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BBC World News - Thu, 07/31/2014 - 23:05
Chelsea to bid £40m for Cavani, Atletico Madrid want Premier League trio, Liverpool chase left-back, plus more.
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Wisconsin Supreme Court upholds 2011 union law

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 07/31/2014 - 23:04
The Wisconsin Supreme Court on Thursday upheld the 2011 law that effectively ended collective bargaining for most public workers, sparked massive protests and led to Republican Gov. Scott Walker's recall election and rise to national prominence.

Dog stuck in cinder block rescued by Phoenix firefighters

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/31/2014 - 22:58

Dog stuck in cinder block rescued by Phoenix firefightersPhoenix firefighters were called in to help free a dog, whose head got stuck in a decorative cinder block from inside the crawlspace of an Arizona home.

Jailer fired for 'leg sweep' caught on camera

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/31/2014 - 22:55

Jailer fired for 'leg sweep' caught on cameraThis happened back on July 19 after Jason Wayne Bishop was arrested for public intoxication in Denton.

Police: Naked intruder fell asleep in New Mexico couple's bed

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/31/2014 - 22:51

 Naked intruder fell asleep in New Mexico couple's bedA New Mexico man faces charges after authorities say a couple found him naked and sleeping in their bed

Cavalryman wins Goodwood Cup

BBC World News - Thu, 07/31/2014 - 22:50
Cavalryman comes through late on to win the Goodwood Cup, ahead of Ahzeemah and last year's winner Brown Panther.
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Airline axes Gatwick bag handler

BBC World News - Thu, 07/31/2014 - 22:48
Leisure airline Monarch terminates its contract with Swissport, one of the baggage-handling companies at Gatwick airport, after weekend chaos.
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Overseas Turks in presidential vote

BBC World News - Thu, 07/31/2014 - 22:47
Expatriate Turks begin voting for Turkey's first directly-elected president, the first time they are eligible to participate in a ballot from abroad.
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Monitors Reach Flight 17 Crash Site in Ukraine After Days of Delays

New York Times Headlines - Thu, 07/31/2014 - 22:46
The Ukrainian government temporarily suspended offensive operations against the rebels to allow the monitors to reach the site safely.

Hearing reset for suspect in UN soldier deaths

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/31/2014 - 22:42
DETROIT (AP) — A federal immigration court judge delayed a hearing Thursday for a Lebanese-born man suspected by the Irish government in the deaths of two United Nations peacekeeping soldiers in Lebanon in 1980.

Verbier Festival draws the elites - and music lovers too

Yahoo! Music News - Thu, 07/31/2014 - 22:39

Festivalgoers look at a noticeboard listing details of the day's events at the Verbier FestivalBy Michael Roddy VERBIER Switzerland (Reuters) - There are thousands of music festivals around Europe every summer, but only one lays claim to being held at the highest altitude and that's the one in the Swiss ski resort of Verbier, sometimes called the Davos of the music world. Argentine-born piano star Martha Argerich is a regular, and this year the big names have included Russian pianist Evgeny Kissin, British cellist Steven Isserlis and American violinist Joshua Bell. The three-week-long Verbier Festival, which runs from July until August 3, draws the moneyed elites and big corporate sponsors. George Clooney's smiling face is a fixture around the town as the brand ambassador for food giant Nestle's Nespresso coffee line, while Swiss private banker Julius Baer is another sponsor.

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Cook relieved by England victory

BBC World News - Thu, 07/31/2014 - 22:39
Alastair Cook says the win over India in the third Test has eased the pressure on him to resign as England captain.
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Voter ID law upheld by Wisconsin Supreme Court

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/31/2014 - 22:38

People stand in line to vote during the U.S. presidential election in JanesvilleBy Brendan O'Brien MILWAUKEE (Reuters) - The Wisconsin Supreme Court on Thursday upheld a state law requiring voters to have photo identification to cast a ballot, although the law remains blocked by an earlier ruling by a federal judge that it is unconstitutional. The court wrote in its decision that providing a photo identification at the ballot box does not create a substantial burden to the voter, as claimed by the plaintiffs in the case. "Photo identification is a condition of our times where more and more personal interactions are being modernized to require proof of identity," the court wrote. Similar voter identification laws have become a political and racial flashpoint across the United States with Democrats generally opposed and many Republicans backing them.

Contractor and inspector stole $3.6 million from PennDOT, AG says

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/31/2014 - 22:34

Contractor and inspector stole $3.6 million from PennDOT, AG saysTwo men, a contractor and an inspection consultant, have been charged with conspiring to steal $3.6 million in taxpayer money from PennDOT.

Key prosecution witness heard in ex-Va. gov trial

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/31/2014 - 22:33

Jonnie Williams leaves the federal courthouse in Richmond, Va., after testifying on the third day of former Governor Bob McDonnell and his wife Maureen's corruption trial, Wednesday, July 30, 2014. (AP Photo/Richmond Times-Dispatch, Alexa Welch Edlund)RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — The prosecution's star witness in the corruption trial of former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell and his wife says Maureen McDonnell was an enthusiastic supporter of the dietary supplement he was trying to sell.

Judge rejects suit by teacher fired over blog

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/31/2014 - 22:33
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A judge dismissed a lawsuit by a former suburban Philadelphia teacher fired two years ago for writing on her blog about students who were "disengaged, lazy whiners."

Forensic scientists reach MH17 site

BBC World News - Thu, 07/31/2014 - 22:28
International forensic scientists reach the site of the flight MH17 crash in east Ukraine after the government halts military operations for a day.
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Italy in Europe-wide mafia crackdown

BBC World News - Thu, 07/31/2014 - 22:26
Italian police secure the arrest of members of a mafia clan across Europe - with information from a woman once held as a virtual prisoner by the clan.
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Expert in porch shooting case talks about hand cut

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/31/2014 - 22:26

Theodore Wafer pauses at the end of Day 3 of his trial, Monday, July 28, 2014, Detroit, Mich. Wafer is the Dearborn Heights homeowner charged in the shooting death of Renisha McBride. (AP Photo/The Detroit News, Clarence Tabb Jr.)DETROIT (AP) — A former medical examiner says a laceration on the left hand of a young woman could have been caused by her pounding on the door at a Detroit-area home before the owner killed her.

Firefighters keep Yosemite blaze far from sequoias

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/31/2014 - 22:23

A plane drops fire retardant as firefighters battle a blaze in El Portal, Calif., near Yosemite National Park on Tuesday, July 29, 2014. Firefighters in the state are also battling another wildfire in the Sierra Nevada foothills east of Sacramento. (AP Photo/Al Golub)YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK, Calif. (AP) — Firefighters brought a blaze that had spread in Yosemite National Park under control, and containment lines kept the wildfire from threatening some the treasured sequoias that are among the largest and oldest living trees on Earth.