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Jordan shoots down 'aerial target' near Syria
11:32 AM, 07.25.2014

AMMAN, Jordan (AP) — Jordan's air force shot down an "aerial target" near the Syrian border on Friday, a Jordanian military official said. Eyewitnesses said the object was a drone.

Navardauskas wins Stage 19 of Tour de France
11:29 AM, 07.25.2014

Lithuania's Ramunas Navardauskas crosses the finish line to win the nineteenth stage of the Tour de France cycling race over 208.5 kilometers (129.6 miles) with start in Maubourguet and finish in Bergerac, France, Friday, July 25, 2014. (AP Photo/Peter Dejong)BERGERAC, France (AP) — Ramunas Navardauskas of Lithuania led a late breakaway in a downpour to win the 19th Stage of the Tour de France on Friday after hitching a ride with his Garmin-Sharp teammates.

Toddler crashes Jeep, runs home to watch cartoons
11:29 AM, 07.25.2014

This photo provided by the Myrtle Creek Police Department shows a Jeep that authorities say a toddler crashed into an home in Myrtle Creek, Ore. The 3-year-old boy wearing only a diaper climbed into the Jeep on Tuesday, July 24, 2014, and knocked it out of gear, according to authorities. Witnesses said it rolled down the street, through an intersection and into the house, causing minor damage. After the crash authorities said the toddler ran back to his home to watch cartoons. (AP Photo/Myrtle Creek Police Department)MYRTLE CREEK, Ore. (AP) — Police say a toddler crashed a Jeep into an Oregon home, then ran back to his home to watch cartoons.

AP NewsAlert
11:29 AM, 07.25.2014

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Police say carjacked vehicle hits crowd in Philadelphia, killing 2 children.

More than 15,000 Russian troops along Ukraine border: U.S. envoy
11:25 AM, 07.25.2014

Russia has now amassed around 15,000 troops along the border with Ukraine, the U.S. ambassador to NATO said on Friday, offering a higher figure than one previously cited by the Pentagon. U.S. Ambassador to NATO Douglas Lute offered the estimate during a security forum in Colorado, saying there were "now up again over about 15,000 Russian troops amassed along the border with Ukraine." (Reporting by Phil Stewart;

Hezbollah leader vows to support Gazans
11:23 AM, 07.25.2014

Hezbollah leader Sheik Hassan Nasrallah speaks during a rally to mark Jerusalem Day or Al-Quds day, in the southern suburb of Beirut, Lebanon, Friday, July 25, 2014. Nasrallah said that the "resistance" in Gaza became victorious after the Zionists and all their backers worldwide failed in achieving any of their goals. (AP Photo/Bilal Hussein)BEIRUT (AP) — The leader of Lebanon's militant Hezbollah group vowed on Friday to support Palestinian militants battling Israeli troops in Gaza, even as his own fighters are bogged down in the war in neighboring Syria.

Lyft says it's starting New York City service
11:22 AM, 07.25.2014

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — The on-demand ride-sharing app Lyft says it is starting limited service in New York City after reaching agreement with state and city officials to resolve regulatory issues.

Lewis Hamilton stays on top in practice for Hungarian GP
11:16 AM, 07.25.2014

Mercedes' driver Lewis Hamilton in action during the first practice session for the Hungarian Grand Prix in Budapest, on July 25, 2014Lewis Hamilton continued to top the times ahead of his Mercedes team-mate and championship leader Nico Rosberg in Friday's second free practice session for this weekend’s Hungarian Grand Prix. The 29-year-old Briton, who is seeking to complete a hat-trick of wins and claim a record fifth victory at the Hungaroring to cut into Rosberg’s 14-points lead, clocked a best lap in one minute and 24.482 seconds. Four-time champion Sebastian Vettel was third, six-tenths off the pace, in his Red Bull ahead of two-time champion Fernando Alonso of Ferrari, who was nine-tenths adrift.

5 killed in West Bank, amid new Gaza truce efforts
11:15 AM, 07.25.2014

Two and a half-year-old Muhammad Al Masri rests on his mother's legs in a classroom at a United Nations school where hundreds of families have sought refuge after fleeing their homes following heavy Israeli forces' strikes, in Jebaliya refugee camp, Gaza Strip, Friday, July 25, 2014. Over 140,000 Palestinians are seeking shelter in 83 UNRWA schools, according to UNRWA spokesman Chris Gunness. The number of Palestinians seeking shelter since the ground operation began has increased seven-fold. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)JERUSALEM (AP) — The U.N. chief and the U.S. secretary of state made a new attempt Friday to nail down a temporary truce between Israel and Hamas, as Israel's 18-day military operation in the Gaza Strip fueled unrest in the West Bank, where five Palestinians were killed in protests.

House to Obama: No troops to Iraq without our OK
11:10 AM, 07.25.2014

WASHINGTON (AP) — The House overwhelmingly passed a resolution Friday that would bar President Barack Obama from sending forces to Iraq in a "sustained combat role" without congressional approval, a bill likely to have greater symbolic than legal effect.

In Gaza, pediatrics wing crowded with war wounded
11:05 AM, 07.25.2014

In this Thursday, July 24, 2014 photo, Mojahed al-Ejla, 8, rests at the Shifa hospital where he is receiving treatment for a fractured skull caused by a July 19 Israeli shelling while he and the family were fleeing from the Shijaiyah neighborhood, in Gaza City. The pediatrics wing of the largest hospital in the Gaza Strip is filled with the youngest victims of more than two weeks of Israel-Hamas fighting. (AP Photo/Khalil Hamra)GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — The pediatrics wing of the largest hospital in the Gaza Strip is filled with the youngest victims of more than two weeks of Israel-Hamas fighting.

Taiwan plane survivor crawls out, phones dad
11:05 AM, 07.25.2014

A relative of a victim in the TransAsia Airways flight GE222 crash cries during a funeral service on the Taiwan island of Penghu, Friday, July 25, 2014. Stormy weather on the trailing edge of Typhoon Matmo was the likely cause of the plane crash that killed more than 40 people, the airline said Thursday. (AP Photo/Wally Santana)XIXI, Taiwan (AP) — The 10 survivors of Taiwan's worst air disaster in more than a decade include a 34-year-old woman who called her father after scrambling from the wreckage and seeking help at a nearby home.

Judge says Texas man should be exonerated in rape
11:03 AM, 07.25.2014

Michael Phillips speaks to reporters after court in Dallas on Friday, July 25, 2014. A judge has recommended the exoneration of a Phillips who prosecutors said did not commit a 1990 rape based on recent DNA testing. Phillips, 57, who suffers from sickle cell anemia and did little to lobby for his exoneration during his 12 years in prison or the 14 since his release, said he never imagined he would live to see his name cleared. (AP Photo)DALLAS (AP) — A Dallas man who prosecutors say did not commit a 1990 rape for which he served 12 years in prison should be exonerated based on recent DNA testing he did not request, a judge recommended Friday.

Russian execs fear lasting damage from plane crash
11:03 AM, 07.25.2014

Russian President Vladimir Putin and members of his governmentMOSCOW (AP) — Having for months dismissed Western sanctions on Russia as toothless, business leaders here are now afraid that the downing of the Malaysian jetliner will bring about an international isolation that will cause serious and lasting economic damage.

Australia, Netherlands ready to secure crash site
10:59 AM, 07.25.2014

Dutch and Australian investigators examine pieces of the crashed Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 in the village of Rassipne, Donetsk region, eastern Ukraine Friday, July 25, 2014. (AP Photo/Dmitry Lovetsky)KHARKIV, Ukraine (AP) — A small group of Dutch and Australian investigators combed the sprawling, unsecured site where Malaysian Airlines Flight 17 went down, taking notes and photos as their governments prepared police detachments they hope can help protect the crash area and bring the last of the victims home.

International aviation officials to hold emergency talks on MH17
10:59 AM, 07.25.2014

A piece of the wreckage of the Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 is pictured in a field near the village of Grabove, in the region of Donetsk on July 20, 2014World aviation officials will hold an emergency meeting to discuss the downing of Flight MH17 over Ukraine, the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) announced Friday. The "special high-level meeting" will be held Tuesday, according to a statement, and will also cover "appropriate actions to be pursued in order to more effectively mitigate potential risks to civil aviation arising from conflict zones." The Malaysia Airlines plane was blown out of the sky last week by what is believed to be a surface-to-air missile, killing 298 passengers and crew and dramatically raising the stakes in Ukraine's bloody three-month conflict.

US clears Kuwaiti for release from Guantanamo
10:58 AM, 07.25.2014

WASHINGTON (AP) — The United States has cleared the release of a Kuwaiti man held at the U.S. military prison in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, for more than 12 years because of his suspected links to terrorism.

Fear drove Navardauskas to historic Tour victory
10:58 AM, 07.25.2014

Lithuania's Ramunas Navardauskas celebrates as he crosses the finish line at the end of the 19th stage of the Tour de France between Maubourguet Pays du Val d'Adour and Bergerac, on July 25, 2014Ramunas Navardauskas said the fear of being caught like Garmin teammate Jack Bauer in the final metres was what drove him to his historic first Lithuanian victory at the Tour de France on Friday. In driving rain, the Lithuanian held on to win by seven seconds ahead of a bunch sprint, with John Degenkolb second and Alexander Kristoff third.

EU edges to economic sanctions on Russia but narrows scope
10:56 AM, 07.25.2014

Russia's President Vladimir Putin talks to reporters during a meeting in BrasiliaBy Adrian Croft and Barbara Lewis BRUSSELS (Reuters) - The European Union reached outline agreement on Friday to impose the first economic sanctions on Russia over its behavior in Ukraine but scaled back their scope to exclude technology for the crucial gas sector. The sanctions on access to capital markets, arms and hi-tech goods are also likely to apply only to future contracts, leaving France free to go ahead with the controversial delivery of Mistral helicopter carriers being built for Russia. After months of hesitation, the 28-nation EU toughened its stance toward Moscow after last week's downing of a Malaysian airliner, killing 298 people, in an area of eastern Ukraine held by Russian-backed separatists. After a discussion that lasted all day Thursday and part of Friday, ambassadors asked the executive European Commission to draw up a legal text setting out economic sanctions for possible agreement as early as next week.

Russia says Ukraine tried to kill officers in cross-border mortar bombing
10:56 AM, 07.25.2014

By Thomas Grove MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russian authorities accused Ukraine of trying to kill investigators who were checking reports of cross-border shooting by firing a volley of mortar rounds over the frontier into Russia on Friday. A Russian security official said up to 40 mortar bombs fired by Ukrainian forces fell in the Russian province of Rostov near the border where Ukrainian government forces are fighting pro-Russian separatists. Russia's Investigative Committee said: "Those who shot from Ukraine carried out the shooting purposefully with an intent to kill Russian law enforcement officials." "It was only the poor preparation of the Ukrainian military and the timely evacuation of law enforcement officers under the cover of armored transport vehicles that did not allow the shooters to realize their intention," it said in a statement.

Bigger Russian artillery moving into Ukraine soon
10:53 AM, 07.25.2014

WASHINGTON (AP) — The movement of Russian heavy caliber artillery systems across the border into Ukraine is "imminent", the Pentagon said Friday, saying Russia is escalating the military action there.

Gunmen kill 15 civilians travelling in central Afghanistan
10:52 AM, 07.25.2014

Afghan security personnel stand guard in Chaghcharan city, in Ghor province, Afghanistan, on June 2, 2014Suspected Taliban gunmen stopped two vehicles in central Afghanistan and shot dead 15 passengers at the side of the road, officials said Friday, in the latest attack to highlight the growing civilian toll from violence. Only one man escaped the execution-style killing in Ghor province when the armed attackers gunned down 11 men, three women and one child. "They ordered all passengers to stand in one line, and then they shot them dead one by one," Abdul Hai Khatibi, spokesman for the governor of Ghor province, told AFP.

Despite Syria rift, Hezbollah pledges full support to Hamas
10:50 AM, 07.25.2014

Hezbollah leader Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah pledged full support on Friday to the Palestinian group Hamas in its conflict with Israel despite a deep rift between the two militant organizations over the civil war in Syria. "We in Hezbollah will be unstinting in all forms of support, assistance and aid that we are able to provide," Nasrallah said. Nasrallah delivered his speech in public in Hezbollah's stronghold of south Beirut, a rare event for the militant Shi'ite Lebanese leader who has lived in hiding, fearing for his security, after Hezbollah's 2006 war with Israel. Shi'ite Hezbollah has sent thousands of fighters into Syria to fight alongside President Bashar al-Assad's forces, helping turn the tide against overwhelmingly Sunni Muslim rebels.

Va. Gov.: Blessing more didn't die in tornado
10:47 AM, 07.25.2014

In this aerial photo people inspect damage at Cherrystone Family Camping & RV Resort in Northampton County, Thursday, July 24, 2014, near Cheriton, Va., after a severe storm swept through the area. Softball-sized hail and rain toppled dozens of trees and flipped recreational vehicles at the campground Thursday, killing two people and injuring more than two dozen, officials said. (AP Photo/The Virginian-Pilot, L. Todd Spencer) MAGS OUTCAPE CHARLES, Va. (AP) — Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe says it's a blessing more people didn't die when a tornado swept through a campground on the Eastern Shore that claimed two lives and injured dozens others.

Cause sought for gunfight between patient, doctor
10:45 AM, 07.25.2014

An officer walks near the scene of a shooting Thursday, July 24, 2014, at Mercy Fitzgerald Hospital in Darby, Pa. A shooting at a suburban Philadelphia hospital campus has killed one worker and injured two other people. (AP Photo)DARBY, Pa. (AP) — Authorities hope to learn Friday why a psychiatric patient allegedly killed a caseworker at a hospital complex outside Philadelphia and whether a psychiatrist who shot the patient with his own gun, wounding him, had feared the man.

FIFA rejects calls to strip Russia of World Cup
10:43 AM, 07.25.2014

In this photo taken on Sunday, July 13, 2014, FIFA President Sepp Blatter, left, and Russian President Vladimir Putin are seen during the official ceremony of handover to Russia as the 2018 World Cup hosts, after the World Cup final soccer match between Germany and Argentina at the Maracana Stadium in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (AP Photo/RIA-Novosti, Alexei Nikolsky, Presidential Press Service)GENEVA (AP) — FIFA rejected calls to move the 2018 World Cup from Russia, saying the tournament "can achieve positive change."

House votes to limit tax credit for immigrants
10:40 AM, 07.25.2014

WASHINGTON (AP) — The House passed a bill Friday that would gradually increase the popular child tax credit and make it available to more families with higher incomes.

Visa, Amazon pull stock market lower
10:35 AM, 07.25.2014

The New York Stock Exchange is shown, Monday, July 15, 2013 in New York. European stock markets were down Friday, July 25, 2014 while Asian markets took cheer from U.S. unemployment claims falling to an eight-year low. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)NEW YORK (AP) — Disappointing results at Visa and Amazon dragged on the stock market Friday, and put the Dow Jones industrial average on course for a weekly loss.

Baby dies after being left in hot car in Kansas
10:35 AM, 07.25.2014

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — Police have arrested the foster parent of a 10-month-old girl who died after being left inside a hot car in Wichita, Kansas.

Houston WR Andre Johnson reports to camp
10:30 AM, 07.25.2014

FILE - In this June 17, 2014, file photo, Houston Texans head coach Bill O'Brien walks through practice during NFL football minicamp in Houston. (AP Photo/Patric Schneider, File)HOUSTON (AP) — Andre Johnson is back with the Houston Texans, saying he reported to camp simply because he loves the game.

Amazon worker piloted drone around Space Needle
10:30 AM, 07.25.2014

SEATTLE (AP) — Police say an out-of-town Amazon employee was the operator behind a drone that buzzed the Seattle Space Needle this week.

BSkyB to create multinational European TV network
10:30 AM, 07.25.2014

LONDON (AP) — London-based pay TV network BSkyB has agreed to take control of its sister companies in Italy and Germany, creating a multinational European broadcaster. The deal could have a wider impact on the media industry, giving Rupert Murdoch's 21st Century Fox a cash boost to potentially revive its attempt to buy Time Warner.

McDonald's Japan halts sales of Chinese chicken after meat scandal
10:29 AM, 07.25.2014

A pedestrian walks past a McDonald's restaurant in Tokyo, on July 23, 2014McDonald's said Friday that its restaurants in Japan had stopped selling products made with chicken from China, in a marked widening of a scandal that saw expired meat sold to fast food giants. More than 3,000 restaurants across Japan had also halted imports of chicken products from the country, the chain said, as it switched to distributors in Thailand "to address the concerns of our customers". "We made this decision in view of the growing concern over McDonald's chicken products made in China," the Japanese unit's chief executive Sarah Casanova said in a statement. The move came as McDonald's in Hong Kong said it would no longer sell chicken nuggets and several other items sourced from a US-owned firm in China at the centre the scandal.

Gaza officials accuse Israel of war crimes at ICC
10:28 AM, 07.25.2014

PARIS (AP) — Top Palestinian officials have accused Israel of war crimes in Gaza, filing a complaint Friday to the International Criminal Court in The Hague.

Five Palestinians killed in West Bank violence: medics
10:27 AM, 07.25.2014

Five Palestinians were killed in the occupied West Bank on Friday in shootings involving both Israeli forces and a civilian who appeared to be a Jewish settler, medics and witnesses said. Three Palestinians were killed during clashes between Israeli forces shooting live bullets and protesters throwing stones near the flashpoint city of Hebron. The victims were walking along a main street used by both Palestinians and settlers. Clashes between Israeli border police and Palestinian youths throwing petrol bombs and fireworks escalated.

Prominent Libyan activist abducted amid clashes
10:27 AM, 07.25.2014

CAIRO (AP) — Armed men abducted a well-known Libyan political activist in the country's capital, his father said Friday, the latest in rampant attacks that have targeted officials, activists and foreigners in the strife-torn nation.

U.N. aviation body confirms safety meeting
10:26 AM, 07.25.2014

The United Nations agency that oversees civil aviation will host a special meeting with industry groups in Montreal on Tuesday to discuss ways to minimize risks in conflict zones after the recent downing of a Malaysian airliner in Ukraine. The International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) said in a release that it will host officials from the International Air Transport Association, Airports Council International and the Civil Air Navigation Services Organization.

Top German court rejects bid for Eichmann files
10:26 AM, 07.25.2014

FILE - The 1961 file photo shows Adolf Eichmann standing in his glass cage in the Jerusalem courtroom where he was tried for war crimes committed during World War II. Germany’s highest court has rejected a newspaper’s suit against a ruling that the country’s foreign intelligence service can keep secret parts of its files on Adolf Eichmann, known as the architect of the Holocaust. The Federal Constitutional Court said Friday July 25, 2014 that the complaint was dismissed last month. No reasons were given for the decision. Bild newspaper had sought to overturn a lower court’s ruling last year that the BND intelligence agency was within its rights to black out passages from the files sought by a journalist attempting to shed light on whether West German authorities knew in the 1950s where Eichmann fled after World War II. (AP Photo,b/w file)BERLIN (AP) — Germany's highest court has rejected a newspaper's bid to gain unrestricted access to all the foreign intelligence service's files on Adolf Eichmann, known as the architect of the Holocaust.

White House aide says Republicans might try for Obama impeachment
10:24 AM, 07.25.2014

U.S. President Obama disembarks from Air Force One as he arrives at Los Angeles International AirportBy Steve Holland WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A top White House adviser said on Friday Republicans might try to impeach President Barack Obama over his go-it-alone immigration strategy, as Obama prepared to talk about the U.S. border crisis with Central American presidents. Dan Pfeiffer, one of Obama's longest-serving advisers, told reporters that the executive actions Obama will approve at the end of the summer aimed at tackling illegal immigration will likely generate ire from Republicans who have blocked comprehensive immigration legislation.

Disappointing results at Visa, Amazon dent stocks
10:20 AM, 07.25.2014

The New York Stock Exchange is shown, Monday, July 15, 2013 in New York. European stock markets were down Friday, July 25, 2014 while Asian markets took cheer from U.S. unemployment claims falling to an eight-year low. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)NEW YORK (AP) — The stock market is falling in midday trading after Visa and Amazon posted weaker results than Wall Street expected. Facebook Page

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