Obama holds foreign policy meeting with lawmakers
Thu, 31 Jul 2014 11:24:20 -0400
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama is meeting with congressional leaders to discuss myriad pressing foreign policy issues.
Kerry: 'No promise' of cease-fire
Thu, 31 Jul 2014 11:23:07 -0400
NEW DELHI (AP) — Secretary of State John Kerry said Thursday there is "no promise" of a negotiated cease-fire between Israel and militants in the Gaza Strip, but he said the U.S. remains hopeful.
Under fire and out of cash, U.N. overwhelmed by Gaza crisis
Thu, 31 Jul 2014 11:22:11 -0400
By Nidal al-Mughrabi and Noah Browning GAZA/JERUSALEM (Reuters) - The United Nations in Gaza is struggling to withstand a flood of almost a quarter of a million refugees into shelters that have repeatedly come under Israeli fire. Out of cash, the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA), the main U.N. body in the impoverished enclave of 1.8 million Palestinians, says it can barely handle the humanitarian crisis unleashed by more than three weeks of fighting between militants and Israel. ...
US stocks slump as earnings disappoint
Thu, 31 Jul 2014 11:20:48 -0400
NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. stocks slumped Thursday as investors reacted to disappointing corporate earnings reports and assessed the implications of the approaching end to economic stimulus from the Federal Reserve. That stimulus has underpinned gains in the stock market for years. Argentina's stock market plunged after the South American nation defaulted on its debt for the second time in 13 years.
Passenger dies, pilot hurt in parking lot crash
Thu, 31 Jul 2014 11:18:18 -0400
SAN DIEGO (AP) — A small plane clipped the top of a store before it crashed in the parking lot of a San Diego shopping center, killing an 80-year-old passenger and seriously injuring the 52-year-old pilot, authorities said.
W. Africa Ebola outbreak tops 700 deaths
Thu, 31 Jul 2014 11:17:59 -0400
DAKAR, Senegal (AP) — The worst recorded Ebola outbreak in history surpassed 700 deaths in West Africa as the World Health Organization on Thursday announced dozens of new fatalities.
House, Senate poised to pass rival border security bills
Thu, 31 Jul 2014 11:17:54 -0400
By Richard Cowan WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Congress on Thursday is set to debate "emergency" border security legislation that lawmakers acknowledge will not be enacted but will enable them to campaign for re-election by arguing they worked to address a humanitarian crisis. Republicans and Democrats have been sparring over President Barack Obama's request for $3.7 billion to respond to the crisis in which tens of thousands of Central American children have tried to enter the United States illegally. With Congress on the verge of beginning its five-week summer recess, the votes in the Republican-controlled House of Representatives and Democratic-held Senate on Thursday will mark a holding pattern. It is unclear whether the thorny immigration funding problem will nose its way into efforts to pass the budget bill and avoid a repeat of the government shutdown last October, when Republicans tried to hobble Obama's 2010 healthcare law.
AP source: A's acquire Lester, Gomes for Cespedes
Thu, 31 Jul 2014 11:16:18 -0400
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — The Oakland Athletics acquired left-hander Jon Lester along with outfielder Jonny Gomes from the Boston Red Sox for slugging outfielder Yoenis Cespedes before Thursday's trade deadline, a person with knowledge of the deal said.
Candidate lives as homeless person for a week
Thu, 31 Jul 2014 11:12:13 -0400
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California's Republican candidate for governor says he spent a week living as a homeless person in search of a job to test Gov. Jerry Brown's claim that the state is making a comeback after the economic downturn.
Average US 30-year mortgage rate at 4.12 percent
Thu, 31 Jul 2014 11:09:52 -0400
WASHINGTON (AP) — Average U.S. mortgage rates declined slightly this week, hovering near their lows for the year.
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