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3-day Gaza cease-fire goes into effect

Flares light up the sky over Gaza City, Friday Aug. 1, 2014. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Thursday that Israel will destroy Hamas' tunnel network in the Gaza Strip designed for deadly attacks inside Israel, "with or without a cease-fire." Israel expanded what started July 8 as an aerial campaign against Hamas and widened it into a ground offensive on July 17. Since then, Israel says the campaign has concentrated on destroying cross-border tunnels militants constructed to carry out attacks inside Israeli territory and ending rocket attacks on its cities. (AP Photo/Dusan Vranic) Heavy Israel-Hamas fighting is reported right up until the start of the humanitarian truce.


Tropical Storm Bertha forms in the Atlantic

This NOAA satellite image taken Thursday, July 31, 2014 at 10:45 AM EDT shows widely scattered clouds across the Caribbean Basin. A cluster of clouds is present north of Hispaniola, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands. A tropical wave is struggling to organize well east of the Lesser Antilles as it tracks westward. (AP Photo/Weather Underground) MIAMI (AP) — Tropical Storm Bertha has formed, becoming the second named storm of the Atlantic hurricane season.


Gas blasts kill 24, injure 271 in Taiwanese port

Vehicles are left lie in a destroyed street following multiple explosions from an underground gas leak in Kaohsiung, Taiwan, early Friday, Aug. 1, 2014. A massive gas leakage early Friday caused five explosions that killed scores of people and injured over 200 in the southern Taiwan port city of Kaohsiung. (AP Photo) TAIWAN OUT KAOHSIUNG, Taiwan (AP) — At least 24 people were killed and 271 injured when several underground gas explosions ripped through Taiwan's second-largest city, hurling concrete and cars through the air and blasting trenches in the streets, authorities said Friday, as a search for the cause began.


Market Chatter- Corporate finance press digest

Aug 1 (Reuters) - The following corporate finance-related stories were reported by media: * French telecommunications company Iliad SA has recently made a buyout offer for T-Mobile US Inc, rivalling an ...

Heavy Gaza fighting ahead of proposed 3-day truce

Flares light up the sky over Gaza City, Friday Aug. 1, 2014. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Thursday that Israel will destroy Hamas' tunnel network in the Gaza Strip designed for deadly attacks inside Israel, "with or without a cease-fire." Israel expanded what started July 8 as an aerial campaign against Hamas and widened it into a ground offensive on July 17. Since then, Israel says the campaign has concentrated on destroying cross-border tunnels militants constructed to carry out attacks inside Israeli territory and ending rocket attacks on its cities. (AP Photo/Dusan Vranic) GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — Palestinian officials say 17 Palestinians, including 10 members of one family, were killed in Israeli strikes ahead of a planned three-day cease-fire in the Gaza war.


Gas explosions kill 24, injure 271 in Taiwan

Vehicles are left lie in a destroyed street following multiple explosions from an underground gas leak in Kaohsiung, Taiwan, early Friday, Aug. 1, 2014. A massive gas leakage early Friday caused five explosions that killed scores of people and injured over 200 in the southern Taiwan port city of Kaohsiung. (AP Photo) TAIWAN OUT KAOHSIUNG, Taiwan (AP) — At least 24 people were killed and 271 injured when several underground gas explosions ripped through Taiwan's second-largest city, hurling concrete and cars through the air and blasting trenches in the streets, authorities said Friday, as a search for the cause began.


Asia stocks dip on Dow drop, China data cuts loss

FILE - This April 22, 2010, file photo, shows a Wall Street sign in front of the New York Stock Exchange. U.S. stocks slumped Thursday, July 31, 2014, as investors reacted to disappointing corporate earnings reports and assessed the implications of the approaching end to economic stimulus from the Federal Reserve. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File) HONG KONG (AP) — Most Asian stock markets dipped on Friday following a big sell-off on Wall Street but losses were limited by optimistic reports on China's economy.


Abbas seeks broad support for war crimes charges

FILE - In this Wednesday, July 16, 2014, file photo, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas listens to Arab League Secretary General Nabil Elaraby, during their meeting at his residence in Cairo, Egypt. Nearly a month into Israel's fierce assault on Hamas in Gaza, Abbas is facing mounting domestic pressure to seek war crimes charges against Israel at the International Criminal Court. (AP Photo/Amr Nabil, File) GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — Nearly a month into Israel's fierce assault on Hamas in Gaza, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas is facing mounting domestic pressure to seek war crimes charges against Israel at the International Criminal Court.


U.S. issues travel warning for 3 Ebola-hit countries

This photo provided by the CDC shows an ebola Virus. U.S. health officials are monitoring the Ebola outbreak in Africa but say the risk of the deadly germ spreading to the United States is remote. (AP Photo/CDC) U.S. health officials are warning Americans not to travel to the three African countries hit by an outbreak of Ebola.


22 dead, more than 270 injured in Taiwan gas blasts

Tossed vehicles line an destroyed street as flames continue to burn from multiple explosions from an underground gas leak in Kaohsiung, Taiwan, early Friday, Aug. 1, 2014. A massive gas leakage early Friday caused five explosions that killed several people and injured over 200 in the southern Taiwan port city of Kaohsiung. (AP Photo) TAIWAN OUT A gas leak reportedly caused multiple explosions in downtown Kaohsiung, Taiwan.


Death toll hits 51 from mudslide in Indian village

Indian villagers watch rescue operations at the site of a massive landslide in Malin village in Pune district of western Maharashtra state, India, Thursday, July 31, 2014. Two days of torrential rains triggered the landslide early Wednesday, killing more than two dozen people and trapping more than 150, authorities said. (AP Photo/Rafiq Maqbool) MALIN, India (AP) — Heavy rains hampered efforts Friday by hundreds of rescue workers digging through heavy mud and debris, as the death toll from a landslide that engulfed an entire village in western India rose to 51.


U.S. missionaries infected with Ebola to be brought home

Social Commentator Alfred Sirleaf, center rear, gives comment on current events in Liberia including the deadly Ebola virus by speaking and writhing them down on a blackboard as people gather around to listen to him in Monrovia, Liberia, Thursday, July 31, 2014. The worst recorded Ebola outbreak in history surpassed 700 deaths in West Africa as the World Health Organization on Thursday announced dozens of new fatalities. (AP Photo/Jonathan Paye-Layleh) An Atlanta hospital is preparing to treat one of the two American aid workers stricken with the deadly virus.


Congress oks VA, highway bills, not border measure

On the last day before Congress takes a five-week summer recess, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., checks her watch for a scheduled vote after speaking to reporters on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, July 31, 2014. Yesterday, Republicans pushed through legislation to launch a campaign-season lawsuit against President Barack Obama, accusing him of deliberately exceeding the bounds of his constitutional authority, Democrats have branded the effort a political charade and an effort by top Republicans to mollify conservatives who want Obama to be impeached. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite) WASHINGTON (AP) — Congress ran full-tilt into election-year gridlock over immigration Thursday and staggered toward a five-week summer break after failing to agree on legislation to cope with the influx of young immigrants flocking illegally to the United States.


Sudanese Christian convert who faced execution due in U.S.

Meriam Ibrahim holds her baby girl Maya after landing from Khartoum, at Ciampino's military airport, on the outskirts of Rome, Thursday, July 24, 2014. Meriam Ibrahim, the Sudanese woman who was sentenced to death in Sudan for refusing to recant her Christian faith has arrived in Italy along with her family, including an infant born in prison. Italy's premier welcomed Meriam Ibrahim at Rome's Ciampino airport on Thursday, calling it "a day of celebration." Ibrahim, whose father was Muslim but whose mother was an Orthodox Christian from Ethiopia, was accompanied by her husband, who is a citizen of both the United States and South Sudan, her 18-month-old son and an infant born May 27. The family is to spend a few days in Rome before heading to the United States. (AP Photo/Daniele Leone, Lapresse) Mariam Ibrahim had faced execution in Sudan for converting from Islam to Christianity.


Senate kills border crisis spending bill

FILE - In this July 12, 2014 file photo, migrants walk along the rail tracks after getting off a train during their journey toward the U.S.-Mexico border in Ixtepec, Mexico. Many of the immigrants recently flooding the nation’s southern border say they’re fleeing violent gangs in Central America. These gangs were a byproduct of U.S. immigration and Cold War policies, specifically growing from the increase in deportations in the 1990s. With weak dysfunctional governments at home, U.S. street gang culture easily took hold and flourished in these countries. (AP Photo/Eduardo Verdugo) Crisis of unaccompanied migrant youths at U.S.-Mexico border was impetus for $3.5B bill.


CIA spied on Senate, internal review finds

FILE - This March 11, 2014 file photo shows CIA Director John O. Brennan speaking in Washington. The CIA's insistence that it did not spy on its Senate overseers collapsed July 31 with the release of a stark report by the agency's internal watchdog documenting improper computer surveillance and obstructionist behavior by CIA officers. Those internal conclusions prompted Brennan to abandon months of defiance and defense of the agency and apologize to Senate intelligence committee leaders. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster, File) WASHINGTON (AP) — The CIA's insistence that it did not spy on its Senate overseers collapsed Thursday with the release of a stark report by the agency's internal watchdog documenting improper computer surveillance and obstructionist behavior by CIA officers.


Witnesses: No security-camera videos show OKC blast

FILE - In this April 24, 1995 file photo, an Oklahoma City police car decorated with the words "We will never forget" and a small American flag sits near the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City. On Thursday, July 31, 2014, the FBI capped off its attempt to persuade a federal judge in Salt Lake City that it is not hiding unreleased surveillance videos from the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing by bringing witnesses who testified that there has never been any security-camera videos of the bomb going off. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer, File) The FBI capped off its attempt to persuade a federal judge that it is not hiding unreleased surveillance videos from the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing by bringing witnesses Thursday who testified that there has never been any security-camera videos of the bomb going off.


Fla. boy, 12, arrested in homeless man's killing

generic_fp_shooting_v6 A 12-year-old Florida boy was under arrest Thursday and accused of fatally shooting a homeless man in the head during a "horrific event," police said.


NASA to test making rocket fuel ingredient on Mars

The Mast Camera (Mastcam) instrument on NASA's Curiosity Mars rover shows a series of sedimentary deposits in the Glenelg area of Gale Crater NASA plans to make oxygen — a key ingredient of rocket fuel — on Mars early next decade.


Ebola-infected aid worker to be moved to Atlanta hospital

This photo provided by the CDC shows an ebola Virus. U.S. health officials are monitoring the Ebola outbreak in Africa but say the risk of the deadly germ spreading to the United States is remote. (AP Photo/CDC) A U.S. humanitarian aid worker who was infected with Ebola in West Africa will be transferred back to the United States and treated in a special high security ward at Emory University Hospital in Atlanta, hospital officials said on Thursday. The aid worker, who was infected while working to help contain the Ebola outbreak in West Africa, will be moved in the next several days to a special isolation unit it has set up in collaboration with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Earlier on Thursday, White House spokesman Josh Earnest said in a news briefing that the State Department was working with the CDC facilitate options for potential medical evacuations of American humanitarian aid workers who have contracted Ebola in West Africa, although he did not mention the workers by name.


Finance News Update, what you need to know

WORLD FINANCE UPDATE: The Australian dollar has fallen below 92 US cents for the first time in two months, pushed down by big falls in European and US stock markets. At 0630 AEST on Friday, the local unit ...

CIA director says sorry to Senate for improper computer searches

What Keeps CIA Director John Brennan Awake At Night WASHINGTON (AP) — CIA Director John Brennan is apologizing to Senate intelligence committee leaders after his inspector general found that CIA employees acted improperly when the CIA searched Senate computers earlier this year.


House cancels vote on $659M border bill

Border Patrol officers guard the US Border Patrol facility in Murrieta, California on July 3, 2014, where tension is rising over the arrival of undocumented immigrants Divided House abandoned immigration vote after tea partyers withdrew support.


‘Woman in black,' a social-media phenomenon, reaches home

woman in black A 50-something Army veteran who caused an Internet sensation as she traveled nearly 500 miles by foot, clad in long, black robes and sandals, has apparently reached what she calls “home” in Winchester, Va., police in Virginia say. Elizabeth Poles traveled for two months, and was seen from Georgia to West Virginia in her wanderings.


Ebola-infected doctor lauded for 'heroic and sacrificial service'

Even from his own sickbed, Dr. Kent Brantly continues to put the well-being of others before his own.

Tell it to the 99 percent

UNEMPLOYED VETS ARE ABOUT TO FLOOD THE JOB MARKET Unemployment at five-year low, July jobs report said positive, yet many feel wallet pain.


Fitch Releases New Issue Report on Rio Finance Oil Trust

Fitch Ratings has published a new issue report titled Rio Finance Oil Trust Series 2014-1 Notes and 2014-2 Special Indebtedness Interests.

Crashed drone tried to fly phones, pot into S.C. prison

A HEXO+ drone prototype By Harriet McLeod CHARLESTON S.C. (Reuters) - A drone being flown in a novel attempt to smuggle phones, marijuana and tobacco into a South Carolina maximum security prison crashed outside its walls, authorities said on Wednesday. The contraband smuggling attempt has been under investigation since the wreckage was discovered in April outside the Lee Correctional Institution in Bishopville, said state Department of Corrections spokeswoman Stephanie Givens. Officials believe it was the first time an unmanned aircraft had been used in an effort to breach prison walls in the state, Givens said. Illegal cellphones, an issue in prisons nationwide, have drawn particular alarm in South Carolina.


Omega Commercial Finance Corporation Affects a 1-for-20,000 Reverse Stock Split

Omega Commercial Finance Corporation is a fully reporting publicly traded financial services holding company with their principal companies operating in the commercial real estate financing and asset backed ...

Bush impeachment never happened, co-sponsor says

Sheila Jackson Lee in charge of Homeland Security?! Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee said Dems never tried to impeach Bush.


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