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Amazon's heavy investing eats into bottom line, shares drop

A box from Amazon.com is pictured on the porch of a house in GoldenBy Deepa Seetharaman SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Amazon.com Inc posted a much larger-than-expected loss in the second quarter as it continues its rapid pace of investment in new businesses such as digital content and consumer electronics. Amazon's stock price has dropped 10 percent so far in 2014, with investors leery of betting on its long-term growth at the expense of little to no profit. Amazon is investing heavily in new businesses and hardware products, as it prepares to take on major tech rivals from Apple Inc and Google Inc to Netflix. Chief Financial Officer Tom Szkutak said Amazon had a "tremendous amount of opportunities" and its investments were "certainly impacting short-term results." The company is spending more than $100 million on original video content in the third quarter, a substantial increase compared to last year and the second quarter, Szkutak said.


Facebook goes express to mega-cap status - now valued more than AT&T, Coke

A man is silhouetted against a video screen with an Facebook logo as he poses with an Dell laptop in this photo illustration taken in the central Bosnian town of ZenicaBy Chuck Mikolajczak NEW YORK (Reuters) - In the days after its infamously mishandled initial public offering in May 2012, it looked as if Facebook would struggle to become a must-own for fund managers. The gains represent a reversal of fortune for the social media company.


Google under fire from regulators on EU privacy ruling

A Google search page is reflected in sunglasses in this photo illustration taken in BrusselsBy Julia Fioretti BRUSSELS (Reuters) - Google's GOOGL.O handling of "right to be forgotten" requests from European citizens came under fire by regulators after the search engine company restricted the removal of Internet links to European sites only, a person familiar with the matter said. Regulators quizzed Google over its decision to remove search results only from its European search engines such as google.co.uk, which means that anyone can easily access the same information by switching to the widely used google.com, said the source, who was present at the meeting. The European Union's top court in May ruled that people have a right to request that years-old personal information that is no longer relevant be removed from Internet search results. Google has so far approved more than half of roughly 90,000 incoming requests, sought additional information in about 15 percent of cases, and rejected around 30 percent of them, according to a source close to the company.


U.S. judge says she is troubled by Apple $450 million e-books deal

Apple logo is pictured inside the newly opened Omotesando Apple store at a shopping district in TokyoBy Nate Raymond NEW YORK (Reuters) - A U.S. judge on Thursday expressed concern over a proposed $450 million settlement of claims Apple Inc conspired with five publishers to fix e-book prices, saying its provisions could drastically reduce money paid to consumers depending on appeals. U.S. District Judge Denise Cote in Manhattan said she found "most troubling" a clause requiring Apple to pay only $70 million if an appeals court reversed her finding that the company is liable for antitrust violations and sent it back to her for further proceedings. She also took issue with the lack of any requirement for Apple to pay interest while the appeals go forward. The comments came a week after 33 U.S. states and territories and lawyers for a class of consumers submitted the settlement for Cote's preliminary approval, and to avoid a scheduled Aug. 25 damages trial.


Facebook shares hit record high as market likes earnings

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg speaks during a news conference at Facebook headquarters in Palo AltoShares of Facebook Inc hit a record high on Thursday after a surge in mobile advertising revenue helped the world's No. 1 social network trounce analysts' expectations for quarterly profit and revenue. At that price, Facebook's market value is just short of $200 billion, putting the company in position to overtake IBM Corp as the fourth-largest U.S.-listed tech company. The top three are Apple Inc , Google Inc and Microsoft Corp . At $100, Facebook would be valued at more than $250 billion.


Amazon's 'Fire' smartphone has chips from Qualcomm, Samsung, NXP

An Amazon Fire smartphone is seen opened up during a teardown procedure in a handout picture provided by iFixitBy Noel Randewich SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Amazon.com Inc's new "Fire" smartphone, aimed at extending the online retailer's reach, includes chips from Qualcomm Inc, NXP Semiconductors NV and Samsung Electronics Co Ltd, according to repair firm iFixit, which pried one open on Thursday. The phone, powered by a Qualcomm quad-core Snapdragon 800 processor, also touts a "Firefly" feature that allows users to point the phone at an object and be directed to Amazon's online store to buy it. Dismantling a just-delivered Fire handset, tear-down and device-repair specialist iFixit discovered radio frequency, power amplifier, audio and WiFi chips that were also from Qualcomm.


Pandora Media profit forecast below analysts' estimates, shares fall
(Reuters) - Pandora Media Inc forecast current quarter adjusted profit below analysts' estimates as it plans to plow money back into the business. Analysts on average were expecting an 8 cents per share in profit on revenue of $234.6 million, according to Thomson Reuters I/B/E/S. Pandora Chief Financial Officer Mike Herring said in an interview that adjusted profit forecast was because the company plans to "reinvest aggressively." Pandora faces stiff competition from Spotify, Apple Inc's Beats online streaming service, Google Inc and Amazon.com Inc in the fast-growing music streaming business as downloads decline. "That said, there has been for years and we have continued to grow market share." Advertising revenue, where Pandora makes the bulk of its money, jumped 39 percent to $177.3 million in the second quarter helped by strong mobile advertising revenue growth.
HP and musician Chubby Checker settle lawsuit over penis-measurement app

HP and musician Chubby Checker settle lawsuit over penis-measurement appLast February, rock-and-roll legend Chubby Checker sued the companies, asking for $500,000 while claiming the third-party app called the Chubby Checker "adversely affects Chubby Checker's brand and value." The app itself, which was first released in 2006, would estimate penis length from whatever shoe size was inputted. Nonetheless, Chubby Checker — whose real name is Ernest Evans — went after the companies, arguing that the app infringed on a number of his trademarks.


Flagship G3 drives record smartphone sales for LG

Flagship G3 drives record smartphone sales for LGBGR recently reviewed LG’s new flagship G3, which just launched last week in the United States. We called the phone Android’s new king, supplanting Samsung’s lackluster Galaxy S5, which has been something of a disappointment for many consumers and for Samsung’s bottom line. While LG has a long way to go before it catches up to Samsung in terms of shipments, the company on Thursday reported record smartphone sales for the second quarter. FROM EARLIER: LG G3 review: Android has a new king LG posted a June-quarter net profit of $400 million on revenue across all divisions that totaled $14.9 billion. The company said mobile sales rose 16% on-year to $3.5 billion on record smartphone shipments that came in at 14.5 million


Amazon shares fall on 2Q loss

This June 4, 2014 photo shows Amazon.com boxes in Phoenix. Amazon reports quarterly financial results on Thursday, July 24, 2014. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)SEATTLE (AP) — Shares of Amazon.com Inc. fell Thursday after the e-commerce retailer reported a deeper-than-expected second quarter loss as expenses outpaced a surge in revenue.


Qlik forecasts revenue above Street as software demand grows
Qlik Technologies Inc forecast current-quarter revenue largely above Wall Street expectations, citing strong demand for its business analytics software. Qlik's shares rose more than 8 percent after markets closed. The company's flagship product, QlikView, helps companies to organize vast amounts of data in the form of reports, charts and infographics. Customers include American Apparel Inc, Coca-Cola Co and healthcare company Omnicare Inc. Chief Executive Lars Björk said "continued strong demand for QlikView", combined with Thursday's launch of the company's Qlik Sense software, would drive sales in a growing market for self-service visualization and data discovery.
MIT students modify a 3D printer with a height-measuring laser

MIT students modify a 3D printer with a height-measuring laser


China's Baidu outpaces Street targets as mobile revenue surges
Baidu Inc, China’s biggest Internet search company, blew past Wall Street's targets with a 34.1 percent jump in quarterly net profit, helped by a surge in mobile revenue. On Thursday, the company often likened to a Chinese Google said it now gets 30 percent of its revenue from mobile services, up from around 20 percent in previous quarters, as online advertisers migrate to mobile devices. Revenues for the second quarter rose 58.5 percent to 11.986 billion yuan from 7.56 billion yuan a year earlier, in line with Baidu’s own forecasts of between 11.82 billion yuan and 12.11 billion yuan. Baidu had struggled to keep up with rivals on mobile devices such as smartphones as they invest in an array of apps to keep users engaged.
Amazon spending more than $100 million on original content in third-quarter
By Deepa Seetharaman SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Amazon.com Inc is spending more than $100 million on original video content in the third quarter, considerably higher than its spending a year ago and in the second quarter, Chief Financial Officer Tom Szkutak said on Thursday. The largest U.S. online retailer, which also reported a larger-than-expected second-quarter loss Thursday, is beefing up its digital content. Szkutak told analysts during a call that members of Amazon's Prime membership program are increasingly streaming free videos online.
Video: Want to see what happens when an iPhone 5s gets run over by a train? Of course you do

Video: Want to see what happens when an iPhone 5s gets run over by a train? Of course you doThe iPhone 5s is amazingly solid for a smartphone made entirely of glass and ultra-thin aluminum. It looks great, it feels great and it can survive its fair share of drops as long as it doesn’t hit a hard surface on its corner. But can it survive being run over by a speeding train? No, of course it can’t. YouTube user TechRax recently posted a video of not one but two iPhone 5s handsets being run over by speeding trains. Why? We have absolutely no idea… but that didn’t stop us from watching the video out of sheer morbid curiosity. The full video is embedded below.


Amazon expects to lose half a billion dollars in the next three months

Amazon expects to lose half a billion dollars in the next three monthsAmazon has a pretty stable pattern when it comes to reporting earnings. For the last couple years that has kept the company's share price on a steady upward climb. Today Amazon announced its second quarter earnings, and losses were nearly twice what analysts had predicted, leading to a more than 5 percent drop in its share price during after-hours trading. More importantly, Amazon predicted that its losses for next quarter would be between $410 and $810 million, or more than 16 times the amount it lost during the third quarter of last year.


RF Micro forecasts strong second-quarter as mobile chips sales rise
RF Micro Devices Inc forecast quarterly results above market expectations, helped by higher demand for its chips that connect devices such as Apple Inc's iPhone and Samsung Electronics Co's smartphones to networks. The chipmaker, which supplies cellular radio frequency chips for use in mobile handsets, notebook computers and tablets, forecast second-quarter adjusted earnings of 27 cents per share. Analysts on average were expecting earnings of 20 cents per share on revenue of $328 million, according to Thomson Reuters I/B/E/S. "We will probably hear that it has a lot to do with their largest customer, which they won't name, but obviously is Apple and the smartphone growth coming out of China right now is just on fire," Northland Capital Markets analyst Tom Sepenzis said.
Comixology users can now download DRM-free backups of some comics

Comixology users can now download DRM-free backups of some comicsMaybe Amazon's purchase of Comixology isn't the worst thing to ever happen after all. Comic book readers on iOS have been fuming over the loss of in-app purchases following the company's acquisition, but today during a panel at Comic Con, Comixology announced a new feature that users are certain to love: DRM-free backups. Customers can now download and store copies of books without being bothered by a DRM system that limits what they can do with content they rightfully own. "For those out there who have not joined the comic reading community because of DRM, you have no excuse now," said co-founder John Roberts.


Batman is still sad in the second Ben Affleck photo from 'Batman v. Superman'

Batman is still sad in the second Ben Affleck photo from 'Batman v. Superman'DC Comics decided to honor Batman's 75th anniversary yesterday, and — while he's a day late — Zack Snyder is joining in on the action too since he's at the helm of a film starring the hero. Snyder published a close look at Ben Affleck's Batman on Twitter today, the second photo yet of him from the set of Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice. We don't really know what happens in the movie yet, but one thing continues to be evident from the early photos: everyone is sad. Batman and Superman both looked down in their first images, and this second photo of Batman shows him just as gloomy. Snyder also had a bit of fun on Twitter this morning, messing with Star Wars fans by posting a photo of Henry Cavill — his Superman — as a lightsaber-wielding Jedi.


​Google is reportedly buying Twitch for $1 billion

​Google is reportedly buying Twitch for $1 billion


Philips' light bulbs will bring 'Sharknado' into your living room

Philips' light bulbs will bring 'Sharknado' into your living roomFinally there's a reason to invest in smart light bulbs. Syfy and Philips have announced that Sharknado 2: The Second One viewers will be treated to a custom light show designed to sync up with the film when it premieres on July 30th. It's all made possible with Syfy's "Sync" second-screen app, which listens for audio cues from the film and then sends lighting commands to the Philips Hue system. Beginning at 7PM, any Philips smart bulbs in your living room will change color "to reflect the increasingly stormy weather conditions, chainsaw-induced shark carnage, and more." (Don't worry, the "light track" will repeat during Syfy's 9PM encore presentation.)


Google reportedly acquires streaming video giant Twitch for $1 billion

Google reportedly acquires streaming video giant Twitch for $1 billionFollowing several reports that the two were in talks, Google has reportedly reached a deal to acquire streaming video giant Twitch for approximately $1 billion. With more than 50 million monthly active users, Twitch is a wildly popular service that allows gamers to stream live video of themselves as well as live feeds of whatever video games they might be playing. Venturebeat reports that Google’s YouTube division is in charge of the deal and will presumably oversee Twitch in some capacity moving forward. Google has not yet confirmed the acquisition.


New Apple TV game brings the 'Dance Party' to your living room

New Apple TV game brings the 'Dance Party' to your living room


Facebook stock hits all-time highs on strong earnings

Facebook stock jumped to record highs Thursday as strong earnings from the leading social network sparked fresh buyingFacebook stock jumped to record highs Thursday as strong earnings from the leading social network sparked fresh buying. The rise lifted Facebook's market value to some $190 billion. Facebook said Wednesday that profits leapt to $791 million during the three months ended June 30, a 138 percent increase from a year earlier. Revenue in the quarter surged to $2.91 billion, with approximately 62 percent of that money coming from ads served up on mobile devices such as smartphones or tablet computers.


Philip K. Dick's cult novel 'Man in the High Castle' becoming an Amazon TV pilot

Philip K. Dick's cult novel 'Man in the High Castle' becoming an Amazon TV pilotAmazon is preparing its third round of TV show pilots, and Deadline reports that one of the upcoming titles will be an adaptation of a Philip K. Dick novel in which Germany and Japan have won World War II and taken over most of the United States. Titled The Man In the High Castle, the show will be based on Dick's 1962 Hugo award-winning book of the same name. A writer from The X-Files will reportedly create a script for the pilot, which will be directed by David Semel — who was also behind the first episode of Heroes. This is one of the occasions that Amazon's pilot process is a huge win for viewers.


Jimmy Kimmel pranks strangers with a fake Apple iTime smartwatch

Jimmy Kimmel pranks strangers with a fake Apple iTime smartwatchJimmy Kimmel is the best in the business when it comes to making unsuspecting passersby look like complete morons. On a recent episode of Jimmy Kimmel Live, Kimmel’s crew took to Hollywood Blvd. with Apple’s unreleased iTime smartwatch, first revealed in a patent application earlier this week, to gauge the public reaction. The only problem was that the watch in question was actually a $20 Casio watch with an Apple logo stuck to the back. As you can probably guess, a lot of people didn’t catch on, and the resulting video is pretty hysterical. Of course, it’s just a bit on a late night talk show, but considering how impressed everyone was by a watch that you can find in the discount section at your


Here's what our readers are saying about the Surface Pro 3

Here's what our readers are saying about the Surface Pro 3


Top iPhone apps: 'Pou'

Care for and customize an alien pet with "Pou"Alien pet care app "Pou" benefits from a free promo, while Glu Games takes top spot in the US and Japan with "Kim Kardashian: Hollywood" and "Dino Hunter: Deadly Shores" respectively.


Twitch lets you host another channel's stream while you're on a burrito break

Twitch lets you host another channel's stream while you're on a burrito break


Watch the first trailer for Ridley Scott's live-action 'Halo: Nightfall'

Watch the first trailer for Ridley Scott's live-action 'Halo: Nightfall'At San Diego Comic-Con 2014, Microsoft has finally provided the very first look at Halo: Nightfall, the original new live-action show based on the sci-fi video game series. The show stars Mike Colter with Ridley Scott serving as executive producer, and based on this first glimpse it looks quite a bit like some of Scott's earlier work, most notably Prometheus. "With Halo: Nightfall, we're pioneering a new medium in terms of interactive storytelling on Xbox," says Scott. Colter plays agent Jameson Locke, a character who will play a relatively large role in the upcoming Halo 5: Guardians, which is expected to launch next fall.


Apple is building stores in India just for iPhones and iPads

Apple is building stores in India just for iPhones and iPadsApple is planning to open stores in India which will only sell iOS devices following significant growth in sales of the iPhone and iPad over the past several years. Our sister site BGR India reports that the exclusive stores will contain three weeks worth of supply once they’re up and running and should require just 3-4 employees to operate, including a store manager, an iOS promoter and one or two sales managers. Apple will also take on 50% of the cost for the 10-15 demo units required to appear at each location. This is apparently going to be a relatively barebones operation, but still an encouraging sign for a high-end smartphone vendor in a region where budget devices reign supreme. In fact, sources say that


It Looks Like Instagram Is Making a Version of Snapchat, Too

It Looks Like Instagram Is Making a Version of Snapchat, TooInstagram appeared to unveil a "one tap photo messaging" app, called Bolt, to a few select users through the Instagram app on Android. Facebook, which owns Instagram, had a similar situation occur with Slingshot, their Snapchat duplicate. Slingshot was available for download in the app store for a very short time, before Facebook yanked it down, saying it was accident that it was released at all.  This particular user, Richard Groves, told The Verge he received the Bolt banner on his Nexus 5 device yesterday at around 11:00 p.m. ET.


Queen Elizabeth's Photobomb Is the Ultimate Photobomb
Queen Elizabeth II made the day of some Australians when she photobombed their selfie at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, Scotland.
BlackBerry stock is up 100% since Christmas, even as BBM grows weaker

BlackBerry stock is up 100% since Christmas, even as BBM grows weakerBlackBerry is up more than 5% on Thursday, buoyed by the CEO’s comments about partnerships that might mirror the recent Apple-IBM pact. That Apple-IBM alliance was seen by some as a fatal blow to BlackBerry, since it gives iOS another boost in the enterprise market. But BlackBerry has recently started resembling a mythical Canadian beast that absorbs fatal blows with polite disinterest, growing only stronger as its prospects weaken. The company’s handset business remains on the ropes, with its last stronghold of Indonesia about to come under siege by a Xiaomi product offensive. The new square BlackBerry phone has been greeted by a sort of incredulous embarrassment, though the company remains relentlessly upbeat about its prospects. But perhaps the biggest recent setback


Get 'The Sims 2 Ultimate Collection' for free this month

Get 'The Sims 2 Ultimate Collection' for free this month



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Hospital attack: Doctor fired back

Hospital workers leave the scene of a shooting Thursday, July 24, 2014, at Mercy Fitzgerald Hospital in Darby, Pa. Police in suburban Philadelphia are investigating a shooting at the hospital campus and say they have reports people have been injured and a suspect is in custody. (AP Photo)Police: A doctor grazed by a patient's gunfire in Philadelphia returned fire with his own gun.


U.S.: Russia planning more powerful attacks against separatists

The Downing of MH17 – A Distressingly ‘Happy’ Error for Putin and the Russian EconomyThe Obama administration on Thursday accused Russia of firing artillery from its territory into Ukraine to hit Ukrainian military sites and asserted that Moscow is boosting its supply of weaponry to pro-Russian separatists.


Dutch sending unarmed police to MH17 crash site

A convoy of hearses bearing the remains of passengers and crew killed in the downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 makes its way along a highway near Boxtel, Netherlands, Thursday, July 24, 2014. The second flight of two military aircraft carrying remains of victims arrived in the Netherlands on Thursday. The bodies are to be taken to a military barracks in Hilversum, where a team of 25 forensic experts and dozens of support staff began working to identify remains Wednesday evening after coffins of the first flight arrived. (AP Photo/Phil Nijhuis)The Dutch prime minister says he is sending 40 unarmed military police to eastern Ukraine as part of a ramped-up effort to find the last victims of the downed Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 still at the wreckage site.


Expert: ‘I’ve never seen a week like this'

An Air Algerie Airways plane prepares to land at Houari Boumediene Airport in AlgiersAviation expert William J. McGee puts recent crashes in context.


1 killed, 2 injured in shooting at Pennsylvania hospital

Investigators work the scene of a shooting Thursday, July 24, 2014, at Mercy Fitzgerald Hospital in Darby, Pa. A shooting at the suburban Philadelphia hospital campus has killed one worker and injured two other people. Prosecutor Jack Whelan says one of the injured is the gunman. (AP Photo)A shooting at a suburban Philadelphia hospital campus has killed one worker and injured two other people.


Mother, daughter die of burns from food truck explosion

PHOTOS: Food truck explodes in FeltonvilleA mother and daughter have died from burns they suffered when a propane tank exploded in the family's food truck in Philadelphia earlier this month, authorities said on Thursday. Jaylin Landaverry Galdamez, 17, and her mother, Olga Galdamez, 42, each were burned on more than 50 percent of their bodies from the explosion on July 2, authorities said. They died just days apart, the mother on July 20 and the daughter on July 22, said Jeff Moran, spokesman for the Philadelphia Medical Examiners Office. The pair was working in the truck at the time of the blast, which sent a propane tank flying 150 feet and injured nine other people.


AH5017: Missing plane seen 'falling' in Mali

Météo, attentat, missile... quelles hypothèses après le crash de l'avion d'Air AlgérieOfficial: Air Algerie flight that disappeared with 116 people on board seen "falling" in northern Mali.


Police: 3 shot at Pennsylvania hospital, suspect in custody

1 dead, 2 injured on campus of hospital in Delaware County; 1 in custodyThree people were shot at Mercy Fitzgerald Hospital in Darby, Pennsylvania, on Thursday and one person was in custody, according to NBC10 television station in Philadelphia. Darby Borough Police were at the scene of the hospital, about 7 miles (11 km) west of Philadelphia, according to NBC10. Authorities said a 911 call identified one of the victims as a doctor but police had not confirmed the identity, NBC10 reported.


Israeli shells kill 15 at U.N. school

A Palestinian family, who fled the UN school that was hit by an Israeli tank shell, arrive at the Beit Hanun hospital on July 24, 2014Gaza death toll hits 788.


U.S. court throws out Chiquita terror payment claims

How the Chiquita Merger Will Change America's Fruited PlainsA divided U.S. federal appeals court has thrown out claims against produce giant Chiquita Brands International made by thousands of Colombians killed during years of civil war.


As Iraq gets new president, blast kills 21

Mideast IraqIraqi officials say a double car bombing in central Baghdad has killed 21 people and wounded 33, hours after lawmakers elected the country's new president.


Ukrainian prime minister resigns amid MH17 chaos

This handout picture taken and released by the Ukrainian Prime Minister Press-Service on July 24, 2014 shows Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk as he addresses members of parliament during a parliamentary session in KievUkrainian Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk announced his resignation Thursday, opening the way for new elections that would reflect the country's starkly changed political scene after the ouster of pro-Russian President Viktor Yanukovych in February.


Israeli military offensive in Gaza: Day 17
Israeli military offensive in Gaza: Day 17A Palestinian child, wounded in an Israeli strike on a compound housing a U.N. school in Beit Hanoun, in the northern Gaza Strip, cries at the emergency room of the Kamal Adwan hospital in Beit Lahiya, Thursday, July 24, 2014. Israeli tank shells hit the compound, killing more than a dozen people and wounding dozens more who were seeking shelter from fierce clashes on the streets outside. Gaza health official Ashraf al-Kidra says the dead and injured in the school compound were among hundreds of people seeking shelter from heavy fighting in the area. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)
Pope meets Sudanese woman sentenced to death

Pope Francis meets Meriam IbrahimROME (AP) — Pope Francis met privately Thursday with a Sudanese woman who refused to recant her Christian faith in the face of a death sentence, blessing the woman as she cradled her infant daughter born just weeks ago in prison.


'Horrifically botched' Phoenix execution prompts death penalty outrage

USA-ARIZONA/EXECUTIONBy David Schwartz PHOENIX (Reuters) - Lawyers for a double-murderer whose lethal injection in Arizona dragged on for two hours called for an outside review of the "horrifically botched execution" and prompted new calls on Thursday for the United States to abandon the death penalty. The ordeal in putting Joseph Wood to death on Wednesday at a prison facility southeast of Phoenix followed lethal injections that went awry this year in Ohio and Oklahoma, renewing the U.S. debate over capital punishment. Corrections officials said Wood was never in pain but Rob Freer, a U.S. researcher with human-rights group Amnesty International, asked, "How many more times do officials need to be reminded of the myth of the 'humane execution' before they give up on their experiment with judicial killing?" States that impose the death penalty have been scrambling to find new suppliers of chemical combinations to use in lethal injections after their former suppliers, primarily European drug makers, objected to having their products used to put people to death.


'Isolated' Amazon tribe feared to have flu, which could be deadly

'Uncontacted' Amazon People Treated for FluAdvocates for indigenous tribes and Brazilian officials are worried that a group of people in the Amazon who had been living in isolation from the outside world may have contracted the flu — a potentially deadly disease that these individuals had never been exposed to before. On three separate occasions, they voluntarily made contact with Ashaninka people in the village of Simpatia, just across the border in western Brazil's Acre state, said Fiona Watson, a researcher and field director with the advocacy group Survival International, who spoke with Brazilian officials who went to the region. But representatives from Brazil's Indian Affairs Department, or FUNAI, noticed that the group of seven showed signs of influenza during their visit on June 30, Watson said.


Matt Bai: On Bush-era torture report, confrontation ahead

USA OBAMA CIASometime this summer, probably when as many Americans as possible are tanning on a beach and not paying attention, the White House is expected to release a version of a classified report on torture during the Bush years. Actually, what's likely to become public is only the executive summary of the Senate Intelligence Committee's report.


FAA lifts ban on US flights to Tel Aviv airport
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Federal Aviation Administration has lifted its ban on U.S. flights in and out of Israel.
Israeli fire hits UN facility in Gaza; 7 dead, 150 injured

Israeli soldiers work on a tank near the Israel and Gaza border Thursday, July 24, 2014. Israeli tanks and warplanes bombarded the Gaza Strip on Thursday, as Hamas militants stuck to their demand for the lifting of an Israeli and Egyptian blockade in the face of U.S. efforts to reach a cease-fire. (AP Photo/Dusan Vranic)GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — Gaza health officials say at least seven people were killed when Israeli tank shells hit a compound housing a U.N. school in the northern Gaza Strip during clashes with Palestinian militants.


How Arizona, Ohio, Oklahoma, executions went awry

With the state prison in the background, about a dozen death penalty opponents pray as they await the possible execution of Joseph Rudolph Wood, Wednesday, July 23, 2014, in Florence, Ariz. The highest courts in Arizona and the nation have cleared the way for the state to carry out its third execution in the last year on Wednesday, following a closely watched First Amendment fight over the secrecy surrounding lethal injection drugs. Wood was sentenced to death for killing Debra Dietz and her father, Eugene Dietz, in 1989 at the family's automotive shop in Tucson. (AP Photo)Lethal injections in the three states left inmates writhing and gasping for breath.


Burkina official: Plane wreckage found in Mali

An arrival information screen shows the delayed Air Algerie flight 5017 (top) at the Houari Boumediene airport near Algiers, Algeria, Thursday, July 24, 2014. An Air Algerie flight carrying 116 people from Burkina Faso to Algeria's capital disappeared from radar early Thursday over northern Mali and "probably crashed" according to the plane's owner and government officials in France and Burkina Faso. (AP Photo/Sidali Djarboub)OUAGADOUGO, Burkina Faso (AP) — The wreckage of the Air Algeria plane that went missing Thursday has been found about 50 kilometers (31 miles) from the border of Burkina Faso near the village of Boulikessi in Mali, a presidential aide said.


Busy Gaza morgue performs Muslim burial rituals

Palestinian Ahmed Jadallah, centre, 75, prepares a child's body for burial at the morgue of Kamal Adwan hospital in Beit Lahiya, northern Gaza Strip, Thursday, July 24, 2014. Over the past three decades, the 75-year-old Jadallah has dressed hundreds of 'martyrs' _ those killed in conflict with Israel. He said his volunteer work fulfills an Islamic commandment and that he hopes it will earn him a place in paradise. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)BEIT LAHIYA, Gaza Strip (AP) — In the morgue at a small Gaza hospital, the anguished cries of those who lost loved ones in Israeli airstrikes fell silent Thursday when Ahmed Jadallah began attending to the corpses, one by one, on his wooden work table.


10 Things to See: A week of top AP photos

10ThingsToSee - Hotel security officers guard at an entrance door of a hotel room set aside for relatives or friends of passengers aboard a missing Malaysia Airlines plane, in Beijing, China Wednesday, March 12, 2014. (AP Photo/Andy Wong)Here's your look at highlights from the weekly AP photo report, a gallery featuring a mix of front-page photography, the odd image you might have missed and lasting moments our editors think you should see.


Very bad week: Airline disasters come in a cluster

A forensic team recovers human remains among the wreckage of crashed TransAsia Airways flight GE222 on the outlying island of Penghu, Taiwan, Thursday, July 24, 2014. Stormy weather on the trailing edge of Typhoon Matmo was the likely cause of the plane crash that killed more than 40 people, the airline said. Aviation has suffered one of its worst weeks in memory, a cluster of disasters spanning three continents. (AP Photo/Wally Santana)WASHINGTON (AP) — Nearly 300 passengers perish when their plane is shot out of the sky. Airlines suspend flights to Israel's largest airport after rocket attacks. An airliner crashes during a storm, and yet another disappears. Aviation has suffered one of its worst weeks in memory, a cluster of disasters spanning three continents.


Execution offers evidence against lethal injection

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)ST. LOUIS (AP) — The nation's third botched execution in six months offers more evidence for the courts that lethal injection carries too many risks and amounts to cruel and unusual punishment, death-row lawyers and other opponents said Thursday.


Challenges, drug shortages, mark US executions

John Zemblidge, right, of Phoenix, leads a group of about a dozen death penalty opponents in prayer as they protest the possible execution of Joseph Rudolph Wood at the state prison in Florence, Ariz. on Wednesday, July 23, 2014. Arizona's highest court on Wednesday temporarily halted the execution of the condemned inmate so it could consider a last-minute appeal. The Arizona Supreme Court said it would consider whether he received inadequate legal representation at his sentencing. The appeal also challenges the secrecy of the lethal injection process and the drugs that are used. (AP Photo)The prolonged execution in Arizona looked troubling, but was it unconstitutional? The U.S. Supreme Court, which upheld the use of lethal injection six years ago, has held that "an isolated mishap" during an execution does not violate the Eighth Amendment. A question and answer look at the current state of executions.


Tornado slams Virginia campground; 2 dead

In this aerial photo people inspect damage at Cherrystone Family Camping & RV Resort in Northampton County, Thursday, July 24, 2014, near Cheriton, Va., after a severe storm swept through the area. Softball-sized hail and rain toppled dozens of trees and flipped recreational vehicles at the campground Thursday, killing two people and injuring more than two dozen, officials said. (AP Photo/The Virginian-Pilot, L. Todd Spencer) MAGS OUTCAPE CHARLES, Va. (AP) — The sky turned black and cellphones pinged with emergency messages. Moments later, a tornado ripped through a sprawling, carnival-like campground Thursday, snapping dozens of trees and flipping over RVs.


Across US job market, layoffs are becoming rare

In this photo taken Wednesday, July 16, 2014, job seeker U.S. Army veteran John Godman, right, talks to recruiters Nicole Rushton, left, and Megan Hogan, center, at a Hiring Fair For Veterans in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. The Labor Department releases weekly jobless claims on Thursday, July 23, 2014. (AP Photo/Alan Diaz)WASHINGTON (AP) — The risk of losing your job is getting smaller and smaller.


Ukraine fighting rages as Australia ready for MH17 site deployment

Pro-Russian separatists stand guard at a check-point near the eastern Ukrainian city of rebel stronghold Donetsk on July 23, 2014Fighting between Ukrainian troops and rebels raged Thursday near the crash site of Malaysian flight MH17, as countries which lost 298 citizens in the disaster moved to deploy their police to secure the impact zone. The Dutch team leading the crash probe was stuck in Kiev, unable to join a handful of international investigators at the rebel-controlled site. Meanwhile, Ukraine's army reported four soldiers killed over the last 24 hours in its offensive to retake the eastern industrial heartland from the pro-Russian insurgents. Two Ukrainian fighter jets were shot down Wednesday 45 kilometres (28 miles) from the crash site, just as the first bodies recovered from the fated flight were flown out to the Netherlands, which counts 193 citizens lost in the disaster.


Judge strikes down Colorado gay marriage ban

Two plaintiffs in a lawsuit to overturn Colordo's gay marriage ban, Cassie Rubald, left, and her partner, Rachel Catt, hold hands during a news conference outside the federal courthouse in downtown Denver on Tuesday, July 1, 2014. Six gay couples filed the lawsuit to ask for an injunction to stop all officials from enforcing the ban on gay marriage in Colorado. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)A federal judge in Denver has declared Colorado's gay marriage ban unconstitutional, but he issued a temporary stay of the ruling until an appeals court hearing next month.


Senator: PTSD influenced thesis plagiarism

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)Sen. John Walsh of Montana said Wednesday his failure to attribute conclusions and verbatim passages lifted from other scholars' work in his thesis to earn a master's degree from the U.S. Army War College was an unintentional mistake caused in part by post-traumatic stress disorder.


UN: Rockets 'have gone missing'

United Nations chief Ban Ki-moon speaks at a press conference with the Jordanian Foreign Minister in the capital Amman on July 23, 2014, as part of talks to try to broker an end to violence in GazaTwenty rockets found in an abandoned Gaza school this week are missing: U.N.


Montana senator accused of plagiarizing thesis

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)Montana Sen. John Walsh's thesis written to earn a master's degree from the U.S. Army War College contains unattributed passages taken word-for-word from previously published papers.


Blasts kill 82 in Nigeria

Military officers walk past the remains of a car after an explosion on July 23, 2014 in Kaduna, NigeriaEx-leader Buhari targeted in attacks, which bore the hallmarks of Boko Haram.


Death sentence given in U.S. photographer's killing

In this April 7, 2005 file photo, Associated Press photographer Anja Niedringhaus poses in Rome. Niedringhaus, 48, was killed and an AP reporter was wounded on April 4, 2014, when an Afghan policeman opened fire while they were sitting in their car in eastern Afghanistan. A Kabul court announced Wednesday, July 23, 2014 that the Afghan police officer charged with killing Associated Press photographer Anja Niedringhaus and wounding veteran AP correspondent Kathy Gannon has been convicted and sentenced to death. (AP Photo/Peter Dejong, File)Afghan police officer sentenced for AP photographer Anja Niedringhaus' death.


2 Americans charged with helping al-Qaida-linked group

Somali government soldiers patrol near the scene of a suicide car explosion outside the Somali parliament building in MogadishuFive people, including two women in the U.S., were charged Wednesday with funneling money to the al-Qaida-linked extremist group al-Shabab in Somalia, prosecutors said.


Inside the first Conservatarian hackathon

Reboot HackathonThe Koch network is teaming up with Silicon Valley entrepreneurs to connect coders with D.C politicos


Ark. military base on lockdown after suspicious person reported

Security personnel run past a C-130 aircraft on static display at the front gate of Little Rock Air Force Base in Jacksonville, Ark., Wednesday, July 23, 2014. The base has been on lockdown since late morning Wednesday. (AP Photo/Danny Johnston)Little Rock Air Force Base went on lockdown Wednesday amid reports of a suspicious person, though military officials have offered few details about the incident.


Officials release sketch of suspect in peacock shooting death

This artist sketch provided by the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals on Wendesday, July 23, 2014 shows a man who is suspected of shooting and killing a peacock from his Mercedes-Benz in Rancho Palos Verdes, Calif. on July 9, 2014. Witnesses say the bird was standing in a driveway and the man fired from the driver’s seat of the silver sedan. (AP Photo/SPCA)Officials have released a sketch of a man suspected of shooting and killing a peacock from his Mercedes-Benz earlier this month in Southern California.


Teen dies during record-attempt flight

Father, Son Plan Trip Around the World in Single-Engine Plane17-year-old Haris Suleman and his father were flying around the world together.



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