Dentist who killed Cecil the lion poached in US
Greek stock market unlikely to reopen this week
The Athens Stock Exchange (ASE) has been shut since June 29, when the government closed banks and imposed strict limits on withdrawals and foreign transfers to prevent a run on deposits by savers and companies. The stock market will not
Egypt says 'new Suez Canal' ready for business
Weak home purchase contracts hint at pause in sales activity
The decline in contracts, which came on the heels of reports
UK man found guilty of attempt to buy deadly ricin online
LONDON (AP) — A British software programmer has been convicted of trying to obtain a chemical weapon after he attempted to buy enough ricin over the Internet to kill hundreds of people.
IMF: China 'strong enough' to handle market turmoil
Post-White House, Sam Kass to be food analyst for NBC News
BOSTON (AP) — After six years of helping the Obama administration determine the nations food policy, former White House chef and food policy adviser Sam Kass will now report on it.
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VIDEO: Two men in court over lion killing
Two Zimbabwean men appear in court over the killing of Cecil, Zimbabwes most famous lion.
Twitter's honesty hits shares
Twitters shares plunge more than 13% in early trading after the firm warns it will take time to attract new users.
Greek PM warns rebels of snap poll
Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras says he will have to call snap elections if members of his Syriza party continue to oppose a bailout deal.
Injured McIlroy out of Bridgestone
Doubts over the injured Rory McIlroy playing in the US PGA increase after he withdraws from the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational.
France sends extra police to tunnel
France says it is sending 120 extra police officers to Calais, as migrants attempting to reach Britain say they will continue to try to enter the Channel Tunnel.
Banksy street art up for auction
Murals believed to have been left by elusive street artist Banksy on walls in Detroit and Bethlehem are to be auctioned in Los Angeles in September.
Breaking Bad fan guilty of ricin plot
A man is found guilty of trying to buy deadly ricin poison from the Dark Web after being inspired by the hit US television series Breaking Bad.
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Ex-prison worker's confession: Sex, a painting and a plan
Former prison worker Joyce Mitchell pleaded guilty this week in relation to her role in the sensational June escape of two inmates in upstate New York. As part of her plea, she submitted detailed statements of her involvement with the
Trees grow 40 types of fruit
Artist Sam Van Aken has created a series of trees that grow dozens of different types of stone fruits. He tells a TEDxManhattan conference that these trees are a research project, an art exhibit and a conservation mission.
Huckabee: Maybe Holocaust metaphor wasn't good
Fox News tweaks GOP debate rules
Fox News is making it easier for Republican presidential candidates who dont make the cut for the networks August 6 prime-time debate to get at least some attention in an earlier event.
Feel disrespected? Pull a gun
America's great internet divide
Can you imagine a life without electricity? For most people, the answer is probably no.
Taliban leader may be dead
Afghanistans government is investigating fresh reports that Taliban leader Mullah Mohammed Omar is dead, a government spokesman told reporters Wednesday.
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Death of Taliban leader Mullah Mohammad Omar confirmed by Afghan officials
KABUL —Afghanistan’s intelligence agency said Wednesday that the Taliban’s longtime leader died more than two years ago, news reports said, suggesting possible shake-ups within the militant group that could complicate recently opened peace talks.Read full article >>
Pro-Assad militants killed in Israeli strike, Hezbollah-allied TV station says
BEIRUT — An Israeli airstrike killed at least two pro-government fighters in the volatile border zone in southern Syria on Wednesday, according to a report by a television station affiliated with Lebanon’s Hezbollah militia.Read full article >>
Saudi-led coalition plans ground attacks in Yemen after taking key city
BEIRUT — After four months of setbacks, fighters backed by Saudi Arabia have seized the offensive in Yemen’s war, taking control of a major city and pressing to expand ground operations against rebel forces.Read full article >>
Despite economic gains, Obama’s work in Africa is unfinished
ADDIS ABABA, ETHIOPIA — In the end, President Obama may have gotten closer to the bones of ancient mankind than to ordinary Africans on what was probably his last trip to Africa as president. But no one can say he
Egypt’s timid press lashes out at harsh measures aimed at media, journalists
CAIRO — They’ve cheered for officials at news conferences. They’ve smeared government critics. Egypt’s reporters threw their support behind a 2013 coup, becoming a mouthpiece for the new, military-backed regime. Read full article >>
Lawyer urges Iran prison release for Post journalist
The lawyer for a Washington Post journalist facing trial in Iran on charges including espionage pressed Tuesday for his immediate release from prison following the nuclear accord between Tehran and world powers, according to Iranian media.Read full article >>
Pakistan turns up heat against powerful party in bid to secure Karachi
KARACHI, Pakistan — A two-year-old government effort to restore order in this Pakistani port city has halved the notoriously high murder rate, but security officials’ tactics have intensified confrontation with a powerful political movement that vows it won’t easily be
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Western New York man charged for supporting Islamic State
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. authorities arrested a man in western New York and charged him with supporting Islamic State by traveling to Turkey to help the militant group, the Justice Department said on Wednesday.
Islamic State claims car bomb in Yemen capital, three dead
DUBAI (Reuters) - A car bomb exploded outside an Ismaili mosque in an eastern district of the Yemens war-damaged capital Sanaa on Wednesday, killing three people and wounding seven, a security source said.
Greece's Tsipras, hounded by left, vows 'thus far and no further'
ATHENS (Reuters) - Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras, struggling to contain a revolt in his left-wing Syriza party, said on Wednesday that his government would not implement reform measures beyond those agreed with lenders at a euro zone summit this
New TSA chief aims to tighten U.S. airline screening: NYT
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Transportation Security Administration plans to retrain thousands of airport screeners to detect weapons better, scale back a pre-clearance program and more closely monitor security badges, The New York Times reported on Wednesday.
Russians hackers used Twitter, photos to reach U.S. computers: report
SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Russian government-backed hackers who penetrated high-profile U.S. government and defense industry computers this year used a method combining Twitter with data hidden in seemingly benign photographs, according to experts studying the campaign.
Greek PM says may have to call early election
ATHENS (Reuters) - Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras said on Wednesday he may be forced to call an early election if he does not have a working parliamentary majority.
Afghanistan calls press conference on Mullah Omar amid rumors of his death
KABUL (Reuters) - An Afghan government official said on Wednesday that a press conference had been called on the subject of Taliban leader Mullah Omar, amid rumors of his death.
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Protests planned for Minn. dentist who killed Cecil the lion
A Minnesota dentist kills a beloved lion and continues to face the wrath of animal lovers.       
Reports: Taliban leader died two years ago, Afghan intel agency says
The Taliban has not commented on the reports.       
Chris Christie to visit Iowa NASCAR track
Chris Christie is scheduled to visit Iowa’s NASCAR track Saturday to greet race fans during a two-day campaign swing through the state.    
Dismantling military's transgender ban to begin Monday
Meantime, on Tuesday, Defense Secretary Ash Carter sent a memo to top military brass and civilians formally outlining his plan that would pr...    
Rep. Fattah charged with conspiracy
Eleven-term Pennsylvania Democrat charged with campaign finance conspiracy       
Cat found alive an hour after boat sinks to lake bottom
Feline stowaway had crawled onto the craft, unbeknownst to the owner.       
Coroner: La. theater gunman shot himself in the head
Police also released photos of John Russell Housers car.       
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Rep. Chaka Fattah Indicted in Racketeering Case
The US Attorneys office has announced a 29-count case against Fattah and three others in a racketeering case.
Witches Are Still Being Beheaded in India
Last week, a mob of 200 people in the Indian state of Assam dragged a 65-year-old woman out of her house and beheaded her with a machete.
Kerry Back on Hill to Face Tough Questions on Iran Deal
Secretary of State John Kerry is back on the Hill again today after facing critical questions from House members Tuesday on the Iran nuclear deal.
Trump: I'd 'Love' to Pick Sarah Palin for Cabinet Spot
She really is somebody that knows whats happening, he said on Sarah Palins Mama Grizz Radios The Palin Update with Kevin Scholla
Patriots Owner Rips League for Going After Brady
I continue to believe and unequivocally support Tom Brady, owner Robert Kraft said.
Microsoft Releases New Windows 10 as Free Upgrade
Its Microsofts way of trying to overhaul its platform for the mobile world -- without alienating users by getting rid of everything thats familiar.
Feared 'Symbol of Terror' Killed in Ambush, Gunbattle
One of Pakistans most-feared Islamist militant leaders was gunned down during an assault on a police convoy that was transporting him from prison.
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A Dream Undone
| The first black chief justice of the North Carolina Supreme Court, Frye, 83, was prevented by a Jim Crow literacy test from registering to vote on his wedding day in 1956.Inside the 50-year campaign to roll back the Voting
Reports of Taliban Leader Mullah Omar’s Death Spur Afghan Inquiry
A presidential spokesman said an investigation had been ordered into claims by breakaway insurgents that the elusive Taliban chief was dead, which has been rumored before.
Malik Ishaq, Militant Leader in Pakistan, Is Said to Die in Attack on Police Convoy
The leader of Lashkar-e-Jhangvi, a banned extremist group, died in a shootout after armed supporters tried to free him from police custody, the authorities said.
How Many Times Has Your Personal Information Been Exposed to Hackers?
Take a short quiz to see what may have been stolen and what you can do about it.
Tom Brady Declares Innocence and Explains Cellphone Destruction
The Patriots quarterback reiterated his innocence, a day after his four game-suspension was upheld, and owner Robert Kraft criticized the league.
Obama, on China’s Turf, Presents U.S. as a Better Partner for Africa
Without quite saying so explicitly, the president made the argument that, when it comes to trade, Washington offers a more empowering vision for the future.
Your Evening Briefing
Catch up on the top stories and get a head start on what’s to come.
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Hackers Can Change This Sniper Rifle’s Target
Hackers can gain access when the guns computer is connected to Wi-Fi.
Meet the Weapons of the Future
These are todays best ideas
Millennials Now Have Jobs But Still Live With Their Parents
A Pew study finds the perplexing pattern has affected the housing industry
The Sadly Familiar Reason NASA Was Created
The act that created the space agency was signed on July 29, 1958
You Can Make $50,000 a Year as a Video Game Coach
They can make as much as a minor league baseball coach
Watch Tina Fey’s ***Flawless Beyoncé Lip Sync
Joined by fellow co-stars Tituss Burgess and Jane Krakowski
The Long History of the ‘Happy Birthday’ Song—And Its Copyright
An ongoing case has drawn attention to the songs ownership. This wouldnt be the first time the tunes fate could be changed by a lawsuit
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NYC health department investigates Legionnaires' outbreak
The New York City Department of Health says its investigating an outbreak of Legionnaires disease in the South Bronx.
Tom Brady, Robert Kraft blast NFL for DeflateGate appeal decision
Quarterback Tom Brady and the Patriots organization have gone on the offensive.
Henry Schein sales rise, but revenue hurt by strong dollar
Henry Schein Inc., Long Islands largest public company based on 2014 revenue, on Wednesday posted a second-quarter net sales increase of 0.5 percent versus the year-ago period to $2.6 billion as the strong U.S. dollar stunted growth.
Robert Kraft, Tom Brady blast NFL for Deflategate appeal decision
Quarterback Tom Brady and the Patriots organization have gone on the offensive.
New York prison worker: I got 'caught up' in escape plot
A prison worker who got caught up in the fantasy of a breakout planned by two killers told investigators she performed sex acts with one of the men and took naked photos of herself for the other.
Consumer Reports' best used cars to buy in 2015
Consumer Reports used cars recommendations cover a variety of vehicles theyd recommend to family and friends -- as well as ones to avoid at all costs. Here are 30 different used vehicles that the publication describes as the best in
Splish Splash: 11 things you didn't know
Splish Splash opened in Calverton in May 1991, featuring only a handful of water rides.
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