Friday, August 1, 2014


Minnesota-bound traffic stops on Blatnik Bridge as police pick up cash thrown by drug suspect

SUPERIOR, Wis. — An alleged drug suspect brought Minnesota-bound traffic on the Blatnik Bridge to a brief standstill after police say he threw cash out of his car window in Superior.

US, UN announce Israel, Hamas agree to 72-hour Gaza cease-fire

JERUSALEM — Israel and Hamas have agreed to a 72-hour humanitarian cease-fire to begin Friday morning, the United Nations and United States announced, although Secretary of State John Kerry cautioned there were “no guarantees” the lull in violence would bring an end to the 24-day-old Gaza war.

Divided chamber OKs Republican plan for lawsuit claiming Obama exceeded presidential powers

WASHINGTON — Contending that President Barack Obama exceeded his constitutional powers in the way he has enforced the 2010 health care law, a sharply divided U.S. House of Representatives approved a Republican plan to file an election-season lawsuit against him.

Sierra Leone declares Ebola health emergency, president vows to quarantine homes of the sick

FREETOWN, Sierra Leone — The president of Sierra Leone declared a public health emergency as the Ebola crisis blamed for nearly 700 deaths deepened across West Africa, vowing to quarantine sick patients at home and conduct house-to-house searches for others who may have been exposed.

Argentina enters default for second time in 13 years after talks with US creditors break down

NEW YORK — The collapse of talks with U.S. creditors sent Argentina into its second debt default in 13 years and raised questions about what comes next for financial markets and the South American nation’s staggering economy.

Mysterious crop circle on Bavarian wheat field attracts many visitors

BERLIN — Thousands of people are trekking to a Bavarian farmer’s field to check out a mysterious set of crop circles.
The ornate design was discovered by a balloonist last week and news of the find quickly spread online.

French president says no survivors in Air Algerie crash

PARIS — French soldiers on Friday secured one of the black boxes from the Air Algerie plane that went down in restive northern Mali with the loss of at least 116 people, French President Francois Hollande said Friday.
Terrorism has not been ruled out as a cause of the crash, although officials say the most likely cause is bad weather.

’That is very concerning’: Transcript shows legal talks during 2-hour US execution

FLORENCE, Ariz. — The nearly two-hour execution of a convicted murderer in Arizona prompted a series of phone calls involving the governor’s office, the prison director, lawyers and judges as the inmate gasped for more than 90 minutes.

Russian businesses worry Malaysian plane crash will lead to long-term isolation, sanctions

MOSCOW — Having for months dismissed Western sanctions on Russia as toothless, business leaders here are now afraid that the crash of the Malaysian jetliner will bring about an international isolation that will cause serious and lasting economic damage.

More works found at German collector Gurlitt’s apartment, including possible Degas sculpture

BERLIN — More art works have been found at the Munich apartment of the late collector Cornelius Gurlitt, including a sculpture apparently by Edgar Degas and another that could be by Auguste Rodin, the task force investigating the pieces’ origin said Thursday.

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