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  • Michigan dog owner may be charged in fatal attack Jul 25, 2014 10:23 AM
    The owner of two dogs that fatally mauled a man as he jogged along a rural Michigan road could be charged after the attack, which was the third since 2012 involving canines from the same property, officials said.

  • Lunch special: Pope lines up for self-serve meal Jul 25, 2014 12:50 PM
    Do you make the pope pay for lunch? Pope Francis popped in unannounced at the Vatican workers’ cafeteria Friday and lined up, tray in hand, along with stunned diners. Cashier Claudia Di Giacomo told Vatican newspaper L’Osservatore Romano that when Francis presented his tray with a plate of cod, a bowl of fusilli pasta without sauce, a side of grilled tomatoes and ‘’just a few” french fries, she ‘’didn’t have the courage to hand him the bill.”

  • De Beers sees resurgent demand for diamonds in Modi’s India Jul 25, 2014 8:03 AM
    De Beers expects new Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi to champion the diamond industry and sees a return to growth for the world’s third-biggest market.“India is the good news versus last year,” Philippe Mellier, De Beers chief executive officer, said in an phone interview in London today. “It is clearly starting to grow again. The election of Mr. Modi is clearly changing the paradigm there. We all believe he is going to support the industry.”

  • Family feud sparks revolt at grocery store chain Jul 25, 2014 8:57 AM
    It's been called a David vs. Goliath story, a "Tale of Two Arthurs" and even the "ultimate Greek tragedy," but the characters in this drama are not Biblical or literary figures. They're grocery store owners. workers' revolt at the Market Basket supermarket chain has led to empty store shelves, angry customers and support for a boycott from more than 100 state legislators and mayors. Industry analysts say worker revolts at non-union companies are rare, but what's happening at Market Basket is particularly unusual because the workers are not asking for higher pay or better benefits.

  • Fast-food scare adds foreign-owned suppliers to food woes Jul 25, 2014 10:04 AM
    China is suffering through yet another food-safety scandal, and this time even the foreign- owned suppliers are under the microscope. For five days, restaurant patrons from Shanghai to Tokyo have been reeling from revelations that hamburgers, chicken nuggets and other products they bought from some of the world’s best-known food chains -- including Oak Brook-based McDonald’s Corp. and Yum! Brands Inc.’s KFC and Pizza Hut -- were made with spoiled meat.

  • Teams converge on remote site of Algerian plane crash Jul 25, 2014 10:29 PM
    Aviation experts, criminal investigators and soldiers began converging Friday on an isolated patch of restive Mali to search for clues that might explain why an Air Algerie jetliner fell from the sky in a storm and apparently disintegrated on impact. French authorities said the catastrophe was probably the result of extreme bad weather, but they refused to exclude other possibilities, like terrorism, without a full investigation. All 118 people aboard the plane were killed. The loss of flight 5017 wiped out whole families. Nearly half of the dead were French. The passenger list also included other Europeans, Canadians and Africans. The six crew members were Spanish. One man pleaded with French officials not to hold back any information about the crash that killed his brother and other family members. “Tell us. Especially give us an explanation,” Amadou Ouedraogo asked on BFM-TV. French authorities planned to meet Saturday with victims’ families. The MD-83 was flying from Ouagadougou, capital of Burkina Faso, to Algiers, Algeria, when it disappeared early Thursday just 50 minutes after takeoff — the third crash of a passenger plane in the last week. More than 200 French, Malian and Dutch troops from the United Nations force in Mali secured the site ahead of the arrival this weekend of aviation and criminal investigators. France has opened a manslaughter investigation because of the 54 French victims. One of plane’s two black boxes was found Friday and sent to Gao, the northern Mali city where a contingent of French troops is based. French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius said victims’ remains would be sent to Gao for identification before being returned home. Difficult access to the area and instability could hinder the investigation. Gao is in the heart of a still-restive desert and mountain area in northern Mali that fell under the control of Tuareg separatists, then al-Qaida linked Islamist extremists after a 2012 military coup. French forces intervened in the west African country in January 2013 to rout Islamist extremists controlling the region. A French soldier was killed earlier this month in the Gao region. The debris field to the south is in a concentrated area in the Gossi region near the border with Burkina Faso. The area is “in a zone of savannah and sand with very difficult access, especially in this rainy season,” Fabius said at a presentation with the defense and transport ministers. Traveling by road from the debris field to Gossi would take six hours, he said, stressing that the field investigation could take time. Col. Patrick Tourron of the French Gendarmerie’s victim-identification unit told BFM-TV that fingerprints, DNA and teeth would provide the primary clues to each victim’s identity. Surviving family members were to be asked for victims’ toothbrushes and the names of their dentists, he said. Video of the wreckage site taken by a soldier from Burkina Faso, the nation first on the scene, showed unrecognizable debris scattered over a desolate area dotted with scrubby vegetation. There were bits of twisted metal but no identifiable parts such as the fuselage or tail, or victims’ bodies. An aerial view shown later on French television revealed similar devastation. Investigators from Mali, Burkina Faso, Algeria and Spain were joining the inquiry, the French foreign minister said. It’s too early to know “with absolute certitude” what caused the disaster, Fabius said, but he noted major storms in the region. The pilot of the jet had advised controllers in Niger that he needed to change routes because of a storm, Burkina Faso Transport Minister Jean Bertin Ouedraogo said Thursday. Contact with the plane was then lost. A French Reaper drone based in neighboring Niger spotted the wreckage after getting alerts from Burkina Faso and Malian soldiers, Defense Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian told reporters. “There are hypotheses, notably weather-related, but we don’t rule out anything because we want to know what happened,” French President Francois Hollande said Friday after a crisis meeting. Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve reiterated the same message: “We think the plane went down due to weather conditions.” But, speaking on RTL radio, he added: “Terrorist groups are in the zone. ... We know these groups are hostile to Western interests.” The jet, owned by the Spanish airline Swiftair, had passed its annual air navigation certificate inspection in January without any problems, Spanish Deputy Prime Minister Soraya Saenz de Santamaria said Friday. The European Aviation Safety Agency also carried out a “ramp inspection” — or unannounced spot check — of the plane in June. Santamaria said another ramp inspection was done in Marseille, France, on July 22 — two days before the plane went down. Ramp inspections “are limited to on-the-spot assessments and cannot substitute for proper regulatory oversight,” the EASA website says. “Ramp inspections serve as pointers, but they cannot guarantee the airworthiness of a particular aircraft.” A Malaysia Airlines flight was shot down last week over war-torn eastern Ukraine. The U.S. has blamed it on separatists firing a surface-to-air missile. On Wednesday, a Taiwanese plane crashed during a storm, killing 48 people.

  • Pope may visit u.S. In 2015 for families meeting Jul 25, 2014 12:52 PM
    Pope Francis may undertake his first trip to the U.S. next year to attend the World Meeting of Families scheduled to take place in Philadelphia in September 2015.The pope has “expressed his willingness” to attend the meeting, Vatican spokesman Father Federico Lombardi said speaking on the phone from Rome. “Nothing operational has begun relative to a plan or program for a visit.”

  • Mystery dolls were meant to spread cheer, not chill Jul 25, 2014 8:38 AM
    They sent a creepy feeling through several Southern California families, but authorities say the person who left porcelain dolls on doorsteps didn’t mean any harm.The Orange County Sheriff’s Department said Thursday that someone had left the dolls wearing nightgowns and lace dresses at as many as eight homes in a San Clemente neighborhood this week.

  • Fast food workers prepare to escalate wage demands Jul 25, 2014 2:49 PM
    Fast food workers say they’re prepared to escalate their campaign for higher wages and union representation, starting with a national convention in Villa Park where more than 1,000 workers are expected to discuss the future of the effort that has spread to dozens of cities in less than two years.

  • Travelers to pay for Ukraine detours as longer flights lift cost Jul 25, 2014 7:53 AM
    The extra cost from rerouting hundreds of airliners around Ukrainian airspace, shut down following the downing of a Malaysian Air flight last week, is set to translate into higher ticket prices for passengers. “If you lengthen routes, you use more fuel so it is more costly,” Air France-KLM Group Chief Executive Officer Alexandre de Juniac said in Paris today. “At the end of the day, we will have to increase slightly the price of the ticket on those routes. I think that is perfectly fair.”

  • U.S.: Russia is firing across border into Ukraine Jul 25, 2014 9:52 PM
    Ukraine and Russia traded accusations of cross-border shelling as the U.S. said Russia now has 12,000 troops on the frontier and there are signs it’s planning to supply heavier weapons to rebels in east Ukraine. A Ukrainian border checkpoint at Marynivka in the Donetsk region “was attacked from Russian territory by mortars, Grad missile systems and artillery,” twice yesterday evening.

  • Mother, daughter die after Philly food truck blast Jul 24, 2014 11:53 AM
    A mother and teenage daughter have died of injuries they suffered in a fiery explosion inside their food truck earlier this month, authorities said Thursday. Jaylin Steffany Landaverry Galdanez, 17, died Tuesday and Olga Galdanez, 42, died Sunday, according to the medical examiner’s office. The mother owned the truck.

  • GM sets aside at least $400 million for ignition recall victims Jul 24, 2014 8:19 AM
    General Motors Co., posting a second-quarter profit that missed analyst estimates, said it will spend at least $400 million to pay victims of the 2.59 million compact cars with potentially faulty ignition switch linked to at least 13 deaths. Profit excluding one-time items was 58 cents a share, helped by redesigned pickups and large sport-utility vehicles in the U.S. and improved sales in China, Detroit-based GM said today in a statement. That compared with an average estimate of 59 cents from 14 analysts, according to data compiled by Bloomberg.

  • United to resume flights to israel as other airlines plot return Jul 24, 2014 11:10 AM
    Chicago-based United Continental Holdings Inc. and Alitalia SpA are resuming flights to Tel Aviv as other airlines weigh their options following an almost two-day halt in service to Israel because of concern about rocket fire.American Airlines Group Inc., Delta Air Lines Inc. and Deutsche Lufthansa AG are among the carriers assessing the security and have yet to announce a decision on restoring arrivals and departures at Israel’s busiest airport.

  • Wyoming cave with fossil secrets to be excavated Jul 24, 2014 9:45 AM
    For the first time in more than 30 years, paleontologists are about to revisit one of North America's most remarkable troves of late Pleistocene fossils: The bones of tens of thousands of animals piled at least 30 feet deep at the bottom of a sinkhole-type cave.Natural Trap Cave in north-central Wyoming is 85 feet deep and almost impossible to see until you're standing right next to it. Over tens of thousands of years, many, many animals shared the misfortune of not noticing the 15-foot-wide opening until they were plunging to their deaths.

  • Google risks ire on jogging memories meant to be forgotten Jul 24, 2014 8:20 AM
    Google Inc. risks a fresh round of criticism after its attempts to apply a court ruling giving citizens the right to be forgotten backfired, Ireland’s data watchdog said ahead of an industry summit with European Union privacy chiefs. The world’s biggest search engine’s policy of telling media when it had pulled links to some stories has resulted in outlets flagging such articles. That may mean more publicity for a person who had asked for a removal from search results in the first place, said Billy Hawkes, the Irish Data Protection Commissioner.

  • Facebook poised to hit record high as mobile ads fuel gains Jul 24, 2014 8:19 AM
    Mark Zuckerberg is staring down naysayers who hammered Facebook Inc.’s stock after its debut two years ago. Facebook shares are poised to reach a new high today after the social network topped its record close from March of $72.03 in early trading. Fueling the rise: The company showed again that mobile advertisements are powering revenue and profit.

  • American Airlines to pay first dividend since 1980 Jul 24, 2014 8:18 AM
    American Airlines says it will pay its first dividend since 1980. The company announced Thursday that shareholders will get a quarterly cash dividend of 10 cents per share. American will also spend up to $1 billion to buy back shares, which raises the value of remaining shares. American Airlines Group Inc. made the announcement as it reported net income of $864 million in the second quarter, up from $220 million a year earlier.

  • Aurora-based supplier of expired beef in China apologizes Jul 24, 2014 6:58 AM
    The chairman of an Aurora-based meat supplier apologized Thursday for a Chinese subsidiary that is accused of selling expired beef and chicken to restaurants including McDonald's and KFC. Fast food chains in China suspended use of products from Shanghai Husi Food Co. after a television station reported last weekend it repackaged and sold meat past its use-by date. “What happened at Husi Shanghai is completely unacceptable. I will not try to defend it or explain it,” said Sheldon Lavin, chairman and chief executive of Aurora-based OSI Group, which owns Husi Food.

  • FAA lifts ban on US flights to Tel Aviv airport Jul 24, 2014 6:41 AM
    he Federal Aviation Administration has lifted its ban on U.S. flights in and out of Israel, which the agency had imposed out of concern for the risk of planes being hit by Hamas rockets. The decision was effective at 11:45 p.m. EDT Wednesday. “Before making this decision, the FAA worked with its U.S. government counterparts to assess the security situation in Israel and carefully reviewed both significant new information and measures the government of Israel is taking to mitigate potential risks to civil aviation,” the FAA said.

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