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Gaza bloodshed deepens as airlines shun Israel
By Nidal al-Mughrabi and Crispian Balmer GAZA/JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Gaza fighting raged on Wednesday, displacing thousands more Palestinians in the battered territory as U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said efforts to secure a truce between Israel and Hamas had made some progress. In a blow to Israel's economy and image, American aviation authorities extended a ban on U.S. flights to Tel Aviv for a second day, spooked by rocket salvoes out of the Gaza Strip, with many other global airlines also avoiding the Jewish state. Hamas leader Khaled Meshaal, speaking in Qatar, praised the group's fighters, whom he said had made gains against Israel and said he supported a humanitarian truce but a ceasefire would only be acceptable in exchange for easing Gazans' plight. Adding to the pressure on Israel, U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay said there was "a strong possibility" that it was committing war crimes in Gaza, where 692 Palestinians, mostly civilians, have died in the fighting.

Wed, 23 Jul 2014 18:35:17 -0400

Exclusive: Ukraine rebel commander acknowledges fighters had BUK missile
UKRAINE-CRISIS/COMMANDERBy Anton Zverev DONETSK Ukraine (Reuters) - A powerful Ukrainian rebel leader has confirmed that pro-Russian separatists had an anti-aircraft missile of the type Washington says was used to shoot down Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 and it could have originated in Russia. In an interview with Reuters, Alexander Khodakovsky, commander of the Vostok Battalion, acknowledged for the first time since the airliner was brought down in eastern Ukraine on Thursday that the rebels did possess the BUK missile system and said it could have been sent back subsequently to remove proof of its presence. Before the Malaysian plane was shot down, rebels had boasted of obtaining the BUK missiles, which can shoot down airliners at cruising height.

Wed, 23 Jul 2014 18:47:53 -0400

Dutch mourn as first MH17 bodies arrive in Netherlands
Family members of the victims killed in Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 plane disaster are seen reacting next to Mayor Pieter Broertjes through the window of a hearse carrying the victims' bodies, in HilversumBy Harro Ten Wolde and Thomas Escritt EINDHOVEN Netherlands (Reuters) - The bodies of the first victims from a Malaysian airliner shot down over Ukraine last week arrived on Wednesday at a military base in the Netherlands - a nation in shock and sorrow. Bells pealed and flags flew at half mast in memory of the 298 people killed when flight MH17 came down in an area of eastern Ukraine held by Russian-backed separatists, in the first national day of mourning since wartime Queen Wilhelmina died in 1962. King Willem-Alexander and Prime Minister Mark Rutte joined dignitaries on the tarmac as two military aircraft carrying 40 plain wooden coffins landed at Eindhoven in the southern Netherlands. Relatives of some of the victims were present at the airport but were shielded from the media glare, officials said.

Wed, 23 Jul 2014 15:29:41 -0400

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Broncos owner giving up control due to Alzheimer's (Yahoo Sports)
FILE - This is a Sept. 29, 2013, file photo showing Denver Broncos owner Pat Bowlen looking on during an NFL game against the Philadelphia Eagles in Denver. Bowlen is giving up control of the team as he battles Alzheimer's disease. The team announced Wednesday, July 23, 2014 that the 70-year-old Bowlen will no longer be a part of the team's daily operations. (AP Photo/Jack Dempsey, File)Even as dementia began to rob him of some of his fondest memories over the past few years, Denver Broncos owner Pat Bowlen reported to work every day to oversee multimillion-dollar upgrades to the team's training facilities and roster. ''This place will never be the same,'' a choked-up general manager John Elway said. ''... It's going to be very hard to not see him walk through the front doors every day.'' Yet, Elway and team president Joe Ellis pledged to continue Bowlen's legacy and winning culture he fostered during his long stewardship of the franchise.

Wed, 23 Jul 2014 14:34:22 PDT

AP source: Chiefs, Charles reach 2-year deal (Yahoo Sports)
Kansas City Chiefs running back Jamaal Charles (25) runs against Indianapolis Colts inside linebacker Kelvin Sheppard (52) during the first half of an NFL football game at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City, Mo., Sunday, Dec. 22, 2013. (AP Photo/Ed Zurga)Pro Bowl running back Jamaal Charles has reached a two-year contract extension with the Kansas City Chiefs. The deal will keep Charles in Kansas City through the 2017 season, a person familiar with the contract said Wednesday on condition of anonymity because the team has not disclosed details. ''I had no intention on holding out,'' Charles tweeted. It was a long walk I tell ya.'' The six-year NFL veteran ran for 1,287 yards and 12 touchdowns last year as the Chiefs reached the playoffs.

Wed, 23 Jul 2014 16:43:53 PDT

Gronk cleared to play at Patriots training camp (Yahoo Sports)
FILE - In this June 17, 2014, file photo, New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski runs during an NFL football minicamp in Foxborough, Mass. Gronkowski has been cleared to practice less than eight months after suffering a season-ending knee injury. The star tight end is expected to be on the field on Thursday, July 24, 2014, for the Patriots first public practice of training camp. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa, File)Rob Gronkowski was a training camp spectator last summer while recovering from surgery. ''He's been cleared to play,'' coach Bill Belichick said Wednesday. ''We were all hoping Gronk would have a good recovery and so far he has,'' Patriots left guard Logan Mankins said. ''He's a tremendous player,'' defensive end Rob Ninkovich said.

Wed, 23 Jul 2014 13:22:48 PDT

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Facebook beats Wall Street targets, stock hits record high
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg speaks during a news conference at Facebook headquarters in Palo AltoBy Alexei Oreskovic SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Facebook Inc's fast-growing mobile advertising business helped drive a 61 percent increase in revenue during the second quarter, beating Wall Street's financial targets and sending shares to a record-high in after-hours trading on Wednesday. Facebook now counts 1.5 million advertising customers and the company's ad business saw strong growth across all of its geographic regions, Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg told Reuters in an interview on Wednesday. Investors bid up shares of Facebook roughly 5 percent to $75.13 in after-hours trading on Wednesday, giving the Internet company a roughly $190 billion valuation, putting it on par with IBM Corp. "It might be more expensive from a market cap perspective, but I don’t think anyone was expecting this level of profitability," JMP Securities analyst Ronald Josey said. Facebook's operating margin expanded to 48 percent of revenue in the second quarter, up from 31 percent in the year-ago period.

Wed, 23 Jul 2014 19:56:01 -0400

Asia shares edge higher, wary ahead of China factory survey
Pedestrians standing in front of brokerage are reflected in a polished stone surface, in TokyoBy Wayne Cole SYDNEY (Reuters) - Asian stocks inched higher on Thursday, encouraged by upbeat corporate results and a record close on Wall Street, while unrest in the Middle East and Ukraine underpinned demand for high-rated bonds. MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan was up a slim 0.09 percent. "Emerging markets continue to be main benefactor from the mix of low volatility, improving global growth and supportive central banks," said analysts at Barclays in a note.

Wed, 23 Jul 2014 20:38:38 -0400

GM recalls 717,950 vehicles in U.S., not for ignition switches
General Motors displays its 2014 GMC Sierra full-size pickup truck after unveiling it and the 2014 Chevrolet Silverado full-size pickup truck in Pontiac, Michigan in this file photoGeneral Motors Co on Wednesday announced six recalls covering 717,950 vehicles in the United States for varying reasons, although none were related to ignition switch issues. GM has recalled nearly 15 million vehicles worldwide this year for potentially lethal issues with ignition switches. Vehicles involved in the recalls announced Wednesday have been linked to two crashes and three injuries but no deaths, GM said. Most of GM's recalls this year have been for older models, but many of the recalls announced Wednesday are for current-model vehicles, including about 57,000 Chevrolet Impala sedans from the 2014 model year for the loss of power steering.

Wed, 23 Jul 2014 14:38:35 -0400

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2-hour Arizona execution stirs outrage
FILE - This undated file photo provided by the Arizona Department of Corrections shows inmate Joseph Rudolph Wood. The U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday, July 23, 2014 denied a final, last-ditch appeal from Wood, who is seeking a reprieve from execution. (AP Photo/Arizona Department of Corrections, File)Lawyers of Arizona death row inmate said he was gasping, snorting for an hour.

Wed, 23 Jul 2014 21:18:06 -0400

Senator: PTSD influenced thesis plagiarism
FILE - In this Feb. 11, 2014, file photo, Sen. John Walsh, D-Mont., right, and his son Michael leave the Old Senate Chamber on Capitol Hill in Washington, after a ceremonial swearing-in ceremony with Vice President Joe Biden. Walsh's thesis written for the U.S. Army War College contains unattributed passages that appear to be taken word-for-word from previously published papers. The Democrat is running to keep the seat he was appointed to in February. Walsh faces Republican U.S. Rep. Steve Daines on Nov. 4. (AP Photo/Lauren Victoria Burke, File)Sen. John Walsh of Montana said Wednesday his failure to attribute conclusions and verbatim passages lifted from other scholars' work in his thesis to earn a master's degree from the U.S. Army War College was an unintentional mistake caused in part by post-traumatic stress disorder.

Wed, 23 Jul 2014 20:13:45 -0400

Judge strikes down Colorado gay marriage ban
Two plaintiffs in a lawsuit to overturn Colordo's gay marriage ban, Cassie Rubald, left, and her partner, Rachel Catt, hold hands during a news conference outside the federal courthouse in downtown Denver on Tuesday, July 1, 2014. Six gay couples filed the lawsuit to ask for an injunction to stop all officials from enforcing the ban on gay marriage in Colorado. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)A federal judge in Denver has declared Colorado's gay marriage ban unconstitutional, but he issued a temporary stay of the ruling until an appeals court hearing next month.

Wed, 23 Jul 2014 21:34:16 -0400