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  • Today in History
    Today is Thursday, July 24, the 205th day of 2014. There are 160 days left in the year.
  • Condemned man's US execution takes nearly two hours
    <p><a href="http://news.yahoo.com/condemned-mans-us-execution-takes-nearly-two-hours-234221260.html"><img src="http://l3.yimg.com/bt/api/res/1.2/tsWvmMkzy3Eyw9NffcAeTw--/YXBwaWQ9eW5ld3M7Zmk9ZmlsbDtoPTg2O3B4b2ZmPTUwO3B5b2ZmPTA7cT03NTt3PTEzMA--/http://media.zenfs.com/en_us/News/afp.com/5639d25566a6a3a0aa08bbc5cce36531fa30293a.jpg" width="130" height="86" alt="File picture shows the state prison complex in Florence, Arizona" align="left" title="File picture shows the state prison complex in Florence, Arizona" border="0" /></a>Washington (AFP) - A death row inmate being executed in Arizona took nearly two hours to die, prison officials said, in the latest controversy to hit America&#039;s lethal injection regime.</p><br clear="all"/>
  • Kerry says 'some progress' in Gaza truce efforts
    <p><a href="http://news.yahoo.com/defying-flight-ban-kerry-lands-israel-truce-mission-083641540.html"><img src="http://l1.yimg.com/bt/api/res/1.2/koiYPEOs69tvK4o6UZzWqw--/YXBwaWQ9eW5ld3M7Zmk9ZmlsbDtoPTg2O3E9NzU7dz0xMzA-/http://media.zenfs.com/en_us/News/afp.com/383702a42022d7ee02de4eb6af79acd3d7dc3773.jpg" width="130" height="86" alt="An Israeli tank fires a 155mm shell towards targets in the Gaza Strip from a position near Israel&#039;s border with the Palestinian enclave on July 23, 2014" align="left" title="An Israeli tank fires a 155mm shell towards targets in the Gaza Strip from a position near Israel&#039;s border with the Palestinian enclave on July 23, 2014" border="0" /></a>Washington&#039;s top diplomat said global efforts to end 17 days of bloodshed in Gaza were progressing as the Palestinian death toll rose to 718 Thursday and airlines kept flights to Israel suspended over rocket fears. The Islamist Hamas movement rejected any truce without the lifting of Israel&#039;s eight-year blockade on Gaza. &quot;We will not accept any initiative that does not lift the blockade on our people and that does not respect their sacrifices,&quot; Hamas leader Khaled Meshaal said. Hamas hailed the suspension of Tel Aviv flights by many world airlines as a &quot;great victory.&quot;</p><br clear="all"/>
  • China probes 581 firms, restaurants as food safety scare spreads
    <p><a href="http://news.yahoo.com/shanghai-regulator-visits-581-firms-restaurants-food-safety-023127812--finance.html"><img src="http://l1.yimg.com/bt/api/res/1.2/e87PJRWVA_kT8mZIoihQOA--/YXBwaWQ9eW5ld3M7Zmk9ZmlsbDtoPTg2O3E9NzU7dz0xMzA-/http://media.zenfs.com/en_us/News/Reuters/2014-07-23T193438Z_2_LYNXMPEA6M0KX_RTROPTP_2_CHINA-FOOD.JPG" width="130" height="86" alt="A security personnel stands guard in front of an OSI&#039;s food processing plants in Langfang" align="left" title="A security personnel stands guard in front of an OSI&#039;s food processing plants in Langfang" border="0" /></a>China&#039;s food regulator has visited close to 600 restaurants, businesses and food distributors as it investigates a fast-spreading food safety scare that has dragged in a number of global brands and hit food outlets as far away as Japan. Shanghai police detained five people on Wednesday, including the head and the quality chief of Shanghai Husi Food, a Chinese-based supplier to foreign fast-food brands including KFC, McDonald&#039;s Corp and coffee chain Starbucks Corp over allegations it supplied out-of-date meat. Shanghai Husi Food is owned by Illinois-based OSI Group.</p><br clear="all"/>
  • U.S. judge strikes down Colorado's gay marriage ban, stays ruling
    <p><a href="http://news.yahoo.com/u-judge-strikes-down-colorados-gay-marriage-ban-020227290.html"><img src="http://l1.yimg.com/bt/api/res/1.2/15WdgSx7Y9He6toAJcLbuw--/YXBwaWQ9eW5ld3M7Zmk9ZmlsbDtoPTg2O3E9NzU7dz0xMzA-/http://media.zenfs.com/en_us/News/Reuters/2014-07-24T020227Z_2_LYNXMPEA6M10W_RTROPTP_2_USA.JPG" width="130" height="86" alt="Two men, both wearing signs that read &quot;he&#039;s the groom&quot;, hold hands shortly after midnight after getting a civil union when Colorado&#039;s civil union law went into effect in Denver" align="left" title="Two men, both wearing signs that read &quot;he&#039;s the groom&quot;, hold hands shortly after midnight after getting a civil union when Colorado&#039;s civil union law went into effect in Denver" border="0" /></a>By Daniel Wallis DENVER (Reuters) - A federal judge ruled on Wednesday that Colorado&#039;s ban on same-sex marriage was unconstitutional, but stayed his ruling until the issue is decided by a higher court. U.S. District Judge Raymond Moore found in favor of six same-sex couples who filed a lawsuit challenging the state&#039;s 2006 constitutional amendment that defined marriage as a union between one man and one woman. Moore&#039;s 12-page ruling was the latest in a series of decisions by state and federal judges who have struck down state bans on gay marriage and then put their rulings on hold pending appeal. Colorado Attorney General John Suthers said he was gratified the judge agreed that additional litigation in that court would be wasteful, since the U.S. Supreme Court has been asked to hear an appeal in neighboring Utah&#039;s case.</p><br clear="all"/>
  • Facebook profit story pushes shares to new high
    <p><a href="http://news.yahoo.com/facebook-profit-jumps-climbs-202537601.html"><img src="http://l.yimg.com/bt/api/res/1.2/xHVcrAkakBGVZHnoJXtKYA--/YXBwaWQ9eW5ld3M7Zmk9ZmlsbDtoPTg2O3E9NzU7dz0xMzA-/http://media.zenfs.com/en_us/News/afp.com/Part-WAS-Was8853179-1-1-0.jpg" width="130" height="86" alt="Facebook on Wednesday reported that its quarterly profit more than doubled amid big gains in ad revenues and a jump in users" align="left" title="Facebook on Wednesday reported that its quarterly profit more than doubled amid big gains in ad revenues and a jump in users" border="0" /></a>Facebook shares soared to a new high on word that the social network&#039;s quarterly profit and user numbers jumped as it thrives in a world gone mobile. Net income leapt to $791 million during the three months ended June 30 in a 138 percent increase from the $333 million made during the same period a year earlier, the world&#039;s biggest social network said. &quot;We had a good second quarter,&quot; said Facebook co-founder and chief executive Mark Zuckerberg. Revenue in the quarter surged to $2.91 billion, with approximately 62 percent of that money coming from ads served up on mobile devices such as smartphones or tablet computers.</p><br clear="all"/>
  • Funeral held for man who died in NY police custody
    <p><a href="http://news.yahoo.com/funeral-held-man-died-ny-police-custody-000218940.html"><img src="http://l2.yimg.com/bt/api/res/1.2/f49eJn6lxi88UZt0Q1_A.w--/YXBwaWQ9eW5ld3M7Zmk9ZmlsbDtoPTg2O3E9NzU7dz0xMzA-/http://media.zenfs.com/en_us/News/ap_webfeeds/11bb97c8de67c11c5a0f6a7067001186.jpg" width="130" height="86" alt="Funeral services are held for Eric Garner at Bethel Baptist Church in the Brooklyn borough of New York, Wednesday, July 23, 2014. An overflow crowd packed a church for the funeral of the man who died in police custody after an officer placed him in an apparent chokehold. (AP Photo/New York Daily News, Julia Xanthos, Pool)" align="left" title="Funeral services are held for Eric Garner at Bethel Baptist Church in the Brooklyn borough of New York, Wednesday, July 23, 2014. An overflow crowd packed a church for the funeral of the man who died in police custody after an officer placed him in an apparent chokehold. (AP Photo/New York Daily News, Julia Xanthos, Pool)" border="0" /></a>NEW YORK (AP) — An overflow crowd packed a church and sang songs on Wednesday at the funeral of a man who died in police custody after an officer placed him in an apparent chokehold.</p><br clear="all"/>
  • 48 killed, 10 survivors in Taiwan plane crash
    <p><a href="http://news.yahoo.com/48-killed-10-survivors-taiwan-plane-crash-032321241.html"><img src="http://l.yimg.com/bt/api/res/1.2/GabIBiXdM05XY8XrPhMmIQ--/YXBwaWQ9eW5ld3M7Zmk9ZmlsbDtoPTg2O3E9NzU7dz0xMzA-/http://media.zenfs.com/en_us/News/afp.com/36937a83f5b0c454687c8669b2c61dc48ba1e45c.jpg" width="130" height="86" alt="The tail section of TransAsia Airways flight GE222 is pictured as rescue workers and firefighters search through the wreckage after it crashed near the airport at Magong on the Penghu island chain on July 24, 2014" align="left" title="The tail section of TransAsia Airways flight GE222 is pictured as rescue workers and firefighters search through the wreckage after it crashed near the airport at Magong on the Penghu island chain on July 24, 2014" border="0" /></a>Taiwan&#039;s TransAsia Airways said Thursday that 48 people were killed and 10 survived when one of its turboprop passenger planes crashed after an aborted landing during stormy weather. Flight GE222 was carrying 54 passengers and four crew members on a domestic flight when it crashed on Wednesday at Magong on the Penghu island chain, TransAsia said, clarifying conflicting death tolls given by officials previously. The ATR 72-500 was flying from the southwestern city of Kaohsiung to the islands off the west coast and had been delayed by bad weather as Typhoon Matmo pounded Taiwan, according to authorities. &quot;I heard a loud sound and my instinct was that it&#039;s a plane crash,&quot; a villager surnamed Wang was quoted as saying by the Apple Daily Newspaper website after the plane crashed next to his home and damaged his house.</p><br clear="all"/>
  • South Korea unveils stimulus after ferry sinking
    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korea's government unveiled stimulus plans Thursday after the shock of a deadly ferry sinking slowed economic growth to the lowest level in three quarters.
  • Preachers rail at police in funeral for NYC man who died in custody
    <p><a href="http://news.yahoo.com/preachers-rail-police-funeral-nyc-man-died-custody-031209524.html"><img src="http://l1.yimg.com/bt/api/res/1.2/ntods0U4LcvLn7dPNGI.ng--/YXBwaWQ9eW5ld3M7Zmk9ZmlsbDtoPTg2O3E9NzU7dz0xMzA-/http://media.zenfs.com/en_us/News/Reuters/2014-07-24T031209Z_2_LYNXMPEA6M109_RTROPTP_2_USA-NEW-YORK-CHOKEHOLD-FUNERAL.JPG" width="130" height="86" alt="Ellisha Flagg, sister of Eric Garner, arrives to attend his funeral in New York" align="left" title="Ellisha Flagg, sister of Eric Garner, arrives to attend his funeral in New York" border="0" /></a>By Jonathan Allen NEW YORK (Reuters) - Preacher after preacher stepped up to the pulpit at a sweltering Brooklyn church on Wednesday to express fury at the city&#039;s police force during the funeral of Eric Garner, who died soon after police put him in a banned chokehold. As hundreds of mourners fanned themselves against the heat, the outrage sparked across New York City by video recordings, which show Garner flat on a sidewalk pleading to the officer gripping his neck that he cannot breathe, was never far from the surface. Between bursts of gospel singing, ministers preached loudly and angrily over Garner&#039;s flower-bedecked white coffin, expressing impatience with promises from Mayor Bill de Blasio and his police commissioner, Bill Bratton, that the training of police officers will be overhauled. &quot;Let&#039;s not play games with this,&quot; Rev. Al Sharpton, the civil rights activist, said halfway through the service at Bethel Baptist Church, thrusting a pointed hand into the air.</p><br clear="all"/>

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