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Comic-Con gets first look at 'Mockingjay' trailer

This photo released by Lionsgate shows, Philip Seymour Hoffman, left, as Plutarch Heavensbee and Julianne Moore as President Coin in a scene from the film, "The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1." The movie releases on Nov. 21, 2014. (AP Photo/Lionsgate, Murray Close) SAN DIEGO (AP) — The trailer for the next film in the popular "Hunger Games" series is making its premiere at Comic-Con.


FBI found bomb-making cache in Tucson rampage gunman's home: LA Times

The front door on the home of Jared Lee Loughner, 22, who is accused of killing six people dead and wounding 13 others in Tucson (Reuters) - Jared Lee Loughner, who killed six people and shot former Arizona lawmaker Gabrielle Giffords in a 2011 rampage, kept bomb-making components in a safe in his bedroom, the Los Angeles Times reported on Friday. Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) files released to the newspaper showed that agents and sniffer dogs, who stormed Loughner's home just after his capture, found equipment including batteries, a circuit board, wires, and a numeric keyboard, the LA Times said. The files, amassed as the FBI investigated Loughner and released this week at the LA Times' request under the Freedom of Information Act, also showed his love of guns, erratic behavior and an obsession with Giffords. The FBI did not immediately respond to requests for comment.


Lenders up pressure on Cyprus to call in bad loans

A Cypriot woman walks in front of a huge euro symbol outside the finance ministry in central Nicosia, December 22, 2007 International lenders put new pressure on Cyprus politicians Friday to agree delayed legislation on foreclosure procedures for bad loans in the latest review of compliance over a multi-billion debt bailout. Legislation for the calling-in of non-performing loans contracted during the island's credit boom and crash that prompted the international bailout of March 2013 is a pre-condition for the next instalment of emergency loans that are desperately needed to rescue state finances. The urgent call for its passage by parliament came as part of a fifth review of the debt-ridden island's compliance with crippling bailout terms by the troika of lenders -- the European Commission, European Central Bank and International Monetary Fund. "Reversing the rising trend of non-performing loans is critical to restoring credit, economic growth, and the creation of jobs," the lenders said.


Veterans' response to senator's PTSD remarks mixed

FILE - In this Feb. 11, 2014, file photo, Sen. John Walsh, D-Mont., right, and his son Michael leave the Old Senate Chamber on Capitol Hill in Washington, after a ceremonial swearing-in ceremony with Vice President Joe Biden. Walsh's thesis written for the U.S. Army War College contains unattributed passages that appear to be taken word-for-word from previously published papers. The Democrat is running to keep the seat he was appointed to in February. Walsh faces Republican U.S. Rep. Steve Daines on Nov. 4. (AP Photo/Lauren Victoria Burke, File) HELENA, Mont. (AP) — The talk in American Legion and Veterans of Foreign War halls and barrooms across Montana has been about Sen. John Walsh since the Democrat linked a cribbed research project he wrote in 2007 to post-traumatic stress disorder.


Guest lineups for the Sunday news shows

WASHINGTON (AP) — Guest lineups for the Sunday TV news shows:

Hospital shooting suspect had history of violence

A hospital worker views police activity near the scene of a shooting at a wellness center attached to Mercy Fitzgerald Hospital in Darby, Pa., on Thursday, July 24, 2014. A doctor grazed by gunfire from a patient who had entered his office in a suburban hospital's psychiatric unit stopped him by returning fire with his own gun and injuring him, authorities said. (AP Photo) MEDIA, Pa. (AP) — A psychiatric patient who killed his caseworker — and grazed his psychiatrist before the doctor pulled out his own weapon and fired back — has a lengthy history of gun arrests, violence and mental health problems, authorities said.


Official: Hospital gunman intended to kill others

An officer stands guard near the scene of a shooting Thursday, July 24, 2014, at Mercy Fitzgerald Hospital in Darby, Pa. A doctor grazed by gunfire from a patient who had entered his office in a suburban hospital's psychiatric unit stopped him by returning fire with his own gun and injuring him, authorities said. (AP Photo) A psychiatrist's patient ranted about a gun ban at a suburban medical complex before opening fire there, killing his caseworker and grazing his psychiatrist before the doctor pulled out his own weapon and fired back, authorities said Friday.


Police hunt for 2 who carjacked SUV, killed 3 kids

Investigators gather at the scene of a fatal accident in North Philadelphia, Friday July 25, 2014. Two children were killed and three people critically injured when a hijacked car lost control and hit a group of people near a fruit stand, according to police. (AP Photo/ Joseph Kaczmarek) PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Police were searching for two men who carjacked an SUV and plowed into a group of children and adults selling fruit to raise money for their church, killing three kids and critically injuring their mother and the carjacking victim. Another woman was hurt but is in stable condition.


Wildfire managers tap military for aid in U.S. West

Smoke rises from the Carlton Complex Fire near Winthrop By Laura Zuckerman SALMON Idaho (Reuters) - Wildfire managers have turned to the U.S. Department of Defense for immediate access to two military C-130 aircraft retrofitted to carry retardant, boosting their forces to face the largest blaze in Washington state history. The U.S. Forest Service has its own fleet of more than 20 air tankers, but has in the past called on the military to provide aircraft to help suppress wildfires. Blazes that have raged across hundreds of thousands of acres (ha) of forests and grasslands in Washington state and Oregon triggered the call for the two aircraft, Steve Gage, a senior official with the U.S. Forest Service, told reporters in a conference call on Friday. Chronic drought has also parched much of California, New Mexico and Arizona, heightening the risk and intensity of wildfires.


Ohio State under shadow again, this time with band

In this Nov. 19, 2013 photo, Ohio State University marching band director Jon Waters poses for a photograph at the Steinbrener Band Center in Ohio Stadium before practice, in Columbus Ohio. OSU on Thursday, July 24, 2014 fired Waters amid allegations he knew about and ignored "serious cultural issues" including sexual harassment. (AP Photo/The Columbus Dispatch, Eamon Queeney) COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Having forced out a beloved football coach and watched its president retire after a series of verbal gaffes, Ohio State University again finds itself grabbing headlines with the firing of a celebrated marching band director accused of ignoring a "sexualized" culture of rituals among band members.


County official in Texas accused of taking bribes

DALLAS (AP) — A longtime Dallas County commissioner has been charged with accepting nearly $1 million in bribes in exchange for providing insider information and voting in favor of projects proposed by various companies, federal authorities announced Friday.

Today in History

Today is Saturday, July 26, the 207th day of 2014. There are 158 days left in the year.

Deterrence a goal and challenge at Texas border

Texas Department of Safety Troopers patrol on the Rio Grand along the U.S.-Mexico border, Thursday, July 24, 2014, in Mission, Texas. Texas is spending $1.3 million a week for a bigger DPS presence along the border. (AP Photo/Eric Gay, Pool) MISSION, Texas (AP) — Three heavily armed Texas patrol boats rounded a bend in the Rio Grande on a recent afternoon and came upon two young men paddling an inflatable raft full-speed ahead toward the Mexican shore. The state troopers and game wardens bobbed helplessly in their boats as the men passed their raft and paddles up the bank to others, and a crew of troopers peeked through the tall reeds on the U.S. side for whatever load had just been deposited.


AccuWeather: Warm And Humid Weekend

AccuWeather: Warm And Humid Weekend Meteorologist Cecily Tynan says the muggies return this weekend!


Baby dies after being left in hot car in Kansas

In this Thursday, July 24, 2014 photo police tape surrounds a gray car outside a Wichita, Kan., where a 10-month-old girl died after being left inside a hot car. Authorities said Friday they have arrested the girl's foster parent on suspicion of aggravated endangerment but charges have not been filed. Police said the man had "somehow forgotten" leaving the girl in the back seat after picking her up from the baby sitter late Thursday afternoon. (AP Photo/The Wichita Eagle, Matt Riedl) WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — A 10-month-old Kansas girl died after being strapped for more than two hours inside a sweltering car, and police arrested a foster parent who said he'd forgotten about her until something on TV jogged his memory, an official said Friday.


Brother of victim killed in hospital shooting speaks to Action News

Brother of victim killed in hospital shooting speaks to Action News The brother of a woman gunned down inside Mercy Fitzgerald Hospital is sharing his pain with Action News.


US fighter jets escort plane back to Toronto

US fighter jets escort plane back to Toronto Two U.S. F16 fighter jets escorted a Panama-City bound plane back to Toronto on Friday after a passenger threatened the aircraft.


Reward of $110,000 after 3 kids killed by carjacked SUV

Reward of $110,000 after 3 kids killed by carjacked SUV Three children are dead and their mother was among those who were seriously injured after a carjacking and crash.


California state senator facing additional charge

FILE - In this March 26, 2014 file photo, California state Sen. Leland Yee, D-San Francisco, right, leaves the San Francisco Federal Building in San Francisco. Yee, charged in a sweeping organized crime and public corruption case centered in San Francisco's Chinatown now also faces a racketeering charge. A federal grand jury on Friday, July 25, 2013 filed the additional charge against Yee. The grand jury says Yee took bribes in exchange for votes in favor of several legislative bills, including one on medical marijuana. (AP Photo/Ben Margot, File) SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A federal grand jury on Friday charged a California state senator with more felonies in addition to the eight counts he already faced in a sweeping organized crime and public corruption case centered in San Francisco's Chinatown.


EU edges to economic sanctions on Russia but narrows scope

Ukraine's President Poroshenko smiles as he speaks during news conference at EU Council in Brussels By Adrian Croft and Barbara Lewis BRUSSELS (Reuters) - The European Union reached outline agreement on Friday to impose the first economic sanctions on Russia over its behavior in Ukraine but scaled back their scope to exclude technology for the crucial gas sector. The EU also imposed travel bans and asset freezes on the chiefs of Russia's FSB security service and foreign intelligence service and a number of other top Russian officials, saying they had helped shape Russian government policy that threatened Ukraine's sovereignty and national integrity. FSB director Alexander Bortnikov and Mikhail Fradkov, a former prime minister who now heads the foreign intelligence service, were among 15 Russians or Ukrainians and 18 companies and other organizations named in the EU's latest sanctions list.


Judge dismisses lawsuit over Amelia Earhart search

FILE - This July 1, 2012 file photo shows Ric Gillespie, right, founder of The International Group for Historic Aircraft Recovery, watching equipment testing alongside Wolfgang Burnside from aboard a ship at port in Honolulu. A federal judge has dismissed a Wyoming man’s lawsuit claiming a group secretly found the missing airplane of aviation pioneer Amelia Earhart in the South Pacific but kept it quiet so it could continue to raise funds for the search. (AP Photo/Oskar Garcia, file) CASPER, Wyo. (AP) — A federal judge on Friday dismissed a Wyoming man's claims that an aircraft recovery group secretly found wreckage of aviation pioneer Amelia Earhart's missing airplane in the South Pacific but kept it quiet so it could continue raising funds for the search.


Carjacked SUV hits crowd, killing 3 young siblings

Investigators gather at the scene of a fatal accident in North Philadelphia, Friday July 25, 2014. Two children were killed and three people critically injured when a hijacked car lost control and hit a group of people near a fruit stand, according to police. (AP Photo/ Joseph Kaczmarek) PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Two men carjacked a woman at gunpoint but soon sped out of control, killing three children Friday as they plowed into a group selling fruit to raise money for their church, Philadelphia police said.


Israel: 12-hour Gaza cease-fire to start Saturday

Israel: 12-hour Gaza cease-fire to start Saturday The Israeli military says a 12-hour humanitarian cease-fire in Gaza will start Saturday morning.


5-year-old girl falls out of 2nd story window in Mantua

5-year-old girl falls out of 2nd story window in Mantua A 5-year-old girl was hospitalized Friday night after falling from a second story window in Philadelphia's Mantua section.


Lead-lined glove tied to New Mexico radiation leak: lawmaker

A radiation leak that indefinitely shut down a nuclear waste dump in New Mexico was likely caused by a container of radioactive materials improperly packaged with a lead-lined glove at Los Alamos National Laboratory, a state lawmaker said on Friday. The glove is the latest clue in the mysterious accident in February at the Waste Isolation Plant near Carlsbad, where drums of radioactive debris from federal nuclear weapons sites and laboratories such as Los Alamos are entombed in salt caverns 2,100 feet (640 meters) underground. Investigators have said a chemical reaction between nitrate salts and organic kitty litter used as an absorbent created sufficient heat to melt seals on at least one drum of contaminated sludge, which had originated at the Los Alamos lab near Santa Fe. New Mexico Senator Peter Wirth said on Friday that a Los Alamos scientist who appeared on Wednesday before the state legislature's Radioactive and Hazardous Materials Committee revealed that the drum that leaked radiation was improperly packaged at Los Alamos with chemically reactive contents that included a lead-lined glove.

Alaska quake knocks out some communication, does little damage

By Steve Quinn JUNEAU Alaska (Reuters) - An earthquake with a magnitude of 5.9 struck the coast of Alaska early on Friday, shaking people awake in the capital Juneau and cutting off some communications in the southeast part of the state, officials said. An underwater fiber cable linking the area with the rest of the state was damaged, knocking out service for an unknown number of Internet and telephone users, said a spokeswoman for Alaska Communications. The National Earthquake Information Center, which is part of the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), said it was the strongest of 12 quakes to hit the region during a five-hour period. "The larger the magnitude, the longer it can go on," said a geophysicist at the center, Paul Caruso.

Report blames pilot for 2011 Hawaii copter crash

KAUNAKAKAI, Hawaii (AP) — The likely cause of a Molokai helicopter crash that killed all five people aboard was the pilot flying too close to the mountains during inclement weather, the National Transportation Safety Board determined in a final report published Friday.

Arizona's McCain: Execution was torture

FILE - This undated file photo provided by the Arizona Department of Corrections shows inmate Joseph Rudolph Wood. Wood took nearly two hours to die and gasped for about 90 minutes during his execution in Arizona on Wednesday, July 23, 2014. (AP Photo/Arizona Department of Corrections, File) TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — U.S. Sen. John McCain says the execution of an Arizona inmate that lasted two hours was torture.


Grieving Dutch minister made Europe re-think Russia sanctions

Dutch Foreign Minister Timmermans talks to journalists during his visit to Kharkiv airport as remains of passengers of downed Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 airliner are loaded into a plane, in Kharkiv By Justyna Pawlak BRUSSELS (Reuters) - When Dutch Foreign Minister Frans Timmermans spoke to his European Union peers of his grief and anger over the downing of a Malaysia Airlines airliner over eastern Ukraine, it was a turning point in Europe's approach to Russia. Several ministers had tears in their eyes when Timmermans said he had known personally some of the 194 Dutch passengers among the 298 people who died on the plane, which Washington believes pro-Russian separatists shot down in error. "To my dying day I will not understand that it took so much time for the rescue workers to be allowed to do their difficult job, and that human remains should be used in a political game," Timmermans told the U.N. Security Council hours earlier, before flying overnight to Brussels for the crucial EU session. Until that meeting on Tuesday, Europe had trailed the United States in imposing economic sanctions to pressure Moscow into working to defuse the eight-month crisis in Ukraine in which hundreds of people have been killed.


86 family members disenrolled from Oregon tribe

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — An Oregon woman says 86 members of her family have been disenrolled from an American Indian tribe that operates the state's largest tribal casino, as leaders review the tribe's rolls and enforce new membership requirements.

Police still investigating after burglar killed

LONG BEACH, Calif. (AP) — Prosecutors Friday were waiting for the results of a police investigation into the killing of a burglar by an 80-year-old California homeowner who says he shot the woman in the back as she fled his home and ran down an alley, the district attorney's office said.

Federal court upholds Fla.'s docs vs. glocks law

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — A Florida law restricting what doctors can tell patients about gun ownership was deemed to be constitutional Friday by a federal appeals court, which said it legitimately regulates professional conduct and doesn't violate the doctors' First Amendment free speech rights.

Former WWE champ nabs suspected burglar in Arizona

By David Schwartz PHOENIX (Reuters) - A hapless burglar in Arizona learned a hard lesson when he broke into the Phoenix home of former World Wrestling Entertainment heavyweight champion Daniel Bryan, police said on Friday. The ex-professional grappler gave chase and was able to catch 22-year-old Cesar Sosa. Sergeant Tommy Thompson, a spokesman for the Phoenix Police Department, said a struggle ensued and that Bryan, whose real name is Bryan Danielson, was able to detain the suspect until police officers could take him into custody.

Wall St. Week Ahead: Even modest GDP bounce may support market

Traders work on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange By Richard Leong NEW YORK (Reuters) - Even if data next week shows a mediocre rebound in U.S. economic growth, that might be enough to keep the stock market aloft at record highs and the Federal Reserve steadfast in its winding down of stimulus through bond purchases. U.S. gross domestic product for the second quarter, due to be released Wednesday, is forecast to have grown 3.2 percent. Growth had shrunk 2.9 percent in the first quarter due to a harsh winter and spending cuts tied to the federal Affordable Care Act. Indeed, Friday's disappointing report on durable goods orders in June spurred JPMorgan and Goldman Sachs to shave their second-quarter outlook by 0.1 percentage point to 2.6 percent and 3.0 percent growth, respectively.


Factbox: Potential Argentine debt default looms as July 30 approaches

By Daniel Bases NEW YORK (Reuters) - Argentina, out of legal options to avoid paying a court-awarded $1.33 billion plus interest to holdout creditors who twice spurned a restructuring offer, has until July 30 to either pay them, negotiate a settlement or default. The parties have not yet met face-to-face despite the addition of a court-appointed mediator who has warned time is running short for Argentina to avoid a default. A default would be Argentina's second since it missed a payment in January 2002 that affected roughly $100 billion in sovereign debt, and would set back Latin America's No. 3 economy from efforts this year to re-engage with the international financial system. Argentina, after a contentious period of discussion, held a restructuring in 2005 that saw holders of a very low 76 percent of the total debt accept the exchange.

EU working 'swiftly' on tougher Russia Ukraine sanctions

A picture shows debris at the crash site of the Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 near the village of Hrabove (Grabovo), some 80km east of Donetsk, on July 25, 2014 The European Union is making swift progress on adopting much tougher economic sector sanctions against Russia for its role in the Ukraine crisis, officials said Friday. After discussions on broadening the sanctions from the current mix of asset freezes and travel bans, the legal instruments required to give effect to the new punitive measures will be taken up Tuesday, they said. The European Commission, the EU's executive arm, "will swiftly table the necessary legislative proposals in all areas identified" by member states earlier this week, a statement said. "There is an agreement in principle on the package of economic sanctions," an EU diplomatic source said, adding that "a couple of details still have to be discussed" on Tuesday.


Texas rolls out security surge for its border with Mexico

A Customs and Border Protection vehicle patrols near the Rio Grande along the U.S.-Mexico border near Mission By Marice Richter DALLAS (Reuters) - Texas has launched a law enforcement surge to crack down on drug and human trafficking from Mexico in a move that comes as the state is about to deploy as many as 1,000 National Guard troops to the border, officials said on Friday. The surge, announced last month and recently implemented, places more law enforcement officials and resources on the border and will result in $1.3 million in additional spending a week for the Texas Department of Public Safety, officials from the department said, without offering a specific date when it was launched. Texas Governor Rick Perry, seen as a potential Republican candidate in the 2016 presidential election, has blamed the Obama administration for not doing enough to halt a surge in children from Central America crossing the border. "Mexican cartels and criminal elements are taking advantage of this situation by further exploiting these gaps along the border to commit heinous crimes that will further their business," said Texas Department of Public Safety spokesman Tom Vinger.


Obama tells Central American leaders most children will go home

U.S. President Obama disembarks from Air Force One as he arrives at Los Angeles International Airport By Steve Holland and Jeff Mason WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama urged the leaders of three Central American countries on Friday to work with him to stem the flow of child migrants who have surged across the U.S. border and warned that most of them would not be allowed to stay. In a White House meeting with the leaders of Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador, Obama had a tough-love message: his administration had compassion for the children, but not many would qualify for humanitarian relief or refugee status. The meeting came as Obama struggles to contain a border crisis triggered by the tens of thousands of children who have crossed the Texas border with Mexico in recent months.


Global stocks and euro pressured by German data, U.S. results

Traders work on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange By Caroline Valetkevitch NEW YORK (Reuters) - Some disappointing U.S. earnings, including Amazon.com, and weak German economic data pressured world stock markets on Friday, while the euro hit an eight-month low against the U.S. dollar. "The earnings season overall has been in line but when companies with rich valuations disappoint, you're going to get crucified," said Lawrence Glazer, managing partner at Mayflower Advisors in Boston. Signs emerged that tensions between the West and Russia are starting to hurt confidence in Germany, Europe's largest economy and the driver of its recovery. Germany's Ifo survey showed a hefty fall in business confidence over the last few weeks, prompting concerns Germany could be stuttering.


As Russian arms flow to Ukraine, more U.S. sanctions expected

By Lesley Wroughton and Warren Strobel WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Evidence that Russia is moving more weapons into Ukraine to arm rebels is likely to trigger more U.S. sanctions against Moscow once the European Union likely agrees its own sanctions next week, senior U.S. officials said on Friday. “If the EU pulls together a package of sanctions in the coming week, the U.S. would want to complement that,” said a European diplomat in Washington, who requested anonymity to discuss diplomatic strategy. The new willingness in Europe to impose sanctions on prominent Russians and sections of the economy, partly because of horror at the downing of a Malaysian airliner over Ukraine last week, has been welcomed by the United States.

Gold miners, banks push TSX to record close

A sign board displaying Toronto Stock Exchange stock information is seen in Toronto By Alastair Sharp TORONTO (Reuters) - Canada's main stock index showed no signs of slowing its ascent into uncharted territory on Friday, with gold miners and banks helping it to another record close and a 1.2 percent gain in a week of all-time highs. With the Toronto Stock Exchange's S&P/TSX composite index still relatively underperforming U.S. indices, investors are confident that economic fundamentals underpin the rally, despite worries of a pullback."In the grand scheme of things I'm fairly comfortable with valuations," said Marcus Xu, a portfolio manager at MY Capital Management Corp in Vancouver. "On the back of that notion commodities are doing fairly well." Canada's stock market relies on natural resource names for much of its bulk, and signs of global recovery help those stocks on the expectation that demand will pick up. Major gold miners were among the biggest positive contributors in the session, with Goldcorp Inc jumping 4.2 percent to C$30.51 and Barrick Gold Corp adding 2.8 percent to C$20.20.


Brazil announces $13 billion credit stimulus

A man arrives at the Brazilian Central Bank building in Brasilia, on May 29, 2012 Brazil's central bank said Friday it would ease banks' reserve requirements, freeing up $13 billion to stimulate lending and boost an economy facing its fourth year of sluggish growth. The new measures, which also loosen the rules on lending to small businesses, come as leftist President Dilma Rousseff heads into October elections in which she is seeking a second four-year term. "The central bank decided to adopt measures to improve the distribution of liquidity in the economy," the bank said. The bank also changed the way it calculates the reserves banks must keep on hand to cover their outstanding loans, basing the amount on the number of payments remaining rather than the total term of the loan.


City Hall watchdog launches sweeping probe into red light camera program

City Hall’s top watchdog announced Friday he has launched a sweeping probe of the city's besieged red light camera program in response to a Tribune investigation that found suspicious ticket spikes at dozens of intersections throughout the city.

City leaders talk 2024 with US Olympic Committee

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) -- City leaders from Boston, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Washington met Friday with top executives at the U.S. Olympic Committee to hear about the nuts and bolts of bidding for the 2024 Olympics.

SearchCap: Google Local Pigeon Update & AdWords Dynamic Sitelinks

As the analysis continues on yesterday’s Google local search algorithm changes — that we’re calling the Pigeon update — one thing appears to be clear: Local directory sites are getting better visibility in Google’s search results.

Argentina fails to reach breakthrough in debt mediator talks

Argentina's Finance Secretary Pablo Lopez arrives for debt negotiation talks with court-appointed mediator Daniel Pollack in New York By Daniel Bases and Alejandro Lifschitz NEW YORK/BUENOS AIRES (Reuters) - Argentina failed to reach a breakthrough with the U.S. court-appointed mediator in its battle with holdout creditors on Friday in talks that lasted just an hour, suggesting a settlement to avoid a default next week remains elusive. The Argentine delegation headed home to seek instruction from the government after the talks in New York, mediator Daniel Pollack said, while the country's economy ministry underscored it would continue the dialogue with him over the next few days. Earlier this week, U.S. District Judge Thomas Griesa ordered Argentina and holdout creditors who have rejected its debt restructurings to meet continuously with Pollack to try to reach a deal and avoid the country's second default in 12 years. If they fail to reach a deal and holdouts do not ask for a suspension of Griesa's ruling to pay them back in full on their defaulted bonds, the judge will prevent Argentina from making a July 30 deadline for a payment on its exchanged bonds.


IMF in talks with Ukraine leaders on bailout plan

IMF Chief Christine Lagarde participates in a meeting in Paris on July 18, 2014 International Monetary Fund chief Christine Lagarde held discussions Friday with Ukraine's leaders about the impact of recent political turmoil on the nascent IMF rescue program, the Fund said. Lagarde spoke by telephone with President Petro Poroshenko and Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk, a brief statement said. "The discussions focused on the implications of the recent political developments in Ukraine for economic policies, in particular for the authorities' ability to implement the program that is being supported by a Stand-By Arrangement," it said. "The managing director encouraged steady implementation of the authorities' reform program, including the policy package recently agreed with Fund staff."


Sporting Kansas City-Toronto FC Preview

Sporting Kansas City and Toronto FC are both looking to regroup after mid-week losses in friendlies against Premier League clubs. Given the way Sporting has looked recently in league play, bouncing back shouldn't be a problem. Eastern Conference-leading Kansas City seeks a sixth win in seven league matches Saturday night when it visits Toronto, which will be without its top scorer. Sporting (10 ...

Indonesia allows Freeport to resume exports from Grasberg mine

This photograph taken on August 16, 2013 shows Freeport security personnel looking on at the Freeport McMoRan's Grasberg mining complex, located in Indonesia's remote eastern Papua province Indonesia on Friday granted a permit to allow the local arm of US mining giant Freeport McMoRan resume exports, six months after the government applied a controversial ban, the company told AFP. It is one of a raft of economic policies that critics have dubbed "resource nationalism", and which are pushed by politicians who argue that Indonesia is losing out by allowing foreign firms easy access to lucrative industries. Copper concentrate, a major export for US giants Newmont and Freeport McMoRan, was exempt from the ban but the companies still faced paying the new, higher taxes on shipments of the product. "This is a good news, and we hope that our production will return to normal soon," Rozik Soetjipto, head of Freeport Indonesia, told AFP.


Google’s Pigeon Update Solves Yelp Problem, Boosts Local Directories

As the analysis continues on yesterday’s Google local search algorithm changes — that we’re calling the Pigeon update — one thing appears to be clear: Local directory sites are getting better visibility in Google’s search results.
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