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THURSDAY, JULY 30, 2015

In brief: Russia vetoes U.N. resolution over downed Malaysia Airlines plane

UNITED NATIONS – Russia on Wednesday vetoed a U.N. Security Council resolution that would set up an international criminal court to prosecute those responsible for shooting down a Malaysia Airlines plane over Ukraine a year ago. The foreign ministers of the Netherlands, Australia and Ukraine attended a meeting over the downing that killed all 298 people on board Flight MH17. The countries are among the five nations investigating the incident, along with Malaysia and Belgium.

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Israel begins razing West Bank housing complex

JERUSALEM – Israeli bulldozers began demolishing a contested housing complex in a West Bank settlement on Wednesday as the prime minister’s office announced the “immediate construction” of some 300 new units at another location in the same settlement and advanced plans for about 500 new units in east Jerusalem. The move, which is likely to draw international rebuke, comes amid a standoff in the Beit El settlement, to the north of Jerusalem in the West Bank.

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Birkin

People: Birkin seeks split from crocodile-skin handbags

British singer Jane Birkin has asked Hermes to take her name off the crocodile-skin versions of the iconic Birkin handbag, after being contacted by animal rights group PETA over “cruel” slaughtering practices. A PETA video from June shows several reptiles at a Texas farm that supplies crocodile skins to Hermes left twitching in a bloody ice container to die after being shot with a captive bolt gun and cut with a knife.

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Planned Parenthood seeks fetal tissue study

WASHINGTON – Under fire for its role in providing fetal tissue for research, Planned Parenthood asked the government’s top health scientists Wednesday to convene a panel of independent experts to study the issues surrounding the little-known branch of medicine. Planned Parenthood’s request to the National Institutes of Health came as Senate Republicans pressed their fight to bar the organization from receiving federal aid. Likely opposition from at least one GOP senator highlighted the long odds the GOP will face in a Senate showdown vote expected early next week.

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Three Virginia grads sue Rolling Stone over rape story

RICHMOND, Va. – Three University of Virginia graduates and members of a fraternity profiled in a debunked account of a gang rape in a retracted Rolling Stone magazine story filed a lawsuit against the publication and the article’s author Wednesday, court records show. The three men, George Elias IV, Stephen Hadford and Ross Fowler, filed suit in U.S. District Court in New York. They are also suing Rolling Stone’s publisher, Wenner Media.

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A U.S. Navy airplane is about to land at Incirlik Air Base, on the outskirts of the city of Adana, southern Turkey, on Wednesday. (Associated Press)

Turkey takes on IS, but shelling of Kurds displeases U.S.

ANKARA, Turkey – President Barack Obama’s stepped-up partnership with Turkey in fighting the Islamic State may come at the cost of alienating another key group he’s counting on for help in the same conflict: the Kurds. To Obama’s relief, Turkey has finally started bombing Islamic State targets in neighboring Syria, and agreed to let the U.S. military launch airstrikes from key air bases inside Turkey in a deal announced last week. But in an unexpected twist, Turkey simultaneously started shelling Kurdish rebels in Iraq, where Kurds have proved unusually capable of wresting back territory from the Islamic State militants with the help of air support from the U.S.-led coalition.

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Cincinnati Police Chief Jeffrey Blackwell speaks with a protester during a demonstration outside the Hamilton County Courthouse after murder and manslaughter charges against University of Cincinnati police officer Ray Tensing were announced for the shooting death of motorist Samuel DuBose. (Associated Press)

University cop faces murder charge in traffic stop shooting

CINCINNATI – A University of Cincinnati police officer who shot a motorist during a traffic stop over a missing front license plate was indicted Wednesday on a murder charge, with a prosecutor saying the officer “purposely killed him” and “should never have been a police officer.” Hamilton County prosecutor Joe Deters announced the grand jury indictment at a news conference to discuss developments in the investigation into the July 19 shooting of motorist Samuel DuBose by Officer Ray Tensing.

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U.S. House passes patch for highway funds

WASHINGTON – The House voted overwhelmingly on Wednesday to shore up federal highway aid and veterans’ health care before heading out of town for its August recess, leaving unresolved an array of sticky issues that are sure to complicate an autumn agenda already groaning under the weight of indecision. In one of their last decisions before adjourning for a month, the House backed a bill that would extend spending authority for transportation programs through Oct. 29, and replenish the federal Highway Trust Fund with $8 billion. That’s enough money to keep highway and transit aid flowing to states through mid-December.

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Virginia trucker wins $92 million lottery prize in Pennsylvania

MIDDLETOWN, Pa. – A truck driver who purchased a Mega Millions ticket at a truck stop claimed his $92 million prize Wednesday at Pennsylvania Lottery headquarters. Steven Peloquin, 52, of Mechanicsville, Virginia, turned in the sole winning ticket from a Mega Millions drawing last week and chose the cash value payout rather than a $153 million annuity, the Pennsylvania Lottery said.

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WEDNESDAY, JULY 29, 2015

Health care spending to accelerate, report says

WASHINGTON – The nation’s respite from accelerating health care costs appears to be over. Spending on health care will outpace the nation’s overall economic growth over the next decade, the government forecast Tuesday, underscoring a coming challenge for the next president, not to mention taxpayers, businesses and individual Americans.

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Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton listens to questions during a campaign stop in Nashua, N.H., on Tuesday. (Associated Press)

Clinton mum on Keystone, trade

NASHUA, N.H. – Hillary Rodham Clinton dodged questions Tuesday about her positions on trade and the Keystone XL pipeline, telling a New Hampshire voter that if the future of the project opposed by environmentalists remains “undecided when I become president, I will answer your question.” Sensing an opportunity, Clinton’s rivals for the Democratic presidential nomination escalated their critique of the party’s front-runner. “It is hard for me to imagine how you can be serious about climate change and not oppose the Keystone pipeline,” Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders told the Associated Press.

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Seif al-Islam Gadhafi

Court sentences Gadhafi’s son to death

TRIPOLI, Libya – Moammar Gadhafi’s son and onetime heir apparent was convicted and sentenced to death on Tuesday by a court in the Libyan capital, Tripoli, on charges of murder and inciting genocide during the country’s 2011 uprising. But Seif al-Islam Gadhafi is unlikely to face the firing squad anytime soon. The sentence was handed down in absentia because he remains in the hands of a militia in western Libya that has refused to hand him over for the past four years – yet another sign of the country’s bitter fragmentation since his father’s fall from power.

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Double hand transplant recipient 8-year-old Zion Harvey smiles during a news conference Tuesday at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. (Associated Press)

Eight-year-old receives double hand transplant

PHILADELPHIA – An 8-year-old boy who lost his limbs to a serious infection has become the youngest patient to receive a double hand transplant, surgeons said Tuesday. Zion Harvey’s forearms were heavily bandaged but his hands were visible as he flashed some big smiles Tuesday at a hospital news conference, where he thanked everyone for helping him along a “bumpy road.”

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GOP planning Senate vote on Planned Parenthood aid

WASHINGTON – The Senate will vote before its August recess on a Republican effort to block federal aid to Planned Parenthood, GOP leaders said Tuesday, as anti-abortion groups clamored for action by lawmakers. Democrats said they will strongly oppose what they called the latest Republican effort to weaken women’s health care programs, but stopped short of flatly predicting its defeat. The positioning came as an anti-abortion group released a third covertly recorded video of Planned Parenthood officials discussing procedures for obtaining tissue from aborted fetuses for research and showing stark close-ups of what it said was fetal tissue in a Planned Parenthood lab. The unveiling of the videos has put Planned Parenthood and many Democrats on the defensive, though there is little sign that they won’t be able to head off the GOP effort.

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Holmes’ father says he didn’t know son was ill

CENTENNIAL, Colo. – The father of Colorado theater gunman James Holmes said he never suspected his son was mentally ill before the 2012 attack, but he and his wife became increasingly concerned about him when he stopped returning their phone calls. Robert Holmes said the call they did receive was from their son’s psychiatrist, about a month before the shooting. She told them James Holmes was dropping out of his prestigious neuroscience graduate school program.

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Blogs


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