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U.S., Europe hit Russia with new sanctions
29 Jul 2014 at 12:50pm
New round of U.S. sanctions targets Russian banks and a shipbuilding company.
Top doctor dies from Ebola after treating dozens
29 Jul 2014 at 1:18pm
Authorities say the top doctor treating Ebola in Sierra Leone has died from the disease.
NCAA settles head-injury suit, will change rules
The NCAA agreed Tuesday to settle a class-action head-injury lawsuit by creating a $70 million fund to diagnose thousands of current and former college athletes to determine if they suffered brain trauma playing football, hockey, soccer and other contact sports.
Senate confirms McDonald as VA secretary
29 Jul 2014 at 12:33pm
The Senate on Tuesday unanimously confirmed former Procter & Gamble CEO Robert McDonald as the new Veterans Affairs secretary, with a mission to overhaul an agency beleaguered by long veterans' waits for health care and VA workers falsifying records to cover up delays.
Ventura awarded $1.8M in defamation case
29 Jul 2014 at 11:25am
Former Minn. governor awarded in lawsuit against "American Sniper" author Chris Kyle's estate.
Business denies hiring George Zimmerman for security
29 Jul 2014 at 11:40am
The manager of a Florida business where George Zimmerman was questioned by police says Zimmerman was never hired to provide security, despite his claims to authorities.
Trial reveals Bob McDonnell's wife had 'crush' on CEO
29 Jul 2014 at 11:10am
Former Virginia Governor Robert McDonnell and his wife were barely on speaking terms when they accepted $165,000 in gifts and loans from a vitamin company executive, defense attorneys said on Tuesday at the start of the pair's corruption trial. Federal prosecutors described Robert and Maureen McDonnell as conspiring to take gifts from Jonnie Williams, the chief executive of Star Scientific Inc, in exchange for promoting his products. "At the time of this supposed conspiracy, the McDonnells' marriage had broken down and they were barely on speaking terms," defense attorney William Burck said.
Ga. school system sued in Kendrick Johnson's gym mat death
29 Jul 2014 at 8:46am
The parents of a south Georgia teenager found dead inside a rolled-up gym mat at school filed a wrongful death lawsuit against local school administrators Monday.
Dozens dead in China attacks; Muslim leader calls for restraint
29 Jul 2014 at 11:05am
By Ben Blanchard BEIJING (Reuters) - Chinese police shot dead dozens of knife-wielding attackers on Monday morning after they staged assaults on two towns in the western region of Xinjiang, the official Xinhua news agency said on Tuesday. A gang armed with knives had first attacked a police station and government offices in the town of Elixku, in Shache county, it said, quoting local police. The dead and injured include not just Uighurs but members of China's majority Han Chinese population, the report said. The U.S.-based Rebiya Kadeer, president of the exiled World Uyghur Congress, called for restraint, saying in a statement that she was worried "China will use this incident to step up repression, causing more people to lose their freedom." The attack took place at the end of the holy month of Ramadan, which officials had tried to get Muslims in Xinjiang to ignore, in an indication of what rights groups say is discrimination targeting the Uighurs.
Dems cash in on impeachment chatter
29 Jul 2014 at 1:23pm
Democrats have raised $7.6M since an anti-Obama lawsuit was announced in June.
Rat rampage at Paris' Louvre garden scares les touristes
29 Jul 2014 at 8:51am
PARIS (AP) ? Rats are on the rampage in the elegant garden of the Louvre Museum, so bold they romp onto the grass in broad daylight, defying sanitation workers and scaring tourists visiting the site.
Cease-fire elusive as Gaza burns
29 Jul 2014 at 1:10pm
Israel bombardment leaves scores dead on day 22 of conflict; Palestinian leaders say day-long truce on table.
White House: Delay climate change action, pay $150B a year
29 Jul 2014 at 8:33am
Delaying efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions could cost the US $150 billion per year, the White House warned Tuesday in a report on the economic consequences of inaction on climate change. "Although delaying action can reduce costs in the short run, on net, delaying action to limit the effects of climate change is costly," the report said. "A delay that results in warming of 3 degrees Celsius (5.4 degrees Fahrenheit) above preindustrial levels, instead of 2 degrees, could increase economic damages by approximately 0.9 percent of global output," the report said. "These costs are not one-time, but are rather incurred year after year because of the permanent damage caused by increased climate change resulting from the delay," the report said.
NCAA settles concussion lawsuit by creating $70 million fund
29 Jul 2014 at 6:12am
CHICAGO (AP) ? The NCAA has agreed to settle a class-action head injury lawsuit by creating a $70 million fund to diagnose thousands of current and former college athletes to determine if they suffered brain trauma playing football, hockey, soccer and other contact sports, The Associated Press has learned.
Girl, 9, injured by plane that crashed on beach, has died
29 Jul 2014 at 11:16am
SARASOTA, Fla. (AP) ? Law enforcement officials in Florida say a 9-year-old girl has died from injuries suffered when she was hit by a plane that crash-landed on the beach where she was walking with her father.