abu Hussein U.N. school in Jebaliya refugee camp, northern Gaza Strip, Wednesday, July 30, 2014. Shelling of a school crowded with refugees in Gaza early Wednesday killed at least 17 people and wounded 90 more, according to Palestinian health officials. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)JEBALIYA, Gaza Strip (AP) — Shelling of a school crowded with refugees in Gaza early Wednesday killed at least 17 people and wounded 90 more, according to Palestinian health officials.


  • Landslide hits Indian village, killing at least 21

    Rescatistas trabajan en el sitio donde un alud provocado por lluvias intensas sepultó decenas de casas en la villa de Malin, en el oeste de India, y dejó al menos 18 muertos, el miércoles 30 de julio de 2014. (Foto AP/Nitin Lawate)NEW DELHI (AP) — Rescuers worked in rain Thursday to dig through a remote village in western India where at least 21 people died as a landslide swept away scores of houses, possibly trapping many more people under debris, officials said.


  • China evacuates hundreds of workers in Libya to Malta China has evacuated several hundred workers from Libya and is taking them by ship to Malta, the head of the Malta Civil Service, Mario Cutajar, said on Wednesday. Earlier on Wednesday, the Philippines said it had chartered a ship to take up to 1,000 Filipinos to Malta. Cutajar said 150 foreign workers, mostly Filipinos, had arrived in Malta on Tuesday on flights from Mitiga airport near Tripoli. On Monday the United States said its ambassador to Libya, who was evacuated on Saturday, will be temporarily based in Malta.
  • Cinema verite documentarian Robert Drew dies at 90

    FILE - In this April 27, 2007 photo provided by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, Anne and Robert Drew, left, join Ed Carter and Grace Guggenheim, right, during an event honoring him at the National Archives in Washington, D.C. The "cinema verite" technique and its pioneer, documentary filmmaker Robert Drew, were celebrated by the National Archives and Records Administration and Hollywood's Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Drew’s eldest son, Thatcher Drew, confirmed that the filmmaker died Wednesday morning, July 30, 2014, at his home in Sharon, Conn. (AP Photo/Neshan Naltchayan, AMPAS)Filmmaker Robert Drew, a pioneer of the modern documentary who in "Primary" and other movies mastered the intimate, spontaneous style known as cinema verite and schooled a generation of influential directors that included D.A. Pennebaker and Albert Maysles, has died at age 90.


  • Landslide hits Indian village, killing at least 18

    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) — Rescuers worked in rain Thursday to dig through a remote village in western India where at least 21 people died as a landslide swept away scores of houses, possibly trapping many more people under debris, officials said.


  • Congress cooperates _ and fights _ as recess nears

    House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer of Md., joined by Rep. Maxine Waters, D-Calif., left, and Rep. Kerry Bentivolio, R-Mich., criticizes the efforts of Republicans to muscle legislation through the House authorizing an election-year lawsuit against President Barack Obama that accuses him of exceeding his powers in enforcing his health care law, Wednesday, July 30, 2014, during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington. Democrats have branded the effort a political charade aimed at stirring up Republican voters for the fall congressional elections. They say it's also an effort by top Republicans to mollify conservatives who want Obama to be impeached — something House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio, said Tuesday he has no plans to do. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)WASHINGTON (AP) — Eager to begin a monthlong break, Congress leavened its customary heavy partisanship on Wednesday with a pinch of compromise, advancing legislation to repair the deeply troubled Department of Veterans Affairs and working to clear funds for highway construction at home and missile defense in Israel.


  • Tokyo governor defends venue relocation plans

    Tokyo Gov. Yoichi Masuzoe arrives at the Foreign Correspondents' Club of Japan for a press conference in Tokyo Wednesday, July 30, 2014. Masuzoe has defended his call for a review of the venue plan for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics, even if it threatens the proposal of having almost all the facilities close to the Athlete's Village. Tokyo won the right to host the 2020 Olympics with a promise to deliver a compact games with 28 of the proposed 33 competition venues within 5 miles (8 kilometers) of the village. (AP Photo/Shizuo Kambayashi)TOKYO (AP) — Tokyo Governor Yoichi Masuzoe on Wednesday defended his call to cut costs by relocating some venues for the 2020 Olympics, even if it threatens plans for having almost all the facilities close to the athletes village.


  • Samsung Electronics' 2Q profit miss forecast

    FILE - In this July 8, 2014 file photo, a woman visits the Samsung Electronics Co.'s showroom in Seoul, South Korea. Samsung Electronics Co. reported lower-than-expected profit for the second quarter on Thursday, July 31, 2014 and said it was uncertain if handset business profit would improve during the current period. (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon, File)SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Samsung Electronics Co. reported lower-than-expected profit for the second quarter on Thursday and said it was uncertain if handset business profit would improve during the current period.


  • Indians trade Justin Masterson to Cardinals CLEVELAND (AP) — The Indians had little choice but to give up Justin Masterson. The trade doesn't mean they're going to surrender the season.
  • House GOP scrambles for votes 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) — House Republicans, scrambling to win conservative support for a bill addressing the immigration crisis on the border, have scheduled a companion vote on legislation to block President Barack Obama from extending deportation relief to any more immigrants here illegally.


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