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  • Brazil’s upside-down Cup: Bad on field, good off Jul 14, 2014 1:57 PM
    For Brazil, it was the upside-down World Cup. Brazilians lost at what they were certain they would win — soccer — and won where so many expected failure — organization. “The whole world thought the Cup would be full of problems — and it was a success,” said Eliane Cantanhede, a Brazilian political commentator.

     
  • Archie to be shot saving gay friend in comic book Jul 14, 2014 12:35 PM
    Archie Andrews will die taking a bullet for his gay best friend. The famous freckle-faced comic book icon is meeting his demise in Wednesday’s installment of “Life with Archie” when he intervenes in an assassination attempt on Kevin Keller, Archie Comics’ first openly gay character. Andrews’ death, which was first announced in April, will mark the conclusion of the series that focuses on grown-up renditions of Andrews and his Riverdale pals.

     
  • Citigroup to pay $7B in subprime mortgages probe Jul 14, 2014 5:02 PM
    Citigroup agreed Monday to pay $7 billion to settle a federal investigation into its handling of risky subprime mortgages, admitting to a pattern of deception that Attorney General Eric Holder said “shattered lives” and contributed to the worst financial crisis in decades.

     
  • For 2nd day, lightning kills 1 in Colorado park Jul 13, 2014 8:09 AM
    For the second day in a row, lightning has been blamed in the death of a visitor at Rocky Mountain National Park. Park spokeswoman Kyle Patterson says officials were notified late Saturday afternoon of four people being struck by lightning near Trail Ridge Road. The four were rushed to a hospital in Estes Park but Patterson says one man died of his injures.

     
  • Dead body falls out of coroner van, lands in road Jul 13, 2014 8:24 AM
    A dead body on a gurney fell out of a coroner's van when a door malfunctioned, sending the corpse into the middle of a busy roadway in Pennsylvania. The Bucks County Courier Times reports the accident happened around noon on Friday near a shopping center in Feasterville, Pennsylvania.

     
  • Heads up, World Cup teams: The robots are coming Jul 13, 2014 6:14 AM
    When robots first started playing soccer, it was a challenge for them just to see the ball. And to stay upright. But the machines participating in this month’s international RoboCup tournament are making passes and scoring points. Their ultimate goal? To beat the human World Cup champs within the next 35 years.

     
  • U.N. climate proposal leaves open option of rich-poor firewall Jul 13, 2014 6:18 AM
    The United Nations left open the option for rich and poor nations to remain divided in their obligations on climate change, setting up a conflict over exactly who should cut greenhouse gases.

     
  • More precious than gold, heroin, cocaine: Rhino horn Jul 13, 2014 6:13 AM
    More previous than gold, heroin and cocaine, Rhino horns add up to $8 billion to $10 billion annual global illicit trade in wildlife. “It is threatening the existence of species which have roamed the Earth since pre-historic times,” said Tony West, the U.S. Justice Department’s associate attorney general.

     
  • Who pays your doc? Info will be available online Jul 13, 2014 6:12 AM
    When many of us have a medical appointment we’re concerned about our finances: how much will we owe out-of-pocket? What’s our co-pay? But next time, you may also want to ask your doctors about their financial situation. This fall, all that info will be available to you online.

     
  • GOP keeps House edge in Democratic-leaning states Jul 12, 2014 5:04 PM
    Several other states have sent more Republicans to Congress than their presidential voting patterns would suggest. Obama carried Ohio twice, but Republicans control its U.S. House delegation 12-4. Pennsylvania hasn’t backed a GOP presidential nominee since 1988, but it has 13 House Republicans and five Democrats.

     
  • Google struggles with hiding it under EU’s right to be forgotten Jul 12, 2014 8:30 AM
    “Google it” is synonymous with seeking information. Now Google Inc. is struggling with a new rule: “Hide it.” The world’s biggest search-engine company is grappling with how to apply a European Union court decision that said citizens have a so-called right to be forgotten when Internet searches throw up results that are “inadequate, irrelevant, no longer relevant, or excessive.”

     
  • Israel tells north Gaza to evacuate; Security Council urges truce Jul 13, 2014 7:37 AM
    Gen. Motti Almoz, said Saturday there would be more strikes, especially in northern Gaza near the Israeli border. “We are going to attack there with great force in the next 24 hours due to a very large concentration of Hamas efforts in that area,” he said. Late Saturday, the military said it was ordering Palestinians in northern Gaza to evacuate “for their own safety.”

     
  • Buzz Aldrin launches lunar landing social media campaign Jul 12, 2014 6:45 AM
    Buzz Aldrin's big focus right now is the 45th anniversary of the first lunar landing. His company has launched a social media campaign, featuring a YouTube video in which celebrities and scientists relay their memories of July 20, 1969. “I feel we need to remind the world about the Apollo missions and that we can still do impossible things. The whole world celebrated our moon landing, but we missed the whole thing because we were out of town,” he says.

     
  • Kurds take control of two oil fields Jul 11, 2014 1:39 PM
    Kurdish security forces took over two major oil fields outside the disputed northern city of Kirkuk before dawn Friday and said they would use some of the production for domestic purposes, further widening a split with the central government of Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki.

     
  • Obama asking companies to pay suppliers faster Jul 11, 2014 7:02 AM
    Dozens of companies, including Apple, Honda and Coca-Cola, have agreed to pay their suppliers more quickly in a bid to boost small businesses, the White House announced Friday. President Barack Obama was to launch an initiative called SupplierPay during a White House meeting with businesses, suppliers and the head of the Small Business Administration. Under the program, 26 companies have committed to pay small businesses they contract with for parts and services faster, or to help them access capital at lower costs, the White House said.

     
  • Tobacco firms Reynolds, Lorillard in merger talks Jul 11, 2014 7:05 AM
    Cigarette makers Reynolds American Inc. and Lorillard Inc. say they are in talks of a possible merger that would combine two of the nation’s biggest tobacco companies.The announcement Friday follows media reports over the past few months about the possible combination that would create a formidable No. 2 to rival Altria Group Inc., owner of Philip Morris USA.

     
  • Fall elections loom over governors’ meeting Jul 11, 2014 9:46 AM
    Partisan divisions over immigration, education and health care are intensifying as dozens of the nation’s governors meet just months before elections thick with presidential implications. The three-day gathering of the National Governors Association represents the group’s final meeting before many state leaders face voters in an election season that will decide the balance of power in statehouses from Nevada to New Hampshire and could end some presidential campaigns before they begin.

     
  • As LeBron decides, Miami and Cleveland wait Jul 11, 2014 9:37 AM
    When it comes to LeBron James, all that’s certain is this: One fan base is about to feel scorned, and other is about to feel absolute joy. Miami or Cleveland? He became a champion in Miami. He still calls Ohio home. It’s obviously not an easy decision, and the ramifications of what he’s about to say will have a massive impact on the Heat and the Cavaliers.

     
  • Aereo presses case despite Supreme Court setback Jul 11, 2014 10:00 AM
    Aereo, the television-over-the-Internet service that suspended operations after the Supreme Court ruled against it, is refusing to disband for good.The company is now using the Supreme Court's own language to force broadcasters to treat it just like a cable TV company. In Aereo's view, that means broadcasters must license their signals to Aereo under a 1976 copyright law.

     
  • Obama official says immigrant kids draining funds Jul 11, 2014 9:46 AM
    The Homeland Security agency responsible for removing immigrants who are in the country illegally will run out of money by mid-August unless Congress approves President Barack Obama’s emergency request for $3.7 billion to help deal with a flood of child immigrants crossing the border illegally without their parents, Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson says. Additionally, Customs and Border Protection, whose 20,000-plus Border Patrol agents are responsible for arresting illegal border crossers, will be out of money by mid-September at the “current burn rate,” Johnson told the Senate Appropriations Committee on Thursday as he defended the president’s emergency budget request. Johnson said if Immigration and Customs Enforcement and the Border Patrol run out of money, the Homeland Security Department “would need to divert significant funds from other critical programs just to maintain operations.” While Johnson, Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Burwell and other administration officials made their pitch for the extra money, outlines of a possible compromise to more quickly deport minors arriving from Central America emerged Thursday. More than 57,000 child immigrants, mostly from Central America, have been caught crossing the Mexican border since Oct. 1. Republicans demanded speedier deportations for Central American immigrant children, which the White House initially had supported but left out of its emergency spending proposal after complaints from immigrant advocates and some Democrats. On Thursday, the top House and Senate Democrats pointedly left the door open to faster deportations. “It’s not a deal-breaker,” House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., said. “Let them have their face-saver. But let us have the resources to do what we have to do.” Pelosi spokesman Drew Hammill later clarified that any changes “must ensure due process for these children.” In the Senate, Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., said: “I’m not going to block anything. Let’s see what comes to the floor.” Johnson said that “discretion” to be able to more swiftly return Central American children to their home countries would help Homeland Security curb the flow of minors. At issue is a law approved in 2008. Passed to give protection to sex trafficking victims, it requires court hearings for young migrants who arrive in this country from “noncontiguous” countries — anywhere other than Mexico or Canada. But opposition arose Thursday from key Democratic senators, suggesting looming battles before any deal can be struck. “I can assure you that I will fight tooth and nail changes in the Trafficking Victims Protection Act,” Senate Judiciary Chairman Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., said at a hearing on the situation, referring to the law Republicans want to change. Reid and Pelosi made their comments as House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, and Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., both said they didn’t want to give Obama a “blank check” to deal with the crisis of tens of thousands of unaccompanied children arriving at the Texas border, many fleeing gangs and drawn by rumors they would be able to stay in the U.S. Boehner and McConnell indicated policy changes would be necessary to win their support. “We want to make sure we actually get the right tools to help fix the problem,” McConnell said. Obama “needs to work with us to get the right policy into effect.” Proponents of speedier deportations say an effective way to stem the tide of young immigrants crossing the border would be to send them back home right away, to show their parents that the trip north was wasted. Because of enormous backlogs in the immigration court system, the result in the current crisis is that minors streaming in from El Salvador, Honduras and Guatemala are released to relatives or others in the U.S. with notices to appear at long-distant court hearings that many of them never will attend. Republicans want the government to have the authority to treat Central American kids the same way as children from Mexico, who can be removed quickly unless they convince Border Patrol that they have a fear of return that merits additional screening. “I think clearly we would probably want the language similar to what we have with Mexico,” Boehner said. White House officials have said they support such changes and indicated last week that they would be offering them along with the emergency spending request. But immigration advocates objected strongly, saying children would be denied legal protections, and the White House has not yet made a formal proposal.

     
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